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Europe December 2014: Peugeot 308 breaks ranking record again

January 22nd, 2015 2 comments

Peugeot 308 Europe December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 308 is up to a best-ever 8th place in December

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The European new car market delivers a 16th consecutive month of year-on-year gains in December at +5% to 997,210 registrations, bringing the final 2014 tally to just below 13 million units, also up 5% on 2013. Brand-wise, below Volkswagen shy at just +2%, Renault overtakes Ford to rank 2nd overall thanks to sales up 8% and a 7.6% market share, almost one percentage point above its 2014 level, while Opel/Vauxhall remains in 4th place. Peugeot (+8%), BMW (+12%) and most of all Mercedes (+17%) also shine whereas Audi drops to #8 and #3 premium at +2%. Skoda (-1%) and Citroen (-4%) disappoint.

Renault Captur Europe December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Captur is inside the European Top 10 for the 2nd time ever.

The VW Golf is once again the best-selling nameplate on the continent and has now stabilised at +1% year-on-year to 37,265 sales. The Renault Clio (+8%) and VW Polo (-2%) exchange positions compared to November, with the Ford Fiesta (-10%) only 21 units above the Opel Corsa (+8%). Thanks to sales up 9% in 6th position, the Skoda Octavia overtakes the Nissan Qashqai (+22%) year-to-date to rank #8. The Renault Captur brilliantly lodges its 2nd ever European Top 10 ranking at #9 with 15,359 units (+14%) after the #7 it reached last June.

Mercedes C-Class Europe December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus,frMercedes sales are up 17% in December.

But the best performance of the month in the European Top 10 is once again delivered by the Peugeot 308. After breaking the nameplate’s ranking record last month at #9, it does so again in December at #8 with sales up 76% year-on-year to 15,412. This way the 308 outsells the Opel Astra for the third consecutive month, and the Peugeot 208 – kicked out of the Top 10 for the first time since June 2012 – for the 2nd time in a row. This is the highest European ranking hit by a compact Peugeot since the 307 in July 2006.

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January 18th, 2015 No comments

Lamborghini Huracan Europe November 2014. Picture courtesy of caranddriver.comThe Hurácan lifts Lamborghini sales up 29% this year in Europe.

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Time for the last year-to-date update for the 2014 European market, on track to lodge its first year-on-year gains in 7 years at 11.945.609 registrations after 11 months vs. 11.346.647 a year ago (+5%). This return to form for new car sales in Europe is illustrated by the fact that all Top 20 manufacturers register year-on-year volume improvements. Volkswagen and Ford top the brands ranking but grow slightly slower than the market at +4%, while Opel (+8%), Renault (+9%) and Peugeot (+6%) outpace it. Premium German brands all evolve at record heights: Audi is up 4% to 675,177 sales, BMW up 5% to 615,409 and Mercedes up 5% to 605,316. Citroen and Fiat round up the Top 10 but are threatened by Skoda up a fantastic 14% in 11th place, spending most of the 2nd half of the year in the Top 10.

Infiniti Q50 Europe November 2014Infiniti is selling twice as many cars in Europe this year than in 2013.

Dacia remains the best performing mass marque across the continent, with sales up an indecent 28% on 2013 to 334,407, securing the low-cost brand a spot inside Europe’s Top 15 for the first time in its history. Seat (+13%), Volvo (+11%) and Mazda (+20%) also benefit from a renewed range and dynamic sales. Further down, notice (in order of sales) Mitsubishi up 32%, Porsche up 21%, Jeep up 55%, Tesla up 181%, Maserati up 306% and Infiniti up 95%. In the bad news aisle, Smart is down 20% but should return in black shortly with the new Fortwo and Forfour, Subaru is down 15% and Chevrolet takes a bow at a logical -72% in 29th position.

Ford Kuga Europe November 2014The Ford Kuga breaks into the European year-to-date Top 50 this month.

