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Portugal June 2014: Mass brands reclaim market up 24%

July 19th, 2014 No comments

Citroen C4 Cactus Portugal June 2014. Picture courtesy of automibile-magazine.frThe Citroen C4 Cactus is already #36 in Portugal.

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New car sales in Portugal are up another splendid 24% year-on-year in June, definitely on the mend and adding up to 75,780 units (+38%) halfway through the year. Brand-wise, Renault tests new heights: up 43% to a gigantic 17.6% share thanks to exceptional performances of the Clio (#1 with 8.5% share) and Captur (#6 and 3.3%), reflecting the general situation in Europe for the French manufacturer. Other brands doing well in Portugal this month include Opel (+31%), Mercedes (+46%), Seat (+57%), Nissan (+33%), Ford (+36%), Dacia (+92%), Honda (+87%), Mazda (+74%), Porsche (+117%) and Lexus (+200%).

Renault Clio Portugal June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frOnce again the Renault Clio is by far the most popular vehicle in Portugal this month.

In the models ranking, the VW Polo remains in 2nd place thanks to a strong 4.8% share vs. 3.7% year-to-date, above the Peugeot 208 and the Seat Ibiza up to 3.4% share vs. 2.6% so far in 2014. Notice also the Fiat 500 up 12 spots on May to #13, the Seat Leon up a further two to #14, Opel Astra up 4 to #15, Mitsubishi Space Star up 44 to #26, Citroen C4 Cactus up 115 to #36, BMW 4 Series up 20 to #39 and the Mercedes CLA holding onto its Top 50 spot at #50. Finally, the premium models that delivered incredible scores at the start of the year are starting to pant a little: the BMW 1 Series is down 10 spots on May to #16, the BMW 3 Series down 3 to #17, the Mercedes A Class is at #18 vs. #11 year-to-date and the Audi A3 is down 8 to #21.

Previous month: Portugal May 2014: Renault Clio and VW Polo distant leaders

One year ago: Portugal June 2013: Renault Clio up 159% to #1, Renault Captur, Citroen C-Elysee and Peugeot 2008 in Top 20

Full June 2014 Top 200 All-models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal May 2014: Renault Clio and VW Polo distant leaders

June 28th, 2014 No comments

Renault Clio Portugal May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Clio

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After gaining 47% year-on-year in March and 53% in April, the Portuguese new car market ‘slows down’ in May at +37% to 13,779 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 60,047 units, up 42% on 2013. The Renault Clio lodges another very strong month at 6% share and 821 sales, above its year-to-date level of 5.3%, with the VW Polo in tow this month at a very impressive 5.2% vs. 3.5% year-to-date. The Opel Corsa is up 5 spots on April to a splendid third place with 451 sales, thanks to a combination of runout prices on the current generation and strong rental orders in anticipation of summer. As a result the Peugeot 208 is kicked down to #4 but remains #2 YTD.

VW Golf Sportsvan Portugal May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst appearance of the VW Golf Sportsvan in the Portuguese charts this month.

Other great performers this month include the Seat Ibiza up 4 spots to #5 vs. #10 year-to-date, the Peugeot 308 up 6 to #8 vs. #14 and the Citroen C3 up a massive 15 ranks to #9. Further down, notice also the Fiat 500L up 18 to #43, the Mercedes GLA breaking into the Portuguese Top 50 for the first time at #48, the Kia Carens landing directly at #80, the VW Golf Sportsvan #86 and the Ford Ecosport up to #102.

Previous month: Portugal April 2014: Renault Clio doubles sales in market up 53%

One year ago: Portugal May 2013: Renault snaps back top spot away from Volkswagen

Full May 2014 Top 205 All-models and Top 34 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

May 21st, 2014 6 comments

Renault Clio IV Portugal April 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frRenault Clio

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If you thought Portuguese new car sales could not grow any faster than the 47% it delivered last month, you were wrong! April is up an even more impressive 53% year-on-year to 12,313 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 46,268 units, up 44% on 2013. The Top 7 most popular carmakers are identical to the year-to-date ranking: Renault leads the way with 12.1% share (+94%) ahead of Peugeot (+68%), Volkswagen (+43%), BMW (+29%), Mercedes (+48%), Opel (+40%) and Audi (+27%). Notice also Fiat up 107% to #8, Ford up 101% to #10, Seat up 127% to #11, Dacia up 161% to #14 and Mitsubishi up 256% to #18…

Fiat Punto Portugal April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFiat Punto

In the models sales charts, the Renault Clio doubles its sales year-on-year to reclaim the pole position off its big sis the Renault Mégane at 800 sales and 6.5% share, ahead of the Peugeot 208 and the VW Polo up 7 spots on March to #3. The Fiat Punto is up 12 ranks to #5, the Seat Ibiza up 4 to #9, Ford Fiesta up 13 to #10, Toyota Auris up 8 to #12, VW Up up 16 to #23 and the Nissan Juke up 12 to #25. Further down, the Dacia Duster is up 20 spots to #43, the Mercedes GLA lodges another strong month at #55 and the Porsche Macan becomes the brand’s best-seller at #120.

