Europe April 2016: Volkswagen (+2%) lags in market up 9%

Audi A4 Europe April 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Audi A4 (+61%) is back inside the European Top 20 thanks to the new model. 

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The European new car market – 29 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – is up a very dynamic 8.9% year-on-year in April to 1.319.285 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 8.3% to 5.254.920 units, 403.000 additional sales compared to the same period a year ago. Only one market is down, Switzerland (-2%), with Cyprus (+55%), Serbia (+36%), Croatia (+27%), Greece (+25%), Poland (+21%) and Spain (+21%) the most dynamic, showing a bias towards Southern Europe. The recovery is well and truly entrenched in Europe after years of stagnation and the March Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) comes in at 15.38 million units vs. 14.2 million over the Full Year 2015.

Mercedes GLC Europe April 2016The GLC helps Mercedes overtake BMW year-to-date across Europe. 

Volkswagen though, with an emission scandal still far from being resolved, lags behind the market once again with a meagre 2.4% increase this month to 158.574 sales. Only Ford (+1.5%) grows slower in the Top 10. Renault (+8.7%) leaps to 2nd place and Audi (+9.6%) is back to the #1 luxury brand spot it holds year-to-date but below, Mercedes (+23.4%) overtakes BMW (+11.3%) in the year-to-date charts to rank 7th overall thanks to a very promising start from its new SUV lineup, notably the GLC. Fiat (+14.2%) is the last Top 10 brand to post double-digit gains.

Vauxhall Astra Europe April 2016The Opel/Vauxhall Astra is up 25% to #8 overall. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf is sovereign, posting a 73rd consecutive month atop the European sales charts (the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was over 6 years ago in March 2010), followed by five superminis: the Renault Clio is #2 despite sales down 7%, the VW Polo is up 10% to #3 and now #2 year-to-date, the Peugeot 208 gains a splendid 17% thanks to its refresh at #4, while the Ford Fiesta (-16%) and Opel Corsa (-9%) disappoint gain. The Skoda Octavia shoots back up from #13 in March to #7 with sales up 11%, the Opel Astra is up 25% to #8 thanks to the new generation and the VW Passat is back inside the Top 10 at #9, up 7 ranks on last month.

Renault Kadjar Nissan Qashqai Europe March 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Kadjar is hurting its cousin the Nissan Qashqai in Europe.

Outside the Top 10, despite launching three years ago the Renault Captur is up another fantastic 17% to 18.844 sales, taking the lead of the SUV category off the Nissan Qashqai, down 5% to #14 and hurt by the tremendous success of its more recent cousin the Renault Kadjar, accounting for almost 1% of the overall European market. In the same category, the Hyundai Tucson has also hit the bullseye of European consumers’ tastes, ranking at #23. In fact, the SUV segment is now the most popular in Europe with 24% share vs. 22% a year ago, above superminis (21% vs. 23%) and compact cars (20% vs. 21%). The Fiat Panda (+14%), Toyota Yaris (+14%) and Skoda Fabia (+11%) also shine while the Audi A4 (+61%) reappears inside the Top 20 thanks to the new generation.

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Jaguar XE Europe March 2016The XE lifts Jaguar European sales up 97% so far in 2016, and the F-Pace effect is still to come. 

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after the Top 10 brands and Top 20 models preliminary data we now explore full data for all brands and models in March. Final figures bring one change in the Top 10 brands ranking: BMW overtakes Audi to rank #1 luxury brand on the continent thanks to sales up 15% to 94.588 vs. +8% and 94.402. In the Top 20, Dacia (+10%), Volvo (+10%), Mazda (+15%) and Land Rover (+19%) also post double-digit gains. Below, Honda (+14%), Smart (+23%), Jeep (+15%) and Lancia (+23%) also shine while the XE pushes Jaguar up 65%, the NX and RX lift Lexus up 74%, the Tivoli shakes Ssangyong up 82% and the Q30 boosts Infiniti up 104%. Lada (+74%) and Cadillac (+152%) also post spectacular gains but each sell less than 300 units across the continent – Russia and Turkey not being included in this set of countries.

