Europe October 2017: Discover the Top 350 models and Top 55 brands

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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Europe September 2017: Discover the Top 348 models and Top 55 brands

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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Europe August 2017: Discover the Top 345 models and Top 56 brands

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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Europe August 2017: Mercedes #2, Octavia on podium, Sandero in Top 5

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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First European Top 100 for the Opel Crossland X.

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Final sales figures for Europe 27 markets (excluding Turkey and Russia) are now available for July, up 2.5% to 1.187.320 units which leads to a year-to-date total up 4% to 9.579.623, still the best at this stage of the year since 2008. There is one significant change in the brands Top 10 compared to preliminary figures published in late August: Renault overtakes Ford to snap the 2nd spot overall with deliveries up 8.4% vs. -8.6% for Ford. Further down, Kia (#15) ends up above Dacia, Infiniti (#36) above Tesla and Chevrolet (#42) above Ferrari. The rest of the ranking is confirmed.

The Peugeot 5008 is up to #82 in July. 

Model-wise, all three ranking records established with preliminary data still stand: the Skoda Octavia at #4, the Dacia Sandero at #7, the Toyota Yaris at #8 and the Peugeot 3008 at #17. The Renault Captur (#15) ends up above the Mercedes C-Class, the Ford Fiesta (#21) and Fiat Panda (#22) end up above the Skoda Fabia (#23), the Hyundai Tucson (#24) above the Seat Leon, the Ford Kuga (#27) above the Audi A4, the Renault Megane (#32) above the Mercedes A-Class, the Toyota C-HR (#40) above the Mercedes GLC and the Toyota Auris (#42) above the BMW 1 Series and VW Touran.

The Opel Ampera-e appears at #255. 

Beyond the Top 50, the Audi Q5 leaps up 31 spots on June to #52, the Mercedes GLA is up 11 to #58, the Audi A5 is up 58.1% to #71, the Peugeot 5008 up 106.3% to #82 thanks to the new model, the Opel Crossland X breaks into the Top 100 at #99, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is up 37 ranks on last month to #142, ranking just below the Giulietta (#136) as Alfa’s 2nd best-seller in Europe, the Jeep Compass shoots up 79 spots to #170 now that the new generation is here, the Range Rover Velar is up 86 ranks to #178 and the Opel Grandland X up 31 to #258. Finally, we welcome in the official ranking the Opel Ampera-e at #255, the Lexus LC at #268 and the Aston Martin DB11 at #285.

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Europe July 2017: Octavia, Sandero and Yaris break ranking records

The Skoda Octavia hits a record-breaking 4th place in Europe. Picture evo.co.uk

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The European new car market is up 2.6% year-on-year in July to 1.19 million units, the best July result since 2009. The year-to-date tally, up 3% to 9.55 million units, is the best since 2008, and at this rate 2017 could even become the biggest year on record for new car sales in Europe, with the current all-time high dating back to 2007. Some very satisfying news indeed. Among the Top 5 countries, Germany (+1.5%) and Spain (+2.6%) show moderate gains while Italy (+5.3%) and France (+10.8%) frankly outpace the overall growth but the UK (-9.3%) is in freefall in the face of Brexit uncertainty. Among smaller markets, Portugal (+27.8%), Greece (+19.8%), Poland (+17.8%), Slovakia (+15.9%), Hungary (+15.6%), Croatia (+13.2%) and Latvia (+12%) are the most dynamic. From the 27 countries included in this study, only four show a year-on-year decline: besides the UK, Denmark (-3.3%), Switzerland (-6.1%) and Ireland (-7.1%) are in negative this month.

The Dacia Sandero leaps to an all-time high 7th place. Picture autoexpress.co.uk

Segment-wise, all four largest passenger car segments are in decline: the B segment s down 0.3% to 248.027 sales, the C segment is down 4.1% to 222.010, D segment down 8.1% to 97.032 and MPVs are down 17% to 93.035. Once again SUVs are the only true source of growth in Europe with sales flying off 18.3% to 350.161 units. In particular, let’s notice the B-SUV segment (compact) up 16% to 121.000 units and accounting for 10% of the European market. The newly unveiled VW T-Roc is about to jump into this fast-growing segment and could open up the race for the #1 European model title by hurting the VW Golf a little.

