Portugal Full Year 2016: Renault Clio, Peugeot 208 top market up 16%

Reault Clio Peugeot 208 Portugal 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frJust like in France: the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 are best-sellers in Portugal. 

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New car sales in Portugal post their fourth straight year of double-digit gains in 2016 at +16% to 207.330 registrations, the first time above 200.000 annual units since 2010. French carmaker Renault tightens its stranglehold on the market thanks to a stunning 26% growth to 12.5% share, widening the gap with immediate follower Peugeot, up 20% to 9.6%. Volkswagen (+1%), Mercedes (+13%) and BMW (+11%) round up the Top 5 but all lose share. Opel (+20%), Fiat (+30%), Citroen (+22%), Seat (+21%), Dacia (+20%) and Kia (+37%) are the other brands outpacing the market inside the Top 15. Further down, notice Honda (+39%), Hyundai (+62%), Suzuki (+65%), Mazda (+78%) and Jaguar (+104%) take off.

renault-megane-portugal-2016The Renault Mégane could come tease the Clio for #1 in 2017. 

The Renault Clio is the most popular nameplate in the country for the 4th straight year and the 8th time in total (a series started in 1999) outpacing the market at +20% to improve its share to 5.5%. It is followed on the podium by the Peugeot 208 also boosted up 26% by its facelift and the Renault Mégane up 44% thanks to the new generation. Market leader 20042007 and from 2009 and 2012, the Mégane ranked #2 each of the last 3 months of the year and could tease the Clio for the 2017 pole position. The Renault Captur (+17%) is now sandwiched between the VW Golf (-5%) and Polo (-1%) while the Seat Ibiza returns inside the Top 10 thanks to deliveries up2 1%. Nuts also the Opel Astra (+34%), Peugeot 2008 (+32%), Citroen C3 (+43%), Fiat 500 (+25%), BMW 2 Series (+42%) and Nissan Juke (+40%) posting spectacular gains inside the Top 30. The Fiat Tipo (#52), Hyundai Tucson (#76), Seat Ateca (#111) and Jaguar F-Pace (#130) are the most popular new nameplates, with the Toyota C-HR landing at #135 in spite of being on sale for just two months.

Previous month: Portugal November 2016: Toyota C-HR lands inside Top 50

Previous year: Portugal Full Year 2015: Renault Clio clear winner in market up 25%

Two years ago: Portugal Full Year 2014: Renault Clio resists VW Golf in market up 35%

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Europe November 2016: Discover the Top 340 models and Top 57 brands

toyota-c-hr-europe-november-2016The Toyota C-HR has landed in Europe.

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Final figures for Europe 29 markets (Turkey and Russia excluded) are now available, settling for a 4.9% year-on-year gain to 1.176.026 units which lifts the year-to-date tally up 6.6% to 13.835.067. Outside the already familiar Top 50 best-selling models, notice the Toyota RAV4 up 129% to #67, the Seat Ateca up 11 spots on October to #69, the Ford Ka+ down 5 ranks to #113 vs. #211 year-to-date and the Jaguar F-Pace down 3 to #123 vs. #164 so far this year.

suzuki-ignis-europe-novembet-2016-picture-courtesy-red-live-itSuzuki Ignis

We welcome two all-new nameplates in the European sales charts in November: firstly, the Toyota C-HR lands at #138 with over 2.300 sales. This means the C-HR is already outselling the Honda HR-V (1.999) while the Mazda CX-3 (3.961) remains at a fair distance for now, but this will change very soon as the C-HR gears up at the start of 2017.

skoda-kodiaq-europe-november-2016Skoda Kodiaq

The Suzuki Ignis for its part points its bonnet at a much more discreet #249 with just above 200 deliveries so far. Other improving recent launches (<12 months) include – in sales order – the Alfa Romeo Giulia (+8), Kia Niro (+3), Hyundai Ioniq (+4), Infiniti Q30 (+6), Maserati Levante (+8), Tesla Model X (+5), Skoda Kodiaq (+19) and Infiniti QX30 (+14).

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Germany: Nameplates Records now updated with 2016 data

VW Golf IIIThe VW Golf sold 414,132 units in Germany in 1992 – a record year.