 

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Opel Astra Europe March 2016The new generation pushes the Opel Astra up 30% year-to-date in Europe. 

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March sales data in Europe is always biased by a bumper month in the UK where the bi-annual license-plate change traditionally boosts the market. This year, with 518.707 registrations, the UK accounts for 29.7% of all European sales vs. 18.5% on average. Europe posts a 31st consecutive month of year-on-year gains in March with registrations up 6% to 1.745.495 units, lifting the Q1 total up a solid 8% to 3.934.569. Among the 29 countries composing the European market, Serbia (+34%), Portugal (+32%), Cyprus (+31%), Lithuania (+28%), Latvia (+26%) and Romania (+23%) are the most dynamic whereas Germany (-0.04%), Spain (-1%), Norway (-2%), Greece (-3%), Denmark (-4%) and Switzerland (-9%) are the only ones losing ground. Three of the Big Five are in positive: the UK (+6%), France (+7%) and Italy (+18%).

Fiat 500 Europe March 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Fiat 500 benefits from a very strong performance in the UK this month.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen continues to clearly underperform: the only brand in the Top 10 losing volume  year-on-year (-2%) along with Nissan (-4%). More worryingly, VW drops one percentage point market share compared to a year ago over Q1 2016, going from 12% to 11% and a particularly low 10.3% in March, its lowest since last September when the emissions scandal broke. Yet Volkswagen remains by far Europe’s favourite brand, topping the sales charts in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland. Below Ford stable at #2, Opel (+7%) and Renault (+11%) outperform the market but Peugeot is shy at +2%.

BMW 2er Gran Tourer Europe March 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer enables BMW to tease Audi for the #1 luxury spot this month.

After outselling Audi in the luxury race last year in August, September, November and December, BMW misses out on doing just that again this month by just 51 units. Thanks to the outstanding success of its 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer, BMW sees its volumes leap 16% to 94.819, just below Audi at 94.875 (+8%). Mercedes is up 9% to 90.704. Rounding up the Top 10, Fiat (+13%) is in great shape but Nissan (-4%) disappoints. In the models ranking, the Top 7 best-sellers all post muted scores: not only do they all lose market share vs. a year ago, they also drop volumes all in unison: the VW Golf (-0.2%) and Polo (-0.1%) are the strongest while the Ford Fiesta and Opel Corsa (-11% each) suffer the most. The Nissan Qashqai (-2%), Renault Clio (-5%) and Ford Focus (-5%) haven’t taken advantage of strong scores in their respective lead countries, the UK and France.

Renault Kadjar Nissan Qashqai Europe March 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Kadjar helps Renault gain 11% year-on-year in March. 

In contrast, the Fiat 500 makes a rare appearance inside the European Top 10 thanks to a strong performance in the UK with 25.794 sales across the continent (+12%). It is only the 4th time ever this generation of 500, launched in 2007, manages to rank among Europe’s ten favourites after March 2014, June 2014 and September 2014 (see also Europe March 2014: Fiat 500 inside Top 10 for the first time). Re-energised by a much awaited new generation, the Opel Astra is up 18% to #9 and up 30% year-to-date to #8, now back to a more familiar #2 ranking in its category across the continent (far) below just the Golf at 61.478 sales vs. 130.367. Notice also the Skoda Octavia (+8%), Peugeot 308 (+6%), Fiat Panda (+6%) and Peugeot 2008 (+14%).

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Mercedes SLC Europe February 2016. Picture courtesy topgear.comFirst appearance of the new Mercedes SLC in the European sales charts. 

