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Europe Full Year 2017: VW Golf celebrates 10 consecutive years at #1, market scores largest volume since 2007

The VW Golf has been the best-seller in Europe for 30 of the past 35 years. 

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The European market – 28 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – is up 3% year-on-year in 2017 to 15.515.693 units, its highest score since 2007 (16.02m). This is a significant slowdown compared to +9.3% in 2015 and +6.5% in 2016. The culprit: the UK market, down 5.7% on Brexit and diesel tax uncertainties and the only Top 5 country in negative in 2017. Spain (+7.6%) posts its best year since 2007, Italy (+7.5%) and Germany (+2.7%) their largest since 2009 and France (+4.7%) it biggest volume since 2011. Countries posting double-digit year-on-year gains for 2017 are Lithuania (+27.4%), Hungary (+20.4%), Croatia (+15.1%), Poland (+14%), Greece (+11.7%), Estonia (+11.4%), Slovenia (+11.3%) and Romania (+10.7%). Alongside the UK, a total of five markets are in negative this year (vs. just two in 2016): Ireland (-10.4%),  Switzerland (-1%)Denmark (-0.5%) and Finland (-0.5%).

The Ford Fiesta ended 83 consecutive month of VW Golf reign in March but drops 14.9% in 2017.

There are a couple of mega-trends at play in Europe in 2017, the most striking one being the continued decline of diesel sales, down 7.9% to 6.76 million units and representing 43.4% of the total market vs. 48.5% a year ago, the lowest diesel share in a decade. They were overtaken this year – as illustrated in most large European markets – by petrol sales up 10.9% to 8.07m units or 51.8% share vs. 48.1% in 2016. Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs) shoot up 46.1% to a record 747.400 units. Already a few years old, the SUV trend shows no sign of abating as more and more manufacturers complete their lineup in the segment with high potential vehicles. Accordingly, SUV sales are up a stunning 19.5% in 2017 to 4.56m units vs. 3.81m a year ago, seeing its market share lift from 25.2% to 29.3%. Keep in mind this share was just 8.5% ten years ago in 2007. For reference, Subcompacts are up 1% to 3.24m units, Compacts are down 3.3% to 3.02m, Midsize cars are down 7.4% to 1.24m, City cars down 1.4% to 1.22m, MPVs down 15.1% to 1.21m, Executive cars up 13% to 423.000, Sport cars down 3.7% to 115.000 and Luxury cars up 12% to 46.000.

The Nissan Qashqai is the first SUV and Japanese model to crack the annual European Top 5. 

Group-wise, the Volkswagen Group remains dominant but trails the market slightly with a 1.9% increase to 3.685 million sales, leading to a market share dropping 0.2 point to 23.8%. The PSA Group sees the strong performance of Peugeot being cancelled out by poor sales at Opel and gains just 0.7% to see its share recede to 15.9%. The Renault-Nissan Alliance on the contrary outpaces the European market at +4.5% and sees its share progress to 14.8%. FCA (+4.7%) overtakes Ford Motor (-1.2%) and returns above 1 million annual European sales in 4th place. It is the only position change in the Top 10, with Daimler AG (+6.2%) charging ahead of Hyundai-Kia (+4.8%), the BMW Group (+0.6%), Toyota Motor up a splendid 12.4% and the Geely Group up 3.7%. Just outside the Top 10, Tata Motors (+0.6%) gets knocked down by Suzuki (+20.6%).

The Dacia Sandero posts both its first European Top 10 (May) and Top 5 (August) in 2017.

In the brands ranking, VW remains the most popular on the continent by far but once again under-performs at -1.1% to 1.69m units. In 2nd place, Renault gains 3.8% to 1.14m followed by Ford down 1.2% to 1.05m and Opel down 4.9% to .94m while Peugeot, up a strong 6.8%, rounds up a Top 5 unchanged on 2016. Like last year, Mercedes is the best-selling premium brand in Europe, widening the gap with its two main German competitors thanks to a splendid 7.6% year-on-year gain, the largest in the Top 10. Premium leader in Europe for 5 consecutive years between 2011 and 2015, Audi (-0.7%) drops one further rank in 2017 to #3 below BMW (+0.6%). Suzuki (+20.6%), Seat (+14.4%), Toyota (+13.2%) and Dacia (+11.1%) are the only other Top 25 manufacturers with double-digit gains. Below, Geely (+202.5%), Bugatti (+100%), Chrysler (+84.8%), Tesla (+74.3%), Aston Martin (+64.5%), Chevrolet (+41.5%), Lada (+31.7%), Alfa Romeo (+29.8%), Cadillac (+22%) and Maserati (+21.7%) shine.

