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Switzerland June 2015: Seat Alhambra and BMW 2 Series shoot up

July 19th, 2015 No comments

Seat Alhambra Switzerland June 2015The Seat Alhambra is up to #8 in Switzerland this month.

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New car sales in Switzerland are up a booming 18% year-on-year in June to 33.119 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 161.798 units, up 8% on 2014. The Top 4 most popular brands all improve at least as much as the market: Volkswagen is up 23% to 13.1% share, BMW up 18% to 7.3%, Audi up 26% to 7.2% and Mercedes up 23% to 6.5%. Reversely, Skoda is up just 4% to 6.1% and down two spots on May to #5. Further down, Seat is up 58% to #9, Citroen up 22% to #10, Peugeot up 31% to #11, Toyota up 38% to #12, Nissan up 75% to #13, Volvo up 43%, Kia up 50%, Land Rover up 53% and Smart up 118%. The VW Golf remains the most popular nameplate in the country thanks to 1.510 sales and 4.6% share above the Skoda Octavia at 1.147 and 3.5% with the VW Polo, Seat Leon (both at 2.1%) and Audi A3 (1.8%) also very solid.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Switzerland June 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The VW Passat enjoys a second consecutive month at #6, the Seat Alhambra shoots up 47 spots on May to #8, the BMW 2 Series gains 10 ranks to break into the Swiss Top 10 for the first time and become the brand’s best-seller in Switzerland thanks to the success of the Active Tourer MPV variant. Notice also the Opel Mokka back up 51 spots to #16, the Audi Q3 very robust at #17, the Audi A1 up 12 ranks to #23, the Fiat 500X breaking into the Top 50 for the first time, the Mazda CX-3 jumping 137 spots to #79, the Volvo XC90 up 177 to #93 and the Renault Kadjar up 122 to #93.

Previous month: Switzerland May 2015: Volkswagen Group monopolises Top 8

One year ago: Switzerland June 2014: Mercedes GLA in Top 20 again

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Switzerland May 2015: Volkswagen Group monopolises Top 8

June 16th, 2015 No comments

Seat Leon Swizterland February 2014First Swiss podium ever for the Seat Leon.

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The Swiss new car market is up by a vigorous 6% year-on-year in May to 27.422 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 128.679 units, up 5% on 2014. In what could well be a first, this month the entire Top 8 best-selling models in Switzerland belong to the Volkswagen Group – the previous record was all Top 7 in February 2012. The VW Golf and Skoda Octavia lead the way as usual and by far with 4.5% and 3.8% share respectively, followed by the Seat Leon up 6 spots on April to lodge its first-ever Swiss podium ranking at #3, the Skoda Fabia up 17 ranks to #4, the Audi A3 down one to #5, VW Passat up one to #6, VW Tiguan down one to #7 and the VW Polo down 5 to #8. Below Volkswagen at 12.7% (+4%), BMW holds onto the 2nd spot in the brands ranking thanks to sales up 21% year-on-year to 2.153, above Skoda (+25%), Audi (+6%) and Mercedes (+7%).

The Renault Espace is up to #70 in Switzerland.

Notice also (going down the ladder) Opel up 22%, Renault up 54%, Peugeot up 21%, Seat up 18%, Nissan up 25%, Mini up 23%, Porsche up 27%, Jeep up 62% and Lexus up 288%. Back to the models ranking, and below the all-VAG Top 8, the Mercedes C-Class is back up 31 spots on April to #10 vs. #6 so far in 2015, the Audi Q3 is up a further two ranks to #13 vs. #31, the BMW 2 Series remains within the Top 20 at #19 vs. #30 year-to-date, the Suzuki Vitara shoots up 63 spots to #30, the BMW i3 up 85 to #41, the Fiat 500X up 53 to #53 and now knocking on the Swiss Top 50’s door and the Renault Espace up 164 spots to #70 thanks to the new generation. We also welcome the Mazda CX-3 at #216, the Jaguar XE at #246 and the Ssangyong Tivoli at #343.

