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Portugal July 2015: Mercedes compact family fights Renault Clio

August 19th, 2015 2 comments

Mercedes A Class Portugal July 2015. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Mercedes A-Class doubles its sales year-on-year in Portugal in July.

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Incredibly, July is the 26th consecutive month of double-digit year-on-year gains for the Portuguese new car market. However at just +10% to 15.545 registrations, this is the weakest growth rate in the two years the market has returned to a positive trend: would Portugal be starting to finally pant a little? Year-to-date levels are still up a fantastic 29% to 116.206 units though. Brand-wise, Volkswagen – stable at 10.1% share – outsell Renault (-2%) to snap the pole position but remains 2nd year-to-date at 9.7% vs. 11.5% thanks to an outstanding start of the year by the French manufacturer. Peugeot is breathing on Renault’s neck at only 4 units behind in July (+23%), while Mercedes (+34%), BMW (+25%) follow and do not slow down their progression. Notice also – in order of sales – Nissan (+30%), Ford (+87%), Dacia (+34%), Skoda (+122%), Volvo (+43%), Smart (+91%), Hyundai (+72%), Mitsubishi (+85%), Mini (+43%) and Mazda (+38%) all taking off.

BMW 1 Series Portugal July 2015The BMW 1 Series is knocking at the Portuguese Top 10 in July.

Over in the models ranking, the Renault Clio remains the most popular choice thanks to 607 sales and 3.8% share (+8%), distancing the VW Polo (-28%), Seat Ibiza (-5%), Peugeot 208 (+6%) and VW Golf (+1%). Below, the Mercedes A-Class simply doubles its sales compared to July 2014 at #7 with 436 units. In fact, if we add its sedan variant the CLA at 153 sales (+147%) and its crossover variant the GLA (77 units, +18%), we come to a figure greater than the Clio’s at 666 sales or 4.3% share… Notice also the BMW 1 Series up 39% to #11, the Ford Fiesta up 83% to #14, Peugeot 2008 up 48% to #17, Ford Focus up 84% to #18, VW Passat up 170% to #21 and the BMW 2 Series up 9-fold to #30.

Previous month: Portugal June 2015: Renault Clio leads, Seat Ibiza shoots up

One year ago: Portugal July 2014: VW Polo and Fiat Punto in command

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Portugal June 2015: Renault Clio leads, Seat Ibiza shoots up

July 22nd, 2015 No comments

Seat Ibiza Portugal June 2015Seat Ibiza sales are up 48% year-on-year in Portugal.

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New car sales in Portugal continue to catch up on lost time at +34% in June to 21.063 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total halfway through 2015 to 100.652 units, up 33% on 2014. Despite sales up just 4% on June 2014, Renault remains the best-selling manufacturer in the country with 12% share above Volkswagen at 9.9% (+47%), Peugeot at 9.6% (+62%), Nissan at 6.6% (+84%) and Toyota at 5.9% (+88%). Notice also Seat up 6 spots on May to #6, Ford up 66%, Kia up 102%, Skoda up 108%, Smart up 171% and Hyundai up 176%. The Renault Clio remains the most popular nameplate in the country at 6.2% share above the VW Polo and the Peugeot 208 while the Seat Ibiza is up 6 spots on May and its year-to-date ranking to #4, the Toyota Yaris is up 25 to #6, the Toyota Auris is up 15 to #20, the Citroen C4 Cactus up 5 to #23 and the Mazda CX-3 up 11 to #77.

Previous month: Portugal May 2015: Renault Captur shoots up to 2nd place

One year ago: Portugal June 2014: Mass brands reclaim market up 24%

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Portugal May 2015: Renault Captur shoots up to 2nd place

June 19th, 2015 1 comment

Renault Captur Portugal May 2015The Renault Captur hits its highest ranking so far in Portugal this month.

