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Spain February 2015: Seat Ibiza hits highest share in one year

March 4th, 2015 No comments

Seat Ibiza Spain February 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Seat Ibiza is back atop the Spanish models ranking.

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Another spectacular month for new car sales in Spain with sales up 27% both in February to 87,192 registrations and year-to-date to 155,809 units, in both cases the best scores since 2010. Seat reclaims ownership of its home market in a very assertive way this month with no less than 10.7% share thanks to sales up 57% on a year ago, also bypassing 2014’s leader Volkswagen year-to-date to establish itself in pole position with 9.3% of the market, up 49% on 2014. Opel is up two spots on January to get back to the third step of the podium it held over the FY2014, Renault is up 33% but down to #5, Nissan up 74%, Kia up a huge 132% to #9, Mercedes up 43%, Mazda up 41%, Jeep is up 7-fold to 751 sales and #20, Mitsubishi up 110%, Lexus up 85% and Porsche up 80%.

Opel Mokka Spain February 2015. Picture courtesy auto10.comThe Opel Mokka smashes its Spanish monthly ranking record to #13.

In the models ranking, the Seat Ibiza spectacularly reclaims the pole position it lost in 2014, reaching its best market share at home since March 2014 at 4.8% and 4,153 sales. This score enables the supermini to also climb into first place year-to-date, overtaking the 2014 leader its big sister the Seat Leon, also very strong at 3,669 units and 4.3% and adding up to 5,936 sales after two months vs. 6,310 for the Ibiza. The VW Polo (+6) and Golf (-1) round out the Top 4 with the Renault Megane and Dacia Sandero stable behind and the Opel Astra making a reappearance inside the Spanish Top 10 at #10.

Jeep Renegade Spain February 2015The Jeep Renegade misses the Spanish Top 50 for 10 sales.

Further down, the Opel Mokka is up a fantastic 19 spots on January to smash its monthly ranking record at #13 (previous best: #21 last November), the Fiat Panda is up 21 ranks to #14, the Audi A3 remains 17th, the Fiat 500 is up 6 to #20, the Citroen C4 Cactus down two to a still excellent #22, the Peugeot 2008 up 7 to #23 vs. #34 for the Renault Captur, the Seat Altea is up 34 to #33, the Nissan Pulsar back up 20 to #38, the Kia Carens up 21 to #39, the Mini up 11 to #41 and the Jeep Renegade is already knocking at the Spanish Top 50’s door, up 57 spots on January to #52. Finally, we welcome the Fiat 500X in the ranking at #106 with 181 units sold.

Previous month: Spain January 2015: Seat Leon #1 with VW Golf in tow

One year ago: Spain February 2014: Seat Leon triumphs

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Spain January 2015: Seat Leon #1 with VW Golf in tow

February 4th, 2015 No comments

Seat Leon VW Golf Spain January 2015. Picture courtesy auto-motor-und-sport.deThe Seat Leon is the best-selling nameplate in Spain this month, just above the VW Golf.

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The Spanish new car market starts the year all guns blazing: up a flamboyant 28% year-on-year in January  to 68,519 registrations, the best January score since 2010. Down to #3 in December, Volkswagen reclaims the brands top spot it held over the Full Year 2014 thanks to 6,631 sales and 9.7% share, more than two percentage points above Seat at 7.6% (+37%). Renault more than doubles its sales year-on-year to land in third place with 7% share ahead of Ford (+76%) and Opel (+24%) while Peugeot marks a pause at -2%. In the Top 20, Nissan (+46%), Dacia (+44%), Mercedes (+59%), Kia (+60%) and Fiat (+55%) all outperform the market, while Porsche (+68%), Lexus (+98%), Mitsubishi (+134%) and Jeep (+155%) also deliver splendid performances further down.

Nissan Qashqai VW Tiguan Spain January 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frDon’t believe the picture: the VW Tiguan outsells the Nissan Qashqai in January.

