Belgium June-July 2017: VW leads, Citroen C3 up to #7

The Citroen C3 shoots up to #7 over the First Half of 2017 in Belgium.

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New car sales in Belgium are up 6.6% year-on-year in July to 36.627 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally up 4.3% to 358.929 units. Volkswagen (+0.1%) reclaims the brands top spot it holds year-to-dte off Renault (-4%) but the fight remains very tight with only 175 units separating the two manufacturers so far this year. Mercedes (+27%), Peugeot (+38%), BMW (-3%) and Audi (+17%) all overtake Opel (-18%) to each gain one spot vs. their June ranking. Dacia (+43%) delivers the largest year-on-year improvement in the Top 10, while below Toyota (+23%), Mazda (+26%), Fiat (+27%), Infiniti (+37%), Seat (+52%), Alfa Romeo (+60%), Jeep (+70%), Tesla (+80%) and Porsche (+101%) impress. Models info is available for the First Half of 2017 and the Renault Clio holds onto the YTD pole position for a mere 123 units just as the VW Golf takes the lead in June, knocking the Opel Corsa to now rank #2 YTD. The Hyundai Tucson and BMW X1 remains at a very impressive 4th and 5th spots respectively, the Citroen C3 leaps into the Top 10 at #7 as does the Opel Astra to #9. Peugeot places both the 2008 and 3008 inside the H1 Top 10.

Previous month: Belgium May-June 2017: Renault and Clio lead, Peugeot 3008 shoot up

One year ago: Belgium June 2016: Renault Scenic and VW Tiguan dominate

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Slovakia First Half 2017: Skoda Octavia leads but Fabia still #1 YTD

The Skoda Octavia is the best-selling vehicle in Slovakia in June. 

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New car sales in Slovakia are up 14.5% year-on-year in June to 9.568 registrations, lifting the H1 2017 tally up 11.2% to 48.871 units. The Skoda Octavia takes the lead in June with 5.8% share but it’s not enough to dethrone the Skoda Fabia, still #1 YTD for a mere 17 units. The Skoda Rapid rounds up the podium followed by the Kia Cee’d and Suzuki Vitara. The Hyundai Tucson, 5th in June, overtakes the VW Golf to now rank #7 YTD and the Kia Sportage knocks the Opel Astra out of the Top 10 to rank 10th itself.

Previous month: Slovakia January-May 2017: Fabia and Octavia top market up 10.1%

Previous year: Slovakia June 2016: Skoda Fabia back in charge in market up 15%

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Lithuania First Half 2017: Fiat 500 up to 12.1% share, 19% in June

The Fiat 500 shoots up to 19% market share in Lithuania in June. 

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Lithuanian new car sales shoot up 40.6% year-on-year in June to 2.677 registrations, lifting the half-year tally up 19.7% on the same period a year ago to 12.814 units. The Fiat 500 tightens further the grip it has on the Lithuanian sales charts with an out-of-this-world 19% market share in June leading to a 12.% share over the First Half of 2017, beating the market with a 27% year-on-year gain. The Skoda Octavia (+23%) remains in 2nd place while the VW Passat climbs two spots to third place with deliveries up 25%. The Fiat 500X (+32%) stays in 4th position, followed by the Nissan Qashqai, VW Tiguan and Toyota RAV4 making it four crossovers in the Top 7. The Toyota Auris leaps up two spots to #8.

Previous month: Lithuania January-May 2017: Fiat 500 #1, Tiguan and RAV4 shoot up

Previous year: Lithuania Full Year 2016: Fiat 500 ultra-dominant, Fiat 500X in Top 5

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Latvia First Half 2017: VW Tiguan climbs up in market down 17.8%

The VW Tiguan ranks #2 in Latvia in June. 

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The Latvian new car market is down a harsh 17.8% year-on-year in June to 1.591 registrations, pulling the year-to-date total halfway through 2017 into negative territory at -1% to 8.614 units. The Top five best-selling nameplates YTD remains unchanged on last month with the Nissan Qashqai distancing the VW Golf, Skoda Octavia and Kia Sportage. The VW Tiguan overtakes the Toyota RAV4 to #6 thanks to a 2nd place in June below only the Nissan Qashqai. The Ford Fiesta leaps from outside the Top 10 last month into 8th place and the Toyota Auris (#10) knocks the C-HR out of the Top 10.

Previous month: Latvia January-May 2017: Qashqai leads, Sportage up, C-HR in Top 10

One year ago: Latvia First Half 2016: Qashqai #1, Opel Mokka shoots up to #2

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Estonia First Half 2017: Skoda Octavia cements lead

The Skoda Octavia continues to dominate the Estonian sales charts. 

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The Estonian new car market jumps up 33.7% year-on-year in June to 2.666 registrations, leading to a First Half result 13.4% above the same period a year ago at 13.332 units. The Skoda Octavia cements its domination of the market by ranking #1 in June with 5.2% share vs. 5% YTD. The Toyota Avensis overtakes the Renault Clio for the 2nd spot YTD, benefiting from a particularly weak month from the French supermini (2.2% share). The VW Passat ranks #2 in June but remains in 5th place year-to-date below the Toyota RAV4. The Skoda Superb (#7) and Toyota Auris (#9) reappear inside the YTD Top 10.

