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Europe 1st Quarter 2015: Nissan Qashqai leads SUV surge

May 14th, 2015 No comments

Nissan Qashqai Europe March 2015The Nissan Qashqai hits a best-ever 6th spot in Europe over the 1st Quarter 2015.

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All manufacturers present in Europe are breathing a sign of relief as the European new car market soars 9% over the first Quarter of 2015 to 3.621.045 sales, presaging a first frank year of growth since the 2009 recession. As it is the case in both the two other large vehicle markets in the world, the USA and China, SUVs and crossovers are the engine of this growth as we will detail further down. Volkswagen remains sovereign in the European brands ranking, even outpacing the market at +11% to 434.000 sales, above Ford (+7%) while Renault (+13%) overtakes Opel/Vauxhall (+7%) partly thanks to an excellent performance of its Captur crossover (+31%) and a renaissance in the UK.

Porsche Macan Europe March 2015. Picture courtesy youtube.comThe Macan pushes European Porsche sales up 50%.

Peugeot rounds up the Top 5 as it was the case a year ago, ahead of the Top 3 luxury German marques. The race to #1 luxury brand is getting very heated – the same way it is in the US and worldwide: Audi is up 4%, BMW up 8% and Mercedes up 15% but only 1.300 sales separate the last two, with Audi having a meagre 10.000 units advance on its two pursuants. Nissan (+26% thanks to the Qashqai), Seat (+15% thanks to the Leon), Mini (+35% thanks to the 5-door hatch), Smart (+46% thanks to the Forfour), Porsche (+50% thanks to the Macan), Mitsubishi (+70% thanks to the Outlander PHEV) and Jeep (+203% thanks to the Cherokee and Renegade) all shine.

Renault Captur Europe March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frCan the Renault Captur end 2015 in the Top 10. Long term trends indicate so.

The Top 5 models are unchanged on a year ago, with the VW Golf leading of course ahead of the Ford Fiesta, however the Renault Clio and VW Polo are being threatened for the final spot on the podium by the Opel Corsa surging 21% and standing less than 2.000 units below the former two nameplates. The Nissan Qashqai is up two ranks on 2014 and 21% to land at a best-ever 6th place, and is the tree in front of a forest of soaring SUV scores. The Renault Captur (+27%) stops 2.200 sales short off a historical Top 10 ranking over Q1, the Opel Mokka is up 43%, Peugeot 2008 up 14%, Dacia Duster up 13% and Hyundai ix35 up 20%. And it’s only the beginning, with the Jeep Renegade landing at #95 and the Fiat 500X at #112.

VW Golf Sportsvan Europe March 2015. Picture courtesy of yahoo.frVW Golf Sportsvan

New generations boost the Peugeot 308 up 47%, the Mercedes C-Class up 46%, Mini up a round 100%, while the VW Golf Sportsvan landing at #42, BMW 2 Series at #53, Citroen C4 Cactus at #54, Peugeot 108 at #57, Nissan Pulsar at #88 and Smart Forfour at #110.

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Europe March 2015: Now with Top 333 All-models and All-brands

May 14th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes AMG GT Europe March 2015The Mercedes AMG GT makes its 1st appearance in the European ranking at #248

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After looking at the March Top 10 models and brands for Europe, we now have access to refined and complete data as is the tradition on BSCB. March tally is confirmed at 1.643.607 registrations, a 11.4% surge on March 2013 and bringing the 1st Quarter result to 3.621.045 deliveries, up a cool 9% on 2014. Within the Top 5 most popular brands, Volkswagen, Renault and Peugeot slightly outperform the market at +12% while below Mercedes (+16%) and Nissan (+23%) shine. Outside the Top 10, notice Hyundai up 20%, Land Rover up 22%, Mini up 43%, Smart up 54%, Porsche up 57%, Mitsubishi up 73% and Jeep up 244%.

Mitsubishi Attrage Europe March 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrivia.com…as does the Mitsubishi Attrage, imported from Thailand.

