Italy May 2016: Crossovers continue to lift market up 28%

Fiat 500X Italy May 2016Fiat is up 34% at home and the 500X up 87%. 

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Euphoric month for Italian new car sales, up 28% or 40.000 units to 188.980 deliveries and lifting the year-to-date total up 21% or 153.000 sales to 884.000. Homegrown carmaker Fiat manages once again to outpace its home market with sales up a stunning 34% to 41.077 for a 21.9% market share. Renault shoots up an incredible 72% on May 2015 to hold the overall 2nd spot with 14.827 units and 7.9% share vs. 6.6% so far in 2016. Volkswagen underperforms with sales up just 13% at #3, ahead of Ford (+27%), Opel (+15%) and Peugeot (+17%). Inside the Top 10, Lancia (+38%), Toyota (+26%) and Audi (+28%) all outpeform the market while outside, Kia (+32%), Mini (+36%), Skoda (+59%), Jeep (+62%), Mazda (+67%), Honda (+122%), Ssangyong (+144%), Jaguar (+216%) and most strikingly Infiniti (+1365% thanks to the Q30) all impress.

Monthly sales by channel – Italy past 12 months:
(Privati = private sales, Noleggio = rental sales, Societa: business fleet)

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Renault Megane Italy May 2016. Picture courtesy largus.fThe new model lifts the Renault Megane up 127% in Italy in May. 

In the models aisle, the Fiat Panda follows the market with sales up 27% to 14.047 while just below, the Fiat 500L (+43%), Lancia Ypsilon (+40%), Renault Clio (+45%) all posts spectacular gains, so does the VW Polo (+53%) at #7. Note the Renault Clio overtakes the Fiat 500 year-to-date to rank 4th, the only foreign nameplate in the 2016 Top 7. The crossover invasion continues in Italy: the Fiat 500X is up 87% to #6, the Jeep Renegade up 74% to #12, the Renault Captur up 44%, the Hyundai Tucson nudges up to #19 with 2.326 sales and the Renault Kadjar is up 6 ranks on April to #29, the exception being the Peugeot 2008 (-1%) and Opel Mokka (-16%). Notice also excellent performances by the Dacia Sandero (+59%), Ford Kuga (+88%), C-Max (+80%), Renault Megane (+127%), Twingo (+66%) and Toyota Auris (+80%).

Previous month: Italy April 2016: Fiat Tipo up to #13 in market up 12%

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Italy April 2016: Fiat Tipo up to #13 in market up 12%

Fiat Tipo Italy April 2016The new Fiat Tipo is getting closer to a first Top 10 ranking at home.

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The Italian new car market posts a 6th consecutive month of double-digit year-on-year gains in April with deliveries up 12% to 168.696 units, lifting the year-to-date total up a splendid 19% to 693.830 registrations. The five most popular brands all lose market share vs. a year ago: Fiat (21.4%) is followed by Volkswagen (7.5%), Ford (6.8%), Renault (6.4%) and Peugeot (5.3%), reproducing both the March and year-to-date order. Lancia and BMW (both at +26%) deliver the largest gains in the Top 25, both up 26% on their April 2015 score, ahead of Hyundai (+24%), Jeep (+24%), Mini (+24%), Mercedes (+22%), Suzuki (+22%), Skoda (+20%) and Audi (+18%). Below, Mazda (+96%) thanks to the CX-3, Honda (+120%) thanks to the HR-V, Jaguar (+696%) thanks to the XE and F-Pace (178 sales), Ssangyong (+111%) thanks to the Tivoli, Ferrari (+108%) and Lamborghini (+229%) all post spectacular improvements.

Lancia Ypsilon Italy March 2016Another very solid month for the Ypsilon, single-handedly keeping the Lancia fire. 

