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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

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Spain February 2014: Seat Leon triumphs

March 7th, 2014 8 comments

Seat Leon Spain February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSeat Leon

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Now we’re talking. This month the Spanish new car market is up a shiny 18% year-on-year to 68,806 registrations, the best February result in 4 years and 2nd best since 2008! The year-to-date total stands at 122,297 units, up 13% on 2013 and here too the highest volume since 2010 and 2nd highest since 2008. Local manufacturer Seat historically places two models atop the sales charts in February: the Leon brilliantly takes the lead thanks to 2,453 sales and 3.6% above the Ibiza at 2,356 units and 3.4%, with the two cars now also leading the year-to-date ranking in this order!

Opel Astra Spain February 2014Opel Astra

Number 1 last month, the VW Golf is down to #6 and #3 year-to-date while the Opel Corsa is back up 8 spots on January to #3 and #4 year-to-date like in 2013. Opel is in great shape for once: it is the #1 carmaker in the country with a round 10% market share! The Astra is up 14 ranks to #4 and 2.7% share and is now #7 so far in 2014 vs. #11 in 2013. The Dacia Sandero is down 3 spots to a still very impressive 5th place both in February and year-to-date vs. #10 in 2013. Notice also the Fiat 500 up a mammoth 63 ranks to #9, the Opel Meriva up 110 to #29, the BMW 2 Series up to #181, the Mercedes GLA landing at #205 and the Maserati Ghibli at #222.

Previous month: Spain January 2014: VW Golf and Dacia Sandero dominate

One year ago: Spain February 2013: VW Polo #1 for the first time

Full February 2014 Top 220 models and Top 48 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Spain January 2014: VW Golf and Dacia Sandero dominate

February 4th, 2014 1 comment

VW Golf Spain January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Golf

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The Spanish new car market confirms it is back into positive waters this month: up 7% year-on-year to 53,489 registrations, however still the 2nd weakest January result in 18 years and 54% off the January record of 116,434 sales established in 2007. The Top 3 brands this month all deliver impressive growth: Volkswagen is up 41% on January 2013, Peugeot up 26% and Citroen up 50%. With a reduced market has come much increased volatility in the Spanish models ranking, and this month is no exception: the VW Golf is up 8 spots on December to lodge its 2nd ever #1 month after last September thanks to 1,826 sales and 3.4% share. After topping the sales charts 3 times in 2013, the Dacia Sandero starts 2014 in a great way: it ranks #2 with 1,486 units and 2.8%, just above 2013′s leader the Seat Ibiza (2.7%), Seat Leon (2.6%) and VW Polo (2.4%).

VW Tiguan Spain January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst ever Top 10 ranking for the VW Tiguan this month in Spain.

The Toyota Auris delivers an outstanding 6th consecutive month inside the Spanish Top 10 at #6 with 1,218 sales and 2.3%, the Citroen C4 is up 4 spots to #8 and the VW Tiguan breaks into the monthly Top 10 for the very first time at #10 with 1,027 units and 1.9%, its previous best being #16 last November! Other great performers this month in Spain include the Audi A3 up 35 spots on last month to #12, the BMW 1 Series up 36 to #14, Peugeot 3008 up 20 to #17, Fiat Panda up 57 to #26, the Peugeot 2008 up one rank to #27, the Range Rover Evoque up a further 6 to reach a best-ever #32, the Skoda Spaceback (aka Rapid hatchback) up 41 to #58 and the Mercedes CLA up 8 to #59.

Previous post: Spain Full Year 2013: Seat Ibiza marks 10 years at #1

Previous month: Spain December 2013: Dacia Sandero leads for third time this year

One year ago: Spain January 2013: Dacia Sandero takes the lead

Full January 2014 Top 210 models and Top 46 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Spain Full Year 2013: Seat Ibiza marks 10 years in the lead

January 6th, 2014 3 comments

Seat Ibiza Spain 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Seat Ibiza tops the Spanish annual sales charts for the 10th time this year.

