Italy August 2015: 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW’s best-seller

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Italy August 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe BMW 2 Series Active Tourer shoots up to #36 in Italy in August.

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Traditionally the slowest month of the year by far, August sees the Italian new car market uo 10.5% year-on-year to a still minuscule 59.556 registrations. The year-to-date total now stands at 1.069.939 units, up 15% or 140.000 deliveries on the same period last year. Brand-wise, Fiat (+4%) and Volkswagen (+5%) gain less ground than the market as opposed to Ford (+22%), Opel (+27%) and Peugeot (+13%). Renault is down 11% to 5th place above Lancia (+12%) and Toyota (+27%). Other great gainers include Citroen (+17%), BMW (+18%), Alfa Romeo (+37%), Jeep (+216%) and Smart (+123%).

Alfa Romeo MiTo Italy July 2015Freak month for the Alfa Romeo MiTo: up 159% to #18.

The models ranking is surprisingly stable with the Fiat Panda (-7%), Punto (-4%) and Lancia Ypsilon (+18%) on top. The VW Golf (+5%) outpaces the Ford Fiesta (+13%) and Renault Clio (-17%) to claim the title of best-selling foreigner while the Fiat 500L (#5) and 500 (#9) are still below their year-to-date levels. Notice the Peugeot 208 (+39%), Opel Corsa (+38%), Toyota Yaris (+63%) and Citroen C3 (+50%) lodging impressive year-on-year gains, the Opel Mokka very solid at #14 and the Fiat 500X dropping 8 spots on June to #15, only 155 units above its platform twin the Jeep Renegade at #17.

Opel Karl Italy August 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Karl breaks into the Italian Top 50 this month.

The Alfa Romeo Mi.To surges 159% on July 2014 and 33 spots on July to land at a cool #18, the Ford Ka doubles its sales year-on-year to #34 and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer takes off 14 ranks to a record #35 with 466 sales, becoming BMW’s best-seller in Italy and now outselling its archenemy the Mercedes B-Class year-to-date at 5.826 units vs. 5.642. Among recent launches, the Opel Karl brilliantly breaks into the Italian Top 50 for its third month on sale in the country, up 20 spots on July to #45 and the Suzuki Vitara misses out on doing exactly that for a mere 11 units at #51.

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Italy July 2015: Now available with Top 180 best-selling models

Opel Karl Italy July 2015For its 2nd month, the Opel Kark is getting closer to the Italian Top 50.

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As is the tradition on BSCB we now have access to more detailed Italian data thanks to Paolo and Quattroruote Magazine. Firstly a final figure for the Mini Countryman (#34) taking an impressive advantage over the new generation Mini (#61) despite the arrival of the 5-door variant for the latter. The Peugeot 108 is up 15 spots on June to #46, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer holds itself inside the Top 50 at #49 and is now only one unit below its archenemy the Mercedes B-Class year-to-date at 5.357 vs. 5.358. Among recent launches, notice the Suzuki Vitara up 4 ranks on June to #60, the Opel Karl up 15 spots on its launch ranking to #65, the Land Rover Discovery Sport down 8 to #75, Mazda CX-3 up 14 to #120, Renault Espace down two to #116, the Hyundai Tucson landing at #121, the Jaguar XE down two to #143, the Renault Kadjar down 40 to #173 and the Ssangyong Tivoli down 23 to #176.

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Photo Report: The cars of Ventimiglia, Northern Italy

3. Lancia YpsilonLancia Ypsilon in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2015.

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I was lucky enough to do a quick drive across the French border into Ventimiglia in Italy, to check out what the car landscape had become there since the last update I shared with you two years go. At the time I was impressed by the amount of Fiat 500 roaming the streets. This year the outstanding element about the local car park is that… it hasn’t changed. It really seemed like all the cars I saw today were already present during my last visit two years ago. Simple explanation: the Italian new car market has been running on empty for a the most part of the past two years, with new car sales at their lowest level in 40 years.

