Italy October 2017: Citroen C3 hits highest ever ranking at #3

The last time the Citroen C3 nameplate ranked that high in Italy was over 13 years ago. Picture automoto.it

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The Italian new car market is up 7% year-on-year in October to 159.835 registrations, a slightly lower rate than the year-to-date 8.6% improvement to 1.705.053 units. Once again private sales slow down the market with a meagre 4% gain to 92.707 and 58% share vs. 59.7% a year ago. In contrast, rental sales are up 13% to 29.743 units and 18.6% share vs. 17.6% a year ago, with short term rentals up 10.6% and long term up 13.8%. Company sales are up 10.1% to 37.385 and 23.4% share vs. 22.7% in October 2016. Year-to-date, company sales clearly pull the market up at +31.2% to 365.532 and 21.4% share vs. 17.8% over the same period a year ago, with rental sales also aggressively up at +17.8% to 382.957 and 22.5% share vs. 20.7% in 2016. Short term rentals are up 199% to 154.715 while long term are up 16.4% to 228.242. Private sales are actually in negative so far this year at -1% to 956.564 and 56.1% share vs. 61.5% a year ago.

One segment is pushing Italian sales into positive this month: crossovers up a striking 38.5% to 39.486 sales and 24.7% share vs. 19.1% in October 2016. “Berlines” (sedans and hatchbacks) are up just 0.4% to 80.902 and 50.6% vs. 53.9% a year ago. SUVs are up 7.4%, station wagons down 11.6%, small MPVs down 10.3% and compact MPVs up just 0.8%. Brand-wise, homegrown market leader Fiat is the only carmaker in negative in the Top 12 at -4% to 17.8% share, a full three percentage points below the 20.8% it holds so far this year. Volkswagen is up a timid 2% to 7.3% while Renault shoots up 28% to 6.5%, ahead of Ford down 0.03% to 6.3%. Hyundai (+17%), Peugeot (+18%), Toyota (+24%) and Citroen (+44%) all beat the market in the Top 10. Below, Seat (+21%), Skoda (+21%), Land Rover (+29%), Suzuki (+40%), Jeep (+48%) and Dacia (+48%) shine.

First Italian Top 5 ranking in almost five years for the Toyota Yaris. Picture quattroruote.it 

In the models ranking, the Fiat Panda manages to double the market growth at +14% to 8.3%, that’s three times the amount of the #2, the Lancia Ypsilon in difficulty at -18% but breathing a little better at #2 spot year-to-date now that the Fiat Tipo dives down to #14 overall in October (-13%) below the Punto… The Citroen C3 soars 80% on October 2016 and 10 spots on last month to land at an outstanding third place, the nameplate’s best ever monthly ranking in Italy, last hit over 13 years ago in July 2003, October 2003, May 2004 and June 2004. Although the C3 ranked #2 overall in the annual 2003 Italian charts, it never ranked higher than #3 in the monthly tables. Below the VW Golf up a strong 19% to #4, the Toyota Yaris posts the other high performance in the Top 10, up 17% to #5 which is its first Top 5 month in almost five years, since the #3 hit in December 2012. Over the past decade, this is only the 9th time the Yaris ranks among Italy’s five best-sellers, the others are: #2 in December 2007, #3 in December 2008 and December 2012, #4 in April 2008, #5 in July 2008, September 2008, March 2009 and October 2009.

Further down the ranking, notice also the Peugeot 208 up 20% to #7, the Renault Captur up 33% to #12, the Dacia Duster up 29% to #17, the Dacia Sandero up 65%, the VW Up up 107%, the Peugeot 3008 up 222%, the Ford Kuga up 109%, the Hyundai i10 up 43%, the Nissan Micra up 118%, the Renault Kadjar up 62%, the Renault Scenic up 4714%, the Ford B-Max up 65% and the Mercedes GLA up 35%. The Jeep Compass is up one spot to #23, comfortably leading all recent launches, ahead of the Opel Crossland X up 12 spots to #35 and the Toyota C-HR up  9 to #36. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is back up to #52, missing a second Top 50 ranking for 37 sales.

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Italy September 2017: Nissan Micra shines in market up 7.9%

The Nissan Micra breaks into the Italian Top 20 for the first time in 5 years.

