Portugal March 2016: Renault Clio and Mégane on top

Renault Megane IV Portugal March 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Mégane ranks 2nd overall in Portugal in March.

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The recovery is getting clearer and clearer with each month in Portugal: new car sales are up 32% year-on-year in March to 26.459 and 26% year-to-date at 58.428. In the lead, Renault (+45%) and Peugeot (+49%) grow even faster than the market, outpacing Volkswagen (+14%), Mercedes (+34%) and BMW (+30%). Fiat (+50%), Kia (+90%), Volvo (+51%), Skoda (+70%), Mazda (+197%), Land Rover (+162%) and Jaguar (+610%) also shine. In the models ranking, the Renault Clio follows the market to cement a clear leadership at 4.9% share so far this year. It is followed in March by the Renault Mégane (+61%), Peugeot 308 (+105%) and Renault Captur (+54%), making the Top 4 100% French. The Mercedes A-Class (+53%) is brilliantly back inside the Top 10 at #9, the Peugeot 2008 is up 96% to #12, the BMW 2 Series up 112% to #16, Nissan Juke up 99% to #19 and the Kia Rio up 110% to #31.

Previous post: Portugal January-February 2016: Renault Captur shines, market up 22%

One year ago: Portugal March 2015: Nissan Qashqai and Opel Corsa push up

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Portugal January-February 2016: Renault Captur shines, market up 22%

Renault Captur Portugal February 2016Renault Captur sales in Portugal are up 80% in February. 

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Like Italy and Spain, Portugal is on a recovery slope that seems as never-ending as its descent to hell did a few years back. January sales are up 18% to 13.940 and February up 26% to 18.029, leading to a year-to-date total up 22% to 31.969 after two months. So far in 2016, the same five brands feature in the Top 5 as for the FY2015 but in a slightly different order: Renault (+20%) remains in pole position but Peugeot (+17%) overtakes Volkswagen to make it a French 1-2, while BMW (+13%) outpaces Mercedes (+15%). Opel (+47%), Fiat (+40%), Dacia (+39%) and Mazda (+268%) frankly beat the market. Even though it was outsold by the Peugeot 208 in January, the Renault Clio reclaims its throne in February to lead the year-to-date models charts with 1.481 sales. The Renault Captur shoots up 80% year-on-year in February and nudges up one spot year-to-date vs. 2015 to #5. The Citroen C3 (+42%), Opel Astra (+79%) and Mercedes CLA (+97%) also shine.

Previous post: Portugal Full Year 2015: Renault Clio clear winner in market up 25%

One year ago (Jan): Portugal January 2014: BMW and Mercedes on podium

One year ago (Feb): Portugal February 2015: Renault Clio reclaims pole position

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Portugal Full Year 2015: Renault Clio clear winner in market up 25%

Rnault Clio Portugal 2015. Picture courtesy auto.leak.ptThe Renault Clio holds onto the pole position in Portugal. Picture auto.leak.pt 

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The Portuguese new car market lodges a third consecutive year of very dynamic growth, catching up on time lost during the Global Financial Crisis at +25% to 178.503 registrations. Market leader Renault evolves like the market at +25% to 20.447 sales and 11.5% share, a comfortable two percentage points above Volkswagen (+22%) and Peugeot (+26%) while Mercedes pushes up 33% to 4th overall and even led the Portuguese sales charts in August and September. Nissan (+44%), Ford (+49%), Kia (+44%), Smart (+82%), Mini (+36%), Hyundai (+42%), Land Rover (+37%), Jaguar (+85%), Jeep (+760%) and Suzuki (+516%) also frankly outpace the market.

Mercedes CLA Portugal September 2015Mercedes was the #1 carmaker overall in Portugal in August and September.

Over in the models ranking, the Renault Clio posts a third consecutive year in pole position thanks to sales up 24% to 9.574 units vs. just +9% to 6.114 for the VW Golf, +3% and 5.499 for the Peugeot 208 and +14% and 5.498 for the VW Polo in a Top 4 identical to a year ago. The Nissan Qashqai at #5 (+35%), Renault Captur at #6 (+55%) – but #2 in December, Peugeot 308 at #8 (+50%) and Mercedes A-Class at #9 (+42%) all gain significant ground in the Top 10. Notice also the Ford Focus up 86%, Peugeot 2008 up 51%, VW Passat up 135%, Mercedes CLA up 148%, BMW 2 Series up 378%, BMW 4 Series up 113% and Mini up 92%. The Fiat 500X is the most popular all-new model, finishing 2015 just outside the Top 50, above the Mazda CX-3 (#86), Opel Karl (#89) and Ford Tourneo Courier (#97).

Previous month: Portugal November 2015: Volkswagen only 5 units below #1 Renault

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

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

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Portugal November 2015: Volkswagen only 5 units below #1 Renault

VW Golf Portugal November 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Golf ranks 2nd in Portugal in November. 

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Before we get into the Full Year 2015 Reports on Monday, there are a few countries with November data still outstanding, starting with Portugal. New car sales are up another very dynamic 14% year-on-year this month, lifting the year-to-date total up 26% to 165.361 units. Renault manages to hold onto the brands pole position by the skin of its teeth – exactly five sales, despite volumes up by just 1% to 1.079 vs. 1.074 for Volkswagen (+5%). Peugeot (+10%), BMW (+11%), Mercedes (+31%), Nissan (+28%) and Audi (+24%) follow. Notice also Ford (+38%), Fiat (+42%) and Dacia (+34%) frankly outpacing the market. Model-wise, it’s a pretty uneventful month in Portugal with the Renault Clio (+21%) distancing the VW Golf (-11%) and Peugeot 208 (+28%), while the BMW 1 Series (+38%) is holding strong in 5th place and the Opel Astra up 38% to #11.