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After crumbling down 57% between 2007 and 2012 to reach its lowest level since data is recorded, 2013 could mark a turnaround for the Spanish car market, up a timid 3% to 723,936 units but nevertheless the biggest year-on-year gain since 2004. Plus the last few months of the year showed very vigorous growth: +29% in September, +35% in October, +15% in November and +18% in December, which bodes well for 2014. Brand-wise, Volkswagen keeps its crown, up 2% to 8.8% share, Seat is back up one spot to #2 and 8.2%, passing Peugeot (7.9%) while Opel is up 10% to #4. Dacia delivers the biggest gain in the Top 30 at +47%, followed by Fiat (+27%), Mazda (+26%) and Kia (+20%).

The Seat Ibiza first topped Spanish sales in 1987.

This year and for the first time ever on BSCB, I give you an all-models ranking for Spain! The Seat Ibiza celebrates its 5th consecutive year and 10th year overall atop the Spanish sales charts, the first time being in 1987. At 23,512 sales and 3.2% share, it is however down 3% on 2012 and delivers its weakest annual tally ever. Needless to say this is the smallest volume enabling a model to rank #1 in Spain in almost 50 years! The Ibiza topped the monthly ranking only twice this year (vs. 4 times in 2012): in April and July, and is the only model to hold over 3% market share in a Spanish market reaching its highest fragmentation ever.

Renault Clio Spain 2013Renault Clio sales are up 53% in 2013 in Spain.

Higher fragmentation means higher volatility and no less than 7 models held the monthly top spot this year – a record, 4 of them doing so for the first time ever! The Nissan Qashqai remains the 2nd best-selling model in the country but drops 9% to 20,372 units and 2.9%, topping the charts once (November) vs. 4 times in 2012. The VW Polo climbs onto the year-end podium thanks to sales up 17% to 20,284 and ranked #1 for the first time in February. The Opel Corsa also potentially led the market for the first time in March, and repeated this feat in May and June to finish the year up 19% to #4 and 20,090 units. But the most spectacular progression in the Top 5 is delivered by the Renault Clio, boosted by the new model and up 53% on 2012 to 19,958 sales. It ranked first in October for only the third time in 20 years after October 2012.

Dacia Sandero Spain 2013The Dacia Sandero topped the Spanish monthly ranking 3 times this year!

Excellent hold of the Seat Leon up 18% to #6, while the VW Golf – #1 for the first time in September – is down 3 spots to #7 in spite of sales up 8% and the Peugeot 208 up 66% to #8 for its first full year in market – frankly below 207 levels. Finally, the most unexpected monthly leader but also the most prolific this year with the Opel Corsa is the Dacia Sandero, #1 for the first time in January, but also in August and December! Widely varying monthly results mean it is ‘only’ #10 over the full year, up 8 spots and 58% on 2012. Notice also the Toyota Auris up 19% to #15 but breaking into the Top 5 in December, Nissan Juke up 10 ranks to #20, Kia Cee’d up 59% to #30, Mercedes A-Class up 177% to #33 and the Toyota Verso up 51% to #40.

The most successful all-new model of 2013 is the Renault Captur at #46, and the analysis continues below.

Previous post: Spain December 2013: Dacia Sandero leads for third time this year

Previous year: Spain 2012: Seat Ibiza and Nissan Qashqai resist in worst year since the eighties

Two years ago: Spain 2011: Seat Ibiza #1 for the 8th time in lowest market in 18 years

More analysis, Full Year 2013 Top 350 All-models and Top 60 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Spain December 2013: Dacia Sandero leads for third time this year

January 3rd, 2014 4 comments

Dacia Sandero Spain December 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Sandero

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The eye of the storm has passed for Spanish new car sales, up a nice 18% year-on-year in December to 60,661 registrations, meaning the final 2013 total is up 3% on 2012 to 723,936 units. Whereas it had never topped the Spanish sales charts before 2013, in December the Dacia Sandero leads the way for the third time after last January and August thanks to 1,976 sales and 3.3%. A volatile year only sees it rank #10 annually though. Very solid performance of the Seat Leon up 3 spots on last month to #2 at 1,724 units and 2.8% while the Peugeot 308, now clearly boosted by the new model, is up 8 to land on the podium for the 2nd time in the last 4 months with 1,708 sales and 2.8% also.

