Israel February 2015: Toyota Corolla back to #1, Mitsu Attrage up to #2

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Toyota Corolla Israel February 2015. Picture courtesy of icar.co.ilToyota Corolla

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New car sales in Israel are up 3% year-on-year in February to 21,850 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 55,480 units, up a very solid 14% on 2014. Down to a paltry 4th place in January, Toyota leads the brands ranking this month thanks to 2,807 sales for a 12.6% market share, above year-to-date market leader Hyundai at 2,636 and 12.1%. Kia is up 27% year-on-year to 11.2% share, Mazda is up 11% to 10.2% and Mitsubishi is up 57% to 7.7%. Further down, notice Seat up a gigantic 81% to #8, Subaru up 46% to #9, Volkswagen up 29% to #11, BMW up 67% to #19 and Dacia cracking the Israeli Top 20 for its 2nd full month in market at #20 with 211 sales and 1% share.

Mitsubishi Attrage Israel 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrivia.comThe Mitsubishi Attrage is up to a record 2nd place overall in Israel this month.

The Toyota Corolla reclaims the lead of the models ranking it held over the Full Year 2014 thanks to 1,370 sales and 6.3% share, also climbing back into the year-to-date top spot despite sales down 17% on 2014. The Mitsubishi Attrage manages to rank #2 overall for the 2nd time in the past 3 months with 1,126 units and 5.3%, it is now #4 year-to-date vs. #14 in 2014. Leader last month, the Kia Picanto is down to #3 but ranks #2 YTD with sales up 38%. The Hyundai i35 (aka Elantra) is the 4th and last model to clock over 1,000 sales this month in Israel at #4, up 8 spots on January.

Dacia Duster Israel February 2015. Picture courtesy blogs.haaretz.co.ilThe Dacia Duster is already in the Israeli Top 50 this month.

Other great performers include the Kia Sportage up 9 spots on last month to #7, the Suzuki Alto up 9 to #11, the Subaru Impreza up 18 to #13, Skoda Rapid up 12 to #14 and the VW Jetta up 13 to #22. As described below, Renault’s low-cost brand Dacia just launched in Israel and is spreading its wings nicely: the Duster is up another 39 spots on January to brilliantly break into the monthly Top 50 at #41 with 126 sales, while the Sandero is up 8 ranks to #88, the Dokker up 27 to #125 and the Lodgy marks a pause at #148 (-16).

Previous month: Israel January 2015: Kia Picanto leads, Dacia Duster and Sandero inside Top 100

One year ago: Israel February 2014: Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 confirm domination

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Ireland February 2015: VW Passat shoots up to 2nd place

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VW Passat Ireland February 2015VW Passat

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New car sales in Ireland are on a roll: up another 24% year-on-year in February to 15,839 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 45,727 units, up 28% on 2014. Bypassed by Toyota in January, Volkswagen reclaims the brands pole position both in February (up 46% to 15% share) and year-to-date (up 30% to 12.2%) while Toyota sinks to #5 this month. Nissan jumps 3 spots to 2nd place overall with a very strong 10.3% share, above Ford (9.3%) and Hyundai (8%). Notice also Citroen up 40%, Mitsubishi up 48%, Renault up 54%, Land Rover up 63%, Lexus up 76%, Mini up 109% and Dacia up 150%.

Ford Mondeo Ireland February 2015Ford Mondeo

In the models ranking, the VW Golf remains the most popular with 5.2% share thanks to sales up 36% year-on-year, and Volkswagen achieves a 1-2 in the sales charts this month with the Passat lifted 86% by the new generation to 2nd place with 762 sales and 4.8%. The Nissan Qashqai is up 4 spots on January to #3, the Skoda Octavia up two to #4 and the Nissan Micra up a gargantuan 39 ranks to a shiny 6th place. Further down, the Renault Clio is up 107% on February 2014 to #10, the Ford Mondeo up 134% to #12 and the Nissan Pulsar gains a further 3 spots on January to reach #17 with 242 sales and 1.5% share.

