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.

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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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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

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

The Fiat 500 ranks #2 at home for only the third time in its decade-long career. 

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Helped by two extra selling days compared to January 2016, new car sales in Italy jump up 10% to 171.556 registrations, the highest score for the month since 2010 and the 32nd consecutive month of year-on-year gains. Adjusted for the same number of selling days, the market is in fact down 0.6%. Private sales are up just 4.7% to 108.685 for a 62.9% share vs. 65.9% a year ago, rental sales are in line with the market at +9.4% to 35.335 (short-term rentals -10.8%, long-term +24.5%) but it’s business sales, spruced up by tax breaks, that pull the Italian market up this month at +33.2% to 28.647, going from 13.6% share in January 2016 to 16.6% now. Sedans and hatchbacks surprisingly outpace the market with a 11.8% gain to 96.545 sales but once again crossovers are the most dynamic with a 19.2% surge to 34.885 units and 20.2% share vs. 18.6% a year ago.

The Fiat Tipo is the best-selling station wagon in Italy. 

Brand-wise, the leading trio outpaces the overall market and add up to 36.9% share: Fiat is up 15% to 21.8%, Volkswagen up 12% to 7.7% and Ford up 14% to 7.4%. Renault has “period start fatigue”: down to #4 with 5.8% share, ahead of Peugeot (+17%) and Opel (+14%). Toyota (+30%) and Citroen (+26%) post the largest gains in the Top 10 while Audi (-1%) remains the luxury king at #10 above BMW at #12 (+13%) and Mercedes at #15 (-9%). Dacia soars 25% to a splendid 11th place, Alfa Romeo is up 28%, Suzuki up 35%, Honda up 61%, Jaguar up 110% and Maserati up 160% thanks to the Levante accounting for 72% of the brand’s January sales. Infiniti is up a whopping 560%, overtaking Lexus (+13%) for the third time ever after last May and July and while Lexus outsold Infiniti 5 to 1 in December…

The new model earns the Citroen C3 its first Top 10 ranking in four years

In the models ranking, the Fiat Panda (+12%) further widens the gap with the next most popular nameplate in Italy, now selling 2.4 times more than the #2 model. That ranking is held by a reinvigorated Fiat 500 up 35%, and as strange as it sounds this is only the third time in a decade-long career that the Nuova 500 manages to rank #2 after September 2008 and June 2014. The Lancia Ypsilon (+4%) is knocked down to #3 above the Renault Clio (+22%). The Fiat Tipo (+235%) soars back up to 5th place, with its station wagon variant accounting for 35% of its January sales and by far the best-seller in its segment (1.591) ahead of the Peugeot 308 (993) and Audi A4 (823).

The Toyota C-HR breaks into the Italian Top 30. 

The new generation boosts the Citroen C3 up 75%, allowing it to return inside the Top 10 for the first time in four years (January 2013). Further down, the VW Tiguan is up 349% to #16, the Dacia Sandero up 48% to #18, the Opel Mokka up 42% to #20 and the Peugeot 2008 is up 34% to #21. The big news in the Top 50 is the thunderous arrival of the Toyota C-HR at #29, already leading the hybrid sales charts (1.536) ahead of the Yaris (1.226), Auris (496), RAV4 (432) and fellow newcomer Suzuki Ignis (189). Two additional recent launches break into the Italian Top 50 for the very first time this month: the Audi Q2 at #46 (+24 spots on December) and the Ford Ka+ at #47 (+19). Other great January performers include the BMW X1 up 44% to #38, the Ford Kuga up 45% to #33, Opel Astra up 53% to #35 and the Peugeot 3008 up 246% to #37 thanks to the new generation.

First Top 50 ranking in Italy for the Ford Ka+

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Italy Full Year 2016: 6 Italian models in Top 7 for first time in 32 years

Lancia Ypsilon Italy February 2016Unique survivor of the Lancia lineup, the Ypsilon surprises and gains 18% in 2016.