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The Italian new car market is up 7.9% year-on-year in September to 168.531 units – the best score for the month since 2009, pushing the year-to-date total up 8.8% to 1.544.701. This means we have now seen 15 consecutive positive quarters and 44 positive months out of the past 46, the only exceptions being May 2014 and April 2017. However as it was the case last month, September’s gain is purely artificial with private sales actually down 3.9% to 89.798 units and 53.3% share vs. 59.8% a year ago. Year-to-date, private sales are now down 1.5% to 863.565 and 55.9% share vs. 61.7% over the same period in 2016. In contrast, rental sales are up a stunning 26.8% to 33.618 and 19.9% share vs. 17% in September 2016, with short term rentals taking off at +93.4% to 10.225 and long term rentals up 10.2%. Year-to-date, rental sales are up 18.2% to 353.176 units or 22.9% share vs. 21% last year. Company sales are almost as impressive this month at +24.3% to 45.115 and 26.8% share vs. 23.2% a year ago, bringing the year-to-date total up 34.1% to 327.960 units and 21.2% share vs. 17.2% over the first 9 months of 2016.

The VW Golf is the best-selling foreign nameplate in Italy this month.

Looking at sales by bodytype, hatch/sedans are down 1.9% to 84.685, crossovers are up 44% to 39.704 and up 29% year-to-date to 331.327, SUVs are up 11% to 15.424 and station wagons up 7.1% to 12.015 mainly due to the arrival of the segment’s new best-seller the Fiat Tipo SW (1.614) which accounts for one-third of the nameplate’s sales at home this month. Over to the brands ranking, with Fiat once again trailing the market growth at just +3% to 19.5% share, well below the 21.1% it commands year-to-date. Volkswagen remans at #2 with 8.2% share, one full percentage point above its YTD level while Renault manages to stay on the podium thanks to deliveries up a whopping 26%, keeping Ford (-0.4%) at bay, the latter being handicapped by a second consecutive counter-performance of its star nameplate the Fiesta (-55% to #27). In the Top 10, Toyota (+10%), Peugeot (+13%), Citroen (+20%), Audi (+23%) and most strikingly Nissan (+58%) all outpace the market. Below, notice Alfa Romeo (+14%), Dacia (+16%), Suzuki (+34%), Jeep (+44%), Seat (+61%) and Ferrari (+81%) while Maserati (-26%), Mitsubishi (-27%), Subaru (-29%), Infiniti (-32%), Ssangyong (-46%) and Jaguar (-51%) struggle.

The new Jeep Compass shoots up to #24.

In the models ranking, after falling to a five-year low last month at 5.6% share, the Fiat Panda returns to its YTD level in September at 7.4% but trails the market with a timid +1%. The Fiat Tipo (+62%) ranks #2 for the fourth time in the past five months and is now 562 sales below the Lancia Ypsilon (-13% this month) for the #2 YTD spot. Below the Fiat 500 up a robust 18% to #4, the VW Golf is the most popular foreign nameplate at #5 thanks to deliveries up 22%. It is the first time in one year – since September 2016 when the VW Polo was #1 – that the Renault Clio isn’t the best-selling foreigner in Italy. Just outside the Top 10, the Citroen C3 (+35%) and VW Tiguan (+30%) continue to shine thanks to new generations. It’s also a radically new model that propels the Nissan Micra (+205%) inside the Italian Top 20 for the first time in five years (since September 2012) at #18. The new Jeep Compass shoots up to #24, with the Renegade (#12) making it two Jeeps in the Italian Top 25 for the first time in history. Notice also the BMW X1, Ford B-Max (both up 51%), Ford Kuga (+87%), Peugeot 3008 (+695%) and Renault Scenic (+1283%) posting spectacular gains. The Nissan X-Trail (#38) and Opel Crossland X (#47) both sign their very first Italian Top 50 ranking. Finally, in the bad news aisle, the Fiat Punto (-34%) falls to #21 this month, the first time the once-dominant nameplate ranks outside its home Top 20 since it was originally launched in November 1993.

Previous month: Italy August 2017: Fiat Tipo hits record share in market up 15.8%

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Italy August 2017: Fiat Tipo hits record share in market up 15.8%

The Fiat Tipo hits a record 3.9% share just as the Fiat Panda is at its lowest in 5 years.

