Spain November 2016: Renault Mégane soars to pole position

renault-megane-spain-november-2016bThe Renault Mégane is the best-selling vehicle in Spain in November.

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The Spanish new car market returns to double-digit growth rates in November at +13% to 93.066 registrations, the largest October score since 2007 (125.227), lifting the year-to-date gain to +10.9% and 1.056.159 units, the highest 10 month-result since 2008 (1.089.112). Yet a phenomenon now widespread across Europe prevents analysts such as myself to jump for joy too high: most of the October year-on-year increase is due to artificial channels – read easily manipulated with self-registrations and much less profitable – such as company sales up 29% to 30.100 and sales to rental companies up a whopping 43% to 7.016. Private sales only gain 3% on October 2015 to 55.950 units and represent 60.1% of the market vs. 65.8% a year ago. The year-to-date situation is more favourable to private sales: up 7% but down from 55.8% to 53.8% share while company sales are up 15.9% to 27.6% share vs. 26.4% and rentals are up 15.8% to 18.6% share vs. 17.8% a year ago.

audi-q2-spain-november-2016The Audi Q2 has already broken into the Spanish Top 100.

In the brands ranking, Renault surges 42% to take the top spot for the second consecutive month at 8.323 sales and 8.9% share, while Volkswagen benefits from a low base last year when its October sales were severely affected by the emission scandal to gain 21% to 7.112 and 7.6%. Opel gains a very shy 1% to #3 with 6.630 but stays in the year-to-date lead at 83.250 sales (+16%) above Volkswagen at 81.480 (+0.3%) and Renault at 80.415 (+14%). Other great performers near the top of the ranking include Seat (+37%), Hyundai (+20%), BMW (+67%), Audi (+26%), Fiat (+43%) and Mini (+49%). Reversely, Peugeot (-2%), Ford (-3%), Citroen (-5%), Kia (-12%) and Dacia (-15%) lose ground. Among smaller brands, notice Abarth (+102%), Jaguar (+109%), Maserati (+180%) and Infiniti (+359%).

Renault digitals templatesThe Mégane is benefiting from leasing promotions up to the end of the year in Spain. 

Model-wise, the Renault Mégane simply doubles its sales year-on-year thanks to the new generation and a special leasing offer (see picture at top of article), leading it to take the overall Spanish pole position for the first time since October 2014. The Seat Leon (+15%) is knocked down to 2nd place but remains by far the top seller so far this year at 32.188 units (+7%) ahead of the Seat Ibiza at 30.046 (+4%), staying at #3 this month. Below, the Renault Clio (+23%) and VW Polo (+45%) impress, at #8 the Hyundai Tucson breaks into the Top 10 for the third time in the past 8 months after April (#10) and August (#5) and the Opel Mokka is boosted by its facelift up 58% to #10, the brand’s best-seller above the Astra (#11) and Corsa (#12).

toyota-c-hr-spain-november-2016The Toyota C-HR makes its first appearance inside the Spanish sales charts. 

The Seat Ateca leads recent launches (<12 months) once again but drops four spots on October to #21 while the new generation Peugeot 3008 shoots up 39 ranks on last month to #29 with 1% share. The next best things are the Ford Ka+ at #54 (+17), the Fiat Tipo at #69 (-11) and the Audi Q2 breaking into the Top 100 for its first full month of sales at #95 (+88). The one newcomer of the month is the Toyota C-HR landing directly at #108 with 217 sales – a score that should improve drastically over the coming months.

Previous month: Spain October 2016: Seat Leon leads, Ateca breaks into Top 20

One year ago: Spain November 2015: Dacia Sandero doubles sales to #1

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Spain October 2016: Seat Leon leads, Ateca breaks into Top 20

