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Italy February 2014: Fiat Panda hits highest share in one year

March 7th, 2014 2 comments

Fiat Panda Italy February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFiat Panda

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The Italian new car market enjoys a third consecutive month of year-on-year gain in February, up a splendid 8% to 119,117 registrations, which bring the year-to-date total to 238,223 units, up 6% on 2013. The entire Top 5 best-selling models are unchanged vs. January, led by the Fiat Panda at 9,963 sales and 8.4%, its strongest share since the 8.8% it reached exactly one year ago in February 2013. The Fiat Punto follows at 5.2% ahead of the Lancia Ypsilon, Fiat 500L and Fiat 500. The VW Golf is up one spot to #6 and the VW Polo is up two to #7.

Hyundai i10 Italy February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frHyundai i10

It’s below that we can witness more movement in the sales charts: the Peugeot 2008 loses the SUV crown to the Nissan Qashqai by dropping 3 spots on January to a still very impressive #16, the Audi A3 is up 5 ranks to #17, passing its archenemy the Mercedes A Class in the process, the Dacia Duster is back inside the Top 20 for the first time since June 2012, the Mini Countryman is up two spots to an excellent 22nd place, the Hyundai i10 up 7 to #23 thanks to the new model, the Toyota Aygo in runout mode and up 30 ranks to #25 and the Citroen C4 Picasso smoking hot at #34, up 12 spots on January.

Previous post: Italy January 2014: Now with the Top 160 best-selling models!

Previous month: Italy January 2014: Lancia Ypsilon and Fiat 500L shine

One year ago: Italy February 2013: VW Golf up to #3 in worst February in 34 years

Full February 2014 Top 50 models and Top 44 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Italy January 2014: Now with Top 160 best-selling models!

March 1st, 2014 1 comment

Range Rover Sport Italy January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Range Rover Sport is up to #67 in Italy this month.

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Thanks to Paolo and Italian car magazine Quattroruote I can share with you the Top 160 best-selling models in Italy for January, just in time before the February 2014 figures pop up. Beyond the familiar Top 50, let’s notice the Skoda Octavia up 28 spots on December to #58, the Range Rover Sport up 25 to a brilliant 67th position given its price, the Seat Leon up 34 to #72, Mercedes CLA up 21 to #77, Nissan Note up 5 to #80 and BMW 4 Series up 10 to #110. Finally, let’s congratulate Maserati on an astounding performance of the Ghibli, selling 107 units in a single month which is more than its FY2013 total (76) and earns it a spot inside the Top 150 at #137!

Previous post: Italy January 2014: Lancia Ypsilon and Fiat 500L shine

Previous month: Italy December 2013: First positive month since May 2010

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One year ago: Italy January 2013: Fiat 500L improves again in dire market

Full January 2014 Top 160 models Ranking Table below.

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Italy January 2014: Lancia Ypsilon and Fiat 500L shine

February 7th, 2014 4 comments

Fiat 500L Italy January 2014. Picture courtesy of quattroruote.itFiat 500L

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After lodging an excruciating 44 consecutive months of year-on-year decline up until last December, the Italian new car market manages a 2nd month in a row in positive in January: up 3% to 118,727 registrations. Below the usual Fiat Panda (7.1%) and Punto (4.9%), the Lancia Ypsilon hits its 2nd best market share in 3 years (below the 4.5% it reached last April) at 4.4% thanks to 5,188 sales, and the Fiat 500L is back to #4 with 4,526 units and 3.8%, its highest market share so far, also reached last August. The Fiat 500 at #5 makes the Top 5 100% Italian once again, with the Renault Clio the best-selling foreigner at #6.

Citroen C4 Picasso Italy January 2013. Picture courtesy of quattroruote.itThanks to the 2nd generation, the Citroen C4 Picasso returns inside the Italian Top 50 this month.

Other great performers this month in Italy include the Peugeot 2008 reclaiming the advantage over its archenemy the Renault Captur at #13 with 1,873 sales and 1.6% share vs. #23 and 1.1%, the Dacia Sandero up 3 spots on December to #14, Dacia Duster up 15 to #21, the Audi A3 up 10 to #22, Opel Mokka up 18 to an all-time high #28, Audi Q3 up 26 to #31, Chevrolet Trax up 23 to a record #36, Peugeot 308 up 23 to #43 and the Citroen C4 Picasso up 25 to #46. Brand-wise, Fiat logically dominates at 21% share but down 4% year-on-year, while Volkswagen (+10%), Ford (+12%) and especially Peugeot (+30%) and Renault (+28%) all lodge significant year-on-year gains.

