Belgium January 2017: BMW best-seller, X1 surges 169% to #3

The BMW X1 is the third best-selling vehicle in Belgium in January. BMW is the #1 brand.

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The Belgian new car market leaps up 16.6% year-on-year in January to 51.701 registrations, and the top selling marques undergo a spectacular reshuffle this month: German luxury brand BMW takes the overall lead as it did a year ago in January 2016, thanks to deliveries up 24% to 4.549 sales and 8.8% share. BMW is the only manufacturer with Peugeot to place two nameplates inside the Belgian January Top 10 as we’ll see further down. BMW distances Volkswagen up 34% to 8.7% and Renault up 6% to 7.4%, the market leader in 2o16. Peugeot (+22%), Fiat (+22%), Kia (+27%), Mercedes (+29%) and Seat (+35%) also beat the market within the Top 20. Further down, Honda is up 40%, Alfa Romeo up 56%, Maserati is up 136% thanks to the Levante, Jaguar shoots up 144% thanks to the F-Pace and Infiniti is up 1160% thanks to its new Q30/QX30 lineup.

Infiniti sales are up 1160% in January thanks to the new Q30/QX30 lineup.

Model-wise, in January we have a surprise winner in the Opel Corsa up 64% to 1.399 sales, followed by the Renault Clio up 28% to 1.186. But the best performance of the month is without a doubt delivered by the BMW X1 surging 169% year-on-year to land on the third step of the podium thanks to 1.083 sales and 2.1% share. In fact, all Top 10 models display double-digit year-on-year gains, led by the Citroen C3 (+81%), BMW 1 Series (+67%), Hyundai Tucson (+29%), Peugeot 2008 (+28%) and Skoda Octavia (+22%). 2016 leader the VW Golf is shockingly kicked out of the January Top 10.

February brands data will also be included in this post while we await the publication of the Top 10 models by JATO Dynamics.  In February, Belgian new car sales are up again but by a much shyer 4.5% year-on-year to 51.942 registrations. After dropping down to #2 in January, Renault logically returns to the pole position it held over the Full Year 2016 despite a shy 1% improvement year-on-year to 4.395 units, followed by fellow Frenchie Peugeot at 4.178 (-4%), Opel at 4.016 (+2%) and Volkswagen at 4.003 (-3%). A very tight Top 4 this month indeed. Year-to-date, Renault is here too back on top with 8.236 units above Volkswagen at 8.502, BMEW at 8.074 and Opel at 7.842. BMW (+12%), Citroen (+12%), Ford (+12%), Mercedes (+14%) and Audi (+17%) all post double-digit gains inside the Top 10 while below, Skoda (+27%), Suzuki (+29%), Jaguar (+96%) and Infiniti (+400%) take off.

Previous post: Belgium Full Year 2016: VW Golf back to #1, Hyundai Tucson on podium

Two years ago: Belgium Full Year 2015: Renault Scénic takes control for the first time

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Moldova January 2017: Hyundai Tucson leads, Mercedes GLS #6

The Mercedes GLS ranks 6th in Moldova in January.

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According to our Central European market data partner CE Auto, new car sales in Moldova are up 1.3% year-on-year to 237 registrations. Teasing the perennial leader the Dacia Logan all through 2016 with three monthly wins, the Hyundai Tucson brilliantly takes charge in January with 9.7% market share, distancing the Skoda Superb (7.2%) and Hyundai Accent (6.3%). The Dacia Logan is relegated to a paltry 5th position below the Suzuki Vitara with just 4.6% share and sales down 68% year-on-year. The surprise of the month in Moldova is the appearance of the über luxurious Mercedes GLS in 6th place. Granted, only 8 units were enough to reach that ranking, but still.

Previous post: Moldova Full Year 2016: Dacia Logan resists Hyundai Tucson assault

Two years ago: Moldova Full Year 2015: Dacia Logan challenged for the first time

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Bosnia & Herzegovina January 2017: Skoda Rapid takes the lead

The Skoda Rapid is the best-selling vehicle in Bosnia & Herzegovina in January.

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Thanks to our partnership with Central European market data partner CE Auto we can share with you January data for Bosnia & Herzegovina, a market up 12% year-on-year to 574 registrations. The Skoda Rapid takes everyone by surprise (including myself) this month by snapping the top spot thanks to 41 sales, distancing the Renault Clio at 34, the Skoda Octavia at 32 and the Skoda Fabia at #31. The Citigo makes it four Skodas in the Top 5 for the first time since BSCB follows Bosnia & Herzegovina. Notice also the Ford Transit Connect up to #6, the Peugeot 301 up to #9 and the Dacia Dokker up to #16.