The Seat Leon confirms in January the pole position it held for the first time annually in 2014, however this month the VW Golf is only 41 units below and the Seat Ibiza 100 sales away… The Renault Mégane at #4 and Dacia Sandero at #5 are strong, with the Toyota Auris lodging an outstanding 7th place and the VW Tiguan up to an all-time high #9 thanks to 1,331 sales and 1.9%, and outselling its main competitor the Nissan Qashqai (#10) in what is only its second time inside the Spanish Top 10 after January 2014 (#10). The Citroen C4 Cactus is back up 30 spots on December to land at a record 20th place – exactly the same ranking as in its home country, France.

Citroen C4 Cactus Renault Captur Spain January 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frWrong again: the Citroen C4 Cactus trails the Renault Captur by just 65 sales this month.

Other great performers inside the Top 50 include the Toyota Yaris up to #14 and Dacia Duster up to #16, with Audi aligning 3 nameplates in the Top 25: the A3 at #17 vs. #24 in 2014, the A1 at #22 vs. #37 and the A4 at #24 vs. #41. The Mercedes C-Class is up 18 spots on December to #28 and the Mercedes GLA brilliantly maintains itself among Spain’s 35 favourite nameplates at #33. Among recent launches, notice the Nissan Pulsar stepping out of the Top 50, down 20 ranks on December to #58, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer taking off at #78 (+25), the Lexus NX300h managing a second consecutive month in the Top 100 and the Smart Forfour up 22 spots to #107.

Previous post: Spain Full Year 2014: First ever year of reign for the Seat Leon

Previous month: Spain December 2014: Seat Leon, Ibiza and Nissan Qashqai on top

One year ago: Spain January 2014: VW Golf and Dacia Sandero dominate

Full January 2015 Top 45 All-brands and Top 279 All-models below.

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Spain Full Year 2014: First ever year of reign for Seat Leon

January 4th, 2015 No comments

Seat Leon Spain 2014. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.frSeat Leon

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Very encouraging results for the Spanish new car market in 2014, definitely out of the woods at +18.5% on 2013 to 857,635 deliveries, the best annual tally since 2010 (985,287). We are still a far way off the all-time record reached in 2005 (1,647,837) but 2014 is 22% above the low of 2012 (700,562). Even more encouragingly, this year’s market growth comes from private sales (up 21% on 2013) whereas rentals (+16%) and sales to companies (+15%) have somewhat under-performed but stayed dynamic. Volkswagen is the most popular manufacturer for the third year in a row thanks to sales up 20% to 76.999 for a round 9% share while local carmaker Seat holds onto its 2nd spot but drops below 8% share (+15%). Opel and Renault (both up 22%) sidestep Peugeot down two spots to #5. Ford, Citroen and Toyota remain unchanged. Dacia (+40%), Kia, Fiat (both at +43%), Mazda (+71%), Mitsubishi (+53%) and Lexus (+68%) shine inside the Top 25. Models analysis will follow shortly.

Seat Leon 19991999 Seat Leon. It took 15 years to the Leon nameplate to rank #1 at home.

But the big news this year in Spain are in the models ranking. For the first time since the launch of the nameplate in 1999, the Seat Leon is the annual best-seller at home, and in any country in the world for that matter. Its sales shoot up by an outstanding 43% to 27,714 units, ranking first 4 times this year including December which brought it a definitive albeit tiny 142 sales advantage over its little sister the Ibiza. It is the first time since 1992 (Toldeo) that the Ibiza is not Seat’s best-seller at home. The Leon win is its first annual podium ranking at home and breaks the Ibiza’s run of 5 consecutive years in pole position and a total of 10 wins, illustrating the giant leap forward the Leon has made for its current generation. The Leon first broke into the Spanish annual Top 10 in 2003, lifting its record to #9 in 2005, #7 in 2006, #5 in 2007 and #4 in 2011.

Dacia Sandero Spain 2014The Dacia Sandero is up to a best-ever #7 in Spain in 2014.