Previous post: Italy Full Year 2013: Top 5 all-Italian for the first time in 30 years

Previous month: Italy December 2013: Mini Countryman inside the Top 20 for the first time in first positive month since May 2010

One year ago: Italy January 2013: Fiat 500L improves again in dire market

Full January 2014 Top 50 models and Top 45 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Italy December 2013: Now with Top 150 best-selling models!

February 2nd, 2014 1 comment

Suzuki S-Cross Italy December 2013. Picture courtesy of quattroruote.itSuzuki S-Cross

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Thanks to Paolo and Quattroruote I can share with you the Top 150 best-selling models in Italy for December, just in time before the January 2014 figures. Highlights beyond the Top 50 (which we covered already) include the Suzuki S-Cross up 14 spots on November to #72, the Mercedes E-Class up 27 to #73, the Mercedes GLK strong again at #82 vs. #100 over the full year, the Abarth 500 up 34 to #97 and the BMW 4 Series up 29 to #120.

Full December 2013 Top 150 models Ranking Table below.

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Italy Full Year 2013: Fiat Panda leads, Fiat 500L lands in 5th place, Top 5 All-Italian for the first time in 30 years!

January 10th, 2014 5 comments

Fiat 500L Italy 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Fiat 500L ranks 5th for its first full year in market at home.

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It’a dark year for new car sales in Italy, after losing 15% in 2011 and 19% in 2012, the market drops by a further 100,000 units or 7% in 2013 to 1,310,949 registrations, the weakest annual figure in 34 years (since 1979). However, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel, with new registrations up year-on-year for the first time in 42 months (!) in December, and UNRAE predicting a meagre 2% growth for 2014 at 1.335 million units. In this sombre context, the Fiat Panda easily keeps its crown in spite of sales down 14% to 101,672 units and 7.8% share, while the Fiat Punto is testing new lows: down 20% to 63,984 sales and 4.9%, its lowest ever annual volume and first time below 5% share at year-end. The Punto dropped to lowest ever 4.4% in March4.3% in September and 4.2% in November. Its replacement by a 5 door 500 cannot come soon enough.

Fiat Panda Italy 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Fiat Panda enjoys a 2nd consecutive year atop the Italian sales charts.

Below the Lancia Ypsilon (+5%) and Fiat 500 (-6%) stable at #3 and #4, the Fiat 500L is the most spectacular performer of 2013, landing directly at #5 for its first full year in market with 38,229 sales and 2.9% share, and it could climb higher (podium?) in 2014 as it beat its little sister the 500 each and every month of the 2nd half of the year. This means the entire Top 5 is 100% composed of Italian models, and if this seems like a formality to you, you would be wrong: it has not happened in almost 30 years! Back to 1984 to be precise, when the Fiat Uno led the way with over 20% share, followed by the Panda, Regata, Ritmo and Autobianchi A112! A different world altogether: the Top 5 added up to just under 46% of the market back then, vs. 22% today.

Fiat Regata Italy 1984The last time the Italian Top 5 was 100% Italian, the Fiat Regata was the third best-seller…

In 6th place, the VW Golf reclaims the title of best-selling foreigner thanks to 33,712 sales, ahead of the Renault Clio (+38%), Ford Fiesta (-21%), VW Polo (-2%) and Peugeot 208, up a shy 37% for its first full year of sales. It is the first time since 2004 (Ford Focus) that the Ford Fiesta is not the #1 foreigner and the first time since 1999 that the Golf is crowned.

VW Golf Italy 2013. Picture courtesy of roadandtrack.comThe VW Golf is the best-selling foreigner in Italy for the first time since 1999.

Further down, the Mercedes A-Class is up 75% to a splendid 17th place with 15,539 sales, the Citroen C3 Picasso is more than doubling its 2012 sales to #19, the Dacia Sandero up 67% to #20 (reaching a best-ever #12 in August), VW Up! up 51% to #21, Mini Countryman up 62% to #22, BMW 3 Series up 9 spots to #23, Audi A3 up 98% and 40 ranks to #26 and the Kia Sportage up 32% and 20 spots to #28. The Renault Captur is the best-selling all-new model, landing at #33 with 10,379 sales and peaking at #14 in October and December, ahead of the Opel Mokka at #41 and the Peugeot 2008 at #58 but peaking at a fantastic #12 above the Peugeot 208 in November

Previous post: Italy December 2013: Mini Countryman inside the Top 20 for the first time in first positive month since May 2010

One year ago: Italy 2012: Fiat Panda ends 18 years of Punto reign in worst market since 1979

Two years ago: Italy 2011: An Alfa Romeo in the Top 10 for the first time since 1990!