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We can now share with you an updated ranking of the the best-selling nameplates in Germany, ranked based on their record year in volume since data collection began in 1946. Only three nameplates managed to deliver at least one year above 300.000 sales over the entire period: the VW Golf, Beetle and Opel Astra, and only six were above 200.000: adding the Opel Kadett, VW Passat and Mercedes W123. One foreign model managed to crack the 100,000 annual unit-barrier: the Skoda Fabia.

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The VW Beetle’s record year was 1961 with 348,929 sales

Among foreign models, the Renault 19 is #2 with a record 97.262 units in 1991 but it never managed to break into the annual German Top 10, peaking at #11 in 1992. The legendary Renault 4 is #3 and was the best-selling import in Germany for a whopping 14 consecutive years between 1967 and 1980, peaking at 84.900 sales in 1970 for an estimated 5th place overall that year. This is estimated to the be the highest annual ranking ever hit by a foreign nameplate in Germany, equalled by the Skoda Fabia in 2009.

The Renault 4 was the best-selling import in Germany without interruption from 1967 to 1980 

Peugeot is also very well represented with the 206 holding the record for the brand’s highest single model annual sales volume at 63.426 units in 2003 (#12), ahead of the 205 (61.220 in 91) and 207 (58.222 in 09). Fiat’s highest seller is the Punto with 60.197 units in 1995. The Toyota Corolla leads all Japanese models with a high of 52.870 in 1991, followed by the Mazda 323 and 626.

Skoda Octavia Germany 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Skoda Octavia beats its annual volume record in Germany in 2016. 

Records beaten in 2016 include the Skoda Octavia’s volume (58.683) and the Seat Leon once again improving to 46.010 sales and #16 ranking.

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Australia: 1984-2016 Nameplates records now available

Holden Commodore SS Australia 1998The Holden Commodore sold a record 94.642 units in Australia in 1998.

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This ranking has now been updated with 2016 figures and official sales data spanning the past 33 years. In 2016, the Toyota Hilux becomes only the 5th nameplate to finish the year at #1 after the Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla. The Hyundai i30 (37.772 sales) and Ford Ranger (36.934) both break their annual volume records and now rank among the nation’s 10 most successful nameplate, knocking the Ford Laser and Holden Astra out. The Mazda CX-5 hits a record 8th place, while the Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Accent, Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi ASX, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, Kia Cerato, Honda HR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan Qashqai all post record volumes in 2016.

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Toyota Hilux Australia 2016. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auThe Ford Ranger is only the 5th nameplate to rank #1 in the past 33 years.

The original post starts here: Now that year-end detailed models rankings for Australia are available without interruption since 1984, I can give you a summary of the most popular nameplates over the period. They are ranked by yearly volume record, with info on their record market share and position also included. No surprise on top: the Holden Commodore holds the nameplate all-time record with 94.642 units sold in 1998. It’s fair to say that this record is in safe hands: with the fragmentation of the market, last year’s leader has sold just under 44.000 units.

The Ford Falcon holds the Australian market share record in the past 30 years at 15.3%.

Note that the Commodore’s market share record is a nowadays-impossible 12.8% reached in 1996, while the Ford Falcon, whose volume record was reached in 1995 (81.366), holds the all-time market share record at 15.3% in 1987. The Toyota Corolla is the third most popular nameplate in Australia over the past 33 years with a record of 47.901 sales in 2008. The Mazda3 follows, ahead of the Hyundai Excel, Toyota Hilux and Camry and Mitsubishi Magna.

Toyota Corolla in Broken Hill, Australia – April 2008

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Russia Full Year 2016: Hyundai Solaris ends 45 years of Lada domination

Hyundai Solaris Russia 2016. Picture courtesy trendymen.ru The Hyundai Solaris is responsible for a once-in-a-generation market shift in Russia.

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After a catastrophic year in 2015 (-36%), the Russian new light vehicle market lodges a fourth consecutive year of decline but seems to have bottomed up in 2016 with a more digestible 11% drop – and even one month in positive (November). However at just 1.425.791 sales, Russian sales are still greatly handicapped by the economic crisis triggered by low oil prices and sanctions over the Ukrainian war, and have cancelled over a decade of growth and reach their lowest level in 12 years (since 2004). Local data provider the Association of European Businesses (AEB) believes the Russian market will end its skidding in 2017 and predicts a moderate 4% gain to 1.48 million units.

