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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

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

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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

Full October 2014 Top 35 brands and Top 100 models Ranking Tables below.

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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

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

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Switzerland August 2014: Mercedes GLA breaks into Top 10!

September 19th, 2014 4 comments

Mercedes GLA Switzerland August 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deSwitzerland is the first country in the world to allow the Mercedes GLA in the Top 10.

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The Swiss new car market is not quite there yet: down 6% year-on-year in August to 19,783 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 197,258 registrations, down 3% on 2013. Below the VW Golf at 4.4% and the Skoda Octavia at 3.7%, the VW Polo maintains itself on the podium at #3 ahead of the Audi A3 at #4 while the Peugeot 308 is up a huge 31 spots on July to land in 5th position thanks to 351 sales and 1.8% share. But the best performance of the month in Switzerland is delivered by the Mercedes GLA: after missing out for 9 units back in May, it breaks into the Top 10 for the first time in any country in the world at #10 with 254 sales and 1.3% market share.

Peugeot 308 SW Switzerland August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 308 SW

Other great performers this month include the Mini Cooper at #8 vs. #38 year-to-date thanks to the new generation, the Suzuki Swift up 25 ranks to #15, Mazda CX-5 up 39 to #17, Seat Alhambra up 9 to #22, BMW 4 Series at #26, BMW X5 up 33 to #27, VW Sharan up 11 to #28 vs. #51 year-to-date and the Fiat 500L up 34 to #49.

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

One year ago: Switzerland August 2013: Subaru XV and Hyundai i20 impress

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

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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?

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