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

September 26th, 2013 5 comments

BMW 3 Series Portugal August 2013. Picture courtesy of Largus.frBMW 3 Series

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Thanks to Antonio from ANCAP Portugal has now become a monthly models ranking update on BCSB. In August, the Portuguese new car market continues to regain shape, up 13% year-on-year to 6,142 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 72,017 units, now up 6% on 2012. The top 3 best-sellers all lodge market share frankly above their year-to-date levels: the Renault Clio is up 57% to 6.5% share, the Peugeot 208 up 22% to 5.1% and the VW Golf up an impressive 64% to 4.9% at #3 vs. #6 and 2.9% year-to-date.

But the big event this month in Portugal is just below: BMW manages to place two models in the Top 8: the 3 Series is up 7 spots on July and 120% year-on-year to land at a fantastic 5th place with 163 sales and 2.7% while the BMW 5 Series is up 24 ranks on last month and 57% year-on-year to #8 at 138 units and 2.2%. Paradoxically, BMW’s best-seller in the country so far this year, the 1 Series at #8 year-to-date, is down to #13 in August…

It’s a great month for premium German brands: Mercedes has two models in the Portuguese Top 11 in August: the A-Class is up 7 spots on July to #7 with 140 sales and 2.3% and the E-Class is up 18 ranks and 69% to #11 at 125 units and 2%.

Renault Captur Portugal August 2013Renault Captur

The other star of the month in Portugal is the Renault Captur: up 7 spots on last month, it reaches an excellent 6th position with 2.6% share, the model’s highest monthly ranking outside of France so far. For comparison, the Peugeot 2008 is down 10 ranks to #33 this month. Other great performers include the Seat Leon up 34 ranks to #18, the Honda Civic up 14 to #22 and the Dacia Sandero up 326% year-on-year to #23.

Previous month: Portugal July 2013: Discover the Top 250 All-models ranking!

One year ago:  Portugal August 2012: Peugeot 208 on top, 3 Audis in Top 20

Full August 2013 Top 30 brands and Top 50 models Ranking Tables below.

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

August 15th, 2013 5 comments

Fiat Punto Portugal July 2013The Fiat Punto is the best-selling car in Portugal in July.

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For the first time on BSCB and thanks to Antonio from ANCAP I can share with you an all-models ranking for Portugal. Exciting times indeed! As we have seen in the brands article, new car sales in Portugal are up a fantastic 17% year-on-year in July to 10,832 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 65,783 units, up 5% on 2012. We continue to witness an extremely volatile models ranking in the country: the Fiat Punto is up a very surprising 93% year-on-year to gain 5 spots on June and land in pole position, no less, with 513 sales and 4.7%, just above the VW Polo at 508 units while the Peugeot 208 rounds up the podium with 449 sales and 4.1%. Year-to-date however, the Renault Clio is still sovereign at 3,516 sales and 5.3% even tough it dropped to #6 this month, with a comfortable advantage over the VW Polo (4.8%) and Peugeot 208 (4.5%).

Seat Ibiza Portugal July 2013The Seat Ibiza is up 149% year-on-year in July in Portugal…

#2 in 2011 but down to a horrible 19th place in 2012, the Seat Ibiza continues to climb back the Portuguese sales charts, up a further 4 spots on last month to #4 with 425 sales and 3.9%, that a whopping 149% increase on July 2012! The Ibiza is now #11 year-to-date. Notice also the BMW 1 Series up 43% year-on-year but down 3 spots on June to #7, the Opel Corsa up 78% but also down 3 to #8, the Toyota Yaris up 123% to #11 and the BMW 3 Series up 85% to #12.

Renault Captur Portugal July 2013Portugal is the Renault Captur’s 2nd best performing country in the world after France.