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Originally slated for a 7% growth by UNRAE, 2016 ends on a much higher note, even replicating 2015’s growth rate at +16% to lodge a second consecutive year of double-digit gains at 1.824.968 registrations. This is the highest annual volume since 2010 (1.961.559) and marks an additional 465.000 annual sales in two years. As UNRAE notes, the great health of the Italian car market contrasts with many other durable goods segments, and that’s because it has been lifted by two significant measures throughout the course of the year. Over the first half, manufacturers competed with particularly aggressive commercial actions that led to a boost in private sales. In the second half of the year however, two tax reduction measures by the government, the Superammortamento and New Sabatini, favoured sales to businesses. As a result, looking at the Italian car market by channel in 2016, business sales are by far the most dynamic at +28% to 340.193 units for a 18.4% market share vs. 16.7% a year ago. Rental sales are up 17% (long term +18%, short term +14%) to 366.983 and 19.8% share vs. 19.7% in 2015. Finally private sales, although quite strong at +13% to 1.141.217, see their market share drop from 63.5% last year to 61.8% in 2016, their lowest ever level.

fiat-panda-italy-2016-picture-courtesy-quattroruote-itThe Fiat Panda has now dominated the Italian sales charts for five consecutive years. 

The Top 7 best-selling brands remain unchanged on the 2015 oder, with both leaders Fiat (21.1% share) and Volkswagen (7.6%) gaining 17% year-on-year, a rate only slightly higher than the market. Ford (+14%) lags behind but remains in third place, resisting Renault up a very vigorous 25% to 118.283 sales and 6.5% share, and distancing Opel (+7%), Peugeot (+11%) and Toyota (+9%). Lancia (+17%) takes advantage of Nissan’s drop (-4%) to gain one spot to 38, Mercedes surges 20% to break into the Top 10 at #9, overtaking Audi (+17%) at the last minute to snap the luxury crown. BMW (+20%) also shines in the luxury aisle, while further down Skoda (+28%), Jeep (+35%), Mazda (+48%), Ferrari (+49%), Maserati (+51%), Ssangyong (+59%), Honda (+98%), Jaguar (+198%) and Infiniti (+393%) all deliver spectacular gains. Along with Nissan, Mahindra (-12%) and DS (-20%) are the only other Top 40 manufacturers to see their volumes drop year-on-year.

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In the models ranking, the Fiat Panda lodges a fifth consecutive annual win, evolving exactly like the market at +16% to 147.275 sales for an identical 8.1% market share. This is the Panda’s highest annual volume since 2009 (171.887). An indication of the implacable domination of the Panda, it outsells all carmakers bar Fiat, with Volkswagen coming the closest at 139.057. See our Photo Report on driving a Panda in Sardinia here. Unique survivor of the Lancia lineup and logically headed towards the annihilation of the brand (like before it Autobianchi), the Ypsilon has found its place within the Fiat offer as an equally posh but larger Fiat 500. It surprises in 2016 with sales up by a robust 18% to 65.655, comfortably ranking in 2nd position. It also has to thank the demise of the Fiat Punto: -22% to #7. The Fiat 500L (+6%) loses share but accesses the podium at #3, lifted by string sales to rental companies. It is followed by the Renault Clio, the best-selling foreign nameplate for the third year in a row and hitting its highest ever annual ranking in Italy at #4 (also reached in 1992).

fiat-500x-italy-2016-picture-courtesy-quattroruote-itThe Fiat 500X brilliantly breaks into the annual Top 5 in 2016. 

The Fiat 500X jumps 42% to break into its home Top 5 with 46.233 sales, distancing the Fiat 500 up just 11% despite a facelift. This means there are five Fiats and six Italian models among the 2016 Top 7 best-sellers. This is the heaviest presence of homemade nameplates inside the Top 7 annual charts in 32 years (since 1984!). The Ford Fiesta (+8%), VW Polo (+19%) and VW Golf (+9%) round up the Top 10. Below the Peugeot 208 (+22%) and Jeep Renegade (+49%), the most popular newcomer in 2016 is the Fiat Tipo, resurrecting a nameplate originally launched in 1988. It lands at #14 for its first full year of sales but peaked at #3 in Augustthe first time the Tipo nameplate appeared on the Italian podium since 1991 and will be aiming at a Top 10 ranking in 2017, strong with sedan, hatch and station wagon, the latter topping its segment in both November and December. The Hyundai Tucson (#22), VW Tiguan (#31), Renault Kadjar (#32), Audi A4 (#35), Kia Rio (#42) and BMW X1 (#45) also improve spectacularly compared to 2015.

