Europe May 2016: Discover the Top 350 models and All-brands

Seat Ateca Europe May 2016The Seat Ateca is one of 3 nameplates making their first appearance in the Europe charts in May. 

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after preliminary figures for May we can now share with you complete detail for European sales data. The European market is up a splendid 15% in May to 1.315.861 units, leading to a year-to-date total up 9.4% to 6.539.177. The Top 10 brands across the continent are confirmed in the same order with final figures, led by Volkswagen (+4%), Renault (+34%), Ford (+5%) and Opel (+12%). Below, Citroen (+18%), Toyota (+20%), Kia (+23%), Dacia (+20%), Mazda (+31%) and Suzuki (+20%) all outpace the market inside the Top 20 while among smaller brands, Jeep (+31%), Lancia (+32%), Honda (+33%), Ssangyong (+59%), Lexus (+80%), Jaguar (+121%) and Infiniti (+150%) all post spectacular gains.

Over in the models ranking, final data triggers a few changes in the Top 20 compared to our first publication but none in the Top 10: the VW Passat oversteps the Ford Focus to rank #12, the Audi A3 passes the Fiat Panda to land at #14 and the Audi A4 (+51%) edges past the Skoda Fabia to claim a second consecutive month among Europe’s 20 most popular nameplates. The star SUVs of the past months continue to deliver very robust figures: the Hyundai Tucson ranks 25th with 12.723 sales and the Renault Kadjar is up 3 spots on April to #32 at 11.216 units. Notice also the Kia Sportage (+43%), Ford Kuga (+45%), Fiat 500X (+80%) and BMW X1 (+166%) all posting strong result. There are performers outside the SUV segment too: the VW Touran (+52%), Mercedes E Class (+28%), BMW 2 Series Tourer (+75%) and Skoda Superb (+141%) also impress.

Among recent launches, the Renault Talisman is up 23 spots on last month to #135, the Jaguar XE up 9 to #157 with 1.889 sales, the Suzuki Baleno up 50 to #159, the Jaguar F-Pace up 4 to #175 but the Infiniti Q30 is down 16 to #199, still accounting for 73% of the brand’s sales in Europe. Finally, we welcome three new nameplates in the European charts this month: the Alfa Romeo Giulia at #242, the Seat Ateca at #2456 and the Ssangyong XLV at #258.

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Europe May 2016: Market soars 15% boosted by Renault and Fiat

Renault Captur Europe May 2016. Picture courtesy eblogauto.roThree years after launch, Renault Captur sales are still up in Europe: +31% in May.

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The European new car market posts a euphoric 15% gain in May to 1.326.958 registrations, boosted by very dynamic performances in four of its five largest markets: Italy (+28%), France (+22%), Spain (+19%) and Germany (+12%). Greece (+49%), Lithuania (+47%), Hungary (+45%), Czech Republic (+34%), Cyprus (+31%) and Estonia (+30%) also record impressive gains while only two markets out of 29 post a decline: Ireland (-6%) and Switzerland (-7%). This is the biggest May score since 2012, lifting the year-to-date total up 10% to 6.582.810 units. SUV sales across the continent are up 29% to hit 24.4% of the market, now frankly ahead of the once-dominabt subcompacts at 22% (+11%).

Fiat 500X Europe May 2016Fiat volumes are 26% ahead of May 2015.

Once again scandal-embroiled Volkswagen trails the market with a shy 4% increase to 148.635 sales and 11.2% share, the brand’s lowest for May since 2008. According to JATO Dynamics, Volkswagen SUVs are down 14% and its compact cars down 3%. French manufacturer Renault on the other hand is one of the continent’s engines of growth this month with sales up a stellar 34% to 101.476, buoyed by its home market where it gains 33%. Ford (+5%) and Opel/Vauxhall (+11%) are handicapped by a hesitant UK market and lose share while Peugeot is up 17% in 5th place and Fiat up a fantastic 26% to #7. Again contrasting with its mass market stablemate, Audi shines bright with sales up 19%, winning the luxury race again ahead of Mercedes (+13%) and BMW (+22%)

Vauxhall Astra Europe May 2016. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe Astra nameplate hits its highest European ranking in almost three years. 