The Peugeot 3008 is the most improved nameplate for 2017. 

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf celebrates 10 consecutive years in pole position – the last time it did not rank #1 was in 2007 when the Peugeot 208 won – and a total of 30 years at #1 in the past 35, starting in 1983. Despite deliveries down 1.6%, the Golf still has a very comfortable 157.000 sales advantage over the #2, the Renault Clio up 5.2%. 63% of the Golf’s 2017 European sales occurred in just two markets: Germany and the UK where it broke its volume and ranking record (#2). The Golf’s streak of consecutive #1 months ended at 83 in March when the Ford Fiesta led the charts, taking advantage of record UK sales, meaning the Golf has now ranked #1 in Europe for 98 of the past 100 months, its only other non-#1 month being March 2010 (Fiesta again). Paradoxically, it’s a paltry year for the Ford Fiesta down 15% and stuck in 4th place below the VW Polo, also hit hard at -11%. A perfect illustration of the SUV boom, the Nissan Qashqai is up 6.2% and three spots to become the first SUV to break into the annual European Top 5 and the first Japanese nameplate to do so. The Qashqai peaked at #2 in September when it led the UK market.

The VW Tiguan soars 32.6% to a record 7th place overall in 2017. 

However the VW Tiguan isn’t far behind: the German SUV soars 32.6% and 11 spots to a record 7th place, ending 2017 just 11.000 units below the Qashqai. Menacingly, the Tiguan outsold the Qashqai 6 times this year, including the last three months of the year, and peaked at a record 4th place in both April and August. The Renault Captur gets bumped from #10 to #12 despite breaking into the Top 5 for the first time in June and onto the podium in December while the Citroen C3 benefits fully from the new generation, up 53.9% and 20 spots to #13 and peaking at a record-breaking #9 in April. Up 16.3% and 7 spots to #15, the Dacia Sandero broke into the European monthly Top 10 for the first time in May at #10, lifted that record to #7 in July and broke into the Top 5 in August at #5.

The Toyota C-HR ends its first full year in market inside the European Top 50.

The Peugeot 3008 is propelled up 125.8% and 42 ranks by the new model to #23, peaking at #12 in November., the Ford Kuga is up 27.5% and 10 spots to #28 and the Dacia Duster is up just 4.2% and one rank to #29 but surprisingly broke into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in December at #9, making it two Dacias doing so this year – and ever. The Fiat Tipo (+105.9%), Mercedes GLC (+54.9%), BMW 5 Series (+35.4%), Renault Scenic (+31.6%), Mercedes E-Class (+28.9%) and BMW X1 (+23.4%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the remainder of the Top 50 while the Toyota C-HR misses the title of mist popular newcomer for 2017 as it launched in October 2016 but lands at a shiny #46 for its first full year in market followed the the Audi Q2 at #60 and the Seat Ateca at #67. The Opel Crossland X isn’t technically an all-new launch either (13 sales in 2016) but almost, and lands at #115, with the Citroen C3 Aircross (#174) and Alfa Romeo Stelvio (#175) the only “pure” new 2017 launches in the Top 200.

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Europe December 2017: Captur on podium, Duster in Top 10

First European podium for the Renault Captur.

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The European new car market ends 2017 on a sour note: down 5% to 1.129.332 units. Volkswagen is down 4.3%, Renault down 10% but BMW leaps up four spots on November to land at a stellar third place with sales up 5.4%. It is followed by Peugeot (+9.3%) ahead of seven consecutive declining brands: Ford (-7.4%), Mercedes (-7.1%), Opel (-19.4%), Audi (-4.2%), Skoda (-3.7%), Toyota (-5.1%) and Fiat (-22%). Lada (+177.9%), Tesla (+75.7%), Lamborghini (+69.2%), Cadillac (+47.4%), Jeep (+11.7%) and Mini (+10.1%) are among the rare carmakers posting double-digit year-on-year gains for December, with Dacia (+9.3%), Kia (+7.7%) and Seat (+7.7%) also strong in the Top 20.