TOYOTA AURIS TOURING SPORTSThe Toyota Auris breaks into the Spanish monthly Top 5 for the first time this month.

The Seat Ibiza, leader over the Full Year, is down one rank on last month to #4 at 2.7% whereas the Toyota Auris makes an astounding entrance among Spain’s Top 5 best-seller, up 2 spots to a record-breaking 5th place thanks to 1,594 sales and 2.6%! Leader last month, the Nissan Qashqai is down to #8 but the Dacia Duster is already enjoying the effects of its facelift, up 7 to #14 and 1.7% share vs. #37 and 0.9% over the Full Year. Notice also the Renault Captur up 3 to #22, Ford Kuga up 18 to #26, Peugeot 2008 up 3 to #28 and Honda CR-V up 5 to #36 vs. #66 in 2013.

Previous month: Spain November 2013: Nissan Qashqai back in charge

One year ago:  Spain December 2012: Peugeot 208 jumps on top, Dacia Sandero #3

Full December 2013 Top 220 models and Top 47 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Spain November 2013: Nissan Qashqai back in charge

December 3rd, 2013 3 comments

Nissan Qashqai Spain November 20132014 Nissan Qashqai

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New car sales in Spain confirm they are back into positive territory, up a fantastic 15% year-on-year in October to 55,675 registrations. Granted, October 2012 was one of the worst in history but the year-to-date total is now up 2% on 2012 to 663,275 units. Just as the new generation was revealed, the Nissan Qashqai tops the models ranking for the first time since last November thanks to 1,537 sales and 2.8% market share, enabling it to climb back up to #2 year-to-date with 2.9% share. This could potentially be the result of the old generation in runout mode. The Dacia Sandero lodges another huge month, up 14 spots on October to #2 at 1,491 units and 2.7% and now ranking #11 year-to-date. 2013′s leader, the Seat Ibiza, is #3 once again with 1,476 sales and 2.7%, maintaining a comfortable advantage in the year-to-date rankings.

Dacia Sandero Spain November 2013. Picture courtesy of auto-mag.com copyThe Dacia Sandero is up to #2 this month in Spain.

October’s leader the Renault Clio is down 3 ranks to #4. while the Toyota Auris improves further on an already excellent October score, up one spot to #7 with 1,247 sales and 2.2%. Other great performers include the VW Tiguan up 3 ranks to #16 vs. #28 year-to-date, the VW Passat up 26 to #20, Dacia Duster slicing its October ranking in to to #21 and the Honda CR-V up 30 spots to #41. Notice also the Renault Captur down 7 ranks to #25 and the Peugeot 2008 stable at #31.

Previous month: Spain October 2013: Renault Clio tops market up 35%

One year ago:  Spain November 2012: Nissan Qashqai and Citroen C4 on top

Full November 2013 Top 215 models and Top 50 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Spain October 2013: Renault Clio tops market up 35%

November 4th, 2013 12 comments

RENAULT CLIO 1.5 dCi 90ch EDC Zen

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This month is on for Spanish new car sales, up a spectacular 35% year-on-year to 60,458 registrations, bringing the market back to its 2010 level but still far off the record 129,390 units sold back in October 2007. The year-to-date total is back into positive at 607,606 units, up 1% on 2012. Another very volatile and fragmented models ranking in October: thanks to 1,900 sales and 3.1% share, the Renault Clio is the most popular model in the country. It is only the second time in one year and potentially the last 20 years that the Renault Clio tops the Spanish sales charts, and this performance enables the nameplate to go up to #4 year-to-date. The VW Polo is up 3 spots on September to a brilliant 2nd place at 1,769 units and 2.9% and is now only 108 sales off the 2nd spot year-to-date at 17,661 sales vs. 17,769 for the Opel Corsa down to #14 this month.