Model-wise, the Fiat Panda continues to frankly dominate, even outpacing the market with sales up 18% in April and 30% so far this year. The Lancia Ypsilon, now the brand’s sole survivor has found its place above the Panda in the FCA lineup and is now going from strength to strength: up 27% this month to 6.923 sales and 4.1% share, cementing its 2nd place year-to-date at 3.8% share vs. 2.8% for the Fiat 500 at #3. The Fiat Punto (+14%) is back up 7 spots on March to land on the podium, with the Renault Clio (-3%) and VW Polo (+27%) leading foreign nameplates. Just outside the Top 10, the Peugeot 208 (+31%) and Jeep Renegade (+30%) post very strong results, but the big news is the 13th place of the Fiat Tipo, fast finding its way towards the Top 10 at home. The low-cost sedan sells 2.912 units for a 1.7% market share without a hatchback nor station wagon yet. The Hyundai Tucson (#21), Ford Ecosport (+171%) and Audi A4 (+127%) also shine.

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Italy March 2016: Recovery continues with volumes up 17%

Fiat Tipo Italy March 2016The new Tipo helps push Fiat sales up 22% at home in March. 

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Avanti! Italian new car sales are on a roll in 2016: up another 17% in March to 192.008 registrations, lifting the 1st quarter total up 21% to 524.141 units. March being the biggest month of the year, this means March 2016 is the largest monthly volume in Italy in no less than 6 years. The good news is this spectacular growth is healthy, unlike neighbours France and Spain, with the private sales ratio going up from 57.2% a year ago to 61.5% this month thanks to volumes surging 26% year-on-year. On the other hand, after a very strong first two months of the year, sales to rental companies are down 2% in March. The first quarter figures show private sales up a whopping 30% to 63% share, up 4 percentage points on the same period last year, whereas rental sales are up just 9% to 23.1% share, down 2.6 pp.

Italy 2016 03Italy March 2016 – Monthly sales detail by channel

Brand-wise, Fiat once again beats its home market thanks to a smart rationalisation of its lineup with sales up 22% to 41.926 and 24.3% share vs. 20.9% year-to-date. Volkswagen (+21%) is back in 2nd place, but just, at 14.281 sales vs. 14.087 for Ford (+26%) while below, Renault (+31%) is catching up, followed by Peugeot (+15%) and Opel (-3%) both underperforming. Lancia (+30%), Jeep (+29^%), Honda (+118%), Mazda (+48%) and Lexus (+72%) shoot up while Ssangyong (+148%), Infiniti (+243%) and Jaguar (+401%) pull the largest overall year-on-year gains in the market this month.

Fiat 500 Italy March 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frFor the second month running, the entire Fiat 500 family fits within the Italian Top 5. 

In the models ranking, the Fiat Panda follows the market at +17% to 15.866 sales and 8.3% share, with the Lancia Ypsilon in tow at 7.124, up a fantastic 32%. For the second month in a row – and ever, the entire Fiat 500 family fits within the Top 5 best-sellers: the 500 is up 39% to #3, the 500X up 171% to #4 and the 500L down 23% to #5, adding up to 18.211 sales and a record 9.5% market share, markedly above the Panda. The 500 family now also fits within the year-to-date Top 5 for the first time in Italy. Meanwhile the Punto is down to #10 so far in 2016 vs. #2 in 2015, but the all-new Tipo is up a further 2 spots to #22 thanks to 2.327 sales, the highest monthly total since the nameplate’s relaunch last November. Other great performers this month include the Jeep Renegade at #12 (+44%), the Peugeot 2008 (+38%), Peugeot 308 (+43%), Citroen C3 (+40%), Ford Focus (+52%), Audi A4 (+108%) and Ford Ecosport (+100%).

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

Fiat 500 Family Italy February 2016For the first time the Fiat 500, 500L and 500X all fit within the Italian Top 5…

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After gaining 17% in January, the Italian new car market accelerates its growth further, galloping up 28% year-on-year in February to 173.883 registrations. This lifts the year-to-date total to 331.339 units, up 23% on the same period a year ago. All sales charts display euphoric figures: 18 of the Top 20 car brands post double-digit gains, with 8 out of the Top 12 even clocking up gains of 30% or more. Fiat is among them at 36.573 sales, up 34% on February 2016. After years of positioning hesitation, it seems as if everything is starting to click together now for the Italian manufacturer.

Fiat Tipo Italy February 2016…while the Fiat Tipo continues to progress at #24.

