Spain March 2017: VW Polo leads, Seat Ateca breaks into Top 10

The Seat Ateca makes its very first appearance in its home Top 10 this month.

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After a meagre 0.1% gain in February, the Spanish new car market is back on track in March at +12.6% year-on-year to 126.272 deliveries, the highest March score since 2007 (173.778). The year-to-date total now stands at 309.570, up a vigorous 7.8% on the same period a year ago and the largest Q1 score since 2008 (347.762). This month’s growth can be considered healthy with business sales up 18.2%, private sales up 11.7% and rental sales trailing the market at “just” +9.3%. The year-to-date picture is in the same vein: business sales up 14.5% to 27.3% share, private sales up 6.8% to 49.2% share and rental sales up only 2.8% to 23.4% share. The Spanish market is now being lifted by business and private sales, not rental sales, which is a very healthy perspective indeed.

Brand-wise, the most popular this month is Volkswagen, up two ranks on February to become the only manufacturer with a five-digit sales figure in March at 10.093 (+30%). #2 Renault (+38%) and #3 Ford (+47%) both comfortably beat the market whereas Opel slides down 4%. Nissan (+24%) distances Seat (+9%) which was #1 last month. Among large March gainers, let’s pick Land Rover (+26%), Skoda (+28%), Audi (+29%),  Mini (+29%), Jeep (+36%) and Suzuki (+139) in the Top 25, Porsche (+45%), Alfa Romeo (+68%), Abarth (+73%), Jaguar (+86%), Maserati (+147%) and Infiniti (+309%).

There is a bit of movement atop the models ranking this month: the VW Polo (+73%) takes the lead above the Nissan Qashqai (+48%) and Renault Clio (+64%), the Opel Corsa is faithful to its traditional position in the market but distances the traditional leaders the Seat Leon (-18%) and Ibiza (-15%). It would appear the two star nameplates from Seat could potentially be cannibalised by the brand’s all-new SUV: the Ateca. This month the Ateca – exactly one year after appearing in the Spanish sales charts – breaks into its home Top 10 for the very first time at #10 with 1.8% share. Its previous best was #17 last October. The next few months will confirm whether there is indeed cannibalisation taking plane within the Seat lineup. March sales seem to say so.

Other great performers this month include the Ford Fiesta (+97%), the Ford Focus (+38%) and Hyundai Tucson (+25%) inside the Top 10, the Renault Captur (+35%), Citroen C3 (+36%) and Renault Mégane (+51%) inside the Top 30 and the Skoda Fabia (+63%), Audi A1 (+70%), Nissan Micra (+75%), VW Tiguan (+94%) and BMW X1 (+118%) inside the Top 50. The 2nd generation Peugeot 3008 leads recent launches (<12 months) at #24 (+5 spots on last month) ahead of the Toyota C-HR at #52 (-19), Ford Ka+ at #68 (+8) and Audi Q2 at #69 (+1). This month we welcome two new nameplate in the Spanish charts: the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (#179) and the 2nd generation Peugeot 5008 (#228). Like the 3008, the 5008 changes segment from MPV to SUV and is therefore counted separately from the 1st generation in Spain.

Previous month: Spain February 2017: Market growth slows to +0.1%

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

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Spain February 2017: Market growth slows to +0.1%

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The Spanish new car market edges up just 0.2% year-on-year in February to 98.285 registrations – the largest February score since pre-recession  2008, lifting the year-to-date tally up 4.7% to 183.296, also the highest since 2008. In the brands ranking, Seat reclaims the top spot thanks to sales up 19% to 9.425 and 9.6% share, distancing Opel (+5%), Volkswagen (-14%) and Peugeot (-12%). Fiat (+16%), Suzuki (+38%), Jaguar (+44%), Abarth (+90%), Maserati (+138%), Infiniti (+175%) and Tesla (+633%) all post impressive year-on-year gains. Like in January, Seat monopolises the top two spots in the models ranking with the Ibiza (+9%) at #1 and the Leon (+3%) at #2. The Opel Corsa (+36%), Nissan Qashqai (+46%) and Opel Astra (+45%) follow, all bypassing the VW Golf (-2%). The Renault Clio gains 33% to #7, the Peugeot 2008 is up 40% to #10, the Opel Mokka up 28% to #11, the Citroen C3 up 43% to #15 and the Renault Mégane up 77% to #16. The Fiat 500X is up a gigantic 170% to #20, while the Seat Ateca (#21), Peugeot 3008 II (#29) and Toyota C-HR (#33) lead new launched.