Readjusted figures mean the Top 10 models look slightly different from our last November update: the Audi A3 replaces the Skoda Octavia at #9 and gives the Nissan Qashqai at #8 a little more room to breathe, with the 3 nameplates respectively adding up to 186,783 (+20%), 186,243 (+23%) and 188,448 units after 11 months. December will decide of the final order. The Fiat 500 keeps pushing just outside the Top 10, up 14% to #11, while the Toyota Yaris passes the BMW 3 Series to rank #14 and the Fiat Panda overtakes the VW Passat to #18. The Mercedes C-Class is up to #23, the Dacia Duster up to #28, Opel Mokka up to #31, Nissan Juke up to #39 and the Ford Kuga makes its entrance inside Europe’s Top 50 at #49 with 78,582 sales, up a stunning 31% on 2013.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur Europe November 2014587 Bentley Continental Flying Spur found a buyer in Europe so far this year.

The VW Golf Sportsvan leads the all-new entrants at #77 with 50,340 sales, with the Mercedes GLA the only other new nameplate inside the Top 100 at #98 and 40,243 units. These two superstars are followed by the Peugeot 108 at #119, Citroen C4 Cactus at #121, BMW 2 Series at #133, Porsche Macan at #156, Ford Ecosport at #166, BMW X4 at #187, Mercedes V-Class at #188, Nissan Pulsar at #218 and Jeep Renegade at #232. In the luxury aisle, notice the Maserati Ghibli at #235 with 3,984 sales, the BMW i8 at #279 with 905 deliveries, Bentley Continental Flying Spur at #290 with 587 units and the Lamborghini Huracan at #318 with 199 sales.

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Europe November 2014: Opel Mokka above Astra for the first time

January 18th, 2015 No comments

Opel Mokka Europe November 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Opel Mokka outsells its stablemate the Astra Europe-wide for the first time.

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After detailing the Top 10 models and brands across Europe and just before revealing December and Full Year 2014 figures, as is the tradition on BSCB we explore complete European data. In the brands ranking, below the familiar Top 10 Nissan is up 20% at #13, Dacia slows down its growth at +9% but passes Kia to #15, Seat is up 10% at #17, Volvo up 8% at #18 and Mini up 12% at #19. Further down, Jeep is up 114% to pass Porsche (+36%) and Alfa Romeo to #26 vs. +55% YTD thanks to the Renegade already accounting for 46% of its sale, Jaguar is up 20%, Ssangyong up 62%, Maserati up 106%, Infiniti up 128%, Ferrari up 55% and Lamborghini up 92% thanks to the Huracan representing 58% if its sales.

Toyota Yaris Europe November 2014With the new model, the Toyota Yaris is getting back closer to the Europe Top 10.

Confirming information outlined in the previous November European update, just as the Peugeot 308 breaks its monthly ranking record at #9, the Mercedes C-Class misses out on a first-ever monthly Top 10 ranking for just 167 sales at 14,566 units (+61%) vs. 14,733 (-6%) for the Peugeot 208. It’s only a matter of time before the C-Class places among the continent’s 10 favourite nameplates. The Toyota Yaris (+12%), Renault Captur (+16%) and Fiat Panda (+15%) all lodge solid results. In a sign of changing times, the Opel Mokka outsells its stablemate the Astra for the very first time Europe-wide, up 132% to 12,371 units at #18 vs. 12,183 for the ageing compact, down a harsh 16% year-on-year. A bit less than a year ago in December 2013 the Mokka ranked #45 vs. the Astra at #10 so this passing of relay has occurred in the past few months when the Mokka has kept improving almost two years after its original launch.

BMW 2 Series Europe November 2014First European Top 100 ranking for the BMW 2 Series.

