Spain October 2017: Renault and Seat Leon snap YTD leads

The Seat Leon is now the #1 nameplate in Spain – albeit for 17 sales. Picture evo.co.uk 

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New car sales in Spain are up a robust 13.6% year-on-year in October to 95.108 units, the highest October score since 2009 (98.512), lifting the year-to-date tally up 7.3% past the million unit at 1.033.269, the fastest to reach this milestone in a decade, since 2007 (1.345.519). Company sales pull the market up this month at +19.5% to 33.131 units or 34.8% of the market vs. 33.1% a year ago. Private sales are up 10.7% to 55.460 or 58.3% vs. 59.8% a year ago and rental sales are up 10% to 6.517 or 6.9% share vs. 7.1% in October 2016. Year-to-date, it’s also company sales that do the heavy lifting at +14.8% to 300.191 deliveries or 29.1% share vs. 27.2% over the same period last year, rental sales are up 8.9% to 205.940 with a roughly similar share at 19.9% vs. 19.6^. The biggest losers are private sales edging up just 2.9% to 527.138 and seeing their share fall over two percentage points from 53.2% to 51%.

The Clio (+45%) enables Renault to take the lead of the YTD brands ranking in Spain.

In the brands ranking, Renault storms into the year-to-date lead thanks to an October volume up a stunning 46% year-on-year to 10.3% share, overtaking Seat itself up an equally impressive 36% to 9%. Volkswagen follows the market, up 14% to round up the podium ahead of Peugeot (+9%) and Opel (+3%) both underperforming, Toyota (+32%) and Citroen (+21%) also outpace the market in the Top 10. Below, notice Audi (+19%), Ssangyong (+20%), Jeep (+36%), Suzuki (+43%), Alfa Romeo (+47%), Ferrari (+80%), Aston Martin (+200%) and Tesla (+313%) all posting spectacular gains.

The Seat Ateca lifts its ranking record to #8. Picture carmagazine.co.uk

Model-wise, the entire Top 5 outpaces the market: the Seat Leon (+39%) is one percentage point of market share ahead of all other vehicles in the country, earning the YTD top spot off the Ibiza (+16% to #4) for only 17 units. The Renault Clio surges 45% to #2 and the VW Golf is hip 58% to #3 while the Renault Megane is up 29% to #5. Just below, the Seat Ateca (+51%) beats its home ranking record again at #8, the Renault Captur is up 35% to #9, the Citroen C3 up 92% to #12 and the VW Tiguan up 39% to #13. The Peugeot 3008 II (+210%), Renault Scenic (+417%) and Fiat 500X (+121%) also post spectacular gains. The Toyota C-HR (#36), Peugeot 5008 II (#41), Opel Crossland X (#54), Citroen C3 Aircross (#64) and Kia Stonic (#78, first Top 100) dominate recent launches, the Seat Arona is up 79 ranks to #103, the Opel Grandland X up 43 to #108 and we welcome the Hyundai Kona at #110.

The Seat Arona is getting very close to its first Top 100 ranking at home. 

Previous month: Spain September 2017: Qashqai and Megane lead, Seat Ateca up to #9

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

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Spain September 2017: Qashqai and Megane lead, Seat Ateca up to #9

The Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling vehicle in Spain in September. 

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New car sales in Spain are up 4.5% year-on-year this month to post the highest September score since 2007 at 83.720 units. The year-to-date total is now up 6.7% to 938.171 sales, the highest after 8 months since 2008 (948.286). While rental sales are down 4.8% to 4.467, it’s business sales that pull the market up at +8.3% to 30.158 while private sales are up 3.2% to 49.095. Year-to-date, private sales edge up 2% to 471.678 and 50.3% share vs. 52.6% a year ago, business sales are up 14.2% to 267.070 and 28.5% share vs. 26.6% in 2016 and rental sales are up 8.9% to 199.423 and 21.3% share vs. 20.8% a year ago.

The Renault Mégane is up 40% to #2 overall. 