Lada Vesta Russia March 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Vesta and X-RAY boost Lada’s market share up two percentage points to 18.7% in 2016. 

After years of seemingly unstoppable decline, homegrown market leader Lada posts the best performance of all seven best-selling manufacturers in Russia in 2016 thanks to the gearing up of the Vesta and X-RAY: down just 1% to see its market share up by almost two percentage points to 18.7%. A paradoxical situation given the historic event in the models ranking (see further down). Kia (-9%) and Hyundai (-10%) evolve slightly better than the market, resulting it similar market share, both above 10%. Renault (-3%), Toyota (-4%) and Volkswagen (-5%) fare much better and gain significant share. Nissan on the other hand crumbles down 23% to #7 overall.

Lexus RX Russia 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruLexus soars 19% year-on-year in a Russian market down 11%. Picture zr.ru 

A dozen manufacturer do manage a year-on-year volume gain in 2015: for BMW (+0.1%), Skoda (+1%) and UAZ (+1%) the improvements are only marginal. LCV specialist GAZ jumps 9% despite an ailing lineup, Ford (+10%) is already bearing the fruits of its perseverance in Russia when fellow US carmaker Chevrolet freefalls 39%, Lifan is now the uncontested Chinese leader in Russia with deliveries up 15% to 17.460 vs. 4.758 for Chery, its immediate  follower and Lexus leaps 5 spots and 19% to tease BMW at 24.117 sales vs. 27.507. Jaguar has the XR and F-Pace to thank for its 113% surge in 2016.

kia-rio-russia-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Kia Rio topped the monthly Russian sales charts three times in 2016. 

A once-in-a-generation event has unfolded throughout the year in the Russian models ranking: for the first time since the creation of the Lada brand in 1970, a foreign nameplate is the annual best-seller in the country. As we predicted at the start of the year, the Hyundai Solaris brilliantly takes command of the Russian sales charts despite sales down 22% to 90.380 due in part to the discontinuation of its hatchback variant in the St Petersburg plant. Paradoxically, after topping the monthly charts for 7 months in 2015, the Solaris only needed to do so 4 times this year while the Lada Granta ranked first 5 times and the Kia Rio led the way for 3 months. All three models fit within less than 3.000 sales or 0.2% market share at year-end, with the Granta reclaiming the 2nd spot by the skin of its teeth thanks to two months spent at #1 at the end of the year.

hyundai-creta-russia-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruInstant blockbuster: the Hyundai Creta has been the #1 SUV in Russia ever since its August launch.

The main culprit for the Granta’s demise is to be found in 4th place: the all-new Lada Vesta, launched in November 2015, geared up all through the year to finish at a record 7.014 sales and 4.8% share in December. Over the Full Year, the Vesta adds up to 55.174 units and will be a serious candidate to the title of best-selling car in Russia in 2017. Below, the VW Polo (+5%), Renault Duster (+0.2%), Toyota RAV4 (+13%) and Chevrolet Niva (-5%) all improve their market shares, but the big movers are further down the annual ranking… Launched in August, the Hyundai Creta has been the #1 SUV in Russia since, as incredible as it sounds! It landed directly at #6, peaked at #4 and 5.058 sales in September and remained the booming segment’s leader all the way through to the end of the year, with its annual #15 ranking far from reflecting the extent of its performance.

renault-kaptur-russia-september-2016-picture-courtesy-zr-ruThe Renault Kaptur broke into the monthly Top 10 in December.

The Lada X-RAY is the second instant blockbuster SUV for 2016, launching in February, peaking at #13 in April and December and ending 2016 at #18 with just under 20.000 sales. Finally, the Renault Kaptur (larger than the Captur and based on a Duster platform) showed its bonnet in June to break into the Top 10 in December at #8 with 3.710 sales, only 292 less than the Creta and 186 below the Duster. The Creta, Kaptur and X-RAY could well all fit within the 2017 Top 10. Verdict in a year’s time.