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After detailing the Top 10 brands and Top 20 models, as usual on BSCB we now delve into the full detail of both rankings. Final figures show Volkswagen slightly more dynamic (+5%) but still lags well below this month’s market growth (+14%) and Fiat even more impressive at +24% in 6th place. Outside the Top 10, Kia (+26%), Volvo (+21%), Mazda (+40%), Honda (+47%), Land Rover (+40%), Jeep (+24%), Lexus (+29%) all frankly outperform the market while Ssangyong (+100%), Infiniti (+103%) and Jaguar (+144%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 40. Over in the models ranking, final figures place the Peugeot 308 above the Nissan Qashqai at #9 but the rest of the Top 20 in unchanged on the preliminary data published a couple of weeks ago.

Skoda Superb Europe February 2016European sales of the Skoda Superb are up 91% year-on-year in February. 

Below, the Seat Leon soars 8 spots on January to an outstanding #21 ranking, the VW Touran is up 45% to #35, the VW Transporter up 66% to #47, the Skoda Superb up 91% to #53 and the BMW X1 up 119% to #59, all of the latter three boosted by recently launched new generations. It goes the same for the Volvo XC90 up from just 20 units in February 2015 to 2.676 and #123 this month. Among new nameplates, the SUV attack continues: the Hyundai Tucson ranks #24, the Renault Kadjar at #32, Mercedes GLC #85, Mazda CX-3 #89 and Honda HR-V #134, plus we welcome the Jaguar F-Pace at #261 this month. ‘Traditional” new nameplates are weaker: the Fiat Tipo is at  #132, the Renault Talisman #158 and the Jaguar XE #159 with the Mercedes SLC making its first appearance at #237.

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Fiat Tipo Europe February 2016Fiat Tipo – Fiat surges to #6 overall in Europe, a ranking it had not held yet this decade. 

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European new car sales celebrate 30 consecutive months of year-on-year gains in February at a strong +14% to get back above the one million sales mark at 1.090.104, stopping only 2.000 sales short of equalling January’s score. Only four countries out of 30 show year-on-year declines: Greece (-32%), Netherlands (-17%), Portugal (-3%) and Switzerland (-1%). SUV sales continue to lift Europe with sales up 31% to 265.500 units or 24.4% share. The year-to-date total is up a very vigorous 10% to 2.182.792 units. After dropping 4% last month, market leader Volkswagen is back in positive but just: +4% to 124.317 deliveries, resulting in the loss of one full market share point at 11.4% vs. 12.4% a year ago. We certainly haven’t seen the end of the emissions scandal aftermath yet. Renault jumps to #2 but also underperforms slightly at +10%, followed by Ford (+17%), Peugeot (+13%) and Vauxhall (+17%).

Fiat Panda Europe February 2016The Fiat Panda hits its highest European ranking in five years.

Now that it is starting to finally have all its ducks in a row with its once convoluted lineup and stable of brands, Italian manufacturer Fiat is showing great health in this start of 2016. Sales are up 22% to propel the brand past all three German premium manufacturers Audi (+16%), BMW (+15%) and Mercedes (+21%) up to #6 overall, a ranking it had not held yet this decade. Fiat’s performance is still heavily relying on its home market where it is up 36%, with Italian sales accounting for 61% of its European total this month. See the reasons behind this regain of form in our Italian February 2016 report. Accordingly, the Fiat Panda shoots up to #7 and delivers the largest year-on-year gain inside the Top 10 at +38%. This is the Panda’s highest European ranking in exactly five years, since February 2010.

Skoda Fabia Europe February 2016. Picture carkeys.co.ukEuropean Skoda Fabia sales are up 49% year-on-year in February. 

The VW Golf remains the most popular nameplate on the continent but posts a shy 1% improvement at 36.117 sales, seconded by its smaller shadow the VW Polo (+6%). The Renault Clio jumps on the podium both this month and (temporarily) year-to-date while the Peugeot 208 distances the Ford Fiesta thanks to sales up a very impressive 20%. The Opel Corsa (+15%) is also strong in 6th place, with the Peugeot 2008 (+15%), 308 (+28%), Opel Astra (+35%) and Skoda Fabia (+49%) delivering the most dynamic progressions inside the Top 20. Further down, the Hyundai Tucson (#24) is the 2nd best-selling compact SUV below the Nissan Qashqai but above the VW Tiguan and Renault Kadjar.