Previous month: Estonia January-May 2017: Octavia and Clio on top, Kodiaq in Top 10

One year ago: Estonia June 2016: Toyota Auris leads, Skoda Octavia remains #1 YTD

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UK nations July 2017: VW Golf and Ford Focus top two nations each

The Audi A1 signs its first Top 10 ranking in Scotland this month. 

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Thanks to our partnership with SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation in July. Keep in mind this is only a zoom in by nation, all sales figures are already included in the UK update. Accounting for 88% of the total UK market, England (-9%) evolves very much like the UK overall, while Northern Ireland performs significantly better while staying in negative at -2.3%. Wales (-12.5%) and Scotland (-13.7%) implode. The models ranking reshuffle we witness in the UK charts is applied across the board: the Ford Fiesta does not win any nation, which are shared between the VW Golf (England and Northern Ireland) and the Ford Focus (Scotland and Wales). This shift is particularly marked in Wales where the Ford Fiesta traditionally is head-and-shoulders above the competition but freefalls 72% there this month.

In England indeed, by far the largest nation in terms of sales, the VW Golf manages to outsell the Ford Focus for the top spot, with the only other change compared to the UK ranking is the Mercedes A-Class above the Vauxhall Corsa at #8. The Kia Sportage justifies its record 6th place in the UK overall by a presence in the Top 10 of each and every nation: it ranks 6th in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and 4th in Scotland. The Ford Kuga is also strong: only missing the England Top 10 but ranking #2 in Wales and #5 in Northern Ireland. Other one-off performances include the Skoda Fabia #3 in Northern Ireland, the Seat Leon #4 in the same nation and the Audi A1 cracking the Scottish Top 10 for the first time since BSCB started following the UK nation separately in 2013.

Previous month: UK nations June 2017: Mini and Dacia Sandero shine

One year ago: UK nations July 2016: Fiat 500X snaps first Top 10 ranking

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UK July 2017: Ford Focus and VW Golf on top, market down 9.3%

The Ford Focus is #1 in the UK for the first time in 4.5 years. 

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The UK new car market endures a fourth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in July at -9.3% to 161.997 registrations, the lowest result for the month in five years, leading to a year-to-date tally down 2.2% to 1.563.808 units. All channels are down: business sales are down 23.8% to 5.106, fleet sales are down 10.1% to 89.186 and private sales down 6.8% to 67.705, actually improving their share of the total UK market at 41.8% vs. 40.7% a year ago. Year-to-date, fleet sales are up 0.1% to 817,767, business sales down 0.2% to 60.656 and private sales down 5% to 685.385 and 43.8% share vs. 45.1% over the first seven months of 2016. Petrol cars are down 3%, diesel cars down 20.1% but alternatively fuelled vehicles are up 64.9% to 8.871 units for a new record 5.5% market share.

July registrations 2001-2017 – courtesy SMMT 

Brand-wise, the two UK behemoths are in fact solely responsible for the market decline: Ford plunges 24% to just 10.5% share vs. 11.8% YTD while Vauxhall freefalls 42% to 5th place overall and 7.1% share vs. 7.9% so far this year. This means Volkswagen (+0.4%) remains 2nd while Audi surges 11% to a stellar third place with 8% market share vs. 6.6% YTD, passing BMW (-6%) YTD to now rank 5th. Mercedes (-0.3%) meanwhile gains one spot on June to #4. Skoda (+21%), Toyota (+20%), Seat (+32%) and Porsche (+65%) are the only manufacturers posting a double-digit gain inside the Top 30, while Peugeot (-30%), Citroen (-26%) and Fiat (-45%) also struggle greatly.

The VW Golf misses out on two consecutive months at #1 by just 15 sales. 

After the shock of having the VW Golf as its overall leader for only the second time in history last month, the UK models ranking gets another surprising reshuffle in July, with the Ford Focus taking possession of the pole position and the VW Golf missing out on an incredible two consecutive months at #1 by just 15 units… It is the first time the Ford Focus ends the month at #1 in the UK since February 2013 and only the 5th time it does so in the past seven years (add January 2011, November and December 2012). Last month the Ford Fiesta had its 29 month-long stint in the UK #1 spot interrupted, and instead of reclaiming its rank in July, it falls further down the charts with sales plummeting down 58% to #4 overall, the nameplate’s lowest monthly ranking in the UK since February 2011 when the VW Golf ranked #1 in the UK for the very first time. This fall could be caused by the transition to the new generation.

Kia Sportage UK August 2016The Kia Sportage ranks at a best-ever 6th place overall in July.

The Nissan Qashqai (+2%) jumps four spots on June to land on the third step of the podium, the VW Polo is up 3 but down 22% year-on-year and both the Vauxhall Corsa and Astra painfully lose half their sales compared to June 2016… The Kia Sportage surges to an all-time record 6th place overall, beating its previous best of #8 set in August 2016. It is the 6th time the Sportage has managed to crack the monthly UK Top 10, the first one in February 2016 and the last one in January 2017. Finally, the Mercedes A-Class (#9) and Audi A3 (#10) return into the Top 10, the latter for the first time since last April.

