Europe Full Year 2016: VW flat, Renault up in highest market in 9 years

Renault Captur Europe 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frRenault is up 13.5% to 2nd place and the Captor signs its first annual Top 10. 

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Despite the disruption caused by the Brexit vote, the European new car marks a third consecutive year of gains in 2016 at +6.5% to 15.141.326 registrations, the highest annual volume on the continent since 2007. Like in 2015, 27 of the 29 markets covered post a year-on-year increase, the two exceptions being the Netherlands (-14.9%) and Switzerland (-2.1%). The big 5 markets are all in positive: Germany (+4.5%) is at its strongest since 2009, the UK (+2.3%) posts a second all-time record in a row, France (+5%) at its highest since 2011, Italy (+16.1%) at its highest since 2010 and Spain (+10.8%) at its highest since 2008. Best performing countries are Hungary (+24.9%), Croatia (+23.4%), Cyprus (+20.4%), Latvia (+18.8%) and Lithuania (+18.8%). The most striking mega-trend in Europe is the ever-growing success of the SUV segment with sales up by a gigantic 21.4% to 3.880.618 units and 25.6% market share whereas subcompacts, once ultra-dominant on the continent, are up just 2.7% to 3.213.813 sales and see their market share thaw to 21.2%.

VW Golf Alltrack Europe 2016. Picture courtesy mullersvarld.seThe VW Golf is the best-selling vehicle in Europe for the 9th consecutive year.

Group-wise, the Volkswagen Group defied forecasts in the midst of its emissions scandal with sales up 3.3% to 24% market share vs. 24.8% a year ago. It is followed by Renault-Nissan at 13.8%, PSA Peugeot-Citroen at 9,74%, Ford at 6.98%, BMW Group at 6.81%, FCA at 6.57%, General Motors at 6.56%, Daimler at 6.285, Hyundai-Kia at 6.29% and Toyota at 4.26%. In the brands ranking, Volkswagen is down 0.7% and the only carmaker in the Top 10 in negative to lose almost one percentage point of market share at 11.3% while Renault (+13.5%) overtakes Ford (+1.8%) to snap the 2nd place with 1.1 million registrations. Opel (+6.1%) and Peugeot (+1.6%) round out the Top 5 like last year.

mercedes-e-class-europe-2016For the first time since 2010, Audi isn’t the #1 luxury brand in Europe, Mercedes is.

Big change this year in the luxury ranking: thanks to sales shooting up 14.2% to 845.178, Mercedes historically overtakes both Audi up “just” 8.8% to 830.364 and BMW up 10.2% to 820.505 to take the lead. It is the first time since 2010 that Audi isn’t the #1 premium brand in Europe. Fiat (+12.4%) and Skoda (+9.5%) close out the Top 10 but both outpace the market. Kia (+13.2%), Dacia (+11.3%), Mazda (+12.6%) and Mini (+15.3%) also post double-digit gains inside the Top 20. Among smaller-volume brands, the SUV boom shows: Land Rover (+18.8%), Jeep (+19.8%), Honda (+21.8%) thanks to the HR-V, Ssangyong (+35%) thanks to the Tivoli, Bentley (+38.9%) thanks to the Bentayga, Jaguar (+70.1%) thanks to the F-Pace and XE and Infiniti (+151.9%) thanks to the Q30 and QX30 post the largest increases in the Top 50. Abarth (+41.5%) and Lada (+109.7%) are the exceptions.

Renault Clio Europe 2016The Renault Clio hits its highest ever European annual ranking at #2. 

There are no surprises atop the European models ranking: the VW Golf is #1 the 9th year in a row and the 29th time in the past 34 years starting in 1983, and extending a stretch of 81 consecutive months in the European pole position – that’s almost seven years: : the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was in March 2010 when the Ford Fiesta led the way. The Golf has now held the #1 spot during 98 out of the past 100 months. However it drops a heavy 7.3% – the largest decline in the Top 10 – to fall below 500.000 units. The Renault Clio (+4%) gains one spot on 2015 to climb to 2nd place overall, its highest ever ranking in Europe, also hit in 2006, as does the VW Polo (+3.3%). Both superminis overtake the Ford Fiesta (-4%) as the Opel Corsa (-1.3%) remains 5th.

vauxhall-astra-europe-2016The Opel/Vauxhall Astra is up to 6th place, its highest since 2011. 