If the VW Golf posts a 74th consecutive month in the models ranking position, declining sales pull the star nameplate to its lowest European market share since June 2011 at 3.2%. Reversely, the Renault Clio is up 25% to cling the #2 spot both in May and year-to-date, distancing segment competitors the VW Polo (+16%), Opel Corsa (+10%), Ford Fiesta (-9%) and Peugeot 208 (+30%). The Opel Astra is up 18% to land in 7th place, its highest European ranking since July 2013. The Renault Captur surges 31% to break into the Top 10 for the first time this year and the 5th overall at #9, outselling the Nissan Qashqai to remain the best-selling SUV in Europe for the 2nd time running and the 4th time ever. Below, the Fiat Panda (+20%), Toyota Yaris (+20%), Peugeot 2008 (+24%) and Dacia Sandero (+32%) also frankly outpace the market.

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Europe April 2016: Discover the Top 335 models and All-brands

Suzuki Baleno Europe April 2016The new Suzuki Baleno makes its first appearance in the European ranking. 

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As per the BSCB tradition, after preliminary figures for the Top 10 brands and Top 20 models, we now detail full brands and models data for April. Final figures bring one change in the Top 10 brands: Fiat overtakes BMW to rank 8th overall in April with 67.846 sales (+15%) vs. 67.538 for BMW (+11%). Toyota (+13%), Suzuki (+13%), Hyundai (+14%), Kia (+17%), Land Rover (+20%) and Mazda (+28%) thanks to the CX-3 (#102) are the other manufacturers posting double-digit gains inside the Top 20 while beyond, Jeep (+24%) still benefits from the Renegade effect (+48%), Honda (+60%) takes full advantage of the success of the HR-V (#114), Ssangyong (+72%) is lifted by the Tivoli, Jaguar is now counting on both the XE (1.751 sales) and F-Pace (1.235) to take off by 145% and Infiniti owes its 152% year-on-year increase solely to the Q30 which breaks into the European Top 200 for the first time this month (#183 with 1.145 sales). Finally Bentley can thank the Bentayga (94 sales) for its 83% surge: the all-new SUV is already the brand’s second best-seller across the continent below the Continental.

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Looking at the models ranking in more detail, we find that final figures have slightly altered the preliminary Top 20 we published a couple of weeks ago: the Peugeot 2008 (15.849) is now above the Toyota Yaris (15.817) and the Audi A4 (15.643) now distances the Skoda Fabia (15.549). SUVs are once again the starts of the European market: less than 12 months after its launch, the new Hyundai Tucson equals its best ranking at #23 (also hit last January), up 15 ranks on March, the Dacia Duster is up 10 spots to #27 and the BMW X1 up 130% to #53 thanks to the new model yet the Renault Kadjar is down 6 ranks on last month to #35. The VW Touran is back up 11 spots to #38 and the Renault Scénic, in runout mode before the arrival of the new generation, is up 22 to #50.

Peugeot Traveller Europe April 2016Peugeot Traveller 

Among recent launches, below the Tucson and Kadjar – the only new nameplates in the Top 80 – the Mercedes GLC maintains itself above the brand’s smaller crossover, the GLA, at #84 vs. #87, the Fiat Tipo breaks into the European Top 100 for the first time at #93, the Renault Talisman is locked outside the Top 150 (for now?) and the Mercedes GLE Coupe is catching up on its direct competitor the BMW X6 at #194 vs. #189 this month. We welcome three new nameplates in the sales charts in April: the Suzuki Baleno at #209, the Citroen E-Mehari at #266 and the Peugeot Traveller at #278.

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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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Europe March 2016: Opel Astra and Fiat 500 shine in Top 10

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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Europe January 2016: VW down, Peugeot 208 & Opel Astra shine

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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