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Europe April 2014: Nissan Qashqai regains traction at +22%

May 21st, 2014 10 comments

Nissan Qashqai Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frNissan Qashqai

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New car sales in Europe, defined as the European Union ex-Malta + Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, deliver an 8th consecutive month of year-on-year growth in April, up 4% to 1,129,829 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 4,483,077, up a solid 7% on 2013.  The VW Golf remains the best-seller on the continent by far, with 49,653 new units finding a buyer, a very sizeable 15% increase on April 2013. The Ford Fiesta does even better in 2nd place: up 21% to 28,421 sales and cementing its year-to-date 2nd spot. In fact, the entire Top 5 models are identical to the year-to-date ranking this month with the Renault Clio, VW Polo and Opel Corsa following.

Skoda Octavia Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frSkoda Octavia sales are up 45% year-on-year in April across Europe.

Interestingly, the Ford Focus does not drop much vs. March which was boosted by UK sales, losing only one rank to #6 and up a robust 8% year-on-year. Now that the new generation is well established in dealerships across the continent, the Nissan Qashqai regains traction at +21% year-on-year to 19,535 sales in 7th place. Victim of the tremendous success of its SUV derivative the 2008, the Peugeot 208 is down a harsh 19% this month to #8. In contrast, the Audi A3 aptly celebrates one year since its very first European Top 10 ranking (April 2013) by hitting #9 and the Skoda Octavia is up another gargantuan 45% year-on-year to reclaim a spot inside the Top 10.

Jeep Renegade Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frTo be launched later this year, the Renegade should push European Jeep sales further up.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen comfortably keeps the pole position with 12.9% share ahead of Ford (+8%), Renault (+9%), Opel/Vauxhall (+7%) and Peugeot (+6%) all growing faster than the market. The 3 premium German manufacturers follow, all on or above their year-to-date market shares: Audi at 6%, Mercedes at 5.1% and BMW at 5%. Among great year-on-year gainers, let’s salute Jeep (+52%), Dacia (+34%), Land Rover (+30%), Mazda (+29%), Skoda (+22%) and Nissan (+21%).

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Full April 2014 Top 10 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Europe First Quarter 2014: Peugeot 2008 in Top20, Leon > Ibiza

May 13th, 2014 10 comments

Peugeot 2008 Europe March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 is now among Europe’s Top 20 best-sellers in 2014.

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As is now the (new) tradition on BSCB, after going through detailed monthly figures for March we explore the year-to-date rankings in Europe to try and extract longer-term trends. Over the First Quarter of 2014, new car sales in Europe are up an extremely encouraging 8% on 2013 to 3,353,180 sales, which means 2014 looks like it will be the first year of growth on the continent since 2007! The VW Golf and Ford Fiesta lead the ranking as they were over the Full Year 2013 and they also deliver the highest gains in the Top 8 at +16% and +10% respectively. The Skoda Octavia goes from #6 after two months to #9 now but is still going (very) strong at +38% with the Audi A3 rounding up the Top 10 for the first time in a Quarterly ranking thanks to sales up a mammoth 52% year-on-year.

Mazda3 Europe March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMazda3 sales in Europe have doubled vs. 2013 so far this year.

Boosted by its very first stint inside the monthly Top 10 in March (in its 7 year-career!), the Fiat 500 upgrades to #12 year-to-date with sales up 19% to 46,526, while the Renault Captur gains one spot at #16 and the Peugeot 2008 breaks into the European year-to-date Top 20 for the first time at #20 with 36,097 units. The VW Tiguan is up 14% to #17, the Dacia Sandero up 67% to #18, the Citroen C3 up 32% to #21, Toyota Auris up 25% to #22, Peugeot 308 up 42% to #24 and Citroen C4 Picasso up 73% to #27 thanks to the new generations.

Mercedes S Class Europe March 2014The Mercedes S-Class is up 198% year-on-year so far in 2014.

Beyond the Top 30, let’s salute the Dacia Duster up 30% to #31, Opel Mokka up 57% to #32, the Seat Leon up 59% to #33 and now above its lil sis the Seat Ibiza (#35) to become the brand’s best-seller in Europe for potentially the first time in a year-to-date ranking. Notice also the Fiat 500L up 44% to #38, the Opel Insignia up 31% to #44, the Nissan Note up 127% to #55, Skoda Rapid up 124% to #60, Mazda3 up 103% to #86, Range Rover Sport up 102% to #114, Toyota Corolla up 261% to #149 and the Mercedes S-Class up 198% to #153.