Boosted by the new generation, the Opel Astra soars 31% to snap a last-minute 6th place off the Peugeot 208 (+8.8%), its first annual Top 10 ranking since 2013 and its highest year-end position since 2011. The Nissan Qashqai is down one spot to #8 but remains the best-selling SUV on the continent while the Skoda Octavia is back up 2 spots to #9, its highest annual European ranking also hit in 2014. Rare feat: we have a newcomer in the year-end Top 10 in Europe: the Renault Captur, up a very impressive 11.5% to snap the 10th spot overall with 217.105 sales, knocking the Ford Focus out. The Captur peaked at #6 in December. Notice also the VW Tiguan uo 21.8% to #18 but inside the Top 10 from August onwards. The battle for the title of #1 SUV in Europe will be tight in 2017 between the Qashqai, Captur and Tiguan. BSCB predicts the Tiguan will win.

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Europe December 2016: Renault places Clio, Captur & Megane in Top 7

renault-clio-europe-december-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frThe Renault Clio “teases” the VW Golf for the European pole position in December. 

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New car sales across Europe (29 countries, excluding Russia and Turkey) are up 3.2% in December to 1.193.286 units. Volkswagen dips 0.3% to an already weak December 2015 in the wake of the emissions scandal and its advantage over the #2 brand thaws to just over 20.000 sales as Renault shoots up 15.5% to 112.953, distancing Ford (-4.8%) and Opel (+1.9%). Mercedes (+15.7%) confirms it is the new European king of luxury, remaining at a stunning 5th place above BMW (-1.5%), Peugeot (-14.7%) and Audi (+19.7%). Fiat (+12%) and Skoda (+14.5%) both post double-digit gains to close out the Top 10. Further down, Kia (+10.4%), Suzuki (+22.5%), Smart (+25.2%), Alfa Romeo (+42.9%), Jaguar (+43.7%), Abarth (+50.5%), Porsche (+64.7%), Infiniti (+158%) and Maserati (+191.4%) post the largest year-on-year increases among the Top 40 brands.

Renault Megane Europe December 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frFirst European Top 10 ranking in four years for the Renault Mégane.

The top of the models ranking is an illustration of Renault’s particularly strong show of force this month. The VW Golf remains in the lead of course but drops 6.4% to 37.488 sales, that’s less than 5.500 more than the Renault Clio up 11.6% to 32.018. In fact, the 10.000 unit-advantage the Clio has over both the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo this month enables the French small car to snap a last minute annual 2nd place (detailed in a separate update). The Opel Astra (+31.3%) holds onto the 5th spot for the third straight month, while the Renault Captur (+14.7%) and Mégane (+92.7%) make it three Renaults in the Top 7 for the first time ever in Europe. That’s one more than Volkswagen, as the Tiguan surges 55.9% to #8. This is the Mégane’s first European Top 10 ranking since December 2012 and its best monthly position since June 2012. Notice also the Citroen C3 up 30.8%, the Audi A4 up 50.7% and the Mercedes E-Class up 44.7%.

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toyota-c-hr-europe-november-2016The Toyota C-HR has landed in Europe.

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Final figures for Europe 29 markets (Turkey and Russia excluded) are now available, settling for a 4.9% year-on-year gain to 1.176.026 units which lifts the year-to-date tally up 6.6% to 13.835.067. Outside the already familiar Top 50 best-selling models, notice the Toyota RAV4 up 129% to #67, the Seat Ateca up 11 spots on October to #69, the Ford Ka+ down 5 ranks to #113 vs. #211 year-to-date and the Jaguar F-Pace down 3 to #123 vs. #164 so far this year.

suzuki-ignis-europe-novembet-2016-picture-courtesy-red-live-itSuzuki Ignis

We welcome two all-new nameplates in the European sales charts in November: firstly, the Toyota C-HR lands at #138 with over 2.300 sales. This means the C-HR is already outselling the Honda HR-V (1.999) while the Mazda CX-3 (3.961) remains at a fair distance for now, but this will change very soon as the C-HR gears up at the start of 2017.

skoda-kodiaq-europe-november-2016Skoda Kodiaq

The Suzuki Ignis for its part points its bonnet at a much more discreet #249 with just above 200 deliveries so far. Other improving recent launches (<12 months) include – in sales order – the Alfa Romeo Giulia (+8), Kia Niro (+3), Hyundai Ioniq (+4), Infiniti Q30 (+6), Maserati Levante (+8), Tesla Model X (+5), Skoda Kodiaq (+19) and Infiniti QX30 (+14).

