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

Full 2 months 2014 Top 350 models and Top 58 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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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Previous month: Europe January 2014: Now with Top 334 All-models and All-brands!

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

Full February 2014 Top 343 All-models and Top 58 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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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You can see the Europe February 2014 Brands article here

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

Full February 2014 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.

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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%).

Previous month: Europe (brands) January 2014: Peugeot up to #3

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

Full February 2014 Top 30 brands Ranking Table below.

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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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One year ago: Europe January 2013: Worst January in 23 years

Full January 2014 Top 334 All-models and Top 52 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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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)

Previous post (brands): Europe January 2014: Peugeot up to #3

Full January 2014 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.

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Europe (brands) January 2014: Peugeot up to #3

February 27th, 2014 3 comments

Peugeot 2008. Europe January 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe 2008 is partly responsible for pushing Peugeot up to #3 this month.

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New car sales in Europe are up 5% year-on-year in January to 967,778 registrations, meaning the European market has now been up for 5 consecutive months after lodging a 6th year in a row of decline in 2013. Would this be the end of the tunnel for European car sales? Only a brands ranking is available for now, I will publish a models ranking as soon as it becomes available. The entire brands podium performs better than the market with Volkswagen in the lead by far at 122,649 sales (+8%) followed by Ford at 67,043 and Peugeot at 61,411 (+9% each). Renault is down from #3 over the Full Year 2013 to #4 at 59,155 units (+4%) while Opel continues to sink: down 8% to #5. Audi ranks 6th like in 2013 and Citroen passes BMW and Mercedes to rank #7. Notice also Toyota up 15% on January 2013 to #11, Skoda up 10% to #12, Dacia up 38% to #15 and Mazda up 27% to #19.

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One year ago: Europe January 2013: Worst January in 23 years

Full January 2014 Top 30 brands Ranking Table below.

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Europe Full Year 2013: Now with Top 60 brands ranking!

February 10th, 2014 No comments

Maserati Ghibli Europe 2013Maserati sales are up 43% year-on-year in Europe in 2013.

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Thanks to Bart from left-lane.com, I can share with you today an all-brands ranking for Europe over the Full Year 2013. The entire Top 6 best-selling brands are unchanged on 2012 but they all lose ground year-on-year: Volkswagen is down 4%, followed by Ford (-3%), Opel/Vauxhall (-1%), Renault (-3%), Peugeot (-7%) and Audi (-1%). BMW (-0.2%) and Mercedes (+1%) both pass Citroen to rank #7 and #8 respectively, while Skoda (+2%), Kia (+1%), Dacia (+22%) and Seat (+10%) are the only other carmakers to progress inside the Top 20. Beyond, we find Mazda (+18%), Land Rover (+6%), Mitsubishi (+6%), Jaguar (+15%), Aston Martin (+1%) and most impressively Maserati, up 43% to #40 with 1,556 sales thanks to the new Ghibli and Quattroporte.

Full Year Top 57 brands and Top 353 models Ranking Tables here.

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Europe Full Year 2013: Discover the Top 353 best-selling models!

February 6th, 2014 11 comments

Mercedes A Class Europe 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Mercedes A-Class delivers the biggest year-on-year gain in the Top 50.

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Thanks to Bart from left-lane.com, I can share with you today an all-models ranking for Europe over the Full Year 2013! Exciting times indeed. You can check out the Full Year 2013 European Top 10 analysis here. Beyond the Top 10, as expected we have the Audi A3 up a nice 28% and 13 spots to #11, but let’s not forget the Fiat 500 up 6 ranks and 9% to #14 and now Fiat’s best-seller in Europe. The biggest year-on-year gain in the Top 50 is delivered by the Mercedes A-Class boosted by the arrival of a completely reshuffled third generation and already the most successful launch ever for the German manufacturer. The A-Class is up 87% to #20 and 131,258 sales this year. Notice also the Dacia Sandero up 65% to #24, the Toyota Auris up 74% to #26 and the Seat Leon up 46% to #45.

Fiat 500L Europe 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Fiat 500L is up to #55 for its first full year in market.

As far as all-new models are concerned, the biggest success of the year is the Renault Captur landing directly at #48 with 84,085 sales and even flirting with the Top 10 in December! The Captur is followed by the Peugeot 2008 at #69 and 58,672 units, the Mercedes CLA at #122 and 27,598 sales, Chevrolet Trax at #147, Mitsubishi Space Star at #160, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross at #194, Renault Zoe at #195, BMW 4 Series at #205 and Opel Cascada at #217. Among ‘almost all-new’ models enjoying their first full year in market in 2013, let’s point out the Fiat 500L up to a pretty cool #55, the Volvo V40 at #56, Opel Mokka at #58, Ford B-Max at #59, Opel Adam at #93, Skoda Rapid at #103 and Dacia Dokker at #139.

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Full Year 2013 Top 353 models and Top 57 brands Ranking Table below.

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Europe December 2013 All models: Renault Captur misses Top 10 for 200 sales!

February 6th, 2014 3 comments

Renault Captur Europe December 2013. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frRenault Captur

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* See the Full Year 2013 Top 353 All-models Report here *

Thanks to Bart from left-lane.com, I can share with you today a fascinating European models ranking all the way down to #340. Fascinating because there’s a lot of movement this month, promising a very interesting 2014 indeed. You can check out the analysis of the Top 10 for December here. First things first, we have been following the progression of the two French SUV superstars all through the years, and now this is getting real serious: in December the Renault Captur ranks at an astonishing 11th place with 13,342 sales Europe-wide, that’s only 204 off the Opel Astra at #10! Who among you readers think the Captur will easily break into the European monthly Top 10 in 2014? Because I certainly do.

Dacia Sandero Europe December 2013Dacia Sandero

But wait there’s more surprises, and no need to look too far: at a record #12 we find the Dacia Sandero, up 45% year-on-year to 12,482 sales and to be compared with #24 over the FY2013. The Sandero is another candidate for a very first European Top 10 ranking in 2014… It might prove a little more difficult than for the Captur but quieter months like August when Dacia and Skoda always do great could be just what the Sandero needed to feature at least once among the 10 most popular cars on the continent. To measure the achievement of the last two models, let’s just notice that they both beat the Nissan Qashqai (#13) this month…

Mitsubishi Outlander Europe December 2013. Picture courtesy of conceptcarz.comMitsubishi Outlander

The Fiat 500, up a splendid 25% to #16 in spite of its 7 years of age, is now officially Fiat’s best-seller in Europe, the Citroen C3 catches up on lost time, up 30% to #17 vs. #27 over FY2013, the VW Up establishes itself inside the Top 20 thanks to 10,809 sales and the Peugeot 2008 ranks #26 with 9,376 sales, just above the Peugeot 308 boosted by the new generation at +40% year-on-year. Notice also the Seat Leon up 97% to #31 thanks to Germany, the Opel Insignia up 47% to #34 thanks to the UK, the Citroen C4 Picasso up 76% to #38, the Volvo V40 at an excellent #41, the VW Golf Plus up 91% to #45, Opel Mokka up to #45 and the Mitsubishi Outlander up 380% to #46 solely thanks to the Netherlands. Finally, let’s spare a thought for the Fiat Punto about to leave the European Top 50 at -29% and #49 this month whereas it ranked #1 not so long ago: in February 2007…

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One year ago: Europe December 2012: Peugeot 208 up to #2

Full December 2013 Top 340 All-models Ranking Table below.

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