The entire Top 8 best-selling nameplates improve their sales year-on-year, demonstrating the renewed vitality of the Spanish market. The VW Polo stays in third place, ahead of the Opel Corsa kept afloat by large discounts on the outgoing generation, the VW Golf, Renault Mégane and Dacia Sandero, up 35% and 3 spots on 2013 to a best-ever #7. The Nissan Qashqai (-16%) is the only model in the Top 11 to lose ground, and as a result it drops 7 spots to #9. December results seem to indicate the Qashqai should get back up the ladder in 2015. Excellent year of the Ford Focus up 47% to #10, along other great gainers including the Renault Captur, VW Tiguan, Kia Sportage, Dacia Duster, Peugeot 3008 and 2008, Fiat 500, 500L and Opel Mokka.

Mercedes GLA Spain 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mercedes GLA is by far the best-selling new nameplate of 2014 in Spain.

Among all-new models, the Mercedes GLA is tops, landing directly at an excellent #59. Total success for the compact SUV which was Mercedes’ best-seller in November. Below we find the Citroen C4 Cactus at #69, Nissan Pulsar at #113, Ford Tourneo Courier at #119, the BMW X4 at #136, Ford Ecosport at #143, Mercedes V-Class at #148, Lexus NX300h at #156, Porsche Macan at #157 and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer at #164.

Previous year: Spain Full Year 2013: Seat Ibiza marks 10 years at #1

Two years ago: Spain 2012: Seat Ibiza and Nissan Qashqai resist in worst year since the eighties

Full Year 2014 Top 375 All-models and Top 60 All-brands vs. 2013 below.

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Spain December 2014: Seat Leon, Ibiza and Nissan Qashqai on top

January 4th, 2015 No comments

Nissan Qashqai Spain December 2014Nissan Qashqai

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Another excellent month for new car sales in Spain, up 22% year-on-year in December to 74,029 registrations, the best December score since 2009 and 2nd best since 2007. This brings the final 2014 total to 857,635 units, up 18% on 2013 and the highest tally since 2010. Brand-wise, Ford brilliantly takes the lead for the first time in at least two years thanks to 6,248 sales and 8.4% share ahead of Seat (8.3%), Volkswagen (8.2%), Renault (8.1%) and Peugeot (7.8%) in a very tight top of the ranking. Notice also Nissan up 92% on December 2013 to #6, Mercedes up 54%, Mazda up 81%, Mitsubishi up 136%, Lexus up 123% and Jeep up 150%.

Peugeot 2008 Spain December 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Peugeot 2008 is only 35 sales below its stablemate the 208 this month.

For the first time at home, the Seat Leon manages a 2nd consecutive monthly pole position, the 4th this year and 5th all time after June 2011February 2014July 2014 and November 2014, thanks to 2,646 sales and 4% share. This score enables the Leon to edge past the Ibiza for the final 2014 top spot which we will study in more detail in the Full Year 2014 post. The Nissan Qashqai is also in great shape, up 6 spots on November to #3, as is the Peugeot 308 up 5 to #7, the Peugeot 2008 up 14 to #12 and only 35 sales below the 208, the Dacia Duster up 6 to #19 and the Opel Mokka at #26.

Ford Mondeo Spain December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFord Mondeo

Further down, notice the Mercedes A-Class at #28, the Mercedes GLA at #31, Mazda CX-5 up 23 ranks on last month to #32, the Range Rover Evoque up 22 to #39 and the Ford Mondeo up a huge 89 spots to #41. Among recent newcomers, both the Nissan Puslar (+25 to #38) and Ford Tourneo Courier (+29 to #44) break into the Spanish Top 50 for the first time, the Jeep Renegade breaks into the Top 100 at #97 and the Lexus NX (#99), BMW X4 (#102) and 2 Series Active Tourer (#103) are stable.

Previous month: Spain November 2014: Seat Leon #1, now threatens Ibiza year-to-date

One year ago: Spain December 2013: Dacia Sandero leads for third time this year

Full December 2014 Top 50 All-brands and Top 215 models rankings below.

