Europe Full Year 2015: Discover the Top 355 models and All-brands

Jeep Renegade Europe 2015The Renegade makes Jeep the highest achiever in Europe in 2015 at +116%. 

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Full European data is now available with the usual delay, so we are able to analyse continent-wide trends beyond the Top 20 brands and models we shared a short while ago. Jeep turns out to be the best-peforming brand in Europe this year with sales up 116% to 87.338 mainly due to the first full year of sales for the Jeep Renegade (+600% to #85). Ssangyong gains 74% thanks to the Tivoli, Tesla and Smart are both up 72%, Cadillac up 59%, Mahindra up 50%, Lamborghini up 42%, Infiniti up 38%, MG up 36%, Jaguar up 37% and Mitsubishi up 31%. On the other hand, only one manufacturer in the Top 25 loses ground year-o-year: Honda (-1%), and three in the Top 30: DS (-12%), Lancia (-12%) and Alfa Romeo (-4%). Logically as the brand got discontinued across the continent, Chevrolet is the worst offender with sales down 93%, followed buy Chrysler (-90%) and Great Wall (-69%).

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer Europe 2015The BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer stops just 122 sales short off a Top 50 ranking in 2015.

In the models ranking, beyond the familiar Top 20 let’s notice the Mini hach up 44% and 16 spots to #26 and the VW Golf Sportsvan up 61% to end its first full year inside the Top 40 with a six-digit sales figure at #39 and 103.637. The Renault Twingo (+18%), Audi A6 (+14%), Hyundai i30 (+10%) and Toyota Aygo (+25%) also cross the symbolic #50 mark whereas the BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer, without a doubt one of the biggest success story of the year, stops just 122 units short off a Top 50 ranking at #51 and 86.087 units, up 7-fold on its initial result in 2014. Notice also the Nissan X-Trail up 147% to #113, the Ford Ecosport up 208% to #114, Smart Forfour up 913% to #116, BMW X4 up 114% to #145, Renault Espace up 204% to #153 and the Volvo XC90 up 198% to #155, most above result due either to a first full year of sales or a new generation.

Fiat 500X Europe 2015The Fiat 500X is the most successful all-new model in Europe in 2015… 

The most popular newcomer in Europe in 2015 is the Fiat 500X – it did sell a minuscule 135 production units in December 2014, landing at #63 with 74.700 units and boosting even further the success (and profitability) of the 500 family for FCA. The 500X will rank inside the 2016 Top 50 as it peaked at #36 in November 2015. The only other all-new nameplate to make it inside the 2015 European Top 50 is also an SUV: the Renault Kadjar at #94 and 49.153 units, displaying even greater potential with a peak of #30 in December. In fact, all best-selling newcomers this year are SUVs…

Renault Kadjar Europe 2015. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.fr…followed by the Renault Kadjar.

The all-new Suzuki Vitara lands at #107 and is a huge hit in Eastern Europe notably, the Hyundai Tucson returns to the ranking at #119 (but #37 in November) and the Land Rover Discovery Sport is a success at #125 – all the while the Evoque is at #89 and unaffected with is great news for JLR. Further down, we fine the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva at #133, the Mazda CX-3 at #141, Mercedes GLC at #158, Jaguar XE at #164 and Honda HR-V at #207.

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Volvo XC90 Europe December 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Volvo XC90 is up to #81 this month across Europe.

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As is the tradition on BSCB we now go into fully detailed data for Europe (30 countries). In the brands ranking, Mazda (+57%), Hyundai (+37%), Volvo (+33%), Renault (+29%), Peugeot (+27%), Dacia (+24%) and Fiat (+23%) deliver the largest improvements inside the Top 20. Further down, Mitsubishi (+55%), Jaguar (+71%), Lexus (+93%), Tesla (+101%), Ssangyong (+116%) and MG (+119%) shine. In the models ranking, beyond the Top 20 we described a short while ago, the Skoda Fabia is up 51% to #27, the Renault Kadjar breaks into the Top 30 at #30 with 11.106 sales, the Hyundai i30 is up 82% to #32, the Fiat 500X shines at #39 and the Hyundai Tucson is strong again at #40.