Previous month: Spain January 2017: Opel leads, Toyota C-HR inside Top 25

One year ago: Spain February 2016: Seat Leon and Ibiza top market artificially up

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Spain January 2017: Opel leads, Toyota C-HR inside Top 25

Opel is the #1 brand inin January and the Zafira Tourer ranks at a spectacular #8.

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The Spanish new car market is up 10.5% year-on-year in January to 85.007 registrations, the highest for the month in a decade, since the 101.664 units sold in January 2008. However, building on a trend visible through 2016, private sales trail the market with a 8.6% gain to 46.308 and 54.5% share whereas rental sales are up 12.3% to 13.084 and 15.4% share and business sales up 13.3% to 25.615 and 30.1% share. As it was the case a year ago, Opel takes the lead of the Spanish brands ranking in January with 8.6% share (+1%), distancing Volkswagen (-0.1%) while homegrown Seat soars 52% to land in third place vs. #8 in December and #5 over the Full Year 2016. Peugeot (+4%) and Toyota (+33%) round up the Top 5, while 2016 leader Renault implodes to #10 with a meagre 4.9% share vs. 7.8% in 2016. Renault has now taken the habit of artificially boosting sales each quarter end and logically pays the price of this controversial policy the following month. Great performers in Spain also include Mercedes up 21% to break into the Top 10 at #9, Mitsubishi (+29%), Fiat (+41%), Dacia (+42%), Mini (+48%), Subaru (+48%), Smart (+51%), Alfa Romeo (+59%), Abarth (+108%), Maserati (+200%), Jaguar (+202%) and Infiniti (+358%).

The Toyota C-HR breaks into the Spanish Top 25 in January. 

Runout prices to clear existing stock prior to the unveiling of the new generation push the Seat Ibiza up 94% year-on-year onto the models pole position at home this month, knocking the Seat Leon – leader for the past three years – down 6% to #3 with the VW Golf rounding out the podium. The Ope Corsa (+24%) and Dacia Sandero (+54%) post vigorous gains to slot inside the Top 5, with the Nissan Qashqai (+18%), Opel Zafira Tourer (+29%), Peugeot 208 (+26%) and Peugeot 2008 (+22%) also impressive. Among recent launches, the Seat Ateca nudges up two spots on December to a best-ever #18, the new generation Peugeot 3008 is up four to #21 but the most impressive leap is delivered by the Toyota C-HR up 55 ranks on last month to land at #23 with 1.015 sales. Notice also the Audi Q2 up 43 to #56, the Kia Niro up 54 to #83, Jaguar F-Pace up 12 to #98 and the Skoda Kodiaq making its first appearance at #246.

Previous post: Spain Full Year 2016: Renault, Seat Leon win in market pushed by rentals

One year ago: Spain January 2016: Opel soars to #1, Mokka in Top 10

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Spain Full Year 2016: Renault, Seat Leon win in market pushed by rentals

seat-leon-spain-2016The Seat Leon is the best-seller at home for the third year in a row. 

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New car sales in Spain continue their recovery in 2016, posting a fourth consecutive year of gains at +10.8% and 1.153.645 registrations. This is the highest annual tally in eight years – since 2008 (1.161.499) – and up 65% on the low of 2012 (700.562) but still down 30% on the record high of 2005 (1.647.837). There is an alarm bell ringing this year though: the Spanish market has been pulled up mainly by rental sales up 17% to 206.178 and reaching 17.9% share vs. 17% in 2015, as well as company sales up 16.5% to 321.435 leading to a 27.9% share vs. 26.5% last year. Reversely, private sales are up just 6% to 626.032 and now represent 54.3% of the market vs. 56.6% in 2015. This is still above large European markets such as Germany and France but this trend indicates the Spanish recovery is slowly morphing into an artificially-boosted one.