Previous month: Portugal March 2014: Renault Mégane takes off to pole position

One year ago: Portugal May 2013: Renault snaps back top spot away from Volkswagen

Full April 2014 Top 200 All-models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal March 2014: Renault Mégane takes off to pole position

April 22nd, 2014 16 comments

Renault Megane Estate Portugal March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Mégane is #1 in Portugal this month.

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New car sales in Portugal are up a spectacular 47% year-on-year in March to 14,150 registrations, bringing the First Quarter total to 33,955 units, up 41% on 2013. Leader for 4 years in a row from 2009 to 2012, the Renault Megane had not topped the Portuguese monthly sales charts for over a year, until now. It jumps from a paltry 19th place in February directly to #1 this month with 933 sales and 6.6%, propelling it to #3 year-to-date at 1,330 units and 3.9%. The Peugeot 208 remains #2, the Renault Clio is down 2 spots to #3, the Opel Corsa up one to equal #3, Citroen C3 up 9 to #8 and Mitsubishi Space Star up 6 to #36.

Mercedes GLA Portugal March 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Mercedes GLA breaks into the Top 50 for its first full month of sales.

German premium brands continue to defy the odds in Portugal: BMW is up 66% to #4 and Mercedes up 47% to #6. Model-wise, the BMW 1 Series ranks 6th with 3% share, the Mercedes A-Class 11th with 2%, the Audi A3 #12 with 2% also, the C-Class up 5 ranks on February to #15 and most of all the Mercedes GLA lands directly inside the Portuguese Top 50 for its first full month of sales at #49 with 81 units and 0.6% share. Finally the Porsche Macan appears at #149 with 5 sales and the Ford Ecosport at #205 with just one unit sold.

Previous month: Portugal February 2014: Mercedes A-Class leads its category ahead of VW Golf!

One year ago: Portugal March 2013: Renault Clio #1, Mercedes A-Class #9!

Full March 2014 Top 207 All-models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal February 2014: Mercedes A-Class leads its category above VW Golf!

March 18th, 2014 7 comments

Mercedes A Class Portugal February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMercedes A-Class

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Another heart-warming month for the Portuguese new car market: February is up 40% year-on-year to 10,546 registrations, the 8th consecutive month of year-on-year gain, bringing the year-to-date total to 19,807 units, up 36% on 2013. The Top 3 most popular vehicles are identical to the FY2013 ranking this month: the Renault Clio leads at 4.7% share followed by the Peugeot 208 at 4.6% and the VW Polo at 3.9% while the Opel Corsa is back up 10 spots on January to #4 and 3%. The performance of the month goes once again to the Mercedes A-Class down one spot to a still extremely impressive 5th place thanks to 313 sales and 3% share. This means the A-Class is the leader in the compact category, ahead of the VW Golf (#6) and BMW 1 Series (#7)!

Nissan Note Portugal February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Note

Other great performers in Portugal in February include the Ford Fiesta up 12 ranks on last month to #8, the Renault Captur up 4 to #9, Audi A3 at #12 vs. #18 in FY2013, the Peugeot 308 up a further 3 spots to #14, the Nissan Note up 35 to #21, Nissan Micra up 48 to #25 and the Mitsubishi Space Star up 36 to break into the Portuguese Top 50 for the first time at #42. Finally, as far as new launches are concerned, notice the BMW 4 Series up 3 to a best-ever #45, the BMW 2 Series up 39 to #102 and the Alfa Romeo 4C making its very first appearance in the ranking at #172 with 2 sales.

ALFA ROMEO 4C Portugal February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frAlfa Romeo 4C

Brand-wise, amazingly all passed by BMW in January, Renault (+45%), Peugeot (+45%) and Volkswagen (+18%) reclaim the lead of the ranking, with BMW still up 46% year-on-year at #4 and 8.3% share and Mercedes up 51% to #5 and 7.3%. Nissan explodes: up 141% on February 2013 to 6% share in 6th place, Ford is up 86% to #10, Toyota up 61% to #12, Seat up 82% to #13, Dacia up 108% to #14, Mazda up 168% to #23 and Jaguar up 120% to #30.

Previous month: Portugal January 2014: BMW #1 brand, Mercedes A Class up to #4!

One year ago: Portugal February 2013: Has the market bottomed out?