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Spain November 2014: Seat Leon #1, now threatens Ibiza YTD

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

Seat Leon Spain November 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deSeat Leon

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The Spanish new car market is doing very well, thanks for asking. With November sales up 18% year-on-year to 65,458 deliveries, it  celebrates 15 consecutive months of year-on-year gains and equals its YTD growth: +18% on 2013 to 784,004 units. This is the strongest November score since 2009 and the highest YTD tally since 2010. This continued growth was helped this month by the announcement by the government to extend the PIVE subsidy scheme that offers price cuts on new low-emission vehicles. The brands sales charts is a volatile as ever with Renault lodging a 2nd month in a row on top thanks to sales up 42% on November 2013, Opel up 31% to #2, Volkswagen down one spot to #3 but still #1 YTD, Ford up 30% to #4 and Seat up 21% to #5. Notice also Nissan up 36%, Kia up 40%, Lexus up 138%, Smart up 145% and SsangYong up 121%.

Nissan Pulsar Spain November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Pulsar

In the models ranking, the Seat Leon is the best-selling nameplate at home for only the 4th time ever (the 3rd for this generation) after June 2011February 2014 and July 2014 thanks to 2,193 sales and 3.4% share. With the Seat Ibiza down to a paltry 10th place this month at just 1,369 units and 2.1%, the Leon is now just 261 sales below the Ibiza with just one month left in 2014! The race to the title of 2014 best-selling car in Spain has never been so tight. Never before has the Leon topped the annual Spanish ranking (or any other country in the world for that matter) whereas the Ibiza has done so 10 times already, including the past 5 consecutive years. So Ibiza or Leon? Answer in one month.

Opel Mokka Spain November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frOpel Mokka

After delivering a splendid 1-2 last month, Renault places the same two models on the podium in November: the Clio is #2 again thanks to 1,885 sales and 2.9% while the Mégane is down two spots to a still excellent third place at 2.8%. The Ford Focus is up 6 ranks to #4, the Toyota Auris up a further two to #6, the Opel Astra up 6 to #8, Toyota Yaris up 4 to #13 and Renault Captur solid at #15. Further down, the Opel Mokka is up 11 spots on October to a record #21, the Mercedes GLA up 16 to a best-ever #28, its first time inside the Spanish Top 30 and Mercedes’ most popular model here above the C-Class at #31 (+15) and the A-Class at #34 (+9).

Mercedes-Benz GLA Spain November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst Top 30 ranking in Spain for the Mercedes GLA

Among recent launches, notice the Nissan Pulsar up 16 spots to #63, the Ford Tourneo Courier up 11 to #73, the Lexus NX 300h up 39 to break into the Spanish Top 100 for its 2nd month of sales at #79, the BMW X4 up a further two ranks to #96, the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer now separated from the 2-Series and landing at #107, the Jeep Renegade up 53 spots to #109 and the new gen Smart Forfour making its first appearance inside the ranking at #113.

Previous month: Spain October 2014: Renault Mégane and Clio on top

One year ago: Spain November 2013: Nissan Qashqai back in charge

Full November 2014 Top 50 brands and Top 200 models Ranking Tables below.

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Spain October 2014: Renault Mégane and Clio on top

November 4th, 2014 No comments

Renault Mégane Spain October 2014. Picture by largus.frRenault Mégane

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The Spanish new car market is not looking back: up another 26% year-on-year in September to 76,418 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 718,527 units, up 18% on 2013. In both cases (October and YTD), these are the best scores since 2009. Renault is the star of the month with sales up 36% to 7,503 units and 9.8% share, that’s 2.5 percentage points above the brand’s YTD level (7.4%)! The French manufacturer is well above Volkswagen (8.2%), Ford (up 32%), Peugeot (both at 7%), Seat (6.9%), Opel (up 44% to 6.9% also) and Citroen (6.8%). It places two of its models atop the sales charts: the Mégane takes the lead for the first time since September 2012 thanks to 2,599 sales and 3.4% share while the Clio is up 5 spots on September to rank #2 at 2,303 units and 3%.

Mercedes GLA Spain October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe GLA is now the best-selling Mercedes in Spain!

