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Europe June 2014: Renault Captur first small SUV in Top 10 at #7

July 18th, 2014 12 comments

Renault Captur Europe June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Captur is up to an all-time high 7th place in Europe this month.

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The European new car market celebrates a 10th consecutive month on year-on-year growth in June at +4% to 1,230,363 registrations, bringing the half year total to 6,851,552 units, up 6% on 2013 and matching an expansion from June 2009 through March 2010. Some analysts warn that this growth comes from a low base and is due to heavy discounting, with retail incentives across Europe’s top 5 markets increasing 10% year-on-year to 2,748€ ($3,700) per vehicle according to Autonews. For Hyundai’s European operations head Allan Rushforth: “After a six-year slump in the European car market, an inconsistent and heavily incentivised recovery is better than no recovery at all.” Well said.

Peugeot 2008 Europe June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frIs the Peugeot 2008 next inside the European Top 10?

Rare but true, the market leader Volkswagen loses ground this month at -3% to 11.5% share vs. 12.1% year-to-date while the star of the month is without a doubt Renault, up a spectacular 21% on June 2014 and two spots on May and its year-to-date ranking to 2nd place with 105,469 sales and 8.6% vs. 6.8% so far in 2014. And the biggest news of the month is the very first Top 10 ranking of the Renault Captur, shooting up from #23 in May directly into 7th place this month thanks to a record 20,893 registrations, even outselling fellow countryman the Peugeot 208, down 15% to #8 and 19,373 units! This is the first time a small SUV manages to rank within the 10 most successful models on the continent and the final sign, if we needed any more, than this segment is sure to grow drastically over the next few years. Perhaps the most impressive fact is that the Captur’s success hasn’t been to the detriment of the Clio on which it is based whereas the Peugeot 2008 has definitely put a dent in 208 sales.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Europe June 2014. Picture courtesy of autoweek.nlEuropean Mitsubishi sales are up 44% year-on-year in June.

Other manufacturers to make themselves noticed this month are Opel/Vauxhall up 12% in third place, Skoda up 13% to #11, Nissan up 10% to #13, Dacia up 32% to #15, Seat up 13% to #17, Volvo up 15% to #18, Mazda up 12% to #20, Suzuki up 10% to #21 and Mitsubishi up a massive 44% but remaining in 25th place. In the models ranking, the Top 5 best-sellers are identical to last month with the VW Golf keeping its implacable stranglehold on the charts at 43,960 units (+7%) vs. 34,606 (+12%) for the Clio at #2, ahead of the Ford Fiesta (+1%), Opel Corsa (+3%) and VW Polo (-14%). The Ford Focus overtakes the 208 to rank #7 year-to-date and both the Nissan Qashqai (#9) and Opel Astra (#10) gain one spot on May.

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Europe 5 months 2014: Opel Astra rebounds

July 13th, 2014 23 comments

Opel Astra Europe May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Opel Astra is back up two spots to #11 year-to-date in Europe.

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As is the tradition on BSCB we now spend some time studying the year-to-date rankings for Europe in order to extract longer-term trends. As the year progresses the models ranking cements itself and large month-on-month variations become rarer. Proof: there are no ranking changes inside the year-to-date Top 10 compared to last month, with the Ford Focus getting ever closer to the Peugeot 208 in the fight for the 6th place and the Skoda Octavia dangerously catching up its sales deficit with the Nissan Qashqai for 8th position. The first move happens, like last month, just outside the Top 10 at #11 where the Opel Astra, thanks to a stable month of May, regains two spots to rank #11, overtaking the Fiat 500 (#12) and BMW 3 Series (#13).

Fiat Panda Europe May 2014Fiat Panda

Further down, the Fiat Panda takes advantage of a particularly weak month of the Renault Captur to regain the #16 spot, the VW Passat passes the Dacia Sandero at #18 and the Peugeot 2008 is back inside the Top 20 at #20, above the Citroen C3. The Peugeot 308 (#22), VW Up (#23), Seat Leon (#25) and Audi A4 (#29) also progress while the Citroen C4 Picasso (#28) drops one spot but is up 73% year-on-year.