Fiat Tipo Europe December 2015. Picture courtesy motorpad.itThe Fiat Tipo lands just outside the European Top 200 in December. 

Excellent month also for the Mitsubishi ASX (+224%), BMW X1 (+99%), Skoda Superb (+97%) and the Volvo XC90: the new generation is up… 4646% on the previous model a year ago, shooting up to #81. Among recent launches, the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva is up 10 spots on November to reach a best-ever #79 with 4.678 sales, the Renault Talisman is up 41 ranks to #168 and the Fiat Tipo nameplate reappears in the European ranking after a 20 year-absence at #202 with 667 units sold – note Turkey isn’t included in the European data.

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VW Passat Europe 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe new Passat helped Volkswagen mitigate the “dieselgate” impact in Europe. Picture largus.fr

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New car sales in Europe deliver a second consecutive year of growth, ending 2015 up 9.3% or 1.2 million sales to 14.201.072 units, the highest annual result since 2009. The trend is accelerating, with the last two months of the year both displaying double-digit gains – December showing the largest year-on-year increase in 3 years at +16%, Q4 sales up 10% and displaying a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 16.52 million units, equivalent to the heyday of pre-recession 2007 levels. 27 of the 29 markets analysed posted a year-on-year gain in 2015, with Estonia (-0.5%) and Luxembourg (-7%) the only decreasing markets. The biggest volume gains came from Italy and Spain, together adding almost 400,000 units to the European year’s total. Spain was at its highest since 2008, Germany – where the Golf celebrated 40 years in pole position – at its highest since 2009, Italy and France at their highest since 2011 and the UK at an all-time high of 2.63 million units (+6%).

Mercedes C Class Europe 2015. Picture courtesy auto-news.deMercedes sales are up 13% and the C-Class sales is up 27% in 2015.

Volkswagen remains by far the most popular brand in Europe but with sales up just 7% to 1.72 million, its market share declines slightly to 12.1%. The German manufacturer manages to mitigate the impact of “dieselgate” with strong Passat sales (see further down) as well as unrelenting support at home in Germany. Ford is up 8% to 1.04 million and 7.3% share, Renault (+11%) overtakes Opel/Vauxhall to round up the podium with 974.000 units and 6.9% while Peugeot remains 5th with 6% of the market. Audi is once again the best-selling luxury brand on the continent, but the gap with its competitors has reduced drastically due to sales up just 6% to 766.504. BMW (+11%) is now only 20.000 units below vs. 49.000 a year ago and Mercedes (+13%) is 24.600 behind vs. 64.600 in 2014. Audi desperately needs the all-new A4 to be a hit to keep its crown in 2016…

Jeep Renegade Europe 2015The Renegade makes Jeep the highest achiever in Europe in 2015 at +116%. 

Jeep turns out to be the best-peforming brand in Europe this year with sales up 116% to 87.338 mainly due to the first full year of sales for the Jeep Renegade (+600% to #85). Ssangyong gains 74% thanks to the Tivoli, Tesla and Smart are both up 72%, Cadillac up 59%, Mahindra up 50%, Lamborghini up 42%, Infiniti up 38%, MG up 36%, Jaguar up 37% and Mitsubishi up 31%. On the other hand, only one manufacturer in the Top 25 loses ground year-o-year: Honda (-1%), and three in the Top 30: DS (-12%), Lancia (-12%) and Alfa Romeo (-4%). Logically as the brand got discontinued across the continent, Chevrolet is the worst offender with sales down 93%, followed buy Chrysler (-90%) and Great Wall (-69%).

Peugeot 308 Europe 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 308 is up 32% and peaked at #3 in December.