Previous month: Switzerland April 2015: VW Golf reclaims top spot for… one unit

One year ago: Switzerland May 2014: Mercedes GLA just 9 units off Top 10

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Switzerland April 2015: VW Golf reclaims top spot for… one unit

May 12th, 2015 No comments

VW Golf Switzerland April 2015. Picture courtesy of autobild.deVW Golf

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The Swiss new car market is up 4% year-on-year in April to 28.982 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 101.257 units, up 5% on 2014. Below Volkswagen at 12.9% share, BMW leaps to 2nd place both in April (8% share, up 23%) and year-to-date (7.6%, up 17%), distancing Audi (6.7%), Skoda (6%) and Mercedes (5.2%) while Renault is up a whopping 50% on April 2014 to 6th place with 1,367 deliveries, Peugeot is up 21% to #9, Fiat is up 31%, Nissan up 27%, Volvo up 20%, Dacia up 23%, Porsche up 54%, Mini up 78% and Jeep up 88%. After being topped by the Skoda Octavia last month in the year-to-date models ranking, the VW Golf manages to claw back its way into pole position but by the smallest possible margin: one unit! Selling 1.382 units in April brings the Golf’s year-to-date total to 4.432 sales whereas the Octavia’s 1.017 April score lifts its 2015 total to 4.431. The race for #1 in any country in the world this year continues on…

VW Passat Switzerland April 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Passat

As the most fragmented market in the world, the Swiss models rankings always gets very volatile and this month is no exception. The VW Tiguan is up 6 spots on March to #6, the VW Passat is up 42 ranks to #7, the Ford Kuga up 16 to #11, the Mini Cooper up 11 to #14, the Audi Q3 up 27 to #17, the BMW 2 Series up 13 to #19 and the Dacia Sandero up 61 to #31. Among recent launches, notice the Jeep Renegade breaks into the Top 100 at #77, the Suzuki Vitara is already down 11 spots to #93, Suzuki Celerio up 66 to #105 and the Renault Kadjar makes its very first appearance in the Swiss model ranking at #298 with its first 3 units sold in the country.

Previous month: Switzerland March 2015: Skoda Octavia takes the lead year-to-date

One year ago: Switzerland April 2014: Subaru XV and Toyota Auris shine

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Switzerland March 2015: Skoda Octavia takes the lead year-to-date

April 14th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Octavia Switzerland March 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Skoda Octavia is now the best-selling nameplate in Switzerland for 2015.

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Thanks to sales up by a bright 20% year-on-year in March to 31,487 units, the Swiss new car market finishes the first quarter 2015 in positive at +6% to 72,275 deliveries. Once again Volkswagen underperforms (+5%) but stays in the lead at 3,385 sales, followed by Mercedes up a spectacular 50% to 2,546 units, Skoda up 37% to 2,417 and BMW up 33% to 2,230. Notice also Renault up 50% to #7, Citroen up 30% to #9, Hyundai up 28% to #11, Subaru up 62% to #15, Fiat up 47% to #16, Mitsubishi up 104% and Porsche up 110%. In the models ranking, the Volkswagen Group can claim a cannibalistic victory with the Skoda Octavia taking the overall lead year-to-date over the VW Golf thanks to a 2nd month in pole position with 1,519 sales and 4.8% share vs. 1,131 and 3.6% for the Golf. First quarter tallies are 3,414 and 3,050 respectively, so a solid advantage for the Octavia for now.

Mercedes AMG GT Switzerland March 201547 Mercedes AMG GT S found a buyer in Switzerland in March.

The Top 5 best-sellers are unchanged on February and year-to-date, with the VW Polo rounding up the podium at just 2% share, and all 346 other nameplates at 1.6% share or less, Switzerland confirming its title of most fragmented car market in the world. The Mercedes C-Class ranks 4th, the Audi A3 5th, the Renault Clio is up 17 spots on February to #7, the Suzuki Swift up 8 to #9, the Mercedes GLA is extremely robust again at #15, the Opel Corsa is up 20 ranks to #17, the Subaru Forester up 56 to #26, Suzuki SX4 S-Cross up 29 to #30 and the BMW 2 Series up 30 to #32. Further down, the Fiat 500X is up to #52, the Suzuki Vitara lands at #82 with 147 sales and the Mercedes AMG GT S ranks #158 with 47 units sold.