Volvo XC60 Europe May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo XC60 sales are up 35% so far in Europe this year.

Other great year-on-year increases inside the Top 100 include the Opel Mokka at #34 (+56%), Skoda Rapid at #55 (+127%), Nissan Note at #60 (+140%), Mazda CX-5 at #72 (+39%), Volvo XC60 at #76 (+35%), Toyota RAV4 at #81 (+32%), Opel Adam at #84 (+42%) and Dacia Logan at #85 (+205%). As far as all-new models are concerned, notice the BMW 4 Series at #95, Suzuki SX4 Cross at #104, Mercedes GLA at #121, Tesla Model S at #179, BMW 2 Series at #181 and Porsche Macan at #185.

Dacia Logan MCV Lodgy Europe May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia is up 36% year-on-year in Europe so far in 2014.

Brand-wise, the entire Top 8 best-sellers are unchanged year-on-year with Volkswagen (+3%) still reigning supreme above Ford (+7%) and Opel (+7% also). Biggest gainers in the Top 30 include Renault (+12%), Peugeot (+8%), Skoda (+19%), Dacia (+36%), Seat (+12%), Mazda (+25%), Suzuki (+13%) and Porsche (+14%), with Jeep (+36%), Lexus (+34%), Maserati (+395%) and Infiniti (+61%) also shining further down.

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Europe May 2014: Discover the Top 334 models and Top 57 brands

July 12th, 2014 6 comments

Peugeot 308 Europe May 2014The Peugeot 308 is up to #13 this month in Europe. Is the Top 10 for next month?

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after going through the May Top 10 we now have access to much more detailed data for the European new car market. But first one little change in the Top 10 compared to when first figures were published: the Nissan Qashqai edges past the Opel Astra to reclaim its spot among Europe’s 10 most popular vehicles with 17,365 sales vs. 17,346. The most impressive jump this month is the work of the Peugeot 308, now benefitting fully from its new generation and the new station wagon variant especially successful in Scandinavian markets: it is up 10 spots on April to a splendid 13th place at 14,935 units (+79% year-on-year) and can now dream of a Top 10 spot in the near future.

Seat Leon Europe May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Seat Leon is among Europe’ Top 20 best-sellers for potentially the first time.

The VW Passat is back up one rank to #15 vs. #18 year-to-date thanks to runout prices for the current generation, the Seat Leon brilliantly breaks into the European Top 20 for potentially the first time ever at #19 and 14,144 sales (+73%), the Peugeot 2008 returns at #20, flatly beating the Renault Captur (#23) this month thanks to a strong score at home in France, the VW Up is up 5 ranks on April to #21, the Audi A4 up 3 to #25, Citroen C4 Picasso up 77% on May 2013 to #26 and the Opel Mokka reaches its highest ever European ranking at #27, up 73% year-on-year.

Further down, the Skoda Rapid is up 4 spots to #50, the BMW 4 Series down 3 to #88, the Mercedes GLA up a further 7 to #89, the Porsche Macan remains the brand’s best-seller across the continent at #138 with 1,757 sales, the Ford Ecosport is up 60 ranks to #172, the Jeep Cherokee up 39 to #175, the Tesla Model S up 40 to #186 and the Alfa Romeo 4C ranks #258 at 153 units.

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Full May 2014 Top 334 models and Top 57 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Europe May 2014: Renault and Skoda shine in market up 4%

June 20th, 2014 17 comments

Renault Captur Europe May 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThanks to the Captur, Renault is up 16% in May.

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If 2013 marked 6 consecutive years of decline and worst levels in 20 years for the European new car market, 2014 is decidedly more rosy. May is the 9th month of year-on-year gain in a row at +4% to 1,133,727 registrations, however still the 2nd lowest May figure in 20 years. The year-to-date total is up a very comfortable 6% on 2013 so far at 5,619,263 units.