Full Year 2013 Top 50 models and Top 46 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Italy December 2013: Mini Countryman inside Top 20 for first time in first positive month since May 2010!

January 10th, 2014 3 comments

Mini Countryman Italy December 2013Mini Countryman

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After 42 consecutive month of year-on-year decline, finally the drought is broken and the Italian new car market gain a shy 0.8% in December to 89,590 registrations, bringing the final 2013 total to 1,310,949 units, down 7% on 2012. Very stable models ranking this month: the entire Top 5 best-sellers are almost identical to last month’s, with the Fiat Panda in the lead at 7.6% share followed by the Fiat Punto (4.3%), Lancia Ypsilon (4.1% – its highest share since last April), Ford Fiesta and Fiat 500L once again beating its lil sis the Fiat 500 at 3.2% vs. 2.8%.

VW Up Italy December 2013VW Up!

Outside the Top 10, the Peugeot 208 is back above its SUV brother the 2008 at #12 vs. #15 and the Renault Captur is back up 3 spots to #14, meaning both the Captur and 2008 are inside the Italian Top 15 for the first time. Record-breaking performance for the Mini Countryman, brewing into the Top 20 for the very first time at #19 with 1,154 sales and 1.3% while the VW Up! is up 5 ranks on November to hit #20 thanks to 1,148 units.

Maserati Ghibli Italy December 2013Maserati Ghibli

Further down, notice the Hyundai i10 up 17 to #29, the Toyota Auris very strong again at #34 vs. #53 over the full year, the BMW X1 up 19 to #43 and in the brands ranking Maserati is up a gargantuan 411% year-on-year this month with 46 sales including 35 Maserati Ghibli which add up to 76 over the Full Year.

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Previous month (full ranking): Italy November 2013: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

Previous month: Italy November 2013: Peugeot 2008 passes Renault Captur to #12

One year ago: Italy December 2012: Fiat 500L up to #6, Renault Clio at 10-year high

Full December 2013 Top 150 models and Top 45 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Italy: 1974-1978 more detailed Historical Data now available!

January 2nd, 2014 No comments

Alfa Romeo Alfasud L Italy 1977The Alfa Romeo Alfasud was the 5th most produced car in Italy in 1977.

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Thanks to Andrea, I can now share with you detailed data for the 1974-1976 period in Italy which had been a little dusty until now. Full models and brands rankings are now available in intermediary rankings!

Italy 1974: Fiat 127 takes the lead, Autobianchi A112 up to #4

Italy 1975: Fiat 127 above 20% share, Fiat 131 lands at #5, VW Golf appears

Italy 1976: Renault 5 first foreigner to break into Top 5 in at least 20 years

Italy 1977-1978: Fiat 127 still on top, Fiat Ritmo lands

Lancia Beta Italy 1975The Lancia Beta ranked #13 over the first 3 months of 1975 in Italy.

Witness the continuous reign of the Fiat 127, above 20% share in 1975, the gearing up of the Fiat 131 to #2 most produced model in 1978, the Autobianchi A112 camping at #4 in 1974 and 1975, the Lancia Beta flirting with the Top 10 over the period and the Renault 5 breaking into the Top 5 in 1976, a first for a foreign model since potentially the VW Beetle, or even ever which enabled Renault to grab the #2 brand spot that year. Notice also the first appearance of the legendary VW Golf in the Italian Top 20 in 1975 and the 5th place of the Alfa Romeo Alfasud in the 1977 Italian production rankings.

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Italy: 1956-2013 More detailed Historical Data now available!

December 30th, 2013 8 comments

Fiat 600

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NEW UPDATE:  Thanks to Andrea, I can now share with you the Top 150 best-sellers over the first 9 months of 1974, the Top 140 for the first 3 months of 1975 and first 6 months of 1976, which were three years for which I had no sales data beforehand. Stay tuned for more complete data for the 1999-2012 period!