Previous month: Switzerland February 2015: Skoda Octavia one step above VW Golf

One year ago: Switzerland March 2014: Mazda3 up, Mercedes GLA at world-best

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Switzerland February 2015: Skoda Octavia one step above VW Golf

March 12th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Octavia Switzerland February 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Skoda Octavia now threatens the VW Golf for #1 year-to-date.

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New car sales in Switzerland are recovering: up 2% year-on-year in February to 22,388 registrations, however after a 9% drop in January, year-to-date sales are still in negative at -3% and 40,788 deliveries. Below Volkswagen down 4%, Skoda takes off with sales up 32% to 8.4% share, and manages to place the Octavia in a clear pole position this month with 1,201 sales and 5.4% share, one percentage point above perennial leader the VW Golf at 990 units and 4.4%. This is the first time since January 2014 that the Octavia outsells the Golf and places #1, and its February score puts the Octavia only 24 units below the Golf year-to-date. We could be headed towards a tight race to the top in Switzerland this year.

Mercedes C Class Switzerland February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mercedes C-Class is up to #4 in Switzerland this month.

Other manufacturers frankly outperforming the market this month in Switzerland include Mercedes up 48% on a year ago, Citroen up 31%, Mitsubishi up 48%, Mini up 60%, Porsche up 130% and Smart up 38%. Back to the models ranking to salute the Mercedes C-Class up to #4 vs. #34 in 2014, the Mercedes GLA back inside the Top 10 for the 4th time at #8, the Hyundai i20 up 26 spots on January to #9, the Skoda Fabia up 65 to #14, Opel Mokka up to #16, Citroen C3 up 46 to #19, Renault Captur up 8 to #25 and the Porsche Macan placing inside the Swiss Top 40 for the 2nd time at #40.

Previous month: Switzerland January 2015: Mazda CX-5 and Mazda2 take off

One year ago: Switzerland February 2014: Seat Leon shoots up to 5th place

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Switzerland January 2015: Mazda CX-5 and Mazda2 take off

February 14th, 2015 No comments

Mazda2 Switzerland January 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe new generation propels the Mazda2 up to #8 in Switzerland this month.

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Amidst the stock market turmoil created by the sudden increase in value of the swiss franc against the euro (+23% on January 15 alone) and US dollar (+21%), and key interest rates now frankly in negative (-0.75%) meaning investors need to pay a fee to keep their funds in a Swiss account, the Swiss new car market doesn’t do well at all at the start on 2015: down another 9% year-on-year in January to just 18,400 registrations. Volkswagen delivers an outstanding 14% increase to capture 14% of the market, while both BMW (-1%) and Mercedes (+13%) rank on the podium, dislodging Audi down 21% to #7. Notice Renault up 18%, Mazda up 10%, Ford up 27%, Nissan up 13% and Porsche up 99%.

BMW X3 Switzerland January 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe BMW X3 is up to a record Swiss #7 in January.

For the first time on BSCB and from this month onwards I give you an all-models ranking for Switzerland, always very volatile due to its extreme fragmentation: only 3 nameplates manage to capture more than 2% market share: the VW Golf (5%), Skoda Octavia (3.8%) and VW Polo (2.4%). Below, the Mercedes C-Class shoots up 17 spots on December to #4, the Mazda CX-5 is up a monumental 49 ranks to beat its all-time ranking record at #5 (previous best: #6 one year ago), the BMW X3 is up 34 spots to an all-time high #7 (previous best: #8 also a year ago) but the Mazda2 trumps them all: up 101 ranks thanks to the new generation to a record #8 with 233 sales and 1.3% share.

Previous post: Switzerland Full Year 2014: VW Golf and Skoda Octavia ultra dominant

One year ago: Switzerland January 2014: Mazda CX-5, BMW X3 & Opel Mokka break records

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Switzerland Full Year 2014: Golf and Octavia ultra dominant

January 17th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Octavia VW Golf Switzerland 2014. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe only two nameplates above 2% share in Switzerland: VW Golf & Skoda Octavia.