Volkswagen dominates the brands sales charts head and shoulders with 12.8% share (+5%) ahead of Ford at 7.3% (-3%) and Opel/Vauxhall at 7.1% (+6%) but in May Renault is the best performer in the Top 10 with sales up a beautiful 16% on May 2013 to 71,504 units, paradoxically on the month it got overtaken by Peugeot at home in France… Other great gainers include Skoda up 23% to #11, Nissan up 10% to #13, Seat up 22% to #15, Dacia up 24% to #17, Volvo up 14% to #18, Mazda up 20% to #19, Land Rover up 16% to #23 and Mitsubishi up 29% to #24.

Audi A3 Europe May 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Audi A3 is up to a best-ever 6th place this month in Europe.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf continues to be ultra dominant, even improving its market share thanks to sales up 16% both in May (47,202 units) and year-to-date. The Renault Clio up an impressive 23% to #2, absolutely not disturbed by the success of its SUV variant the Captur. This is definitely not the case for the Peugeot 208 down a harsh 22% to #8, which can be attributed in part to cannibalisation from the 2008. The Audi A3 is up 20% to reach its best-ever monthly European ranking at #6, also hit last August, the Skoda Octavia is up a huge 57% to #9 and the Opel Astra reappears inside the Top 10 at #10.

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Full May 2014 Top 10 models and Top 25 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Europe 4 months 2014: Fiat 500 inches closer to Top 10 at #11

June 15th, 2014 22 comments

Fiat 500 Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of quattroruote.itFiat Abarth 500 (US model shown)

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Now that we have explored in detail the European models ranking for April we look into the evolution of the year-to-date sales charts to extract longer-term trends. As the year progresses the models ranking cements itself and large month-on-month variations become rarer. Illustrating this, the highest year-to-date ranking change this month is outside the Top 10: after breaking into the monthly European Top 10 for the first time in March and helped by another impressive month (#11 in April), the Fiat 500 passes the BMW 3 Series to establish itself at #11 year-to-date, the highest the Nuova 500 ever ranked in a year-to-date European ranking, an outstanding performance given this car is almost 7 years old! The Top 10 is still a fair distance away though: the Audi A3 is 7,000 sales above and regularly beats the 500 in the monthly charts.

Citroen C3 Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusThe Citroen C3 is back inside the Top 20 this month.

Reaching a best-ever #12 in April earns the VW Tiguan to improve its year-to-date ranking by two spots to #15 with 55,341 sales (+15%), kicking the Fiat Panda down two to #17 (-8%) while the Renault Captur remains at a very impressive #16. Catching up on lost time as 2013 was disrupted by strikes at its French factory, the Citroen C3 overtakes the Peugeot 2008 to reclaim a spot inside the European Top 20 at #20. Other notable changes inside the Top 50 include the BMW 1 Series (#22) and Peugeot 308 (#23) both up one rank, the Renault Mégane up 3 to #26, the Dacia Duster up two to #29, Seat Leon up one to #31, Mercedes A-Class down 4 to #32 and Renault Scénic up 3 to #36.

Skoda Rapid Europe April 2014Skoda Rapid

Further down, the Skoda Rapid is slowly but surely creeping up the ladder, up a further 3 spots this month to #57 and could potentially break into the YTD Top 50 in the next couple of months, making it 3 Skodas in the Top 50 after the Octavia (#9) and Fabia (#34). The Nissan Note could do the same: it is up a massive 135% year-on-year in Europe so far this year at #60, while its little sister the Micra is up a more modest but still impressive 53% at #63. Interesting bounce of the Volvo XC60 at +39% to #77, a more logical one for the Toyota RAV4 given the new model is still finding its mark at +40% at #81 and the Dacia Logan takes advantage of its full revamp to gain 212% and reappear in the Top 100 at #84 even though these figures don’t include Russia where it is very strong.

BMW 4er Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe BMW 4 Series has not cannibalised the 3 Series so far.

There is one all-new models in the Top 100: the BMW 4 Series lands at #98 with 14,715 sales, definitely more than the 3,560 units the 3 Series has lost over the period. The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is close enough at #105 (+3%) while the Mercedes GLA should join the Top 100 club very soon: thanks to a #96 ranking in April it gains 25 spots year-to-date to #131 with just under 8,000 sales. Notice also the Mercedes S-Class up 202% to #149, the Toyota Corolla up 265% to #152, Tesla Model S at #179 with 3,458 units and the Maserati Ghibli at #227 and 1,477 sales.