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The Portuguese new car market is up a very dynamic 33% year-on-year to 18.345 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 79.589 units, also up 33% on 2014. Renault had a bumper month, placing the Clio in pole position with 6% share and the Captur at a record 2nd place with 3.9%, and adding up to 13.5% (+64%) vs. 11.8% (+38%) year-to-date. Volkswagen improves slightly slower than the market at +28% to 10% share in May, followed by Peugeot (+52%), Mercedes (+29%), BMW (+14%), Nissan up a gargantuan 79% and Ford up an equally impressive 78%. Notice also Skoda up 49%, Volvo up 59%, Hyundai up 74% and Smart up 159%.

Nissan Pulsar Portugal May 2015The Nissan Pulsar leaps to a record #21 spot in May.

Over in the models ranking, below the two Renaults the VW Golf is regular on the podium with another 712 sales and 3.9% this month, still #2 year-to-date like in 2014, while the VW Polo is equally solid in 4th place with 3.7%. The Peugeot 308 is up 4 spots on April to #5, the Ford Focus up 8 to #6, the Nissan Pulsar up 35 to #21 – its best ranking so far in Portugal – and the Skoda Fabia is up 8 to #31. Further down, the Mercedes CLA is up 11 ranks to #29, the Mazda CX-3 lands directly at #88, the Volvo XC90 reappears at #114 thanks to the new generation and the Jaguar XE makes its entrance in the Portuguese charts at #164.

Previous month: Portugal April 2015: VW Golf and Fiat Punto shoot back up

One year ago: Portugal May 2014: Renault Clio and VW Polo distant leaders

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Portugal April 2015: VW Golf and Fiat Punto shoot back up

May 19th, 2015 No comments

Fiat Punto Portugal April 2015Fiat Punto

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The Portuguese new car market confirms it is on the mend with April sales up a very vigorous 22% year-on-year to 15.014 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 61.242 units, up 32% on 2014. Like in March, Renault (11.4%), Volkswagen (10.8%) and Peugeot (10.1%) dominate sales, followed by BMW (+18%) and Mercedes (+26%) while Audi is back up 5 spots on last month to #7, Citroen continues to shine at +51% but Nissan stalls at #13 (-14%). Smart (+71%), Volvo (+73%), Mini (+85%), Kia (+117%) and Land Rover (+124%) take off.

VW Golf Portugal April 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf is now #2 year-to-date in Portugal.

The Renault Clio remains the best-selling nameplate in the country thanks to 1.020 units sold for a 6.8% share, and this month it is followed by the VW Golf shooting back up 5 spots on March to 2nd place, also edging the VW Polo and Peugeot 208 to claim #2 year-to-date as well. The Fiat Punto for its part is back up 17 ranks to #5 vs. #19 year-to-date, the Mercedes A-Class is up 3 to #7, the Audi A3 and Peugeot 2008 are both up 15 spots to #10 and #12 respectively, the Mercedes C-Class is up 10 to #18 and the VW Passat up 19 to #20.

Previous month: Portugal March 2015: Nissan Qashqai and Opel Corsa push up

One year ago: Portugal April 2014: Renault Clio doubles sales in market up 53%

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Portugal March 2015: Nissan Qashqai and Opel Corsa push up.

April 23rd, 2015 No comments

Nissan Qashqai Portugal March 2015. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Nissan Qashqai is up to #2 in Portugal this month.

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Portuguese new car sales continue their recovery with sales up a splendid 42% year-on-year in March to 20,082 registrations, bringing the first quarter total to 46,229 units, up an equally reassuring 36% on 2014. Despite underperforming in March (+29%), Renault keeps the lead of the brands ranking by far at 12.1% share above Volkswagen (+57%), Peugeot (+42%) and Nissan doubling its sales year-on-year to 1,613 units and a shiny 8% market share. Notice also Fiat up 80% to #8, Ford up 87% to #10, Toyota up 81% to #11, Mitsubishi up 98% to #15 and Kia up 113% to #17. The Renault Clio remains the most popular nameplate in Portugal and the only one to sell more than 1,000 units this month at 1,065 and 5.3% share, but the Nissan Qashqai (789) and Opel Corsa (696) also shine up, followed by the Renault Megane (678) and Peugeot 208 (650).