Land Rover Defender Spain October 2013Land Rover Defender

Even though it has only ranked #1 twice this year (in April and July), the Seat Ibiza is comfortably installed in pole position year-to-date with 20,019 units and 3.3%. It is up 3 ranks to #3 this month, ahead of the Nissan Qashqai (-1) and last month’s leader the VW Golf. The Toyota Auris continues to impress, up 2 spots to #8 vs. #17 year-to-date, while the Renault Captur is down 4 to #14, the VW Tiguan stays solid at #19, the Renault Scenic is up 25 to #22, Peugeot 2008 up 19 to #31, BMW X1 up 9 to #37, Fiat 500L up 32 to #41 and Land Rover Defender up 67 to #115.

Fiat 500L Living Spain October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.fr

As far as new models are concerned, notice the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross at #130, the BMW 4 Series at #163, Fiat 500L Living at #216 and the Maserati Ghibli selling its first 3 units.

Previous month: Spain September 2013: VW Golf and Peugeot 308 on top

One year ago: Spain October 2012: Renault Clio and Dacia Sandero get a boost

Full October 2013 Top 215 models and Top 46 All-Brands Ranking Tables below.

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Spain September 2013: VW Golf and Peugeot 308 on top

October 2nd, 2013 16 comments

Peugeot 308 VW Golf Spain September 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 308 and VW Golf

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The Spanish new car market is definitely taking us on a roller-coaster of emotions (so to speak) this year! After gaining 16% in July but falling back to hell at -18% in August, September is up 29% year-on-year on, granted, what was the worst ever recorded month in the history of Spanish car sales to 45,284 units. The year-to-date total now stands at 547,147 registrations, down just 2% on 2012. With weaker sales the Spanish models ranking has become very volatile and once again we have a complete reshuffle atop the sales charts this month: the VW Golf takes the lead thanks to 1,441 sales and 3.2% and is the only car above 3% share this month – meaning Spain is fast becoming one of the most fragmented markets in the world along with Switzerland and the US. This is to my knowledge the first time the Golf tops the Spanish sales charts, and this performance enables Volkswagen to reclaim the year-to-date brand lead over Seat.

Renault Captur Spain September 2013Renault Captur

In second place we have another surprise: boosted by the new generation spreading into dealerships across the country, the Peugeot 308 is up 3 spots on an already excellent month of August, selling 1,320 units for a 2.9% share. Down 3 ranks to #6, the Seat Ibiza however reinforces its 2013 lead, with its follower the Opel Corsa down to a meagre #12 this month. Inside the Top 10, notice also the Ford Fiesta up 23 spots on August to #7, the Focus up 12 to #8 and the Toyota Auris solid at #10 vs. #19 year-to-date. Confirming its success in Southern Europe (#6 in Portugal last month), the Renault Captur is up 17 ranks to break into the Spanish Top 20 for the first time at #14, while its archenemy the Peugeot 2008 makes its entrance inside the Top 50 at #50.

Previous month: Spain August 2013: Dacia Sandero leads in market back in hell

One year ago: Spain September 2012: Worst ever recorded month

Full September 2013 Top 200 models and Top 45 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Spain August 2013: Dacia Sandero leads in market back in hell

September 3rd, 2013 8 comments

Dacia Sandero Spain August 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Sandero

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After July gave us a lot of hope (+16%), in August the Spanish new car market is back in hell: down a harsh 18% year-on-year to 39,931 sales, the first time since registrations are recorded in Spain that a month of August is below 40,000 units, to be compared with a August high of 105,064 units in 2005, and worryingly close to the lowest ever recorded month in Spanish history, in September 2012 at 35,206 sales. In this challenging environment, one model stands out head and shoulders this month: the Dacia Sandero, up 9 spots on July to simply take the lead by far for the 2nd time this year after January thanks to 1,536 sales and 3.8% share. This means the Sandero most probably sold twice as much as the #2 model in the private sales ranking. As a result, while the rest of the Top 12 brands all lose at least 15%, Dacia is up 43% to #8, only 22 units below Renault!