In the brands ranking, Renault is up 11% to a very dominant 8.6% share, distancing Peugeot up 3% to 7%, Volkswagen down a harsh 19% to 6.7% and Seat up 10% to 6.5%. As a result, Renault moves from #4 to #2 year-to-date, bypassing Volkswagen and Opel, up just 2% to #5 in September. Nissan (+11%) and Toyota (+10%) are the other double-digit gainers inside the Top 10 just as Ford struggles at -11%. Below, notice Hyundai up 10%, BMW up 16%, Fiat and Volvo up 17%, Mitsubishi up 23%, Suzuki up 29%, Alfa Romeo up 52% and Jeep up a whopping 105%.

The Seat Ateca hits a record 9th place at home in September. 

The Nissan Qashqai already enjoys the benefit of its facelift by taking the lead of the Spanish models ranking for the first time since November 2013 with sales up 22% year-on-year to 2.9% share, and now ranking #4 year-to-date. The Renault Mégane is up 10 spots on August to a splendid 2nd place overall and deliveries up 40% on September 2016. The VW Golf (-3%) rounds up the podium above the Seat Leon (-7%) while the YTD leader, the Seat Ibiza, is relegated to 5th place in spite of sales up 9%. #1 in August, the Dacia Sandero is down to #7 this month but still up 24% year-on-year.

First Top 100 ranking in Spain for the Citroen C3 Aircross. 

The Seat Ateca is up 66% to break into the Spanish Top 10 for the second time after last March and hit a record 9th place. Notice also the Peugeot 3008 up 10-fold on September 2016 and 14 spots on last month to #15, the Fiat 500X up 103% to #21, the BMW X1 up 68% to #27 and the Mercedes GLC up 43% to #36. Among other recent launches, the Opel Crossland X is up 16 ranks on August to #63, the Citroen C3 Aircross is up 132 to breaks into the Top 100 for the first time at #98, the Opel Grandland X lands at #141, the Seat Arona is up 28 spots to #183, the Kia Stinger arrives at #203 and the McLaren 720S at #282.

Previous month: Spain August 2017: Dacia Sandero tops market at highest since 2007

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

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Spain August 2017: Dacia Sandero tops market at highest since 2007

The Dacia Sandero is the best-selling vehicle in Spain in August. Picture carwow.co.uk

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The Spanish new car market leaps up a significant 12.9% year-on-year in August to 72.888 registrations, the highest result for the month in 10 years, since the 99.639 units sold in 2007. The year-to-date total is now up 6.9% to 854.448, the highest point at this time of the year since 2008 (882.565). Unfortunately, once again this dynamism has more to do with artificial sales. In August, rental sales are up 41% to 3.586 or 4.9% of the market vs. 3.9% a year ago and company sales are up 10.4% to 23.194 and 31.8% share vs. 30.8% in August 2016. In contrast, private sales are up 8.3% to 46.108, seeing their share fall from 66% to 63.3%. Year-to-date, private sales are up just 1.9% and 49.5% share vs. 51.9% a year ago. Compact SUVs, up 32% to 17.371 sales, are once again the most popular segment above compact cars at 15.741 (+6%) and small cars at 15.043 (+7%). Year-to-date compact SUVs, up 35% to 185.067, still trail small cars at 198.507 (+8%) and compact cars at 194.073 (-1%).

The Nissan Qashqai is up 35% to 3rd place. 

Brand-wise, this month Volkswagen jumps two spots on July to snap the pole position in spite of gaining just 7% year-on-year vs. +17% for Renault at #2 and +20% for Toyota up five spots to spectacularly land on the third step of the podium. Peugeot (+12%) is up one rank to #4 while Seat (+18%) is down three to #5 but manages to remain in the year-to-date lead – just – with 7.7% share vs. 7.6% for Volkswagen, 7.5% for Opel down to #6 in August and 7.4% for Renault. Mercedes soars 19% and 5 spots to break into the Top 10 at #10, Land Rover is up 24%, Mazda up 28%, Audi up 29%, Fiat up 30%, BMW up 39% and Smart up 54%. Among smaller brands, Abarth is up 74% and Tesla up 700%.

The Fiat 500 is up 169% to 6th place. 