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Europe March 2014: Discover the Top 336 models & Top 55 brands

May 12th, 2014 4 comments

Mercedes C Class Europe March 2014The Mercedes C-Class is up to #17 this month Europa-wide.

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After exploring the Top 10 models and Top 30 brands for March and witnessing the first ever Top 10 ranking of the Fiat Nuova 500 thanks to very strong sales in the UK, we now have access to much more detailed data with a Top 336 models. The brands ranking will follow shortly. Beyond the Top 10 we already explored, the models ranking gets a frank reshuffle this month as it is heavily skewed by the traditionally strong UK market in March. The Audi A3 and BMW 3 Series are logically just hundreds of sales off the Top 10, the Toyota Yaris is above 20,000 sales at #13 and the Skoda Octavia dives to #14 but is still up 33% year-on-year and should be back within the 10 best-sellers next month.

BMW 1 Series Europe March 2014BMW 1 Series

The Renault Captur is up two spots on February to #15, the BMW 1 Series up a spectacular 15 ranks (the UK influence) to #16 and the Mercedes C-Class up an even more impressive 19 spots to #17. Further down, the Dacia Sandero is up a huge 68% year-on-year but down 4 ranks on February to #22, the Peugeot 2008 is down 3 spots to #23 but breaks into the year-to-date Top 20, the Nissan Juke is up 23 ranks to #25, the Seat Leon up 7 to #25, Opel Mokka up 10 to #28, Fiat 500L up 7 to #34, Mercedes E-Class up 8 to #39 and the Nissan Micra is up 23 to #47.

Tesla Model S Europe March 2014The Tesla Model S is among the Top 150 best-sellers in Europe this month.

Beyond the Top 50, let’s salute the Ford Kuga up 19 ranks to #52, the Mini up 23 to #57 but down a harsh 27% year-on-year, the Honda Jazz up 52 spots to #66, Opel Adam up 30 to #76 and Dacia Logan up 311% year-on-year to #93. The BMW 4 Series breaks into the European Top 100 for the first time at #91 with 5,808 sales, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross does the same at #97 and 4,821 units, the Mercedes GLA is up 114 spots on February to #116, the Tesla Model S up 39 to #141 and the BMW 2 Series up 67 to #159.

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Europe March 2014: Fiat 500 inside Top 10 for the first time

April 18th, 2014 27 comments

Fiat 500 Europe March 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukFiat 500

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The good news keep pouring in (at last!) for the European new car market: up 10% year-on-year in March to deliver a 7th consecutive month of year-on-year growth at 1,489,796 units. The First Quarter is up 8% on 2013 to 3,353,180 sales. Traditionally March sales are biased by strong seasonal UK sales at 31% of overall European sales vs. 18% over FY2013. As a result, the Ford Fiesta is a comfortable #2 at 44,491 sales, passing the VW Polo and Renault Clio year-to-date to also rank #2, the Vauxhall/Opel Corsa is up to #3 at 33,563 units, the Ford Focus up to #5 and 30,743 sales and the Vauxhall/Opel Astra up to #9 and 24,016 units – 8% higher than its March 2013 score.

VW Golf Europe March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Golf sales are up 14% year-on-year in March.

Not satisfied with being once again and by far the best-selling model on the continent, the VW Golf also delivers the 2nd best year-on-year improvement in the Top 10 at +14% to 56,042 sales and +15% year-to-date at 129,559 units. The biggest gainer is the Fiat 500, boosted by strong results in the UK (monthly volume record), Germany, France and Italy and up 19% year-on-year to #10 with an all-time high 21,990 sales. This is the first time the Fiat Nuova 500 breaks into the European Top 10, an astounding 7 years after being first introduced to the public! Such a late blooming is extremely rare in nowadays car industry and is a testament to the consistently positive word-of-mouth the model has benefitted from throughout its career so far.

Nissan Qashqai Europe March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe new Qashqai and Note push Nissan up to #10 this month.