Previous month: Ireland January 2015: VW Golf holds onto #1 in market up 31%

One year ago: Ireland February 2014: VW Passat and Nissan Micra shoot up

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France February 2015: Renault Twingo III breaks into Top 5

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Renault Twingo III France February 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frRenault Twingo III

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On paper the French market is trending up: +4% in February to 147,130 registrations and +5% year-to-date at 280,300 deliveries. However the reality of the market is much more depressing: like in January, the February growth is solely due to tactical sales (carmakers’ own registrations, demo vehicles and short term rentals). These are up 6,925 units on February 2014 whereas private sales are down 2,593 units or 3.5%, showing a negative trend whereas they were stable in January. As a result, private sales fall to a historical low in France in February at 48.5% of overall sales vs. 52% a year ago. Renault is up 12% to 20.2% share above Peugeot at 17.3% (+5%) and Citroen at 10.7% (-3%).

VW Passat France February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Passat is up 93% year-on-year in February in France.

Below Volkswagen (+2%) and thanks to a tripling of its short term rental sales, Ford (+35%) ranks 5th and passes Dacia, down 27% on an exceptionally high February 2014. Nissan and Fiat (+7%) outperform the market at #7 and #11 while further down BMW (+23%), Mercedes (+11%) run a tight race and benefit from very strong private sales (+30% and +28% respectively) Hyundai (+55%), Mini (+52%), Smart (+145%) thanks to the Forfour above the Fortwo at #88 vs. #96 and of course Jeep (+653%) thanks to the Renegade at #75, also impress.

Mercedes C-Class France February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frMercedes private sales are up 28% year-on-year in February.

The Renault Clio IV remains the most popular nameplate at home thanks to sales up 4% to 5.5% share, above the Peugeot 208 at 4.8% (-2%), the Renault Captur at 4.1% (+32%) and the Peugeot 308 at #4 (+42%). The latter remains third year-to-date for now. The third generation Renault Twingo is starting to make itself noticed atop the French models ranking: it breaks into the monthly Top 5 at home for the very first time thanks to sales 2.5 times that of the previous generation a year ago at 5,387 units and 3.7%. Tellingly, the Twingo also outsells 2.2 to 1 the Peugeot 108/Citroen C1 combo (2.472).

Renault Zoe France February 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frA good month for the Renault Zoe in France.

With the Peugeot 2008 at #6 (+16%) followed by the Citroen C3, Renault Scénic, Citroen C4 Picasso II and Renault Mégane, the Top 10 is 100% French this month. The VW Polo is the best-selling foreigner at #11 above the VW Golf VII (#13), Ford Fiesta up 45% to #14 and Fiat 500 in excellent shape despite its age, also up 45% to #17. Illustrating the brand’s February drop, the Dacia Sandero (-29%) and Duster (-23%) are down significantly this month, whereas the Peugeot 508 is up an encouraging 30% to #19 and the Citroen C4 Cactus is now above the C4 year-to-date.

Nissan Pulsar France February 2015Nissan Pulsar

Further down, let’s salute the excellent performance of the VW Passat up 93% to #33 thanks to the new model, the Mini III up to #34, the Mercedes C-Class up 371% on a year ago to #46, the Renault Zoe up 259% to #47, the nameplate’s 4th best finish at home after March 2013 (#40), September 2014 (#37) and December 2014 (#32), the Hyundai i20 up 180% to #49, the BMW 2 Series lifted up to #56 by the Active Tourer MPV variant and the Ford Mondeo boosted up to #81 by the new model. Among recent launches, notice the Nissan Pulsar up 11 spots on January to #70, the Fiat 500X up 15 to #79 and the Ford Ecosport up 3 to #89.

Previous month: France January 2015: Market pulled up 6% by foreign carmakers

One year ago: France February 2014: Citroen C4 Picasso II at best-ever #4

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Italy February 2015: Opel Mokka and Smart Forfour break records

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Smart Forfour Italy February 2015The Smart Forfour breaks into the Italian Top 20 in February.

