Azerbaijan Full Year 2016: Lada 4×4 new leader in market down 47%

The Lada 4×4 is the new leader of the Azerbaijani market. 

This update was compiled in partnership with our correspondent in Azerbaijan Farid Nurizade.

After losing 58% in 2015, new vehicle sales in Azerbaijan crumble down another 47% in 2016 to just 5.519 units, a level not seen since the early 2000’s. The deterioration of the local currency in a difficult economiic context has sent new vehicle prices skyrocketing and inflated local inventory stocks. Unprecedented marketing campaigns to clear these stocks pushed the market back into positive territory in both June and July.

The LX accounts for 3 out of 4 Lexus sales in Azerbaijan in 2016. 

Lada is the best-selling brand in the country in 2016 with 1.797 official sales, down 50% but still commanding a 32.6% market share, head and shoulders above Hyundai in second place with 10.9%. Toyota and Kia hold onto their ranking above Lexus up 10 spots on 2015 to a stunning 5th place with sales up 38% year-on-year, the only brand in positive territory this year. Chevrolet and Ford outperform the market to gain share.

Chinese carmaker Lifan assembles in Azerbaijan in partnership with NAZ. 

On the other hand, Nissan sales crashed 79% to just 149 units at #10, while Mitsubishi (-66%) and Honda (-60%) fall heavily. Local producer NAZ-Lifan (aka Lifan) sell 165 cars, the majority being government sales. Renault is down 51% to 110 units, Audi is the #3 premium brand below Lexus and Mercedes with 100 sales. Subaru registered the largest decline at -84% to just 17 units. Note Peugeot, Citroen, Seat and some Chinese brands ceased operations in Azerbaijan in 2016 due to low sales.

Hyundai is the #2 brand in Azerbaijan with 10.9% market share. 

In the models ranking, Azerbaijan has a new leader in 2016: the valiant Lada 4×4 – unofficially known locally as Niva – snapping the first spot here with 1.441 registrations despite approaching 40 years of age. Leader in 2015, the Lada Priora is down due to the arrival of the new Vesta. The new generation Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage made their first appearances in that capital Baku this year. The Mitsubishi L200 leads all pickups in Azerbaijan, while the Toyota Land Cruiser 200, once the star of the local market, is going out of fashion due to a significant price increase in prices. The Lexus LX accounts for 3 out of 4 Lexus sales in the country.

Note: Only sales by official dealers are counted, parallel imports not included

Previous year: Azerbaijan Full Year 2015: Lada Priora #1 in market down 58%

Belarus Full Year 2016: VW Polo #1 for 4th year, Renault Kaptur in Top 10

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The Belorussian new car market edges up 1.2% year-on-year in 2016 to 26.511 registrations. Renault cements its ultra-dominant position in the country with deliveries up 4% resulting in an improved 31.8% market share, distancing Volkswagen up 17% to 16.8%. Lada is down 8% but gains one spot to land on the third step of the podium at 8.2% ahead of Skoda up 2% to 7%, both carmakers overstepping Nissan freefalling 42% to just 6.6% share vs. 11.5% in 2015. Kia surges 36% to #8, Audi is up 45% to #10, Ford Up 76% to #11, Mercedes up 46% to #14, Mazda up 117% to #14, BMW up 23% to #16, Citroen up 38% to #19 and Volvo up 185% to #20. Porsche (+69%) and Jaguar (+76%) also take off.

Launched in H2, the Renault Kaptur lands directly inside the Belorussian Top 10 in 2016.

Model-wise, the VW Polo confirms is the favourite choice in Belarus, leading the sales charts for the 4th consecutive year with sales up 19% to 13% share, distancing three Renaults like in 2015: the Renault Sandero up 16%, the Duster up 30% to #4 and the Logan down 235 and one spot to #4. The Skoda Rapid (+13%) remains in 5th place, the GAZ Gazelle (+5%) gains three spots to #7, the Toyota RAV4 (+22%) is up 7 to #8 and the Renault Kaptur already storms into the annual Belorussian Top 10 despite launching in the 2nd half of the year. The Kia Sportage is up 4-fold on its 2015 score to #11, the VW Jetta up 37% to #16, the Lada Granta up 22% to #18 and the GAZ Next up 18% to #19. The Lada Vesta (#21) and Hyundai Creta (+26) are the other all-new nameplate making their first appearance near the top of Belorussian sales charts.

