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Portugal June 2013: Renault takes off in market up 18%

July 9th, 2013 1 comment

Renault Clio Portugal June 2013Renault Clio

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It seems too good to be true: after years of absolute hell with 2011 down 31% and 2012 down 38%, new car sales in Portugal are up 18% year-on-year in June to 12,706 registrations, the largest year-on-year monthly increase in 2.5 years… Renault is the main beneficiary atop the ranking, potentially helped by the success of the Clio and Megane, traditional best-sellers in the country, but also perhaps a good start for the Captur. We will know more about the Portuguese models ranking in a week or so, so stay tuned. Back to brands: Renault is up 29% in June to 1,700 sales and 13.4% share vs. 10.9% year-to-date, now frankly ahead of Volkswagen at 10.6% and Peugeot at 9%.

BMW is up a mammoth 50% on June 2012 to 4th place with 901 units and 7.1%, Opel is up 30% to #5, Citroen up 27% to #6 and Mercedes up 36% to #7. Further down, notice also Seat up a huge 85% year-on-year to #11, Ford up 52% to #13, Dacia up 27% to #19 and Mini up 84% to #21.

Previous month: Portugal May 2013: Renault snaps back top spot away from Volkswagen

One year ago: Portugal June 2012: Peugeot 208 and Fiat Panda shine

Full June 2013 Top 35 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Portugal May 2013: Renault snaps back top spot away from VW

June 13th, 2013 5 comments

Renault Captur Portugal May 2013Renault Captur

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The horrendous year-on-year drops of 2011 and 2012 may have stopped, but the Portuguese new car market is still down 6% in May to 10,061 registrations, which means the year-to-date total after 5 months is back into negative at -0.8% and 42,237 units. While Volkswagen managed to reclaim the brands pole position both in April and year-to-date after 4 months, Renault is back in charge in May and year-to-date even though its sales are down 14% year-on-year to 1,092 units and 10.9% share, adding up to 4,299 and 10.2%. Volkswagen is hiding just around the corner at 1,038 sales and 10.3% in May and 4,265 and 10.1% year-to-date.

Citroen is up 6 spots to #5 and 6.9% share vs. #9 and 5% year-to-date, Mercedes is up 35% to #7, Nissan is up 16% to #12, Volvo up 29% to #16, Dacia up a huge 79% to #20, Land Rover up 45% to #26 and Jaguar is up 64% to #29.

Previous month: Portugal April 2013: Volkswagen reigns, BMW on podium

One year ago (nearly): Portugal June 2012: Peugeot 208 and Fiat Panda shine

Full May 2013 Top 35 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Portugal April 2013: Volkwagen reigns, BMW on podium

May 24th, 2013 No comments

BMW 3 Series GT Portugal April 2013BMW 3 Series GT

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At just -4% year-on-year to 8,032 registrations in April, Portuguese new car sales confirm they may finally have bottomed out, as the 2013 year-to-date remains in positive at +1% and 32,179 units. Is this finally the end of the tunnel for the car market in Portugal, after  falling by 31% in 2011 and by a further 38% in 2012 to drop below 100,000 annual units for the first time since 1985? The next few months will tell us. Note that if Light Commercial Vehicles are added, the market is down 1% to 36,893 registrations year-to-date. In second place in 2012 and up to last month, Volkswagen reclaims the Portuguese brands ranking pole position both in April thanks to 813 sales and 10.1% and year-to-date at 3,226 units and 10%. Renault ranks #2 both times with 767 sales and 9.5% (-27%) and 3,207 and 10% (-6%).

Exceptional performance of BMW, managing to climb onto this month’s podium at 710 units and a huge 8.8% share, up 24% year-on-year, however most of is potentially fleet sales. BMW is up 21% year-to-date but still #4 like in 2012. Mercedes also shines: up 22% in April and 30% year-to-date to rank 5th each time. Notice also Nissan up 17%, Seat up 33%, Honda up 16%, Alfa Romeo up 64% and Dacia up 52%.

Previous post: Portugal March 2013: Renault Clio #1, Mercedes A-Class #9!