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Europe November 2016: Renault up 18%, Captur best-selling SUV

renault-captur-europe-november-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frThe Renault Captur is the most popular SUV in Europe in November. 

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The European new car market (29 countries, Turkey and Russia excluded) remains dynamic in November at +5% to 1.184.140 registrations, with year-to-date sales up 6.8% to 13.937.339, the largest YTD gain since 2007. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Sales Rate (SAAR) hits 15.1 million in November. All Top 5 markets are up, with Spain (+13%) and France (+8%) leading the way followed by Italy (+5%), the UK (+3%) and Germany (+1.5%). 26 out of 29 markets are up, only the Netherlands (-21%), Ireland (-20%) and Switzerland (-0.4%) in decline.

peugeot-3008-europe-november-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frThe new model boosts Peugeot 3008 sales up 83% across Europe…

Volkswagen remains the most popular brand in the region by far, despite sales down 0.9%. It is followed by Renault up a fantastic 18.5% on November 2015, Ford (-0.5%) and Opel (-0.3%). Another outstanding performance from Mercedes up two spots on last month and 12% year-on-year to 5th place overall with 70.095 sales. BMW does even better at +13% and 68.511 units. Both luxury brands overtake Peugeot (-1.5%) but Audi isn’t as lucky: up 6% to #8. Skoda (+9%), Toyota (+9%), Hyundai (+11%), Dacia (+8%), Seat (+25%), Suzuki (+22%) and Mini (+17%) also impress in the Top 20. Further down, Bentley (+53%), Jaguar (+57%), Infiniti (+181%) and Rolls Royce (+106%) soar.

Renault Megane Europe November 2016. Picture courtesy largus.fr…while for the Renault Mégane the gain is 98%.

Model-wise, the VW Golf drops 8% but keeps a 10.000-unit advantage over the Renault Clio up a stunning 21% year-on-year and two spots on October to #2, reclaiming the #3 spot year-to-date. The VW Polo (+6%) and Ford Fiesta (+5%) follow, ahead of the Opel Astra up 35%. The Renault Captur surges 20% to #9 and becomes the best-selling SUV on the continent, outpacing the VW Tiguan at #10 (+55%) and the Nissan Qashqai at #11 (+8%). All planets are aligning for Renault: the Mégane is up 98% to #15 and the Kadjar is up 18% to #33. Notice also the Dacia Duster up 26%, the Citroen C3 up 18%, Audi A4 up 44%, Hyundai Tucson up 32%, Kia Sportage up 24%, Peugeot 3008 up 83% and BMW X1 up 68%.

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Renault Megane Europe October 2016The new model pushes Renault Megane sales up 42% across Europe. 

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Final October data for Europe 29 countries is now available, with the overall score almost 9.ooo units below preliminary figures at 1.132.112 delivers for a 0.9% year-on-year drop. The year-to-date tally remains however in frank positive territory at +6.8% to 12.682.782 sales or over 800.000 additional sales compared to the same period a year ago. There are a few changes atop the brands ranking now that sales figures have been confirmed. Renault (-2%) manages to recapture the 2nd spot year-to-date off Ford (-6%) at 889.068 vs. 888.974. It will be a photo finish for the final annual ranking next month. Peugeot for its part (-4%) advances to #5 for the month, overtaking Audi (+1%) at 66.446 vs. 66.180 sales and in a slew of bad news for Audi, Mercedes retains the #6 overall spot at #1 luxury year-to-date at 703.950 vs. 702.769. Another photo finish for next month…

peugeot-3008-europe-october-2016The Peugeot 3008 is back inside the European Top 50 thanks to the new generation. 