The Dacia Duster is up 95% to #22 and 11,138 sales, the Seat Leon up 42% to #23, the Mini up 32% to #31, Hyundai i20 up 27% to #39, Renault Twingo up 28% to #42, Ford Kuga up 22% to #47 and the VW Golf Sportsman is down 18 spots on October to #40 with 7,511 deliveries, in-between the Citroen C4 Picasso (7,695) and Renault Scénic (7,373). Among recent launches, note the Peugeot 108 up 8 ranks on last month to #55, the Citroen C4 Cactus up two to #67 and now frankly above the C4 (-38% to #99), the BMW 2 Series up 28 to #75, its first Top 100 European ranking thanks to the Active Tourer, the Jeep Renegade up 35 spots to #118, Nissan Pulsar up 16 to #124 and the Smart Forfour up 137 to #150.

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Europe November 2014: Peugeot 308 breaks ranking record at #9

December 19th, 2014 No comments

Peugeot 308 Europe November 2014The new generation lifts the 308 nameplate to never-seen before heights in Europe.

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New car sales in Europe celebrate 15 consecutive months of year-on-year gains in November at +1.3% to 989,667 deliveries, the dynamism of Spain (+22%), the UK (+8%) and Italy (+5%) more than compensating for the apathy of France (-3%), Germany (-2%) and the Netherlands (-20%). The year-to-date total now stands a couple of thousands units below 12 million, up 5.3% on 2013. The Top 10 most popular brands are still up year-to-date, however Ford (-7%), Skoda (-1%) and Citroen (-8%) retreat in November whereas all the German premium brands outperform the market: BMW is up 8%, Mercedes up 7% and Audi up 4%. Renault is above Opel/Vauxhall at #3 for the second month in a row but remains at #4 year-to-date.

Nissan Qashqai Europe November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Qashqai sales are up 19% year-on-year in November in Europe.

In the models ranking, the main event this month is the arrival inside the Top 10 of the Peugeot 308, lifted by its much-improved new generation and a very successful station wagon variant, up to #9 thanks to sales up 71% YOY to 14,996 units. This is the first time the 2nd generation 308 manages a European Top 10 ranking and the best-ever monthly ranking for the 308 nameplate, its previous best being #10 hit in June and July 2009 with 23,786 and 21,500 sales respectively. It is also the first time the 308 outsells its rival the Ford Focus in Europe, and the second month in a row it outsells the Opel Astra. In other significant news for Peugeot, the 308 (#9) also outsells its stablemate the 208 (#10) this month. The last time the 30- was Peugeot’s best-seller above the 20-  was during the 206-207 changeover, when the 307 successively outsold both the outgoing 206 and the upcoming 207 for a period of 4 months between April and July 2006. Note the 307 nameplate was immensely more successful for Peugeot than the 308 has been to-date, peaking at #3 overall over the Full Year 2004 with over 450,000 sales.

Mercedes C Class Europe November 2014The Mercedes C-Class just missed out on a historical European Top 10 ranking this month.

The rest of the Top 10 models sees some significant moves: the VW Polo is up 12% YOY to stay in 2nd place below the VW Golf, the Ford Fiesta crumbling apart at -19% in 4th place and the Nissan Qashqai up a beautiful 19% but now only 13 (!) units above the Skoda Octavia year-to-date. JATO Dynamics also announced that the Mercedes C-Class just missed out on a Top 10 ranking this month with sales up 61% year-on-year. The C-Class has never ranked inside the monthly European Top 10 in the past decade, so this would have been a momentous event, that could still occur in the coming months given how early on it is in the new generation C-Class’s career. The last time the C-Class’ rivals ranked within the European Top 10 was in January 2014 for the BMW 3 Series and August 2012 for the Audi A4. Finally, boosted by the new model and the addition of a 5-door variant, the Mini is up 44% YOY while the Seat Leon continues its impressive run at +43%.

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December 12th, 2014 No comments

Mini Cooper Europe October 2014Thanks to the new generation, the Mini is back inside the European YTD Top 50 this month.