The Peugeot 208 remains in 4th place overall in Europe.

Over in the models ranking, Renault’s traditional demo and fleet sales end-of-period rush results in artificially boosted volumes and a couple of records. The VW Golf maintains the leads but its gain drops to a meagre 1.2%, still almost 10.000 units above the Renault Clio (-11.4%). The Renault Captur is up four spots on November and 8.2% year-on-year to post first ever European podium at #3, beating its previous high of #5 established last June. The Peugeot 208 (+8%) holds onto the 4th spot thanks to strong German leases, the VW Tiguan (-2.1%) is inside the Top 5 for the 4th time in the past 5 months, outselling the Nissan Qashqai for the third consecutive time. The Ford Fiesta (-24.8%), VW Polo (-24.3%) and Skoda Octavia (-14.8%) freefall but the event is in 9th place.

Very first European Top 10 for the Dacia Duster.

Combining an outgoing first generation – probably discounted despite the brand’s strict policy on this matter, the arrival of the new model in concessions and the Renault Group’s generous end-of-period loading up of artificial sales, the Dacia Duster breaks into the European Top 10 for the first time in history with deliveries up 20.3% to over 15.600. This concludes a stellar year for Dacia, as the Sandero broke into the Top 10 for the first time in May at #10, lifted that record to #7 in July and broke into the Top 5 in August at #5… In the space of eight months, Dacia has gone from no nameplate ever ranking inside the European Top 10 to one in the Top 5 and one in the Top 10. The Duster’s 9th place means there are four SUVs in the European Top 9: the most of any month in history.

The Volvo XC40 makes its first appearance in the European sales charts. 

Further down, notice the Peugeot 3008 up 46% to #18, the Ford Kuga up 57.3% to #22, the BMW X1 up 19.4% to #26, BMW 5 Series up 56.6% to #35, Mercedes GLC up 37.6% to #39, Toyota C-HR up 46.7% to #49 and Nissan Micra up 39% to #50. The Opel Crossland X leads all newcomers at #65 ahead of the Citroen C3 Aircross at #82 and the Kia Stonic at #110. Below, the Hyundai Kona is up 30 spots on November to #118, the VW T-Roc up 44 to #120, the Seat Arona up 15 to #124 and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross up 46 to #229. This month we welcome the Volvo XC40 in the European charts at #272.

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The BMW X2 makes its first appearance in the European sales charts in November…

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Final data for Europe is now available, with November sales up 5.1% to 1.245.884 leading to a year-to-date volume up 3.6% to 14.380.386. The Top 13 brands are confirmed, with only two changes below: Nissan (-4.9%)) is now above Dacia (+20%) at #14, Lada (+138.1%) now above MG (+31.2%) at #39. In the models ranking, below the VW Golf (+16.6%) and Renault Clio (-4.8%), there are two significant changes in the Top 10 vs. preliminary figures: the Ford Fiesta (-6.1%) is now on the podium at #3 instead of the Peugeot 208 (+17.9%), while the Toyota Yaris (+13%) is now above the Ford Focus (+7.8%) at #9. Further down, the Opel Astra (-30.7%) overtakes the Fiat Panda (-12.7%) for #19, the Mercedes C-Class (-12.6%) is now above the Dacia Duster (+6.7%) at #22, the Mercedes E-Class (+23.9%) is above the BMW X1 (+16.6%) at #35 and the Renault Scenic (+131.5%) and BMW 3 Series (-20.5%) are above the Seat Ibiza (+2.7%) at #39 and #40.

…as does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Further down, great performers include the Peugeot 5008 (+277.9%), Hyundai i30 (+23.2%), Audi Q2 (+129.2%), Mazda CX-5 (+36.6%), Mini Countryman (+108.2%), Audi A5 (+46.9%), Suzuki Swift (+33.1%) and Kia Niro (+108.5%). With the Toyota C-HR (#50), Opel Crossland X (#53) and Skoda Kodiaq (#62) now one year old, the title of best-selling recent launch goes to the Citroen C3 Aircross (#85, up 10), followed by the Kia Stonic (#113, up 19), Opel Grandland X (#129, down one), Alfa Romeo Stelvio (#130, up 26) and Seat Arona (#139, up 58).Having made their first appearance in the European charts last month, the Skoda Karoq is up 46 spots to #146, the Hyundai Kona is up 7 to #148 and the VW T-Roc is up 98 to #164. We welcome two new nameplates in the ranking this month: the BMW X2 at #262 and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at #275.