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The Italian new car market leaps up 15.7% in August to 84.104 registrations, the highest result for the month since 2009. The Italian market has now been in positive for 43 of the past 45 months (only May 2014 and April 2017 showed a decline). However this month the growth is entirely artificial: company sales are up a whopping 50.2% to 21.331 and 25.4% share vs. 19.5% a year ago and rental sales are up 41.8% to 13.492 and 16% vs. 13.1% in August 2016. Short term rentals are even up 76% to 3.194. In contrast, private sales only edge up 0.6% to 49.281 and 58.6% share, tumbling down from 67.4% in August 2016. Year-to-date, Italian sales are up 8.8% to 1.375.637 but private sales are actually down 1.2% to 773.502 and 56.2% share vs 62% over the same period in 2016. Company sales are up 35.7% to 282.680 and 20.5% share vs. 16.5% in 2016 and rental sales are up 17.4% to 319.445 and 23.2% share vs. 21.5% a year ago…

The Ford Kuga is up 64% year-on-year in August. Picture allaguida.it

Fiat remains of course the preferred brand in Italy but trails the market at +13%, resulting in a weaker 19.9% market share compared to the 21.4% it commands year-to-date. Volkswagen (+12%) is back in 2nd place above Renault up a whopping 42% to #3 and Ford up just 8% to #4. Peugeot (+20%), Citroen (+32%), Toyota (+35%), Audi (+39%) and Nissan (+50%) all post spectacular gains within the Top 10. Below, notice Mercedes (+22%), Jeep (+23%), Seat (+26%), Alfa Romeo (+36%), Suzuki (+36%), Volvo (+37%), DS (up an unusual 55%) and Mahindra (+180%). Dacia (-1%) and Kia (-7%) are the only Top 20 brands in negative while further down, Lexus (-30%), Ssangyong (-31%) and Infiniti (-34%) struggle.

The Audi Q2 hits a record 34th place in August. 

Model-wise, the Fiat Panda remains unsurprisingly on top, but with sales only edging up 2% year-on-year, it slumps to its lowest market share in over five years (since July 2012) at 5.6%. The Fiat Tipo for its part gains 50% to 3.9% share – a record for this new generation – and returns to the 2nd place for the third time ever after last May and June. The Tipo is now only 634 sales below the Lancia Ypsilon in the race for the #2 spot YTD. The Renault Clio shoots up 92% to cement its #1 foreigner title at #4, distancing the Fiat 500L (+21%) and Fiat 500 (+26%) while the Citroen C3 (+69%) stays at #7. Excellent performances of the VW Tiguan (+47%), Nissan Qashqai (+38%) and Ford Kuga (+64%), The Toyota C-HR (#27) dominates recent launches (<12 months) just as the Audi Q2 jumps 16 spots on July to hit a best-ever #34. Notice also the Audi Q5 up 169% to #39 and the Renault Megane up 104% to #47.

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Photo Report: The cars of Ventimiglia, Northern Italy

Fiat Panda x 2 in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2017

It’s been two years since our last Photo Report in Ventimiglia, at the border with France northwest of the country, so it’s time for our traditional update. You can also see the 2013 Photo Report here. See also our 2016 Photo Report on driving a Panda in Sardinia here. If last time the car parc seemed immobile compared to two years prior because of a particularly weak Italian market over the period, this year the differences are blatant and the renewed dynamism of Italian car sales shows. In 2017, it’s like all drivers of the small town on the Italian “Riviera” had given each other the word: Panda. It’s a total invasion I witnessed in the streets of Ventimiglia, the nameplate finally justifying its continued domination of the market – it has now been the local best-sellers for five straight years and is headed towards a 6th consecutive one in 2017. All Panda generations are well represented in the streets but the latest one clearly coming on top.

Fiat 500 in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2017 Fiat Tipo in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2017 

The Fiat 500, overwhelmingly dominant at the time of my two previous Photo Reports, takes a step back in line with its receding towards the second half of the Italian Top 10 over the past couple of years. It is still the second most common vehicle in town though. My main element of curiosity coming here was to check the popularity of the new Fiat Tipo which has managed to climb up to 2nd place for a couple of months in 2017, currently stands at a stunning third position in the 2017 YTD ranking and totally obliterates the Station Wagon ranking. And the proof is in the pudding: I did spot five Tipos in a little more than one hour spent in town, two sedans, two station wagons and just one hatch. I would have expected the hatch to be more prevalent. Granted, the sample is tiny.