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Back in 2012 when the whole of Europe was in recession, Switzerland was one of only a handful of market to gain ground year-on-year, even reaching its 2nd best-ever annual score below 1989. Since then, just as Europe slowly turned the corner, Swiss new car sales haven’t stopped skidding: down 6% in 2013 and down another 2% in 2014 to 301,942 registrations. No surprises atop the brands ranking: Volkswagen holds onto the lead with 13.3% share, but BMW (+4%) passes Audi (-1%) to rank #2 overall with 21,144 sales and 7%. This despite an extravagant month of December by Audi, placing no less than 5 models inside the Top 11: the A3 (#6), A1 (#7), Q5 (#9), Q3 (#10) and A4 (#11). The VAG Group placed 11 models in the Top 12 that month. Meanwhile Skoda (+9%) and Mercedes (+10%) keep their positions despite frank progressions, Kia is up 23%, Porsche up 26%, Lexus up 30%, Jeep up 56% and Maserati up 285%.

Audi A3 Switzerland 2014. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusThe Audi A3 is up 18% to 4th place in Switzerland this year.

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The VW Golf is the most popular nameplate in Swizerland for the 21st straight year, even improving its market share to 4.8% thanks to the 7th generation now in full flight: up 7% to 14,366 sales, its highest annual volume in 13 years – since 2001 when it sold 16,704 units. The Skoda Octavia, also helped by the new model, does even better at +8% to 10,847 units and 3.6% but never dislodged the Golf in any monthly ranking this year. Switzerland confirms it is most fragmented car market in the world, with all other nameplates below 2% market share…

Seat Leon Switzerland 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSeat Leon sales are up 47% in Switzerland this year.

The VW Polo completes a podium unchanged on 2013, and with the Audi A3 up two spots to #4 and the VW Tiguan staying at #5, the VAG Group monopolises the Top 5 in 2014, knocking the BMW 3 Series down to #6. At #7, the Seat Leon wins the ‘most improved’ title in the Top 30 with sales up a fantastic 47% to 4,002. Notice also the Fiat 500 up 14 spots to #12, Ford Kuga up 9 to #13, Suzuki Swift up 11 to #14, Hyundai i20 up 17 to #15, Audi Q5 up 22 to #22 and the Peugeot 308 up 29 to #32.

Mercedes GLA Switzerland 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deSwitzerland is the first country where the Mercedes GLA ranked inside the monthly Top 10.

The Mercedes GLA is by far the best-selling all-new model of 2014 in Switzerland, even breaking into its first monthly Top 10 in the world in AugustSeptember and November. The Porsche Macan manages to instantly become the brand’s best-seller in the country at #88 with 1,216 sales, with the BMW 2 Series (#106), Citroen C4 Cactus (#120), Ford Connect (#125), BMW X4 (#133) and Peugeot 108 (#135) also successful. It’s worth also mentioning the brilliant first full year of the BMW 4 Series directly inside the Swiss Top 50 at #50 with 2,063 units.

Mercedes AMG GT S Switzerland 20143 Mercedes AMG GT S found a buyer in Switzerland in 2014.

Wealthy country means super cars galore towards the bottom of the ranking: the BMW i8 lands directly at #286 with 64 units sold, the Mercedes SLS AMG is up 5% to 55 sales, the Rolls-Royce Wraith secured 34 customers, 31 Ferrari LaFerrari found a buyer, 25 Lamborghini Hurácan, 22 McLaren 650S, 15 Porsche 918, 10 Maserati GT MC Stradale and 3 Mercedes AMG GTS.

Previous month: Switzerland November 2014: Mercedes GLA back in Top 10

One year ago: Switzerland Full Year 2013: VW Golf celebrates 20 years at #1

Two years ago: Switzerland Full Year 2012: Subaru XV and Skoda Octavia impress

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Switzerland November 2014: Mercedes GLA back in Top 10

December 11th, 2014 No comments

Mercedes GLA Switzerland November 2014Mercedes GLA

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The Swiss new car market is down 5% year-on-year in November to 23,672 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 269,085 units, down 3% on 2013. Volkswagen is stable atop the brands ranking with a particularly strong 15% markets share vs. 13.2% year-to-date, Audi is up 9% to remain #2 with 8.8% share, a full two percentage points above its YTD level, BMW (-3%) rounds up the podium ahead of Skoda (-4%) while Mercedes is up a flamboyant 27%, Mini up 10%, Jeep up 41%, Porsche up 45%, Lexus up 185% and Maserati up 92%. Model-wise, below traditional leaders the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia, Audi’s surge is striking: the A3 is up to #3 (#4 YTD), the A4 up to #6 (#9), Q3 up to #11 (#28), A1 up to #13 (#34) and the Q5 is #17 (#27). Notice also the Suzuki Swift at #8, the VW Touran up 46 spots on October to #9, the Mercedes GLA stunningly back inside the Top 10 at #10 and the Seat Alhambra up 22 to #14.