The March models ranking is traditionally skewed by an oversized UK market due to the bi-annual licence plate change, lifting the Ford Fiesta to #2, the Opel Corsa to #3, Ford Focus to #6 and Opel Astra to #10. The Renault Captur misses out on a Top 10 ranking for just 171 units at #11 and its sales growth is not abating at +30% on March 2014. The Peugeot 308 is also very dynamic at #14 (+60%) as are the Mercedes C-Class at #16 (+30%), VW Passat at #17 (+37%) and Opel Mokka at #18 (+44%). Other great gainers inside the Top 100 include the Mini up 98% thanks to the addition of a 5-door variant, the Mazda3 up 88%, Suzuki Swift up 50%, Mitsubishi Outlander up 141% and Mercedes GLA up 70%.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Europe March 2015Land Rover Discovery Sport

Now a quick roundup on the recent European launches. The VW Golf Sportsvan continues to top them all and maintains itself inside the Top 50 at #48, the Citroen C4 Cactus is down 9 spots on February to #60, the Peugeot 108 up one to #63 and the Nissan Pulsar stable at a lukewarm #85. Both the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X are suffering from their absence (at the time) in the UK and fall to #98 and #101 respectively, but their climb up the ladder will resume next month. The Land Rover Discovery Sport on the contrary is logically up 84 spots to #110. Finally, we welcome two new nameplates in the official European ranking this month: the Mercedes AMG GT at #248 and the Mitsubishi Attrage at #277.

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Europe March 2015: Relief as continent-wide sales jump 11%

April 24th, 2015 No comments

Vauxhall Corsa Europe March 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukStrong UK sales push the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa onto the European podium in March.

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It’s official: the recession is over in Europe. Overall new car sales are up 11% year-on-year in March to an imposing 1.644.985 registrations, boosted by a record figure in the UK (accounting for 28% of the continent’s sales) and Spain up a joyful 41%. The 1st Quarter ends on a 9% increase at 3.629.902 deliveries. Volkswagen moves with the market at +11% to 11.1% share, while Ford (+9%) and Opel/Vauxhall (+4%) mechanically move up to #2 and #3 given their strong reliance on UK sales but underperform. The French fall right in the average: Renault and Peugeot rank 4th and 5th and both gain 11%. Audi (+7%) and BMW (+5%) step aside and let Mercedes (+16%) shine bright at 82,980 sales (Audi 87,688 – BMW 81,857) but the hero of the month is Nissan jumping 4 spot to crack the European Top 10 thanks to sales up 21% to #9 and 80,471 deliveries. Fiat also enjoys the success of its very profitable 500 family and the arrival of the 500X just in time for summer escapades: +13% in 10th place.

Nissan Qashqai Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frNissan is up 21% year-on-year in Europe in March.

Despite sales up just 0.1% to 56,269, the VW Golf manages to clock its 60th consecutive month atop the European sales charts – that’s a full 5 years with the last time the Golf did not rank #1 in Europe being March 2010… The Top 10 models is heavily influenced by the UK market as is the norm in March: the Ford Fiesta jumps two spots to #2 both in March and year-to-date, the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa is up 3 to #3 (+21%), the Ford Focus is up 5 to #6 and the Opel/Vauxhall Astra is up 7 to return inside the Top 10 at #10. While the Renault Clio is solid at +12%, the VW Polo takes a beating and drops two ranks in the 2015 ranking to #4, now only 51 units above the Corsa. Another excellent month for the Nissan Qashqai at #7 (+13%) and Audi A3 at #9 (+15%).

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Europe February 2015: Now with Top 330 All-models and All-brands

April 15th, 2015 No comments

BMW 2er Active Tourer Europe February 2015. Picture courtesy autozeitung.deThe Active Tourer variant lifts the BMW 2 Series to its first European Top 50 ranking.

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Refined European data is now available with the traditional one month-delay, confirming the 8% year-on-year increase announced earlier at 952,084 units and 1.977.866 year-to-date (+7%). Outside the familiar Top 10 brands, Seat (+23%), Nissan (+27%), Mini (+34%), Lexus (+36%), Mitsubishi (+43%), Smart (+45%), Porsche (+46%) and most spectacularly Jeep (+182%) impress. The VW Passat is the hero in the Top 10 with sales up 65% to #8, but beyond a few other nameplate also make themselves noticed. The Renault Captur is still on the up at #12 (+23%) as is the Peugeot 308 at #14 (+31%), the Opel Mokka at #18 (+67%), Mercedes C-Class at #20 (+54%), Seat Leon at #21 (+26%), Renault Twingo at #25 (+133%) and Mini at #36 (+105%).