Previous month: Portugal October 2015: BMW on podium, Peugeot 2008 hits record

One year ago: Portugal November 2014: VW Golf stuck in pole position

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Portugal October 2015: BMW on podium, Peugeot 2008 hits record

Peugeot 2008 Portugal October 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 ranks 6th overall in Portugal this month.

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Another month of strong growth for new car sales in Portugal with October up 16% year-on-year to 13.724 units, lifting the year-to-date total to 151.992, up 28% on 2014. Mercedes is finally dislodged from the freak pole position it held for two months running, down to #4 but still displaying the strongest year-on-year gain in the Top 15 at +44% to 1.204 sales and 8.8% share. Renault (+30%) is back to #1 with 11.8% of the market followed by Peugeot (+19%) at 10% while BMW leaps two spots on September to third place with 8.9% share (+23%). All German luxury carmakers are in great shape with Audi up 39% in 6th place.

BMW 1 Series Portugal October 2015The BMW 1 Series leaps to 5th place in October.

Volkswagen marks a pause and its sales up just 1% pull the brand down two ranks on last month to #5 vs. #2 year-to-date. Notice also Ford up 41%, Smart up 177% and Mazda up 62%. Model-wise, the Renault Clio and VW Golf dominate, with the Peugeot 208 up a whopping 78% to #3 thanks to its facelift, the BMW 1 Series jumping 9 spots on September to #5, the Peugeot 2008 up 50% to hit a record 6th place, the Renault Captur up 52% to #7, Mercedes A-Class up 56% to #9, Citroen C3 up 64% to #14, Ford Focus up 152% to #15, Mercedes CLA up 180% to #19 and VW Passat up 250% to #22

Previous month: Portugal September 2015: Mercedes holds onto pole position

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

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Portugal September 2015: Mercedes holds onto pole position

Mercedes CLA Portugal September 2015Mercedes holds almost 10% of the Portuguese market in September.

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The recovery continues for new car sales in Portugal, with September up 30% year-on-year to 12.625 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 29% to 138.268 deliveries. German luxury manufacturer Mercedes astoundingly holds onto the brands pole position it held last month thanks to sales up 41% to 1.233 and 9.8% share, seven units above Renault (+42%) while Volkswagen (+23%) rounds up the podium but loses market share year-on-year. Other great performers in Portugal this month include, in ranking order, Toyota (+57%), Opel (+54%), Audi (+39%), Smart (+172%), Mazda (+135%), Lexus (+115%) and Jaguar (+150%). Mercedes’ domination of the brands charts translates into three nameplate placing inside the Top 20: the A-Class ranks 5th (-2 on August), the C-Class 9th (+8%) and the CLA 16th (stable). The Renault Clio returns to the #1 spot it holds year-to-date, albeit with a meagre 9-units advantage over the VW Golf, the Renault Mégane is up 6 spots on August and 38% year-on-year to #3, the Toyota Auris is up 5 to #6, the Toyota Yaris up 10 to #7, the Fiat 500X up 32 to #35 and the Smart Forfour up 3 to #40.

Previous month: Portugal August 2015: Mercedes best-selling brand

One year ago: Portugal September 2014: VW Golf confirms pole position

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Portugal August 2015: Mercedes best-selling brand

Mercedes A Class Portugal August 2015Surprisingly, Mercedes is the most popular carmaker in Portugal in August.

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After dipping to ‘just’ +10% in July, Portuguese new car sales are back to their flamboyant self in August at +22% to 9.436 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 125.642 units, up 29% on 2014. August is traditionally a slow month for private sales in Portugal due to summer holidays, with fleet sales accounting for an even larger share of overall registrations as usual. Yet, hardly anyone would have predicted Mercedes to top the brand sales charts this month! 975 sales lift the German carmaker to a glorious 10.3% market share, up 48% on August 2014. This is the first time since BSCB follows Portugal monthly that Mercedes ranks #1. BMW, up 30% to #4 this month, ranked #1 here back in January 2014 in a similar turn of events. Among the 3 premium German manufacturers, only Audi is left unfazed at +1% and #8.

BMW 2 Series Portugal August 2015BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

Renault (+21%) remains #2 while Volkswagen (+5%) is down two spots to #3. In ranking order, Ford (+88%), Dacia (+51%), Kia (+54%), Fiat (+58%), Smart (+192%), Mitsubishi (+55%) and Mazda (+49%) all take off. In the models ranking, the VW Golf is back up 4 spots on July despite sales down 5% year-on-year to #1 with 4.5% share above the Renault Clio at 4.3% (+12%). The Mercedes A-Class surges 120% on a year ago to #3 overall with 3.8% of the market above the Ford Focus (+156%), Nissan Qashqai (-4%) and Renault Captur (+30%). The Dacia Sandero (+57%), Peugeot 308 (+95%), Mercedes CLA (+166%), BMW 2 Series (+191%) and Fiat 500 (+186%) also post spectacular gains.

Previous month: Portugal July 2015: Mercedes compact family fights Clio

One year ago: Portugal August 2014: VW Golf takes the lead in market up 26%

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Portugal July 2015: Mercedes compact family fights Renault Clio

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 – outsells 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

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

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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