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It is finally the end of the tunnel for the Italian new car market: after gaining 11% in January, sales are up an even more impressive 13% in February to 135,559 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 268,539 units, up 12% on 2014. If Fiat (+6%) and Volkswagen (-3%) underperform atop the brands ranking, 5 of the next 7 brands in the charts display explosive growth: Ford is up 24% to 7% share at #3, followed by Renault up 46% and Opel up 31% while Nissan is up 58% to #8, Lancia is up 18% to #9 and Peugeot is closer to the market at +14% to #6. Further down, notice Alfa Romeo and Dacia both up 19%, Hyundai up 27%, Volvo up 42%, Mitsubishi up 66%, Porsche up 70%, Lexus up 83% and Jeep up 4-fold on February 2014 thanks to the Renegade, delivering another outstanding 18th place this month.

Opel Mokka Italy February 2015The Opel Mokka lifts its Italian ranking record to #11.

In the models ranking, the Fiat Panda remains sovereign at 7.2% share despite sales down 2% on January 2014, and is followed by the Fiat 500L (+32%), Lancia Ypsilon (+27%), Fiat Punto (-26%) and Fiat 500 (+12%), making the Top 5 100% Italian. The Renault Clio is the best-selling foreigner once again, improving by 21% and dominating the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo. The Opel Mokka misses a historical Top 10 ranking by 209 sales, improving its Italian ranking record to #11 (previous best: #12 last October). The Nissan Qashqai (+29%), Renault Captur (+89%), Alfa Romeo Giulietta (+60%) and Dacia Duster (+36%) all deliver very strong performances in Italy this month.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Italy February 2015BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Further down, the new generation Smart Forfour is up a splendid 17 spots on January to brilliantly crack the Top 20 at #20 with 1,670 sales and seems to have cannibalised the Fortwo so far, in great difficulty at #46 (-62%). The Fiat 500X is up one spot to a best-ever #22 with 1,612 sales and 1.2%, surprisingly still below its platform buddy the Jeep Renegade (#18), the Ford Ecosport is very solid again at #31, the Renault Twingo is up 14 spots on last month to #34 and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer smashes its ranking record at #38 thanks to 967 units sold vs. just 783 for its rival the Mercedes B-Class…

Previous month: Italy January 2015: Fiat 500X lands at #23

One year ago: Italy February 2014: Fiat Panda hits highest share in one year

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Spain February 2015: Seat Ibiza hits highest share in one year

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Seat Ibiza Spain February 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Seat Ibiza is back atop the Spanish models ranking.

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Another spectacular month for new car sales in Spain with sales up 27% both in February to 87,192 registrations and year-to-date to 155,809 units, in both cases the best scores since 2010. Seat reclaims ownership of its home market in a very assertive way this month with no less than 10.7% share thanks to sales up 57% on a year ago, also bypassing 2014’s leader Volkswagen year-to-date to establish itself in pole position with 9.3% of the market, up 49% on 2014. Opel is up two spots on January to get back to the third step of the podium it held over the FY2014, Renault is up 33% but down to #5, Nissan up 74%, Kia up a huge 132% to #9, Mercedes up 43%, Mazda up 41%, Jeep is up 7-fold to 751 sales and #20, Mitsubishi up 110%, Lexus up 85% and Porsche up 80%.

Opel Mokka Spain February 2015. Picture courtesy auto10.comThe Opel Mokka smashes its Spanish monthly ranking record to #13.

In the models ranking, the Seat Ibiza spectacularly reclaims the pole position it lost in 2014, reaching its best market share at home since March 2014 at 4.8% and 4,153 sales. This score enables the supermini to also climb into first place year-to-date, overtaking the 2014 leader its big sister the Seat Leon, also very strong at 3,669 units and 4.3% and adding up to 5,936 sales after two months vs. 6,310 for the Ibiza. The VW Polo (+6) and Golf (-1) round out the Top 4 with the Renault Megane and Dacia Sandero stable behind and the Opel Astra making a reappearance inside the Spanish Top 10 at #10.

Jeep Renegade Spain February 2015The Jeep Renegade misses the Spanish Top 50 for 10 sales.