With sales up 3% to 533.584, the VW Golf is the best-selling nameplate in Europe for the 8th consecutive year and the 28th time in the past 33 years starting in 1983 with sales up 11% to 520,958 – its best score since 2009. The Golf ranked first each and every month of 2015, extending a stretch of 69 consecutive months in the European pole position – almost six years: the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was in March 2010. The Golf has now held the #1 spot during 95 out of the past 100 months. The Top 6 best-sellers are unchanged compared to a year ago and all lose market share, with the Ford Fiesta (+2%), Renault Clio (+1), VW Polo (+8%), Opel Corsa (+7%) and Ford Focus (+6%) all gaining less ground than the market.

Nissan Qashqai Europe 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Qashqai ranks 7th in 2015, the highest ever European ranking for a Japanese model.

The Nissan Qashqai takes full advantage of its new generation to lift sales up 14% and land at a best-ever 7th place, the highest annual ranking ever reached by a Japanese model in Europe and cementing its place as the #1 SUV on the continent. The VW Passat is the hero of the 2015 Top 10 with sales up a gigantic 49% thanks to the new model to shoot up to #9, surging to #4 in August, an all-time record European ranking for the 42 year-old nameplate, beating its previous best of #5 reached in December 2005April 2011 and July 2015. The Skoda Octavia is knocked down one spot but delivers its 2nd consecutive (and ever) European Top 10 ranking, equalling its best-ever monthly ranking at #5 in August – also reached in October and November 2013.

Opel Mokka Europe 2015The Opel Mokka is up 28% to break into the European Top 20. 

The Peugeot 308, boosted by an exceptional December result (#3), stops 3.000 units short off a historical Top 10 ranking with sales up 32% to 214.907. Notice also the Renault Captur up 18% to #14 and posting two monthly Top 10 rankings (June and December) like in 2014, the Mercedes C-Class up 27% to #17, the Opel Mokka up 28% to #19 and the Skoda Fabia up 39% to #20, pointing its bonnet inside the Top 10 in August for the 2nd time ever, making it two Skodas in the Top 10 (with the Octavia) for the first time in history. Finally, the Toyota Yaris (#15) broke its monthly European ranking record in September, lifting it to #9.

 

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer Europe 2015The BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer stops just 122 sales short off a Top 50 ranking in 2015.

Further down, let’s notice the Mini hach up 44% and 16 spots to #26 and the VW Golf Sportsvan up 61% to end its first full year inside the Top 40 with a six-digit sales figure at #39 and 103.637. The Renault Twingo (+18%), Audi A6 (+14%), Hyundai i30 (+10%) and Toyota Aygo (+25%) also cross the symbolic #50 mark whereas the BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer, without a doubt one of the biggest success story of the year, stops just 122 units short off a Top 50 ranking at #51 and 86.087 units, up 7-fold on its initial result in 2014. Notice also the Nissan X-Trail up 147% to #113, the Ford Ecosport up 208% to #114, Smart Forfour up 913% to #116, BMW X4 up 114% to #145, Renault Espace up 204% to #153 and the Volvo XC90 up 198% to #155, most above result due either to a first full year of sales or a new generation.

Fiat 500X Europe 2015The Fiat 500X is the most successful all-new model in Europe in 2015… 

The most popular newcomer in Europe in 2015 is the Fiat 500X – it did sell a minuscule 135 production units in December 2014, landing at #63 with 74.700 units and boosting even further the success (and profitability) of the 500 family for FCA. The 500X will rank inside the 2016 Top 50 as it peaked at #36 in November 2015. The only other all-new nameplate to make it inside the 2015 European Top 50 is also an SUV: the Renault Kadjar at #94 and 49.153 units, displaying even greater potential with a peak of #30 in December. In fact, all best-selling newcomers this year are SUVs…

Renault Kadjar Europe 2015. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.fr…followed by the Renault Kadjar.