seat-ateca-spain-october-2016-picture-courtesy-thecarexpert-co-ukSeat Ateca

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The Spanish new car market slows down its unbridled recovery this month at +3.8% year-on-year to 83.733 registrations, the highest October score in Spain since 2009 (98.512), reducing the year-to-date gain to a still very reasonable +10.7% at 963.092 units, the best result after 10 months since 2008 (1.025.983). A more worrying sign is the fact that company sales do the heavy lifting this month with a 11% gain to 27.716 and 33.1% share vs. 30.9% a year ago, rental sales surge 37% to 5.927 and 7.1% share vs. 5.4% but private sales, the real measure of a healthy market, are down 3% to 50.090 and 59.8% share vs. 63.7% a year ago. This is partly because a scrappage scheme expired this month. Year-to-date, private sales also lag behind at +7% to 53.2% share vs. 54.9% over the same period a year ago, while both company and rental sales are up 15% to 27.2% and 19.6% share respectively. Also, according to Faconauto dealerships president Jaume Roura, “Self-registrations counted for approximately 10 percent of the market in October. It cannot become a regular solution to hit sales goals.” I agree but sadly it seems to have become the norm in Europe.

Brand-wise, Renault is up one spot on August to take on the pole position with 8.3% share, distancing Seat (+22%), Peugeot (-8%) and Volkswagen (-6%). Within the Top 10, Opel (+9%), Kia (+20%) and Mercedes (+17%) frankly outpace the market. Outside, Jeep (+33%), Fiat (+37%), Mini (+52%), Maserati (+106%), Jaguar (+126%) and Infiniti (+281%) post the largest year-on-year gains. In the models ranking, the Seat Leon reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date with sales up 6% to 2.615, followed by the Nissan Qashqai at 2.103 (+15%) and the Seat Ibiza at 2.014 (-7%). The Opel Corsa is up 34% to #5, the Dacia Sandero is up 9 spots on September to #6 and the Renault Mégane up 12% to #8. The Seat Ateca leads new launches head and shoulder, ip 9 spots on last month to #17, ahead of the Fiat Tipo (#58), Peugeot 3008 II (#68), Ford Ka+ (#71), Jaguar F-Pace (#101 and Kia Niro (#106). The Audi Q2 (#212), Volvo V90 (#219) and Abarth 124 Spider (#230) make their first appearance in the Spanish ranking this month.

Previous month: Spain September 2016: Clio and Polo lead, Seat Ateca up to #26

One year ago: Spain October 2015: Peugeot leads, Hyundai Tucson up to #15

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Spain September 2016: Clio and Polo lead, Seat Ateca up to #26

seat-ateca-renault-kadjar-spain-september-2016At 849 sales, the Seat Ateca is only 38 below the Renault Kadjar in Spain in September.

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It’s time for September data. The Spanish new car market posts a 7th month of double-digit year-on-year gains out of 8 this year with September sales up 14% to 80.100, the best score for the month since 2007 (96.774), leading to a year-to-date tally up 11% to 879.353 units, the highest since 2008 (948.286). If private sales remain solid at +9% to 47.577 and 59.4% share vs. 52.6% year-to-date, this month the engines of growth are elsewhere: with company sales at +17% to 27.833 and 34.7% share vs 26.6% YTD and more spectacularly sales to rental companies at +60% to 4.690 and 5.9% share, however still way below the 20.8% share it holds so far in 2016.

ford-ka-spain-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autocar-co-ukFord Ka+ 

Volkswagen is the #1 marque in Spain for the 2nd month running, following the market at +15% to 6.899 deliveries and 8.6% share, but Renault progresses much faster at +38% to 6.516 and 8.1%. Inside the Top 10, Seat (+12%), Toyota (+18%) and Mercedes (+28%) lodge double-digit gains but Peugeot (+5%), Ford (+7%), Citroen (-3%) and Nissan (+1%) lose share. Market leader so far in 2016, Opel is stable year-on-year, resulting in a much reduced 5.9% share and a paltry 6th place in September. Spectacular gainers this month include Fiat (+35%), Jeep (+44%), Land Rover (+46%), Alfa Romeo (+69%), Jaguar (+86%), Maserati (+100%), Suzuki (+104%), Infiniti (+300%) and Bentley (+400%).

ferrari-gtc4lusso-spain-september-2016-picture-courtesy-motortrend-comFerrari GTC4lusso 