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Quick Year-to-date update for Europe after 10 months so far in 2014, outlining the main ranking changes compared to the 9 months charts. No change in the Top 20 brands ranking, with Mercedes inching every slightly closer to BMW but not enough to really threaten the Bavarian manufacturer. Thanks to the success of the Macan, Porsche (+20%) passes Smart (-20%) in the middle of a complete range replacement with the all-new Fortwo and Forfour to rank #27 with 45,427 sales, and Jeep lifted by the Cherokee and Renegade breaks into the Top 30 thanks to sales up 48% to 28,927 units, knocking Subaru down to #31. At the tail end of the ranking, Bugatti passes Buick with 12 sales so far this year.

Fiat 500 Europe October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFiat 500

In the models ranking, there are no changes inside the year-to-date Top 10 compared to last month although both the Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia are coming dangerously close to the Nissan Qashqai for the #8 spot overall. The race will be tight in the last couple of months of 2014. Just outside the Top 10, things are a-changing: the Fiat 500 overtakes the Opel Astra to rank #11, confirming 2014 will be the first year the Astra nameplate isn’t among the 10 best-sellers in Europe. It is a momentous event as the Astra was #1 Europe-wide as recently as 2006… Further down, the Peugeot 308 is up one notch to #16, the Seat Leon (#22), Renault Mégane (#23) and Citroen C3 (#24) all pass the BMW 1 Series handicapped by the arrival of the 2 Series, the Mercedes C-Class (#26) and VW Up (#28) exchange positions vs. last month, the Mercedes A-Class passes the Citroen C4 Picasso to #31 and the Mini jumps 5 spots to reclaims its place in the European Top 50 at #47.

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Europe October 2014: Now with Top 345 models & Top 54 brands

December 5th, 2014 No comments

VW Golf Sportsvan Europe October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf Sportsvan is only 428 sales off a European Top 20 ranking in October.

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After the Top 10 rankings for October, as is the tradition on BSCB we now have access to much more detailed brands and models rankings for the European continent (28 countries, listed at the end of the data tables). As a reminder, overall sales are up 7% year-on-year in October to 1.12 million units. We have already covered the main events in the Top 10, being the VW Polo up an impressive 27% on October 2013, the Opel Corsa up 24% thanks to runout rebates and the Peugeot 308 missing out on a Top 10 ranking for just 117 units instead of the 239 originally reported. This month we inaugurate a new format where we highlight 3 main events happening outside the monthly Top 10 in the models ranking.

1. VW Golf Sportsvan smashes Golf Plus scores, segment #1

For its 5th full month of sales, the VW Golf Sportsvan is up 14 spots on September to break its ranking record at #22 with a best-ever 12,203 units, only 428 sales off the Top 20. These score are spectacular and way above what the Golf Plus managed during its 10 year-career. The Golf Plus peaked at an annual #36 ranking in 2006 with 128,137 sales, but never threatened the Renault Scénic or even Citroen Xsara Picasso then C4 Picasso for the supremacy in the compact MPV segment in Europe. In October, the Golf Sportsvan outsells all its competitors in the compact MPV segment for the 2nd month running, and by far: the Scénic ranks #34, the C4 Picasso #37, the Ford C-Max #52, the Peugeot 3008 #56, the Mercedes B-Class #70 and the BMW 2 Series #103 although Active Tourer sales are not separated from the coupé yet. The annualised sales rate for the Golf Sportsvan in October is 135,000 sales, better than any Golf Plus year since the launch of the nameplate in 2005. Lastly it is very important to note that the Golf Sportsvan success has not impacted Golf sales negatively so far (+5%) however the Touran is hit hard (-34%).

VW Golf Plus annual sales in Europe:

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Year Ranking Sales
2005 47 106,075
2006 36 128,137
2007 46 102,453
2008 52 89,459
2009 40 105,689
2010 49 84,290
2011 50 84,263
2012 62 68,453
2013 64 61,712
2014 74 49,079

Mercedes C Class Europe October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mercedes C-Class leads its segment again in October