Full February 2014 Top 191 All-models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal January 2014: BMW #1 brand, Mercedes A-Class at #4!

February 25th, 2014 No comments

Mercedes A Class Portugal January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMercedes A-Class

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New car sales in Portugal enjoy their 7th consecutive month of year-on-year growth in January, and once again we are talking about a very sizeable gain: up 32% to 9,260 registrations. More than ever German premium brands are en vogue here, and in actual fact we are witnessing a historical event this month in Portugal: BMW becomes the most popular brand in the country thanks to 947 sales and 10.2%, beating Renault (902 units), Volkswagen (901) and Peugeot (880) while Mercedes is up to a huge 9.2% share with 852 sales at #5 and Audi up to 7.1% thanks to 656 units sold at #6… All in all, the 3 German premium brands hold a gigantic 26.5% market share in January in Portugal!

BMW 4 Series Portugal January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW 4 Series

This is reflected in the models ranking: below the Renault Clio (4.8% share), VW Golf (4.4%) and Peugeot 208 (3.9%) we find the Mercedes A-Class up to a best-ever 4th place thanks to 350 sales and 3.8% share! Then we have the BMW 3 Series at #5 and 3.7%, the BMW 1 Series at #6 and 3% and the Audi A3 at #7 and 2.5%!

Mercedes CLA Portugal January 2014Mercedes CLA

Other great performers in Portugal this month include the Mercedes E-Class up to #12 vs. #28 over the Full Year 2013, the BMW 5 Series up 29 spots on December to #15, the Peugeot 2008 at #18, Seat Leon at #25, Dacia Logan at #38, Mercedes CLA up 15 to #39, Range Rover Evoque up 17 to #41 and the BMW 4 Series breaking into the Top 50 for the first time in any European country at #48 with 53 sales and 0.6%.

Previous post: Portugal Full Year 2013: Renault Clio #1 for the first time in 5 years

Previous month: Portugal December 2013: Toyota Auris and Ford Focus shine

One year ago: Portugal January 2013: Mercedes up 70% in stable market

Full January 2014 Top 33 All-brands and Top 200 All-models Ranking Table below.

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Portugal Full Year 2013: Renault Clio #1 for first time in 5 years

January 18th, 2014 6 comments

Renault Clio Portugal 2013Renault Clio

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After dropping by 31% in 2011 and 38% in 2012, the Portuguese new car market has turned the corner in 2013: up 11% to 105,933 registrations. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, this is still the 2nd worst annual result in the country in almost 30 years. The Renault Clio takes the lead of Portuguese sales charts for the first time since 2008 and the 5th time overall after 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2008 thanks to sales up a splendid 36% year-on-year to 5,820 units and 5.5% share. The Peugeot 208 is up 31% and two spots on 2012 to #2 with 4,457 sales and 4.2% while the VW Polo remains #3 at 4,261 units and 4% (up 15%) and the Renault Megane, leader in 2012, is down 19% and 3 ranks to #4 with 3,938 sales and 3.7%.

BMW 3 Series Portugal 2013. Picture courtesy of Largus.frBMW 3 Series sales are up 55% this year in Portugal.

BMW manages to place two models inside the Portuguese Top 8 this year (most probably for the first time ever): the 3 Series is up a massive 55% and 8 spots year-on-year to #7 with 2,622 sales and 2.5% while the 1 Series is up 4% and one rank to #8 at 2,502 units and 2.4%. Below, the Seat Ibiza is back up 57% to #11, the Mercedes A-Class is up a huge 34 spots and 275% to #12 thanks to the new model, the Toyota Auris is up 87% to #17 and the Fiat 500 up 63% to #24 in spite of its old age.

Renault Captur Portugal 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Captur is the best-selling new nameplate in Portugal in 2013.

There are a few newcomers in this year’s Top 100: leading them all is the Renault Captur which lands directly at #20 with 1,532 sales and 1.4% share but peaked at #6 in August and November, the Citroen C-Elysee arrives at #25 with 1,266 units and 1.2%, the Peugeot 2008 pops up at #34 and 937 sales, the Mercedes CLA at #58 and 486 units, Opel Adam at #70 with 347 sales, Mitsubishi Space Star at #81, Skoda Rapid at #89, Opel Mokka at #92 and the Chevrolet Trax at #100. Notice also the Volvo V40 up 235% to #31 for its first full year of sales and the Dacia Sandero up 251% to #35 thanks to the new generation.

