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Switzerland July 2014: Mini Cooper and Ford Kuga in Top 10

August 15th, 2014 No comments

Mini Cooper Switzerland July 2014Mini Cooper

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New car sales in Switzerland are up 5% year-on-year in July to 27,570 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 177,475 units, down 3% on 2013. This month the Volkswagen Group manages in Switzerland what it is far from achieving at home in Germany: monopolising the brands podium with Volkswagen up a gigantic 30% on July 2013 to 4,070 sales and 14.8% share ahead of Audi up 1% to 7% share and Skoda up 31% to 6.5%. BMW is down two spots to #4 and Mercedes remains in 5th position. Notice also Citroen up 15%, Hyundai up 20%, Kia up 59% and Porsche up 77%.

Porsche Macan Switzerland July 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Porsche Macan breaks into the Swiss Top 50 this month!

In the models ranking, below the VW Golf more dominant than ever at 5.2% share, the Skoda Octavia is solid at 3.6% while the VW Polo jumps back onto the podium at #3 vs. #5 year-to-date, kicking the Audi A3 down to #4. Three great performers in the Swiss Top 10 this month: the VW Passat up 40 spots to #6, the Mini Cooper up 24 to #7 and the Ford Kuga up 6 to #9 vs. #23 year-to-date. Let’s also salute the Citroen Jumpy oddly up to #13 with 74% of its 2014 sales occurring this month, the Skoda Yeti up 21 to #17, Audi Q3 up 14 to #20, BMW 4 Series up 17 to a best-ever #26, the Porsche Macan brilliantly breaking into its first ever monthly Top 50 in the world at #50 and the Citroen C4 Cactus stable at #85.

Previous month: Switzerland June 2014: Mercedes GLA in Top 20 again

One year ago: Switzerland July 2013: Audi A3 up to #5, Ford Kuga climbs up to #7

Full July 2014 Top 100 models and Top 37 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Switzerland June 2014: Mercedes GLA in Top 20 again

July 12th, 2014 2 comments

Mercedes GLA Swizterland June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMercedes GLA

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New car sales in Switzerland are not getting the lift witnessed in most of Western Europe: at 27,819 registrations, June 2014 is down 6% on June 2013 which was itself down 28% on June 2012… The year-to-date total now stands at 149,905 units, down 4% on 2013. The VW Golf continues to reign supreme on the model sales charts with 1,534 sales and a strong 5.5% market share (vs. 4.4% year-to-date), followed by the Skoda Octavia at 3.8% and the Audi A3 at 1.9%, earning it a third spot year-to-date as well. Renault gets a boost and has the Clio up 13 spots on May to a fantastic 4th place, the Scénic up 61 to #23 and the Captur up 37 to a best-ever #25.

Renault Clio Switzerland June 2014. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.frThe Renault Clio is up to #4 in Switzerland this month.

Other great performers this month in Switzerland include the Fiat 500 up 11 ranks to #8, the BMW 1 Series up 12 to #11, the Ford Kuga up 17 to #15, Ford Focus up 65 to #17, the Mercedes GLA lodging a second consecutive month inside the Top 20 at #19 (its best ranking anywhere in the world), the Mini Cooper up 47 to #31 and the VW Up up 57 to #32. Finally, notice the BMW 4 Series up a further 6 spots to #43, the Citroen C4 Cactus breaking into the Swiss Top 100 for the first time at #85 and the Porsche Macan still extremely solid at #86.

Previous month: Switzerland June 2014: Mercedes GLA just 9 units off Top 10

One year ago: Switzerland June 2013: BMW 3 Series now #3 year-to-date

Full June 2014 Top 100 models and Top 37 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Switzerland May 2014: Mercedes GLA just 9 units off Top 10!

June 13th, 2014 No comments

Mercedes GLA Swizterland May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Mercedes GLA almost broke into the Swiss Top 10 this month.

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Another negative month for new car sales in Switzerland, down 5% year-on-year in May to 25,787 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 121,986 units, down 4% on 2013. Once again the Volkswagen Group monopolises the Top 5 with the VW Golf, Skoda Octavia, Audi A3, VW Tiguan and Polo leading the way, and this time it monopolises the year-to-date Top 5 as well in a slightly different order: VW Golf, Skoda Octavia, VW Tiguan, Audi A3 and VW Polo. Inside the Top 10, other great performers are the VW Touran back up a huge 25 spots on April to #7, the Toyota Auris at #9 vs. #16 year-to-date and the Audi A4 up 6 ranks to #10.