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Germany January 2017: Mercedes above 10%, BMW X1 up to record #7

The BMW X1 smashes its ranking record at home from #19 to #7. 

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German new car sales are up 5.5% to 241.399 units in January thanks to two extra selling days compared to January 2016. Market leader Volkswagen follows the market at +5% to 20.5% share but Mercedes quadruples the market growth rate at +20% to 24.372 deliveries, crossing the symbolic 10% market share barrier for the second time in the past three months (10.3% in November 2016) and the third time in the past six months (10.1% in August 2016). Audi is stable at -0.3% to 9% share but BMW shoots up 19% to 8.4% share. Opel (+4%) and Ford (+6%) remain a fair distance away, followed by Skoda (+28%), Renault (+26%), Hyundai (+14%) and Seat (+11%). Outside the Top 10, Volvo (+11%), Mitsubishi (+14%), Mini (+15%), Smart (+18%), Peugeot (+22%), Suzuki (+22%), Dacia (+23%), Fiat (+25%), Toyota (+30%), Lada (+72%), Jaguar (+76%), Aston Martin (+87%), Cadillac (+90%), Maserati (+109%), Lexus (+148%), Bentley (+169%) and Tesla (+287%) are among the best performing manufacturers.

Mercedes E-Class sales are up 80% year-on-year in Germany in January. 

Model-wise, the VW Golf drops 13% to just 5.9% share vs. 7% over the Full Year 2016, with Volkswagen monopolising the Top 4 for the second time in the past 12 months alongside with last October. The VW Passat is up 12% to #2, the VW Tiguan up 51% to #3 and the Polo up 1% to #4, distancing the Mercedes C-Class up a robust 24% to #5 and the Opel Astra up 7% to #6. But the main headline in Germany this month is the stunning 7th place of the BMW X1 up 177% year-on-year to 5.120 sales, smashing its previous ranking record of #19 established back in November 2014. The X1 is BMW’s best-seller in Germany for the first time this month, accounting for 25% of the brand’s sales and well ahead the 2 Series (#11), 1 Series (#17) and 3 Series (#24). Even more impressive – and rare for luxury models: the success of the X1 is reliant on its popularity with private buyers: it shot from #50 to #13 in the private sales models ranking in 2016.

The Seat Ateca hits a best-ever 41st place this month in Germany. 

Other strong performers near the top of the models charts include the Audi A4 (+35%), Skoda Octavia (+31%), Skoda Fabia (+45%), Mercedes E-Class (+80%), Audi Q5 (+117%), Ford Fiesta (+63%), Mercedes GLC (+29%), Opel Mokka (+37%) and Dacia Sandero (+32%). The Seat Ateca leaps up 14 spots on December to a record #41, overtaking the Hyundai Tucson (#45) as the best-selling recent launch in Germany (<12 months). The Fiat Tipo at #57 (+16), Audi Q2 at #80 (+9), Toyota C-HR at #107 (-9) and Ford Edge at #112 (+10) follow. Further down, the Suzuki Ignis is up 28 spots on last month to #138, the Jaguar F-Pace also up 28 to #149 and the Kia Niro up 24 to #169. This month we welcome the Skoda Kodiaq at #227 with 66 sales.

First appearance of the Skoda Kodiaq in the German sales charts. 

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Russia January 2017: Lada hits highest market share in over 5 years

The Kia Rio is the best-selling vehicle in Russia in January.