Other brands delivering strong Spanish sales in October include Dacia up 106%, Hyundai up 41%, Kia up 53%, Mercedes up 56%, Mitsubishi up 72%, Lexus up 63% and Jeep up 79%. In the models sales charts, the Seat Ibiza (#3) and Leon (#4) climb back up the ladder after lacklustre September performances and cement their domination in the YTD ranking where they hold the first and second spots respectively. The Toyota Auris is up two further ranks to a splendid 8th position, the Renault Captur is up 6 to #13, the Toyota Yaris up 4 to #17, Hyundai i20 up 37 to #30, Citroen C4 Cactus up 8 to #33 and the Mercedes GLA is down 11 to #44 but manages the incredible: only a few months after its launch it is Mercedes’ best-seller in Spain just above the A-Class (#45) and C-Class (#46).

BMW X4 Spain October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe BMW X4 breaks into the Spanish Top 100 this month.

Among other recent launches, notice the VW Golf Sportsvan up 18 spots on September to #67, the Nissan Pulsar up one to #79, the Ford Tourneo Courier up 19 to #84, the BMW X4 breaking into the Spanish Top 100 for the first time, up 7 ranks to #98, the Lexus NX up 40 to #118 and the Jeep Renegade making its first appearance inside the Top 200 at #162 with 48 units sold.

Previous month: Spain September 2014: Dacia Sandero confirms pole position

One year ago: Spain October 2013: Renault Clio tops market up 35%

Full October 2014 Top 220 models and Top 45 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Spain September 2014: Dacia Sandero confirms pole position

October 2nd, 2014 4 comments

Dacia Sandero StepwayDacia Sandero

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Spanish car sales are back into frank growth territory: up a very encouraging 26% year-on-year in September to 57,177 registrations – the best September score since 2009. This brings the year-to-date total to 641,617 units, up 17% on 2013 and the best result since 2010. Brand-wise, Volkswagen remains master on board but delivers the weakest progression in the Top 20 at +7%. Peugeot is up 23% to #2, Renault up 35% to #3, Opel up 51% to #4 and Ford up 15% to #5. Other great gainers include Nissan (+45%), Dacia (+75%), Kia (+42%), Mercedes (+67%), Mazda (+90%), Mitsubishi (+148%), Lexus (+99%), SsangYong (+87%), Infiniti (+177%) and Maserati (+433%).

Mercedes GLA Spain September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mercedes GLA is up to a best-ever #33 spot in Spain this month.

In the models ranking, exceptional performance of the Dacia Sandero maintaining itself in pole position for the 2nd consecutive month thanks to 1,796 sales and 3.1%, however still ranking 6th year-to-date. It is the 5th time in the past 21 months (and ever) that the Sandero tops the Spanish sales charts after JanuaryAugustDecember 2013 and August 2014. This time for the fight for the top spot is a lot more intense, with the Renault Mégane up a flamboyant 12 spots on August to land directly in 2nd place at 1,724 units and 3%. The VW Polo is up one rank to #3, the Seat Ibiza down two to #4 but still #1 year-to-date at 21,840 sales and 3.4% above the Seat Leon (20,798 units and 3.2%), down to #8 in September. Notice also the Toyota Auris at #10 vs. #15 year-to-date, the Kia Sportage at #16 vs. #20, the Hyundai ix35 at #18 vs. #24, Peugeot 2008 at #22 vs. #34, Nissan Note at #29 vs. #48 and the Kia Rio at #32 vs. #54.

Lexus NX300h Spain September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst appearance of the Lexus NX 300h in the Spanish sales charts.

The second best performer of the month is the Mercedes GLA, up a further 10 ranks on a record-breaking #43 spot in August to #33 thanks to 527 sales and a market share just under 1%. This makes Spain one of the countries in the world where the GLA ranks the highest (below Switzerland notably) and it makes the GLA Mercedes’ 2nd most popular vehicle with Spanish consumers, just below the C Class at #31. The Citroen C4 Cactus for its part is up 6 spots to #41, the Nissan Pulsar shoots up to #80, the BMW X4 is up 32 ranks to #105, the Peugeot 108 is up to #137 and the Lexus NX 300h makes its very first appearance in Spain at #158 with the first 40 units sold in the country.