Subaru WRX Switzerland May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deSubaru WRX

But the big news in Switzerland this month is the tremendous success of the Mercedes GLA. In a country very fond of luxury brands and compact SUVs, the GLA seems indeed like the perfect equation. It is up 75% and 51 spots on April to land at a world-best 12th spot with 287 sales and 1.1% share, only 9 units off the Audi A4 at #10! A Top 10 ranking sometime in the coming months is absolutely in the realm of possibilities for the GLA which has become Mercedes’ best-seller in Switzerland this month above the A-Class (#20).

Porsche Macan Switzerland May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.dePorsche Macan

Further down, notice the Suzuki Swift stable at #15 vs. #25 year-to-date, the Citroen C3 up 17 ranks to #16, the Seat Alhambra up 30 to #25, Mazda3 up 14 to #26 and the BMW 4 Series inside the Top 50 for the 2nd month running. The new model pushes the Subaru WRX directly up to # 45 with 184 sales and 0.7% while the Porsche Macan continues to progress, up 19 spots to #72 at 122 units and 0.5%, and once again Porsche’s best-seller in the country above the 911 at #92.

Previous month: Switzerland April 2014: Subaru XV and Toyota Auris shine

One year ago: Switzerland May 2013: VW Tiguan climbs to highest ever 2nd place

Full May 2014 Top 100 models and Top 37 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Switzerland April 2014: Subaru XV and Toyota Auris shine

May 16th, 2014 No comments

Subaru XV Switzerland April 2014Subaru XV

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New car sales in Switzerland continue to evolve slightly lower than last year: down 2% in April to 27,804 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 96,199 units, down 4% on 2013. The Volkswagen Group monopolises the Top 5 this month with the VW Golf at #1 followed by the Skoda Octavia, VW Polo, Audi A3 and VW Tiguan. The Subaru XV is up a huge 26 spots on March to land in 6th place with 419 sales and 1.5% share, its best ranking in the country since last August, while the Toyota Auris is up 28 to #7 at 380 units and 1.4%.

BMW X3 Switzerland April 2014The BMW X3 is among the Top 10 best-sellers in Switzerland this month.

Other great performers in Switzerland this month include the BMW X3 up 19 ranks on March to #10, the Suzuki Swift up a mammoth 49 to #15, Subaru Forester up 48 to #18, the BMW 4 Series breaking into the Swiss Top 50 for the first time at #49 and the Porsche Macan breaking into the Top 100 at #91 for its first full month of sales – here too instantly becoming Porsche’s best-seller. Finally notice the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur stuck at a paltry #57 and #66 respectively, a far cry from their rankings in neighbouring France in a country that seemed like the perfect fit for these formats. Strange.

Previous month: Switzerland March 2014: Mazda3 up, Mercedes GLA at world-best

One year ago: Switzerland April 2013: Also warming up to the BMW 3 Series

Full April 2014 Top 100 models and Top 37 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

April 12th, 2014 2 comments

Mazda3 Switzerland March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mazda3 is up to #15 this month in Switzerland.

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The Swiss new car market clearly hasn’t caught up with the rest of Europe: it is still down a worrying 8% year-on-year in March to 26,250 registrations, bringing the First Quarter result to 68,395 units, down 5% on 2013. Switzerland confirms in this start of 2014 that it is in fact a ‘two-model market’, with the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia each selling much more than double any other vehicle in the country. This month the Golf is at 4.3% share and the Octavia at 3.6% while the third best-seller (the VW Tiguan) only grabs 1.6%. Switzerland is also a VAG market but that’s not new: 5 of the 6 best-sellers are VAG models (add the VW Polo at #4 and the Audi A3 at #6).

Mercedes GLA Switzerland March 2014. Picture courtesy of autoplenum.atThe Mercedes GLA is already at Peugeot 2008/Renault Captur level in Switzerland.

The Nissan Qashqai confirms the new generation could earn it a Top 5 annual spot in 2014, ranking 5th in March with 1.5% share, the Seat Leon remains in the Top 10 at an impressive 9th place, the Mercedes C-Class jumps up 24 spots on last month to crack the Top 10 at #10, the A Class also shines at #11, while the Mazda3 reaches this generation’s best ranking so far at #15. But the surprise of the month is the Mercedes GLA, landing directly at a world-best 58th position thanks to 170 sales! That’s just one less than the Peugeot 2008 (#57) and 29 more than the Renault Captur (#69). Notice also the Range Rover Evoque up to #37, Skoda Rapid up to #42, BMW 4 Series up to #63 and the Tesla Model S breaking into the Swiss Top 100 at #89.

Previous month: Switzerland February 2014: Seat Leon shoots up to 5th place

One year ago: Switzerland March 2013: VW Golf #1, Honda Jazz on podium!