Previous month: Russia November 2016: Lada outpaces market up for 1st time in 2 years

Previous year: Russia Full Year 2015: Hyundai Solaris teases Lada Granta in market down 36%

Two years ago: Russia Full Year 2014: Lada Granta survives foreign push

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Germany Full Year 2016: VW down, Mercedes up, strongest market this decade

mercedes-e-class-germany-2016Mercedes hit an all-time high 10.3% share in Germany in November. 

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The German new car market posts a third consecutive year of gains in 2016 at +4.5% to 3.351.607 units, its highest volume in seven years – since scrappage scheme-boosted 2009 (3.807.175). Low fuel prices and low interest rates have help fuelled this year’s dynamism in Germany, but most local analysts predict a slow-down of the growth in 2017 to around 2%, mainly thanks to sales incentives that have shot up by 25% since 2010. Traditionally desperately stable, the German brands ranking rises to new heights in 2016 with the Top 16 best-selling manufacturers unchanged on 2015. Market leader Volkswagen drops 4% and almost two percentage points of market share to 19.6%, one of only two carmakers in The Top 20 to lose volume year-on-year with Hyundai (-1%).

Renault Megane Germany 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deFrench carmaker Renault is the biggest gainer in the Top 20 at +14%. 

Reversely Mercedes outpaces the market with a splendid 9% gain to 311.286 sales and 9.3% share, even reaching an all-time high 10.3% of its home market in November. Its cements its domination of the luxury segment, with Audi (+8%) and BMW (+5%) with lodging weaker gains. Below, Opel (+6%) and Ford (+7%) gain marginal market share while Skoda (+3%) loses a smidgen. Renault (+14%) is the biggest gainer in the Top 20 and takes a comfortable advantage over Hyundai to remain in 9th position. Only Mini and Volvo (both at +11%) deliver double-dgit gains in the Top 20, with Fiat, Toyota, Mazda and Kia (+9%) coming close. Further down, Honda (+20%), Land Rover (+25%), Ssangyong (+37%), Lexus (+46%), Maserati (+51%), Alfa Romeo (+53%), Bentley (+73%), Jaguar (+75%) and Infiniti (+108%) all set the German sales charts on fire thanks to new offerings, almost uniquely SUVs.

VW Golf Germany 2016The VW Golf is #1 in Germany for the 36th consecutive year (no interruption since 1980).

The VW Golf is the best-selling model at home for the 36th year in a row and a total of 41 times: every year since 1975 apart from one interruption in 1980 by the Mercedes W123. For reference, the VW Beetle ‘only’ topped the Germany market for 29 consecutive years from 1946 to 1973. In fact, despite a harsh 13% decline, it now sells 2.92 times as much as the #2, the VW Passat itself down 17% vs. 2.78 times in 2015. The VW Polo (+3%) rounds up a podium 100% Volkswagen like last year and the Mercedes C-Class (-1%) remains in 4th place. Thanks to the new model the Opel Astra jumps 16% and 3 spots to return inside the annual Top 5 for the first time since 2012. The VW Tiguan, also lifted by a new generation, reaches a new all-time high for the nameplate at 63.979 sales, peaking at #2 from August to October.

Opel Astra Germany 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Astra returns inside the annual German Top 5. 

The Audi A4 (+17%), VW Touran (+42%), Skoda Fabia (+11%), Mini (+11%) and Mercedes E-Class (+15%) also post double-digit gains inside the Top 20 while the BMW 2 Series soars another 12% to become the brand’s best-seller at home at #12 above the 1 Series (#15) and 3 Series (#18). The Seat Leon breaks its volume and ranking records thanks to deliveries up 9% to 46.010, lifting it to #16 overall. Other impressive performers indulge the BMW X1 up 73% thanks to the new model, the Mercedes GLC up 59% over the GLK, the Hyundai Tucson landing at #37 and the Skoda Superb up 55%. Among newcomers, notice also the Seat Ateca at #119, the Fiat Tipo at #127and the Ford Edge at #176. The Audi Q2 (#193) and Toyota C-HR (#216) have promising starts, respectively ranking #89 and #98 in December.