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen continues to reign supreme with 538,738 sales, up 3% on 2013. Among the Top 20 most popular carmakers, only Hyundai loses ground at -3% and 7 brands manage a 10%+ increase year-on-year: Ford (+10%), Renault (+11%), Skoda (+18%), Nissan (+10%), Dacia (+40%), Mazda (+26%) and Suzuki (+17%). Notice also Jeep up 24%, Lexus up 34%, Tesla up 19 spots to #34, Maserati up 425%, Infiniti up 35% and Bentley up 35%.

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Europe April 2014: Discover the Top 334 models and Top 55 brands

June 15th, 2014 12 comments

VW Tiguan Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe VW Tiguan is up to a best-ever #12 in April.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after going through the April Top 10 we now have access to much more detailed data for the European new car market. The Fiat 500 steps out of the Top 10, just: at 15,639 sales (+6%) it ranks 11th this month, ahead of the VW Tiguan reaching its best-ever European ranking at #12 with 15,250 units, up a beautiful 15% on April 2013. The BMW 3 Series (-16%) and Opel Astra (-13%) follow but disappoint while the Toyota Yaris is stable at #15. The VW Passat is back up 3 spots on March to #16 but down 3% year-on-year, and both the Renault Captur (#17) and Peugeot 2008 (#22) seem to now have stabilised some distance away from the Top 10.

Seat Leon Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Seat Leon is up to #21 in Europe this month, its best-ever ranking.

Great year-on-year gainers inside the European Top 50 this month include the Dacia Sandero up 32% to #18, Citroen C3 up 63% to #20, Seat Leon up 52% to #21 (record monthly ranking in Europe), Peugeot 308 up 53% to #23, Dacia Duster up 40% to #25, Citroen C4 Picasso up 65% to #29, Fiat 500L up 88% to #36 and the Opel Mokka up 33% to #38, while the Ford Kuga up 26% to #51 and Skoda Rapid up 101% to #54 stop short of breaking into the Top 50.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mercedes GLA breaks into the European Top 100 for the first time this month.

As far as recent launches are concerned, the BMW 4 Series is up a further 6 spots on March to #85 with 4,553 sales, the Mercedes GLA breaks into the European Top 100 for the first time at #96 and 3,903 units while the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross steps out of it at #107 (-10). But the most spectacular progression is delivered by the Porsche Macan up 130 ranks on last month to land in 139th position with 1,734 sales and becoming the brand’s best-seller on the continent above the 911 (#152) and Cayenne (#155), consistent with its performance in most major European markets. Finally notice the Jeep Cherokee up 54 to #214 as the new generation starts spreading into dealerships.

Porsche Macan Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Macan is already the best-selling Porsche in Europe.

In the brands ranking, below Volkswagen and Ford, Renault jumps back onto the podium thanks to sales up 8% year-on-year, passing Opel/Vauxhall (+6%) while Peugeot and Audi are stable at #5 and #6 respectively. Mercedes overtakes BMW to rank 7th vs. #9 year-to-date, Skoda is up a cool 16% to #11, Nissan is up 19% to #13 and Dacia up 31% to #15. Notice also Mazda up 18% to #20, Land Rover up 19% to #22, Porsche up 28%, Jeep up 52%, Lexus up 44%, Maserati up 317% and Tesla up 6433%.

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Europe April 2014: Nissan Qashqai regains traction at +22%

May 21st, 2014 10 comments

Nissan Qashqai Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frNissan Qashqai

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New car sales in Europe, defined as the European Union ex-Malta + Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, deliver an 8th consecutive month of year-on-year growth in April, up 4% to 1,129,829 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 4,483,077, up a solid 7% on 2013.  The VW Golf remains the best-seller on the continent by far, with 49,653 new units finding a buyer, a very sizeable 15% increase on April 2013. The Ford Fiesta does even better in 2nd place: up 21% to 28,421 sales and cementing its year-to-date 2nd spot. In fact, the entire Top 5 models are identical to the year-to-date ranking this month with the Renault Clio, VW Polo and Opel Corsa following.

Skoda Octavia Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frSkoda Octavia sales are up 45% year-on-year in April across Europe.