Renault Clio in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2017 

Lancia Ypsilon x2 in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2017

Also very frequent in Ventimiglia this year are the Renault Clio – logical, it will be the best-selling foreigner in the country for the 4th straight year in 2017,  the Lancia Ypsilon – but less so than the two previous times I was here, the Renault Twingo, and a surprisingly high number of Dacia Duster.

Fiat Panda Cross in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2017Fiat Tipo SW in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2017
Smart Forfour and Fortwo in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2017A valiant 1989 Fiat Uno surviving in Ventimiglia.

Italy July 2017: Fiat 500 and Punto on podium

The Fiat 500 is up 111% to 2nd place at home this month. 

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The Italian new car market is up 5.7% year-on-year in July to 146.563 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally up 8.3% to 1.290.744 units. It is a clear slowdown of the market gains Italy has shown over the past three months, and the culprit is private sales, down 1.8% nationwide and hit hardest in South Italy (-6.8%). The overall market owes its growth to company sales up a whopping 25.7% and rental sales up 8.7%, driven by short term rentals. Over the first seven months of the year, private sales lose 5.5 percentage points to 56.1% share.

After falling to the bottom of the Top 20 in recent months, the Fiat Punto is back on the podium.

Fiat continues to dominate the brands ranking head-and-shoulders but gains just 0.5% this month to 20.1% share. Ford (+9%) gains two spots on June to #2 and is with Fiat the only carmaker to post a five-digit sales figure in July. Volkswagen (-3%) remains in third place, Peugeot impresses with a 32% year-on-year improvement in 4th position, overtaking Opel (+11%) to now rank 5th year-to-date. Renault (-8%), #2 in June, is down to #5 this month. Toyota surges 37% to #7, Dacia continues to gallop ahead at +31%, up two spots on last month to #8, Citroen is up 27%, Nissan up 19%, Kia up 10%, Jeep and Alfa Romeo up 27%, Suzuki up 39% Porsche up 50% and Maserati up 99%.

The Citroen C3 is now threatening the Renault Clio for the title of best-selling foreigner. 

Model-wise, the Fiat Panda stays comfortably on top despite a 14% drop, but the hero of the month is the Fiat 500 up a formidable 111% year-on-year to land in 2nd place. This is only the fourth time – the second time this year – in the decade-long career of the “Nuova 500” that it ranks as high as #2 after September 2008June 2014. and last January. The ageing Fiat Punto (+5%) is showing great form this month, climbing onto the podium for the first time in a year and after falling as low as #19 last April. The Lancia Ypsilon is back up four spots on June to #4 but drops 5% and the Fiat Tipo is down three but up 13% to #5. Still the best-selling foreigner, the Renault Clio loses 14% and is now threatened by the Citroen C3 boosted up 116% by the new generation.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio breaks into the Italian Top 50 for the first time this month. 

Last month the Dacia Sandero broke into the Italian Top 10 for the very first time, and in July it reiterates this feat thanks to deliveries up 29% lifting it to #10 once again. The Toyota Yaris (+14%) and Peugeot 208 (+15%) also shine close to the Top 10. Further down, the Nissan Qashqai (+21%), Dacia Duster (+34%) and Opel Mokka (+23%) make themselves noticed while the Peugeot 3008 is up 11-fold on the previous generation to #22, its highest ranking yet in Italy. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio breaks into its home Top 50 for the very first time at #42.

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Italy First Half 2017: Fiat Tipo lands in 3rd place, teases Ypsilon for #2

The Fiat Tipo ranks third at home so far in 2017. Picture quattroruote.it

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The Italian new car market signs a seventh consecutive positive half-year at +8.9% over the First Half of 2017 to 1.136.331 units. Out of the past 43 months, 41 have been in positive – the exceptions being May 2014 and April 2017, indicating Italian new car sales are well and truly recovered. However this dynamic increase has everything to do with artificial channels: while private sales are down 1.5% year-on-year, rental sales soar 17.1% with short-term rentals up 15.5% and long-term up 18.4%, while business sales do even better at +36% to gain 4 percentage points of market share. In terms of segment, SUV sales soar up 19.8% over the period, by far the best-performing category.