2. Lancia DeltaLancia Delta in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2015.

So the same observations I did two years ago are sill valid now. The only major difference would be an increased amount of Lancia Ypsilon, seemingly particularly successful in this part of the country and fighting the Fiat 500 for the title of most popular model in Ventimiglia. A reasonable amount of Lancia Delta are still present on the streets even though the nameplate’s sales have all but stopped nationwide. The current gen Fiat Panda is still surprisingly scarce despite its #1 national ranking, the Renault Captur is off to a great start and I spotted a couple of Jeep Renegade and new generation Citroen C1.

1. Fiat 500Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2015.

4. Fiat PandaFiat Panda and Doblo in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2015.

5. Renault CapturGuarding her Renault Captur like a Boss in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2015.

6. Ventimiglia street sceneVentimiglia street scene

7. Citroen C1Citroen C1 in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2015.

8. Dacia SanderoDacia Sandero in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2015.

9. Fiat 500LFiat 500L in Ventimiglia, Italy – August 2015.

10. Jeep RenegadeThe Jeep Renegade is already part of the Ventimiglia car landscape.

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Italy July 2015: Fiat 500X up to #7, best-seller in the 500 family

Fiat 500X Italy July 2015The Fiat 500X hits its best monthly ranking so far at home in 7th place overall.

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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.

Ford Ecosport Italy Julu 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Ford Ecosport has found its place inside the Italian Top 40.

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%).

Fiat 500 Italy July 2015The Fiat 500 (-35%) is not enjoying the benefits of its facelift just yet.

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 #25.

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Italy 1st Half 2015: SUV craze energises market up 15%

Fiat 500X Italy June 2015The Fiat 500X is one of seven SUVs in the Italian Top 20 vs. just 3 a year ago.

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After seven consecutive years of decline ended in 2014 with a shy 3% improvement, the Italian new car market returns to dynamic growth with sales up 15% or 114.000 units over the First Half of 2015 to 872.951 registrations. Fiat flies slightly under the market at +13%, resulting in a reduced 20.9% market share (21.3% a year ago) while Volkswagen drops to 7.6% due to sales up just 8%. The entire Top 7 brands are unchanged vs. last year with Ford, Renault (+19%), Opel (+18%) and Peugeot (+17%) all registering similarly above average year-on-year gains whereas Toyota is up just 10% at #7. Nissan shoots up 23% and 3 spots to #8, while Dacia (+30%), Kia (+26%), Jeep (+269%), Smart (+49%), Seat (+31%), Porsche (+33%), Mitsubishi (+47%) and Lexus (+108%) all out-perform the market by a wide margin.

Fiat Panda Italy June 2015The Fiat Panda now sells double any other nameplate at home.

In the models ranking, the Fiat Panda is comfortably headed towards a 4th consecutive year at #1, even outpacing the market with sales up 18% to 66.177 units, now accounting for more than double the sales of any other nameplate: the Fiat 500L follows at 32.391 above the Lancia Ypsilon (+2) at 31.751, the Fiat Punto at 31.164 and the Fiat 500 at 26.808. The Renault Clio (+11%) remains the most popular foreigner ahead of the Ford Fiesta (+13%), VW Golf (+2%), VW Polo (+16%) and Toyota Yaris (+10%).

Jeep Renegade Italy June 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Jeep Renegade redefines Jeep’s success in Italy (#18).

Even though they are absent from the YTD Top 10 for now, the most significant long-term trend at play in Italy this year is the intensifying of the SUV/crossover shift. From just 3 a year ago, the number of SUV/crossovers inside the Italian Top 20 shoots up to 7 in 2015 so far. The Nissan Qashqai (#12) and Opel Mokka at +69% (#14) lead the way year-to-date but will be soon overtaken by the all-new Fiat 500X, #15 for now but breaking into the monthly Top 10 in April (#10) and leading the SUV/crossover charge ever since. The Renault Captur at +43% (#16), Jeep Renegade new at #18, Dacia Duster at +40% (#19) and Peugeot 2008 (#20) complete the picture, but let’s not count out the Kia Sportage at +41% (#24) and Ford Ecosport (#36).

Mini Italy June 2015Mini Hatch sales are up 3-fold on 2014 in Italy.