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Europe November 2017: 3008 and 208 lift Peugeot up 20.7%

The Peugeot 3008 is only 400 sales off a historical first Top 10 spot. Picture autocar.co.uk 

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European new car sales (27 markets excluding Russia and Turkey) is up a robust 5.2% in November to 1.250.281 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 3.8% to 14.435.691. Double-digit gains in France and Spain and a strong 9.4% increase in Germany have more than compensated the collapse of the UK market down 11.2% this month, with Italy (+5.2%) and a handful of smaller markets fuelling the growth, such as Austria (+15.9%), Croatia (+24.4%), Greece (+10.6%), Hungary (+31.3%), the Netherlands (+17.1%) and Slovenia (+17.9%). Along with the UK, only the Czech Republic (-1%), Romania (-3.5%) and Ireland (-8%) are down. Once again it’s SUVs that pull the market up to new heights with sales up a stunning 21.6% to 398.414 units or 31.9% market share vs. just 27.6% a year ago. Small SUVs are up 25.5%, compact SUVs up 16.6% and midsize SUVs up 41%. The performance of each brand in this segment generally dictates how well it does continent-wide.

The Peugeot 208 enjoys a second consecutive podium ranking in Europe.

Volkswagen has no difficulty remaining the most popular carmaker in Europe but once again underperforms at just +1.5%. In a Top 6 unchanged on October, Ford (+5.7%) and most strikingly Peugeot (+20.7%) gain market share vs. a year ago while Mercedes (+5%), Renault (+4.1%) and Opel/Vauxhall (-4.1%, handicapped by a paltry UK score) lose some. In the remainder of the Top10, Audi (+8.4%), Skoda (+10.8%) and Toyota (+12.2%) outpace the overall growth whereas BMW drops 1.6%. Further down, Jeep (+28.9%), Suzuki (+24%), Dacia (+21.4%), Mini (+21.3%), Kia (+17%), Mazda (+15.1%), Citroen (+14.1%) lead the gain ladder while among smaller brands Tesla (+177.3%), McLaren (169%), Lada (+155.1%), MG (+79.5%), Ferrari (+57%) and Alfa Romeo (+26.1%) are among the best performers. Reversely, among the rare carmakers to lose ground year-on-year, Aston Martin (-9.4%), Maserati (-11.3%) and Lancia (-11.4%) are the hardest hit.

The Renault Scenic posts the 2nd largest year-on-year gain in the Top 50 at +126%.

Uncontested leader in the models ranking, the VW Golf brilliantly manages to post a third consecutive double-digit gain at +18.1%, with its YTD cume now down just 1.9%. The Renault Clio clings onto the 2nd place in spite of a 4.8% drop while the Peugeot 208 lodges a second podium ranking in a row thanks to deliveries up 18.9% heaped by a rental fleet deal in Germany. It is the first time the 208 ever ranks on the European podium two months in a row and only its sixth time in the Top 3 after August 2012 (#3), October 2012 (#3), December 2012 (#2), May 2013 (#3) and last month (#3), and its November score propels the 208 to #6 YTD above the Opel Corsa. The Ford Fiesta remains at #4, the Skoda Octavia is up one spot to #5 while the VW Tiguan (+1.6%) and Renault Captur (+4.5%) top the SUV charts above the Nissan Qashqai (+0.3%) The Ford Focus is up 10.8% to #9 and the Toyota Yaris ranks inside the European Top 10 for the fifth month in a row, now #14 YTD.

Opel/Vauxhall Insignia sales are up 70.8% thanks to the new generation.

Below the Citroen C3 up 42.3% to #11, the Peugeot 3008 breaks its European ranking record for the third time in the past five months, lifting it to #12 and only 402 sales off a historical first Top 10 ranking, beating the #14 hit last month and #17 last July. In the remainder of the Top 20, the Dacia Sandero continues to gallop ahead at +31.6%, whereas the Opel Corsa (-15.2%), Astra (-30.8%) and VW Polo (-42%) in the midst of a generation changeover, all struggle. Further down, notice the Renault Scenic up 126%, Opel Insignia up 70.8%, Ford Kuga up 59.7%, the Mercedes GLC up 47.6%, VW Up up 22.9%, Mercedes E-Class up 24.1%, BMW X1 up 18.9%, VW Touran up 18.8% and the BMW 5 Series up 14.4%. The Toyota C-HR celebrates one year in market with an 11th consecutive Top 50 ranking.

