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BSCB featured in Polish newspaper “Puls Biznesu”

June 26th, 2015 1 comment

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Thanks to BSCB reader Adrian Stachowski I can share with you an article published on Polish business newspaper Puls Biznesu featuring BestSellingCarsBlog. This article was triggered by our coverage of the “best-selling cars you’ve never heard of” on British magazine Auto Express but also focuses on BSCB itself and its business model, using information from the “About” section of the site.

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Poland May 2015: Skoda Fabia improves, Ford Focus #3

June 10th, 2015 No comments

Ford Focus Poland May 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deFord Focus

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Excellent month for new car sales in Poland, up 12% year-on-year in May to 31.430 registrations and single-handedly lifting the year-to-date total back into positive territory at 167.646 units, up 0.1% on 2014. Skoda remains sovereign in the brands ranking at 11.7% share, placing the Octavia (3.9%) and Fabia (improved again at 3.3%) atop the models sales charts. Volkswagen (9.8%) reclaims the #2 spot it holds year-to-date off Toyota, distancing Ford (8.3%) and Opel (7.8%) while Hyundai is up two ranks to #8 at 1.364 units and 4.3% share. Mercedes is up 31%, Nissan up 23% year-to-date and Mazda holds onto its spot in the Top 15.

VW Passat Poland May 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe VW Passat ranks #7 in Poland this month.

Model-wise, the Ford Focus is back on the podium after ranking #2 in February: up 9 spots on April to #3, the VW Passat is up 3 ranks to a fantastic 7th place, the Hyundai i20 is up 22 to #13, the Ford Mondeo up a further two to #15, the Mazda6 up 6 to #23 and the Suzuki Vitara down 7 to a still very satisfying #35. Rare appearances inside the monthly Top 50 of the Nissan Note at #33, VW Up at #37 and Renault Captur at #40.

Previous month: Poland April 2015: Skoda Fabia climbs back up the ladder

One year ago: Poland May 2014: Skoda Octavia and Ford Focus dominate

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Poland April 2015: Skoda Fabia climbs back up the ladder

May 12th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Fabia Poland April 2015. Picture courtesy rad-ab.comSkoda Fabia

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The Polish new light vehicle market is up an encouraging 5% in April to 32.586 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 136.209 units, still down 2% on 2014. Brand-wise, Skoda remains sovereign with 11.7% share above Toyota at 9.4% and Volkswagen at 8.6% while Opel is up 28% year-to-date to 4th place, Fiat and Peugeot both gain one spot to #7 and #8 respectively, Nissan falls down from #7 in March to #13 now, Hyundai breaks into the Top 10 and Mazda into the Top 15. If the Skoda Octavia reclaims its traditional pole position off the VW Golf thanks to 1.129 sales, the Fabia is climbing back up the ladder thanks to its new generation: #2 in April with 1.045 deliveries and now #3 year-to-date (3.710) below just the Octavia (4.953) and the Toyota Yaris (3.786).

Suzuki Vitara Poland April 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Suzuki Vitara is up to #28 in Poland.

Notice also the Toyota Corolla up 11 spots on March to #11, the Ford Mondeo up a further 3 ranks to #17 vs. #31 year-to-date, the Suzuki Vitara landing directly at #28 (292 sales) for its first appearance inside the Polish Top 50, the Mazda6 jumping from outside the Top 50 in March to #29, the Mazda CX-5 up to #45, the Lexus NX up to #46 and the Honda CR-V up to #47.

Previous month: Poland March 2015: VW Golf edges past Skoda Octavia

One year ago: Poland April 2014: Skoda Fabia and VW Golf on top

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Poland March 2015: VW Golf edges past Skoda Octavia

April 11th, 2015 No comments

VW Golf GTE Poland March 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Golf is the best-selling nameplate in Poland in March.

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New light vehicle sales in Poland are down 4% year-on-year both in March to 38,380 registrations and year-to-date at 103,623 registrations, however sales during the corresponding period in 2014 were boosted by by VAT-exemptions for cars purchased as LCV by companies. All-in-all not a bad performance so far in 2015 then. March shows a big push by Volkswagen up to 10.2% share thanks to 3,903 sales vs. 10.7% and 4,093 for traditional leader Skoda. Ford is also particularly strong at 8.2% while Opel (+27%) and Nissan (+29%) are the biggest year-on-year gainers in the Top 10 so far in 2015.

Ford Mondeo Poland March 2015The Ford Mondeo is inside the Polish Top 20 this month.

