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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

Full October 2014 Top 33 All-brands and Top 214 All-models Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal September 2014: VW Golf confirms pole position

October 21st, 2014 1 comment

VW Golf Portugal September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Golf

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The spectacular recovery of the Portuguese new car market is still ongoing: sales are up 32% year-on-year in September to 9,701 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 107,404 registrations, up 35% on 2013. Peugeot takes the lead of the brands ranking this month, overtaking Volkswagen with sales up 67% to 1,025 for a 10.4% market share thanks to great performances of the 208 (#2 above the Renault Clio), 308 (#11) and 2008 (#19 just below the Captur). Renault remains leader year-to-date however with 11.5% share vs. 9.6% for Volkswagen and 9% for Peugeot. Notice also Nissan up 106%, Dacia up 98% and Skoda up 81%.

Mercedes C Class Portugal September 2014The Mercedes C-Class is up to #6 in Portugal this month.

Surprise in the models sales charts: whereas it had never topped the ranking in the time BSCB has been following Portugal monthly (June 2013), the VW Golf ranks first for the 2nd straight month with a very satisfying 5.7% market share (vs. 3.5% year-to-date). This means the Portuguese market has been dominated by a Volkswagen for 3 consecutive months now (the Polo was #1 in July). Below the Nissan Qashqai strong once again at #4, Mercedes manages to place two models inside the Tp 6 (the A-Class at #5 and C-Class at #6), something no other manufacturer was able to do this month! Mercedes is the #3 brand in the country in September ahead of Renault with a huge 9% market share…

Previous month: Portugal August 2014: VW Golf takes the lead in market up 26%

One year ago: Portugal September 2013: BMW 3 Series up to 2nd place!

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

October 1st, 2014 No comments

VW Golf Portugal August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf is the best-seller in Portugal in August.

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New car sales in Portugal are up by another very robust 26% year-on-year in August to 7,743 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 97,703 units, up 36% on 2013. It’s a very volatile models ranking once again in Portugal this month: after crowing the VW Polo in July, Portuguese car buyers prefer the VW Golf in August, up 5 spots to land in pole position thanks to 443 sales and 5.7% share. The Renault Clio is up one rank and the Peugeot 208 up 4 to complete the podium, keeping their respective #1 and #2 rankings year-to-date. Excellent performance of the Nissan Qashqai up 7 spots to #4 and the BMW 1 Series up 15 to a fantastic 5th place.

Mercedes A Class Portugal August 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Mercedes A-Class is among the 10 most popular vehicles in Portugal in August.

Notice also the Seat Leon up 6 to #7, the Audi A3 stable at #8 and 2.2% share vs. #14 year-to-date, the Mercedes A-Class up 11 to #10, Toyota Auris up 4 to #11, Peugeot 2008 up 8 to #15, Dacia Sandero up 27 to #16 and VW Passat up 28 to #18. Further down, let’s salute the Mercedes GLA up 15 to #40, the Citroen C4 Cactus at #43 and the BMW 4 Series at #46.

Previous month: Portugal July 2014: VW Polo and Fiat Punto in command

One year ago: Portugal August 2013: BMW places 2 models in Top 8, Renault Captur #6

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

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Portugal July 2014: VW Polo and Fiat Punto in command

August 20th, 2014 2 comments

VW Polo Portugal July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Polo

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+31% in July: the Portuguese new car market is definitely in recovery mode, bringing the year-to-date total to 89,949 units or a 37% improvement over the same period last year… Similarly to Croatia which we covered yesterday, this month is heavily influenced by rental car sales, which could explain the somewhat extraordinary models ranking: the VW Polo brilliantly takes the lead for the first time since BSCB has started following the Portuguese monthly models charts (June 2013) thanks to 710 sales and 5% share vs. #3 and 3.9% year-to-date, and the Fiat Punto is up 9 spots on June to a fantastic 2nd place at 586 units and 4.1% vs. #9 and 2.4% so far in 2014. The Renault Clio remains leader year-to-date (5.6%) but drops to third place at 4% share in July. The Seat Ibiza is strong at #4 vs. #7 ytd, as are the Audi A3 at #8 vs. #14, Toyota Yaris at #12 and Seat Leon at #13.

Peugeot 108 Portugal July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 108

Further down, the Peugeot 108 lands directly at #34 for its very first appearance inside the Portuguese charts with 115 sales and 0.8%, the Citroen C4 Cactus is down 3 spots on June to #39, the BMW 4 Series down two to a still very impressive #41, the Mercedes V-Class lands at #103, the new generation Nissan X-Trail at #173 and the BMW i8 sells its very first two units this month in Portugal. We also welcome the Maserati brand into the Portuguese sales charts after a couple of years of absence, with one unit sold this month (a Quattroporte). In the brands ranking, Volkswagen (+61%) overtakes Renault (+38%) but remains #2 year-to-date, while Seat (+80%), Dacia (+180%) and Porsche (+105%) are on fire.

Previous month: Portugal June 2014: Mass brands reclaim market up 24%

One year ago: Portugal July 2013: Discover the Top 250 All-models ranking!

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Portugal June 2014: Mass brands reclaim market up 24%

July 19th, 2014 1 comment

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

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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

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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!

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