Previous month: Spain August 2014: Dacia Sandero triumphs

One year ago:  Spain September 2013: VW Golf and Peugeot 308 on top

Full September 2014 Top 44 All-brands and Top 210 models Ranking Tables below.

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Spain August 2014: Dacia Sandero triumphs

September 2nd, 2014 3 comments

Dacia Sandero Spain August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Sandero

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The Spanish new car market is moving the right way again in August at +13% to 45,497 registrations, however if last July was the best since 2009, this August is the best since… 2012 (48,497) and the third worst August score in the past 20 years below 2013 (39,954) and 2010 (45,003). Year-to-date, new car sales in Spain are up an encouraging 16.5% on 2013 to 584,432 units. Being traditionally the slowest month of the year due to Summer holidays, August triggers more volatile rankings. Brand-wise, Volkswagen cements its domination with sales up 36% year-on-year and 9% share ahead of Opel (+22%), Peugeot (+12%) and Ford (+50%) while Seat (+2%) and Renault (+17%) both drop 3 ranks on July to #5 and #6 respectively. Dacia is only 24 units below Renault and 44 below Seat (!), Kia is up 36% to #10, Mercedes up 40% to #12, Mazda up 99% to #18 and Mitsubishi up 86% to #20.

Mercedes GLA Spain July 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFirst Top 50 ranking in Spain for the Mercedes GLA

The Dacia Sandero flamboyantly takes the lead of the Spanish models charts this month thanks to 1,659 sales and 3.6% share, one percentage point above every other model on sale in the country bar one: the Seat Ibiza at #2 with 1,281 units and 2.8% and #1 year-to-date at 3.5% share. This is the 4th time in the past 20 months (and ever) that the Sandero tops the Spanish ranking after JanuaryAugust and December 2013. Other great performers this month include the Opel Astra up to #5 vs. #12 year-to-date, the Toyota Auris up to #7 vs. #15, Hyundai ix35 up to #12 vs. #24, Kia Sportage at #15, Peugeot 3008 up to #18 vs. #28. Finally, the Mercedes GLA is up 18 spots to break into the Spanish Top 50 for the first time at #43 and the Macan confirms its status as Porsche’s best-seller, up 18 ranks to #131.

Previous post: Spain August 2014: Barcelona Photo Snapshot

Previous month: Spain July 2014: Seat Leon dominates ahead of VW Polo

One year ago: Spain August 2013: Dacia Sandero leads in market back in hell

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Spain August 2014: Barcelona Photo Snapshot

August 20th, 2014 4 comments

1. Seat Ibiza Barcelona August 2014Seat Ibiza in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain – August 2014

Over the past few days I had the honour of visiting Barcelona in Spain, and this is a great opportunity to share with you my impressions on the car landscape in the capital of the Catalunya region. Remember to click on any picture to see the full size version! The first striking element looking at the cars in the streets of Barcelona is the low prevalence of shining new cars. The recession the market has endured here between 2008 and 2013 is showing clearly in the composition of the car landscape. Also, a very large portion of the cars in circulation in the city are taxis which may flaw some observations a little. A lot of these taxis are new, indicating that fleet sales do play a big part in the Spanish new car market’s current recovery.

2. Seat Toledo Barcelona August 2014bSeat Toledo in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain – August 2014

As is often the case in mid-weight cities, taxi nameplates are very specific in Barcelona with only a few models forming the vast majority of the park. Logical: the Seat Altea, Skoda Octavia, Superb and now Rapid are very popular with taxi companies. Large boots, understandable. More interesting: the Toyota Prius is among the two or three most frequent taxis here. Even more interesting: the Seat Toledo is everywhere as a taxi. Let’s be frank, it’s a flop in the Spanish sales charts as well as all other European countries, and it seems the little amount of sales it garnered at home since launch are devoted to endure the long and tiring life of being a taxi here.

3. Seat Leon Barcelona August 2014Seat Leon in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain – August 2014

As far as passenger cars are concerned, the latest generations Seat Ibiza and Leon do confirm they are the two most popular vehicles in the country at the moment with a significant amount driving around in town. The new Peugeot 308 is also an instant hit in Barcelona in line with country-wide sales figures of the past few months.