Other nameplates making themselves noticed in Italy over the First Half of 2015 include the Peugeot 308 doubling its sales year-on-year to land at #23 with 9.783 units, the Toyota Aygo up 56% to #28 thanks to its new generation, the Hyundai i20 up 147% to #35, the Renault Twingo up 91% to #38, the Mini up 3-fold to #40 thanks to the new 5-door variant and Mercedes C-Class up 130% to #46. Finally, let’s notice the all-new Citroen C4 Cactus (#52) and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (#56) stopping short off a Top 50 ranking for now, but chances are this will change by the time 2015 comes to an end.

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Abarth 695 Italy June 2015. Picture courtesy automoto.itAbarth 695

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As is the tradition on BSCB we now have access to more detailed Italian data thanks to Paolo and Quattroruote Magazine. Firstly an update on the Top 50 best-sellers with actuals for the Mini (#38) and Mini Countryman (surprising at #37), lifting the Citroen C4 Cactus even higher to a record #28, the Ford Escosport at #30 and the Hyundai i20 at #36, while the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer gets a revised #43 ranking. Further down, the Suzuki Vitara is up 7 spots on May to #64, the Land Rover Discovery Sport back up 15 to a record #67, the Mazda CX-3 up 4 to #124, Jaguar XE up 5 to #141 and the Ssangyong Tivoli up 22 to #153.

Opel Karl Italy June 2015. Picture courtesy alvolante.itThe Opel Karl lands directly at #80 in Italy

A handful of nameplates make their first appearance in the Italian Top 180 since we started following it monthly 18 months ago, starting with the Opel Karl landing directly in 80th position thanks to 473 sales, followed by the Renault Espace boosted up to #114 thanks to the new generation, the Renault Kadjar arriving at #133 and the Abarth 695 at #175 with 63 sales vs. 146 year-to-date due to the arrival of the Biposto model.

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Italy June 2015: Citroen C4 Cactus in Top 30

Citroen C4 Cactus Italy June 2015. Picture courtesy quattroruote.itThe Citroen C4 Cactus breaks into the Italian Top 30 for the first time in June.

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The Italian market posts a 13th consecutive month of year-on-year gains in June and the 6th month in a row of double-digit gains at +14% to 146.682 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 872.951 units, up 15% on 2014. However there are a couple of signs that this period of strong growth may soon be coming to an end: while private sales surge 27% due to particularly aggressive promotions by manufacturers in June, rental sales are down 1% with short-term rentals down 13% and company sales down 7%, showing the market has exhausted the need for new cars. To see prolonged growth, the government will need to both boost company sales by changing the tax structure and help maintain dynamic private sales with incentives. In the brands ranking, Fiat (20.7%), Volkswagen (7.7%) and Ford (7.1%) are faithful to their year-to-date placing, Opel overtakes Renault to #4, Lancia gains 22% at #8, Nissan is up 23%, Kia up 35%, Smart up 66%, Land Rover up 72% and Jeep up 310%.

BMW 2er Active Tourer Italy June 2015. Picture courtesy autozeitung.deThe BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is up to #42.

Model-wise, the Top 3 best-sellers all frankly outpace the market, signalling a slight consolidation of the market: the Fiat Panda is up 21% to 7.1% share, the Fiat Punto up 18% to 3.9% and the Lancia Ypsilon up 36% to 3.8%. With the Fiat 500L at #4 (-3%) and the 500 at #5 (-29%), the Top 5 is 100% Italian as it is year-to-date. The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling foreigner at #6 while the Toyota Yaris (+31%) and VW Polo (+54%) also deliver spectacular gains. The Fiat 500X remains outside the Top 10 – just – at #11, its platform twin the Jeep Renegade is back up two spots to #17 and the Dacia Duster (+20%), Renault Captur (+27%), Opel Mokka (+41%) and Kia Sportage (+46%) all confirm the fast-growing appetite of Italian consumers for small SUVs.