The process has been convoluted because Fiat is not replacing its range model by model, rather moving it around in clusters. Fittingly, this month marks the first time in its history that all three members of the newly formed Fiat 500 family fit within the Top 5, led by the 500L at #3 (+3%), ahead of the 500 (+10%) and the 500X (+184% as it launched a little more than a year ago). The 500 family adds up to 8.4% share this month – roughly what the Panda commands on its own – and could see this growing further as each model now has its own, well recognised space within the Fiat range.

Lancia Ypsilon Italy February 2016The Lancia Ypsilon beats the market at +31% this month. 

The rest of the Fiat lineup is being regrouped around two main models: the Panda, flying off at +51% to 14.788 sales, and the Tipo, a value-for-money compact car that launched a few months ago as a sedan (and as the Egea in Turkey where it is manufactured) with station wagon and hatchback variants coming shortly: it is up 7 spots on January to reach #24 with 2.014 sales. The Punto (#10) should progressively be replaced up by the Tipo hatchback and, potentially, the 500X as an upgrade option. Lancia, discontinued in the rest of Europe and restricted to the sole Ypsilon, has also found its place as a reasonably posh small car that’s cheaper but larger than the Fiat 500. It also beats the market this month at +31% and 6.769 sales and places #2 overall.

Ford Focus Italy February 2016The Focus (+39%) helps Ford overtake Volkswagen in February.

Ford (+34%) overtakes Volkswagen to snap a very rare 2nd spot in the brands ranking: it’s only the second time in the past 3 years along with last September that Ford ranks #2 in Italy. Peugeot (+30%), Citroen (+37%), Audi (+38%) and Mercedes (+33%) also frankly outpace the market. Further down, let’s notice Jeep (+48%), Smart (+35%), Land Rover (+63%), Skoda (+38%), Mazda (+148%), Honda (+112%), Ssangyong (+213%) and Jaguar (+331%). In the models ranking, great performers include the Opel Corsa (+80%), Toyota Yaris (+36%), Jeep Renegade (+68%), Citroen C3 (+75%), Peugeot 308 (+55%), Hyundai Tucson all-new at #26 and the Smart Fortwo up 121%.

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Italy January 2016: Fiat 500 back on podium, Punto out of Top 10

Fiat Punto Italy 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frAbout to be scrapped: never before had the Punto ranked outside the Top 10 at home. 

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A great start of the year for the Italian new car market, up 17% year-on-year to 156.163 registrations, mainly pulled by extensive discounts across the industry that have boosted private sales up 24% to 66% share vs. 63% a year ago. Sales to short-term rentals are also up an equally impressive 29%, in line with a trend we are starting to see spread across Europe. Both Fiat and Volkswagen outpace the market at +20% each to 21% and 7.6% share respectively, and all carmakers in the Top 10 except Toyota posts double-digit gains: Citroen leads them all with a 33% surge, followed by Renault (+23%), Peugeot (+22%) and Ford (+17%). Audi is up 15% at an excellent 8th spot. Further down, notice Kia (+28%), Jeep (+48%), Suzuki (+58%), Mazda (+125%), Ssangyong (+133%) and Jaguar (+558%) all delivering spectacular improvements.

Lancia Ypsilon Italy January 2016The Ypsilon is the last Lancia standing and just received a facelift. 

The Fiat Panda sails off to even higher heights in the models ranking with sales up a whopping 42% to 13.367 vs. 5.558 for the #2, the Lancia Ypsilon (+12%). The Fiat 500 finally comes back onto its home podium thanks to its facelift with sales up 6% while the Fiat 500X remains at an outstanding level in 4th place, with the Renault Clio best-selling foreigner once again at #5. Both the VW Golf and Polo gain 32% at #7 and #8, and the Jeep Renegade (+65%) is only 14 units off breaking into the Top 10 for the 2nd time ever after November 2013.

Audi Q3 Italy January 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frAudi Q3 sales are nearly double their level of a year ago in Italy. 

But the main event this month in Italy is the Fiat Punto continuing on its slow and painful death row: for the first time since the legendary nameplate launched in Italy in September 1993, the Punto falls outside its home Top 10 at #12 with just 3.152 sales and 2% share, down a devastating 39% on a year ago. The Hyundai Tucson is shaping up to become one of the very top best-selling SUVs in Italy, breaking into the Top 20 only a few months after its launch at 1.954 sales. The Citroen C3 is up 52% at #21, the Peugeot 308 up 31% to #22, the Audi A3 up 28% to #25, the Fiat Tipo up a further 14 ranks on December to #31, Audi Q3 up 92% to #32 and the Citroen C4 Cactus up 31 spots on last month to #45.