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The VW T-Roc and Hyundai Kona have landed in the European sales charts. 

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Final data for Europe is now available, with October deliveries up 5.7% to 1.199.602 and the year-to-date total up 3.5% to 13.134.177. The Top 13 brands are confirmed, with only two few changes happening below: Nissan (-5.2%) overtakes Kia (+11.7%) to rank #14, MG (-24.5%) passes Ferrari (-1.9%) to step up to #41. The rest of the European brands ranking is confirmed with final numbers. As far as the models ranking is concerned, final data getting very close to preliminary figures with the entire Top 50 confirmed except for one single change: the Hyundai Tucson (+2.8%) is now above the Ford Kuga (+52.7%) at #24, and the Toyota C-HR remaining the only recent launch inside the Top 50, now celebrating one year in market.

Further down, big gainers include the Mercedes GLA (+22.8%), Seat Ateca (+36.7%), Nissan Micra (+40.6%), Peugeot 5008 (+225.9%), Audi A5 (+65.6%), Suzuki Swift (+42.5%), Mini Countryman (+49.6%) and Dacia Dokker (+150.4%). Below the C-HR, the most popular new nameplates are the Opel Crossland X (#54), Skoda Kodiaq (#76), the Citroen C3 Aircross lodging its very first Top 100 finish at #95, the Opel Grandland X (#128), Kia Stonic up 71 ranks on September to #132 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio up 19 to #156. We welcome three new nameplates in the European sales charts this month: the Hyundai Kona at #155, Skoda Karoq at #192 and the VW T-Roc at #262.

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Europe October 2017: Golf, 208 and 3008 shine in market up 5.6%

The Peugeot 3008 is up to a record #14 in Europe. Picture perrys.co.uk 

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New car sales in Europe (27 markets excluding Russia and Turkey) are up 5.6% year-on-year in October to 1.202.877 registrations, the highest score for the month since 2009 (1.26m). This brings the year-to-date volume up 3.6% to 13.184.592 deliveries after ten months, the highest score at this stage of the year since 2007 (13.62m). The split data by fuel type is rather interesting this month: wiht 619.300 sales, standard petrol vehicles account for 51.5% of the total market vs. 46.4% a year ago while diesel vehicles continue to freefall at 498.500 sales, down 9.9% to a 41.4% share vs. 48.5% in October 2016, its lowest October share in the past ten years. In contrast, alternatively fuelled vehicles are up to 5.5% share thanks to 66.000 sales. Segment-wise, SUVs are up 21.3% to 373.978 sales and 31.1% share while all other main segments are down: small cars are down 0.5% to 239.105, compact cars down 0.4% to 230.166 and medium cars down 3.7% to 96.732.

The VW Golf surges 24% year-on-year, its largest increase in almost four years. 

Unsurprisingly, Volkswagen remains the most popular carmaker in the region but trails the market slightly at +3% to 133.881 sales. The next best-seller on the other hand all gain share: Renault (+15.8%), Ford (+7.1%), Peugeot (+16.7%) and Mercedes (+8.8%) all advance faster than the market. Note Peugeot reclaims the #4 YTD spot off Mercedes this month. Skoda (+10.6%) and Toyota (+21.2%) are the other two double-digit gainers in the Top 10. Further down, notice Jeep (+20.8%), Seat (+21.1%), Dacia (+21.3%), Alfa Romeo (+22.8%), Suzuki (+31.5%), Lamborghini (+55.6%), Aston Martin (+58.9%), Tesla (+99.4%), Lada (+155.2%) and McLaren (+304.8%) all positing spectacular gains. At the other end of the scale, Opel (-2%), Fiat (-4.2%), Nissan (-5.3%) and BMW (-8.9%) are the only brands in negative in the Top 23, with Lancia (-18.4%), DS (-19.6%), Rolls Royce (-23.5%), MG (-24.5%) and Jaguar (-30%) the hardest hit.