VW Tiguan Germany 2016The VW Tiguan posts a new annual volume record in 2016 and ranked #2 three times. 

Looking at the best-selling nameplates with private buyers, the podium is here again 100% Volkswagen but the Golf (28.8% private ratio) leads ahead of the Polo (56%) and Tiguan (45.7%) this time. The Skoda Fabia and BMW 1 Series complete a Top 5 unchanged on 2015 while the Mini impresses with private sales up 15% to land in 6th position overall. The BMW 2 Series is up 12% to #8, the Mercedes A-Class up 9% to #9, the Opel Astra up 17 s[pots to #12, the BMW X1 up 155% to #13, the Fiat Ducato up 18% to #14 thanks to RVs, the Dacia Sandero remains at an impressive 16th spot and the Hyundai i10 and i20 both gain 36% to rank within the Top 30.

Previous month: Germany November 2016: Mercedes hits high point at 10.3% share

Previous year: Germany Full Year 2015: VW Golf celebrates 40 years in pole position

Two years ago: Germany Full Year 2014: Audi A3, VW Tiguan & Skoda Octavia at all-time high

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India Full Year 2016: The year Renault cracked the Indian market

Renault Kwid India 2016. Picture courtesy motoroids.comOver 100.000 Renault Kwid found a new home in India in 2016.

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The Indian new car market sails through a new all-time record in 2016 with sales up a robust 7% year-on-year to 2.957.360 wholesale deliveries. This is despite a weakening of the market towards the end of the year on the back of the “demonetisation” process, with November sales up just 2% and December down 1%. Note these figures don’t include Light Commercial Vehicles. Market leader Maruti-Suzuki continues to launch new models tailored ever more precisely to the Indian consumers, and thus manages to outpace its home market to reach a record 47.2% market share, from 43.1% in 2013, 45.2% in 2014 and 46.5% in 2015. The advance of Maruti at home seems unstoppable: the carmaker even hit an all-time high 52.2% in November, and it has almost all segments in market cornered, sometimes with multiple offerings.

Maruti Vitara Brezza India 2016. Picture courtesy gaadi.comThe Maruti Vitara Brezza ranks just outsie the Top 10 for its first annual appearance in India.

Maruti has the 4 best-selling nameplates in the country for the fifth year in a row: the Alto is #1 for the 12th straight year (no interruption since 2005) and despite deliveries in frank decline at -10%. The Maruti Wagon R once again beats its annual volume record thanks to sales up 3% on 2015, but the DZire (-14%) and Swift (-19%) are affected by the very successful launch of the Baleno through a network of new, more sophisticated dealerships called NEXA. Despite being only available in 150 POS, the Baleno sold 107.066 units for its first full year in market, landing at a stunning 7th place overall. It posted four 10.000+ sales months and peaked at 11.093 in November. A second launch in 18 months that hit the bullseye for Maruti: the Vitara Brezza appeared in March and has been the #1 SUV in the country without interruption since August, peaking at 10.056 units in October. Finally, the Ciaz (+17%) takes the lead of the compact sedan segment where Maruti had been absent until recently, overtaking the Honda City (-31%).

Hyundai Creta India 2016 picture-courtesy-autoblog-com-arHyundai sold half a million vehicles in India in 2016. 

As we predicted last year, Hyundai crosses a very symbolic milestone in India in 2016: half a million annual sales. That’s a 5% improvement on 2015, resulting in a slightly lower market share at 16.9%. The Grand i10 becomes the carmaker’s best-seller thanks to sales improving 10% and overtaking the Elite i20 (-6%). But what Hyundai should be most proud of for 2016 is the tremendous success of the Creta, ending ten consecutive years of the Mahindra Bolero reign as India’s best-selling SUV and breaking into the overall Top 10 for its first full year of sales with over 90.000 units finding a new home. Local carmaker Mahindra posts a solid score at +9%, remaining in third position in the brands ranking. It compensates the decline of the Bolero (-23%), Scorpio (-8%) and XUV500 (-24%) with a slew of newly launched SUVs: the KUV100 (#24) and TUV300 (#29) while the NuvoSport fails to make an impact (#67).