Previous month: Portugal March 2013: Renault and Volkswagen dominate

One year ago: Portugal April 2012: Peugeot 208 lands at world-best 4th place!

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

April 30th, 2013 4 comments

Mercedes A Class Portugal March 2013Mercedes A-Class

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After going through a brands ranking only for the first 3 months of the year, thanks to Jose I can now share with you the Top 10 most popular models in Portugal for the first Quarter of 2013. Portuguese new car sales seem to have bottomed out, now up a shy 3% year-on-year to 24,147 registrations which compares extremely well against other European countries in financial difficulty (Cyprus -42%, Greece -18% and Ireland -14%). Boosted by its new generation, the Renault Clio is in the lead over the period with 1,231 sales and 5.1%, ahead of the VW Polo at 4.9% and Peugeot 208 at 4.7%.

Leader over the Full Year 2012, the Renault Megane is down to #4 at 1,006 units and 4.2%. Premium models do extremely well once again, for two reasons: sales to companies have fared better than private ones and in crisis times the social classes still able to purchase a new car tend to go for premium categories. In this context, the BMW 3 Series jumps from #15 in 2012 to #8 with 588 sales and 2.4%, the Mercedes A-Class benefits from the new model to take off from #45 to #9 (!) thanks to 576 units and 2.4% while the BMW 1 Series rounds up the Top 10 at #10 with 536 units and 2.2%.

Previous post: Portugal March 2013: Renault and Volkswagen dominate

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

One year ago: Portugal March 2012: Renault Clio leads, BMW 1 Series strong

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Portugal March 2013: Renault and Volkswagen dominate

April 4th, 2013 4 comments

Renault Clio Portugal March 2013Like in 2012, Renault is the best-selling carmaker in Portugal so far in 2013.

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Last month the Portuguese new car market finally gave a potential sign of better times ahead by gaining 9% year-on-year. In March it’s not that rosy but at just -0.4% year-on-year to 9,608 registrations, the market has managed to stabilise and is still in positive year-to-date at 24,135 units, up 3% on 2012. 2013 could be the year new car sales in Portugal stopped their bleeding after falling by 31% in 2011 and by a further 38% in 2012 to fall below the 100,000 annual units for the first time since 1985.

Renault has regained control of the brands ranking thanks to 1,012 sales and 10.5% but is down 9% year-on-year, while Volkswagen, #2 at 989 units and 10.3%, is up 2%. Peugeot shines in third position with 795 sales and 8.3%, up a very healthy 19% on March 2012, while Opel (+12%) and Mercedes (+21%) also deliver very strong results. BMW takes a breather at #6 and -2% but still ranks at a fantastic 4th position year-to-date. Notice also Fiat up 17%, Nissan up 13%, Honda up 36%, Seat up 10% and Mitsubishi up 59%.

Previous month: Portugal February 2013: Has the market bottomed out?

One year ago: Portugal March 2012: Renault Clio leads, BMW 1 Series strong

Full March 2013 Top 33 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Portugal February 2013: Has the market bottomed out?

March 16th, 2013 6 comments

Opel Mokka Portugal February 2013Opel Mokka. Opel sales are up 49% year-on-year in February in Portugal.

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Still no models ranking available for Portugal in 2013, so we’ll have to do with a complete brands ranking which is not so bad. But first let’s marvel at the 9% year-on-year increase the Portuguese new car market is enjoying in February at 7,496 registrations, putting it at +5% and 14,511 units year-to-date. After falling by 31% in 2011 and by a further 38% in 2012 to fall below the 100,000 annual units for the first time since 1985, it would seem that new car sales in Portugal have finally bottomed out and could be headed for a small improvement in 2013…

Mitsubishi Outlander Portugal February 2013Mitsubishi Outlander. Mitsubishi sales are up 136% year-on-year in February in Portugal.