Mercedes is up 15.2% to land at a stunning 4th place in the brands ranking. 

Brand-wise, Volkswagen remains distant leader despite a 4.2% drop, followed by Ford (-6.9%) and Renault (+8.1%). Mercedes climbs 15.2% to land at a stunning 4th place overall, outselling mass market brands Opel (-7.7%) and Peugeot (+10.3%). Inside the Top 20, Toyota (+22.6%), Suzuki (+17.5%), Dacia (+11.7%), Kia (+10.3%) and Seat (+10%) all post double-digit gains while beyond, Abarth (+87.2%), Tesla (+76.4%), Alfa Romeo (+39.7%), Porsche (+38.1%), Mini (+16.7%) and Mitsubishi (+11.2%) are among the most dynamic.

The refreshed Toyota Yaris reaches a best-ever 8th place in July. Picture carmagazine.co.uk

In the models ranking, the VW Golf (+0.7%) remains sovereign and is joined in 2nd place by the VW Polo (-3.7%) with the Renault Clio (+6.9%) rounding up the podium. No less than three nameplates beat their ranking record inside the Top 10 this month. Firstly, the Skoda Octavia, up 10.9% year-on-year thanks to its facelift, leaps up to 4th place and it is a new record. Its previous best was #5 reached four times: in October 2013, November 2013, August 2015 and August 2016. While the Peugeot 208 (-1.6%) overtakes the Opel Astra to rank #8 year-to-date, the Dacia Sandero (+10.8%) smashes its ranking record to lift it to #7 whereas its very first appearance in the European monthly Top 10 dates only from two months ago in May. Finally, the refreshed Toyota Yaris climbs to 8th place, beating its previous best of #9 reached in September 2015. This is only the fifth time the Toyota Yaris manages a Top 10 ranking in Europe after placing #10 in March 2012September 2012 and January 2015.

However it is important to keep in mind that these figures are preliminary and with only 1.436 units separating the #5 from the #11, a lot could still change by the time final figures are released, records could be further improved or cancelled. Other great performers this month include the Citroen C3 up 67.5% to #13 thanks to the new model, the Peugeot 3008 up 196.5% to beat the nameplate’s ranking record for the second consecutive month at #17, the Mercedes E-Class up 40.3% to #34, the Mercedes GLC up 120% to #40 and the Nissan Micra up 72.6% to #49. At the other end of the scale, notice the particularly harsh drops of the Opel Corsa (-14.7%), VW Passat (-16.8%), Opel Astra (-28.2%) and Ford Fiesta (-41.9%).

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Europe First Half 2017: Best result in a decade but growth slows to 4.2%

The VW Golf remains the most popular vehicle in Europe but drops 11.6% on 2016.

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The European new car market (27 countries) gains 4.2% year-on-year over the First Half of 2017 to 8.356.704 units, that’s an additional 336.000 vehicles compared to the same period a year ago. This growth, although superior to the two other large markets in the world (China is up 1.6% and the U.S. down 2.1%), is a clear slowdown compared to the +9.1% it sported at the same time last year. This H1 2017 result is the best since 2007, meaning the European market has returned to its pre-crisis level, and may stabilise around this level from now onto the next couple of years.

Up 6%, the Renault Clio consolidates its 2nd place in the European sales charts. 

Among the top five markets on the continent, Germany (+3.1%) and France (+2.6%) trail the overall growth and are showing signs of levelling up, the UK is down 1.3% amidst Brexit uncertainty, and it’s mainly Italy (+8%) and Spain (+7.1%) lifting the overall result. The largest gains are the work of smaller Eastern European markets such as Romania (+27%), Croatia (+24.3%), Lithuania (+19.7%), Hungary (+19%), Poland (+17.7%), Estonia (+13.5%), Slovenia (+11.6%) and Slovakia (+11%). The Netherlands (+16.2%) is the only Western European market to post a double-digit gain over the period.

The Nissan Qashqai ranks at a highest-ever #6 in Europe.