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Italy Full Year 2015: Panda leads, Fiat 500X & Jeep Renegade superstars

Fiat 500X Jeep Renegade Italy 2015. Picture courtesy motorbox.comThe Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade are remodelling the Italian car landscape. Picture motorbox.com

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At last a frank improvement for new car sales in Italy for 2015: up 16% or 215.000 units to 1.574.872 registrations, the highest annual volume since 2011 (1.757.649). The Italian market is however still far from getting back to its average level of the last couple of decades, with 2015 sales equivalent to the level it reached back in 1984, but still lagging behind the 1993-1996 crisis years (see 37 year-data set below). A couple of elements confirm this is a true recovery year for Italy – unlike a rather artificial spike in 2014: Private sales grow faster than the market at +18% to 1.009.537 registrations, improving their market share from 62.4% to 63.7%, while rental sales are also up 18% to 311.352 units or 19.8% share (12.1% for lease and 7.6% for short-term rentals) and Company sales lag behind at +5% to 262.729 units. As a result, local manufacturers association UNRAE predicts another dynamic year in 2016 at +7% to 1.68m units.

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Italy 2015 12 Annual sales detail. Picture courtesy unrae.itSource: UNRAE

Fiat retains its throne at home, evolving similarly to the market at +17% to reach 20.9% share and 329.177 sales. Volkswagen is up just 8% to lose share to 7.6% and is one of only five manufacturers in the Top 40 to not post double-digit year-on-year gains in 2015, a testimony to the vigorous recovery the Italian new car market is currently experiencing. The other culprits are Lancia (+2%), Alfa Romeo (+8%), DS (+3%) and Chevrolet (-95%). The Top 7 best-selling brands are unchanged on 2014 with Ford (+19%) rounding up the podium followed by Renault (+16%), Opel (+18%), Peugeot (+18%) and Toyota (+8%). Nissan (+18%) is up 3 spots to #8, with other carmakers lodging impressive gains including Land Rover (+23%), Mitsubishi (+31%), Mazda (+36%), Smart (+52%), SsangYong (+61%), Lexus (+64%), Jaguar (+66%), Infiniti (+129%) and Jeep (+164%) thanks to the Renegade (see further down).

Fiat Panda Italy 2015The Fiat Panda holds onto its crown at home.

The Fiat Panda is the most popular nameplate in Italy for the 4th consecutive year with sales up a very impressive 21% to 126.306 and 8% share, the nameplate’s highest annual volume since 2010. The Panda outsells all carmakers bar Fiat in 2015. Thanks to heavy discounts, the Fiat Punto remains 2nd and manages to limit the damage to just -1% and a lowest-ever 3.6% share at 56.449 sales, just above the Lancia Ypsilon up 9% to 55.326 units and the Fiat 500L down 3% to 49.918. The Renault Clio is once again the best-selling foreigner in Italy: it gains one spot to break into the annual Top 5 for the first time in 12 years – since 2003. It distances the Ford Fiesta (+9%), VW Golf (+5%) and VW Polo (+17%) while the Fiat 500 is down 6% to 6th place.

Renault Clio Italy 2015First annual Top 5 ranking in 12 years for the Renault Clio in Italy.

The main event in the 2015 Italian models ranking is the thunderous landing of the Fiat 500X directly in 10th position, a ranking that should improve vastly in 2016 given the crossover broke onto the podium both in November and December. Its “twin” the Jeep Renegade shoots up to a stunning #17, by far the best-ever ranking achieved by a Jeep in Italy. The Renegade’s success was however tamed by the arrival of the 500X: it never matched the #10 spot hit back in December 2014, with a 2015 best of #13 in November.

Opel Mokka Italy 2015. Picture courtesy larevueautomobile.comThe Opel Mokka is inside the Top 15 in 2015. 