Renault Megane Spain 2016. Picture courtesy largus.fThe new Mégane help Renault snap up the annual brands pole position in Spain. 

Thanks to a last minute surge in December, Renault bypasses Volkswagen and Seat to finish the year in the brands’ pole position with 7.8% market share, only 1.138 sales above Opel (7.7%). Note the two market leaders advance at the same fast pace in 2016: +17%, which is only beaten in the Top 10 by Kia (+19%). Volkswagen (+1%) retrogrades to third place despite ending the year just 1.460 units below Renault, it distances Peugeot (+9%) and Seat (+0.2%). Ford (-7%) is the only manufacturer in the Top 30 with Dacia (-1%) to actually lose volume vs. 2015. Toyota (+13%), Audi (+17%), Hyundai (+15%), Fiat (+29%), Mercedes (+21%), BMW (+23%), Mazda (+19%), Volvo (+26%) and Mini (+18%) all run faster than the market this year, while among smaller brands Suzuki (+63%), Abarth (+78%), Jaguar (+110%), Infiniti (+149%) and Tesla (+418%) stand out.

Seat Ateca Spain 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Seat Ateca is the most popular new launch of 2016.

Despite falling down in the brands ranking, local carmaker Seat retains its stranglehold on the models charts: the Leon delivers a third consecutive year on top with 2.9% share and its stablemate the Ibiza remains in 2nd place at 2.8%. The Opel Corsa soars 30% and 7 spots on 2015 to land on the third step of the podium with 2.3% share, ahead of the VW Polo (+1%) and Renault Clio (+10%). The VW Golf (-1%), Nissan Qashqai (+6%) and Dacia Sandero (-1%) all drop in the ranking, while the Peugeot 308 (+15%) and 208 (+7%) return to the Top 10. Other great performers include the Renault Captur (+23%), the Hyundai Tucson up to #14 for its first full year, the Opel Mokka up 36%, Hyundai i20 up 41% and Kia Rio up 30%. The Seat Ateca leads new launches at #72 (but ranked in the Top 20 twice), ahead of the Fiat Tipo (#76), Renault Talisman (#98) and the new generation Peugeot 3008 (#110).

Previous post: Spain December 2016: Renault shoots up 55% to 10.4% share

Previous year: Spain Full Year 2015: Second year of reign for the Seat Leon

Two years ago: Spain Full Year 2014: First ever year of reign for the Seat Leon

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Spain December 2016: Renault shoots up 55% to 10.4% share

Renault Megane Spain December 2016The Renault Mégane is up 152% to #3 in December.

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The Spanish new car market gains another 9% year-on-year in December to 97.411 registrations, the highest score for the month since 2007 (144.455), leading to a year-to-date tally up 11% to 1.153.645, the highest since 2008 (Full Year 2016 data will be treated in a separate post). Renault is the spectacular winner of the month with deliveries shooting up 55% to 10.125 and 10.4% share, allowing the French carmaker to jump past Opel and Volkswagen to snap up the 2016 pole position (more on this in the FY2016 report). Peugeot (+4%) is up 3 spots on last month to #2, ahead of Volkswagen (+7%), Opel (+27%) and Ford (-11%), Notice also Toyota (+14%), BMW (+21%), Audi (+38%), Fiat (+34%), Volvo (+20%), Mitsubishi (+67%) and Suzuki (+54%) all posting very robust increases. Model-wise, the VW Golf (+18%) jumps 9 spots on November to #1 with 2.664 sales, only 49 above the Renault Clio (+28%) and 50 above the Mégane (+152%). The Hyundai Tucson (+25%) and Nissan Qashqai (+3%) complete the Top 5, while the Renault Captur (+44%), Peugeot 2008 (+45%), Opel Corsa (+31%), Renault Kadjar (+30%) and Opel Mokka (+63%) impress inside the Top 20. The Seat Ateca nudges up 1 spot on last month to #20, the new Peugeot 3008 is up 4 to #25, the Toyota C-HR up 29 to #78 and the Alfa Romeo Giulia up 31 to #132.

Previous month: Spain November 2016: Renault Mégane soars to pole position

One year ago: Spain December 2015: Hyundai Tucson breaks into Top 10

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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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