* NOW UPDATED with actuals for the Top 45 best-selling brands and Top 50 models *
New car sales in Italy post double digit year-on-year gains for the 14th time in a row in July at +14.5% to 131.489 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total above 1 million at 1.005.409 units, returning to its level of 1980 and up 15% on the same period in 2014 when only 872.000 new cars had found a new home. Fiat follows the market at +15% and 21.2% share while Volkswagen loses some ground at just +9% and 8% share, but Ford (+18%) and Opel (+32%) over-perform below. Peugeot, Toyota (+17%), Porsche (+20%), Volvo (+25%), Citroen (+26%), Mazda (+28%), Skoda (+45%), Lexus (+72%), Jaguar (+90%), Smart (+91%) and of course Jeep (+247%) also shine.
Over in the models ranking, the Fiat Panda continues its solo domination, once again outpacing the market with sales up 25% over July 2014 to 11.238 units and 8.5% share, more than double any other nameplate in the country. The Fiat Punto has found itself a respite thanks to bargain basement prices at #2 both in July (4.2%) and now also year-to-date (3.6%), outselling the Lancia Ypsilon despite the latter improving by 23% this month. Three foreigners follow: the Renault Clio (+1%), VW Golf (+16%) and Polo (+21%).
But the main event in the Italian July Top 10 is the Fiat 500X climbing to a best-ever 7th place with a forceful 3.241 sales and 2.5% share – this way becoming the 500 family best-seller above the 500L at #9 (-8%) and the 500 at #10 (-35%), marking a pause just before its long-awaited but discreet facelift takes effect. Outside the Top 10, notice the Nissan Qashqai up 25% to #11, the Opel Corsa up 43% to #14, Citroen C3 up 35% to #16, the Jeep Renegade holding its place inside the Top 20 at #19, the Smart Fortwo up 38% to #21 and Peugeot 308 up 97% to #26.
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