Brand-wise, unsurprisingly Volkswagen keeps the lead with 164,724 sales and 11.1% while Ford at #2 (+13%) and Vauxhall/Opel at #3 (+15%) outperform the market and reclaim the same ranks year-to-date. Renault is up a beautiful 23% to 95,987 sales but drops to #4 year-to-date like in 2013 while Peugeot is up 13% in 5th place. Notice also Nissan up 15% to #10 vs. #13 year-to-date, Skoda is up 20% to #12, Dacia up a huge 51% to #16 (+41% year-to-date), Mazda up 26% to #19 and Suzuki up 21% to #21.

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Europe 2 months 2014: Audi A3 and Renault Captur blitz up

April 9th, 2014 2 comments

Audi A3 Europe February 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frAudi A3 sales are up 67% in Europe so far in 2014.

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Today we inaugurate a new series on BSCB: on top of the US and Chinese market, I will now analyse the year-to-date rankings each month for Europe as well. This way you will be kept abreast of all longer-term trends at play in the 3 biggest car markets in the world. Lucky you! Confirming it is on the mend by lodging a 6th consecutive year-on-year gain in February, the European new car market is up 6% so far in 2014 to 1.873 million units, meaning 2014 could be the first year of European growth since 2007… No mean feat! Check out also Strategy: Will the European new car market ever grow again? for a thorough analysis of Europe’s future.

Skoda Octavia Europe February 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frSkoda Octavia

1. Skoda Octavia testing new levels

Year-to-date analysis is about long-term trends so let’s get straight to the point. Yes the VW Golf is up a fabulous 17%, yes the rest of the Top 5 is only superminis with varying fortunes (Polo-Clio-Fiesta-208) but this is not new news. Five vehicles models stand out from the crowd in this start of 2014. Firstly the Skoda Octavia, thanks to the new generation which is even better value for money, redefines the success of entry brands by consistently maintaining itself among Europe’s 10 favourite cars. It ranks at a splendid 6th place so far in 2014 with sales up 36% on 2013.

2. Audi A3 redefining premium compact sales performance

The Audi A3 has significantly stepped up its sales since the introduction of the 4th generation last year. It is up 67% on its 2013 score to break into the European Top 10 for the first time ever in a year-to-date ranking at #9 with 28,882 sales. It is the best-selling premium car in Europe above the BMW 3 Series at #10 and even ranks #3 in the overall compact category below only the VW Golf (#1) and Ford Focus (#8) but above the Nissan Qashqai (#12), Opel Astra (#18), Toyota Auris (#22) and Peugeot 308 (#23). Its premium compact competitors are hit hard and far below: the Mercedes A-Class is #26 (-14%) and the BMW 1 Series #29 (-9%).

Dacia Sandero Europe March 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frDacia Sandero

3. Dacia Sandero pushing the limits of low-cost

I have talked and talked about the success of Dacia in Europe over the past few years, but it does not seem to want to stop: the French-Romanian brand is still the fastest-growing mass carmaker on the continent, and is poised to pass Volkswagen in France to potentially rank #4 there in 2015-2016. Illustrating the step-change that the new generation Sandero is offering to consumers, the model is up 66% and 21 spots compared to last year to land at #16 with 23,774 sales. A monthly Top 10 ranking can’t be excluded this year, especially during the slower summer months when all kinds of surprises happen.

Renault Captur Peugeot 2008 Europe February 2014Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008

4. French mini SUV a recipe for success

If you are a regular BSCB reader this won’t come as a surprise to you. The Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 are Europe’s success story of the past year, and neither shows any sign of plateauing. The Renault Captur was only a few hundred sales off breaking into Europe’s Top 10 last December and if it has evolved a little lower so far this year (#17), its sales volume is now 87% of that of the 10th ranked. The Peugeot 2008 for its part broke into the Top 20 for the first time in February and has seen its production increased 3 times since launch. With both models now inside the French Top 4 as of March, it would only take a strong performance in the UK to boost them inside the European Top 10 as early as next time Europe results are published in one tiny week.

Peugeot 308 Europe February 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frCan the Peugeot 308 get back into Europe’s Top 10 with the new model?

But wait there’s plenty more news in Europe so far in 2014. Helped by much improved new generations, the Citroen C4 Picasso (+77%) and Peugeot 308 (+42%) take giant leaps forward in the ranking, as do the Opel Mokka (#31), Seat Leon (#37), Fiat 500L (#41), Mercedes E Class (#42) and Hyundai i10 (#52). The Skoda Rapid (+174%) is rapidly gearing up to cruising rhythm now that it ranks #2 at home in Czech Republic, while the Ford Kuga (+50%), Nissan Note (+133%), Toyota RAV4 (+112%), Mazda3 (+157%) and Dacia Logan (+194%) all benefit fully from their new generations.