Model-wise, the Renault Clio (+47%) and VW Polo (+16%) edge past the Seat Leon (+4%) to take control of the sales charts, followed by the Nissan Qashqai (+10%) and VW Golf (+4%). The Peugeot 2008 surges up 38% to 1.461 sales and #8 thanks to its facelift, sandwiched by the 308 (1.570) and 208 (1.444). The Kia Sportage (+41%), Opel Corsa (+42%), Renault Captur (+45%), VW Tiguan (+47%), Hyundai Tucson (+71%) and Ford Kuga (+128%) also impress but the Opel Astra disappoints at a paltry -24%. The Seat Ateca takes off: up 65 spots on August to rank #11 SUV and #26 overall at home. The Ford Ka+ lands at #69, the Peugeot 3008 II at #131 and the Ferrari GTC4lusso at #274.

Previous month: Spain August 2016: Hyundai Tucson surges to record 5th place

One year ago: Spain September 2015: Seat Leon resumes domination

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Spain August 2016: Hyundai Tucson surges to record 5th place

Hyundai Tucson Spain August 2016The Hyundai Tucson breaks into the Spanish Top 5 for the first time in August.

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In August, the Spanish new car market posts a 6th double-digit year-on-year gain for 2016 at +14% to 64.549 units, the best August score since 2007 (99.639). This means the year-to-date tally is now up 11% to 799.233 registrations, the highest since 2008 (882.565). Traditionally the rental channel is weak in August. 2016 is no exception, and even if sales to rental companies are up 48% to 2.544, they still account for just 3.9% of the August total vs. 22.3% year-to-date. Company sales do the heavy lifting at +17% to 19.420 and 30.1% share vs. 25.8% year-to-date but private sales are also very robust at +12% to 42.585 and 66% share vs. 51.9% so far in 2016.

Toyota Auris Spain July 2016Toyota is up 26% to #5 brand in Spain this month.

Volkswagen snaps the brands pole position this month, up from #5 in July, despite gaining less ground than the market at +2% to 4.915 units. Renault is up 17% to #2, distancing Opel (+1%) and Peugeot (+6%). Toyota (+26%) is up 7 ranks on last month to a fantastic 5th place overall while Hyundai (+45%) is up 6 to #7. Seat (+21%), Kia (+21%), Mercedes (+22%), Fiat (+40%), Mitsubishi (+27%) and Volvo (+27%) also outpace the market in the Top 20. Beyond, notice Mini (+34%), Jeep (+36%), Land Rover (+37%), Porsche (+44%), Smart (+46%), Ssangyong (+55%), Suzuki (+93%), Jaguar (+127%), Infiniti (+385%) and Maserati (+400%) all posting spectacular gains.

Kia Sportage Spain July 2016The Kia Sportage is up 33% to #12 and #3 best-selling SUV.

The Seat Leon surges 82% year-on-year to remain in pole position with 1.694 sales and 2.6% share, denoting an extremely fragmented market. The Dacia Sandero (-3%) is just 100 units behind at a splendid 2nd place ahead of the Opel Corsa (+113%) and Seat Ibiza (+13%). But the hero of the month is without contest the Hyundai Tucson, celebrating one year in market with deliveries up 137% to a record-breaking 5th place overall. It is now #13 year-to-date and #3 SUV behind the Nissan Qashqai (#9) and Renault Captur (#12).

VW Tiguan Spain July 2016The VW Tiguan is back inside the Spanish Top 20 thanks to the new generation. 

The Toyota Auris is up 9 spots on July to #8, the Kia Sportage is up 33% year-on-year to #12, the Toyota Yaris up 31% to #13, the VW Tiguan up 22 ranks on last month to #16 thanks to the new model and the Dacia Duster up 31% on August 2015 to #18. The Fiat Tipo (#66) and Mercedes GLC (#67) lead recent launches (<12 months), with the Seat Ateca (+8 spots to #91) and Honda HR-V (+9 to #99) also pointing their bonnet inside the Top 100. The Jaguar F-Pace is up a further 6 ranks to #106, the Ford Edge is up 45 to #138 and we welcome the Kia Niro at #142.