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Just as local manufacturers association AEB had predicted a recovery in 2017, January sales in Russia are down a further 5% year-on-year on an already very low base to just 77.916 registrations. This is the weakest month in seven years and only the fourth time in the past decade Russian registrations fall to five-digit figures with January 2010 (74.086 units), January 2016 (81.849) and February 2010 (91.922). Homegrown market leader Lada goes against the grain and posts a 5% year-on-year gain to hit 21% share, to be compared with 18.7% over the FY2016. After a slump to a lowest-ever 13% in December 2014, this is Lada’s highest market share at home since September 2011 (21.6%) and only its third time above 20% in over five years (20.3% in April 2016 and 20.2% in February 2014).

First podium ranking at home for the Lada Vesta. 

In second place, Kia soars 14% to 13.2% share while sister brand Hyundai drops 16% to 8.6%, distancing Renault (+4%), Volkswagen (+4%), Nissan (-6%) and Toyota (-37%). Skoda is up two spots on December to #8, Mercedes up five to #9 and GAZ up 25% year-on-year to #10. Further down, Ford (+0.5%), Audi (+3%), Mazda (+7%), Datsun (+11%), Peugeot (+16%), Citroen (+20%), Jeep (+21%), Infiniti (+27%), Cadillac (+63%), Chevrolet (+44%), Changan (+174%) and Jaguar (+294%) brave the adverse conditions and are some of the brands posting year-on-year gains in Russia in January.

The Skoda Rapid hits a record 7th place this month in Russia.

Model-wise, the Kia Rio surges 60% to take the lead for the 5th time ever (after November 2014, August, September and October 2016), dislodging the Lada Granta (-37%) while the 2016 leader, the Hyundai Solaris, freefalls 49% to #4. This means the Lada Vesta (+149%) leaps onto the monthly podium at home for the very first time. The Hyundai Creta is back up one spot to #5, holding onto the title of #1 SUV in Russia that has been its property ever since its launch last August. The Skoda Rapid lurches up 10 spots on last month to hit a record 7th place (previous best: #9 in May 2016), the Chevrolet Niva is up 41% to #9, the Lada 4×4 up 1% to #10 and the Lada XRAY up two spots on December to a best-ever #11. Notice also the Kia Sportage up 14 ranks to #12, the VW Tiguan up 12 to #16, Nissan X-Trail up 11 to #18, Lada Priora up 11 to #20 and Mitsubishi Outlander up 10 to #25.

The Lada XRAY ends January just 49 sales off a first Top 10 ranking at home.

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Ukraine Full Year 2016: Kia Sportage takes the lead in recovering market

The Kia Sportage is the best-selling vehicle in Ukraine in 2016.

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Hit full frontal by the impact of the Crimean crisis, the Ukrainian new car marker tumbled down 54% in 2014 and another 52% in 2015. The haemorrhage has stopped in 2016 with deliveries back up 41% to 65.731. The five best-selling brands frankly beat the market this year, led by Toyota up 56% to remain #1, Renault up 52%, Volkswagen up 118%, Skoda up 91% and Kia up 98%. Reversely, Ford (+38%), Nissan (+30%) and Hyundai (+33%) lose share while homegrown ZAZ drops 4% from #3 to #10. Luxury brands are having the time of their life: BMW surges 70% to break into the Top 10 at #9, Mercedes does even better at +102% to #1, Audi is up 74% to #14, Lexus up 141%, Volvo up 83% and Jaguar up 248%. Notice also Lada up 53%, Seat up 142%, Opel up 149% and MG up 537%. The big disappointment this year comes from Chinese Geely, going from #2 in 2014 to #12 in 2015 and now down an abysmal 71% to #24.

The VW Jetta leaps from #145 last year to #6 in Ukraine. 

The models ranking is turned upside down in Ukraine this year. Snapping the pole position for the first time is the Kia Sportage with sales up 3-fold on 2015 thanks to the new generation at 2.736, knocking last year’s leader, the Renault Logan, to #2. The Renault Duster (+119%) rounds up the podium ahead of the Skoda Octavia (+123%), Toyota RAV4 (+149%) and the VW Jetta up an incredible 32-fold on a year ago, going from 59 sales and #145 to 1.895 and 6th… The Toyota Corolla (+82%), Ford Fiesta (+87%) and VW Polo (+158%) also frankly beat the market inside eh Top 10. Uncontested leader at home no later than in 2014, the ZAZ Sens crumbles down 9 spots to #11 this year while its twin the Lanos is down 32 to #36. The Hyundai Tucson surges to #12 for its first full year of sales, the Lada 4×4 (aka Niva) is up 6 ranks to #13, the Suzuki Vitara up 228% to #16 and the Mercedes GLE up 312% to #17. The Mercedes GLS (#49), Renault Captur (#50), Ravon R2 (#65) and Renault Kadjar (#110) are the most popular all-new nameplates for 2016.