Smart Forfour Europe February 2015Mainly thanks to its performance in Italy, the Smart Forfour is inside Europe’s Top 100.

Lifted by the success of the Active Tourer variant still not separated from the Coupe/Cabriolet in official sales, the BMW 2 Series breaks into the European Top 50 for the very first time this month at #43 with 6,859 units. The Citroen C4 Cactus is getting tantalisingly closer to reaching that milestone as well: up a further two spots on January to #51 and 6,293 sales, the Jeep Renegade posts its first European Top 100 at #83 and 3,904 units as does the new generation Smart Forfour at #96 and 3,428 sales and the Fiat 500X at #98 and 3,151 sales while the Nissan Pulsar is up 13 spots on January to #85 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport is up 15 to #194.

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Europe February 2015: VW Passat at highest in 3 years

March 22nd, 2015 No comments

VW Passat Europe February 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe VW Passat hits its highest European ranking since August 2012.

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For the second month in a row, the recovery in European new car sales is stronger than expected with a 8% year-on-year surge in February to 956,419 registrations, pushing the year-to-date total up to 1.985.713 units, up 7% on 2014. Volkswagen does even better than the market with sales up 12% on a year ago to 118,781 units and 12.4% share, with other Top 10 manufacturers delivering 10%+ gains being Renault in 2nd place with 69,617 sales (+15%), BMW at #8 and 48,278 units (+15%) and Mercedes at #9 with 45,087 sales (+12%). In fact the entire Top 10 is in positive territory this month, demonstrating the return into shape of the market.

Renault Volkswagen BMW Europe February 2015. Picture courtesy autoevolution.comRenault, Volkswagen and BMW are among the biggest gainers in Europe this month.

In the models ranking, Volkswagen monopolises the Top 2 for the second straight month and the 4th time in the past 5 months with the Golf (+6%) and Polo (+7%) in the lead. The Peugeot 208 is up 3 spots to break back into the monthly Top 5 for the first time in a year at #5, the Skoda Octavia (+12%), Nissan Qashqai (+20%) and Audi A3 (+11%) post very dynamic performances due to their recent renewals, but the hero of the month is without a doubt the VW Passat, up to its highest ranking since August 2012 in 8th position thanks to sales up 64% year-on-year to 15,711 units.

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Europe January 2015: Now with Top 335 All-models and All-brands

March 11th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes C Class VW Passat Europe January 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deMercedes C-Class sales are up 73% while the VW Passat is up 23% in Europe in January.

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Refined European data now available shows a market still up 6% to 1.023.880 registrations in January. If Volkswagen (+9%), Renault (+13%), Opel and Mercedes (both at +15%) are the best year-on-year performers in the brands Top 10, beyond Mini (+22%), Nissan (+36%), Smart (+37%), Porsche (+44%), Ssangyong (+54%), Tesla (+61%), Mitsubishi (+93%) and ultimately Jeep (+171%) also impress. Citroen (#13) now splits with DS, already down a worrying 16% on a year ago to #28.

Compact SUV Europe January 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe compact crossover craze continues in Europe: Renault Captur (+29%), Peugeot 2008 (+11%), Ford Ecosport (#110), Dacia Duster (+21%) and Opel Mokka (+23%) all outperform the market in January.

The Top 10 models remains the same as initially published, with the VW Passat at #11 (+23%) and the Renault Captur at #12 (+29%) missing out on it for only 468 and 533 units respectively and outselling the Ford Focus down 12% to #13. Also delivering outstanding results inside the European Top 30 this month are the Mercedes C-Class up 73% to #14, the Peugeot 308 up 45% to #15, Opel Mokka up 23% to #21, Dacia Duster up 21% to #23 and the Seat Leon up 36% to #25. Notice also the Peugeot 2008 up 11% to #18 vs. #23 over the Full Year 2014.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Europe January 2015The Land Rover Discovery Sport lands at #209 this month.