Previous month: Portugal February 2015: Renault Clio reclaims pole position

One year ago: Portugal March 2014: Renault Mégane takes off to pole position

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Portugal February 2015: Renault Clio reclaims pole position

March 19th, 2015 No comments

Renault Clio Portugal February 2015. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Clio lifts Renault up to 12.5% share this month in Portugal.

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The Portuguese new car market is catching up on lost time and continues to lodge extravagant growth rates: +36% year-on-year in February to 14,302 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total up 32% to 26,141 units. After dropping to #5 in January, Renault reclaims the pole position it held over the FY2014 with sales up 75% on a year ago to 1,781 deliveries and 12.5% share. This performance earns it the 2015 year-to-date top spot as well with 10.7% share vs. 10% for Peugeot, kicked down to #2 in February at 9.9% despite sales up 42%. Volkswagen (+45%), BMW (+24%) and Mercedes (+38%) follow, with Dacia (+49%), Opel (+55%), Citroen (+58%), Smart (+58%), Mini (+67%) and Kia (+93%) all frankly outperforming the market inside the Top 20.

Nissan Pulsar Portugal February 2015The Nissan Pulsar is up to a best-ever #22 in Portugal in February.

In the models ranking, the Renault Clio is back in charge both this month (6% share) and year-to-date (4.5%), with the VW Polo (3.9%) and Peugeot 208 (3.4%) far below while the January leader, the VW Golf, is down to #5 in February and #3 year-to-date. Boosted by the new generation, the Opel Corsa is up 11 spots on January to #4, the Nissan Qashqai is up 5 to #6, the Fiat 500 up 10 to #16 and the BMW 2 Series breaks into the Portuguese Top 30 for the first time thanks to the Active Tourer variant. Among recent launches, the Nissan Pulsar is up a spectacular 64 ranks on January to #22, the Smart Forfour is up one to #47, the Fiat 500X up 95 to #52 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport lands at #168 with 3 units sold.

Previous month: Portugal January 2014: BMW and Mercedes on podium

One year ago: Portugal February 2014: Mercedes A-Class leads its category ahead of VW Golf

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Portugal January 2015: BMW and Mercedes on podium

February 27th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes C-Class Portugal January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus,frMercedes is up to #3 and 9.6% share in Portugal this month.

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New car sales in Portugal are up a spectacular 28% year-on-year in January to 11.852 registrations. A new pattern is emerging in Portuguese sales: January is becoming the month of premium brands, principally due to the fact that a lot of car leases start or get renewed at the start of the calendar year. If Peugeot leads the brands ranking with 1,205 sales and 10.2% share, it is only 11 units above BMW at 10.1% while Mercedes jumps to third place with 1,138 deliveries for a brilliant 9.6% share. Volkswagen is down to #4 and Renault down to #5, but Citroen is up 63% year-on-year to #6, Nissan up 78% to #8, Volvo up 54% to #14, Mini up 98% to #19, Porsche up 90%, Jaguar up 93% and Jeep up 267%.

BMW X4 Portugal January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW misses out on the brands pole position for just 11 sales.

The models ranking reflects the sudden surge of premium German brands. Below the VW Golf (3.5%), Peugeot 308 (3.3%) and VW Polo (3.1%), the Audi A3 is up 8 spots on December to a shiny 4th position, the Mercedes A-Class is up 17 to #7, the C-Class up 9 to #8, the BMW 4 Series is up 38 to #24, the 2 Series up 25 to #32, Mercedes GLA up 10 to #34, the CLA up 11 to #36, the Audi Q3 up 32 to #38, the BMW X3 up 75 to #62, X5 up 53 to #64 and the X4 up 28 to #74. Notice also the Renault Captur inside the Top 10, the Citroen C4 Cactus up 24 spots to #20, the Mini up to #27 and the Smart Forfour  up to #48.