Full March 2014 Top 100 models and Top 37 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

March 15th, 2014 4 comments

Seat Leon Swizterland February 2014Seat Leon

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The Swiss new car market is down 1% year-on-year in February to 21,931 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 42,145 units, down2 % on 2013. Brand-wise, below Volkswagen stable at 12.2% share, BMW holds onto its 2nd spot thanks to sales up a magnificent 23% to 1,437 and 6.6% share, remaining above Skoda down 21% to 6.5%. Audi is up one spot on January to #4, Mercedes down two to #5 and Renault up 5 to #6. In the models sales charts, the VW Golf reclaims the pole position off the Skoda Octavia both this month with 850 sales and 3.9% vs. 781 and 3.6% and year-to-date at 1,549 units and 3.7% vs. 1,503 and 3.6%. The VW Tiguan is up one rank on last month to #3, a ranking it now also holds year-to-date.

Nissan Qashqai Switzerland February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Qashqai ranks 4th in Switzerland this month.

Boosted by the new model now widely available, the Nissan Qashqai is up 17 spots on January to land at an outstanding 4th place with 330 sales and 1.5%, but the best performer of the month is the Seat Leon up 8 ranks to break into the Swiss Top 5 for the very first time at #5 with 322 units and 1.5%. The Leon is now also #5 year-to-date vs. #29 over the Full Year 2013! Other great performers this month include the Suzuki Swift up 67 spots to #7, the Hyundai i20 up 13 to #10, Dacia Duster up 9 to #24, Fiat Panda up to #32 vs. #49 in 2013 and the BMW 4 Series breaking into the Swiss Top 100 at #96.

Maserati Ghibli Switzerland February 2014. Picture courtesy of autobil.ddeThe Ghibli pushes Maserati up 2650% this month.

Finally, let’s award a special mention to Maserati this month. With 55 sales, the Italian luxury marque is up a gigantic 2650% year-on-year, adding up to 127 units so far in 2014, up 2017% on 2014. This result has almost everything to do with the new Ghibli which sold 44 units in February for a 0.6% market share and ranks 117th year-to-date with a round 100 sales.

Previous month: Switzerland January 2014: Mazda CX-5, BMW X3 & Opel Mokka break records

One year ago: Switzerland February 2013: Could the Skoda Octavia break 19 consecutive years of VW Golf domination?

Full February 2014 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.

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Switzerland January 2014: Mazda CX-5, BMW X3 and Opel Mokka all in Top 10 at record ranking!

February 13th, 2014 1 comment

Mazda CX-5 Switzerland January 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deMazda CX-5

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The Swiss new car market starts the year down 4% on 2013 in January to 20,214 registrations, and it’s a very eventful month in the models ranking indeed. The Skoda Octavia passes the VW Golf to claim the pole position for the 6th time in the last 17 months with 722 sales and 3.6% share vs. 699 and 3.5% for the Golf. Below the BMW 3 Series up 3 spots on December to #3 and the VW Tiguan stable at #4, we find the Suzuki SX4 back up 4 ranks to #5, the 4th time in the last 5 months it ranks within the 6 best-sellers in Switzerland! Thank you S-Cross. But wait the biggest surprises are still to come…

Opel Mokka Switzerland January 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deOpel Mokka

The Mazda CX-5 is up a mammoth 53 spots on last month to hit #6 with 301 sales and 1.5%, an all-time record ranking (previous best: #10 last September). The BMW X3 is up 11 ranks to #8 at 285 units and 1.4%, also an all-time record ranking (previous best: #10 in September 2012 and November 2013). The Opel Mokka is up 34 spots to #10 with 273 sales and 1.4%, yet again an all-time record ranking and the first time the Mokka ever ranks inside any country’s monthly Top 10 (previous best: #15 in April 2013). Notice also the Hyundai i30 up 31 ranks to #12, the Fiat 500 up 40 to #14, Hyundai ix35 up 45 to #17, Volvo XC60 up 18 to #18, BMW X1 up 15 to #20 and the BMW X5 up 20 to #25.

Previous post: Switzerland Full Year 2013: VW Golf celebrates 20 years at #1

Previous month: Switzerland December 2013: VW Golf hits highest share in a decade

One year ago: Switzerland January 2013: Skoda Octavia back on top

Full January 2014 Top 100 models and Top 37 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Switzerland Full Year 2013: VW Golf celebrates 20 years at #1, BMW 3 Series up 53% to #3

January 17th, 2014 No comments

BMW 3 Series Switzerland 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW 3 Series

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New car sales in Switzerland are down 6% year-on-year in 2013 to 307,885 registrations. The VW Golf passes a very significant milestone this year in Switzerland: it has now been the best-selling car in the country for 20 years in a row! The last time it didn’t finish the year #1 was in 1993 when the Opel Astra took the lead. This year the Golf also lodges its highest annual volume in 12 years - since 2001 when it sold 16,704 units - with sales up 8% on 2012 to 13,408 units and 4.4% share. The Skoda Octavia (-4%) and VW Polo (-12%) also hold onto their 2012 ranking, while the BMW 3 Series delivers an impressive 53% gain, going from #18 in 2012 to #4 this year with 5,653 sales and 1.8%.