Ford Endeavour India 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.inThe Endeavour helps lift Ford sales up 10% in India in 2016. 

Honda freefalls 23% in 4th place with only the Jazz (+25%) gaining significant ground, while Tata (+2%) has stabilised its dropping volumes of the past few years thanks to the Tiago landing at #23 and peaking at #13 in November. Toyota drops 4% to 4.5% share with only the new Innova Crysta (#13) making it into the Top 25. Even though it only improves by one spot on last year to #7, 2016 is the year Renault cracked the Indian market with over 130.000 deliveries (+148%). After a failed attempt with the Datsun GO, the Renault-Nissan group has hit gold with the Kwid, ranking at an incredible 8th position overall for its first full year of sales with over 100.000 units and 124.000 since launch, and able to claim some responsibility in the sharp decline of Maruti Alto sales this year. Renault is now trying to replicate the Kwid’s success in South Africa and Latin America with launches in Brazil and Argentina happening as we write these lines.

Datsun RediGo Renault Kwid India July 2016. Picture courtesy gaadiwaadi.comDatsun hasn’t been able to replicate the Kwid’s success with the RediGO. 

Ford (+10%) outpaces the market thanks to the Aspire and Endeavour, Volkswagen (+12%) does so thanks to the launch of the Ameo (#44) and Datsun breaks into the manufacturers Top 10 thanks to deliveries doubling on 2015 to 38.014. However, after a very satisfying launch (3.940 sales in July – a record for a Datsun in India), the new RediGO is fading fast, with just 1.548 in December. Chevrolet (-20%), Fiat (-24%) and Nissan (-32%) implode while luxury brands are hit full frontal by the demonetisation and all post forgettable scores: Audi (-9%), Mercedes (-12%) and BMW (-21%) are all down by significant margins.

Previous month: India November 2016: Maruti breaks market share record at 52.2%

Previous year: India Full Year 2015: Maruti tightens grip on record market

Two years ago: India Full Year 2014: Datsun GO underwhelms in market back up

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Italy Full Year 2016: 6 Italian models in Top 7 for first time in 32 years

Lancia Ypsilon Italy February 2016Unique survivor of the Lancia lineup, the Ypsilon surprises and gains 18% in 2016.

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Originally slated for a 7% growth by UNRAE, 2016 ends on a much higher note, even replicating 2015’s growth rate at +16% to lodge a second consecutive year of double-digit gains at 1.824.968 registrations. This is the highest annual volume since 2010 (1.961.559) and marks an additional 465.000 annual sales in two years. As UNRAE notes, the great health of the Italian car market contrasts with many other durable goods segments, and that’s because it has been lifted by two significant measures throughout the course of the year. Over the first half, manufacturers competed with particularly aggressive commercial actions that led to a boost in private sales. In the second half of the year however, two tax reduction measures by the government, the Superammortamento and New Sabatini, favoured sales to businesses. As a result, looking at the Italian car market by channel in 2016, business sales are by far the most dynamic at +28% to 340.193 units for a 18.4% market share vs. 16.7% a year ago. Rental sales are up 17% (long term +18%, short term +14%) to 366.983 and 19.8% share vs. 19.7% in 2015. Finally private sales, although quite strong at +13% to 1.141.217, see their market share drop from 63.5% last year to 61.8% in 2016, their lowest ever level.

fiat-panda-italy-2016-picture-courtesy-quattroruote-itThe Fiat Panda has now dominated the Italian sales charts for five consecutive years. 

The Top 7 best-selling brands remain unchanged on the 2015 oder, with both leaders Fiat (21.1% share) and Volkswagen (7.6%) gaining 17% year-on-year, a rate only slightly higher than the market. Ford (+14%) lags behind but remains in third place, resisting Renault up a very vigorous 25% to 118.283 sales and 6.5% share, and distancing Opel (+7%), Peugeot (+11%) and Toyota (+9%). Lancia (+17%) takes advantage of Nissan’s drop (-4%) to gain one spot to 38, Mercedes surges 20% to break into the Top 10 at #9, overtaking Audi (+17%) at the last minute to snap the luxury crown. BMW (+20%) also shines in the luxury aisle, while further down Skoda (+28%), Jeep (+35%), Mazda (+48%), Ferrari (+49%), Maserati (+51%), Ssangyong (+59%), Honda (+98%), Jaguar (+198%) and Infiniti (+393%) all deliver spectacular gains. Along with Nissan, Mahindra (-12%) and DS (-20%) are the only other Top 40 manufacturers to see their volumes drop year-on-year.

