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Spain July 2015: VW Golf surges to pole position

August 4th, 2015 No comments

VW Golf Spain July 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe VW Golf is the best-selling model in Spain this month.

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Spanish new car sales are evolving at their highest level in six years in July, crossing the 100.000 annual mark for the month for the first time since 2009 at 103.524 registrations, up a splendid 24% year-on-year and lifting the year-to-date total to 662.083 units, up 23% on 2014. Keep in mind these very substantial gains have a lot to do with a scrappage scheme that has been extended to last the entire year. If Volkswagen keeps the lead of the brands ranking despite sales up just 11% to 9.520 and 9.2% share, Peugeot surges 4 spots on June to land in 2nd place thanks to deliveries up 40% to 7.826. The French manufacturer is followed by compatriots Renault (+19%) and Citroen (+32%) with domestic carmaker Seat struggling in 5th position (+4%) but staying at #2 year-to-date.

Citroen C4 Cactus Spain July 2015The Citroen C4 Cactus continues to be more successful in Spain than in France.

The list of manufacturers outpacing the market to display explosive gains in Spain this month is long: BMW (+32%), Audi (+36%), Toyota (+38%), Nissan (+41%), Honda (+42%), Volvo (+49%), Mitsubishi (+50%), Mazda (+51%), Lexus (+52%), Skoda (+60%), Porsche (+75%) all impress, whereas Smart (+149%), Jaguar (+203%) and Jeep (+265%) literally take off. Over on the models ranking, the VW Golf is up 8 ranks on June to snap up the top spot for the first time since January 2014 thanks to 3.015 sales and 2.9%, it remains 4th year-to-date however. The Seat Leon is knocked down to 2nd place at 2.923 units and 2.8% and holds onto its 2015 pole position at 22.468 sales and 3.4% above its little sister the Seat Ibiza at 21.944 and 3.3%. The VW Polo rounds up the podium both in July and year-to-date.

Jaguar XE Spain July 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Jaguar XE is already knocking on the Spanish Top 100 this month.

Strong showings of the Nissan Qashqai at #6 (+9 on June), the Peugeot 308 at #8 (+5), Opel Astra at #9 (+3) and VW Tiguan at #12 (+18). The Citroen C4 Cactus, assembled locally in Madrid, is up 5 spots on last month to return to its all-time best ranking at #15 with 1.636 sales and 1.6%, a position it also held last March. Notice also the Ford Ka up 36 ranks to #21, the Mercedes GLA up 21 to #37 and the Renault Kadjar slicing its June ranking in two to break into the Spanish Top 50 at #43. Further down, the new Hyundai Tucson lands directly at #95 with 291 sales, the Jaguar XE is up 65 spots to a cool #107 ranking, the Mazda CX-3 is up a shy 4 ranks to #131, the Opel Karl up 34 to #154 and the Ssangyong Tivoli up 24 to #171.

Previous post: Spain 1st Half 2015: Seat Leon above Ibiza in market up 23%

Previous month: Spain June 2015: Seat Leon back in charge

One year ago: Spain July 2014: Seat Leon dominates ahead of VW Polo

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Spain 1st Half 2015: Seat Leon ahead of Ibiza in market up 23%

July 6th, 2015 No comments

Seat Leon Spain June 2015. Picture courtesy caricos.comSeat Leon

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Spain is definitely on the mend: after gaining 18% this time last year, new car sales the country, sustained by an extended scrappage scheme, are up another 23% over the First Half of 2015 to 558.544 registrations, the best 6-month score in Spain since 2010. The Top 4 best-selling manufacturers come in the same order as in FY2014, albeit at slightly lower market shares for the Top 3: Volkswagen (+15%), Seat (+21%), Opel (+17%) and Renault (+32%) dominate, with Nissan (+53%) delivering the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10. Below, the best performers include Mazda (+50%), Smart (+60%), Kia (+65%), Lexus (+68%), Mitsubishi (+129%) and Jeep (+316%).

Opel Mokka Spain June 2015. Picture courtesy cadenadesuministro.esThe locally-built Opel Mokka takes off: up 3-fold year-on-year to #19.

Fresh from being crowned in an annual ranking at home for the first time in 2014, the Seat Leon repeats this performance over the First Half of 2015 thanks to sales up 25% to 19.545 units vs. +17% to 19.385 sales for the Seat Ibiza, #1 a year ago. The VW Polo (+7%) and Golf (+10%) take advantage of the Opel Corsa letting go (-11%) to gain one spot each to #3 and #4 respectively, with the Renault Mégane up a fantastic 32% to 5th place overall. The Nissan Qashqai however snaps the title of most improved in the Top 10 at +40% to return inside the Top 10 at #9. The SUV craze intensifies in Spain: the Renault Captur (+69%), Kia Sportage (+49%), Peugeot 2008 (+90%) and Zaragoza-built Opel Mokka (+181%) now all fit inside the Top 20 vs. none one year ago… The Citroen C4 Cactus (#23), Opel Zafira Tourer (#44) and Nissan Pulsar (#49) storm into the Top 50.