The models ranking offers a big surprise on top: the VW Golf manages to steal the pole position off the Skoda Octavia for a mere 19 units: 1,171 sales and 3.1% share vs. 1,152 and 3% for the Czech sedan, a testimony of the ever-increasing fragmentation of the Polish car market. The Octavia remains at #1 year-to-date however at 3,824 units and 3.7%, followed by the Toyota Yaris, extremely impressive at 3,051 units and 2.9%. In fact Toyota places two nameplates inside the March Polish Top 4: the Auris at #3 and the Yaris at #4. Notice also the VW Passat up 6 spots on February to a splendid 9th position, the Ford Ka up 26 to #19, the Ford Mondeo up 28 to #20, Nissan Micra up 18 to #25 and Honda Civic back up to #26.

Previous month: Poland February 2015: Skoda Octavia leads, Ford Focus up to 2nd place

One year ago: Poland March 2014: Skoda Rapid at best-ever 6th place

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Poland February 2015: Skoda Octavia leads, Ford Focus up to 2nd place

March 6th, 2015 No comments

Ford Focus Poland February 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frFord Focus

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Given at the same time last year the Polish new car market was boosted by VAT-exemptions for cars purchased as LCV by companies, February is logically down 10% year-to-date to 32,302 registrations, taking the year-to-date total down into negative as well at 65,243 units (-4%). Skoda remains atop the brands ranking with 12% share above Toyota (9.7%), Volkswagen (8.6%), Ford (7.9%) and Opel (7.8%). In the models sales charts, the Skoda Octavia is sovereign, the only nameplate to clock up over 1,000 sales this month at 1,242 and 3.8% share. The Ford Focus is February’s best performer, up 8 spots on last month to 2nd place overall thanks to 948 sales and 2.9% share, followed closely by the Toyota Yaris and Skoda Rapid – the latter earning a third spot overall in the result vs. #8 over the FY2014. Further down, notice the Seat Ibiza at #22, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross at #31 and Dacia Sandero at #40.

Previous month: Poland January 2015: Skoda places 3 models in Top 5

One year ago: Poland February 2014: VW Tiguan jumps up to 4th place

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Poland January 2015: Skoda places 3 models in Top 5

February 8th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Rapid Poland January 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Skoda Rapid is up to #4 in Poland this month.

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Even though at the same time last year Polish new car sales were boosted by VAT-exemptions for cars purchased as LCV by companies, the market is up a further 2% in January to 32,941 registrations. #3 in December, Skoda reclaims the brands lead it holds over the Full Year 2014 thanks to 4,577 sales and 13.9% share and manages to place 3 models in the Top 5: the Octavia at its traditional pole position, the Rapid at #4 and the Fabia at #5. Toyota excels at 10.9% share and has the Yaris at an outstanding 2nd place and the Auris at #7, and Volkswagen is down to #3 and 9.8% share, placing the Golf at #6. Other great performers in Poland in January include the Opel Corsa at #3, the Dacia Duster at #9 and the Seat Leon at #18.

Previous post: Poland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

One year ago: Poland January 2014: VW Passat #4, Skoda Rapid in Top 10

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Poland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

January 12th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Octavia Poland 2014Skoda Octavia

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The Polish new car market got a sudden boost over the first quarter of 2014 when cars purchased as LCV by companies got a VAT-exemption. The result, helped further by the good overall health of the economy: a 12% annual surge to 372,367 registrations. Skoda remains the most popular manufacturer, even outperforming the market at +17% to 11.9% share ahead of Volkswagen (+19%) and Toyota (+27%) like in 2013. Opel (+41%) bypasses Ford and Renault to rank 4th, while Dacia (+20%), BMW (+23%), Audi (+26%) and Mitsubishi (+28%) also shine. Mazda (+77%) wins the ‘most improved’ title in the Top 20 by far.

Dacia Duster Poland 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Duster is the best-selling SUV in Poland.

In the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia resumes a reign it had debuted in 2009, only interrupted in 2013 by the Skoda Fabia. 2014 thus marks the 5th annual win for the Octavia in Poland with sales up 21% to 13,988, well above the Fabia down 12% and handicapped by its ongoing changeover to the new generation. The Ford Focus holds onto the third spot, while the VW Golf and Opel Astra both overtake the Toyota Yaris to rank #4 and #5 respectively. There are a lot of great performing nameplates in the Top 50, starting with the Skoda Rapid up more than doubling its 2013 to finish its first full year in market at a very respectable 8th place.

Mazda3 Poland 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMazda3 sales are up fourfold on 2013 in Poland.