Beyond the Top 10, Hyundai (+5%), Kia (+7%), Seat (+13%) and Mini (+20%) post very dynamic gains among high-volume brands, while on the opposite Mitsubishi (-20%), Citroen (-9%), Volvo (-8%) and Mazda (-6%) struggle. Smaller but impressive performers include Alfa Romeo (+22%) thanks to the Giulia, Lancia (+23%), Jaguar (+78%) thanks to the F-Pace and XE, Infiniti (+61%) thanks to the Q30 and Maserati (+46%) thanks to the Levante. Chinese MG surges 62% with the GS SUV but remains extremely discreet at 257 sales. DS (-28%), Tesla (-25%), Ferrari (-28%), Aston Martin (-36%) and Lotus (-40%) are in difficulty this month.

Hyundai Ioniq Europe October 2016-picture-courtesy-autoexpress-co-ukThe Hyundai Ioniq is already level with the Toyota Prius in Europe.

In the models aisle, the only change in the Top 20 compared to preliminary figures is the Peugeot 2008 (now #16) and Skoda Fabia (#17) exchanging positions. The Renault Clio ranks 4th year-to-date below the Ford Fiesta at 252.882 (+0.3%) vs. 253.180 (-6%) which is the reverse order vs. preliminary data. Below, the Renault Mégane is up 7 spots on September and 42% year-on-year to #22 vs. #32 YTD, the Hyundai Tucson is up 52% to #23, the Audi A4 and Kia Sportage both up 24%, the BMW X1 up 137%, VW Touran up 67% and Peugeot 3008 up 52% on October 2015 and 45 ranks on last month to rally back into the Top 50 thanks to the new model. The Fiat Tipo (#60) and Seat Ateca (#80) are the only two recently launched nameplates (<12 months) inside the Top 100 with the Ford Ka+ (#108) catching up and gaining 64 ranks on September while the Hyundai Ioniq is up 72 to #175 and only 60 units below the Toyota Prius. We welcome the Skoda Kodiaq at #285.

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Europe October 2016: Opel Astra and VW Tiguan shine in market down

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The European new car market marks a pause in October with sales down 0.5% to 1.140.978 registrations across 29 markets (Russia and Turkey excluded), indicating the strong growth of the past five years may have come to a peak. To keep things in perspective, this is still the second highest October score since 2009. Three of the top five markets registering a year-on-year gain: Italy (+10%), Spain (+3%), UK (+1.4%) while France (-4%) and Germany (-6%) decline. The best performing markets are Croatia (+18%), Cyprus (+12%), Slovakia (+11%), Czech Republic (+11%), Poland (+11%) and Lithuania (+11%), while the most affected are the Netherlands (-23%), Ireland (-12%), Norway (-9.5%) and Switzerland (-9%). As is the case in almost the entire world, SUVs continue to be the engine of growth in Europe with a splendid 12% gain to 302.851 registrations with compact (C-SUV) up 22.5% and midsize SUVs (D-SUV) up 20.1%.

vw-tiguan-europe-october-2016-picture-courtesy-autovideo-netThe VW Tiguan ranks at a stunning 7th place and is the best-selling SUV in Europe.

Market leader Volkswagen bears the steepest fall in the Top 10 at -8% to 130.553 sales, meaning its YTD score is now in negative as well at -0.7%, the only brand in the Top 10 to lose ground so far in 2016. Renault (-2%) and Ford (-4%) complete a 100% declining podium ahead of Opel (+2%). In the luxury race, Audi (+2%) recuperates the #1 luxury spot it lost to Mercedes (+7%) last month while BMW gains 3%. Fiat (+2%) and Skoda (+5%) are also in positive while outside the Top 10, Maserati (+47%), Infiniti (+67%) and Jaguar (+76%) post the largest gains. The VW Golf, although still the #1 nameplate across the continent by a large margin, accelerates its fall at -21% in anticipation of the 2017 model. The Ford Fiesta is up 7.5% in 2nd place ahead of the VW Polo (-10%) and Renault Clio (-3%) but the heroes of the month are the Opel Astra up 56% to 5th place and the VW Tiguan up 52.5% to sign a third consecutive month inside the European Top 10 at #7, an impressive feat as before last August the Tiguan had never broken into the Top 10.