The all-new Suzuki Vitara, a huge hit in Eastern Europe notably, lifts the Vitara/Grand Vitara total up 642% to #103 (no split available yet), the Hyundai Tucson returns to the ranking at #119 (but #37 in November and the Land Rover Discovery Sport is a success at #125 – all the while the Evoque is at #89 and unaffected with is great news for JLR. Further down, we fine the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva at #132, the Mazda CX-3 at #140, Mercedes GLC at #157, Jaguar XE at #163 and Honda HR-V at #206.

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Europe December 2015: Peugeot 308 up to #3 thanks to Dutch score

Peugeot 308 Europe December 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Peugeot 308 smashes its European ranking record from #8 to #3 this month.

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Thanks to JATO Dynamic we now have access to preliminary figures for the Top 20 models and brands and December saw its lot of surprises. The European market finishes 2015 on a high with sales up a whopping 16% year-on-year in December to 1.155.157 registrations, the largest year-on-year increase in the past 3 years. 20 of the 29 markets analysed post double-digit year-on-year gains, with the Netherlands leading the pack at +89% followed by Romania at +56%, Estonia at +37%, Cyprus at +32% and Austria at +31%. Only 3 markets decline: Switzerland (-1%), Ireland (-2%) and Luxembourg (-27%).

Renault Captur Europe December 2015. Picture courtesy largus.fr2nd Top 10 ranking of the year for the Renault Captur.

Volkswagen remains the most popular brand on the continent of course but as it has been the case since the “dieselgate” scandal broke, the German manufacturer underperforms the market at +5%. It is followed by Renault up an impressive 29%, Ford (+19%), Peugeot (+27%) and Opel/Vauxhall (+4%). BMW (+22%) passes Mercedes (+15%) to take the lead of the luxury race this month while Audi (+7%) loses share. Fiat lifts 23%, Hyundai 38%, Dacia 24%, Volvo 35% and Mazda 56%.

VW Passat Europe 2015The VW Passat is up 68% in December.

Model-wise, the VW Golf (+8%) and Renault Clio (+9%) lead but lose share, but the biggest event this month is without a doubt the record third position of the Peugeot 308, boosted by an exceptional month in the Netherlands. There, the tightening of low-emission tax cuts scheduled for January 1, 2016 brought sales forward for the 308 which sold an out-of-this-world 44% of its European total in the Netherlands only: 12.052 deliveries for a 17.4% market share… This means the 308 smashes its previous best European ranking (#8) to bring it to #3 with 27.144 sales, up 74% on a year ago.

BMW 1 Series Europe December 2015The 1 Series (+18%) helps BMW hold the luxury crown in December.

In other news, the Ford Fiesta drops to #5 vs. #2 over the Full Year, the VW Passat is up 68% to 6th place, the Peugeot 208 is up 27% at #8, the Renault Captur is inside the European Top 10 for the 2nd time this year after June and the 4th time overall along with June and December 2014, the Opel Astra is back up 22% to #12, the Toyota Auris up 42% to #14, the Dacia Sandero up 38% to #15 and the BMW 1 Series up 17% to #17.

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Renault Kadjar Europe November 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Kadjar outsells the Scénic and Mégane across Europe for the first time in November. 

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After studying the Top 10 rankings, as is the tradition on BSCB we now go into the fully detailed sales charts for Europe. Brand-wise, final figures edge Ford back up to 2nd place above Renault at 78.792 sales vs. 78.767 but the rest of the Top 10 is confirmed, notably with Mercedes (+19%) outselling both BMW (+11%) and Audi (+4%). Volvo (+22%), Mazda (+38%) and Suzuki (+25%) top gains inside the Top 20 while outside, honours go to Jeep (+50%) thanks to the Renegade (#83), Smart (+71%) thanks to the Forfour (#118), Land Rover (+74%) thanks to the Discovery Sport (#86), Jaguar (+83%) thanks to the XE (#134),  Ssangyong (+86%) thanks to the Tivoli (#199), Tesla (+143%) and Cadillac (+179%).