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen takes the lead this month thanks to 779 sales and 10.4% market share, up 10% year-on-year while Renault drops to #2 at 702 units and 9.4% but still leads year-to-date by just 4 sales at 1,428 and 9.8% vs. 1,424 for Volkswagen. Peugeot remains #3 at 666 units and 8.9% followed by BMW up a fantastic 33% year-on-year to 597 sales and 8% and Opel up an even better 49% to 540 units and 7.2% Other big gainers this month include Toyota up 47% to #11, Honda up 65% to #15, Hyundai up 34% to #18, Mitsubishi up 136% to #20 and Dacia up 67% to #22

Previous month: Portugal January 2013: Mercedes up 70% in stable market

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

Full February 2013 Top 34 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Portugal Full Year 2012: Renault Megane #1, BMW 1 Series #7 in worst year since 1985

March 13th, 2013 6 comments

Renault Megane

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Very difficult year for new car sales in Portugal, down 38% on 2011 which was already down 31% on 2010… At a total 95,290 registrations, this is the first time since 1985 that the Portuguese new car market falls below 100,000 annual units… The Renault Megane keeps the pole position for the 4th year in a row in spite of sales down 42% to 4,868 units and 5.1% share. Both the Renault Clio III at #2 with 4,293 sales and 4.5% and the VW Polo at #3 with 3,692 units and 3.9% gain one spot on 2011, benefitting from the freefall of the Seat Ibiza from #2 in 2011 to #19 this year…

Peugeot 208

The Peugeot 208 brilliantly lands directly in 4th position even though it launched in April when it ranked #4 already. The 208 even took the lead of Portuguese car sales in August and September and could be a serious contender to the title of most popular car in Portugal in 2013. The VW Golf VI (#5) and Opel Corsa (#6) exchange positions vs. 2011 but the new generation Golf VII ranked immediately #1 in November and should rank higher than its predecessor in 2013…

BMW 1 Series

The economic crisis had another interesting effect on the Portuguese models ranking this year: helped by strong fleet sales and an upper-class less affected by revenue contraction, premium carmakers have done extremely well in Portugal this year. BMW is up 4 spots to #4 brand overall, Audi up 6 to #6 and Mercedes up 2 to #7. The BMW 1 Series jumps from outside the Top 30 in 2011 to an outstanding 7th place thanks to 2,406 sales and 2.5%, peaking at #4 in September. BMW placed 3 models in the monthly Top 12 in September and has 3 in the Full Year 2012 Top 20: the 3 Series is up 8 ranks to #15 while the 5 Series is up 2 to #20.

Audi A3 Portugal 2012Audi A3

Audi had 3 models in the Top 16 in September with the Audi A3 peaking at #5 in November, and finishes the year with 5 representants in the Portuguese Top 50: the A3 at #17 (+11), A4 at #22 (-2), A1 at #23, A6 at #48 and A5 at #50… The Mercedes C-Class peaked at #6 in March and ends 2012 at #11 (+3) while the E-Class ranks #21, the B-Class #30 and the A-Class #45. Notice also the Toyota Yaris up 16 ranks on 2011 to #14, the Chevrolet Aveo up to #25 and the Kia Rio up to #39.

Previous post: Portugal November 2012: VW Golf 7 in pole position straight away

Previous year: Portugal Full Year 2011: Renault Megane #1 for third year in a row

Full Year 2012 Top 50 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal January 2013: Mercedes up 70% in stable market

February 18th, 2013 1 comment

Mercedes E Class Portugal January 2013Mercedes E-Class. Mercedes sales are up 70% year-on-year in Portugal in January.

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Could this be the end of the tunnel for the Portuguese new car market? In January, sales are up a shy but positive 0.3% year-on-year to 7,007 registrations… Only brands figures are available for now, and they show Renault in the lead as it was the case over the Full Year 2012 but not one year ago: the French manufacturer sells 726 units for 10.4% market share, up 23% on January 2012 when it ranked #3. Volkswagen (-12%) and Peugeot (-13%) follow.

BMW 4 Series Portugal January 2013BMW 4 Series.

Confirming the ‘premium or low-cost’ trend observed throughout Europe, the most impressive feat of the month is delivered by the 3 premium German brands: BMW is up 39% to #4 and 8.6% share, Mercedes up a whopping 70% to #5 and 8% and Audi up 19% to #6 and 7.3%, adding up to a massive 23.9% share vs. 26.5% in Germany… Notice also Nissan up 33% to #11, Dacia up 79% to #18, Mazda up 100% to #25 and Jaguar up 106% to #27.