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Italy December 2016: Renault Clio stays on podium in market up 13%

Renault Clio Italy December 2016Another excellent month for the Renault Clio in Italy, the only foreigner in the Top 6. 

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The Italian market growth in December (+13%) is in line with the rest of the year (+16%) at 124.438 registrations. Market leader Fiat evolves like the market at +13% to 21.3% share, distancing Volkswagen at 8.1% (+23%), Renault at 6.6% (+5%), Ford at 5.9% (+11%) and Peugeot at 5.5% (+2%). Opel frankly outpaces the market at +20% in 6th place while Mercedes soars 40% to overtake Audi (+45%) year-to-date and snap the #1 luxury spot for 2016. Jeep (+22%), Alfa Romeo (+41%), Skoda (+69%), Smart (+47%), Volvo (+58%), Seat (+30%), Honda (+46%), Porsche (+32%), Jaguar (+167%), Maserati (+295%) and Infiniti (+550%) also make themselves noticed.

VW Tiguan Italy December 2016Italian VW Tiguan sales are up 4-fold in December compared to a year ago. 

The Fiat Panda (+16%) remains by far the most popular nameplate in the country ahead of the Lancia Ypsilon (+3%) while the Renault Clio posts a second consecutive month on the podium at #3 thanks to deliveries soaring 20% on December 2015. The Fiat 500L (+5%), 500 (+27%) and 500X (-13%) follow, while the Tipo falls back down 4 spots on November to #8 and the Punto (+10%) makes it six Fiats inside the December Top 10. Notice also the Peugeot 208 (+26%), Jeep Renegade (+37%), VW Tiguan (+327%), Opel Mokka (+37%), Dacia Duster (+36%), Mercedes A-Class (+74%), Renault Mégane (+236%) and Peugeot 3008 (+267%) all posting spectacular year-on-year gains. The Toyota C-HR jumps 43 spots on last month to #68 and the Audi A2 is up 17 to #70.

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Italy November 2016: Fiat Tipo back up to 4th place

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The Italian new car market slows down its growth in November at +8.2% year-on-year to 145.835 registrations, bringing the year-to-date tally up 16.5% to 1.699.944 units. However this gain is almost entirely the work of a 28% increase in company sales reaching 21.5% share (+3.2 point) and in line with a year-to-date 26% increase to 18.1% share. This is the result of anticipation of purchases to take advantage to the Superammortamento tax benefit due to end in 2017. Private sales are up 5.2% and 13.3% year-to-date resulting in a declining 61.6% market share (-1.6 points) while rental sales are up just 2.4% (short-term rentals down 20% but long-term up 11.3%) vs. a 16.8% increase year-to-date. All-in-all, UNRAE predicts a Full Year 2016 tally of 1.830.000 (+16.1%) and 2017 up just 6% to 1.945.000 units.

Hyundai Tucson Italy November 2016. Picture courtesy itempo.noFirst Top 10 ranking for Hyundai in 2016.

Market leader Fiat follows the market at +8% to 20.7% share, close to its 21.1% YTD level. Volkswagen (+11%) remains in 2nd place while Renault (+16%) overtakes Ford (-0.2%) to take third spot. All the following manufacturers outperform the market inside the Top 10: Peugeot (+13%), Toyota (+16%), Audi (+25%), Mercedes (+15%) and Hyundai (+25%) breaking into the Top 10 brands for the first time in 2016. Further down, notice Jeep (+28%), Alfa Romeo (+36%), Seat (+24%), Skoda (+20%) and Honda (+57%) with Jaguar (+183%), Maserati (+160%) and Infiniti (+450%) literally taking off.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Italy November 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comThe Giulia pushes Alfa Romeo up 36%.