Previous month: Spain July 2016: Seat Ibiza, Leon and Dacia Sandero dominate

One year ago: Spain August 2015: Opel Astra surprise best-seller

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Spain July 2016: Seat Leon, Ibiza and Dacia Sandero dominate

Dacia Sandero Spain July 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frDacia Sandero

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The Spanish car market slows down its growth in July: after gaining 21% both in April and May and 11% in June, it is up 4% this month to 107.930 units, the biggest July tally in Spain since 2009 (108.961). This lifts the year-to-date total up 11% to 734.679 sales after 7 months, the highest since 2008 (824.015). Thanks to sales up 23%, Opel reclaims the brands top spot it holds year-to-date at 8.097 units vs. 8.018 for Renault (+6%), 7.671 for Seat (+9%) and 7.574 for Peugeot (-3%). Volkswagen tumbles down 26% to 5th place, but Fiat (+33%), Dacia (+29%), Kia (+20%), Hyundai (+19%) and Volvo (+42%) shine in the Top 20. Notice also Suzuki (+103%), Jaguar (+58%) and Infiniti (+281%) sparkling among smaller brands.

Fiat Tipo Spain July 2016. Picture courtesy motorverso.comFiat Tipo 

Model-wise, the Seat Leon (+21%) is back to the pole position it holds so far in 2016, distancing the Seat Ibiza (+31%), Dacia Sandero (+37%), Nissan Qashqai (+14%) and Opel Corsa (+105%). The VW Golf (-33%) and Peugeot 308 (-11%) struggle but the Renault Captur (+27%), Hyundai Tucson (+525%), Dacia Duster (+56%), Renault Kadjar (+64%) and Kia Rio (+40%) impress. The Fiat Tipo shoots up 58 spots on June to #37 with the arrival of the hatchback and station wagon variants, the Seat Ateca breaks into its home Top 100 for the first time at #99, the Jaguar F-Pace is up 15 ranks to #112, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is up 42 to #130 and the Infiniti QX30 lands at #228.

Previous post: Spain First Half 2016: Opel surprise leader in market back to 2008 level

Previous month: Spain June 2016: Renault and Seat Ibiza lead market up 11%

One year ago: Spain July 2015: VW Golf surges to pole position

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Spain 1st Half 2016: Opel surprise leader in market back to 2008 level

Opel Corsa Spain June 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frOpel shoots up 22% to become the #1 brand in Spain so far in 2016. 

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This is the first of a series of H1 2016 updates covering the Top 15 largest car markets in the world, that will be published all through July as data becomes available. The Spanish new car market has now almost returned to its pre-recession levels, with a 12% gain over the first half of 2016 bringing it to 626.756 units, its highest level since 2008 (702.503) which was 18% down on 2007 (852.197). Nearly there. Mitigating this performance is the fact that “artificial” channels have down the heavy lifting in Spain so far this year: company sales are up 17% o 134.930 and 25.1% share and rental sales are up 14.5% to 140.811 or 25.7% share. In contrast, private sales are up just 9% to 282.821, pulling their market share below the symbolic 50% mark to 49.2% vs. 50.6% a yea ago.

Mazda CX-3 Spain June 2016Mainly thanks to the CX-3, Mazda posts one of the biggest year-on-year gains at +47%. 

The brands ranking gives us a surprise: thanks to deliveries up a flamboyant 22%, German manufacturer outpaces rival Volkswagen (+2%) to take charge with 53.776 units and 8.6% share vs. 49.518 and 7.9% for VW. Renault (+10%) and Peugeot (+19%) follow, both overtaking local carmaker Seat, down a harsh 7% and dropping three spots to #5. Citroen (+17%), Audi (+21%) and Kia (+24%) also beat the market inside the Top 10 while Ford struggles at -12%. Fiat (+24%), BMW (+23%), Mercedes (+26%), Mazda (+47%), Volvo (+30%) and Honda (+45%) are strong, Suzuki (+73%) and Jaguar (+209%) take off.

Seat Leon Spain June 2016. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukCan the Seat Leon top the annual Spanish charts for a third consecutive year? 