UPDATE: Thanks to Marc, instead of a Top 10 there is now a Top 50 models for 1997 and 1999 and a Top 100 for 1998, 2000 and 2001! Did you know the Lancia Lybra ranked #18 in 2000, the first generation Fiat Palio was #20 in 2000 or the Fiat Multipla #20 in 2001? Now you do…

Lancia Lybra

Thanks to Andrea, Max, Miguel and STAC I am now able to share with you detailed Historical Data for Italy for the last 56 years! For most years a models ranking is available, making Italy one of the most complete countries on BSCB! The Fiat 600 was king from 1956 to 1963 before the Fiat 500 took the relay from 1964 to 1971

Fiat 128

…the Fiat 128 had its turn for two short years in 1972 and 1973, then the Fiat 127 led the market from 1974 to 1982. Witness also the solid careers of the small Fiat 850 and 126 or the larger 1500, 124 and 131, the success of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Alfasud, and the Autobianchi Bianchina and Primula…

Fiat 131 Mirafiori Special

Discover also the strength of the Fiat Ritmo at over 200,000 annual sales for two years (1981-1982), the thundering arrival of the Fiat Uno in 1983 and its 1986 peak of 433,700 sales and 23.8% market share! See the consistency of the Fiat Panda, peaking at 11% share in 1982 and 223,410 sales in 1989

Fiat Uno

…and the instant success of the 1988 Fiat Tipo, reaching almost 14% share in December that year! Experience the exotic arrival on the podium of – shock, horror! – foreign models: the Renault 5 in 1985 and the VW Golf in 1986

Fiat Punto

The Fiat Punto took the lead in November 1993 at launch. Starting just under 20% share, four generations of the model, including the Grande Punto from 2005 onwards, helped keep the Punto nameplate on top of Italian sales for 18 consecutive years!

Fiat Panda

However the Fiat Panda 2, launched in 2003, has been gearing up all through its career to reach 8% share in 2009, and the Panda 3, unveiled in 2011, takes the title of best-selling model in Italy in 2012 for the first time in the nameplate’s 32 year career, reiterating this feat in 2013.

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Italy Historical Info:

Italy 1956-1963: Fiat 600 the people’s favourite

Italy 1964-1968: Fiat 500 takes the relay

Italy 1969: Fiat 500, 850 and 124 on podium

Italy 1970-1971: Fiat 500 leads, Fiat 128 up to 2nd place

Italy 1972: Fiat 128 best-seller, Fiat 127 arrives

Italy 1973: Fiat 128 and 127 fight it out, Fiat 126 on podium

Italy 1974: Fiat 127 takes the lead, Autobianchi A112 up to #4

Italy 1975: Fiat 127 above 20% share, Fiat 131 lands at #5

Italy 1976: Renault 5 first foreigner to break into Top 5 in at least 20 years

Italy 1977-1978: Fiat 127 still on top, Fiat Ritmo lands

Italy 1979: Fiat 127 and 126 dominate

Italy 1980: Fiat 127, Ritmo and Panda on podium

Italy 1981: Fiat 127 and Ritmo neck-to-neck

Italy 1982: Fiat 127, Ritmo and Panda dominate

Italy 1983: The start of the Fiat Uno dynasty

Italy 1984: Fiat Uno and Regata shine

Italy 1985: Fiat Uno close to 22%, Renault 5 on podium

Italy 1986: Fiat Uno at its highest – 433,700 sales and 23.8% share

Italy 1987: Fiat Uno above 400,000 sales again

Italy 1988: Fiat Uno leads, Fiat Tipo close to 14% in December

Italy 1989: Fiat Uno, Tipo and Panda on podium

Italy 1990: Fiat Uno keeps pole position

Italy 1991: Fiat Uno and Ford Fiesta in command

Italy 1992: Fiat Uno and Panda dominate, Fiat Cinquecento arrives

Italy 1993: Last year of reign for the Fiat Uno

Italy 1994: Fiat Punto takes control

Italy 1995: Fiat Punto close to 19% share, Fiat Cinquecento #2

Italy 1996: Fiat Punto and Bravo/a dominate

Italy 1997: Fiat Punto, Bravo/a, Panda and Cinquecento on top Now with Top 100

Italy 1998: Fiat Punto, Panda and Lancia Y dominate Now with Top 100

Italy 1999: Fiat Punto best-seller for 6th consecutive year

Italy 2000: Fiat Punto, Seicento and Lancia Y on podium Now with Top 100

Italy 2001: Fiat Punto leads, Ford Focus up to #2 Now with Top 100

Italy 2002: Fiat Punto, Panda and Ford Focus on podium

Italy 2003: Fiat Punto, Citroen C3, Fiat Seicento on top, new Panda arrives

Italy 2004: Fiat Punto and Panda dominate, Lancia Ypsilon #4

Italy 2005: Fiat Punto gives way to Grande Punto, Panda shines

Italy 2006: Fiat Punto close to 10%, Fiat Panda at 6.4%

Italy 2007: Fiat Punto and Panda lead, Bravo and 500 arrive

Italy 2008: Fiat Punto and Panda fight it out, Fiat 500 #3

Italy 2009: Fiat Punto, Panda and Ford Fiesta all stronger

Italy 2010: Fiat Punto #1 for 17th consecutive year

Italy 2011: An Alfa Romeo in the Top 10 for the first time since 1990!

Italy 2012: Fiat Panda ends 18 years of Punto domination in worst market since 1979

Italy 2013: Fiat Panda leads, Fiat 500L lands in 5th place, Top 5 All-Italian for the first time in 30 years

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Italy November 2013: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

December 22nd, 2013 2 comments

Range Rover Italy November 2013The Range Rover Sport lodges a second consecutive month inside the Italian Top 100.

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As it has now become the tradition on BSCB, thanks to Paolo and Quattroruote magazine I can share with you a lot more detail about the most popular models in Italy each month, and now is the turn of November. We learn that the Opel Adam is up a further 7 spots on October to rank #56 vs. #79 year-to-date, the Nissan Note remains solid at #68, the Skoda Octavia is also up 7 ranks to #69 vs. #95, the Mercedes GLK is up to #78 vs. #99 so far in 2013, the Suzuki S-Cross is down 6 to #86, its second ever month inside Italian Top 100, the Range Rover Sport is up one spot to #94 and the BMW 4 Series up to #149.

Previous post: Italy November 2013: Peugeot 2008 passes Renault Captur to #12

Previous month: Italy October 2013: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

One year ago: Italy November 2012: Fiat 500L breaks into Top 10!

Full November 2013 Top 150 models Ranking Table below.

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Italy November 2013: Peugeot 2008 passes 208 and Captur to #12

December 6th, 2013 36 comments

Peugeot 2008 Italy November 2013. Picture courtesy of quattroruote.itThe Peugeot 2008 is up to #12 in Italy this month…

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42nd consecutive month of year-on-year decline for new car sales in Italy, down 5% on November 2012 to 102,729 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,220,788 units, down 8% on 2012. The Fiat Panda is the best-seller in the country for the 23rd month in a row thanks to 7,724 sales and 7.5% while the Fiat Punto, still in desperate need of a refresh, falls to new lows at 4,363 units and 4.2% market share, the nameplate’s lowest ever since its original launch in November 1993… That sad record has now been broken 3 times in the past year: from 4.7% in September 2008 to 4.6% in August 2012, 4.4% in March 2013, 4.3% in September 2013 and 4.2% now…

Fiat 500L Italy November 2013. Picture courtesy of quattroruote.itFiat 500L

The Fiat 500L ranks above the 500 for the 5th consecutive month at #4 with 3,410 sales and 3.3% vs. #6 with 2,892 units and 2.8% while the Ford Fiesta, back up from #8 to #5 and 2.9%, prevents the Top 5 from being 100% Italian and the Smart Fortwo breaks into the Top 10 at #10. The biggest news of the month lies just outside the Top 10: for the very first time, the Peugeot 2008 manages to sell more units than the 208 on which it is based for: it is up 5 spots on October to reach an all-time high #12 with 1,809 sales and 1.8% vs. #15 and 1.5% for the 208. The 2008 also beats its archenemy the Renault Captur for the first time: the latter is down 3 ranks to a still very respectable #17 with 1,486 units and 1.4%. Notice also the Dacia Sandero inside the Top 20 for the 7th consecutive month (!), the Toyota Auris up 6 spots to #33 and the Chevrolet Trax down one to #41.

Previous post: Italy October 2013: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

Previous month: Italy October 2013: Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 both in Top 20

One year ago: Italy November 2012: Fiat 500L breaks into Top 10!

Full November 2013 Top 50 models and Top 45 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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