Further down, the Dacia Duster is up 34% to #11, reclaiming the title of Poland’s best-selling SUV it held back in 2012. The VW Passat is up 43% to #13, the Renault Master up 40% to #16, the Skoda Superb up 50% to #17, the Opel Insignia up 49% to #21, Toyota RAV4 up 45% to #23, Renault Captur up 56% to #34, Volvo XC60 up 38% to #36 and Mitsubishi ASX up 63% to #44. A few models fare even better: the Mazda3 increases its sales fourfold to a best-ever #32 and 2,924 units, the Toyota Corolla doubles its sales to #29 and the Seat Leon clocks up deliveries 3.5 times that of 2013 at #42.

Previous month: Poland November 2014: Toyota Yaris and Lexus NX shine

Previous year: Poland Full Year 2013: Skoda Fabia edges past Octavia

One year ago: Poland Full Year 2012: Skoda Octavia #1, Dacia Duster in Top 10

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Poland November 2014: Toyota Yaris and Lexus NX shine

December 5th, 2014 No comments

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New car and light commercial vehicle sales in Poland slow down their growth in November at +0.7% to 27,891 deliveries, meaning the YTD total is now up 12% on 2013 to 334,664 units. Brand-wise, the podium (Skoda-Volkswagen-Toyota) is identical to the YTD ranking, with Opel and Renault overtaking Ford to rank #4 and #5 respectively. The Skoda Octavia is once again the most popular nameplate in the country and the only one selling over 1,000 units this month at 1,087. The Skoda Fabia takes a hit due to its generation changeover and is down to #9 in November but still #2 YTD. Excellent performance of the refreshed Toyota Yaris up two ranks on October to #2, with the VW Golf (#3) and Opel Astra (#4) also doing well. Further down, notice the Renault Clio up 4 spots to #6, the Peugeot Partner up 27 to #14, Opel Mokka at #23 vs. #45 YTD and the Mitsubishi ASX at #30 vs. #44. Finally, we welcome two new nameplates inside the Polish Top 50 this month: the Lexus NX lands at an astounding 43rd place with 176 sales and the VW Golf Sportsvan at #45 and 173 units.

Previous month: Poland October 2014: Suzuki SX4 and Opel Mokka up

One year ago: Poland November 2013: Skoda Fabia and Octavia now head-to-head

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Poland October 2014: Suzuki SX4 and Opel Mokka up

November 7th, 2014 No comments

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New car and light commercial vehicle sales in Poland are up another robust 8% year-on-year in October to 32,753 units, with the YTD total now standing at 306,773 sales, up 14% on 2013. Brand-wise, the usual suspects Skoda, Volkswagen and Toyota are on top, with Mazda notching up one spot to #14. The Skoda Octavia remains the most popular model in the country thanks to 1,243 sales ahead of its lil sis the Skoda Fabia not disrupted in the least by its imminent generation changeover at 3.1% share vs. 2.9% YTD. The Suzuki SX4 (the previous gen still on sale) is turning out to be an attractive low-cost option for Polish customers: it shoots up to #17 this month whereas it doesn’t even rank inside the Top 50 year-to-date. The Opel Mokka for its part shatters its best-ever Polish ranking for the 2nd straight month, up a further 9 spots to break into the Top 20 for the first time at #19. Notice also the Mitsubishi ASX up to #27, Fiat Punto up to #28, Kia Rio up to #30 and the Peugeot 508 making a very rare appearance inside the Top 50 at #48 thanks to the refreshed model.

Previous month: Poland September 2014: Nissan Qashqai and Opel Mokka shine

One year ago: Poland October 2013: Skoda up to 14% share, places Superb #8

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Poland September 2014: Nissan Qashqai & Opel Mokka shine

October 10th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Qashqai Poland September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Qashqai

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New Polish cars and light commercial vehicle sales are up a very robust 11% year-on-year in September to 27,301 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 274,020 units, up 14% on 2013. Brand-wise, below Skoda at 11.5%, Toyota takes advantage of a particularly weak month from Volkswagen (down to #5) to take 2nd place at 8.3% share, followed by Opel and Ford. Notice also Nissan up to #9 and 4.3% vs. #13 year-to-date. In the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date, kicking its lil sis the Skoda Fabia to #2, while the VW Golf rounds up the podium once again, earning it a #4 spot year-to-date above the Toyota Auris. Excellent performances of the Fiat Ducato at #6, Nissan Qashqai at #9 (its first Top 10 ranking in Poland since July 2013), Renault Master at #10, Toyota Corolla at #18, Mazda3 at #19, the Opel Mokka breaking its all-time ranking record at #28, Ford Ka at #29 and Volvo XC60 at #31.

Previous month: Poland August 2014: Skoda Fabia #1, Ford Ka in Top 20

One year ago: Poland September 2013: Skoda Octavia back in charge

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