In the models aisle, the Seat Leon could be headed to a third consecutive year of reign as it leads again at the halfway mark with 19.808 deliveries (+1%) but its advantage over its little sister the Seat Ibiza (19.263) remains slim. The Opel Corsa (+23%) advances to third place overall, overtaking both the VW Polo (+8%) and Golf (+3%) now threatened by the Peugeot 308 up 42% to 13.922 sales. The Renault Captur continues to gallop ahead at +24% to #12, followed closely by the Opel Mokka (+34%) and Kia Sportage (+21%) just as the Hyundai Tucson lands directly at #16 with a stunning 9.284 sales, the Renault Kadjar shoots up to #27 and the Fiat 500X to #47. Among other all-new launches, the Mercedes GLC (#73) and Honda HR-V (#99) are the only ones to make it into the Top 100, with the Fiat Tipo (#105) and Renault Talisman (#112) just missing out.

Previous post: Spain June 2016: Renault and Seat Ibiza lead market up 11%

One year ago: Spain 1st Half 2015: Seat Leon above Ibiza in market up 23%

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Spain June 2016: Renault and Seat Ibiza lead market up 11%

VISTADIFERENTThe Seat Ibiza is the most popular nameplate at home in June. 

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New car sales in Spain are up by a robust 11% year-on-year this month to 124.350 registrations, the biggest June score since pre-recession 2007 (166.298), bringing the year-to-date total to 626.756 units, up 12% and also the largest half year tally in Spain since the recession (2008: 702.503). Some great news looking into the channel detail: private sales do the ground work with a 15% surge to 59.543 and 47.9% share, while rental sales and company sales both gain 8% to 28.5% and 23.6% share respectively. Brand-wise, Renault gains 19% to take the lead what 9.5% share, distancing Opel (+8%), Volkswagen (-1%) and Peugeot up an excellent 25%. Citroen (+19%), Fiat (+37%), Toyota (+21%), Hyundai (+31%), BMW (+24%) and Mini (+34%) also make themselves noticed inside the Top 20, while among smaller brands Honda (+84%), Smart (+86%), Jaguar (+229%) and Infiniti (+200%) stand out.

Fiat 124 Spider Spain June 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frFiat gains 37% in May in Spain and launches the 124 Spider (#234). 

In the models ranking, the Seat Ibiza leaps up two spots on May and 34% year-on-year to get back to pole position for the 2nd time in the past 3 months – and year – with 4.259 sales and 3.4% share. It distances the Opel Corsa (+40%), VW Polo (+3%) and Seat Leon (-8%). The Peugeot 308 surges 52% to #5, the Opel Astra is up 31% to #6 and the Peugeot 208 up 38% to #9. Below, a string of crossovers continue to beat the market: the Nissan Qashqai (+34%), Renault Captur (+17%), Kia Sportage (+18%), Opel Mokka (+28%), Renault Kadjar (+448%), Hyundai Tucson (#19) and Fiat 500X (+271%) are all in great shape and within the Top 25. Further down, the Seat Ateca is down 20 spots to #133 and we welcome no less than five new nameplates in the Spanish charts this month: the Citroen E-Mehari (#225), Fiat 124 Spider (#234), Maserati Levante (#243), Volvo S90 (#253) and Hyundai Ioniq (#282).

Previous month: Spain May 2016: Opel cements lead with Corsa best-seller

One year ago: Spain June 2015: Seat Leon back in charge

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Spain May 2016: Opel cements lead with Corsa best-seller

Opel Corsa Spain May 2016Opel is the best-selling brand in Spain so far in 2016, the Corsa is #1 in May. 

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The Spanish new car market is up a whopping 21% year-on-year in May to 114.441 registrations, the strongest May score in 8 years (116.137 in 2008), lifting the year-to-date total up 12.5% to 502.558 units, the first time Spain is above the half-million mark after five months since 2008 (587.519). A look at sales by channels shows that a large part of these gains are due to sales to rental companies up 38% or almost 10.000 units to 34.111 and 29.8% share (vs. 26.1% a year ago) whereas company sales and private sales are both up 15% but lose market share: 46.2% for private sales vs. 48.7% a year ago.

Seat Ateca Spain May 2016The Seat Ateca is gearing up to #134 at home.

