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Spain January 2018: Volkswagen and Golf top market up 20.2%

The VW Golf is the best-selling car in Spain in January…

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New car sales in Spain soar 20.2% year-on-year in January to 102.152 registrations, the first six-digit figure for the month since 2008 and the highest since the all-time record of 116.434 in 2007. Once again though, private sales trail the market with a 15% gain to 53.262 and 52.1% vs. 54.5% a year ago whereas company sales are up 27.5% to 32.670 and 32% vs. 30.1% and rental sales up 24% to 16.220 and 15.9% vs. 15.4%. The Top 3 best-selling carmaker all outpace an already galloping market: Volkswagen surges 34% to 8.7% share above Seat up 31% to 8.4% and Peugeot up 31% to 7.4%. Opel is back up 8 spots on December to #4 but down 6% year-on-year, Toyota is up 6 spots and 12% to #5 and Renault up 48% but down 5 ranks on the #1 ranking it held both in December and FY2017. Hyundai (+76%) posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 followed by Skoda (+65%) while further down Jeep (+125%), Ferrari (+100%) and Tesla (+100%) also post spectacular improvements.

…while the VW Tiguan breaks its ranking record at #6.

The VW Golf is up a splendid 53% year-on-year to become the best-selling car in Spain for the first time since December 2016, ending the month just 30 sales above the 2017 leader the Seat Leon (+36%) while the Dacia Sandero (+28%) rounds up the podium. The Seat Ibiza is in difficulty at -9% ahead of the Nissan Qashqai (+11%) while the VW Tiguan soars 40% to #6, the nameplate’s highest ever ranking in Spain beating the #9 hit in January 2015, and the Peugeot 2008 is up 42% to #7. The Seat Arona is up a further 7 spots on December to an all-time high #22, the VW T-Roc is up 32 to #67, the Range Rover Velar up 24 to #119, the Skoda Karoq up 70 to #139 and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross up 42 to #141. Finally we welcome the BMW X2 at #124 for its first month in the Spanish sales charts.

Previous post: Spain Full Year 2017: Seat Leon wins 4th straight crown in largest market in a decade

One year ago: Spain January 2017: Opel leads, Toyota C-HR inside Top 25

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Spain Full Year 2017: Seat Leon wins 4th straight crown in largest market in a decade

The Seat Leon has now ranked #1 annually at home every year since 2014.

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Spanish new car registrations post a fifth consecutive year of growth in 2017 but the uplift rate is slowing down: from +21.4% in 2015, to +10.8% in 2016 and +7.6% this year. At 1.241.540 sales, 2017 marks the largest annual volume in Spain in a decade, since the 1.615.201 units of 2007. Spanish sales are now 77% above the low of 2012 (700.562) but remain down 25% on the record high of 2005 (1.647.837). If last year’s annual figure was artificially pushed by rental sales, this year’s outlook is a little more balanced. Company sales pull the market up at +13.3% to 364.179 units and 29.3% share vs. 27.9% in 2016, with rental sales also outperforming at +9.2% to 225.083 and 18.1% share vs. 17.9% a year ago. But once again, private sales lag behind with a 4.2% uplift to 652.278 or 52.5% share vs. 54.3% in 2016 and 56.6% in 2015…

The Seat Ibiza celebrates 23 consecutive years on the annual Spanish podium.

Renault retains the brands annual pole position for the second year running thanks to a strong 12% improvement to 8.2% share, with local fare Seat posting the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 at +22% to leap from #5 in 2016 to #2 this year with 7.6% of its home market. Volkswagen (+1%) and Peugeot (+5%) hold onto their positions at #3 and #4 respectively, whereas Opel swaps rankings with Seat at #5 (-3) due to sales down 3%. Below, Citroen (+5%) overtakes Ford (+3%) while Toyota (+19%) overtakes Nissan (+9%) and Kia (+10%) remains 10th. Fiat, Mercedes and BMW also post double-digit gains in the Top 20, while Jeep (+23%), Alfa Romeo (+27%), Maserati (+31%), Suzuki (+32%), Mahindra (+34%), Infiniti (+50%), Abarth (+59%) and Tesla (+581%) are the most dynamic among smaller brands.

Renault is the best-selling carmaker in Spain in 2017, placing the Clio and Megane in the Top 10.

The Seat Leon is the best-selling nameplate at home for the fourth year in a row (and ever) with sales up 5% to 2.8% share, despite only topping the monthly ranking 3 times vs. 5 times for the Seat Ibiza, still at #2 with deliveries up 6%. Note the Seat Ibiza celebrates 12 consecutive years inside the Spanish Top 2 and an incredible 23 years in a row on the domestic podiumthe last time the Ibiza ranked below #3 annually at home was in 1994. The Renault Clio and Nissan Qashqai both gain 14% this year: a two-spot jump to #3 for the French compact and a three-rank uplift for the Japanese crossover to #4, even topping the sales charts in September. The Dacia Sandero (+7%) is also up three spots to round up the Top 5 and ranked #1 both in August and December.