The VW Golf Sportsvan leads recent nameplate launches at a splendid #31 with 8,979 sales, followed by the Peugeot 108 cracking the European Top 50 for the first time at #46 with 7,092 deliveries, the Citroen C4 Cactus getting close – up 13 spots on December to #53 and 6,355 units (vs. just 3,630 for the C4!), the BMW 2 Series at #61, the Nissan Pulsar breaking into the Top 100 for the first time for this generation at #98, the Jeep Renegade at #103 and the Smart Forfour at #115. Now with official Europe-wide sales, we welcome the Fiat 500X (#129) and the Land Rover Discovery Sport (#209) in the sales charts this month.

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Europe January 2015: Corsa and Qashqai shoot up, Yaris in Top 10

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Toyota Yaris Europe January 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Toyota Yaris is among Europe’s Top 10 for only the third time ever.

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The European new car market accelerates its recovery in January at +6% to 1.028.796 units. Encouragingly, the Top 6 largest markets on the continent are all up year-on-year, with Spain faring the best at +28%. Among the Top 10 brands, Volkswagen (+8%), Renault (+12%), Mercedes (+14%) and Opel (+15%) outperform the market. Fiat is back up to #9, its first time in the European Top 10 since June 2014, while Toyota breaks an even longer drought (15 months, first time since September 2013) at #10.

Opel Corsa Europe January 2015Opel Corsa sales are up 49% year-on-year Europe-wide thanks to the new model.

In the models ranking, below the VW Golf, the VW Polo overtakes the Renault Clio to make it a Volkswagen 1-2, while the Opel Corsa is boosted 49% year-on-year by the new generation to 5th place and 21,225 registrations. The Nissan Qashqai, also with a new model now well established, is up 42% to #6 and 18,163 deliveries. Only once did the Qashqai rank better in Europe: in February 2013 (#5), it also ranked #6 in July 2014. While we welcome back the Peugeot 208 (+3 on December to #8) and Audi A3 (+6 to #9), the big event in January is the Toyota Yaris cracking the European Top 10 for the only third time ever after March 2012 and September 2012, and the first time for this generation.

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Small SUV Europe 2014. Picture courtesy of autozeitung.de2014 is the year of the Small SUV in Europe: Renault Captur (+91% to #15), Peugeot 2008 (+125% to #23) and Opel Mokka (+79% to #29) all impress, only the Ford Ecosport disappoints.

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Complete European sales data in now available for the Full Year 2014. As we have described earlier, the Top 10 brands is unchanged on a year ago, with Renault (+9%) and Opel (+7%) faring the best above Peugeot and Mercedes (+6%). Larger increase can be spotted just outside the Top 10 however: Skoda and Nissan are both up 13% and in the case of the German-Czech manufacturer, an annual Top 10 ranking is in the cards for 2015. Once again, low-cost French-Romanian brand Dacia wins the ‘most improved’ contest in the Top 25 thanks to sales up a very vigorous 25% to 362,520 units, overtaking Kia to rank #15 overall.

Maserati Ghibli Europe 2014Mainly thanks to the Ghibli, Maserati sales are up 268% in Europe in 2014.

Further down, notice the excellent performances of Seat (+14%), Volvo (+10%), Mazda (+18%), Mitsubishi (+24%), Porsche (+22% thanks to the Macan) and, most impressive of all, Jeep up 68% to #29 and 40,453 sales. Tesla improves by 121% over 2013 to reach the 34th place with 8,868 sales while Maserati enjoys the tremendous success of the Ghibli, gaining a huge 268% on 2013 to rank #36 with 5,734 units. Notice also Infiniti and Dodge each up 79%, Great Wall up 73% to a still minuscule 493 sales and Saab back up to #52 thanks to a couple of hundred Swedish sales.