Previous month: Switzerland October 2014: Fiat Panda flies up to 7th position

One year ago: Switzerland November 2013: Suzuki SX4 in Top 5, Audi A1 up to #8

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Switzerland October 2014: Fiat Panda flies up to 7th position

November 15th, 2014 No comments

FIAT PANDA 4x4 CrossFiat Panda Cross

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The Swiss new car market is stuck in negative territory this year with October sales down 1% on one year ago to 26,277 deliveries and the year-to-date total down 3% to 245,413 units. Brand-wise, the Volkswagen group lodges a very impressive 1-2 and completely bucks the overall market trend: the Volkswagen brand is up 25% to 3,971 sales and 15.1% share vs. 13% year-to-date while Audi is up 14% to 1,956 units and 7.4% vs. 6.6% YTD. BMW is knocked down to third place but up 7% year-on-year while Skoda remains 4th (-11%) and Mercedes gains a fabulous 16% in 5th place. In the models ranking, both the VW Golf (5.5%) and Skoda Octavia (3.9%) post market shares above their YTD levels, the Fiat Panda shoots up 62 spots on September to a cool 7th place, the Peugeot 308 is up 17 to #11, the Audi Q3 up 25 to #13, the Audi A1 stays at #19 vs. #37 YTD, the VW Up is up 43 ranks to #21 and the Renault Mégane is up 24 to #23. Finally, the Citroen C4 Cactus is up 26 spots to #74 and the BMW X4 remains inside the Swiss Top 100 at #89.

Previous month: Switzerland September 2014: Mercedes GLA up to 7th place!

One year ago:  Switzerland October 2013: Skoda Octavia passes VW Golf to #1, Peugeot 308 #5

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Switzerland September 2014: Mercedes GLA up to 7th place!

October 16th, 2014 2 comments

Mercedes GLA Switzerland September 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deMercedes GLA

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New car sales in Switzerland are down again at -3% year-on-year in September to 21,878 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 219,136 units, also down 3% on 2013. The Top 4 best-selling models are unchanged on last month and on the year-to-date ranking: the VW Golf unsurprisingly dominates, followed by the Skoda Octavia, VW Polo and Audi A3. The Suzuki Swift is up 10 spots to land at a spectacular 5th place but the big event is just below: after breaking into the Top 10 for the first time in any country in the world last August, the Mercedes GLA goes even further and gains 3 more spots to rank #7 thanks to 301 sales and 1.4%, only 27 units off a Top 5 ranking! Clearly the GLA has hit the absolute core of its target in Switzerland: premium tastes mixed with mountainous landscapes mean a premium compact SUV is just what the Swiss doctor ordered.

Porsche Macan Switzerland September 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Macan is now Porsche’s best-seller in Switzerland year-to-date

Other great performers this month in Switzerland include the Toyota Yaris up 20 ranks to #13, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross up 24 to #17 and the Jeep Cherokee and Citroen C4 Cactus up to equal #99. All other models shining this month (8) belong to the premium segment – denoting clearly where the Swiss new car market is headed. The BMW 1 Series is up 32 spots on August to #16, the Mercedes C-Class up 32 to #18, Audi A1 up 11 to #19, BMW X1 up 20 to #20, BMW 4 Series at #30 and now above the 5 Series year-to-date at #52. The Porsche Macan is up 32 ranks to a best-ever #37 and is now the brand’s best-seller year-to-date after only 6 months on sale at #94 with 802 units above the 911 at 701 sales and #98. Finally, both the BMW X4 and 2 Series break into the Swiss Top 100 for the first time at #79 and #84 respectively.

Previous month: Switzerland August 2014: Mercedes GLA breaks into Top 10!

One year ago: Switzerland September 2013: Suzuki SX4 up to #6, Mazda CX-5 #10

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