Further down, the Opel Mokka is up a fantastic 19 spots on January to smash its monthly ranking record at #13 (previous best: #21 last November), the Fiat Panda is up 21 ranks to #14, the Audi A3 remains 17th, the Fiat 500 is up 6 to #20, the Citroen C4 Cactus down two to a still excellent #22, the Peugeot 2008 up 7 to #23 vs. #34 for the Renault Captur, the Seat Altea is up 34 to #33, the Nissan Pulsar back up 20 to #38, the Kia Carens up 21 to #39, the Mini up 11 to #41 and the Jeep Renegade is already knocking at the Spanish Top 50’s door, up 57 spots on January to #52. Finally, we welcome the Fiat 500X in the ranking at #106 with 181 units sold.

Previous month: Spain January 2015: Seat Leon #1 with VW Golf in tow

One year ago: Spain February 2014: Seat Leon triumphs

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Sweden February 2015: VW Passat above 7% market share at #2

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VW Passat Sweden February 2015. Picture courtesy vibilagare.seVW Passat

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A combination of low interest rates, rising stock market and housing prices, strong consumer confidence and a string of attractive new models lifts the Swedish new car market to great heights in this start of 2015: up 10% both in February to 23.735 registrations (the 4th biggest February score in history) and year-to-date at 44.143 units. Volvo and Volkswagen are both up a splendid 18% year-on-year to reach 20.1% and 16.2% share respectively, with Toyota and BMW (+7%), Audi (+10%), Kia (+11%) and Mercedes (+47%) following and all outperforming the market. Nissan is up 55%, Opel up 34%, Honda up 39%, Seat up 54%, Mitsubishi up 45%, Jeep up 159% and Porsche up 78%.

Peugeot 308 Sweden February 2015. Picture courtesy vibilagare.sePeugeot 308

In the models ranking, below the Volvo V70 still sovereign at 9.1% share, the VW Passat is boosted by the new generation to its best market share in Sweden in two years at 7.1% thanks to 1,697 units. The Station Wagon variant is particularity appreciated here and could nudge the V70 for the first place in the coming months. The Passat also upgrades to #2 year-to-date, dislodging the VW Golf down to #3 in both rankings. The Volvo XC60 lodges another very strong month at #4 and 1,005 sales, as do the Skoda Octavia at #8, Peugeot 308 at #11, Mercedes C-Class at #18, Opel Astra at #22, Mercedes B-Class at #23 and Nissan Micra at #25.

Previous month: Sweden January 2015: VW Passat back on podium, BMW 5 Series up to #7

One year ago: Sweden February 2014: BMW 5 Series and Peugeot 308 shine

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Denmark February 2015: Peugeot 108 confirms top spot

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Peugeot 108 Denmark February 2015. Picture petrolblog.comPeugeot 108

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Danish new car sales could have come to a crossroads: they are down year-on-year for the third time in the past 4 month in February at a worrying -8% to 13,598 units, bringing the year-to-dat total to 29,629 registrations, down 4% on 2014. Peugeot did it: after the 108 shockingly put an end to 29 consecutive months of VW Up reign in Denmark last month, the diminutive Peugeot confirms it is the new kid on the block and lodges a second straight month in the Danish pole position thanks to 596 sales and 4.4% share, only 3 units above its big sister the Peugeot 208 in 2nd place. The VW Up is back up from a dismal #6 in January to #3 and also ranks #3 year-to-date. Notice also the Hyundai i10 up to #8, the VW Passat up 30 spots on last month to #14, the Citroen C4 Cactus up 4 to #19 and the Kia Cee’d up 30 to #24.

Previous month: Denmark January 2015: Peugeot 108 ends 29 months of VW Up! rule

One year ago: Denmark February 2014: Peugeot 107 and Ford Ka shine

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Finland February 2015: Toyota Avensis back on podium

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Toyota Avensis Finland February 2015Toyota Avensis

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New car sales in Finland slow down their fall in February at -2.5% year-on-year to 7,917 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 18,127 units, down 13% on 2014. Toyota (10.5%) and Skoda (10.3%) bypass Volkswagen (10.2%) in a very tight race in the brands ranking this month, however Volkswagen keeps the year-to-date lead by far with 11.6% share vs. 9.8% for Toyota and 9.7% for Skoda thanks to a mammoth result in January. The Skoda Octavia remains the most popular nameplate in the country, evolving like the market at -2% yoy above the Nissan Qashqai (-12%).

