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

July 2nd, 2014 7 comments

Renault Mégane Spain June 2014. Picture by largus.frThe Renault Mégane is up 15 spots on May to #2!

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Another very satisfying month for new car sales in Spain: up a beautiful 24% year-on-year in June to 90,265 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 455,362 units, up 18% on 2013. This is the best June score since 2010 (121,649). There is one winner and one winner only in the brands ranking this month: shooting up from its traditional 5th place, Renault gains 50% on June 2013 to become the first manufacturer to sell over 10,000 monthly units in at least 4 years at 10,828 sales and an out-of-this-word 12% share. Opel (+26%) takes the 2nd spot ahead of Volkswagen (+49%), Seat (+5%) and Ford (+52%). Fiat (+52%), Kia (+55%), Mazda (+93%), Honda (+47%) and Lancia (+80%) also shine.

Opel Corsa Spain June 2014The Opel Corsa is the best-selling model in Spain this month.

After 3 consecutive months dominated by the Seat Ibiza, the models ranking gets a proper reshuffle, keeping in mind this time of year is heavily influenced by rental company purchases in anticipation of summer holidays. Like last year, the Opel Corsa is the most popular vehicle in the country in June with 3,916 sales and 4.3% but the real star of the month is the Renault Mégane up 15 spots on May to #2 at 3,891 units and 4.3% also, with Renault even placing two models on the podium with the Clio up 3 ranks to #3. The Seat Ibiza (#6) and Leon (#5) are down but remain the Top 2 best-sellers year-to-date.

Citroen C4 Cactus Spain June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Citroen C4 Cactus is already inside the Spanish Top 50!

Further down, the Renault Captur is up a massive 44 ranks on last month to reach #11, its best-ever ranking in Spain, the Citroen C4 Picasso is up 11 to #12, the Renault Scénic up 23 to #13, Fiat 500L up 22 to #22 and the Mercedes GLA down 3 to #64. One model makes a splash in the Spanish sales charts this month: the Citroen C4 Cactus is up no less than 151 spots on May to break into the Top 50 for the first time at #41 with 676 sales and 0.7% share. Notice also the Mercedes V-Class landing at #139 and the Ford Tourneo Courier arriving at #171.

Previous month: Spain May 2014: Seat Ibiza and Leon cement domination

One year ago: Spain June 2013: Opel Corsa confirms #1 spot, Dacia Sandero #5

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Spain May 2014: Seat Ibiza and Leon cement domination

June 2nd, 2014 No comments

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

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The Spanish new car market continues to revive: up 17% year-on-year in May to 82,584 registrations, the best month of May since 2010 and the 2nd best since 2008. This is in line with the progression of the market year-to-date: up 16% to 365,090 units, here too the best result since 2010 and 2nd best since 2008. The Seat Ibiza has uncovered a newfound stability in pole position: #1 for the third consecutive month thanks to 3,486 sales and 4.2% while its big sister the Seat Leon remains #2 at 3,159 units and 3.8%. Both models therefore cement their domination year-to-date with 13,865 and 12,704 sales respectively.

Fiat 500 Spain May 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Fiat 500 is up to #13 in Spain this month.

The VW Polo delivers a very solid month in third place with 2,964 sales and 3.6% ahead of the VW Golf at 3.1% and the Opel Corsa at 2.6% while the Renault Clio is back up 3 spots on April to #6, enabling it to reclaim a spot in the year-to-date Top 10 at #9. The Peugeot 308 is up 10 ranks on last month to become the brand’s best-seller in Spain at #8, the Fiat 500 is up a gigantic 26 spots to #13, the Audi A3 up 10 to #16, the Dacia Duster stable at #25 vs. #33 year-to-date, the Citroen C3 Picasso up 36 to #31, Nissan Note up 44 to #40 and the Citroen C-Elysée up 11 to #54.

Nissan Pulsar Spain May 2014The All-new Nissan Pulsar makes its very first appearance in the Spanish ranking in May.

Among recent launches, notice the Mercedes GLA up 34 ranks to a fantastic 61st spot, the Ford Ecosport up 63 to #115 and the Porsche Macan up a further 11 to #124 and consolidating its Porsche best-seller status. We welcome 3 newcomers in the Spanish ranking this month: the Nissan Pulsar, unveiled this very month, lands at #189 with 24 sales, the Citroen C4 Cactus ranks 192nd at 22 units and the BMW X4 is #204 with 17 sales. Brand-wise, in spite of the Ibiza-Leon lockdown, Volkswagen reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date with sales up 37% in May, ahead of Seat (+40%) and Peugeot (+17%). Notice also Citroen up 47%, Renault up 33%, Dacia up 67%, Fiat up 68% and Mazda up 103%.