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Range Rover Evoque Europe September 2016Range Rover Evoque sales are up 143% year-on-year in September

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Final data for Europe in September is now available, coming just a tad below the preliminary figures at 1.489.343 sales across 29 countries, up 6.9% year-on-year and leading to a year-to-date tally up 7.6% to 11.550.668. The Top 10 brands order is 100% confirmed, with the two main year-to-date shifts also confirmed: Ford (813.755) is now above Renault (812.338) for 2nd place and Mercedes (638.033) bypasses Audi (636.589) for the #1 luxury spot, albeit with an higher-than-previous 1.444 sales advantage. Outside the Top 10, Dacia (+16.7%), Kia (+17.2%), Mini (+21.3%), Alfa Romeo (+39.3%), Jaguar (+45.5%), Land Rover (+52%), Infiniti (+144.4%) and Tesla (+207.4%) are among the biggest gainers. Citroen (-10%), Subaru (-11.5%) and DS (-15.5%) struggle.

tesla-model-x-europe-september-2016-picture-courtesy-dn-noThe Tesla Model X makes its official entrance inside the European sales charts.

Model-wise, the entire Top 10 is confirmed, with the VW Golf (-14.7%), Ford Fiesta (-7.7%), VW Polo (+10.4%), Opel Corsa (-1.6%) and Renault Clio (+7.5%) in the lead. The only change in the Top 20 is the Renault Captur now ranking above the Skoda Octavia at #11. The Mercedes A-Class is up 31.4% to #24, the Hyundai Tucson up 122.2% to #27, the Renault Mégane up 64.2% to #29 thanks to the new generation, the Ford Kuga up 50% to #30, the Kia Sportage up 35.1% to #32, the Renault Kadjar up 91% to #34 and the Hyundai i20 up 28.4% to #40. The BMW X1 (+835%), Mercedes GLC (+193%) and Range Rover Evoque (+143%) all take off and fit within the Top 65.

toyota-proace-europe-september-2016The Toyota Proace lands at #260. 

The Fiat Tipo is the most popular recent launch (<12 months) despite falling 23 ranks on August to #81. Just below, it’s an extremely impressive performance by the Jaguar F-Pace up 40 spots on last month to #116, the best-selling Jaguar on the continent and now representing 42.2% of the brand’s sales (25.2% year-to-date). The Seat Ateca is also flexing its muscles, gaining 55 ranks to #119, ahead of the Suzuki Baleno (#152), Kia Niro (#155), Ford Ka+ (#172) and Alfa Romeo Giulia (#173). This month we welcome the Tesla Model X (#181) and Toyota Proace (#260) in the European sales charts.

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Europe September 2016: Mercedes overtakes Audi YTD to #1 premium

mercedes-c-class-uk-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autoexpress-co-ukMercedes now outsells Audi YTD and the C-Class snaps its very first Top 10 ranking.

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The European new car market posts its best September score in a decade, up 7.1% to 1.495.815 deliveries across 29 countries. Year-to-date, sales are up 7.7% to 11.609.595 units, the highest level after 9 months since 2008. 16 markets record double-digit gains and just 3 post declines (Greece, the Netherlands and Ireland). The best performing markets are Romania (+63%), Hungary (+31%), Latvia (+29%), Cyprus (+21%), Poland (+20%), Slovakia (+19%) and Italy (+17%). Keep in mind September is always heavily weighted towards the UK market at an all-time high 469.696 or 31% of the entire European market. According to JATO Dynamics, SUV sales cross the 400.000 monthly units-barrier for the first time in history, boasting a 26.9% market share vs. 23.3% a year ago.

VW Tiguan Europe September 2016The VW Tiguan spends a 2nd consecutive month (and ever) inside the European Top 10.

In the brands ranking, market leaders Volkswagen (+3.5%), Ford (-1%) and Opel (+4.2%) are all losing market share compared to September 2015. Reversely, Renault surges 19.4% to 97.147 sales thanks to strong Mégane and Kadjar deliveries but drops to #3 year-to-date below Opel. The best performance of the month is without any doubt delivered by Mercedes up 17.8% to 91.572 units, frankly outpacing rival premium manufacturers BMW (+11.3%) and Audi (+8.7%). The big news is Mercedes overtaking Audi year-to-date to snap the premium crown at 638.968 sales (+14.5%) vs. 638.639 (+8.2%). This is the first time since 2010 that Audi isn’t the #1 premium brand YTD in Europe. In the Top 10, Fiat (+10.3%) and Skoda (+9.9%) outpace the market.