The Citroen C3 (+82%) is back inside Italy’s Top 10 over the period. Picture quattroruote.it 

Homegrown market leader Fiat adds over 23.000 sales compared to the same period a year ago, that’s a market-beating 11% gain to 21.7% share. In a Top 7 unchanged year-on-year, Volkswagen holds strong in 2nd place but trails the market at +6%, ahead of Ford (+10%) and Renault (+11%), Opel (+9%) and Peugeot (+7%). Toyota (+18%) and Citroen (+27%) are the best performing carmakers inside the Top 10. Below, Dacia (+15%), Alfa Romeo (+32%), Suzuki (+45%), Skoda (+24%), Seat (+16%) and Jaguar (+40%) all shine. Among smaller manufacturers, Maserati (+110%), Infiniti (+60%) and Aston Martin (+82%) make themselves noticed.

Italian Opel Mokka sales are up 34% so far in 2017. 

Over in the models ranking, the Fiat Panda is comfortably headed towards a 6th consecutive annual win depicts trailing the market growth at +4% to 7.7% share. That’s 2.3 times the level of the #2, the Lancia Ypsilon starting to crumble at -6% and falling to #8 in June. Less than 500 sales below is the performer of the year so far: the Fiat Tipo up 159% year-on-year to third place overall but ranking 2nd during three of the past four months. All Tipo body-types are now in cruising mode, with the station wagon topping its segment by far at 11.606 sales vs. 6.533 for the #2, the Renault Megane. The Renault Clio (+12%) and Fiat 500 (+17%) both overtaking the Fiat 500L (-9%) while the Ford Fiesta is up three spots to #7 thanks to deliveries up 11%.

The Toyota C-HR lands directly inside the Italian Top 30. Picture quattroruote.it 

Boosted by the new generation, the Citroen C3 is up 82% to break into the year-to-date Top 10 at #10, while the Fiat Punto (-18%) and VW Golf (-20%) both fall apart and exit the Top 10. The Opel Mokka (+34%), Dacia Sandero (+33%) and VW Tiguan (+254%) all benefit from new generations or facelift to improve their raking, and the Toyota C-HR is the most popular newcomer by far, landing directly at #28 with just under 1% market share. Other notable improvements include the Ford Kuga up 41%, the Renault Megane up 118%, Peugeot 3008 up 304% and the Alfa Romeo Giulia up 461% to edge into the Top 50 at #50.

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Italy June 2017: Dacia Sandero breaks into Top 10, market up 12.9%

The Dacia Sandero breaks into the Italian Top 10 for the first time in June. Picture quattroruote.it

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The Italian new car market is up a very robust 12.9% year-on-year in June to 187.642 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 8.9% to 1.136.331 registrations. Market leaders Fiat (+16%) and Renault (+14%) brilliantly improve their share of Italian sales while Volkswagen (+6%) marks a pause in third place. Ford is dynamic at +18% but remains below its year-to-date level. The bottom of the Top 10 only has brands with double-digit gains: Citroen (+55%), Nissan (+36%), Dacia (+35%) and Toyota (+19%) all shine. Further down, Audi (+27%), Alfa Romeo (+23%), Suzuki (+41%), Skoda (+54%), Seat (+26%) and Porsche (+31%) all impress.

Revival: the Fiat Punto is back up to 5th place in June. Picture quattroruote.it

In the models ranking, Fiat monopolises the Top 4 with the Panda (+3%), Tipo (+186%), 500L (-17%) and the surprise of the month, the Punto back up 13 spots on May to 5th place with sales up 21% year-on-year. The Renault Clio (-0.2%) remains the most popular foreigner and the only one in the Top 8: it is followed this month by the Fiat 500X (+24%), 500 (+11%) and Lancia Ypsilon in rare difficulty at -18% and #8 vs. #2 year-to-date.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia breaks its ranking record in June to #38. 

The Ford Fiesta is very solid at +20% but the big news in the Italian Top 10 this month is the arrival of the Dacia Sandero for the first time at #10 thanks to sales more than doubling year-on-year at +102%. The Citroen C3 (+121%), VW Tiguan (+155%), Renault Megane (+113%) and Nissan Micra (+96%) also post spectacular gains inside the Top 30 while below, the Peugeot 3008 (+462%) and Renault Scenic (+223%) are boosted by their new model and the Alfa Romeo Giulia breaks its ranking record for the 2nd month in a row, lifting it to #38.