Previous month: Spain April 2014: Seat Ibiza triumphs in market up 29%

One year ago: Spain May 2013: Opel Corsa distant leader, Nissan Juke in Top 10

Full May 2014 Top 220 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

May 6th, 2014 12 comments

Seat Ibiza Spain April 2014Seat Ibiza

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Stuck in hell for a few very long years, the Spanish new car market is definitely smelling the roses now: up 28% year-on-year to 80,210 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 282,502 units, up 16% on 2013. In both cases (April and year-to-date), these are the best scores since 2010 and the 2nd best-performance since 2008. Very encouraging figures indeed. Brand-wise, Seat reclaims the throne thanks to 8,513 sales and 10.6% share, two percentage points above its year-to-date level, leaving Volkswagen in the dust this month at 7,808 units and 9.7%  but not year-to-date (9.2% vs. 8.6%) with Opel in third place in both rankings. Ford is up 48%, Citroen up 56%, Hyundai up 43%, Dacia up 133%, Kia up 48%, Skoda up 62%, Mazda up 105%, Lancia up 125% and Porsche up 93%. I told you – it’s a good month to be in Spain.

Dacia Lodgy Spain April 2014Dacia more than doubles its sales year-on-year in Spain in April.

In the models ranking, the Seat Ibiza confirms it loves the month of April – traditionally when car rental companies start to purchase big batches in preparation for Summer: it jumps up to 5% of the market thanks to 4,006 sales, its best share at home since… April 2013 (5.2%) and nearly double the market share it commended last January (2.7%). The Ibiza therefore leads the Spanish car sales for the 2nd month running, something that had not happened in at least two years.

Porsche Macan Spain April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Macan is already Porsche’s best-seller in Spain.

The Seat Leon remains at an excellent second spot both this month with 3,155 sales and 3.9% and year-to-date at 9,545 units and 3.4%, and is followed in both rankings by the Opel Corsa, also boosted by rental companies. The Peugeot 208 is back up 5 spots on March to #5, the Ford Focus up 6 to #7, VW Tiguan up 7 to #15, Peugeot 3008 up 17 to #22 and the Fiat 500L is up 15 ranks to #23. Further down, the Kia Carens gains 24 ranks to #43, the Seat Alhambra enjoys a second wind, up 67 to #62, the Mercedes GLA maintains itself inside the Top 100 at #95 and the Porsche Macan is the brand’s best-seller already (it’s becoming a habit!) for its first appearance in the Spanish ranking at #135 with 72 sales.

Previous month: Spain March 2014: Seat Ibiza leads, only 20 sales above Leon

One year ago: Spain April 2013: “I’m not dead” says Seat Ibiza

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

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Seat Leon Spain March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Seat Leon remains #1 so far in 2014.

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The Spanish new car market enjoys its 7th consecutive month of year-on-year gain at +10% to 79,990 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 202,289 units, up 11% on 2013. In the brands ranking, Volkswagen reclaims the pole position it held over the Full Year 2013 and year-to-date this year thanks to 7,274 sales and 9.1% share, passing the February #1 Opel down to #2 with 6,789 units and 8.5%. Ford is up 2 spots on February and 12% year-on-year to #3 with 6,143 sales and 7.7%, kicking down Seat to #4. Other great performers include Audi up 24%, Hyundai up 44%, Toyota up 36%, Dacia up 66%, Kia up 95% and Mercedes up 22%.

Nissan Micra Spain March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Micra

Even though Seat is down to #4 brand this month, it places two models in the Top 2 like in February, with the Ibiza in the overall lead for the first time since last July thanks to 2,548 sales and 3.2% share, but its very thin advantage over its big brother the Seat Leon this month (only 20 units!) means the Leon keeps the lead year-to-date – just – at 6,390 units vs. 6,373. The VW Polo is up 4 spots to #3, the Renault Mégane up 11 to #6, Ford Fiesta up 6 to #8, Audi A1 up 16 to #15 and the Nissan Micra up 67 ranks to #28.

Previous month: Spain February 2014: Seat Leon triumphs

One year ago: Spain March 2013: Opel Corsa surprise leader

Full March 2014 Top 220 models and Top 45 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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