2. Mercedes C-Class above the BMW 3 Series for the 2nd straight month

Thanks to the new model which has won outstanding praise from the specialised press worldwide, the Mercedes C-Class manages to outsell its direct competitor the BMW 3 Series for the 2nd month in a row. It leads its segment at a shiny 16th place with 13,678 sales, up 39% on October 2013 after ranking #13 in September (+23%). The BMW 3 Series suffers as a result at -20% to #18 and 12,931 units after ranking #15 last month (-30%), and also is disadvantaged by a sales transfer to the 4 Series which replaces its coupe/cabriolet variant. The 4 Series has been a very successful launch at #73 in October (5,066 sales) and #82 so far in 2014 (44,537 units). The Audi A4 is out of the race at #30 even though its sales are up 3% YOY, with the new generation due next year. Year-to-date however the BMW 3 Series keeps the lead at #13 with 146,280 deliveries (-16%) vs. #26 and 108,812 units (+7%) for the C-Class and #29 and 105,985 (-3%) for the A4. How far up can the C-Class go in 2015? Depending of how it is affected by the A4 relaunch, it could well break into the FY2015 overall Top 15. If that happens, it would only be the third time it does so since the Mercedes 200/300 Series was relaunched as the C-Class in 1993: it ranked #13 in 2001, #14 in 1994 and #16 in 1995, 2002, 2008, 2011 and 2012.

Porsche Macan Europe October 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Porsche Macan is now Porsche’s European best-seller year-to-date.

3. Porsche Macan is still the brand’s best-seller

The Porsche Macan has now enjoyed 7 full months of European sales, so the honeymoon period is coming to an end. And far from decelerating, the Macan lodges its 2nd highest volume in October at 1,836 sales, ranking #135. This means it is still the brand’s best-seller on the continent ahead of the Cayenne at #156 with 1,339 units (-13%), the 911 at #172 and 996 sales (-5%), the Panamera at #210 and 448 deliveries (-33%) and the Boxster at #216 and 400 sales (+8%). Year-to-date, even though it was not selling for 3 of the 10 months of 2014 so far, the Macan passes the 911 to now also lead all Porsche nameplates at #157 with 12,070 units vs. #161 and 11,298 for the 911. This is an earth-shattering change for Porsche which sees its sales go up 37% YOY in October and 20% YTD solely on the back of the Macan.

Citroen C4 Cactus Europe October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Citroen C4 Cactus outsells the C4 Europe-wide for the 2nd month running.

Finally a quick review of how the latest newcomers/relaunches in the European ranking are faring this month. The Peugeot 108 is stable at #63 with 5,896 units, the Citroen C4 Cactus is up 22 spots on September to break into the European Top 70 for the first time at #69 and 5,520 sales, outselling its stablemate the C4 for the 2nd month running, the BMW X5 is up 214% YOY to #111, the Nissan X-Trail up 414% to #116, the Nissan Pulsar up 15 spots to #140, the Jeep Renegade up 78 to #153 and the Lexus NX up 61 to #159.

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Europe October 2014: Polo up 28%, Peugeot 308 just off Top 10

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Peugeot 308The Peugeot 308 misses out on a Top 10 ranking for just 239 units.

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New car sales in Europe register their strongest year-on-year gains since last March at +7% to 1.12 million units, lifting the year-to-date total up 5.7% to 11.02 million deliveries, the first time since 2007 that over 11 million European new cars find a buyer in 10 months. 25 of the 29 countries included in these statistics lodge year-on-year increases and all the Big 5 do so as well except France (-4%) as detailed in a previous BSCB update. Brand-wise, Volkswagen (+6%) and Ford (+4%) stay on top but slightly under-perform the market while Renault is back on the podium in spite of sales up just 6% vs. 10% for Opel/Vauxhall down one spot on September, a month boosted by the strong UK market. Mercedes (+10%), Audi (+8%) and BMW (+7%) all shine and Skoda posts another Top 10 month above Fiat.

VW Polo Europe October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSales of the VW Polo are up 28% year-on-year Europe-wide.