The Renault Captur confirms Portugal is its #2 market in the world after France so far, up one further rank on last month to #13 at 233 units and 2.2% while the Peugeot 2008 is down 5 to #23 and the Citroen C-Elysee down 8 to #24. Other great performers this month in Portugal include the Toyota Auris up 271% year-on-year to #15, the Nissan Juke up 9 spots to #16, Lancia Ypsilon up an out-of-this-world 674% to #21 and the Opel Adam breaking into the Portuguese Top 30 for the first time at #30.

Previous post: Portugal July 2013 (brands): Opel up 55% in positive market

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

One year ago (almost): Portugal August 2012: Peugeot 208 on top, 3 Audis in Top 20

Full July 2013 Top 212 and 7 months 2013 Top 250 All-models Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal July 2013: Opel up 55% in positive market

August 9th, 2013 3 comments

Opel Astra Portugal July 2013Opel Astra. Opel sales are up 55% year-on-year in Portugal this month.

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Excellent news are coming to us from Portugal: after gaining 18% last month in what was the largest year-on-year increase in 2.5 years, new car sales are up another 17% in July to 10,844 registrations, which indicates the recession could be over… Renault confirms it is the most popular carmaker in the country with 1,090 sales and 10.1% share, followed (like in the year-to-date ranking) by Volkswagen at 9% and Peugeot at 8.7%. The next 4 carmakers all lodge very impressive year-on-year increases, well above the market: BMW is up 25% to 7.3% share, Fiat up 22% to 7.2%, Opel up 55% to 6.3% and Mercedes up 39% to 6%. Notice also Seat up 75% to #9, Toyota up 90% to #10, Chevrolet up 27% to #15, Kia up 48% to #15, Volvo up 34% to #16 and Lancia up a huge 485% to #18 vs. #25 year-to-date.

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

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

One year ago (almost): Portugal August 2012: Peugeot 208 on top, 3 Audis in Top 20

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

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

July 16th, 2013 3 comments

Citroen C-Elysee Portugal June 2013. Picture courtesy of cochaldia.comCitroen C-Elysee

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Thanks to Antonio José from ACAP I can share with you today a Top 50 models ranking for Portugal, a rarity indeed! The Portuguese new car market is for once euphoric in June, up 18% year-on-year to 12,707 registrations, which brings back the year-to-date total into positive halfway through 2013 at 54,950 units, up 3% on 2012. While the Renault Megane had led the Portuguese sales charts for 4 consecutive years up until 2012, this year there is a complete change of guard atop the models ranking. The Renault Clio takes charge and even hits a huge 7.9% market share in June, thanks to sales up a whopping 159% year-on-year to 999. Its year-to-date total is up a more modest 25% to 3,159 units and 5.7%.

Renault Clio Portugal June 2013Renault Clio

While the Megane is down to #4 year-to-date but #7 in June, the following model mechanically move up one rank;: the VW Polo is up 24% to #2 with 2,674 sales and 4.9% so far in 2013 (but 5.4% in June) and the Peugeot 208 is up 94% to #3 at 2,485 units and 4.5%. Outstanding June performances of the BMW 1 Series up 62% to #4, the Opel Corsa up 50% to #5, Fiat Punto up 82% to #6 and the Seat Ibiza, finding its way back up the Portuguese ladder (it ranked #2 in FY2011 but #19 in 2012), up 65% to #8 and now #12 year-to-date.

The new BMW 1 Series, Urban Line (06/2011)The BMW 1 Series ranks 4th in Portugal in June!

Notice also the Mercedes A-Class #12 in June and #11 year-to-date and the BMW 3 Series is up 86% to #13 in June and up 48% to #9 ytd. But the big news is the appearance of 3 all-new models in the June ranking: the Renault Captur lands at #14 with 232 sales and 1.8% (#42 ytd), the Citroen C-Elysee is #16 at 206 units and 1.6% (#19 ytd) and the Peugeot 2008 ranks #18 with 189 sales and 1.5% (#48 ytd). Other notable June progressions include the Seat Leon up 170% to #28, the Fiat 500 up 135% to #29 and the Dacia Sandero up 130% to #36.

Previous post: Portugal June 2013 (brands): Renault takes off in market up 18%

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

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

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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

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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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