Maserati Ghibli Europe February 2014Maserati Ghibli

As far as recent launches are concerned, all pale compared to the Captur/2008 couple, but some still get noticed: the Mercedes CLA ranks #104, Chevrolet Trax #108, Suzuki S-Cross #109 and BMW 4 Series #120. The Tesla Model S lands at #209 with 864 sales, 65% of which in Norway, and will shoot up much further based on its March result in the Scandinavian country. The Ghibli introduces Maserati into unheard-of levels, ranking #219 with 714 sales which is more than the Renault Zoe, Honda Accord, Mitsubishi Pajero or Mazda MX-5!

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Europe February 2014: Discover the Top 343 All-models!

April 8th, 2014 10 comments

Citroen C4 Picasso Europe February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus,frAt +75% the Citroen C4 Picasso delivers the biggest year-on-year gain in the Top 50 this month.

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After exploring the Top 10 models and Top 30 brands for February, a couple of weeks of wait and we now have access to All-models and All-brands rankings! We discover that the Audi A3 misses out on a Top 10 ranking for just 500 sales, but thanks to sales up 43% year-on-year it remains #9 year-to-date, the Toyota Yaris stays solid at #12 (+15%), the Opel Astra is back up 8 spots on January to a less dismal 14th rank, the Renault Captur up two to #17 and the Dacia Sandero up 72% on February 2013 to #18.

Peugeot 2008 Europe February 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFirst appearance in the European Top 20 for the Peugeot 2008 this month.

PSA Peugeot-Citroen shines this month: the Peugeot 2008 is up one rank on January to break into the European Top 20 for the very first time at #20 with 10,302 sales, the Peugeot 308 – recently elected European Car of the Year 2013 – is up 26% year-on-year to #21 at 10,124 units vs. #35 over the Full Year 2013 and the Citroen C4 Picasso delivers the biggest year-on-year gain in the Top 50, up 75% to #22 with 10,028 sales vs. #46 over FY2013. Notice also the Dacia Duster at #25 vs. #43 in 2013, the Seat Leon up 61% year-on-year to pass its little sister the Ibiza at #31 vs. #33 and the Hyundai i10 up 43% to #50 vs. #65 in 2013.

Dacia Logan MCV Europe March 2014Dacia Logan European sales are up 249% year-on-year thanks to the new MCV.

Beyond the Top 50, the Nissan Note is up 159% to #58 thanks to the new model, the Dacia Logan up 249% to #76 thanks to the new MCV, the Suzuki Alto up 88% to #81, Mazda3 up 86% to #90 and the BMW X5 up 137% to #112. As far as recent launches are concerned, the Mercedes CLA ranks #102, the BMW 4 Series #119, BMW i3 #174, Tesla Model S #180, Maserati Ghibli #214, BMW 2 Series #226, Mercedes GLA #230 and the Porsche Macan lands at #258.

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Europe (models) February 2014: Octavia up 39%, Panda in Top10

March 20th, 2014 4 comments

Skoda Octavia Europe February 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frSkoda Octavia

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After studying the European brands ranking in detail yesterday, let’s now have a look at the models ranking, in a market brilliantly up year-on-year for the 6th consecutive month. Below the VW Golf up 5% at 34,318 sales, the Renault Clio is back up 2 spots on January to land in 2nd place for the 7th time in the last 13 months in spite of sales down 5% to 21,236 units. Weirdly enough, the Clio has ranked #2 every second month without fail since February 2013! Among superminis, notice also the Ford Fiesta up a cool 19% and the Opel Corsa up 21%.

Fiat Panda Europe February 2014Fiat Panda

Once again the best performance in the Top 10 is delivered by the Skoda Octavia, up a gigantic 39% year-on-year to #7 with 14,941 sales. This is the Octavia’s 5th consecutive month in the Top 10 and its 6th time at this level in the last 7 months whereas it had only broken into the European Top 10 once before that (in January 2012)… The Nissan Qashqai is back inside the Top 10 but still down 17% year-on-year waiting for the new generation to kick in. Finally, let’s notice the Fiat Panda delivering its annual stint among the 10 most popular vehicles in the continent (its last time was in February 2013), simply because February figures put Italy at an advantage vs. the UK and France, boosting the ranking of strong sellers in Italy each year.