The Peugeot 208 hasn’t ranked this high in Europe since May 2013. Picture largus.fr 

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf confirms its return in shape, posting a second consecutive double-digit gain and the largest since January 2014 at +24%. Yet its YTD tally remains in negative for now at -3.5%. The Renault Clio is back to the 2nd place it holds year-to-date, up a solid 7.4% this month and distancing the Peugeot 208 up a fantastic 14.8% to sign its first European podium since May 2013. This is only the fifth time the 208 features in the Top 3 after August 2012, October 2012, May 2013 (#3) and December 2012 (#2). The Ford Fiesta (-10.4%) slowly returns to its traditional level now that the new generation is establishing itself, back up 9 spots on September to #4 while the VW Tiguan reclaims the SUV crown off the Nissan Qashqai at #5 vs. #7. Meanwhile the Toyota Yaris (+14.9%) equals its European ranking record at #8 (also hit last July), posting a fourth consecutive month inside the Top 10. The Citroen C3 breaks into the Top 10 for the second time this year after April. It’s the C3’s sixth incursion in the European Top 10, the first one being in June 2010.

The Toyota Yaris ranks at a highest-ever 8th place. 

Outside the Top 10, the Fiat Panda (+10%) and Ford Focus (+21.9%) improve significantly whereas the VW Passat is down 1.5%. The Peugeot 3008, more than doubling its sales year-on-year thanks to the new generation, signs a new ranking record at #14, beating the #17 it hit last July. Other great performing nameplates in the European Top 50 this month include the Dacia Sandero up 22.9%, the Mercedes E-Class up 27.8%, BMW 5 Series up 46.7%, Mercedes GLC up 50.9%, Ford Kuga up 52.9%, Opel Insignia up 65.2% and Renault Scenic up 164.4%. Reversely the Opel Corsa (-18.1%), Audi A3 (-22.6%), BMW 3 Series (-31.4%) and Opel Astra (-32.6%) all struggle. As it has been the case for eight of the past nine months, the Toyota C-HR is the only recent nameplate launch (<12 months) to manage a Top 50 ranking this month, the only other one being the Audi Q2 last August.

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First appearance of the Seat Arona in the European rankings. 

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Final data for Europe is now available, with September sales confirmed to be down 2.2% year-on-year to 1.458.556 units, leading to a year-to-date total up 3.3% or 390.000 sales to 11.934.574. There is one change in the Top 10 brands compared to the data detailed in our previous September European sales post: Mercedes (+0.8%) overtakes Opel/Vauxhall (-10%) to a splendid 4th place overall. Further down, Mini (-5.2%) is now above Suzuki (+18.6%) at #20, Jaguar (-16.4%) passes Alfa Romeo (+15.9%) to #27, Chevrolet (+40.5%) is now above Ferrari (-27%) at #43 and Dodge (-3.4%) overtakes Lotus (-46.8%) to #48. There are still only three Chinese brands in the European Top 55 as per last month: MG down 16.2% to #38, Geely up 41.7% to #51 and DR Motor up 170% to #53.

Over in the models ranking, the entire Top 10 is confirmed which means the Nissan Qashqai cements its record 2nd place at 28.996 sales (+13.6%). The Fiat 500 (-6%) overtakes the Ford Fiesta (-46.4%) and Renault Captur (-9%) for #11, the Mercedes A-Class (+1.6%) passes the VW Passat (-4.3%) to rank at #18, the Peugeot 3008 (+157.6%) is now above its sibling the 2008 (-15.6%) at #28, the Hyundai i10 (+8%) had been left behind in the preliminary Top 50 but now appears in 41st position, knocking all below nameplates one spot down. Finally the Seat Leon (-12.5%) is now 30 units above its sibling the Ibiza (+12.6%) while the Toyota C-HR now ranks above the Nissan Micra (+34.1%).

Outside the Top 50 and among recent launches, the Audi Q2 is down 7 spots to #56, the Skoda Kodiaq is down 13 to #70, the Opel Crossland X is up 12 to #73, the Suzuki Ignis down 15 to #112, the Jeep Compass up 31 to #125, the Citroen C3 Aircross up 155 to #135, the Range Rover Velar up 42 to #143 and the Opel Grandland X up 70 to #200. The Renault Scenic is up 94% to #54 thanks to the new generation, the Seat Ateca is up 90.1% to #66 and the Peugeot 5008 up 160.2% to #103. Finally we welcome the Kia Stonic at #203, the Kia Stinger at #261 and the Seat Arona at #287.