Audi A4 Europe September 2016Audi drops to #3 premium brand despite A3 sales up 18% and A4 units up 34%. 

The VW Golf remains the best-selling models across the continent despite a harsh 15% drop on the back of double-digit declines in Germany, the UK and France, the three largest European markets. Lifted by the UK, the Ford Fiesta is up one spot on August to #2 but down 7% year-on-year above the VW Polo up 11% and now #2 year-to-date, outpacing the Renault Clio (+7%). After breaking inside the European Top 10 for the first time ever in August, the VW Tiguan makes it two consecutive months at #9 thanks to deliveries boosted up 47% year-on-year by the new generation. It however drops to #2 SUV below the Nissan Qashqai (#6). It’s the turn of the Mercedes C-Class to snap its very first Top 10 European ranking at #10 (+12%), riding on the new Coupe variant. This month 41% of C-Class were sold in the UK where it ranks #10 and 32% in Germany where it ranks #4.

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Europe August 2016: VW Tiguan breaks into Top 10 for the first time

vw-tiguan-europe-august-2016First European Top 10 finish for the VW Tiguan in August at #6. 

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After posting its first decline in almost three years in July, new car sales in Europe – 29 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – recover in August at +8.1% to 842.696 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 7.6% to 10.066.436 units. 16 of the 29 markets studied post double-digit year-on-year gains including Italy (+20%) and Spain (+14%). Germany (+8%) and France (+7%) are also strong. The fastest-growing market this month are Romania (+68%), Hungary (+44%), Croatia (+39%), Lithuania, Luxembourg, Belgoum and Poland. At the other end of the scale, for markets register August declines: Slovenia (-1%), Greece (-7%), Switzerland (-8%) and Netherlands (-13%). According to JATO Dynamics, SUVs are the main engine of European growth once again in August with double-digit increases in 28 of the 29 markets analysed and an overall uptick of 30%. This surge is particularly vibrant in Italy (+53%), Ireland (+48%), Belgium (+43%), Portugal (+41%) and Norway (+40%).

Mercedes GLE Coupe Europe August 2016Mercedes surges 19% to rank #4 brand overall in Europe in August. 

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen (+4.6%) grows slightly slower than the market to 105.843 sales but places four nameplates inside the European Top 10 for the first time ever: the Golf (#1), Polo (#2), Tiguan (#6) and Passat (#10). Ford (+2%) and Opel (+5%) round up the podium, relegating Renault to 5th place but the hero of the month is Mercedes up 19% year-on-year to a stunning 4th place overall with 52.839 sales. It outsells Renault at 51.813 (+4%) and direct competitors Audi at 46.617 (+6%) and BMW at 45.473 (+1%). Year-to-date, Mercedes now stands at 544.901 sales after 8 months (+14%) vs. 555.008 for Audi (+8%) and 528.143 for BMW (+11.5%). Other great performers include Toyota (+15%), Fiat (+21%), Kia (+21%), Honda (+28%) and Jeep (+31%). One step further, Dacia (+36%) outsells Nissan (+0.5%) to snatch a 15th position overall and low-volume brands Jaguar (+38%), Land Rover (+46%), Ssangyong (+48%), MG (+130%), Maserati (+153%) and Infiniti (+310%) impress.

Dacia Sandero Europe August 2016. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukDacia is up 36% to outsell Nissan, the Sandero is up 45% and the Duster up 46%.

Model-wise, the VW Golf signs a 77th consecutive month in pole position despite a 11% year-on-year drop to 29.643. That’s more than double the sales of its follower, the VW Polo, also down 11% to 14.830 and now #2 year-to-date (206.512) above the Renault Clio (204.973). The Ford Fiesta rounds up the podium at +9% and the Opel Astra (+21%) confirms it is now evolving at its highest level since 2012 with a second consecutive month at #4, the first time it ranks that high since July 2012. The Skoda Octavia jumps back up 6 spots on July to a splendid 5th place in spite of sales down 2% but the event of the month is to be found just below.

Audi A4 Europe August 2016The Audi A4 stops 62 units short off a Top 10 ranking this month. 