Model-wise, the Fiat Panda soars 33% to 13.197 deliveries, over three times its closest follower the Lancia Ypsilon at 4.379 (+2%). The Renault Clio (+9%) leaps onto the podium just as the Fiat 500L (-8%) falls flat at #10. But the big surprise in the Top 10 is the Fiat Tipo back up 10 spots on October to a splendid 4th place with 3.545 sales. The station wagon variant has now shifted into gear: it is the best-seller in its segment for the first time this month with 1.210 sales, ahead of YTD leader the Audi A4 (1.010), the VW Passat (967) and Peugeot 308 (749).

italy-november-2016-by-channelSales by channel (Privati=Private sales, Noleggio=Rental sales, Società=Company sales) 

Notice also the Jeep Renegade up 44% to #9 but both the Fiat 500X (-25%) and Punto (-36%) struggling. Further down, a slew of recently relaunched SUVs are posting spectacular scores: the VW Tiguan is up 224% to #19, the Hyundai Tucson up 47% to #20, the BMW X1 up 62% to #33 and the Peugeot 3008 up 321% to #36. Among passenger cars, the Mercedes A-Class is up 36% to #26, the Hyundai i10 up 50% to #28, the Audi A4 up 73% to #39, the Opel Astra up 35% to #44 and the Kia Rio up 39% to #47. The Alfa Romeo Giulia misses out on a Top 50 ranking for a mere 58 sales.

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Italy October 2016: Rental sales spruce market up 10%

lancia-ypsilon-italy-october-2016Not dead: now a single-model brand, Lancia is up 30% at home in October. 

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The Italian new car market is up 10% year-on-year in October to 146.632 registrations, bringing the year-to-date tally up 17% to 1.553.394, some 220.000 units ahead of the result reached during the same period last year. Local association UNRAE confirmed its forecast of 1.850.000 sales for the full year 2016, which would be the best year in Italy since 2010. For 2017, UNRAE predicts a 5.4% growth to 1.945.000 deliveries. Dampening the enthusiasm this month is the paltry performance of private sales down 4% to 88.491 and 59.6% share vs. 68.1% a year ago… Sales to rental companies are pushing the market forward with a staggering 44.6% gain to 26.203, with short-term rentals taking off at +123% and long-term up 30%. Business sales are up 34.6% to 33.712, spruced up by government incentives.

infiniti-qx30-italy-october-2016Thanks to the Q30 and QX30 (pictured), Infiniti sales are up 616% in Italy this month.

Market leader Fiat gains slightly less ground than the market at +7% to 29.582 units and 20.2% share vs. 21.2% year-to-date, followed by Volkswagen (+20%) and Ford (+11%). In fact, the Top 7 best-selling brands are identical to September and to the year-to-date order with Renault (+6%), Opel (+8%), Peugeot (+14%) and Toyota (+15%) in tow. Mercedes (+14%), BMW (+20%) and Lancia (+30%) round up the Top 10 and all outpace the market. Further down, notice Hyundai (+21%), Subaru (+24%), Skoda (+31%), Alfa Romeo (+32%), Jeep (+33%), Honda (+59%), Maserati (+115%), Jaguar (+177%) and Infiniti (+616%) all posting impressive results.

abarth-124-italy-october-2016Old and new: the Abarth 124 

Over in the models ranking, the Fiat Panda continues its decline at -6% but remains frankly in the lead at 7.9% share, more than double the sales of the #2, the Lancia Ypsilon prepped up by a recent facelift at +31% to 5.448 sales and 3.7% share. The Fiat 500L more than ever benefits from the strength of rental sales in Italy with deliveries up 49% year-on-year to 3.823 and cementing its third position YTD. The Ford Fiesta (+21%), VW Golf (+17%) and Fiat 500 (+47%) also shine inside the Top 10 while outside, the Jeep Renegade (+48%), Peugeot 208 (+20%), Nissan Qashqai (+23%) and Hyundai Tucson (+42%) impress. Boosted by new models, the VW Tiguan (+264%), Opel Astra (+156%), BMW X1 (+190%) and Toyota RAV4 (+152%) take off.

suzuki-ignis-italy-october-2016-picture-courtesy-red-live-itThe Suzuki Ignis has landed in Europe – first in Italy.

No less than five new nameplates make their first appearance inside the Italian Top 180 this month. They are led by the Audi Q2 landing directly at 110 sales with almost a quarter of a thousand sales for its first month in market. Below is the Abarth 124 arriving at #139, the Hyundai Ioniq at #147, the Volvo V90 at #175 and the Suzuki Ignis at #180, marking the first European country to allow Suzuki’s latest entrant into its sales charts.

Previous month: Italy September 2016: Fiat 500L and VW Polo shine in market up 17%

One year ago: Italy October 2015: Hyundai Tucson and Renault Kadjar shoot up

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