Nissan Qashqai Europe 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBack to #8: the Nissan Qashqai

Refined nameplate sales figures mean one change in the 2014 Top 10 models: the Nissan Qashqai reclaims the 8th spot it already held in 2013 with a tiny 87 sale-advantage over the Skoda Octavia, knocked down to #9 which is still the nameplate’s best-ever ranking and its first time in the annual European Top 10. The Audi A3 stays 10th but drops below the 200,000 unit-mark to 199,537. The heroes of the year are small SUV – or more aptly named crossovers: for their first full year of sales the French superstars continue to redefine this segment: the Renault Captur is up 91% to #15 and dipped into the monthly Top 10 twice:  in June when (#7) and December (#9) and the Peugeot 2008 is up 125% to #23 but seems to have plateaued and will struggle to break the Top 10 in this generation’s life. Different story for the Opel Mokka which keeps improving two years after launch: it outsold the Astra for the first time in November, hit a record #14 in December and finishes the year up a beautiful 79% to #29.

Seat Leon Europe 2014. Picture courtesy largus.frRecord year for the Seat Leon in Europe.

The compact car category has also seen some interesting moves this year: the Peugeot 308, boosted by the new generation elected 2014 European Car of the Year, is inside the Top 10 during the last two months of the year and finished 2014 at #16 with sales up 62% to 161,520 units. It should overtake the 208 to become the brand’s best-seller in Europe over the Full Year 2015. A few spots below, not only does Volkswagen signs outstanding performances with the VW Golf, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia, it also does so with the Seat Leon, whose last generation is lifting the nameplate to never-seen before heights: up 57% to #21. Notice also the Dacia Sandero up 14% to #20 and the Mercedes C-Class up 16% to #22 but destined to a much higher FY 2015 ranking.

Dacia Duster Europe 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Duster sales are up 46% in Europe in 2014.

Two SUVs lodge their best-ever European annual volume inside the Top 50: the Dacia Duster is up 46% to 127,708 sales and the Ford Kuga makes its first appearance in a year-end Top 50 at #49 thanks to sales up 31%. The VW Golf Sportsvan is the most popular new nameplate on the continent this year, landing at #64 but aiming at the compact MPV category lead for 2015 – currently held by the Citroen C4 Picasso with sales up 36%. The Mercedes GLA (#98), Peugeot 108 (#116), Citroen C4 Cactus (#118) and BMW 2 Series (#122) follow.

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Opel Mokka Europe December 2014. Picture courtesy larevueautomobile.comThe Opel Mokka reaches a best-ever #14 European ranking in December…

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After exploring the Top 10 brands and models for December, it is now time to look at complete rankings. Brand-wise, Nissan (+30%), Seat (+21%), Mini (+43%), Smart (+65%) and Jeep (+193%) all impress in the Top 30. Outside the familiar Top 10, the Opel Astra is back up 7 spots on a particularly weak month of November to #12, however its stablemate the Opel Mokka is following closely, up 86% year-on-year to beat the European ranking record it set last month and lift it to #14. The Mercedes C-Class is a little further from the Top 10 than last month by still reaches a very respectable 13th place with sales up 76% on December 2013 vs. #19 for the BMW 3 Series and #37 for the Audi A4.

Seat Leon Europe December 2014. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.fr…As does the Seat Leon up to #18.

The Seat Leon continues its incredible run in Europe, boosted by a very strong performance in Germany: it is up another 46% year-on-year in December to #18, simply the nameplate’s best-ever ranking on the continent. The Mini, now helped by a 5-door variant, more than double the nameplate’s sales year-on-year (+102%) to land at #22, the Volvo V40 is up 18 ranks on November to #30, the VW Golf Sportsvan is back into its category lead at #32 (vs. #35 for the Renault Scénic and #41 for the Citroen C4 Picasso), the Ford Kuga is up 31% to #40, the BMW 2 Series up 11 ranks to #64 and the Citroen C4 Cactus up one to #66.

Jeep Renegade Europe December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst European Top 100 ranking for the Jeep Renegade in December.

As far as recent launches are concerned, the Jeep Renegade lodges its very first European Top 100 ranking in December, up 27 spots to #91, the Nissan Pulsar is up 14 ranks to #110, the Smart Forfour up 36 to #114, the BMW X4 up 3 to #128 but the Ford Ecosport is already down 11 on November to #136.