Previous post: Bosnia & Herzegovina Full Year 2016: Octavia and Golf on top

One year ago: Bosnia & Herzegovina January 2016: Skoda Octavia & Seat Leon tops

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Kazakhstan January 2017: Lada 4×4 and GAZ Gazelle in the lead

The Lada 4×4 is the surprise Kazakh leader in January.

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Thanks to our partnership with, we can share with you today official data for the Kazakh new car market, but unfortunately the news aren’t great: sales continue to crash down 32% year-on-year in January to just 2.466 units. Leader in 2016, Toyota confirm its domination but with a meagre 8 units advantage over Lada at 403 sales and 16.3% vs 395 and 16%. Ravon, the replacement brand for UZ-Daewoo, climbs up to #6 vs. #19 over the Full Year 2016, with other great performers including Lifan up from #24 in FY16 to #14, Mercedes up from #27 to #18 and Man up from #45 to #22.

The Lada XRAY has reached Kazakh shores this month.  Ravon Nexia R3

The antediluvian Lada 4×4 (aka Niva outside of the ex-USSR countries) is the surprise leader this month in Kazakhstan with 194 sales and 7.9% share, distancing the GAZ Gazelle at 164 and 6.7%. The Lada Granta rounds up the podium, distancing the Ravon Nexia R3 (formerly known as UZ-Daewoo Nexia), Renault Duster, Toyota Camry – leader over the Full Year 2016 – and the Toyota RAV4. Notice also the Hyundai Creta leaping up 12 spots to #9, the Chevrolet Malibu up to #18 vs. #102 in FY16 and the Lada XRAY making its very first appearance in the Kazakh sales charts at #61.

The GAZ Gazelle ranks #2 overall in Kazakhstan in January. 

Previous post: Kazakhstan Full Year 2016: Toyota takes control of market down 52%

Two years ago: Kazakhstan Full Year 2015: Hyundai Accent ends Lada Priora reign

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UK nations February 2017: Vauxhall Mokka X settles in Top 10

The Vauxhall Mokka X ranks 5th in Wales in February. 

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After the overall UK Top 10 and thanks to SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation in January. Keep in mind this is only a zoom in by nation, all sales figures are already included in the UK update. As it has now become routine, England, representing 86% of the overall UK market, is the only nation in positive at +1.9% to 71.155 units, with Norther Ireland down 11.2% to 4.272, Scotland down 11.3% to 5.186 and Wales down a harsh 15.2% to 2.058. Year-to-date, England is up 2.9%, Scotland down 3.2%, Wales down 4% and Northern Ireland down 5.4%. After topping just two nations last month (England and Wales), the overall market leader, the Ford Fiesta, manages three wins in February: England, Scotland and Wales. The VW Golf brilliantly holds onto the top spot in Northern Ireland for the 5th consecutive month thanks to sales up 20% year-on-year.

The Ford Ecosport ranks 8th in Wales this month. 

The Vauxhall Astra (#3 in the overall UK ranking) ranks #2 in Scotland, #3 in England but #10 in Northern Ireland and ousted the Welsh Top 10. The Ford Focus for its part – the UK #4 in February, is 2nd in Wales, 3rd in Scotland, 4th in England and 5th in Northern Ireland. Other outstanding performers in the UK nations for the month include the Mercedes C-Class up 61% to #5 in England, the Hyundai Tucson at #3 in Northern Ireland and the Vauxhall Mokka X positing two Top 10 rankings for the second month running: in Wales (record #5) and Scotland (#8).

Previous month: UK nations January 2017: Astra #1 in Scotland for 1st time this decade

One year ago: UK nations January 2016: Vauxhall monopolises Scottish podium

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UK February 2017: Golf pushes Volkswagen to #2 YTD, stable market

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The UK new car market continues to defy the Brexit odds with a stable February score at -0.3% year-on-year to 83.115 units. This leads to a year-to-date tally of 257.679 units, still up 1.8% on the record pace established in 2016. Once again fleet sales stir the market up at -3.3% to 45.699 whereas private sales are down 4.4% to 36.018 and business sales down 5.3% to 1.398. Diesel is down 5.9% to 115.759, petrol up 7.9% to 131.333 ad alternative fuel vehicles up 27.7% to a still reserved 10.587 units and 4.1% share vs. 3.3% a year ago.