Italy 2016 – monthly sales by channel:

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In the models ranking, the Fiat Panda lodges a fifth consecutive annual win, evolving exactly like the market at +16% to 147.275 sales for an identical 8.1% market share. This is the Panda’s highest annual volume since 2009 (171.887). An indication of the implacable domination of the Panda, it outsells all carmakers bar Fiat, with Volkswagen coming the closest at 139.057. See our Photo Report on driving a Panda in Sardinia here. Unique survivor of the Lancia lineup and logically headed towards the annihilation of the brand (like before it Autobianchi), the Ypsilon has found its place within the Fiat offer as an equally posh but larger Fiat 500. It surprises in 2016 with sales up by a robust 18% to 65.655, comfortably ranking in 2nd position. It also has to thank the demise of the Fiat Punto: -22% to #7. The Fiat 500L (+6%) loses share but accesses the podium at #3, lifted by string sales to rental companies. It is followed by the Renault Clio, the best-selling foreign nameplate for the third year in a row and hitting its highest ever annual ranking in Italy at #4 (also reached in 1992).

fiat-500x-italy-2016-picture-courtesy-quattroruote-itThe Fiat 500X brilliantly breaks into the annual Top 5 in 2016. 

The Fiat 500X jumps 42% to break into its home Top 5 with 46.233 sales, distancing the Fiat 500 up just 11% despite a facelift. This means there are five Fiats and six Italian models among the 2016 Top 7 best-sellers. This is the heaviest presence of homemade nameplates inside the Top 7 annual charts in 32 years (since 1984!). The Ford Fiesta (+8%), VW Polo (+19%) and VW Golf (+9%) round up the Top 10. Below the Peugeot 208 (+22%) and Jeep Renegade (+49%), the most popular newcomer in 2016 is the Fiat Tipo, resurrecting a nameplate originally launched in 1988. It lands at #14 for its first full year of sales but peaked at #3 in Augustthe first time the Tipo nameplate appeared on the Italian podium since 1991 and will be aiming at a Top 10 ranking in 2017, strong with sedan, hatch and station wagon, the latter topping its segment in both November and December. The Hyundai Tucson (#22), VW Tiguan (#31), Renault Kadjar (#32), Audi A4 (#35), Kia Rio (#42) and BMW X1 (#45) also improve spectacularly compared to 2015.

Previous post: Italy December 2016: Renault Clio stays on podium in market up 13%

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Two years ago: Italy Full Year 2014: Podium 100% Fiat for 2nd time in 15 years

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Italy December 2016: Renault Clio stays on podium in market up 13%

Renault Clio Italy December 2016Another excellent month for the Renault Clio in Italy, the only foreigner in the Top 6. 

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The Italian market growth in December (+13%) is in line with the rest of the year (+16%) at 124.438 registrations. Market leader Fiat evolves like the market at +13% to 21.3% share, distancing Volkswagen at 8.1% (+23%), Renault at 6.6% (+5%), Ford at 5.9% (+11%) and Peugeot at 5.5% (+2%). Opel frankly outpaces the market at +20% in 6th place while Mercedes soars 40% to overtake Audi (+45%) year-to-date and snap the #1 luxury spot for 2016. Jeep (+22%), Alfa Romeo (+41%), Skoda (+69%), Smart (+47%), Volvo (+58%), Seat (+30%), Honda (+46%), Porsche (+32%), Jaguar (+167%), Maserati (+295%) and Infiniti (+550%) also make themselves noticed.

VW Tiguan Italy December 2016Italian VW Tiguan sales are up 4-fold in December compared to a year ago. 