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Hyundai Tucson Europe January 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Hyundai Tucson is fast approaching the European Top 20.

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After detailing preliminary figures for the European Top 20 models and Top 10 brands in January, we now explore the entire market. Final figures confirm the Top 10 brands, with Audi (+15%), Fiat (+14%) and Opel (+12%) he biggest gainers within it. Below and in order of ranking, Mazda (+37%), Suzuki (+21%), Land Rover (+19%), Honda (+48%), Jeep (+32%), Jaguar (+159%), Ssangyong (+68%), Tesla (+45%), Infinti (+50%) and MG (+132%) also impress. Over in the models ranking, there is only one ranking change in the Top 20 compared to the preliminary figures: the Dacia Sandero overtakes the Mercedes C-Class to rank #19 overall.

Infiniti Q30 Europe January 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Infiniti Q30 is now in the European sales charts. 

Just outside, the Skoda Fabia gains 30% to rank #21, the Hyundai Tucson surges 17 spots on December to land at #23 with 11.224 sales, the Kia Sportage is up 19% to #27, the VW Touran up 34% to #34, the Audi Q3 up 48% to #41, Skoda Superb up 76% to #51, BMW X1 up 98% to #52, the Opel Karl up 21 ranks on last month to #58, the Suzuki Vitara up 14 to #59, the Mercedes GLC up 13 to #64 and the Mazda CX-3 up 15 to #89. Among other recent launches, the Fiat Tipo creeps up 39 spots to #163 based solely on its Italian score, the Renault Talisman is down 8 to #168 and the Infiniti Q30 makes its first appearance in the European charts at #250 with 167 sales.

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Opel Astra Europe January 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe new model logically boosts Opel Astra sales up 50% in January. 

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After two consecutive months of double-digit gains, the European new car market slows down in January yet still posts a vigorous 6% year-on-year improvement to 1.092.779 registrations. Still feeling the effects of its emissions scandal, Volkswagen is the only brand to lose ground in the Top 10 at -4%, it however stays #1 by far with 128.500 sales vs, 77.784 (+10%) for For at #2. Opel/Vauxhall posts a very encouraging 12% increase at 71.290 deliveries, distancing French carmakers Renault (+2%) and Peugeot (+3%). Audi leads the premium charge once again and also tops year-on-year gains at +14% vs. +9% for Mercedes (#7) and +5% for BMW (#8). Lifted by a dynamic home market, Fiat is up 14% in 9th position.

Peugeot 208 Europe January 2016The Peugeot 208 is up 19% year-on-year in Europe this month. 

The VW Golf celebrates 70 consecutive months in the European pole position: the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was in March 2010. A very impressive feat indeed, achieved despite sales down sharply at -8% to 37.449 units. The VW Polo is up two spots on both its December and FY2015 rankings to #2 with 24.845 sales followed by the Ford Fiesta (-3%) and Renault Clio (-4%) whereas the Peugeot 208 takes advantage of a strong showing at home in France (40% of its European sales) to leap up 19% to 5th place with 19.230 sales, the nameplate’s first Top 5 European ranking in a year.

Fiat Panda Europe January 2016European Fiat Panda sales are up 29% in January. 

The Opel Astra, boosted up 50% by the new generation, posts its best ranking since last August at #9 while the Fiat Panda is up 29% to #10 thanks to a very strong score at home in Italy where it secured 72% of its total European sales for the month. Notice also the Toyota Yaris up to #11 vs. #15 over the FY2015 and the Dacia Sandero up to #19 vs. #23.

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Jeep Renegade Europe 2015The Renegade makes Jeep the highest achiever in Europe in 2015 at +116%. 