Previous month: Italy May 2017: Fiat Tipo settles in 2nd place

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Italy May 2017: Fiat Tipo settles in 2nd place

The Fiat Tipo is the 2nd best-selling car in Italy in May. Picture motorverso.com

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Italian new car sales are up 8.2% in May to 204.113, the first time above 200.000 for May since 2008. This leads to a year-to-date total up 8.1% to 948.051. This result is spruced up by company sales shooting up 40.9% year-on-year to 20.4% share, an increase of 5 percentage points compared to May 2016. Year-to-date, company sales are up 36.8% to 18.6% share vs. 14.6% a year ago. Private sales lag way behind the market growth at just +0.7% and see their share go from 58.3% in May last year to 54.4% now. This is in fact a better performance than year-to-date where private sales are down 1.3% to 539.710 or 56.6% of the market, a 5.1 percentage point drop. Rental sales also fall behind the market at +4.4% to 25.2% share but are up 13.1% year-to-date to 236.706 units or 25% share.

Brand-wise, market leader Fiat beats the market with a 11% gain to hold a 22.4% share vs. 21.8% so far this year, Volkswagen reclaims the #2 spot it holds year-to-date thanks to sales following the market at +8% but Renault drops 3% to third place. Impressively, the next five carmakers post double-digit gains: Ford (+10%), Peugeot (+14%), Opel (+11%) and most strikingly Toyota (+25%) and Citroen (+43%). Dacia also bounces up 36% to make a rare appearance inside the Italian Top 10 in 10th position. Notice also Alfa Romeo (+32%), Suzuki (+38%), Porsche (+23%), Jaguar (+29%), Maserati (+73%) and Lamborghini (+90%) all posting generous gains.

No surprise atop the models ranking: the Fiat Panda reigns supreme at 7.3% share, almost double any other nameplate in market. It’s in second place that we have a confirmation: the Fiat Tipo gains one spot on April and posts a third consecutive podium finish, having now reached its cruising sales rhythm. It ranks #3 year-to-date vs. #14 in FY2016 and totally dominates the station wagon ranking with 9.294 sales vs. 4.922 for the Audi A4 and 4.648 for the Renault Megane. The Fiat 500 is also in great shape this month with a 58% surge to third place while the Renault Clio remains the most popular foreigner at #4 ahead of two struggling nameplates: the Fiat 500L and Lancia Ypsilon, both down 27%. Notice also the Citroen C3 taking off at +92%, the Dacia Sandero up 64% to #14, the VW Tiguan up 205% to #21 and the Peugeot 3008 up 529% to #28.

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Italy March-April 2017: Fiat Tipo steps up

The Fiat Tipo ranks #2 in March and #3 in April. 

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In March, Italian new car sales are up 18% year-on-year to 226.163 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 12% to 582.465. The three top-selling brands outpace the market growth: Fiat is up 20% to 22.3% share, Ford also gains 20% to 7.5% and Renault is up 36% to 7.3%. The entire Top 10 posts double-digit gains with Opel (+26%), Citroen (+25%) and Toyota (+24%) the most dynamic. Further down, notice Nissan (+27%), Jeep (+27%), Alfa Romeo (+46%), Skoda (+48%), Suzuki (+56%) and Jaguar (+81%).

Model-wise, the big event this month is the frank 2nd position of the Fiat Tipo now that all formats are in cruising sales mode with a stunning 259% year-on-year gain, earning a 4th place in the year-to-date ranking whereas it ranked 8th a month ago. The Tipo station wagon is by far the best-seller in its segment at 2.434 units, selling over double the amount of the #2, the Renault Megane. The Fiat Panda (+10%) is basically undisturbed in pole position, the Land Ypsilon follows the market at +17% in third place and the Fiat 500 climbs to 4th overall despite a 10% drop. Among recent launches, notice the Alfa Romeo Stelvio up 35 spots on February to #103 and the Land Rover Discovery reappearing at #137 with the new generation of the nameplate kicking in.

The Citroen C3 ranks 7th in Italy in April. Picture quattroruote.it 

In April, sales contract by 4.6% to 160.359 units, meaning the year-to-date tally is now up by 8% at 743.321. Market leader Fiat follows the market at -6% to 21% share while Renault (+14%) and Volkswagen (-12%) overtake Ford (-4%) to rank 2nd and 3rd respectively. Citroen (+10%) is the only double-digit gainer inside the Top 10. Beyond, Alfa Romeo (+47%) benefits from the gearing up of the Stelvio stopping just short of a Top 60 ranking this month, and Maserati (+105%) does so thanks to the Levante.