The VW Tiguan, boosted by its much awaited new generation, surges 75% year-on-year and 10 spots on July to a record #6, the nameplate’s very first stint inside the European Top 10 and smashing its previous ranking record that stood at #12 (April 2014) before this month. It’s a great career start for the new gen Tiguan, but keep in mind August sales are traditionally very weak in Europe which often prompts unusual ranking shifts. It will be hard for the Tiguan to replicate this performance in a high-volume month.

fiat-tipo-italy-august-2016-picture-courtesy-drive-my-comThe Fiat Tipo is the most popular new launch in Europe, lifted by a Top 3 ranking in Italy

Other great gainers inside the Top 25 include the Opel Corsa at #8 (+20%), Audi A4 at #11 (+41%), Dacia Sandero at #14 (+45%), Seat Leon at #21 (+23%), Dacia Duster at #23 (+46%) and Peugeot 2008 at #24 (+42%). Further down, notice the Hyundai Tucson up 268% to #26, the VW Touran up 290% to #34, BMW X1 up 532% to #38, Toyota RAV4 up 97% to #44, VW Transporter up 81% to #59 and Skoda Superb up 87% to #60. The Fiat Tipo leads recent launches (<12 months) at #58, followed at a distance by the Renault Talisman (#120), Suzuki Baleno (#154), Jaguar F-Pace (#157), Kia Niro up 68 spots on July (#162), Seat Ateca (#174) and Alfa Romeo Giulia (#187).

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Citroen Spacetourer Europe July 2016The Citroen Spacetourer lands at #275 in the European charts this month.

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After preliminary figures at the end of August, we can now go into the detail of July data for Europe 29 markets – Russia and Turkey excluded. Final figures confirm July is the first year-on-year decline since August 2013 at -2% to 1.15m units, but the year-to-date tally is still up 7.5% to 9.2m deliveries. One change in the Top 10 brands compared to the preliminary data: Fiat passes BMW to rank 8th overall. Peugeot (-10%), Skoda (-11%) and Volkswagen (-11%) still post the largest declines in the Top 10 and are responsible for the overall market decline. Outside the Top 10, Dacia (+12%) and Suzuki (+17%) shine with double-digit gains, Land Rover (+33%), Jaguar (+33%), Bentley (+44%), Rolls-Royce (+71%) and Infiniti (+220%) post spectacular improvements further down the ranking.

BMW X1 Europe July 2016The new model pushes BMW X1 sales up 4-fold compared to a year ago. 

Model-wise, the Top 13 best-sellers remain unchanged vs. preliminary figures, with the VW Golf still far ahead despite sales down 22%, distancing the VW Polo (-6%), Ford Fiesta (-3%), Opel Astra (+26%) and Renault Clio (-11%). The Dacia Sandero shoots up 3% to #12 but the Ford Focus (-12%), Skoda Octavia (-18%) and VW Passat (-22%) all struggle. The Fiat Panda passes the Audi A4 to rank at a final #14 for July and the Renault Captur bypasses the Skoda Fabia to rank #19. Beyond the familiar Top 20, the Hyundai Tucson gains 7 spots on June to #27, the Ford Kuga is up 16% year-on-year to #33, the VW Touran up 144% to #34, the Renault Kadjar up 128% to #37, the BMW X1 up 317% to #46 and the Skoda Superb up 96% to #59.

Maserati Levante Europe July 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukFirst appearance of the Maserati Levante in the European sales charts in July. 

The Fiat Tipo is now the most popular recent launch (<12 months), boosted up 35 ranks on last month by the hatch variant to #58 overall. It is followed by the Mercedes GLC at #93 (-17 spots on July), the Honda HR-V at #133 (+2), Renault Talisman at #137 (-20), Jaguar F-Pace at #145 (+11) and Suzuki Baleno at #149 (+1). Further down, the Seat Ateca breaks into the European Top 200 for the first time at #187, the Volvo S/V90 is up 35 ranks to #214 and the Kia Niro is up 55 to #230. We welcome no less than four new nameplates in the European sales charts in July: the Maserati Levante at #250, Fiat Talento at #257, Citroen Spacetourer at #275 and Infiniti QX30 at #282.

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