The Mercedes GLS is the best-selling all-new nameplate for 2016. 

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Bulgaria Full Year 2016: Dacia Dokker & Nissan Qashqai dominate again

The Dacia Dokker has been the best-seller in Bulgaria since 2013.

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Excellent year for the Bulgarian new car market, up 10% to 32.691 registrations. Note Bulgarian sales figures are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 30% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon. In this context, French-Romanian brand Dacia remains the most popular brand in the country – after dropping to #2 YTD in November – with sales up 6% to 3.914, just above parent brand Renault up 19% to 3.778. Skoda (+105), Toyota (+12%) and Volkswagen (-2%) round up the Top 5 while Nissan (+14%), Ford (+15%) and Peugeot (+23%) post very dynamic gains inside the Top 10. Further down, notice Lexus (+35%), Land Rover (+36%), Suzuki (+39%), Seat (+49%), Lada (+62%), Alfa Romeo (+163%) and Jaguar (+275%) all taking off.

The Nissan NP300 is the best-selling all-new nameplate in Bulgaria for 2016.

The Bulgarian models ranking sees the fourth consecutive year of reign for the Dacia Dokker, up 8% to 1.716 sales, followed like last year by the Nissan Qashqai (+34%) while the Skoda Octavia and Renault Clio, both up 28%, gain one spot each to land at #3 and #4 respectively. The victim: the Renault Captur down 15% and two ranks to #5,  The Renault Group makes it five nameplates inside the Top 7 with the Dacia Sandero at #6 and the Duster at #7. Excellent year for the Skoda Fabia (+25%) and Toyota Corolla (+33%) while outside the Top 10 let’s single out the Opel Astra (+_58%0, Peugeot 308 (+45%), Renault Kadjar up 263% to break into the Top 20 for its first full year in market, the Lada Niva up 49% despite its old age (38 years!), the Mazda CX-3 up 115% to #49 and Suzuki Vitara up 136% to #52. The most popular all-new nameplates are the Nissan NP300 (#116), Suzuki Baleno (#117), Toyota C-HR (#127) and Jaguar F-Pace (#132).

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

Hyundai Solaris Russia 2016. Picture courtesy 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 

A dozen manufacturers 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 GAZ Gazelle (+11%), 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 #16 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 #20 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. Other notable 2016 performers include the Hyundai Tucson up 931% to #36 for its first full year of sales, the Lexus RX up 149% to #39, the Mercedes GLE up 156% to #44, Lexus LX up 119% to #49, Kia Optima up 103% to #51, Lifan X50 up 105% to #43 and Mercedes GLC up 195% to #58. The Mercedes GLS (#67), Jaguar F-Pace (#128), Ravon R2 (#144), Ravon Nexia R3 (#162), FAW Oley (#184) and Zotye T600 (#191) are the other all-new nameplates to break into the Top 200.

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

Toyota Camry Kazakhstan 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruThe Toyota Camry is up 59% and 15 spots on 2015 to take the lead of Kazakh sales this year.

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Thanks to our partnership with, we can share with you today December and Full Year 2016 data for Kazakhstan. It has been an exhausting year in Kazakhstan: the second annual freefall with deliveries down an abysmal 52% to 46.715 units after dropping 40% in 2015, once again hit full frontal by the recession in neighbouring Russia. One carmaker has taken full advantage of the situation: Toyota. The Japanese carmaker is up an incredible 25% to see its market share go from 7.4% in 2015 to a commanding 19.4% this year, leaping from 5th place to pole position. Toyota also manages to place the Camry in the lead of the models ranking with 3.190 sales, up 59% year-on-year and knocking last year’s leader, the Hyundai Accent, down to #8 with sales plummeting 80%.