In the models ranking, there is one change in the Top 10 compared to the original figures we published: the VW Passat does an even better month at +87% and reclaims the 5th spot it also held in October off the Opel Corsa. The rest remains the same. Among recent launches, the Renault Kadjar is up 7 spots on October to 9.031 sales, outselling the Scénic (8.005) and Mégane (7.858) for the first time to become Renault’s third best-seller below just the Clio (#3) and Captur (#15). The Fiat 500X (#36) and Hyundai Tucson (#37) post their highest European rankings so far, with the BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer also strong at #38 and the Mercedes GLC up 39 spots to #62. The Subaru Levorg (#204) and Renault Talisman (#209) make their first appearance in the charts.

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Europe November 2015: Market shoots up 13.5%, Volkswagen up 3%

VW Passat Europe November 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Passat (+86%) is solely responsible for keeping Volkswagen in positive in November.

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New car sales in Europe enjoy their 27th consecutive month of year-on-year gains with an impressive 13.5% improvement in November – the 2nd-strongest so far this year, helped by particularly strong performances of some of its largest markets such as Spain (+26%), Italy (+24%) and France (+11%) while Germany (+9%) and the UK (+4%) are a notch below. All-in-all, 27 out of the 29 markets composing the region posted year-on-year gains (the two odd ones out being Luxembourg and Estonia) and 21 posted double-digits gains. According to JATO Dynamics, the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rates (SAAR) reached 14.03 million units at 1.127 million sales in November, bringing the year-to-date total to 13.065 million, up 9% or 1.056 million on the same period in 2014.

Mercedes GLE Europe November 2015Mercedes outsells both BMW and Audi this month in Europe. 

The scandal the Volkswagen Group is still enduring is clearly showing in the brands ranking: the Volkswagen (+3%) and Audi (+4%) brands are the only ones in the Top 10 posting a single-digit increase. At 59.114 registrations this month, Audi even slips below archenemies Mercedes (+18% to 62.452) and BMW (+10% to 60.613). Audi will win the European luxury race in 2015, but at just +6% so far this year, it will need a very strong result from the new generation A4 to keep its two followers at bay: Mercedes gains 12% after 11 months and BMW is up 10%… Renault (#2), Ford (#3) and Fiat (#9) all top year-on-year gains in the Top 10 at +19%, with Opel/Vauxhall (#4) and Peugeot (#5) following closely at +18% and +16% respectively.

Peugeot 308 GTi Europe November 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.comPeugeot 308 GTi. Picture whatcar.com

Over in the models ranking, the Top 4 best-sellers are unchanged on October but all underperforms with the VW Golf (+3%) leading the way above the Polo (-1%), Renault Clio (+7%) and Ford Fiesta (+4%). The Opel Corsa (+18%) returns to the 5th place it holds year-to-date, while the VW Passat is solely responsible for keeping Volkswagen in positive territory with sales up a whopping 86% on the previous generation a year ago. The Peugeot 308 manages a second consecutive month at a record 8th place thanks to sales up 22% year-on-year to 18.301. It ranks third in its segment below just the Golf and Skoda Octavia, just as the Ford Focus, Audi A3 and Opel Astra (despite sales up 29%) remain outside the overall Top 10. It is also the 4th time (after November, December 2014 and July 2015) that the 308 is Peugeot’s best-seller above the 208, itself up a very encouraging 23% this month.

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Renault Kadjar Europe October 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frFirst European Top 50 ranking for the Renault Kadjar… (Picture largus.fr)

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After temporary Top 10 figures, as is the tradition on BSCB we now explore the European brands and models rankings in their full detail. Final figures show Europe-wide October volumes slowing down their growth at just +2% to 1.134.278 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 11.826.399 deliveries, up 8% or more than 900.000 units on the same period in 2014. After being originally announced at -0.2%, Volkswagen’s European drop in October stands at a final and still very contained -0.4%. Ford, Renault and Peugeot (+1%) as well as Audi (+3%) post timid gains while Opel/Vauxhall falls 2%. BMW impresses at +13%, as do Mercedes and Fiat, both up 9%. Outside the Top 10, notice Mazda up 30%, Suzuki up 15%, Land Rover up 34%, Smart up 223%, Jeep up 67% and Jaguar up 81%.