The SUV fever has continued to spread all across Italy, with the Opel Mokka up 36% to #15, the Renault Captur up 29% to #16, Kia Sportage up 26% to #25 and Ford Ecosport up 4-fold to #33 – even hitting a record #23 in November and making Italy the only market in Europe where Ford’s made-in-India SUV isn’t considered a flop. Notice also the Opel Corsa up 28%, Peugeot 308 up 93%, Hyundai i20 up 125%, Mini up 107% and the BMW 2 Series Tourer up to a class-leading #42 for its first full year in market. The Suzuki Vitara (#76) is the most popular all-new entrant for 2015, followed closely by the Hyundai Tucson (#78), Opel Karl (#81) and Land Rover Discovery Sport (#84) while the Renault Kadjar also manages to crack the 2015 Top 100 at #94.

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Italy December 2015: Fiat 500X stays on podium, Tipo in Top 50

Fiat 500X Italy December 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Fiat 500X posts a second consecutive podium ranking at home.

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The Italian new car market finishes 2015 on a high: up a very dynamic 18% year-on-year in December to 109.395 registrations, lifting the annual total up 16% to 1.583.618 units. Home-grown behemoth Fiat frankly outpaces the market with sales up an outstanding 33% to 23.440 and 21.4% share, distancing Volkswagen (+13%), Renault (+33%), Ford (+25%) and Peugeot (+41%). Lancia and Hyundai are both up 5 spots on November to #8 and #9 respectively, with Mini (+32%), Honda (+40%), Land Rover (+41%), Lexus (+41%), Suzuki (+64%) and Mazda (+81%) among the other manufacturers posting spectacular gains.

Fiat Tipo Italy December 2015. Picture courtesy motorpad.itThe Fiat Tipo nameplate is back inside the Italian Top 50.

Model-wise, below the Fiat Panda (+22%) and Lancia Ypsilon (+24%) both showing great legs, the Fiat 500X shows it is here to stay at the highest level, lodging a second consecutive podium ranking at #3 and beating its market share record at 3.5% thanks to 3.832 sales. With the Fiat 500L up 32% to 4th place and the Fiat 500 up 49% to 8th, it’s a great month for the 500 family as a whole: up 126% year-on-year to 9.910 sales and 9.1% market share. Interestingly, this coincides with the gearing up of the Tipo nameplate, breaking back into the Top 50 at #45, and the imploding of the Punto, down 46% to a worst-ever 2.2% share and #10 ranking this month.

BMW X1 Italy 2015The BMW X1 almost lands into the Top 30 this month: a fantastic performance. 

Further down, notice also the Citroen C3 up 110% to #15, the Peugeot 308 up 151% to #20, the Hyundai Tucson up a further 5 spots on November to #22, the Renault Kadjar up 16 to #27, the Ford Ecosport up 137% to #30, the BMW X1 up 162% to #32 and the all-new Suzuki Vitara improving a further 7 ranks to #43.

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Italy November 2015: Fiat Tipo nameplate reappears after 20 years

Fiat Tipo Italy November 2015. Picture courtesy quattroruote.itFiat Tipo. Picture Quattroruote.it

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With detailed models data now available for Italy, we witness the reappearance of the Fiat Tipo nameplate at home for the first time since it was discontinued back in 1995. Under the 2016 Tipo nameplate hides in fact the Fiat Egea that is already a hit in Turkey where it’s manufactured (within the Top 20 in November). Pre-sales to dealerships before the official launch on December 5 lift the Tipo to #150 with 105 units, a ranking that will no doubt improve very significantly over the next few months, and then with the addition of the hatchback variant, a much more popular format in Italy, and most importantly the station wagon which should account for over half of the nameplate’s sales here.

The Tipo nameplate launched back in January 1988 in Italy and was an instant huge sales success with 22.150 units reached in March 1988 alone, 112.243 over the first six months of 1988, 217.410 over the Full Year 1988 and 262.520 in FY 1989. In December 1988 the Tipo stood at 13.8% market share at home, just below the Uno (16%). It then quickly lost steam at -29% in 1990, -33% in 1991, -7% in 1992, -30% in 1993 and -44% in 1994 to fall outside the Top 10. The Tipo was replaced in 1995 by the Bravo/Brava duo. While the 2016 Tipo has no chance of reaching the early career figures of its ancestor, this is a very significant launch for the Italian brand at home as it will test its capacity to (re)build a range aside from the Fiat 500 family.