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Brand-wise, Ford still reigns supreme in spite of a 14% drop to 9.909 units and 11.9% share vs. 12.7% year-to-date. Volkswagen climbs back up to 2nd place thanks to deliveries up 9% to 7.236 and 8.8%, in the meantime overtaking Vauxhall (-20%) both this month and, historically, year-to-date at 20.293 sales vs. 20.169. Mercedes (+17%) drops to spots on a freak January score to #5, Kia (+12%), Skoda (+12%), Toyota (+25%) and Hyundai (+12%) all fare very well inside the Top 12 while below, let’s notice Mini (+19%), Suzuki (+26%), Land Rover (+39%) and Infiniti (+337%) pushing forward whereas Mazda (-18%), Fiat (+26%), Citroen (-30%), Mitsubishi (-50%) and DS (-54%) all crumble apart.

The Ford Fiesta is down 5% but stays Nb.1 in the UK. 

Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta remains the best-seller in the country despite a 5% year-on-year drop to 4.282 units. It distances the VW Golf lodging another outstanding score at +15% to 2.949 and the Ford Focus doing even better at +21% to 1.971 registrations. The Vauxhall Astra (-8%), Mercedes C-Class (-29%) and VW Polo (-27%) all struggle year-on-year but the Nissan Qashqai is up 3 spots on January to #5, the VW Polo is back inside the Top 10 at #7 and the BMW 3 Series is back inside the Top 10 for the first time since last October despite a 12% year-on-year drop.

Previous month: UK January 2017: Mercedes C-Class soars 40% to record 4th place

One year ago: UK February 2016: Kia Sportage breaks into Top 10 for the first time

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Media post: A quick look at the Kia Optima

Kia Optima

The 2017 Kia Optima is waiting for you. Its well-appointed interior will thrill you with its luxurious look and feel. This sedan has something for everybody and once you take a test drive at Monroeville Kia you will see what we mean. Get behind the wheel and then reach over to the infotainment touchscreen interface. See, isn’t that nice? It’s so close and so easy to use. The 8-inch infotainment touchscreen interface is large enough to see what you need at a glance. That’s why they call it user-friendly – because it is. It comes with a smartphone interface and a navigation system to let you where you’re going and how to get there.

Now start it up. Wow, hardly any vibration and the cabin remains as quiet as before the 2.0-Liter turbocharged engine turned over. The interior was designed to keep the fun in and the noise outside and the designers succeeded very nicely – once again. Now you can sit back and look around and one of the first things you may notice is that there is ample headroom. The next thing will be the legroom and then the amount of space there is for shoulders and viewing out the windows. For a mid-size car, the Optima offers a lot of luxuries.

Kia is a South Korean company that started making bicycle parts in 1944. It branched out to making motorcycles in 1957, trucks in 1962 and then began manufacturing cars in 1974. Trying to catch up with carmakers who had been building cars 70 years before Kia jumped into the industry was tough but obviously not impossible. Kia has caught up with them and is now the second largest car manufacturer in South Korea, right behind Hyundai.

Kia and Hyundai are related in a sense: each one owns part of the other’s company. Kia owns over $8 billion worth of stock in companies owned by Hyundai and Hyundai owns a little more than a third of Kia’s stock. Kia has over 700 dealers in the United States and operates a manufacturing plant, where the Optima is built, in the state of Georgia. The Optima is one of Kia’s best sellers in this country and after sitting in it, starting it and taking it for a test drive, we understand why the Kia Optima is so popular.

Media post: Love at First Sight: The 2017 Challenger

Dodge Challenger 

Love that 2017 Dodge Challenger! It’s comfortable, it’s fast and it’s great looking! In fact, its look can be intimidating to some people – to those people who aren’t driving a Challenger, that is. Yes, it is a muscle car, to be sure and even though some cars try to look like a muscle car, the Challenger is the real thing.

As we said, it is fast. The 2017 Challenger SXT with the V-6, 305 horsepower engine will get you to 60 in 6.4 seconds. That’s pretty good for any car. It’s bigger brother the Challenger SRT Hellcat, however, is a bit of a show off when it comes to pushing its speedometer clockwise. It has a powerful V-8 that will whoosh you to 60 in 3.6 seconds. That’s faster than the Porsche 911 Carrera S.

The Challenger is much roomier, however than the Porsche and it is more fun to drive because…hey, it’s American engineered and built. It was designed for the driver who knows what he or she wants and created for those who want a superior automobile, which is the same as saying: it was built for those who want an authentic muscle car.