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Europe (brands) February 2014: Renault and Peugeot on podium

March 19th, 2014 15 comments

Renault Captur Europe February 2014Renault Captur. Renault is the #2 manufacturer in Europe this month.

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New car sales in Europe (EU+EFTA countries) are up a very healthy 8% year-on-year in February to 894,790 registrations, the 6th consecutive month of year-on-year gain and bringing the 2014 year-to-date total after two months to 1,862,597 units, up 6% on 2013. All major markets are up except France, which is paradoxical as two French manufacturers deliver some of the best performances in the Top 10 this month. Below Volkswagen unattainable at 106,723 sales and 11.9% share (-1%), Renault is up two spots on January and its FY2013 ranking to land in 2nd place with 60,682 units and 6.8% (+4%) while Peugeot remains third at 59,661 sales and 6.7% (+7%), also two ranks above its 2013 level.

Dacia Lodgy Europe February 2014Dacia Lodgy. Dacia delivers the biggest year-on-year gain this month at +34%.

Below, Ford and Opel/Vauxhall progress faster year-on-year (+11% and +16% respectively) but remain below their 2013 rankings #4 and #5 vs. #2 and #3 respectively. Audi is in great shape, up 12% to 6th place with 48,589 sales and 5.4% share, as are Skoda (+21%), Toyota (+14%), Dacia (+34%), Seat (+16%), Suzuki (+31%), Mazda (+22%) and Mitsubishi (+19%).

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One year ago: Europe February 2013: Nissan Qashqai in Top 5 for the first time

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Europe January 2014: Now with Top 334 All-models & All-brands!

March 5th, 2014 5 comments

Fiat 500 Europe January 2014The Fiat 500 is up to #12 in Europe in January (without the 500L). 

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Today I can share with you the Top 100 most popular models in Europe, more data will be updated shortly. Beyond the familiar Top 10, let’s first notice the outstanding performances of the Fiat 500 up to #12 vs. #16 over the Full Year 2013, the Dacia Sandero up 64% on January 2013 to #13 vs. #24, the VW Tiguan up to #15 vs. #19 and the Citroen C3 up to #18 vs. #27. The Renault Captur is back down 8 spots on December to #19, now only 668 sales above its archenemy the Peugeot 2008 up to a best-ever #21. The Toyota Auris is up 40% to #20, the Peugeot 308 up 51% to #25, Dacia Duster up 34% to #26, Opel Mokka up 67% to #27 and Citroen C4 Picasso up 78% to #28. Further down, the Fiat 500L is up to a best-ever #40 and the Audi Q3 is up 18 ranks on December to #46.

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Europe (models) January 2014: Skoda Octavia & Audi A3 shoot up

February 28th, 2014 5 comments

Audi A3 Europe January 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deAudi A3 Sedan

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After going through the detailed brands ranking yesterday, it is now time to study the European models sales charts, in a market encouragingly up year-on-year for the 5th consecutive month. The VW Golf is more dominant than ever, up a fantastic 28% year-on-year to 39,305 sales which is almost double the score of the #2, its lil sister the VW Polo at 22,783 units (+9%). The Polo is followed by the Ford Fiesta (+8%) and Renault Clio (-2%) while the Peugeot 208 is back up inside the Top 5 for the first time since last May in spite of sales down 6% year-on-year to 18,492 units.

Skoda Octavia Europe January 2014Skoda Octavia

But the two best performing models in the Top 10 are below: the Skoda Octavia lodges another outstanding month at #6, up 33% on January 2013 to 16,967 sales. This is the Octavia’s 4th consecutive month in the Top 10, its 2nd best-ever rankng in Europe below the #5 spot it reached in October and November 2013 and its 5th Top 10 ranking in the last 6 months whereas it had only broken into the European Top 10 once before that (in January 2012)…

Finally the Audi A3 jumps up to #8 thanks to sales up a gargantuan 84% year-on-year to 15,600 units, potentially boosted by the sedan variant gaining momentum. This is only the 4th time the A3 ever ranks within the Top 10 best-sellers in Europe – all within the past year – after April 2013 (#9), August 2013 (#6) and November 2013 (#9)

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