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Full European data is now available with the usual delay, so we are able to analyse continent-wide trends beyond the Top 20 brands and models we shared a short while ago. Jeep turns out to be the best-peforming brand in Europe this year with sales up 116% to 87.338 mainly due to the first full year of sales for the Jeep Renegade (+600% to #85). Ssangyong gains 74% thanks to the Tivoli, Tesla and Smart are both up 72%, Cadillac up 59%, Mahindra up 50%, Lamborghini up 42%, Infiniti up 38%, MG up 36%, Jaguar up 37% and Mitsubishi up 31%. On the other hand, only one manufacturer in the Top 25 loses ground year-o-year: Honda (-1%), and three in the Top 30: DS (-12%), Lancia (-12%) and Alfa Romeo (-4%). Logically as the brand got discontinued across the continent, Chevrolet is the worst offender with sales down 93%, followed buy Chrysler (-90%) and Great Wall (-69%).

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer Europe 2015The BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer stops just 122 sales short off a Top 50 ranking in 2015.

In the models ranking, beyond the familiar Top 20 let’s notice the Mini hach up 44% and 16 spots to #26 and the VW Golf Sportsvan up 61% to end its first full year inside the Top 40 with a six-digit sales figure at #39 and 103.637. The Renault Twingo (+18%), Audi A6 (+14%), Hyundai i30 (+10%) and Toyota Aygo (+25%) also cross the symbolic #50 mark whereas the BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer, without a doubt one of the biggest success story of the year, stops just 122 units short off a Top 50 ranking at #51 and 86.087 units, up 7-fold on its initial result in 2014. Notice also the Nissan X-Trail up 147% to #113, the Ford Ecosport up 208% to #114, Smart Forfour up 913% to #116, BMW X4 up 114% to #145, Renault Espace up 204% to #153 and the Volvo XC90 up 198% to #155, most above result due either to a first full year of sales or a new generation.

Fiat 500X Europe 2015The Fiat 500X is the most successful all-new model in Europe in 2015… 

The most popular newcomer in Europe in 2015 is the Fiat 500X – it did sell a minuscule 135 production units in December 2014, landing at #63 with 74.700 units and boosting even further the success (and profitability) of the 500 family for FCA. The 500X will rank inside the 2016 Top 50 as it peaked at #36 in November 2015. The only other all-new nameplate to make it inside the 2015 European Top 50 is also an SUV: the Renault Kadjar at #94 and 49.153 units, displaying even greater potential with a peak of #30 in December. In fact, all best-selling newcomers this year are SUVs…

Renault Kadjar Europe 2015. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.fr…followed by the Renault Kadjar.

The all-new Suzuki Vitara lands at #107 and is a huge hit in Eastern Europe notably, the Hyundai Tucson returns to the ranking at #119 (but #37 in November) and the Land Rover Discovery Sport is a success at #125 – all the while the Evoque is at #89 and unaffected with is great news for JLR. Further down, we fine the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva at #133, the Mazda CX-3 at #141, Mercedes GLC at #158, Jaguar XE at #164 and Honda HR-V at #207.

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Volvo XC90 Europe December 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Volvo XC90 is up to #81 this month across Europe.

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As is the tradition on BSCB we now go into fully detailed data for Europe (30 countries). In the brands ranking, Mazda (+57%), Hyundai (+37%), Volvo (+33%), Renault (+29%), Peugeot (+27%), Dacia (+24%) and Fiat (+23%) deliver the largest improvements inside the Top 20. Further down, Mitsubishi (+55%), Jaguar (+71%), Lexus (+93%), Tesla (+101%), Ssangyong (+116%) and MG (+119%) shine. In the models ranking, beyond the Top 20 we described a short while ago, the Skoda Fabia is up 51% to #27, the Renault Kadjar breaks into the Top 30 at #30 with 11.106 sales, the Hyundai i30 is up 82% to #32, the Fiat 500X shines at #39 and the Hyundai Tucson is strong again at #40.