The Dacia Sandero spectacularly takes the lead of the Spanish models ranking in August with sales up 11% to 2.4% share, only 21 units above the YTD leader the Seat Ibiza up 20% to 2.4% share also. It is the 7th time the Sandero tops the Spanish sales after JanuaryAugustDecember 2013August, September 2014 and November 2015. The Nissan Qashqai (+35%), VW Golf (+19%) and Renault Clio (+19%) all grab 2.3% of the market, making Spain one of the most fragmented markets in Europe for the month – it could even be the most fragmented, pending Swiss results. The Fiat 500 spends a 2nd consecutive month inside the Spanish Top 10 at #6 thanks to deliveries up a whopping 169% year-on-year.

The Kia Stonic makes its very first appearance in the Spanish sales charts at #135. 

The Toyota Yaris (+24%), Renault Megane (+57%), Peugeot 2008 (+34%), Citroen C3 (+106%) and Seat Ateca (+387%) also shine inside the Top 20. The Toyota C-HR is back up 24 spots on June to lead recent launches (<12 months) at #28, one unit above the Peugeot 3008 II (#29), wit the Ford Ka+ (#42), Peugeot 5008 II (#53) and Audi Q2 (#64) in tow. This month we welcome the Kia Stonic at #135 and the Citroen C3 Aircross at #230.

Previous month: Spain July 2017: Renault (+15%) leads in biggest July since 2008

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

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Spain July 2017: Renault (+15%) leads in biggest July since 2008

The Mégane (+50%) helps Renault up 15% in July in Spain. Picture autobild.es 

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The Spanish new car market is up 2.4% year-on-year in July to 110.557 registrations, the highest volume for the month since 2008 (121.512), lifting the year-to-date tally up 6.4% to 781.557 units, here too the highest since 2008 (824.015). The bad news is that this growth is for the most part artificial: private sales are down 4.1% to 61.375 units and 55.5% share vs. 59.3% a year ago while company sales are up 14.9% to 33.555 and 30.4% vs. 27.1% in July 2016 and rental sales are up 5.9% to 15.627 and 14.1% share vs. 13.7%. Year-to-date, company sales are up 14.5% to 213.714 and 27.3% share vs. 25.4% last year, rental sales are up 8.8% to 191.370 and 24.5% vs. 23.9% last year while private sales gain a meagre 1.2% to 376.473 and 48.2% share vs. 50.7% last year… Segment-wise, large SUVs are up 46.1% to 4.898 sales, compact SUVs up 28% to 25.341 while small passenger cars are up 1.5% to 24.747 and compact cars down 8% to 24.713. This means compact SUVs have become the most popular vehicle segment in Spain. Year-to-date, small cars are up 8.6% to 183.464, followed by compact cars down 1.4% to 178.332 and compact SUVs up 35.4% to 167.696.

The VW Golf is up 41% to #3 just as Volkswagen gains 20% year-on-year. 

Brand-wise, the Top 3 beat the market: Renault surges 15% year-on-year to 8.4% share, distancing Seat up 10% to 7.7% and Volkswagen up 20% to 7.6%. Year-to-date, Seat (+20%) remains in the lead but the fight for 2nd place is getting a lot tighter with Opel (#2) only separated from Renault (#4) by 1.500 units. Kia (+16%) up 5 spots on its YTD level to #6 and Toyota (+15%) are the only two other carmakers posting a double-digit gain in the Top 10. Outside, Mini (+12%), Hyundai (+14%), Mitsubishi (+16%), Jeep (+22%), Subaru (+26%), Land Rover (+35%) and Abarth (+88%) also shine.

The Stelvio is already Alfa Romeo’s best-seller in Spain. 