Previous post: Portugal December 2013: Toyota Auris and Ford Focus shine

Previous year: Portugal Full Year 2012: Renault Megane #1 in worst year since 1985

Two years ago: Portugal Full Year 2011: Renault Megane #1 for third year in a row

Full Year 2013 Top 263 All-models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal December 2013: Toyota Auris and Ford Focus shine

January 18th, 2014 2 comments

Toyota Auris Touring Portugal December 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frToyota Auris

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The Portuguese new car market confirms it is now definitely back on recovery road by gaining 36% year-on-year in December to 8,635 registrations, bringing the final 2013 total to 105,933 units, up 11% on 2012. Renault delivers a 1-2 this month, placing the Clio in pole position with 518 sales and 6% and the Megane at #2 with 358 units and 4.1%. The Peugeot 208 rounds up the podium with 3.6% share, while the Toyota Auris up 10 spots on November to #6 vs. #17 over the Full Year and the Ford Focus up 21 to #8 also shine in the Top 10. Other great performers this month include the Renault Captur at #11 (after ranking 6th in November), the Peugeot 2008 breaking into the Top 20 for the first time at #18, Mercedes E-Class up 27 ranks to #20 and the Skoda Octavia up 19 to #21.

Previous post: Portugal October 2013: Peugeot 308 up 633% to land at #3

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

November 26th, 2013 8 comments

Peugeot 308 Portugal October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 308

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5th consecutive month of year-on-year growth for the Portuguese new car market, up 23% in October to 9,092 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 88,477 units, up 8% on 2012. The Renault Clio stays on top with 430 sales and 4.7%, followed by the Renault Megane up 2 spots on last month and 32% year-on-year to 389 units and 4.2%, but the biggest performer in the Portuguese Top 10 this month is the Peugeot 308: thanks to the new generation its sales are up a huge 633% year-on-year to 359 units, lifting it up 34 ranks on September to land directly in third position! The 308 is now up 1% to #28 year-to-date vs. #24 over the Full Year 2012.

Mercedes CLA Portugal October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frMercedes CLA

The BMW 3 Series is down 3 spots from its out-of-this-world 2nd spot from last month to #5 but up a fantastic 62% year-on-year to 275 sales and 3% share. The Peugeot 208 takes a hit: down 26% to #6, while the BMW 1 Series confirms it is now a regular fixture inside the Portuguese Top 10 at #8 and #7 year-to-date. The Mercedes A-Class is down 5 spots on September but remains inside the Top 10 at #10 and is up 65% on October 2012.

Seat Toledo Portugal October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frSeat Toledo

Further down, notice the Renault Captur down just one rank to a still very impressive 12th place, the Toyota Auris up a whopping 1242% year-on-year to #15, the VW Passat up 47% to #20, Dacia Sandero up 753% to #22, Honda Civic up 163% to #26 and the Peugeot 2008 down 7 spots on September to #28. The Mercedes CLA is up to a shiny 39th spot, the Nissan Note is up to #41 vs. #95 year-to-date thanks to the new model, the Seat Toledo is up to #48 vs. #116, the Citroen C4 Picasso up 105% to #49 vs. #88, Renault Scenic up 73% to #59 and the BMW 4 Series up to #73.

Previous month: Portugal September 2013: BMW 3 Series up to 2nd place!

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Portugal September 2013: BMW 3 Series up to second place!

October 21st, 2013 No comments

BMW 3 Series GT Portugal September 2013BMW 3 Series GT

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It now definitely looks like the Portuguese new car market has turned the corner: up year-on-year for the 4th consecutive month in September at +16% to 7,368 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 79,386 units, up 6% on 2012. If the Renault Clio continues to excel in pole position, up 202% year-on-year to 7.2% share, the surprise is in 2nd place: the BMW 3 Series gains 3 spots on an already exceptional month of August to sell 280 units for an amazing 3.8% market share in September, up 111% year-on-year… It is now #9 year-t0-date at 2.5% share, up 63% on 2012. In fact, this month BMW is the #2 brand in Portugal with 9.1% share, with Mercedes #4 at 8.3% and both manufacturers ahead of Volkswagen at #5 and 6.8%!

Mercedes A Class Portugal September 2013Mercedes A-Class

To illustrate this trend, the Mercedes A-Class is up 74% year-on-year to #5 with 232 sales and 3.1% and the BMW 1 Series is up 7 spots on August to #6 at 194 units and 2.6%, making it two BMWs in the Top 6, as many as Renault! In spite of sales down 12% on September 2012, the Peugeot 208 remains on the podium this month and climbs to #2 year-to-date. Notice also the Renault Captur down 5 ranks to a still excellent #11, the Dacia Sandero up 594% year-on-year (!) to #18, Mercedes E-Class at #19 and the Peugeot 2008 up 12 spots to a record #21.

Previous month: Portugal August 2013: BMW places 2 models in Top 8, Renault Captur #6

One year ago: Portugal September 2012: Peugeot 208 #1, BMW 1 Series up to #4

Full September 2013 Top 50 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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