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Europe Full Year 2014: Sales up for the first time in 7 years Volkswagen Golf leads, Skoda Octavia & Audi A3 break into Top 10

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Skoda Octavia Europe 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst annual Top 10 ranking in Europe for the Skoda Octavia…

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Finally! After 7 consecutive years of decline, new car sales in Europe are back into positive territory in 2014 at +5% to 12.995.397 registrations, topping off a full 12 months of year-on-year gains. The Top 5 largest markets are all up year-on-year: Germany (+3%), UK (+9%), France (+0.3%), Italy (+4%) and Spain (+20%) and 24 out of 29 markets are in positive. We are still far from the heydays of 16-17 million sales but at least the market has bottomed out and looks set to continue to increase, albeit discreetly, in 2015. The world has changed since the last time the European new car market was growing: with a predicted 25 million units in 2015, the Chinese will soon weight twice that of Europe… Read also my 2013 analysis STRATEGY: Europe: Will the new car market ever grow again?

Audi S3…and also for the Audi A3.

All Top 10 manufacturers progress year-on-year, with Volkswagen leading the pack by far at 1.61 million sales (+4%) followed by Ford at 0.96 million (+4%). Opel/Vauxhall, now rid of Chevrolet, improves by 7% while the Top 2 French manufacturers, Renault (+9%) and Peugeot (+6%), both outperform the market. The three premium Germans slow down their growth to all evolve roughly like the market and keep their position: Audi is up 4%, BMW up 5% and Mercedes up 6%. Citroen (+1%) and Fiat (+2%) underperform and were both outsold by Skoda (#11 at +13%) during the last months of the year. One of the two, more likely Citroen as Fiat will benefit from the arrival of the 500X, will disappear from Europe’s Top 10 in 2015.

VW Golf Europe 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf extends a stretch of 57 consecutive months at #1 in Europe.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf is crowned for the 7th consecutive year and the 27th time in the past 32 years starting in 1983 with sales up 11% to 520,958 – its best annual tally since 2009. The Golf was never outsold this year, extending a stretch of 57 consecutive months in the European pole position: the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe is March 2010. The Golf has now held the #1 spot during 85 out of the past 100 months, and managed to double the sales of the #2 model for the first time ever in August. The Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, VW Polo and Opel Corsa follow, all holding onto their 2013 ranking and all growing exactly like the market at +5%. The Ford Focus at #6 and Peugeot 208 at #7 are the only two nameplates in the Top 10 to lose ground vs. 2013.

RENAULT CAPTUR 1.5 dCi 90chThe Renault Captur broke into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in June.

In sync with their record rankings in Germany this year, both the Skoda Octavia (#8, then corrected to #9) and Audi A3 (#10) lodge their first-ever annual European Top 10 ranking in 2014. Both nameplates are now regulars in the monthly Top 10 and these achievements are the fruit of a steady sales progression throughout the years. The Skoda Octavia finishes the year up 22% to 206,362 units, ranking inside the monthly Top 10 nine times out of 12, and even though it didn’t beat its #5 monthly ranking record from October-November 2013, it did rank #6 five times this year. A testimony to the Octavia’s new generation sales surge over the past couple of years: it ranked inside the monthly European Top 10 only once between 1996 and 2012, 4 times in 2013 and 9 times in 2014.

Fiat 500 Europe 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.fr…as did the Fiat 500 in March.

The Audi A3 is following a very similar trajectory: not a single Top 10 ranking between 1996 and 2012, 3 times in 2013 and 9 times in 2014, peaking at a best-ever #6 in May (also reached in August 2013) and ranking #8 for four consecutive months between August and November. The A3 finishes the year up 19% to 200,157 units at #10 overall. The Octavia and A3 replace the Opel Astra and BMW 3 Series in the European Top 10 this year.

Peugeot 308 SW vs VW Golf SWThe Peugeot 308 should be inside the annual Europe Top 10 in 2015.

Two models broke into the monthly European Top 10 for the very first time in 2014: the Renault Captur did so flamboyantly in June when it hit #7 and again in December (#9) while the 7-year-old Fiat 500, pushed by record UK sales, pointed its retro bonnet at #10 in March (record volume at 21,990 units) and again in June and September. The new generation Peugeot 308 for its part broke the nameplate’s European ranking record twice, lifting it to#9 in November and #8 in December. Just below, the VW Tiguan hit a best-ever #12 in April and could be in for a monthly Top 10 ranking when the new generation arrives.

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