As it is the case in China and the U.S., the engine of growth of the European market so far in 2017 is the SUV segment, up a whopping 19.7% year-on-year to 2.386.178 units and now representing a dominant 28.3% share vs. 24.7% a year ago. Small cars are up 5% to 1.813.941 units and 21.5% share but compact cars are down 1.3% to 1.605.337 and 19% share vs. 20.1% a year ago. MPVs see the harshest decline at -14.8% to 689.288 and 8.2% share vs. 10% in H1 2016, mini cars are down 1.7% to 678.301 and large cars down 6.2% to 662.784. Another striking evolution in the European market over the period is the weakness of diesel sales, falling to 46.3% share, the first time since 2009 that diesels cars are outsold by gasoline cars.

The VW Tiguan is headed towards its first ever annual Top 10 ranking in Europe. 

The Volkswagen Group remains dominant but trails the market growth at +2.5% to 1.95 million units, as does PSA-Opel edging up just 0.2% to 1.36m. Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi on the other hand improves its share of the European market with a 5.5% up on H1 2016 to 1.24m sales. FCA does even better at +10.1% to .6m units., overtaking Ford Motor (+2.5%). The BMW Group (+2.1%) is getting caught up by Daimler AG (+8.6%) just as Hyundai-Kia follows the market at +4.5%. Rounding up the Top 10, both Toyota Motor (+14.8%) and Geely/Volvo (+7.2%) frankly beat the market.

The new Citroen C3 has lifted the nameplate’s European monthly ranking record to #9.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen goes against the grain and posts a 0.2% decline to just under 900.000 units whereas the next two best-sellers are gain ground: Renault gains share thanks to a 4.9% up while Ford is more discreet at +2.5% but Opel/Vauxhall drops 2.7% in 4th place. Peugeot remains in 5th place with a 4% gain in line with the market. In 6th place overall, Mercedes (+10.8%) confirms it is the new premium king of Europe while Audi drops 0.7% and BMW edges up just 2% at #9. Fiat (+10.2%) and Toyota (+15.8%) are the only other manufacturers managing a double-digit gain inside the Top 10. Further down, only Seat (+16.8%) and Suzuki (+22.9%) do the same, with Dacia just missing out at +9.4%. AlfaRomeo (+39.4%), Jaguar (+24.3%), Tesla (+78%), Abarth (+39.9%), Maserati (+66.2%) and Aston Martin (+92.2%) are among the most dynamic smaller brands.

The Dacia Sandero delivered its first ever monthly Top 10 ranking in Europe in May.

In the models ranking, despite a steep 11.6% drop, the VW Golf is headed towards a 10th consecutive year atop the European sales charts. The Ford Fiesta ended 83 consecutive months of VW Golf reign in March but that was due to an exceptionally high UK market and the Fiesta is in fact down 1.5% over the period in 4th place. The Renault Clio (+6%) and VW Polo (+2.8%) hold onto the 2nd and 3rd spots, and with the Opel Corsa (-6.3%) at #5, there are four small cars in the European Top 5. The Nissan Qashqai is up a very robust 8.4% to gain two spots to 6th place overall, if maintained until the end of the year – very possible given its recent facelift – it would be its highest ever annual ranking in Europe (previous best: #7 in 2015), the highest annual ranking for an SUV in Europe and also the highest ranking for a Japanese model in Europe. So many records at stake! The Opel Astra is up 3.2% and remains 7th while the Peugeot 208 drops 4.5% and two spots to #8.

The Toyota C-HR is the best-selling new launch in Europe at #42. 

After breaking into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in August 2017 (#6) and the Top 5 in January 2017, the Tiguan lifted its monthly European ranking record to a stunning #4 in April. As a result, for the first time in a half-year ranking, the Tiguan is inside the Top 10 at #9 thanks to sales up 74.6% with the new generation. Also boosted by a new model, the Citroen C3 is up 62.1% to #12 and broke the nameplate’s monthly record at #9 in April. Another star of the period is the Dacia Sandero, up 14.4% to #17 but inside the European Top 10 for the first time in May. The Mercedes C-Class (+10.5%), Renault Megane (+32.6%), Peugeot 3008 (+144.3%), Ford Kiuga (+24.2%), Fiat Tipo (+246.7%), Mercedes E-Class (+36.7%), BMW X1 (+29.3%) and Volvo XC60 (+34.7%) also impress in the Top 50 thanks to new models or facelifts. The Toyota C-HR (#42) is the most popular newcomer over the period, ahead of the Audi Q2 (#63), Ford Ka+ (#103), Suzuki Ignis (#110) and Skoda Kodiaq (#120). The new Opel Crossland X (#208 but #113 in June) should settle inside the Top 100 before the end of the year.