The VW Golf remains the most popular nameplate on the continent by a country mile but being now one year past the launch of the 7th generation, its YOY growth decelerates to 5% to 45.522 sales. That’s 18.000 more than the #2 best-seller, lil sis the VW Polo taking full advantage of its refresh with sales improved by a huge 28% year-on-year. It remains #4 year-to-date below the Ford Fiesta down to #4 this month and the Renault Clio back up two spots to #3. The Opel Corsa continues to be boosted by strong rebates all across the continent on the outgoing model, up 23% on October 2013 to #5, the Skoda Octavia is back up 6 spots on last month to #6,  now threatening the Nissan Qashqai for 8th place YTD and the Audi A3 is up a beautiful 14% at #8.

Peugeot 308 France 2009The first generation Peugeot 308 peaked at a so-so #10 in Europe. Can this record be beaten?

A significant move happens just outside the Top 10: while the Peugeot 208 is down another disappointing 11% to #10 and 16,057 units, its compact stablemate the Peugeot 308 posts a 50% year-on-year increase to stop just 239 units short off both the 208 and a Top 10 ranking, up 6 spots to September to #11 and 15,818 sales. It’s only a matter of time before the 308 reclaims a spot among the 10 most popular nameplates in Europe, as the very successful station wagon reaches its cruising rhythm across the continent. For the record, the first generation 308 only managed to break into Europe’s Top 10 twice: in June and July 2009 when it ranked #10 each time. This generation has the potential to improve on these scores over the next couple of years. Note also the Renault Captur (+10%), Peugeot 2008 (+12%) and Dacia Duster (+72%) continuing their seemingly unstoppable progression.

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November 9th, 2014 1 comment

Peugeot 308 Europe September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 308 gains two spots YTD compared to last month to #17.

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After detailed September data, we now explore the year-to-date European sales charts to try and extract longer-term trends. The European new car market is still on track to register its first year of YOY gains since 2007, up 5.6% on 2013 to 9.85 million units. Only 3 brands outperform the market in an unchanged Top 10 year-on-year: Opel/Vauxhall at #3 (+8%), Renault at #4 (+11%) and Peugeot at #5 (+7%), while Volkswagen (+4%) and Ford (+5%) remain in the lead. The strongest improvements happen further down: Skoda is up 17% to #11 and could aim at a first-ever Top 10 ranking next year depending on Fiat’s behaviour, Nissan is up 10% to #13 and Dacia is up a consistently striking 30% to #15 – at this rate it should pass Hyundai next year. Notice also Mazda up 22%, Mitsubishi up 31%, Porsche up 18%, Jeep up 45%, Lexus up 23%, Tesla up 422% and Maserati up 384%.

VW Golf France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNo weakening in sight for VW Golf sales, up 15% year-on-year.

The top of the models ranking is stretching upwards: the higher then rank in the Top 7, the stronger the YOY gain. The VW Golf takes off with sales up 15% to just under 400,000 units and on track to deliver its strongest annual European volume since 2009 (note this is achieved without Golf Sportsvan sales), the Ford Fiesta follows at +10%, ahead of the Renault Clio (+5%), VW Polo, Opel Corsa (both at +3%), Ford Focus (-1%) and Peugeot 208 (-10%). The Audi A3 (+23%) and Skoda Octavia (+32%) remain the best performers in the Top 10 by far, and will earn their very first annual Top 10 ranking by the time 2014 comes to an end.

Nissan Note Europe September 2014 Picture courtesy of largus.frEuropean Nissan Note sales are up 150% compared to a year ago.

Further down, the Renault Captur at #15 (+153%) and Peugeot 2008 at #21 (+262%) logically lead YOY increases in the Top 50 as they launched just a little over a year ago. Let’s also salute the Peugeot 308 (+60% to #17), Dacia Sandero (+23% to #20), Seat Leon (+60% to #23), Citroen C3 (+29% to #24), Dacia Duster (+42% to #30), Citroen C4 Picasso (+53% to #31), Opel Mokka (+68% to #33), Fiat 500L (+37% to #38) and Opel Insignia (+35% to #42) registering very dynamic YOY evolutions. Outside the Top 100, notice the Skoda Rapid up 119% to #57, Nissan Note up 150% to #62, Dacia Logan up 161% to #79 and BMW X5 up 173% to #106.