Previous post: Portugal Full Year 2012: Renault Megane #1, BMW 1 Series #7

One year ago: Portugal January 2012: Worst January in 24 years

Full January 2013 Top 34 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Portugal November 2012: VW Golf 7 in pole position straight away!

December 31st, 2012 16 comments

VW Golf 7

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After falling by 30% in September and 5% in October, the Portuguese new car market is down 25% year-on-year in November to 7,217 registrations. The year-to-date total now stands at 88,945 units, still down a horrid 37% on 2011. Detailed models rankings for Portugal are likely to become rarer now that car magazine Guia de Automóvel has stopped publishing, one of the consequences of the economic crisis that is still hitting the country.

Audi A3

For their last issue they have published a models ranking that thanks to José I am able to share with you here, and it has the particularity of splitting sales of Golf 6 and 7. Surprise: the Golf 7 directly shoots up to pole position for its first month with 281 units sold and 3.9% share! It is ahead of the Renault Megane, still leader year-to-date with 4,246 units and 4.8% (-46%), by just one unit… An oddity: the Peugeot 208, #1 in September, is not in the Top 20 this month!

Renault Clio IV

Another model to make its first appearance in the Portuguese Top 20 this month is the Renault Clio IV at #7 and 171 units, just below its older sister the Clio III at #6 and 175. What is true in Europe currently is especially the case in Portugal: in tough times, premium brands do better – at least with fleet sales. Audi and BMW both place 3 models in the Top 20 again this month: the Audi A3 is up to a fantastic 5th position with 228 sales, followed by the BMW 1 Series at #6 and 203 units, with the 3 Series at #10, A4 at #17, 5 Series at #19 and A1 at #20.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen is ahead in November at 11.8% share ahead of Renault at 10.2% and Peugeot at 9.1% but Renault remains in the top spot year-to-date with 9,510 sales and 10.7% (-38%) with Volkswagen at #2 with 9,137 units and 10.3% (-35%). This month only BMW (+3%), Mercedes (+9%), Skoda (+19%), Land Rover (+9%) and Lancia (+8%) gain ground year-on-year, while year-to-date absolutely no brand in the Top 20 is in positive, with Audi (-8%), BMW (-13%) and Mercedes (-19%) the best performers.

Previous post: Portugal September 2012: Peugeot 208 #1, BMW 1 Series up to #4

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One year ago: Portugal November 2011: VW Passat and Audi A4 shine

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Portugal: 1989-2013 More detailed Historical Data now available!

November 1st, 2012 No comments

The Opel Corsa was on the Portuguese podium without interruption between 1989 and 1999.

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Thanks to José and STAC I can now share with you more detailed Historical Data for Portugal going back nearly 25 years up to 1989! There are now complete sales figures and market shares for most years since 1989. The nineties was the theatre of an intense battle between Fiat’s supermini and the Opel Corsa. The Fiat Uno is leader in Portugal from 1989 to 1992 before the Opel Corsa takes the lead in 1993 with a fantastic 11.1% share, improving to 12.4% in 1994. That year the Fiat Punto fell short of grabbing the pole position by only 49 units, totalling 28,904 sales vs. 28,953 for the Corsa.

The Fiat Punto was #1 in Portugal in 1995, 1996 and 2000

The Fiat Punto would become Portugal’s favourite car in 1995 (reaching a record 14% market share), 1996 and 2000 while the Opel Corsa reclaimed its throne in 1997, 1998 and 2001 (for just 3 units that year). The Renault Clio interrupted the Corsa-Punto battle for one year in 1999, and from 2002 onwards the Portuguese pole position has been a Renault affair, bar two years in 2005 and 2006 when the Opel Astra was the best-seller.

The Renault Megane has topped the Portuguese sales charts 6 times so far.

In 2002, 20032008 and 2013 the Renault Clio was Portuguese consumers’ favourite car whereas the Renault Megane took the lead in 2004, 2007 and was #1 each year between 2009 and 2012

The direct links to the 20 Portugal Historical Data articles are below.

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