Previous post: Spain June 2015: Seat Leon back in charge

FY2014 post: Spain Full Year 2014: First ever year of reign for Seat Leon

One year ago: Spain June 2014: Renault up 50% to lead with 12% share

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Spain June 2015: Seat Leon back in charge

July 2nd, 2015 No comments

Seat Leon Spain June 2015. Picture courtesy telegraph.co.ukThe Seat Leon is back to #1 year-to-date at home.

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Bolstered by the extension of scrappage scheme, new car sales in Spain are up an impressive 24% year-on-year to 111.893 registrations, the best June score since 2010 and 2nd best since pre-recession 2008. This brings the 2015 tally halfway through the year to 558.544 units, up a reassuring 23% on 2014. Volkswagen remains the best-selling manufacturer in the country thanks to sales up a beautiful 31% year-on-year, ending past Renault (-8%) at 9.967 units vs. 9.908 with both carmakers holding a 8.9% share of the Spanish market. Ford (+44%), Opel (+23%) and Seat (+22%) follow. Further down, Kia (+68%) is up 5 spots on May to #8, while Nissan, Mazda (+57%), Skoda (+61%), Land Rover (+63%), Mitsubishi (+117%), Smart (+255%) and Jeep (+358%) all frankly outperform the market.

Opel Zafira Tourer Spain June 2015The Opel Zafira Tourer shoots up to #17 this month in Spain.

Over in the models ranking, the Seat Leon reclaims the pole position it held over the FY2014, both in June with 3.642 sales and 3.3% and year-to-date at 19.545 units and 3.5% vs. 19.385 for the Seat Ibiza, also at 3.5% of its domestic market. The Leon distances the VW Polo in June, enabling the latter to climb to #3 year-to-date above the VW Golf. Ford shines in the Top 10, placing the Fiesta at #5 (+11 on May) and the Focus at #7 (+5). The Renault Captur is up 7 ranks to #11, the Opel Zafira Tourer up a huge 49 spots to #17, the Citroen C4 Cactus up 14 to #20 and the Skoda Fabia up 19 to #23. As far as recent newcomers are concerned, the Renault Kadjar edges up 3 spots to #86, the Mazda CX-3 is up 47 to #135 and the Jaguar XE up 14 to #172. We also welcome the Opel Karl at #188.

Previous month: Spain May 2015: Seat Ibiza and Leon cross over again

One year ago: Spain June 2014: Renault up 50% to lead with 12% share

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Spain May 2015: Seat Ibiza and Leon crossover again

June 3rd, 2015 1 comment

Seat Ibiza Leon Spain May 2015. Picture courtesy diariomotor.comThe Seat Ibiza outsells the Leon this month and year-to-date.

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Now that the government has decided to extend the scrappage scheme that was originally planned to stop at the end of April, new car sales in Spain are back to double-digit growth: up 15% year-on-year in May to 94.674 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 446,646 units, up 22% on 2014. These are the best scores since 2010 and 2nd best since pre-recession 2008. In the brands ranking, despite sales down 7% on May 2014, Volkswagen reclaims the May and year-to-date pole positions off Seat at 8.110 and 38.698 sales respectively, vs. 7.597 and 38.535 for local manufacturer Seat, down to #3 this month. Opel is up 26% to #2, Renault up 56% to #4 and Nissan up 32% to #8, with other great gainers in May including BMW (+26%), Mazda (+30%), Kia (+38%), Mini (+47%), Volvo (+50%), Land Rover (+67%), Mitsubishi (+135%) and, of course, Jeep (+218%) thanks to the Renegade.

Renault KadjarManufactured in Spain, the Renault Kadjar lands directly at #89 in May. 

Model-wise, the Seat Ibiza edges ahead of the Leon this month at 3.078 sales vs. 2.997, slightly extending its lead year-to-date at 16.201 deliveries vs. 15.903. In each case the two Spanish nameplates are the only ones above 3% share in an increasingly fragmented market. In fact, with the Opel Corsa and VW Golf each leaping up two spots on April to #3 and #4 respectively, only 1.099 units separate the #3 year-to-date (VW Golf at 11.211 sales) from the #9 (Renault Clio at 10.112)… Other great May performers include the Peugeot 308 up to #10, the Kia Sportage up to #15, Hyundai i20 up 15 spots to #35, Range Rover Evoque up 35 to #39, Toyota Aygo up 23 to #58, Seat Alhambra up 52 to #79 and the Ford Ecosport up 30 to a record #87. Finally, we welcome 3 new nameplates in the Spanish charts this month: the locally produced Renault Kadjar lands directly inside the Top 100 at #89, the Mazda CX-3 appears at #182 and the Ssangyong Tivoli at #204.