VW Passat Finland February 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frVW Passat sales more than double year-on-year in Finland in February.

It’s a great month for large sedans in Finland, a category that has taken a beating in Europe in the past decade but somehow still has many fans here. For the first time since April 2012 and undoubtedly linked to discounted prices in the wake of the arrival of the new generation, the Toyota Avensis is back on the Finnish podium at #3 with 281 sales and 3.5% share, up 54% on February 2014. The VW Passat benefits fully from its new gen at +113% in 4th place, as does the Ford Mondeo up 28% to #9. Notice also the Ford Focus up 30% to #6, the Mercedes E-Class up 37% to #13 and the Mercedes C-Class up an even more impressive 96% to #14.

Previous month: Finland January 2015: BMW 5 Series and VW Golf Sportsvan shine

One year ago: Finland February 2014: BMW 5 Series in Top 10

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South Korea February 2015: Ssangyong Tivoli up to #13

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SsangYong Tivoli South Korea February 2015SsangYong Tivoli

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Sales of local models are down 4% year-on-year in South Korea in February to 103,202 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 214,822 deliveries, now up just 0.7% on 2014. This month the Hyundai Sonata reclaims the pole position it held over the FY2014 thanks to 7,306 sales and 7.1% share (up 43% on January 2014) but remains #2 year-to-date for now below the Hyundai Porter down to #3 in February. The Kia Morning is up 4 spots on last month and 14% year-on-year to 2nd place, the Hyundai Avante up 6 ranks and 30% to #4 but the Hyundai Grandeur is down 22% to #5.

Kia Carnival South Korea February 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Kia Carnival is up 220% year-on-year in February.

Among recent launches, the Kia Sorento (+181% to #6) and Carnival (+220% to #8) continue to evolve at markedly higher levels compared to a year ago, while the Ssangyong Tivoli is up 4 spots on its inaugural month in January to reach #13 with 2,898 sales and 2.8% share. It thus confirms its new status as the brand’s best-seller at home and hits the highest ranking for a Ssangyong in at least 3 years.

Previous post: South Korea Full Year 2014: Now with exclusive Top 200 All-models

One year ago: South Korea February 2014: Hyundai Grandeur keeps the lead

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Thailand January 2015: Honda HR-V in Top 10 again

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Honda HR-V Thailand January 2015Runaway success: the Honda HR-V in Thailand.

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Sadly, the Thai new car market continues to sink deeper into recession with another harsh 13% year-on-year drop in January to just 59,721 registrations. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer by far with 33.6% share but Honda now threatens Isuzu for 2nd place at 16.9% vs. 18.8%, thanks to exceptional results by the brand’s all-new small SUV: the HR-V. After reaching an out-of-this world 7th place in December for its 2nd month in market, the HR-V ranks #10 in January with another very strong 1,718 sales and 2.9% share.

Mazda2 Thailand January 2015. Picture courtesy paultan.orgThe Mazda2 is the brand’s best-seller in Thailand this month.

The Toyota Hilux keeps the lead of the models ranking with 16.5% share vs. 15.6% for the Isuzu D-Max, the Honda City climbs back into third place with 5.4%, overtaking the Toyota Yaris (5%) and Vios (4.7%) to reclaim the passenger car crown, the Nissan Navara shoots up to #8 vs. #12 in FY2014 thanks to the new model, the Mitsubishi Attrage is back to #12, the Mazda2 benefits from the new model to reach #13 and become the brand’s best-seller in Thailand and the Nissan X-Trail confirms the success of the new generation at #26.

Previous post: Thailand Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux leads, Yaris on podium

One year ago: Thailand January 2014: Toyota Yaris nails it, Isuzu MU-X #10

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