Fiat Tipo Europe December 2015. Picture courtesy motorpad.itThe Fiat Tipo lands just outside the European Top 200 in December. 

Excellent month also for the Mitsubishi ASX (+224%), BMW X1 (+99%), Skoda Superb (+97%) and the Volvo XC90: the new generation is up… 4646% on the previous model a year ago, shooting up to #81. Among recent launches, the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva is up 10 spots on November to reach a best-ever #79 with 4.678 sales, the Renault Talisman is up 41 ranks to #168 and the Fiat Tipo nameplate reappears in the European ranking after a 20 year-absence at #202 with 667 units sold – note Turkey isn’t included in the European data.

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New car sales in Europe deliver a second consecutive year of growth, ending 2015 up 9.3% or 1.2 million sales to 14.201.072 units, the highest annual result since 2009. The trend is accelerating, with the last two months of the year both displaying double-digit gains – December showing the largest year-on-year increase in 3 years at +16%, Q4 sales up 10% and displaying a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 16.52 million units, equivalent to the heyday of pre-recession 2007 levels. 27 of the 29 markets analysed posted a year-on-year gain in 2015, with Estonia (-0.5%) and Luxembourg (-7%) the only decreasing markets. The biggest volume gains came from Italy and Spain, together adding almost 400,000 units to the European year’s total. Spain was at its highest since 2008, Germany – where the Golf celebrated 40 years in pole position – at its highest since 2009, Italy and France at their highest since 2011 and the UK at an all-time high of 2.63 million units (+6%).

Mercedes C Class Europe 2015. Picture courtesy auto-news.deMercedes sales are up 13% and the C-Class sales is up 27% in 2015.

Volkswagen remains by far the most popular brand in Europe but with sales up just 7% to 1.72 million, its market share declines slightly to 12.1%. The German manufacturer manages to mitigate the impact of “dieselgate” with strong Passat sales (see further down) as well as unrelenting support at home in Germany. Ford is up 8% to 1.04 million and 7.3% share, Renault (+11%) overtakes Opel/Vauxhall to round up the podium with 974.000 units and 6.9% while Peugeot remains 5th with 6% of the market. Audi is once again the best-selling luxury brand on the continent, but the gap with its competitors has reduced drastically due to sales up just 6% to 766.504. BMW (+11%) is now only 20.000 units below vs. 49.000 a year ago and Mercedes (+13%) is 24.600 behind vs. 64.600 in 2014. Audi desperately needs the all-new A4 to be a hit to keep its crown in 2016…

Jeep Renegade Europe 2015The Renegade makes Jeep the highest achiever in Europe in 2015 at +116%. 

Jeep turns out to be the best-peforming brand in Europe this year with sales up 116% to 87.338 mainly due to the first full year of sales for the Jeep Renegade (+600% to #85). Ssangyong gains 74% thanks to the Tivoli, Tesla and Smart are both up 72%, Cadillac up 59%, Mahindra up 50%, Lamborghini up 42%, Infiniti up 38%, MG up 36%, Jaguar up 37% and Mitsubishi up 31%. On the other hand, only one manufacturer in the Top 25 loses ground year-o-year: Honda (-1%), and three in the Top 30: DS (-12%), Lancia (-12%) and Alfa Romeo (-4%). Logically as the brand got discontinued across the continent, Chevrolet is the worst offender with sales down 93%, followed buy Chrysler (-90%) and Great Wall (-69%).

Peugeot 308 Europe 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 308 is up 32% and peaked at #3 in December.

With sales up 3% to 533.584, the VW Golf is the best-selling nameplate in Europe for the 8th consecutive year and the 28th time in the past 33 years starting in 1983 with sales up 11% to 520,958 – its best score since 2009. The Golf ranked first each and every month of 2015, extending a stretch of 69 consecutive months in the European pole position – almost six years: the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was in March 2010. The Golf has now held the #1 spot during 95 out of the past 100 months. The Top 6 best-sellers are unchanged compared to a year ago and all lose market share, with the Ford Fiesta (+2%), Renault Clio (+1), VW Polo (+8%), Opel Corsa (+7%) and Ford Focus (+6%) all gaining less ground than the market.