Hyundai Tucson Europe October 2015…and for the new generation Hyundai Tucson.

Over in the models ranking, final figures bring one change to the temporary Top 10 we published a few weeks ago: the Opel Corsa overtakes the Peugeot 208 to 6th place. The Audi A3 jumps back up 7 ranks to #12, the Fiat Panda is up 3 to #13 and the Skoda Fabia up 5 to #16. In the luxury segment, the BMW 3 Series (-2%) is back above the Mercedes C-Class (-9%). Two recently launched SUVs break into the European Top 50 for the first time: the Renault Kadjar is up 36 spots to #40 and the reborn Hyundai Tucson is up 24 to #43. The Fiat 500X for its part lodges a second consecutive month at a best-ever #49. Further down, the Suzuki Vitara is up 16 ranks to #67, the Ford Ecosport and Mazda CX-3 are both up 9 spots to record rankings at #89 and #95 respectively and the Mercedes GLC jumps 35 to #102

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Europe October 2015: Volkswagen limits fall to 0.2%, Peugeot 308 at #8

VW Passat Europe October 2015The Passat is up 81% year-on-year in October and makes it 3 Volkswagens in the Top 5.

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With Germany and France both up just 1% and the UK down 1% – the first year-on-year drop in almost four years, European new car sales slow down their growth to just 2% in October to 1.144.094 registrations. The year-to-date total is still up a very vigorous 8% on the same period in 2014 at 11.921.587 units, almost one million additional sales on last year. The most anticipated result is of course Volkswagen in the wake of the emissions scandal that looks far from being resolved. So far, the German carmaker resists very well with a tiny 0.2% drop on October 2014 at 141.921 sales, bringing its year-to-date total to 1.452.416 units, up 7% on 2014. Volkswagen places the Golf as #1 as usual with an unreachable 19.000 unit-advantage over the #2, the Polo, while the Passat climbs back up 12 spots on September to #5 with sales up a whopping 81% thanks to the new model.

Peugeot 308 Europe October 2015The Peugeot 308 hits its highest European ranking ever this month.

Ford (+1%), Renault (+0.4%) and Peugeot (+2%) follow while Opel/Vauxhall drops 2.5% at #5. Audi reclaims the #1 luxury spot and manages to outpace the market at +3%, albeit at a much slower rate than competitors BMW (+13%) and Mercedes (+10%) catching up below thanks respectively to the tremendous success of the 2 Series Tourer and the launch of the GLC and GLE SUVs notably. All Top four models lose ground, with the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta the hardest hit at -14% both. The Clio even slips down to #4 year-to-date, overtaken by the VW Polo. At #6 the Peugeot 208 delivers a very encouraging 22% year-on-year gain thanks to its facelift, with its big sister the Peugeot 308 also in great shape: it lodges a 4th European Top 10 ranking in 12 months, equaling the best-ever #8 ranking it also hit last December thanks to sales up 15% to 18.403 units. But most significantly, this month the 308 ranks 2nd in its segment below just the VW Golf, outselling the Ford Focus, Opel Astra and Audi A3.

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Toyota Yaris Europe September 2015. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.frSurprise: final figures show the Toyota Yaris inside the European Top 10 in September.