Brand-wise, Opel reclaims the top spot it also holds year-to-date thanks to sales up a magnificent 36% to 10.563 and 9.2% share above Renault up 37% to 9.948 units and 8.7%. Volkswagen (+1%), Seat (+5%) and Peugeot (+10%) round up the Top 5. Audi (+49%), Kia (+40%), Hyundai (+41%), Mazda (+42%), Jeep (+110%), Lexus (+59%), Suzuki (+72%) and Jaguar (+263%) also frankly outperform the market this month.

Ford Edge Spain May 2016The Ford Edge makes its first appearance in the Spanish ranking this month.

Model-wise, the Opel Corsa shoots up 48% year-on-year to take the lead for the first time since June 2014 with 3.671 deliveries, outpacing the Seat Leon (3.511) and Ibiza (3.496) with the Renault Clio up 44% (3.107) and Nissan Qashqai up 39% (2.698) in tow. The Renault Captur is up 69% to #8, the Opel Mokka up 66% to #11 and the Audi A3 up 94% to #13. Among recent launches, the Hyundai Tucson shines once again at #14 with 1.810 sales, miles above the next best-selling newcomers being the Renault Talisman (#84) and Mercedes GLC (#87). Further down, the Seat Ateca is gearing up at #113 (+91 spots on April), the Jaguar F-Pace is up a further 11 ranks to #132 and we welcome the Ford Edge at #175 with 62 units sold in May.

Previous month: Spain April 2016: Market back in positive (+21%), VW back to #1

One year ago: Spain May 2015: Seat Ibiza and Leon cross over again

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Spain April 2016: Market back in positive (+21%), VW back to #1

VW Golf Spain April 2016. Picture courtesy of autobild.deVW Golf sales are up 45% year-on-year in Spain in April, helping the brand back to #1.

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After ending 30 consecutive months of year-on-year gains in March with a 0.6% drop, the Spanish new car market is back in frankly positive territory with April up a gigantic 21% to 100.889 registrations, the first six-digit April score in eight years – since the 123.620 deliveries of April 2008. The year-to-date total is now up 10% to 388.087, here too the best tally after 4 months since 2008 (471.382), but still a fair distance from the all-time record of 2005 (546.906). Once again sales to rental pull the market up with a 29% increase to reach 20.9% market share. Company sales are up 21% to 26.5% share while private sales are up 18% to 52.6% vs. 53.8% a year ago and 50.5% so far in 2016 (52.6% at the same stage in 2015). So all-in-all a pretty homogeneous growth across all channels which is great news.

Seat Ibiza Spain April 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Seat Ibiza is the best-selling nameplate in Spain in April but the Leon is #1 YTD.

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen puts an end to three consecutive months of reign by Opel with sales up 31% to 9.014 and 8.9% share vs. 7.720 and 7.7% (+10%) for Opel which however remains in the year-to-date lead at 32.740 deliveries (+22%) vs. 31.537 (+3%) for VW. Peugeot holds itself in third position, gaining slightly less ground than the market in April at +18% to 7.403 deliveries. Seat is down 4% to 4th place above Renault (+7%) while Citroen (+46%), Kia (+34%) and Toyota (+13%) are the other double-digit gainers inside the Top 10. Below, Volvo (+44%), Suzuki (+49%), Hyundai (+60%), Land Rover (+69%), Jeep (+71%) and Honda (+83%) are among the greatest performers while Jaguar (+309%), Ferrari (+200%), Tesla (+133%) and Lamborghini (+100%) lead smaller brands.

Dacia Sandero Spain April 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Dacia Sandero ranks third overall in Spain this month.

Overtaking its larger stablemate the Leon for 149 units (3.363 vs. 3.214), the Seat Ibiza becomes the best-selling nameplate in the country in April for the first time in almost a year – the last was in May 2015 – but the Leon retains the year-to-date pole position at 12.962 units vs. 11.508. The Dacia Sandero is up two spots on March to brilliantly land on the third step of the podium, followed by the VW Golf (+45%) and Polo (+49%) both extremely dynamic, as is the Peugeot 308 at #7 (+46%). Less than a year after its launch, the Hyundai Tucson manages to crack the Spanish Top 10 for the 2nd time at #10 thanks to 1.765 sales.

Jaguar F-Pace Spain April 2016The F-Pace is already Jaguar’s best-seller in Spain. 