Suzuki SX4 Switzerland 2013First year inside the annual Swiss Top 10 for the Suzuki SX4.

Other great performers this year include the Audi A3 up 22% and 15 spots to #6, the Peugeot 208 up 114% and 47 ranks to #8, Suzuki SX4 up 44% and 22 spots to #9, BMW 1 Series up 10% and 12 ranks to #10, Mercedes A Class up a huge 86% and 43 spots to #15 thanks to the new model, Seat Leon up 46% and 33 ranks to #29 and the Toyota Auris up 63% and 68 spots to #32. Among the newcomers in the Swiss Top 100 this year are the Opel Mokka up to #36, Volvo V40 up to #43, Mazda3 up to #67, Opel Adam landing directly at #84 with 1,192 sales, the Renault Captur appearing at #85 with 1,147 units and the Peugeot 2008 at #93 and 1,047 sales.

Previous post: Switzerland December 2013: VW Golf hits highest share in a decade

Previous year: Switzerland Full Year 2012: Subaru XV and Skoda Octavia impress

Two years ago: Switzerland Full Year 2011: VW Golf at highest volume in 10 years

Full Year 2013 Top 100 models and Top 37 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Switzerland December 2013: VW Golf hits best share in a decade

January 17th, 2014 No comments

VW Golf Switzerland December 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deVW Golf

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New car sales in Switzerland are up 3% year-on-year in December to 30,111 registrations, bringing the final 2013 total to 307,885 units, down 7% on the previous year. Like in December 2012, Volkswagen finishes the year on a (very) high note, grabbing 19.5% of the market vs. 13.3% over the Full Year. The Golf shoots up to 2,274 sales and 7.6% of the market, potentially its strongest monthly market share in a decade, the Polo is up to 2.7% at #3 vs. 1.8% over the Full Year, the Tiguan is up to 2.3% at #4 vs. 1.7% and the Up! is up 33 spots on November to #8 and 1.6% vs. #46 and 0.7% in 2013.

BMW X5 Switzerland December 2013BMW X5

In fact, the VAG Group monopolises the Top 5 this month with the Skoda Octavia at #2 and the Audi A3 at #5, and other models from the group also shine this month: the Seat Alhambra is up to #7 vs. #43 over the Full Year, the Seat Leon is up to #12 vs. #29, the Audi Q3 up to #16 vs. #28, Seat Ibiza up to #17 vs. #35 and Audi A6 up to #24 vs. #48. Notice also the Renault Megane up to #15 vs. #34, the Mazda3 up to #23 vs. #67 and the BMW X5 up to #45 vs. #90.

Previous month: Switzerland November 2013: Suzuki SX4 in Top 5, Audi A1 up to #8

One year ago: Switzerland December 2012: VW Up! up to a record #5

Full December 2013 Top 100 models and Top 37 All-Brands Ranking Tables below.

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

December 19th, 2013 No comments

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Mini Countryman Chevrolet Trax Swizterland November 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deSuzuki SX4 S-Cross, Mini Countryman and Chevrolet Trax

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While the rest of the European market seems to slowly but surely be turning the corner, new car sales in Switzerland are down a disappointing 8% year-on-year in November to 24,882 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 277,774 units, down 7% on 2012. Beaten by the Skoda Octavia last month, the VW Golf is back in pole position in November thanks to 1,248 sales and 5%, now adding up to 11,134 units and 4% so far in 2013. The Skoda Octavia is down to #2 but still very strong at 4% share and 987 sales vs. 3.2% year-to-date. Volkswagen has a great month, with both the Tiguan at #3 and 2.1% and the Polo at #4 and 1.9% delivering higher market shares than their year-to-date levels.

Audi A1 Switzerland 2013. Picture courtesy of Driving DutchmanAudi A1

But the best performance of the month goes to the Suzuki SX4, breaking into the Swiss Top 5 for the first time in the history of the nameplate thanks to the new S-Cross generation at 445 units and 1.8% share. It is now #9 year-to-date. 3 additional models make big waves in the Top 10: the Audi A1 is up 24 spots on October to land at an all-time high #8 with 326 sales, the Subaru XV is up 11 to #9 and 316 units and the BMW X3 is up 5 to break into the Swiss Top 10 for the second time ever with September 2011. Further down, notice the Seat Leon up 38 to #21 and the Peugeot 2008 up 25 to an all-time high #30.

Previous month: Switzerland October 2013: Skoda Octavia passes VW Golf to lead, Peugeot 308 #5

One year ago:  Switzerland November 2012: VW Golf back in charge

Full November 2013 Top 100 models and Top 37 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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