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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spain November 2016: Renault Mégane soars to pole position

renault-megane-spain-november-2016bThe Renault Mégane is the best-selling vehicle in Spain in November.

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The Spanish new car market returns to double-digit growth rates in November at +13% to 93.066 registrations, the largest October score since 2007 (125.227), lifting the year-to-date gain to +10.9% and 1.056.159 units, the highest 10 month-result since 2008 (1.089.112). Yet a phenomenon now widespread across Europe prevents analysts such as myself to jump for joy too high: most of the October year-on-year increase is due to artificial channels – read easily manipulated with self-registrations and much less profitable – such as company sales up 29% to 30.100 and sales to rental companies up a whopping 43% to 7.016. Private sales only gain 3% on October 2015 to 55.950 units and represent 60.1% of the market vs. 65.8% a year ago. The year-to-date situation is more favourable to private sales: up 7% but down from 55.8% to 53.8% share while company sales are up 15.9% to 27.6% share vs. 26.4% and rentals are up 15.8% to 18.6% share vs. 17.8% a year ago.

audi-q2-spain-november-2016The Audi Q2 has already broken into the Spanish Top 100.

In the brands ranking, Renault surges 42% to take the top spot for the second consecutive month at 8.323 sales and 8.9% share, while Volkswagen benefits from a low base last year when its October sales were severely affected by the emission scandal to gain 21% to 7.112 and 7.6%. Opel gains a very shy 1% to #3 with 6.630 but stays in the year-to-date lead at 83.250 sales (+16%) above Volkswagen at 81.480 (+0.3%) and Renault at 80.415 (+14%). Other great performers near the top of the ranking include Seat (+37%), Hyundai (+20%), BMW (+67%), Audi (+26%), Fiat (+43%) and Mini (+49%). Reversely, Peugeot (-2%), Ford (-3%), Citroen (-5%), Kia (-12%) and Dacia (-15%) lose ground. Among smaller brands, notice Abarth (+102%), Jaguar (+109%), Maserati (+180%) and Infiniti (+359%).

Renault digitals templatesThe Mégane is benefiting from leasing promotions up to the end of the year in Spain. 

Model-wise, the Renault Mégane simply doubles its sales year-on-year thanks to the new generation and a special leasing offer (see picture at top of article), leading it to take the overall Spanish pole position for the first time since October 2014. The Seat Leon (+15%) is knocked down to 2nd place but remains by far the top seller so far this year at 32.188 units (+7%) ahead of the Seat Ibiza at 30.046 (+4%), staying at #3 this month. Below, the Renault Clio (+23%) and VW Polo (+45%) impress, at #8 the Hyundai Tucson breaks into the Top 10 for the third time in the past 8 months after April (#10) and August (#5) and the Opel Mokka is boosted by its facelift up 58% to #10, the brand’s best-seller above the Astra (#11) and Corsa (#12).

toyota-c-hr-spain-november-2016The Toyota C-HR makes its first appearance inside the Spanish sales charts. 

The Seat Ateca leads recent launches (<12 months) once again but drops four spots on October to #21 while the new generation Peugeot 3008 shoots up 39 ranks on last month to #29 with 1% share. The next best things are the Ford Ka+ at #54 (+17), the Fiat Tipo at #69 (-11) and the Audi Q2 breaking into the Top 100 for its first full month of sales at #95 (+88). The one newcomer of the month is the Toyota C-HR landing directly at #108 with 217 sales – a score that should improve drastically over the coming months.

Previous month: Spain October 2016: Seat Leon leads, Ateca breaks into Top 20

One year ago: Spain November 2015: Dacia Sandero doubles sales to #1

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

seat-ateca-spain-october-2016-picture-courtesy-thecarexpert-co-ukSeat Ateca

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The Spanish new car market slows down its unbridled recovery this month at +3.8% year-on-year to 83.733 registrations, the highest October score in Spain since 2009 (98.512), reducing the year-to-date gain to a still very reasonable +10.7% at 963.092 units, the best result after 10 months since 2008 (1.025.983). A more worrying sign is the fact that company sales do the heavy lifting this month with a 11% gain to 27.716 and 33.1% share vs. 30.9% a year ago, rental sales surge 37% to 5.927 and 7.1% share vs. 5.4% but private sales, the real measure of a healthy market, are down 3% to 50.090 and 59.8% share vs. 63.7% a year ago. This is partly because a scrappage scheme expired this month. Year-to-date, private sales also lag behind at +7% to 53.2% share vs. 54.9% over the same period a year ago, while both company and rental sales are up 15% to 27.2% and 19.6% share respectively. Also, according to Faconauto dealerships president Jaume Roura, “Self-registrations counted for approximately 10 percent of the market in October. It cannot become a regular solution to hit sales goals.” I agree but sadly it seems to have become the norm in Europe.

Brand-wise, Renault is up one spot on August to take on the pole position with 8.3% share, distancing Seat (+22%), Peugeot (-8%) and Volkswagen (-6%). Within the Top 10, Opel (+9%), Kia (+20%) and Mercedes (+17%) frankly outpace the market. Outside, Jeep (+33%), Fiat (+37%), Mini (+52%), Maserati (+106%), Jaguar (+126%) and Infiniti (+281%) post the largest year-on-year gains. In the models ranking, the Seat Leon reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date with sales up 6% to 2.615, followed by the Nissan Qashqai at 2.103 (+15%) and the Seat Ibiza at 2.014 (-7%). The Opel Corsa is up 34% to #5, the Dacia Sandero is up 9 spots on September to #6 and the Renault Mégane up 12% to #8. The Seat Ateca leads new launches head and shoulder, ip 9 spots on last month to #17, ahead of the Fiat Tipo (#58), Peugeot 3008 II (#68), Ford Ka+ (#71), Jaguar F-Pace (#101 and Kia Niro (#106). The Audi Q2 (#212), Volvo V90 (#219) and Abarth 124 Spider (#230) make their first appearance in the Spanish ranking this month.

Previous month: Spain September 2016: Clio and Polo lead, Seat Ateca up to #26

One year ago: Spain October 2015: Peugeot leads, Hyundai Tucson up to #15

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