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Europe June 2017: First Top 5 ranking for the Renault Captur

The Renault Captur breaks into the European Top 5 for the first time despite sales down 6.1%.

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New car sales in Europe 27 countries are up a timid 1.8% year-on-year in June to 1.519.332 registrations, the highest volume for the month in a decade and only 22.000 units short off the June record established in 2007. 21 of the 27 countries included in this dataset show a positive year-on-year result for June, with Romania (+_47%), Lithuania (+40.7%), Estonia (+34.9%), Slovenia (+16.4%), Slovakia (+14.9%) and Greece (+14.6%) the most dynamic. At the other end of the scale, Belgium (-0.3%), Germany (-3.5%), the UK (-4.8%), Ireland (-14%), Luxembourg (-15%) and Latvia (-17.9%) post declines. Among the Top 5 markets, Italy (+12.5%), Spain (+6.5%) and France (+1.1%) are gaining ground vs. June 2016.

Mini posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 at +18.1% 

The Top 4 brands in the region all drop year-on-year: Volkswagen is down 0.6%, Renault down 0.4%, Ford down 2.9% and Opel/Vauxhall down 9.2%. Below, Peugeot (+7.7%), Mercedes (+6.1%), Fiat (+8.1%) and Skoda (+4%), compensate somehow but BMW (-5%) and Audi (-2%) also decline. Just outside the Top 10, Toyota post the largest gain in the Top 15 at +13.7%, with Dacia (+10.9%), Seat (+17.8%), Mini (+18.1%) and Suzuki (+16.4%) also sporting double-digit gains within the Top 20. Further down, Alfa Romeo (+34.5%), Porsche (+24.8%), Tesla (+70.1%), Abarth (+77.5%), Cadillac (+108.5%) and McLaren (+107.7%) are among the most dynamic whereas Smart (-14%), Lancia (-19.8%). Group-wise, the Volkswagen Group (+2.5%) dominates above PSA-Opel (-0.1%), Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi (+2.9%), FCA (+7.8%) and BMW Group (-2.9%). Daimler AG (+4.6%) and Toyota Motor (+12.3%) also impress.

The Peugeot 3008 breaks into the European Top 20 for the first time. 

The VW Golf holds onto the European models pole position but drops 3.4% while the Renault Clio (+0.2%) and VW Polo (+5.3%) both manage a positive result on the podium. The Opel Astra shoots back up 8 spots on May to land at a beautiful 4th place despite sales down 9% year-on-year, but the big surprise this month is the 5th place of the Renault Captur, up from #21 in May in spite of deliveries declining 6.1% on June 2016. This is the first time the Renault Captur ever breaks into the European Top 5, taking advantage of the freefalling of the Ford Fiesta (-23.5%) down to #9 and the Opel Corsa (-22.4%) down to #11. The Ford Focus on the other hand is back up 12 spot on last month to #12, and the Dacia Sandero, which broke into the European Top 10 for the very first time last month – is down to #12 but up 19.6% to end June just 625 sales off a second consecutive Top 10…

Nissan Micra European sales are up 114.3% thanks to the new model. 

The Citroen C3 is up 59.1% to #13 thanks to the new model, the VW Tiguan is u another 45.6% but slips outside the Top 10, going from #8 in May to #14 this month, the Peugeot 3008 soars 168.8% to break into the European Top 20 for the first time, and possibly the first time for the 3008 nameplate as a whole. Other great performers include the Fiat Tipo up 215.7% to #26, the Renault Scenic up 34.7% to #27, Ford Kuga up 26.7% to #28, BMW 5 Series up 49.7% to #41, Nissan Micra up 114.3% to #45 and the Mercedes GLC up 50.2% to #49. The Toyota C-HR (#50) leads recent launches ahead of the Audi Q2 (#61), Skoda Kodiaq (#87), Ford Ka+ (#105) and the Opel Crossland X up 88 spots on May to #113.

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