Previous post: UK First Half 2017: Mercedes shines, places C-Class and A-Class in Top 10

Previous month: UK June 2017: VW Golf becomes best-seller for the first time

One year ago: UK July 2016: Vauxhall Astra and Mercedes A-Class shoot up

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South Korea July 2017: Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic land

The Hyundai Kona arrives at #18 at home this month… 

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Sales of local models in South Korea are up 8% year-on-year in July to 130.611 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally remains in negative territory at -2% to 910.305 units. Market leader Hyundai more than double the market growth at +22% to 44.9% share of local brands vs. 43.6% year-to-date. Kia (-1%) takes the other direction but holds a strong market share at 33.4% vs. 32.9% so far this year. GM Korea (-25%) and Genesis (-17%) plunge while Ssangyong (+15%) outpaces the market and Renault Samsung (+8%) matches it. The Hyundai Grandeur celebrates eight consecutive months in pole position, Hyundai monopolising the July Top 4 with the Porter (+5%), Avante (+14%) and Sonata (-3%). The Kia Carnival ranks 5th both in July and YTD where it overtakes the Picanto. The Hyundai Tucson (+20%) and Kia Sportage (+15%) post solid gains.

…while the Kia Stonic lands at #28. Picture autodiary.kr 

But the big news of the month in South Korea is the simultaneous arrival of the two twin small local SUVs: the Hyundai Kona lands directly inside the Top 20 at #19 and the Kia Stonic arrives at #28. Although these two nameplates are promised to explosive sales pretty much everywhere they will launch, their success at home isn’t as steadfast: South Korean consumers may allow the latest SUVs to temporarily lead the sales charts at (re)launch – see the Santa Fe for example in June 2012, July 2015 and September 2016 – but they traditionally don’t stay there for long and it has been 13 years (since 2004) that the same Santa Fe led the annual ranking. The traditional sedan is still the most popular vehicle format in South Korea as the implacable domination of the Grandeur this year confirms. In this context, it will be interesting to see how high the Kona and Stonic can climb at home and how long they can stay there.

Previous month: South Korea June 2017: Hyundai Grandeur leads, Kia Stinger in Top 30

One year ago: South Korea July 2016: Kia teases Hyundai for market lead, VW implodes (-86%)

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Poland July 2017: Skoda Fabia edges past Octavia to lead for two units

The Skoda Fabia is the best-selling vehicle in Poland in July. 

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New light vehicle sales in Poland are up 16.6% year-on-year to 41.602 units including light commercials, lifting the year-to-date tally up 15.3% to 318.301 registrations. Market leader Skoda advances faster than the average growth with sales up 26% to 11.4% share, in line with its YTD level. Toyota surges 46% to overtake Volkswagen (-5%) and rank 2nd overall. The Japanese carmaker remains #3 year-to-date though. Fiat (+60%), Dacia (+22%), Kia (+32%), Mercedes (+42%) and BMW (+41%) all frankly outpace the market inside the Top 15. In the models ranking, the Skoda Fabia (+25%) edges past the YTD leader the Skoda Octavia (+22%) by just two units while the Opel Astra (-2%) rounds up the podium like last month and YTD. The Fiat Tipo celebrates a third consecutive month inside the Polish Top 10, the Toyota Corolla is up 221% to #10, the Kia Rio up 59% to #22, the Suzuki Baleno is up to #41, the Mazda CX-3 up to 46 and the Ford B-Max up to #49.

Previous month: Poland June 2017: Renault Clio, Fiat Tipo and Volvo XC60 shine

One year ago:: Poland July 2016: Volkswagen up 28%, Dacia up 49% in market up 5%

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Israel July 2017: After three months absence, Hyundai reclaims #1

Hyundai Ioniq – Hyundai is back to #1 brand in Israel in July. 

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Thanks to our partnership with cartube.co.il, we can share with you Israeli brands data for July when sales are down 6% year-on-year to 25.667 units, leading to a year-to-date tally now up by only 0.6% to 193.864 registrations. After three months away, Hyundai reclaims the brands pole position despite a 0.2% year-on-year drop to 15.6% share. Sister brand Kia (-16%) is knocked down to #2 while Toyota is also down one spot to #3 in spite of a vigorous 17% year-on-year gain. Suzuki (+38%) post the largest year-on-year improvement in the Top 25, with Nissan (+31%), BMW (+29%), Dacia (+17%) and Mercedes (+16%) also posting stunning scores. Further down, Alfa Romeo (+47%), Infiniti (+131%) and Cadillac (+327%) make themselves noticed whereas Audi (-25%), Ford (-26%), Renault (-27%), Citroen (-33%), Volkswagen (-33%), Mitsubishi (-35%), Lexus (-42%) and Isuzu (-50%) are in great difficulty.

Previous month: Israel June 2017: Kia Sportage leads, Hyundai Ioniq in Top 10

One year ago: Israel July 2016: Hyundai and Kia in control

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