Model-wise, the Seat Ibiza (+1%) and Leon (-9%) remain in command as they are year-to-date – albeit in a different order than last year – and this month the VW Golf soars 41% to leap 5 spots on June onto the podium. The Dacia Sandero is up 7 but down 15% year-on-year in 4th pace, the Renault Mégane is up 50% to #6, the Fiat 500 up 44% to #9 and the Opel Mokka up 21% to #11. Further down, the Citroen C3 is up 59% to #16 thanks to the new generation, the VW Tiguan is up 41% to #21, the Seat Ateca is back up two spots to #24 just over one year after its launch, the Peugeot 3008 II is the most popular recent launch (<12 months) at #25 with 1.2% share ahead of the Toyota C-HR (#52), Ford Ka+ (#54), Opel Crossland (#63), Audi Q2 (#65), Peugeot 5008 II (#68) and Kia Niro (#73). At #117, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is already the brand’s best-seller in Spain. Notice also the Range Rover Velar up 80 spots to #141 and now Range Rover’s 2nd best-seller below the Evoque but above the Sport and the Range Rover.

Previous month: Spain June 2017: Seat Ibiza reclaims lead in biggest June in a decade

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

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Spain June 2017: Seat Ibiza reclaims lead in largest June in a decade

The Seat Ibiza is the best-selling nameplate at home in June and year-to-date.

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The Spanish new car market is up 6.4% year-on-year in June to reach 132.261 registrations, the highest score for the month since 2007. This brings the year-to-date tally up 7.1% to 670.979, the highest H1 result since 2008. In June, private sales trail the market growth at +3.3% to 61.502 and 46.5% share vs. 47.9% a year ago whereas company sales shoot up 24.2% to 36.470 and 27.6% share vs. 23.6% a year ago. Rental sales are down 3.2% to 34.289 and 25.9% share vs. 28.5% in June 2016. Year-to-date, private sales edge up a meagre 2.2% to 315.093 and 47% share vs. 49.2% over the first half of 2016, company sales are up 14.5% to 180.155 and 26.8% share vs. 25.1% a year ago and rental sales are up 9% to 175.731 and 26.2% share vs. 25.7% a year ago. All in all, the key thing to remember about Spain is that a large part of this year’s growth comes from artificial channels while private sales lose share.

The Renault Captur shoots up from #15 in May to #5 in June in Spain.

The top of the Spanish brands ranking continues to be reshuffled each month: this time Renault takes a frank lead with sales up 5% to 9.3% share, enabling the brand to step up to 4th place year-to-date (it ranked #1 over the Full Year 2016). In 2nd place, Seat is up three spots on May and 19% year-on-year to 7.6% share, remaining #1 year-to-date with deliveries up 22%. Volkswagen (+0.5%), Peugeot (+5%) and Opel (-11%) follow, all losing market share vs. June 2016. Ford (+13%), Nissan (+18%) and Toyota (+39%) all shine inside the Top 10 while below, Mini (+25%), Volvo (+42%), Suzuki (+43%), Alfa Romeo (+58%) and Porsche (+75%) all post spectacular gains.

The Range Rover Velar makes its first appearance in the Spanish sales charts.

Over in the models ranking, the Seat Ibiza reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date despite sales down 8% year-on-year to 3.925 and 3% share. It distances the Seat Leon up 14% and still #2 year-to-date for a Seat 1-2. The VW Polo is knocked down one spot to #3, ahead of the Renault Clio (+12%) and Captur (+17%) both very dynamic. No other nameplate posts a double-digit gain inside the Top 10 with the Opel Corsa (-31%) faring the worst. Further down the ranking, the Ford Focus (+26%), Citroen C3 (+47%), Peugeot 2008 (+38%), Toyota Yaris (+37%) and Fiat Panda (+55%) impress. The Peugeot 3008 II (#24), Seat Ateca (#26) and Toyota C-HR (#30) dominate recent launches. The locally-produced Opel Crossland is up 121 spots on May to #79 and we welcome the Range Rover Velar at #231.

Previous month: Spain May 2017: Seat Leon leads market up 11.1%

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

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Spain May 2017: Seat Leon leads market up 11.1%

The Seat Leon is the best-selling nameplate in Spain this month.

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New car sales in Spain are up by a robust 11.1% year-on-year in May to 126.998 registrations, the highest score for the month since 2007 (153.400) and only the fourth time in the last decade that May sales are a six-digit figure. This means the year-to-date tally is up 7.2% to 538.710, the highest result after five months since 2008. Unfortunately this month’s gain is mainly artificial as rental sales surge 18% in the wake of the summer season to 31.7% share vs. 29.8% a year ago and 26.3% year-to-date and business sales are up 13.2% to 24.4% share vs. 24% a year ago. Reversely, private sales gain just 5.6% to 43.9% share vs. 46.2% in May 2016 and 47.1% so far this year.