The Renault Sandero topped the monthly Spanish ranking twice in 2017 and returns to the Top 5.

The Opel Corsa (-1%) drops 3 ranks to #6 ahead of the VW Golf (+3%) and Polo (-6%) which was #1 in March. The Renault Megane (+18%), Citroen C3 (+58%), Peugeot 2008 (+15%) and Seat Ateca (+226%) post the biggest gains in the Top 20, while two models launched at the end of 2016 shine: the Peugeot 3008 II is up 525% to #24 and the Toyota C-HR is up 1552% to #35. Its larger sibling the Peugeot 5008 II tops all new launches for 2018 by landing at #73, ahead of the Opel Crossland X (#91), Seat Arona (#116 but inside the December Top 30), Kia Stonic (#130), Hyundai Kona (#132 but #39 in December) and Citroen C3 Aircross (#134).

Previous month: Spain November 2017: Sales up 12.5% to highest November since 2007

Previous year: Spain 2016: Renault, Seat Leon win in market pushed by rentals

Two years ago: Spain 2015: Second year of reign for the Seat Leon

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Spain November 2017: Sales up 12.5% to highest November since 2007

The Seat Arona, Kia Stonic and Citroen C3 Aircross all rank inside he Spanish Top 100.

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The Spanish new car market continues to gallop ahead: up another 12.5% year-on-year in November to 104.756 units, the highest November sales and first six-digit figure since 2007 (125.227) after hitting a low of 48.221 in November 2012. Year-to-date, volumes are now up 7.7% to 1.138.029 after eleven months, the highest since 2007 (1.470.746). Rental sales pull the market up this month at +20.6% to 8.462 and 8,1% share vs. 7.5% a year ago, while private sales are up a strong 13.4% to 63.459 and 60,6% share vs. 60.1% in October 2016 and company sales trail the market at +8.9% to 32.835 and 31.3% share vs. 32.4% a year ago. Year-to-date, it’s company sales that take the lead with a 14.2% lift to 333.030 and 29.3% share vs. 27.6% over the same period in 2016, rental sales are up 9.3% to 214.402 and 18.8% vs. 18.6% while private sales lag behind at +3.9% to 590.597 and 51.9% share vs. 53.8% in 2016.

The Renault Sandero is up 41% to #2 in November.

Renault (+12%) follows the market to cement its newfound leadership at 8.9% share, distancing Peugeot uy 25% to 7.4%, Opel up 15% to 7.3% and Seat up 13% to 7.1%. Volkswagen drops 12% (the only declining brand in the Top 18), ahead of Citroen up 27% and Toyota up 21%. BMW (+15%) and Kia (+38%) also beat the market in the Top 10. Outside, Lexus (+31%), Mazda (+32%), Infiniti (+39%), Abarth (+39%), Jeep (+39%), Subaru (+42%), Dacia (+43%) and Suzuki (+60%) impress. Model-wise, the Seat Leon cements its reclaimed leadership with a second consecutive pole position at 2.7% share (+14%) while the Dacia Sandero posts another stunning month at +41% to 2.6% in 2nd place. The Renault Clio gains 29% to #3 and two spots in the YTD order to also claim #3. The Renault Megane (-16%) and Nissan Qashqai (-6%) round up the Top 5.

The Peugeot 5008 II leads all new launches in Spain this month.

Inside the Top 10, the Opel Corsa (+25%) and Citroen C3 (+44%) also shine, while beyond the Peugeot 3008 II (+62%), Dacia Duster (+41%), Citroen C4 Picasso (+58%), BMW X1 (+46%), Ford Kuga (+47%), Renault Scenic (+155%), Fiat Tipo (+104%) and Mazda CX-5 (+68%) also make themselves noticed. Among recent launches, now that the Toyota C-HR (#37) has crossed the one year mark, the Peugeot 5008 II up 11 spots on October to #30, Seat Arona up 73 ranks to #31, Opel Crossland X up 11 to #43, Hyundai Kona up 47 to #63 and Kia Stonic up 14 to #64 lead the way. The Citroen C3 Aircross (#78) and Opel Grandland X (#91) also manage to score a Top 100 ranking. This month we welcome the VW T-Roc at #154.

Previous month: Spain October 2017: Renault and Seat Leon snap YTD leads

One year ago: Spain November 2016: Renault Mégane soars to pole position

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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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