Mercedes GLA Europe September 2014The Mercedes GLA is now inside the European YTD Top 100.

Among recent launches, the BMW 4 Series jumps up to #84 with 39,500 sales, the Mercedes GLA earns a round #100 ranking thanks to 31,700 units sold, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross lands at #103, the VW Golf Sportsvan at #104, the Citroen C4 Cactus at #145, Peugeot 108 at #148, BMW 2 Series at #149, Porsche Macan at #162 and Ford Ecosport at #186. This makes it 9 all-new (or almost all-new) models inside the Top 200 vs. 4 in the US and… 23 in China.

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Mercedes C Class Europe October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBoosted by a strong UK market, the Mercedes C-Class is up to #13 Europe-wide in October.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after studying the Top 10 models and brands in Europe we now go into the full ranking in detail. As a reminder the big news in the Top 10 were the impressive gains of the top two best-sellers: the VW Golf at +19% and VW Polo at +32% and the 10th spot of the Fiat 500, among Europe’s Top 10 most popular vehicles for only the third time since the 2nd generation launched back in 2007, all achieved this year. This month, like March, is heavily skewed by the seasonal strength of the UK market (bi-annual license plate change), so a lot of models performing well in Europe actually owe most of this result to a strong position in that market. Outside the familiar Top 10, the most striking performance is the Mercedes C-Class boosted by a new generation that the automotive is starting to label ‘better than the S-Class” and by strong sales in the UK and Germany, up 15 spots on August to #13 with 16,315 sales, up 23% on September 2013.

Vauxhall Mokka Europe September 2014First European Top 20 ranking for the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka

The Peugeot 308 is up 49% year-on-year but down 3 spots on August to #17: to keep things in perspective it is only still #6 in its segment below the BMW 1 Series up 11 ranks to #16 vs. #22 YTD, a typical case of UK-boosted European ranking. The Opel/Vauxhall Mokka breaks into the European Top 20 for the very first time, reaching a record 20th place thanks to sales up 116% year-on-year to 13,593. The Mini continues to climb the European ladder thanks to its new generation: up a further 12 spots to #24, by far the nameplate’s best ranking since BSCB started following detailed European sales charts one year ago. The Renault Captur (+5 on August to #18) and Peugeot 2008 (+9 to #25) return to rankings more in line with their YTD respective levels.

Renault Twingo Europe September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Twingo is now inside the European Top 30.

Excellent European start for the new generation Renault Twingo, lifting the nameplate inside the Top 30 at #29, up 12 ranks on August and halving its YTD ranking with 11,227 sales, up 67% year-on-year. The Nissan Juke is back on track, up 27 spots on last month to #33, the Hyundai i10 shows once again that the new model has really struck a chord with European consumers, up 16 ranks to #35 and the VW Golf Sportsvan, though down 7 on last month to #36, astoundingly remains in the lead of its segment ahead of the Citroen C4 Picasso (#40) and Renault Scénic (#42). Other great performers further down include the Volvo V40 up to #46 vs. #61 YTD, the Toyota Aygo up to #48 vs.#63, Nissan Note up to #52 vs. #62 and the Peugeot 108 up 14 spots to #63.

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Europe October 2014: All good except France

November 7th, 2014 No comments

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New car sales in Western Europe are up 6% year-on-year in October to 1.03 million units according to LMC Automotive. This corresponds to an annualised selling rate of 12.6 million, up from 12.2 in September. This “Despite the increasingly gloomy economic outlook for western Europe”, LMC analyst Jonathon Poskitt said. France (-4% in October) was the only major market where the annualised selling rate fell at -6% on September. This rate is up 4% in Germany, 4% in the UK, 9% in Italy and 12% in Spain. According to LMC, the UK remains the key volume growth market in Europe in 2014. All-models and all-brands September European data will be published shortly.

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