Among other recent launches, the Renault Kadjar is stable at #33, the Fiat Tipo is up 22 spots on last month to #73, the Mercedes GLC up 6 to #76 and the Suzuki Vitara is up 14 to #87. The Jaguar F-Pace up almost 100 ranks to #143 with 118 sales, becoming the brand’s best-seller in Spain as early as its third appearance in the Spanish charts – the Jaguar XE follows at #162. Further down, the Seat Ateca is up 21 ranks to #203, and we welcome the Suzuki Baleno at #210, the Porsche 718 at #217, the Mercedes GLS at #254 and the Ssangyong XLV at #255.

Previous month: Spain March 2016: First decline in 31 months on weak rentals

One year ago: Spain April 2015: Seat Leon takes clear advantage, Dacia Sandero #3

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Spain March 2016: First decline in 31 months on weak rentals

Opel Corsa Spain February 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Corsa (+13%) keeps Opel as the #1 brand in Spain so far in 2016. 

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If last month we described the Spanish new car market as artificially up, this time and after a whopping 30 consecutive months of year-on-year gains, it is actually down at -0.6% to 112.122 registrations. This is the first time since August 2013 that new car sales in Spain lose ground year-on-year, marking an abrupt end to a speedy recovery from the global recession of 2009. The year-to-date total is still up by a vigorous 7% at 287.193 units over the first quarter but this weak March result definitely puts a damper on hopes for a third consecutive year of double-digits gains in Spain, whose car market is still a long way from its record level of 2006 (413.295 sales during the first quarter). A look at sales by channels confirms what we observed so far this year: sales to rental companies now dictate the Spanish market: they single-handedly drove it into negative by skid 10% to 32.330 units or 28.8% share just as sales to companies are up 11% to 27.572 and 24.6% share and retail sales are up a very timid 0.2% to 52.115 or 46.6% share, still well below the symbolic 50% mark. That rental sales are down isn’t a bad thing in itself, but that they have enough clout to be capable to driving the entire market down, is.

Jaguar F-Pace Spain March 2016After the Jaguar F-Pace in February… 

Opel continues on its excellent streak and remains the #1 brand in the country, going against the grain with sales up 11% to 9.299 and 8.3% share, ahead of Peugeot (+8%) while Volkswagen (-17%) and Seat (-12%) both drop much faster than the market, as do Renault (-14%), Nissan (-17%) and Ford (-26%). In the Top 20, Dacia (+11%), Kia (+13%), BMW (+26%), Honda (+26%), Mercedes (+28%), Volvo (+35%) and Mazda (+48%) ignore the negative trend and all post spectacular gains. Smart (+111%) and Jaguar (+103%) lead smaller brands.

Model-wise, the Seat Leon (3.609) and Ibiza (3.293) continue to dominate the sales charts, but if the Leon keeps its head above the water (+2%), the Ibiza sinks (-16%). The Opel Corsa lodges another excellent month in third place, coming up 4th so far in 2016 vs. #10 in 2015. Below the Nissan Qashqai (-22%), the Dacia Sandero and Peugeot 308 markedly progress, each gaining 27% on their March 2015 respective levels. Both the VW Polo (-23%) and Golf (-5%) lose ground.

Bentley Bentayga Spain March 2016… it’s the turn of the Bentley Bentayga to hit Spanish roads in March. 

Recent launches are led once again by the Hyundai Tucson (#14) and Renault Kadjar (#33), with the Mazda CX-3 (#80), Mercedes GLC (#82) and Honda HR-V (#85) in tow while the new Fiat Tipo breaks into the Top 100 for the first time (#95). After the Jaguar F-Pace last month, we welcome another luxury SUV in March: the Bentley Bentayga at #244 with 3 sales. These two nameplates are destined to stellar sales success in Spain, if Porsche figures are to be replicated: the Macan (83) and Cayenne (58) account for a whopping 79% of the brand’s sales in the country this month…

Previous month: Spain February 2016: Seat Leon and Ibiza top market artificially up

One year ago: Spain March 2015: Nissan Qashqai and Ford Focus up

Full February 2016 Top 42 All-brands and Top 270 All-models below.

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