Despite a 2% decline, Opel reclaims the top spot it held a year ago with 8.2% share. The last time Opel was the best-selling brand in Spain was last January. Volkswagen gains 22% year-on-year and two spots on last month to snap the 2nd place ahead of Renault (-2%), Peugeot (+8%) and Seat (-5%) going from #1 in April to #5 this month. Fiat (+39%) and Toyota (+32%) post the largest year-on-year increases in the Top 10 while below, Kia (+20%), Hyundai (+21%), Mercedes (+34%), Skoda (+34%) and Smart (+39%) also impress. Among smaller brands, Ssangyong (+36%), Alfa Romeo (+121%), Porsche (+40%), Infiniti (+78%), Abarth (+98%) and Maserati (+79%) also surge.

Model-wise, the Seat Leon is back in charge in spite of a 6% drop but holds just 2.6% of its home market vs. 3% so far this year, denoting a very fragmented market this month. It is the first time since last October that the Leon is the best-selling nameplate at home. The VW Polo jumps 35% to 2nd place ahead of the Opel Corsa (-13%), Nissan Qashqai (+7%) and Renault Clio (-8%). Leader last month, the Seat Ibiza plunges 21% to 6th place in May but remains #1 year-to-date with a 833 sales advantage over the Leon for now. The Dacia Sandero (+16%), Opel Astra (+21%) and Peugeot 2008 (+33%) post solid gains inside the Top 10 with the Citroen C3 (+80%) getting ever closer to a Top 10 ranking – now just 24 sales off. The VW Tiguan (+180%) continues to benefit from the new model while the Seat Ateca slides down another 4 spots on last month to #21. This month we welcome the Zaragoza-produced Opel Crossland (#200) and the VW Arteon (#246) in the Spanish sales charts.

Previous month: Spain April 2017: Seat surges 43% to take year-to-date lead

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

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Spain April 2017: Seat surges 43% to take year-to-date lead

Seat is up 43% and the Ibiza up 47% at home in April. 

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New car sales in Spain are up a meagre 1.2% year-on-year in April to 102.106 units, the largest tally for the month since 2008 (123.620), leading to a year-to-date total of 411.706 units, also the highest after 4 months since 2008 (471.382) and up 6.1% on the same period last year. April’s gain is almost entirely artificial though, as private sales freefall 14.5% to 45.384 and 44.4% share vs. 52.6% a year ago whereas sales to rental companies are up 36% to 28.634 and business sales up 4.9% to 28.077

Local carmaker Seat surges 43% to 10.497 sales and 10.3% share, also claiming the year-to-date top spot off Opel at 34.882 (+28%) vs. 32.628 (-0.3%). Peugeot gains 10% to land in second place, distancing Opel (-2%), Volkswagen (-17%) and Renault (-4%), brand leader over the Full Year 2016 but down to #5 this year so far. Mercedes (+33%) is the biggest gainer in the Top 10 while beyond, notice BMW (+24%), Volvo (+10%), Jaguar (+23%) and Infiniti (+56%) among the rare double-digit gainers.

Model-wise, the top three best-sellers clearly beat the market: the Seat Ibiza surges 47% to 4.950 sales and 4.8% share vs. 3.4% year-to-date (+23%), ahead of the Seat Leon (+16%) and Opel Corsa (+53%). Below, the VW Polo (-7%), Renault Clio (-7%) and VW Golf (-20%) struggle. The Peugeot 2008 is up 23% to #10, the Fiat 500 up 65% to #11, the Citroen C3 is boosted up 74% to #12 by the new gen model and the Mercedes A-Class is up 122% to #18. The Seat Ateca is down 7 spots on last month to #17 just as the very first two Seat Arona get registered this month.

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

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

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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.

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Full January 2017 Top 45 All-brands and Top 280 All-models below.

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