The Fiat Panda (+16%) remains by far the most popular nameplate in the country ahead of the Lancia Ypsilon (+3%) while the Renault Clio posts a second consecutive month on the podium at #3 thanks to deliveries soaring 20% on December 2015. The Fiat 500L (+5%), 500 (+27%) and 500X (-13%) follow, while the Tipo falls back down 4 spots on November to #8 and the Punto (+10%) makes it six Fiats inside the December Top 10. Notice also the Peugeot 208 (+26%), Jeep Renegade (+37%), VW Tiguan (+327%), Opel Mokka (+37%), Dacia Duster (+36%), Mercedes A-Class (+74%), Renault Mégane (+236%) and Peugeot 3008 (+267%) all posting spectacular year-on-year gains.

Previous month: Italy November 2016: Fiat Tipo back up to 4th place

One year ago: Italy December 2015: Fiat 500X stays on podium, Tucson & Kadjar up

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Brazil Full Year 2016: Chevrolet takes control in market down 20%

chevrolet-onix-brazil-2016-picture-courtesy-carros-uol-com-brAstounding performance of the Chevrolet Onix up 22% in a market down 20%.

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The freefall continues for Brazilian new light vehicle sales: after losing 850.000 sales in 2015, the market drops another 500.000 in 2016 to fall below the 2 million annual unit-milestone at just 1.986.389. The last year with lower sales was a decade ago in 2006 (1.830.402). In 2015 Chevrolet snapped the models pole position for the first time in 30 years with the Onix. The Onix stays on top this year, but the American manufacturer also takes control of the brands sales charts thanks to sales down “just” 11% to 345.874, improving its market share by almost two percentage points to 17.4%. In contrast, Fiat falls 31% to 15.4% and Volkswagen tumbles 36% to 11.5%. Hyundai and Toyota also deliver outstanding results and both gain roughly two percentage points market share: the Korean carmaker going from 8.3% to 10% thanks to a decline limited to 3% and taking advantage of Volkswagen’s particularly debilitating weakness to break onto the podium from September to November, while Toyota actually improves 3% to jump from 7.1% to 9.1% share, snatching the annual 5th place out of Ford’s claws during the last days of the year. Nissan (-1%) improves its share while Jeep (+41%) and Volvo (+19%) are the only other carmakers to gain volume inside the Top 20.

Hyundai HB20 Brazil 2016The Hyundai HB20 gains 11% to end 2016 at a record 2nd place overall. 

In the models ranking, the two market leaders both pull absolutely stunning performances in a decaying market, helped by facelifts early in the year. The Chevrolet Onix cements its market domination with a 22% surge leading to a 7.7% market share (vs. 5.1% in 2015) and the Hyundai HB20 confirms the Korean manufacturer is now in the big league in Brazil with a 10% improvement lifting its share to 6.1% vs. 4.5% and #3 last year. The Ford Ka (-15%), Chevrolet Prisma (-6%) and Toyota Corolla (-4%) all lose volume but less so than the market, resulting in improved shares and rankings across the board. Once dominant, the Fiat Palio (-48%), Strada (-40%) and VW Gol (-31%) continue to fall off the radar ad devastating speed.

Fiat Toro Brazil 2016Successful launch for the Fiat Toro, peaking at #8 overall in October.

The shift toward SUVs is also visible in Brazil, with the Honda HR-V gaining a further 9% and 6 spots on 2015 to brilliantly break into the annual Top 10 with 2.8% share, with the Jeep Renegade following closely behind at +32% and 9 ranks to #11. Although it lost the brands leadership to Chevrolet this year, Fiat has launched two all-new nameplates with success in 2016: the Toro pickup shoots up to #14 overall above 40.000 sales and outsold the Strada to become the #1 commercial vehicle in the country both in October and December. The Mobi for its part is trying to replicate the success of the Up but ends up messing up Fiat’s lineup as that latter car did with the Volkswagen range, it lands at #22 with just under 30.000 units this year. Among recent launches and facelifts, notice also the Renault Oroch at #39, the Nissan Kicks at #47, Citroen Aircross at #58 and Jeep Compass at #60.

Previous month: Brazil November 2016: Onix, HB20 shine, Jeep Compass lands

Previous year: Brazil Full Year 2015: Onix first Chevrolet best-seller in 30 years

Two years ago: Brazil Full Year 2014: Fiat Palio ends 19 years of VW Gol reign

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