Landwind CV9 Spain August 2013. Picture courtesy of autokult.plRare appearance of a Chinese model in a Western European ranking: the Landwind CV9

Only the VW Golf also stays afloat, up one spot on July to #2 at 1,213 units and 3% but still #7 year-to-date. Leader last month, the Seat Ibiza is down to #3 but consolidates its year-to-date lead with the Opel Corsa down to a paltry #11. The Nissan Qashqai is back up 2 ranks to #4, while the Peugeot 308 takes advantage of runout pricing of the current gen to get a second wind, up 9 to #5. The Opel Astra is up 3 to #6, the Toyota Auris up 4 to a brilliant 9th spot, the Hyundai i30 up 6 to #13, Dacia Duster up a massive 43 spots to #17, the Renault Captur is up 5 to #31 but seems to have stabilised around 1% share, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is up a huge 76 ranks to #32, Kia Carens up 28 to #52, Chevrolet Trax up 31 to #78 and the Peugeot 2008 down 28 to #87. Finally, notice the Landwind CV9 making a rare appearance at #102 with 87 units and the BMW 4 Series landing at #200.

Previous month: Spain July 2013: Seat Ibiza regains control

One year ago: Spain August 2012: Nissan Qashqai confirms pole position

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Spain July 2013: Seat Ibiza regains control

August 2nd, 2013 No comments

Seat Ibiza Spain July 2013Seat Ibiza

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Now 2013 looks like the Spanish market is slowly coughing its way out of depression… July is up 15% year-on-year to 75,184 registrations. Excellent news indeed, as this is only the 5th month of year-on-year increase in the last 3 years after August 2011January 2012, August 2012 and April 2013. Even more impressive, this is the biggest year-on-year gain since June 2010 and the largest for a month of July since 1999! The PIVE scrapping plan is finally starting to show its effects. Threatened by the Opel Corsa for the title of best-selling car in Spain over the first half of the year, the Seat Ibiza regains control of the Spanish sales charts in July, ranking #1 for only the third time in the last 13 months after June 2012 and April 2013 thanks to 2,505 sales and 3.3% share and thus reinforcing its 2013 year-to-date pole position at 16,195 units and 3.5% vs. 15,254 and 3.3% for the Corsa, down to #7 this month.

Renault Captur Spain July 2013The Renault Captur ‘hecho en España’ (made in Spain) is now inside the Top 50.

Volkswagen has a stellar month: it is the #1 brand in the country with 9.7% market share, and places two models on the podium: both the Polo at #2 with 2,410 sales and the Golf at #3 with 2,377 units gain 6 spots on June and hold 3.2% of the market. The Renault Megane remains at a very solid 4th position vs. #9 year-to-date while the Renault Clio is down 3 ranks to #5 but still robust at 2.9% share. Further down, notice the Toyota Auris up 9 ranks to #13, the locally produced Renault Captur breaking into the Spanish Top 50 for the first time at #36 (+18), the Mercedes CLA sliding down one spot again to #58 and the Peugeot 2008 up 16 to #59.

Previous post: Spain 6 months 2013: Opel Corsa threatens Seat Ibiza domination

Previous month: Spain June 2013: Opel Corsa confirms #1 spot, Dacia Sandero #5

One year ago: Spain July 2012: Nissan Qashqai leads in worst July in history

Full July 2013 Top 200 models and Top 46 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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