Ford Ecosport Italy June 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukFord Ecosport

A handful of other nameplates also make themselves noticed this month in Italy: just as the all-new Giulia was revealed worldwide along with (some say) extravagant sales volume goals, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta gains a splendid 34% to rank #16, the Audi A3 is up a brilliant 33% to #20, the Peugeot 308 up 83% to #22 thanks to the new generation now in full throttle, the Ford Focus is up 57% and the Ford Ecosport is up 5-fold to #31 and 1.231 sales, Italy being the only large European market where the Ecosport is starting to truly make its mark, and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer up 28 to #42. Finally, the Citroen C4 Cactus is up 32 spots on May to break it ranking record in Italy this month at #29.

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Ssangyong Tivoli Italy May 2015. Picture courtesy motorionline.comCan the Ssangyong Tivoli convince SUV-craving Italian buyers?

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As is the tradition just before the new month’s data comes out we can update Italy with a much more detailed ranking. First things first, a few modifications in the May Top 50 originally published, with confirmed numbers now available. The Peugeot 308 ranks #23, the Dacia Sandero is #25, the Hyundai i20 #31, the Mini is up almost 4-fold year-on-year to #35 whereas the Mini Countryman slips out of the Top 50 at #51 with sales down 40% year-on-year. Outside the Top 50, the Citroen C4 Cactus is up 11 spots on April to #61, the Suzuki Vitara up 10 to #71, the Land Rover Discovery Sport down 3 to #82, and we welcome three new nameplates inside the Italian Top 175 this month: the Mazda CX-3 at #128, the Jaguar XE at #146 and the Ssangyong Tivoli at #175.

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Italy May 2015: Fiat Punto up 30%, Fiat 500X recedes outside Top 10

Fiat Punto Evo India 2014. Picture courtesy of zigwheels.comItalian customers still can’t get the facelifted Fiat Punto available in India since August 2014.

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The Italian new car market is all smiles, posting a fifth consecutive month of double-digit year-on-year gains in May at +10% to 147.087 registrations, however after +11% in January+13% in February+15% in March and +24% in April the pace is decelerating. The year-to-date total stands at 729.309 units, up 15% and almost 100.000 sales over the same period a year ago (633.762). Both Fiat (+13%) and Volkswagen (+17%) outpace the market atop the brands ranking, while Ford (+5%) and Renault (-2%) lose market share. Opel (+10%), Peugeot (+14%) and Mercedes (+13%) also shine inside the Top 10 whereas Toyota (-6%) and Lancia (-8%) disappoint. Further down, Dacia (+26%), Kia (+37%), Smart (+76%) and Jeep (+185%) impress.

Ford Ecosport Italy May 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frFord Ecosport

In the models ranking, below the Fiat Panda very regular at high levels (7.6% share), the Fiat Punto confirms it is enjoying a significant regain of form with sales up 30% on May 2014 in 2nd place for the 2nd month running – yet the facelift available in India since August 2014 still hasn’t reached Italian shores… The Fiat 500L (-10%) is back up to #3 above the Lancia Ypsilon and Fiat 500 (-9%) while the Fiat 500X recedes outside the Top 10 at #14 and third best-selling crossover this month below the Nissan Qashqai (#12) and Opel Mokka (#13). The Renault Clio is threatened for the title of most popular foreigner by the VW Golf at 4.256 sales vs. 4.226, the Kia Sportage is up 43% to #23, the Peugeot 308 up 66% to #25 (60% of its 2015 sales are station wagons), the VW Passat up 40% to #31 and the Ford Ecosport back up 32 ranks to #34.

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Italy April 2015: Now with Top 170 best-selling models

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As is the tradition on BSCB, we can now share with you more detail about the best-selling nameplates in Italy, starting with official splits for the Mini and Mini Countryman, the latter reclaiming its supremacy at #43 vs. #50. Outside the familiar Top 50, notice the Citroen C4 Cactus down 15 spots on March to #72, the Land Rover Discovery Sport up a further 4 to a record #7, the Suzuki Vitara up 66 ranks to break into the Italian Top 100 for the first time at #81 along with the Suzuki Celerio up 43 to #85, the BMW 4 Series up 65% year-on-year to #83, the Skoda Fabia up 107% to #90 and the Ford Mondeo up 167% to #106.

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