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Europe September 2017: Nissan Qashqai up to record #2 in market down 2.2%

The Nissan Qashqai leaps up to 2nd place overall in Europe: a record.

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New car sales in Europe are down 2.2% to 1.461.683 units in September, pulled into negative by a poor performance in the UK (-9.3%), accounting for 29.2% of the overall market vs. 17.2% year-to-date due to the license plate change, and in Germany (-3.3%), its two top markets. This despite positive results in France (+1.3%), Spain (+4.7%) and Italy (+7.1%). 11 of the 27 markets included in the study are down this month. The year-to-date total remains in positive however at +3.4% to 11.979.578 registrations. Volkswagen follows the market at -2.5% ahead of Renault (-1.6%) while Ford (-13.1%) and Opel/Vauhxall (-9.6%) are handicapped by their UK results. Mercedes gains 0.7% to rank 5th both this month and now also year-to-date, overtaking Peugeot, down 1.8% in September. Skoda (+4.3%), Nissan (+3.7%) and Toyota (+4.3%) are solid inside the Top 15, while below, Dacia (+8.7%), Seat (+9.9%), Suzuki (+19.4%), Alfa Romeo (+17.3%), Tesla (+46.1%), Abarth (+27.5%), Lada (+161%), Aston Martin (+32.9%), Chevrolet (+41.4%) and McLaren (+261.5%) all post very strong gains.

First double-digit year-on-year gain in over two years for the VW Golf in Europe.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf shows the impact of its facelift with a 10.4% year-on-year lift, its first double-digit gain in Europe since July 2015. But the big event this month is the 2nd place overall of the Nissan Qashqai, the nameplate’s best-ever European ranking. Tanks to a historical win in the UK and pole positions in Spain and Finland also, the Qashqai smashes its previous best European ranking, #5, hit in February/March 2013 and February/July 2017. This is the highest ranking ever hit by an SUV across Europe, the previous record was held by the VW Tiguan at #4 just last April. Overall SUV sales are up 14.1% in September to 462.000 units, lifting the YTD total up 3.47m units, up 18.8% on the same period in 2016. The Renault Clio (+3.1%) is knocked down to #3 but remains #2 year-to-date, the VW Tiguan is up a timid 1.9% while the Ford Focus is up 3.3% year-on-year and 20 spots on August to #6. The Peugeot 208 (-14%), Opel Corsa (-21.8%), VW Polo (-35.1%) and Ford Fiesta (-46.1%) all freefall. Strong performance of the Toyota Yaris remaining inside the European Top 10 for the third consecutive month (a first), as well as the Citroen C3 (+50.5%), Peugeot 3008 (+153.5%), BMW 5 Series (+54.9%), Mercedes GLC (+62%), BMW X1 (+55.4%), Fiat Tipo (+56.5%), Opel Insignia (+32.4%) and Nissan Micra (+34.1%).

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The DS 7 makes its first appearance in the European sales charts. 

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Final data for Europe is now available, showing August sales up 4.8% year-on-year to 892.893 units, leading to a year-to-date total up 4% or 403.000 sales to 10.470.593. Firstly, the three main events described in our previous August European sales post remain: Mercedes ranks #2 brand, the Skoda Octavia jumps on the European podium for the first time at #3 and the Dacia Sandero hits a record-breaking 5th place. In fact, the entire Top 40 brands is confirmed, with only minor changes at the tail end of the ranking: MG passing Chevrolet to #41 and Dodge passing Cadillac to #49. Chinese Geely (-11.1%) and DR Motor (+46.2%) have reverse fortunes but remains below 25 sales each across the entire continent.

In the models ranking, the entire Top 20 is confirmed, with only a few changes on the preliminary Top 50 we published last week. The Ford Kuga is up to #22, passing the Mercedes GLC which still posts a record-breaking #23 spot, the Peugeot 3008 passes the Ford Focus to #25, the Mercedes A-Class passes the Peugeot 308 to #29 and the Ford Fiesta passes the Peugeot 2008 to #32. Great performers in the Top 100 include the Nissan X-Trail (+51.1%), Mercedes GLA (+26.6%), Nissan Micra (+73.9%), Dacia Logan (+36.3%), Seat Ateca (+385.4%) and Peugeot 5008 (+202.1%).