4. Skoda Rapid Barcelona August 2014Skoda Rapid in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain – August 2014

5. Renault Twizy Barcelona August 2014bRenault Twizy in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain – August 2014

Barcelona is now the city in the world where I saw the most Renault Twizy! They are used as security vehicles around the main touristic attraction (as below in Park Güell), but also available to rent and I saw quite a few tourists happily driving around town, with the passenger holding onto the driver’s seat a little bit like on a motorbike…

6. Renault Twizy Barcelona August 2014aRenault Twizy in Park Güell, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain – August 2014

7. Peugeot 308 Barcelona August 2014Peugeot 308 in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain – August 2014

8. Dacia Dokker Barcelona August 2014Dacia Dokker in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain – August 2014

If you are a regular BSCB reader, you will know that Dacia has been met with tremendous success in Spain, with the Sandero flirting with the pole position of the models private sales charts. This gets confirmed in Barcelona, and I even saw way more Dacia Dokker than I ever did in France…

9. Seat Toledo Barcelona August 2014aSeat Toledo in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain – August 2014

10. Tata Hispano Barcelona August 2014Did you know Indian manufacturer Tata had a Spanish subsidiary called ‘Tata Hispano’? 

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Spain July 2014: Seat Leon dominates ahead of VW Polo

August 2nd, 2014 1 comment

Seat Leon Spain July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frCan the Seat Leon beat the Ibiza to finish the year in pole position at home?

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Spanish new car sales hit a new high in July, confirming they are definitely on the mend: up 11% year-on-year to 83,435 registrations, the strongest month of July since 2009 (108,961). Granted, it is still only less than half the all-time high of 176,980 units reached exactly ten years ago in 2004, but with a market up a splendid 17% so far in 2014, the perspectives are good for car dealers across the country. In the brands ranking, after a month of June dominated by an unusually strong Renault (12% share!), Volkswagen (9.5%) and Seat (7.5%) reclaim the top 2 spots they also hold year-to-date in July. Renault is down to #3 at 7% share which is still better than its #5 spot year-to-date, above Opel (6.7%) and Peugeot (6.2%). Notice also Dacia up 66% to #8, Fiat up 42% to #9, Kia up 38% to #14, Mercedes up 31% to #15 and Mazda up 97% to #18.

Kia Sportage Spain July 2014The Kia Sportage stops just short off a Top 10 ranking at #11.

The Seat Leon is the most popular model at home in Spain for only the third time in history (the 2nd for this generation) after June 2011 and February 2014 thanks to 2,945 sales and 3.5% share. The Leon is now only 612 units (18,571 vs. 19,183) below its little sister the Seat Ibiza in the 2014 year-to-date ranking, with the last 5 months of the year decisive for the attribution of Spain’s best-selling car crown. Needless to say the Leon has never before topped the annual ranking in Spain (or any other country in the world for that matter) whereas the Ibiza has done so 10 times already, including the past 5 consecutive years. The VW Polo is up two spots on June to land at a beautiful 2nd place ahead of the Ibiza.

Fiat 500L Spain July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Fiat 500L hits its best-ever ranking in Spain so far this month.

Another outstanding score for the Dacia Sandero up 4 ranks on last month to 4th position, with other great performers in Spain in July including the Kia Sportage up 8 to #11, the Renault Captur at #13 vs. #22 year-to-date, the Fiat 500L up 5 to a best-ever #17, Hyundai ix35 up 6 to #19, Citroen C4 Catus up a further 6 to a record #35 and Mercedes GLA up to #61. Finally, notice the Mercedes V-Class up 21 to #118, the BMW X4 up 9 to #139, the Porsche Macan down 7 to #149 but still the brand’s best-seller in Spain and the BMW i3 breaking into the Top 200 at #186.

Previous month: Spain June 2014: Renault up 50% to lead with 12% share

One year ago: Spain July 2013: Seat Ibiza regains control

Full July 2014 Top 230 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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