In the models ranking, the Fiat Panda stumbles 15% but remains by far in pole position, selling more than double the amount of the Lancia Ypsilon, back to #2 despite a 16% drop. The Fiat Tipo shines once again in third place with sales up 80% year-on-year and now also ranks third year-to-date above the Renault Clio and Fiat 500, down to #5 despite a dynamic 19% improvement this month. The Citroen C3 is boosted up 74% by the new generation, the Dacia Sandero is up 37% to #15, the VW Tiguan up 221% to #18, the Ford Kuga up 68% to #25 and the Peugeot 3008 up 413% to #27, all thanks to facelifts or new generations. Among recent launches, the Toyota C-HR has stabilised towards the end of the Top 40 (#37 this month) while the Audi Q2 is up 8 spots on March to #45.

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One year ago (March): Italy March 2016: Recovery continues with volumes up 17%

One year ago (April): Italy April 2016: Fiat Tipo up to #13 in market up 12%

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Italy February 2017: Market up 6.2%, Suzuki Ignis breaks into Top 50

The Suzuki Ignis has struck a chord with Italian buyers: #42 this month.

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The Italian new car market gains 6.2% in February to 183.777 registrations, which means the year-to-date total is now up 8.1% on the same period last year at 355.656 units. Once again though, this growth can be labelled as artificial.  Italian sales are pushed up by business sales up 43.9% to 33.700 units and 18.2% market share as well as rental sales up 6.3% to 45.555 and 24.6% share. Long-term rentals do the heavy work with a 21.1% gain to 24.445 while short-term rentals are down 6.8% to 21.110. Private sales are actually down 2.5% to 105.778 and 57.2% share vs. 60% year-to-date and 62.1% a year ago in February 2016. A caveat to this analysis is the fact that long-term leases can intersect with both private sales and business sales.

The Renault Clio signs the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10. Picture by quattroruote.it 

Brand-wise, the entire Top 10 remains unchanged on January, with Fiat remaining largely in command at home, following the market at +6% to 38.896 deliveries and 21.2% share. It distances Volkswagen (+7%), Ford (+2%), Renault (+5%), Peugeot (+3%) and Opel (+3%). Toyota (+15%) and Citroen (+17%) deliver the biggest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Further down, let’s single out Kia (+12%). Nissan (+12%), Skoda (+21%), Alfa Romeo (+23%), Honda (+33%), Seat (+34%) and Suzuki (+83%). Among smaller brands, Maserati (+122%), Infiniti (+130%) and Jaguar (+154%) shine, all boosted by their new SUV lineup.

 The VW Tiguan is up 5-fold on the previous generation a year ago.

Over in the models aisle, the Fiat Panda edges past the market growth at +8% to comfortably retain the pole position at home with 15.997 units. It distances the Lancia Ypsilon (+6%) back to its long-term 2nd place and the Fiat 500L (+8%), this month the leader of the 500 series as the Fiat 500 drops back down to #5 from #2 in January and the 500X is up 7 spots on last month to #7. The Renault Clio (+23%) signs the largest year-on-year increase in the Top 10. Outside, the Hyundai i10 (+43%), Nissan Qashqai (+43%), Ford Kuga (+44%), Citroen C3 (+54%) and Fiat Tipo (+79%) impress, but none as much as the VW Tiguan, up 5-fold or 379% on its January 2016 score thanks to the new generation.

The Toyota C-HR leads hybrid sales in Italy for the second month running.

Among recent launches, the Toyota C-HR is up one spot on January to #28, the Suzuki Ignis is up 18 spots to break into the Top 50 for the first time at #42 and the Audi Q2 repeats at #46. Looking into the segment rankings in more detail the Fiat Tipo remains the best-selling station wagon in Italy with 1.069 ahead of the Audi A4 (1.024), Ford Focus (938) and Skoda Octavia (821). It also leads year-to-date at 2.664 units above the Audi A4 (1.849), Peugeot 308 (1.779) and Ford Focus (1.670). The Toyota C-HR once again leads the hybrid sales charts with 1.599 units or 93% of its total sales, distancing the Toyota Yaris (1.153), Auris (868), RAV4 (495) and Kia Niro (310). Year-to-date, the C-HR adds up to 3.141 above the Yaris (2.384), Auris (1.368) and RAV4 (930).

Previous month: Italy January 2017: Fiat 500 up to 2nd place, Toyota and Citroen shine

One year ago: Italy February 2016: Entire Fiat 500 family fits within Top 5 for 1st time

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