Interestingly, the Ford Focus does not drop much vs. March which was boosted by UK sales, losing only one rank to #6 and up a robust 8% year-on-year. Now that the new generation is well established in dealerships across the continent, the Nissan Qashqai regains traction at +21% year-on-year to 19,535 sales in 7th place. Victim of the tremendous success of its SUV derivative the 2008, the Peugeot 208 is down a harsh 19% this month to #8. In contrast, the Audi A3 aptly celebrates one year since its very first European Top 10 ranking (April 2013) by hitting #9 and the Skoda Octavia is up another gargantuan 45% year-on-year to reclaim a spot inside the Top 10.

Jeep Renegade Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frTo be launched later this year, the Renegade should push European Jeep sales further up.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen comfortably keeps the pole position with 12.9% share ahead of Ford (+8%), Renault (+9%), Opel/Vauxhall (+7%) and Peugeot (+6%) all growing faster than the market. The 3 premium German manufacturers follow, all on or above their year-to-date market shares: Audi at 6%, Mercedes at 5.1% and BMW at 5%. Among great year-on-year gainers, let’s salute Jeep (+52%), Dacia (+34%), Land Rover (+30%), Mazda (+29%), Skoda (+22%) and Nissan (+21%).

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Europe First Quarter 2014: Peugeot 2008 in Top20, Leon > Ibiza

May 13th, 2014 10 comments

Peugeot 2008 Europe March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 is now among Europe’s Top 20 best-sellers in 2014.

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As is now the (new) tradition on BSCB, after going through detailed monthly figures for March we explore the year-to-date rankings in Europe to try and extract longer-term trends. Over the First Quarter of 2014, new car sales in Europe are up an extremely encouraging 8% on 2013 to 3,353,180 sales, which means 2014 looks like it will be the first year of growth on the continent since 2007! The VW Golf and Ford Fiesta lead the ranking as they were over the Full Year 2013 and they also deliver the highest gains in the Top 8 at +16% and +10% respectively. The Skoda Octavia goes from #6 after two months to #9 now but is still going (very) strong at +38% with the Audi A3 rounding up the Top 10 for the first time in a Quarterly ranking thanks to sales up a mammoth 52% year-on-year.

Mazda3 Europe March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMazda3 sales in Europe have doubled vs. 2013 so far this year.

Boosted by its very first stint inside the monthly Top 10 in March (in its 7 year-career!), the Fiat 500 upgrades to #12 year-to-date with sales up 19% to 46,526, while the Renault Captur gains one spot at #16 and the Peugeot 2008 breaks into the European year-to-date Top 20 for the first time at #20 with 36,097 units. The VW Tiguan is up 14% to #17, the Dacia Sandero up 67% to #18, the Citroen C3 up 32% to #21, Toyota Auris up 25% to #22, Peugeot 308 up 42% to #24 and Citroen C4 Picasso up 73% to #27 thanks to the new generations.

Mercedes S Class Europe March 2014The Mercedes S-Class is up 198% year-on-year so far in 2014.

Beyond the Top 30, let’s salute the Dacia Duster up 30% to #31, Opel Mokka up 57% to #32, the Seat Leon up 59% to #33 and now above its lil sis the Seat Ibiza (#35) to become the brand’s best-seller in Europe for potentially the first time in a year-to-date ranking. Notice also the Fiat 500L up 44% to #38, the Opel Insignia up 31% to #44, the Nissan Note up 127% to #55, Skoda Rapid up 124% to #60, Mazda3 up 103% to #86, Range Rover Sport up 102% to #114, Toyota Corolla up 261% to #149 and the Mercedes S-Class up 198% to #153.

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Europe March 2014: Discover the Top 336 models & Top 55 brands

May 12th, 2014 4 comments

Mercedes C Class Europe March 2014The Mercedes C-Class is up to #17 this month Europa-wide.