Previous post: Portugal Full Year 2014: Renault Clio resists VW Golf in market up 35%

One year ago: Portugal January 2014: BMW #1 brand, Mercedes A Class up to #4!

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Portugal Full Year 2014: Clio resists Golf in market up 35%

January 22nd, 2015 No comments

Renault Clio Portugal 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Clio is the best-seller in Portugal for the 2nd straight year.

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New car sales in Portugal enjoy a second consecutive year of growth in 2014, up a reassuring 35% year-on-year to 142,826 registrations. Logically, 22 of the Top 30 brands register year-on-year gains superior to 20%, with the Top 20 all in progress. The Top 7 most popular marques are unchanged on 2013, still characterised by the exceptional strength of premium German brands, all delivering extremely dynamic growth. Renault is up 33%, followed by Volkswagen (+37%), Peugeot (+41%), BMW (+39% and #1 in January!), Mercedes (+45%), Opel (+23%) and Audi (+33%). Nissan gains 4 spots and 66% to #8, Seat gains 3 and 77% to #10, Dacia gains 6 and 91% to #14, while Kia (+51%), Mitsubishi (+57%), Mazda (+79%) and Lexus (+89%) also lodge stunning results.

VW Golf Portugal 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf outsold the Renault Clio 4 times this year.

The Renault Clio remains the most popular model in Portugal this year and for the 6th time ever after 19992002, 20032008 and 2013, evolving like the market at +32% to 7,702 sales and 5.4% share. It is followed this year by the VW Golf, up a majestic 81% year-on-year to 5,621 units, even topping the monthly charts for 4 consecutive months between August and November, becoming a real threat for the Clio in 2015. The Peugeot 208 (+20%), VW Polo (+14%) and Renault Mégane (+12%) all lose market share and drop one spot, whereas the Nissan Qashqai is boosted by its new generation to advance 55% to #6 and the Seat Ibiza is back inside the Top 10 thanks to sales up 52%.

Peugeot 2008 Portugal 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 broke into the monthly Top 10 in December

Like in 2013, BMW manages to place two models inside the annual Portuguese Top 10: the 1 Series is up 38% to #9 and the 3 Series up 20% to #10. Illustrating the renewed strength of new car sales in Portgual, only 3 nameplates in the Top 50 lose ground year-in-year: the Smart Fortwo (-19%), Nissan Juke (-3%) and Citroen C-Elysée (-31%), and there is a lot of movement outside the Top 10: the Renault Captur stops 19 units outside of it at #11 but peaked at #6 in June, the Peugeot 308 is up 118% to #13, the Seat Leon up 236% to #15, Citroen C3 up 99% to #19, Mercedes C-Class up 66% to #22 and the Peugeot 2008 up 129% to #23 but cracking the monthly Top 10 in December at #9.

BMW 4 Series Portugal January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW was the #1 brand in Portugal in January.

Notice also the Dacia Sandero up 55% to #29, the VW Up up 92% to #35, Nissan Note up 266% to #37, Dacia Logan up 522% to #40 and BMW 4 Series up 605% to #49. There are 4 all-new launches inside the 2014 Top 100, led by the Mercedes GLA at #55 ahead of the Citroen C4 Cactus at #57 (#25 in October), Peugeot 108 at #64 (#21 in November) and BMW 2 Series at #78.

Previous month: Portugal November 2014: VW Golf stuck in pole position

One year ago: Portugal Full Year 2013: Renault Clio #1 for the first time in 5 years

Two years ago: Portugal Full Year 2012: Renault Megane #1 in worst year since 1985

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Portugal November 2014: VW Golf stuck in pole position

December 18th, 2014 No comments

VW Golf Portugal September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf has now been the best-selling model in Portugal for 4 straight months.