Nissan Qashqai Europe 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Qashqai ranks 7th in 2015, the highest ever European ranking for a Japanese model.

The Nissan Qashqai takes full advantage of its new generation to lift sales up 14% and land at a best-ever 7th place, the highest annual ranking ever reached by a Japanese model in Europe and cementing its place as the #1 SUV on the continent. The VW Passat is the hero of the 2015 Top 10 with sales up a gigantic 49% thanks to the new model to shoot up to #9, surging to #4 in August, an all-time record European ranking for the 42 year-old nameplate, beating its previous best of #5 reached in December 2005April 2011 and July 2015. The Skoda Octavia is knocked down one spot but delivers its 2nd consecutive (and ever) European Top 10 ranking, equalling its best-ever monthly ranking at #5 in August – also reached in October and November 2013.

Opel Mokka Europe 2015The Opel Mokka is up 28% to break into the European Top 20. 

The Peugeot 308, boosted by an exceptional December result (#3), stops 3.000 units short off a historical Top 10 ranking with sales up 32% to 214.907. Notice also the Renault Captur up 18% to #14 and posting two monthly Top 10 rankings (June and December) like in 2014, the Mercedes C-Class up 27% to #17, the Opel Mokka up 28% to #19 and the Skoda Fabia up 39% to #20, pointing its bonnet inside the Top 10 in August for the 2nd time ever, making it two Skodas in the Top 10 (with the Octavia) for the first time in history. Finally, the Toyota Yaris (#15) broke its monthly European ranking record in September, lifting it to #9.

 

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer Europe 2015The BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer stops just 122 sales short off a Top 50 ranking in 2015.

Further down, let’s notice the Mini hach up 44% and 16 spots to #26 and the VW Golf Sportsvan up 61% to end its first full year inside the Top 40 with a six-digit sales figure at #39 and 103.637. The Renault Twingo (+18%), Audi A6 (+14%), Hyundai i30 (+10%) and Toyota Aygo (+25%) also cross the symbolic #50 mark whereas the BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer, without a doubt one of the biggest success story of the year, stops just 122 units short off a Top 50 ranking at #51 and 86.087 units, up 7-fold on its initial result in 2014. Notice also the Nissan X-Trail up 147% to #113, the Ford Ecosport up 208% to #114, Smart Forfour up 913% to #116, BMW X4 up 114% to #145, Renault Espace up 204% to #153 and the Volvo XC90 up 198% to #155, most above result due either to a first full year of sales or a new generation.

Fiat 500X Europe 2015The Fiat 500X is the most successful all-new model in Europe in 2015… 

The most popular newcomer in Europe in 2015 is the Fiat 500X – it did sell a minuscule 135 production units in December 2014, landing at #63 with 74.700 units and boosting even further the success (and profitability) of the 500 family for FCA. The 500X will rank inside the 2016 Top 50 as it peaked at #36 in November 2015. The only other all-new nameplate to make it inside the 2015 European Top 50 is also an SUV: the Renault Kadjar at #94 and 49.153 units, displaying even greater potential with a peak of #30 in December. In fact, all best-selling newcomers this year are SUVs…

Renault Kadjar Europe 2015. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.fr…followed by the Renault Kadjar.

The all-new Suzuki Vitara, a huge hit in Eastern Europe notably, lifts the Vitara/Grand Vitara total up 642% to #103 (no split available yet), the Hyundai Tucson returns to the ranking at #119 (but #37 in November and the Land Rover Discovery Sport is a success at #125 – all the while the Evoque is at #89 and unaffected with is great news for JLR. Further down, we fine the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva at #132, the Mazda CX-3 at #140, Mercedes GLC at #157, Jaguar XE at #163 and Honda HR-V at #206.

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