The Toyota C-HR leads all recent launches (<12 months) at #41, followed by the Audi Q2 at #49, the Skoda Kodiaq up 31 spots to #57, the Opel Crossland X up 14 to #85, the Suzuki Ignis up 15 ranks to break into the European Top 100 for the first time at #97, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at #168 and the Range Rover Velar at #185. Finally, even though they haven’t appeared in any local sales charts in August, this month we welcome the Citroen C3 Aircross at #290 and the DS 7 at #311.

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Mercedes is the #2 brand in Europe in August and the GLC is up to a record 22nd place.

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New car sales in Europe (27 markets excluding Russia and Turkey) are up 5.4% year-on-year in August to 899.272 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 4.2% to 10.517.629 sales. Traditionally the weakest month of the year in the midst of Summer, European sales are biased towards Germany which accounts for 28% of total sales vs. 22% year-to-date, while France (106.976), Italy (83.806) and the UK (76.433) are well below their monthly average. Lithuania (+34.3%), Latvia (+25.8%), Hungary (+23.9%), Greece (+23.1%), Poland (+21.8%) and Italy (+15.4%) are the most dynamic markets this month while the Czech Republic (-0.3%), Luxembourg (-0.9%), Romania (-3.3%), the UK (-6.4%), Belgium (-8.1%), Denmark (-12.2%) and Ireland (-21%) are the only ones in negative.

First ever European podium ranking for the Skoda Octavia.

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen leads but drops 3.8%, but the hero of the month is Mercedes, up 11.1% to a record 2nd place overall, beating its previous best of #4 established a year ago in August 2016. This fantastic score places Mercedes above Renault (+12.3%), Opel (-0.2%) and Ford (-5.6%) while Audi (+6.4%) and BMW (+6.8%) are 10.000 units below. It also reinforces Mercedes’ European #1 premium spot year-to-date at 605.515 units (+11.1%) vs. 558.247 (+0.6%) for Audi and 538.997 (+2.1%) for BMW. Skoda (+15.7%) and Toyota (+15.4%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Tip 10. Below, Dacia (+21%) surges to #12, the brand’s best-ever ranking in Europe, beating its previous best of #14 first hit in August 2014. Dacia outsells Hyundai, Citroen and Nissan, the latter up 17.6%. Notice also Suzuki (+28.9%), Volvo (+29.3%), Alfa Romeo (+43.2%), Abarth (+65.3%), MG (+82.8%), Aston Martin (+100%) and Lada (+141.2%) all posting spectacular gains.

Model-wise, the VW Golf (+4.5%) and Renault Clio (+36%) remain the two best-selling nameplates on the continent, but for the second month running the Top 10 is the theatre of a couple of record-breaking performances. Firstly, the Skoda Octavia beats its previous best of #4 established just last month and steps up to the European podium for the very first time in the nameplate’s 22 year-career in third place overall thanks to sales up 13.2% year-on-year to 15.857. This is the first time in history a Skoda manages to rank on the European podium. Below, the VW Tiguan is back up 8 spots on July to equal its best ranking at #4, also reached last April.

The Dacia Sandero breaks into the European Top 5 for the first time in history. 

Finally, after breaking into the European Top 10 for the very first time last May and lifting that record to #7 last month, the Dacia Sandero completes the perfect Summer season by breaking into the European Top 5 for the first time in August and landing at #5 thanks to deliveries up 24.2% to 13.828 units, sanctioning a pole position in Spain and third place in France. Even more impressive: the Sandero ranks 2nd in its segment below only the Renault Clio but above such traditional blockbusters as the VW Polo (#6), Opel Corsa (#8), Peugeot 208 (#9) and the Ford Fiesta lost in oblivion at #33. The Toyota Yaris (+17.8%) manages a second consecutive month in the Top 10 (a first) and the Mercedes GLC signs its first Top 40, Top 30 and Top 25 European ranking by soaring 127.2% to #22 – sanctioning a record 6th place at home in Germany. The Opel Mokka (+20.7%), Fiat 500 (+24.6%), Renault Scenic (+41%), Fiat Tipo (+52.1%), Citroen C3 (+77.9%), Volvo XC60 (+86.6%) and Peugeot 3008 (+208.7%) also post spectacular gains.

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