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Italy November 2015: Fiat 500X on podium

Fiat 500X Italy November 2015. Picture courtesy quattroruote.itFirst ever podium ranking for the Fiat 500X at home.

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Spectacular 23.5% year-on-year improvement for Italian new car sales in November to 134.021 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 15.5% or almost 200.000 sales to 1.464.747. That would put a smile on the face of many Italian dealers and salespeople. Like last month, Fiat outpaces its home market with sales up a fantastic 30% to 27.860 for a 20.8% market share, while the Top 7 best-selling carmakers are absolutely identical to the year-to-date ranking. Below Fiat we find Volkswagen, also gaining more ground than the market at +28%, Ford (+30%), Renault (+29%), Opel (+13%), Peugeot (+23%) and Toyota (-3%). Mercedes shoots up 31% to 8th place overall vs. #11 so far in 2015, Citroen is up 42%, Jeep up 67%, Smart up 74%, Land Rover up 58% and Mazda up 66%.

Ford Ecosport Italy November 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Ford Ecosport is about to break into the Italian Top 20.

Model-wise, the big event this month is the first ever podium ranking of the Fiat 500X, shooting up three spots on October to land at a stunning third place thanks to 4.604 sales and 3.4% share, only outsold by the Fiat Panda (7.3%) and Punto (3.8%) and making the podium 100% Fiat for only the third time this year after January (Panda-500L-Punto) and May (Panda-Punto-500L). The Lancia Ypsilon is relegated to #4 but the Renault Clio (+27%) stays at #5 and remains the most popular foreigner above the Ford Fiesta (+10%), VW Polo (+31%) and Golf (+34%) both outpacing the Italian market despite the diesel scandal. The Fiat 500 (+38%) is finally feeling the benefits of its facelift and reclaims a spot inside the Top 10, the Jeep Renegade is up 4 to #13, the Citroen C3 more than doubles its sales to #18, the Ford Ecosport breaks its ranking record for the 2nd consecutive month at #23 and the Hyundai Tucson shines again at #27. The Opel Karl (#41), Renault Kadjar (#43) and Suzuki Vitara (#50) stay strong.

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Italy October 2015: Hyundai Tucson & Renault Kadjar shoot up

Renault Kadjar Italy October 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frFirst Top 40 ranking for the Renault Kadjar in Italy.

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New car sales in Italy step up 8% year-on-year in October to 134.008 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 1.336.368 units, up 15% or 170.000 deliveries on the same period last year. Fiat frankly outpaces its home market at +16% thanks to very dynamic performance from the Panda (+22%), Punto (+48%) and 500X at #6 and despite disappointing showings from the 500L (-40%) and 500 (-31%). Volkswagen is back up to 2nd place overall but down 6% above Ford (+10%), Renault and Opel. German luxury carmakers are in great shape: Audi (+19%), Mercedes (+29%) and BMW (+27%) all rank higher this month than in 2015 so far, delivering the strongest year-on-year gains in the Top 15. Further down, notice Jeep up 102% thanks to the Renegade (#17) and Smart up 115% thanks to Fortwo relaunch (+70%) and the return of the Forfour.

Hyundai Tucson Italy October 2015. Picture courtest autoexpress.co.ukThe Hyundai Tucson is up to #25 in Italy this month.

In the models ranking, the VW Polo and Renault Clio return to #4 and #5 respectively after being kicked out of the Top 10 last month, the Dacia Duster is back up 9 spots to #16, the Citroen C3 is up 70% year-on-year to #18, the Peugeot 308 up 76% to #23, the Nissan Micra up 79% to #26 and the VW Passat up 140% to #32. A handful of recently launched SUVs are starting to make waves in Italy: the Hyundai Tucson is up a further 8 ranks on September to break into the Top 25 and the Renault Kadjar is up 20 spots to land at #37. The Ford Ecosport also shines, up 82% year-on-year and 11 ranks on September to hit its highest ever ranking in Italy so far at #28. Finally the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer stays above its archenemy the Mercedes B-Class both this month (982 sales vs. 976) and year-to-date (7.674 vs. 7.461) while both the Opel Karl (#43) and Suzuki Vitara (#46) manage to remain within Italy’s 50 most popular nameplates.

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