Previous month: Spain April 2015: Seat Leon takes clear advantage, Dacia Sandero #3

One year ago: Spain May 2014: Seat Ibiza and Leon cement domination

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

May 6th, 2015 No comments

Seat Leon Spain April 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Seat Leon is the best-selling nameplate at home in April.

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After the extravagant +41% increase from last month, the Spanish new car market falls back to a more realistic 4% year-on-year gain in April at 83,336 registrations, as the latest phase of government scrappage scheme ended at the start of April. However this is still the 20th consecutive month of year-on-year gains in Spain, bringing the year-to-date total to 351,949 deliveries, up 25% on 2014. Despite sales down 11% on April 2014, Seat reclaims the brands pole position off Volkswagen both this month (7.599 sales) and year-to-date (30.938) while Opel leaps up to 2nd spot overall in April (7.027) and both Renault (+40%) and Peugeot (+6%) outperform the market inside the Top 5. Notice also Dacia up 39% to a fantastic 7th place overall, Toyota up 21%, Kia up 26%, Mercedes up 28%, BMW up 24%, Mazda up 47% and Mitsubishi up 103%.

Dacia Sandero Spain April 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Sandero ranks third overall in April in Spain.

In the models ranking, the Seat Leon overtakes its smaller sibling the Ibiza to lead overall for the 4th time in the past 6 months with 3.424 sales and 4.1% share vs. 2.871 and 3.4% for the Ibiza. This is however not enough to edge into the year-to-date pole position: the Leon now trails the Ibiza by just 217 units (12.906 vs. 13.123), and 2015 is another very tight year in the race for the annual pole position, after the Leon managed to finish 2014 ahead for the first time in the nameplate’s history at 27.714 sales, only 142 units above the Ibiza. The other great performer this month in Spain is the Dacia Sandero, up 10 spots on March to land on the podium at #3, its best Spanish ranking since last September when it was #1 overall.

Peugeot 2008 Spain April 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 breaks into the Spanish Top 10 for the first time in April.

The Renault Clio also delivers a good month in 4th place vs. #9 year-to-date, while the Peugeot 2008 breaks into the Spanish Top 10 for the very first time at #9 with 1.628 sales and 2% share, establishing ranking, volume and share records in Spain and outselling the 208 (#11 and 1.559 sales) for the first time to become the brand’s best-seller – also for the first time. A month of firsts for the 2008! Notice also the VW Passat up 24 ranks to #27, the Audi Q3 up 10 to #35 vs. #52 year-to-date and the Smart Forfour up 32 to #60.

Previous month: Spain March 2015: Nissan Qashqai and Ford Focus up

One year ago: Spain April 2014: Seat Ibiza triumphs in market up 29%

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Spain March 2015: Nissan Qashqai and Ford Focus up

April 8th, 2015 No comments

Ford Focus Spain March 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Ford Focus is the 5th best-selling nameplate in Spain in March.

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Lifted by scrappage scheme and a recovering economy, Spanish new car sales are up by a very sizeable 41% year-on-year in March to 112,792 registrations, the first March above 100,000 units since 2010, bringing the year-to-date total to 268,602 deliveries, up a stunning 33% on 2014 and the best first quarter in 5 years. Brand-wise, Volkswagen reclaims the top spot it held in 2014 both in March (8.3% share) and year-to-date (8.8%), overtaking Seat (7.8% and 8.7%) each time. Ford jumps 4 spots on February to #3 with 8,593 sales and 7.6% share, placing the Focus at #5 (+14) and the Fiesta at #12 (+13), Fiat is up 77%, Nissan up 82%, Lexus up 84%, Kia up 85%, Mazda up 102%, Mitsubishi up 180% and Jeep up 260% thanks to the Renegade.

Citroën C4 Cactus Spain March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Citroen C4 Cactus is up to a best-ever #15 in Spain this month.

The Seat Ibiza remains the most popular nameplate at home with 3,932 units and 3.5% share above its big bro the Seat Leon at 3,546 and 3.1% while the Nissan Qashqai jumps onto the podium with 3,311 deliveries and 2.9%, now ranking #5 year-to-date vs. #9 in FY14. Excellent performance of the Citroen C4 Cactus up to a record #15 (vs. #21 at home in France), the Hyundai i30 is up 6 spots on last month to #20, the Nissan Pulsar up a further 12 to #26, the Hyundai i20 up 31 to #34 and the Nissan Note up 30 to #40. Among recent launches, the Suzuki Vitara appears at #192 and the Mercedes AMG GT lands at #247 with 3 units sold.

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

One year ago: Spain March 2014: Seat Ibiza leads, only 20 sales above Leon

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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

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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

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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

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