And they don’t just call any car a muscle car. The 2017 Challenger harkens back to 1969, when Chrysler put the Dodge Challenger on the market. It was the first generation Challenger and the company produced it until 1974. They also built another generation of Challengers from 1978 to 1983 but they were built by Mitsubishi Corporation. Dodge got back into manufacturing Challengers again in 2008 and has been going strong ever since.

Back in the mid 60s and the early 70s muscle cars were extremely popular and just about all the big American car manufacturers built them. Now, however, one of the most valuable of all the original muscle cars is the Dodge Challenger. And the 2017 Dodge Challenger is no different. It is extremely popular today not only because of its speed, (the V-8 Hellcat can reach 60 mph in 3.4 seconds) but because it offers easy handling, great braking system, a user friendly touchscreen infotainment interface and it is one of the coolest looking cars that this century will ever see. Chrysler of Culpepper carries all the Dodge vehicles so you can pick whichever fits you best.

Media post: What American Muscle Can Best the Porsche 911?

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Hey, here’s a question for you: What American made muscle car is faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera S? No, it’s not a Fiat 500. Although the Fiat 500 isn’t an American muscle car it certainly is a great little car and a great little guess. Okay, give up? It’s the 2017 Dodge Charger. “Of course,” you’re saying to yourself. “The Charger is one of the original American muscle cars and it has always had the large reputation of being super fast and a super muscle car.”

Okay, enough with the talking to yourself. You’re right though, the Dodge Charger does have that rep and it has since the mid 1960s when it was first conceived and became the leader in stock muscle cars available at Chrysler/Dodge dealers all across the country. It still has that mystique about it because when people see it at a stop sign or signal light they always wonder if it is going to ‘lay rubber’ as they used to say and screech out from a dead stop to hit 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, which is faster than the aforementioned German import.

The Charger, besides being a really fast car, also has a luxurious interior and user friendly dash controls along with a large (8.4-inch) infotainment touchscreen interface. Everything was designed to make this “Hellcat” (the top of the line Charger) easy and most of all, fun to drive. Ask anyone at Puente Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep and they will not only tell you how great this car is but they will show you so you can see for yourself in a test drive.

Once you are behind the wheel of the Charger you will find out for yourself just how awesome this muscle car really is. You’ll also find out about all the safety features that the Dodge engineers and designers installed just to make sure you wouldn’t have to worry about anything except what you’re going to tell your wife when you didn’t come home for seven hours after buying your brand new Dodge Charger. Driving one of these wonderful cars is simply too much fun to go straight home, as you will soon find out. And don’t forget, we can only vouch for your whereabouts while you’re at the dealership. Good Luck!!

Media post: Always Fast & Never Out of Fashion

Dodge Charger 

What was that streak of lightning that just flew past us? That’s what a lot of people think when they see a 2017 Dodge Charger speed by them. The Charger is one of those muscle cars that just never seems to go out of fashion. They are fast (as lightning) and as comfortable as a luxury car and maybe that’s why drivers in the know are scooping these up so fast from DCH Auto Group in Temecula.

There could be other reasons too. Even though the Charger was conceived of as a powerful American muscle car, its designers also thought about safety. They put in so much safety gear and engineered it so meticulously that the NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) gave it their highest rating of five stars for overall safety. Yes, we said “Wow.” too. The NHTSA is an official agency of the Executive Branch of the United States government, so those five stars really mean a lot.

Some of the safety gear that comes with the Charger is: lane departure warnings, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warnings, adaptive cruise control and lane-assist control among others such as automatic emergency braking and 9-1-1 emergency assistance.

As far as speed goes, the Charger Hellcat version is capable of hitting 60 miles per hour from a dead stop in only 3.4 seconds, which is quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera S. Who would have known that? Porsches are nice and obviously fast but apparently the 2017 Dodge Charger is much roomier and nicer and faster. We’re not suggesting that when you buy your Charger that you start challenging all comers on the roadway. Just know that you will be behind the wheel of one fast and very safe car and if you need the extra speed to get you out of a tight spot, then go with confidence and have a great time doing it.

The 2017 Dodge Charger comes in several trim levels and optional engine sizes. The V-6 models are every bit as responsive as the more powerful and faster V-8s and you get the same beautifully engineered body design that will intimidate just about any other vehicle owner out there. The DCH Auto Group in Temecula has the 2017 Dodge Charger in the showroom just waiting for you to see how it fits. Take a test drive – you’ll find out what you’ve been missing.