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Portuguese new car sales are still on fire: up 33% year-on-year to 11,718 registrations and lifting the year-to-date total to 130.921 deliveries, up 35% on 2013. Brand-wise, the Top 5 best-sellers are unchanged vs. October and YTD with Renault leading the charge (+21%), ahead of Volkswagen (+32%), Peugeot (+36%), BMW (+66%) and Mercedes (+48%). Other impressive gainers include Nissan (+84%), Mazda (+72%), Land Rover (+67%), Smart (+55%), Dacia (+51%), Seat (+50%), Kia (+49%) and Volvo (+47%).

Nissan Qashqai Portugal November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Qashqai – Nissan sales are up 84% year-on-year in Portugal this month.

The VW Golf manages to hold onto the models pole position for the 4th consecutive month thanks to 608 sales and 5.2% share: this could well be the first time the Golf nameplate stays that long in the Portuguese lead. It is however assured to finish the year in 2nd place below the Renault Clio as the gap between the two models is too large to be overcome in December alone. The Nissan Qashqai stays third vs. #7 YTD, the BMW 3 Series is up 4 spots on October to #7 and now squeezes into the YTD Top 10, making it two BMWs among Portugal’s 10 best-sellers. The Peugeot 308 remains solid at #8 vs. #14 YTD, the Volvo V40 is up 6 ranks to #18, the Peugeot 108 up 15 to #21, the Citroen C4 Cactus down 5 to #30, the BMW 2 Series up 26 to #36, the Nissan Pulsar up 42 to #48 and the Renault Twingo up 26 to #54. Finally, notice the Smart Forfour up a gigantic 159 spots on its first month back in October to land at #38 with 98 sales and 0.8% share, this generation’s best ranking in the world so far.

Previous month: Portugal October 2014: VW Golf leads again, Nissan Qashqai #3

One year ago: Portugal December 2013: Toyota Auris and Ford Focus shine

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Portugal October 2014: VW Golf leads again, Nissan Qashqai #3

November 19th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Qashqai Portgual October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Qashqai

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New car sales in Portugal continue on their frank recovery, up another 30% year-on-year in October to 11,795 deliveries and bringing the year-to-date total to 119,201 units, up 35% on 2013. Brand-wise, the Top 7 best-sellers shuffle their way back to the same order as the YTD ranking, with Renault (+11%) in the lead, followed by Volkswagen (+29%), Peugeot (+32%), BMW (+39%), Mercedes (+40%), Opel (+53%) and Audi (+22%) while Seat (+82%) and Nissan (+72%) explode up. Dacia (+89%), Kia (+72%) and Mitsubishi (+112%) also shine.

VW Golf Portugal October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf is the best-seller in Portugal for the third month in a row in October.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf manages a first: staying in pole position for 3 consecutive months thanks to 663 sales and 5.6% share, above the Renault Clio at 5%. The Clio’s YTD pole position is safe though at 6,385 units sold so far this year vs. 4,459 (#3) for the Golf. The Nissan Qashqai is boosted by the new model up to a podium ranking at #3 and 3.2% share, the Peugeot 308 continues its seesaw career, back up 7 spots in October to #4 and both the Seat Leon and Toyota Yaris are up 8 ranks to #6 and #9 respectively.

Peugeot 2008 Portugal October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 outsells the 208 in Portugal for the first time ever this month.

Outside the Top 10, the Mercedes C-Class is down 7 spots on last month to #13 which is still well above its YTD level (#21), the Peugeot 2008 outsells the 208 for the very first time at #14 vs. #15, the Audi A1 is up 15 ranks to #18, the Citroen C4 Cactus up 24 to a best-ever #25, Peugeot 508 at #30 vs. #53 YTD, the Mini up a further 7 spots thanks to the new generation to #33 vs. #52 YTD, the Peugeot 108 up 27 to #36 and the BMW 4 Series up a further two to #37.

Previous month: Portugal September 2014: VW Golf confirms pole position

One year ago: Portugal October 2013: Peugeot 308 up 633% to land at #3

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