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After temporary Top 10 figures, we now explore the European brands and models rankings in their full detail. Final figures show September sales up 10% year-on-year to 1.386.027 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 10.688.435 units, up 9% or almost 900.000 deliveries on the same period last year. Five out of the Top 6 best-selling brands are outpaced by the market, led by Volkswagen (+6%), Ford (+7%), Opel (+6%) and Renault (+4%). BMW (+15%) manages to brilliantly stay in 5th place, while Mercedes (+12%), Audi (+10%), Nissan (+24%) and Fiat (+15%) all lodge dynamic gains. Outside the Top 10, notice Mazda (+29%), Jeep (+135%), Smart (+123%), Jaguar (+68%), Porsche (+51%), Ssangyong (+82%) and Tesla (+69%) all taking off.

Fiat 500X Europe September 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frFirst European Top 50 ranking for the Fiat 500X

In the models ranking, with final data we have a surprise in the Top 10: if the Top 8 remains unchanged, the Toyota Yaris elbows its way into 9th place overall with 19.211 sales vs. 19.189 for the Opel Astra at #10 and 19.126 for the Skoda Octavia, kicked out of the Top 10 at #11. This is only the fourth time the Toyota Yaris is among Europe’s Top 10 favourite nameplate after 10 March 2012September 2012 and January 2015, and simply the nameplate’s best-ever European ranking. In fact, only 2.155 sales separated the #9 from the #19 nameplates this month, with very strong performances all round lifted by a record UK market. The Mercedes C-Class gains a further two spots on August to #13, the Fiat Panda is up 40% year-on-year and 17 ranks on last month to #16, both the VW Passat (#17) and Opel Mokka (#18) are up 26% and the Mini edges onto the Top 20.

Honda HR-V Europe September 2015The Honda HR-V is starting to climb up the European ladder.

Further down, the Fiat 500X breaks into the European Top 50 for the very first time, the Hyundai Tucson breaks into the Top 100, the Jaguar XE is up 35 spots to #119, the Mercedes GLC up 63 to #137, the Honda HR-V up 103 to #138 and the Ssangyong Tivoli breaks into the Top 200.

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Nissan Qashqai Europe September 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukEuropean Nissan Qashqai sales are up 37% year-on-year in September.

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New car sales in Europe gain a very satisfying 10% year-on-year in September to 1.393.695 registrations, pushing the year-to-date total up 9% or almost 890.000 units on 2014 to 10.774.505 deliveries. If the August market was seasonally skewed towards Germany, September is traditionally led by the UK accounting for one-third of the continent sales with a record 462.517 units (+9%). Spain (+23%), Italy (+17%) and France (+9%) lead gains among the Top 5 while Germany (+5%) is shyer. Brand-wise, Volkswagen (+6%) gains less ground than the market but stays way above the competition at 156.000 sales. In fact, none of the Top 5 carmakers gain market share year-on-year, with Ford (+7%), Opel/Vauxhall (+6%), Renault (+3%) and Peugeot (+6%) all outpaced by the market.

Mercedes GLE Coupe Europe September 2015Mercedes GLE Coupé – Mercedes sales are up 12% year-on-year in Europe this month.

On the contrary, the entire remainder of the Top 10 over-performs: all three German premium brands are in stellar shape yet in reverse order compared to the year-to-date ranking, as to was also the case last month: BMW leads the way with sales up 13%, followed by Mercedes (+12%) and Audi (+10%). Rounding up the Top 10, Nissan (+24%) and Fiat (+15%) deliver the best performances while below, Jeep (+136%), Smart (+125%), Mazda (+28%) and Mini (+15%) also get noticed.

Opel Corsa Europe September 2015The Opel Corsa rounds up the European podium in September.

The September European models ranking has a definite UK flavour, with the VW Golf by far the most popular despite gaining just 2%, the Ford Fiesta (-1%) back up four spots on August to reclaim the #2 spot it holds year-to-date, the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa (+10%) up 7 to land on the podium, the Ford Focus at #5 and the Nissan Qashqai up a spectacular 37% on September 2014 to jump to #6, outselling both the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208. The Skoda Octavia remains among the continent’s 10 favourite nameplates (#9) and the Opel/Vauxhall Astra posts a third Top 10 ranking in the past five months.

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