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After exploring the Top 10 models and Top 30 brands for March and witnessing the first ever Top 10 ranking of the Fiat Nuova 500 thanks to very strong sales in the UK, we now have access to much more detailed data with a Top 336 models. The brands ranking will follow shortly. Beyond the Top 10 we already explored, the models ranking gets a frank reshuffle this month as it is heavily skewed by the traditionally strong UK market in March. The Audi A3 and BMW 3 Series are logically just hundreds of sales off the Top 10, the Toyota Yaris is above 20,000 sales at #13 and the Skoda Octavia dives to #14 but is still up 33% year-on-year and should be back within the 10 best-sellers next month.

BMW 1 Series Europe March 2014BMW 1 Series

The Renault Captur is up two spots on February to #15, the BMW 1 Series up a spectacular 15 ranks (the UK influence) to #16 and the Mercedes C-Class up an even more impressive 19 spots to #17. Further down, the Dacia Sandero is up a huge 68% year-on-year but down 4 ranks on February to #22, the Peugeot 2008 is down 3 spots to #23 but breaks into the year-to-date Top 20, the Nissan Juke is up 23 ranks to #25, the Seat Leon up 7 to #25, Opel Mokka up 10 to #28, Fiat 500L up 7 to #34, Mercedes E-Class up 8 to #39 and the Nissan Micra is up 23 to #47.

Tesla Model S Europe March 2014The Tesla Model S is among the Top 150 best-sellers in Europe this month.

Beyond the Top 50, let’s salute the Ford Kuga up 19 ranks to #52, the Mini up 23 to #57 but down a harsh 27% year-on-year, the Honda Jazz up 52 spots to #66, Opel Adam up 30 to #76 and Dacia Logan up 311% year-on-year to #93. The BMW 4 Series breaks into the European Top 100 for the first time at #91 with 5,808 sales, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross does the same at #97 and 4,821 units, the Mercedes GLA is up 114 spots on February to #116, the Tesla Model S up 39 to #141 and the BMW 2 Series up 67 to #159.

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Europe March 2014: Fiat 500 inside Top 10 for the first time

April 18th, 2014 27 comments

Fiat 500 Europe March 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukFiat 500

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The good news keep pouring in (at last!) for the European new car market: up 10% year-on-year in March to deliver a 7th consecutive month of year-on-year growth at 1,489,796 units. The First Quarter is up 8% on 2013 to 3,353,180 sales. Traditionally March sales are biased by strong seasonal UK sales at 31% of overall European sales vs. 18% over FY2013. As a result, the Ford Fiesta is a comfortable #2 at 44,491 sales, passing the VW Polo and Renault Clio year-to-date to also rank #2, the Vauxhall/Opel Corsa is up to #3 at 33,563 units, the Ford Focus up to #5 and 30,743 sales and the Vauxhall/Opel Astra up to #9 and 24,016 units – 8% higher than its March 2013 score.

VW Golf Europe March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Golf sales are up 14% year-on-year in March.

Not satisfied with being once again and by far the best-selling model on the continent, the VW Golf also delivers the 2nd best year-on-year improvement in the Top 10 at +14% to 56,042 sales and +15% year-to-date at 129,559 units. The biggest gainer is the Fiat 500, boosted by strong results in the UK (monthly volume record), Germany, France and Italy and up 19% year-on-year to #10 with an all-time high 21,990 sales. This is the first time the Fiat Nuova 500 breaks into the European Top 10, an astounding 7 years after being first introduced to the public! Such a late blooming is extremely rare in nowadays car industry and is a testament to the consistently positive word-of-mouth the model has benefitted from throughout its career so far.

Nissan Qashqai Europe March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe new Qashqai and Note push Nissan up to #10 this month.

Brand-wise, unsurprisingly Volkswagen keeps the lead with 164,724 sales and 11.1% while Ford at #2 (+13%) and Vauxhall/Opel at #3 (+15%) outperform the market and reclaim the same ranks year-to-date. Renault is up a beautiful 23% to 95,987 sales but drops to #4 year-to-date like in 2013 while Peugeot is up 13% in 5th place. Notice also Nissan up 15% to #10 vs. #13 year-to-date, Skoda is up 20% to #12, Dacia up a huge 51% to #16 (+41% year-to-date), Mazda up 26% to #19 and Suzuki up 21% to #21.

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Full March 2014 Top 10 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Europe