GAZ Gazelle Kazakhstan 2016. Picture courtesy all-cars.byThe GAZ Gazelle is the 2nd best-selling nameplate in Kazakhstan in 2016. 

Perennial leader Lada loses two-third of its sales compared to a year ago, falling to 8.147 units and 17.4% share vs. 25.2% in 2015. Renault (-55%) manages to creep up one spot to #3, ahead of Hyundai (-68%), Kia (-66%) GAZ (-53%), Volkswagen (-56%) and UAZ (-51%) all dropping as fast or faster than the market. Nissan (-25%), manages to increase it market share by one percentage point at 3% in 9th spot but Kamaz (+42%), Lexus (+89%), Hyundai Trucks (+89%) and JAC (+516%) sign the most impressive – and only – year-on-year gains in the Top 20. BMW (+41%) and Datsun (+350%) amlso shine while Ravon (#19), the replacement brand for UZ-Daewoo, and Chinese carmaker Lifan (#24) make their entrance in the sales charts.

lada-4x4-kazakhstan-2016Thanks to sales down just 7%, the Lada 4×4 ranks 4th overall in 2016 vs. 10th last year.

The Kazakh models ranking is completely reshuffled for 2016, starting with the 15 spot-jump to #1 of the Toyota Camry mentioned above. The GAZ Gazelle follows the market at -52% but gains four spots to #2 overall, distancing the Lada Priora (-62%) and 4×4 (-7%) by just two and 26 units respectively. The Lada Granta (-74%) falls three ranks to #5 but still makes it three Ladas in the Top 5 like in 2015. The Renault Duster (-50%) advances to #6 and the VW Polo (-58%) to #7, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado posts a stunning 17% increase, gaining 11 spots to #9 while the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 is yup an staggering 78% and 17 ranks to #10. Other impressive gainers include the Toyota RAV4 (+104%), Toyota Corolla (+26%), Lexus LX (+106%), Nissan Qashqai (+37%) and JAC S3 (+791%). There are five all-new nameplates in the Top 50: the Lifan X60 (#27), Ravon Nexia R3 (#34), Lifan X50 (#43), Lada Vesta (#44) and Nissan Terrano (#48).

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Europe Full Year 2016: VW flat, Renault up in highest market in 9 years

Renault Captur Europe 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frRenault is up 13.5% to 2nd place and the Captor signs its first annual Top 10. 

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Despite the disruption caused by the Brexit vote, the European new car marks a third consecutive year of gains in 2016 at +6.5% to 15.141.326 registrations, the highest annual volume on the continent since 2007. Like in 2015, 27 of the 29 markets covered post a year-on-year increase, the two exceptions being the Netherlands (-14.9%) and Switzerland (-2.1%). The big 5 markets are all in positive: Germany (+4.5%) is at its strongest since 2009, the UK (+2.3%) posts a second all-time record in a row, France (+5%) at its highest since 2011, Italy (+16.1%) at its highest since 2010 and Spain (+10.8%) at its highest since 2008. Best performing countries are Hungary (+24.9%), Croatia (+23.4%), Cyprus (+20.4%), Latvia (+18.8%) and Lithuania (+18.8%). The most striking mega-trend in Europe is the ever-growing success of the SUV segment with sales up by a gigantic 21.4% to 3.880.618 units and 25.6% market share whereas subcompacts, once ultra-dominant on the continent, are up just 2.7% to 3.213.813 sales and see their market share thaw to 21.2%.

VW Golf Alltrack Europe 2016. Picture courtesy mullersvarld.seThe VW Golf is the best-selling vehicle in Europe for the 9th consecutive year.

Group-wise, the Volkswagen Group defied forecasts in the midst of its emissions scandal with sales up 3.3% to 24% market share vs. 24.8% a year ago. It is followed by Renault-Nissan at 13.8%, PSA Peugeot-Citroen at 9,74%, Ford at 6.98%, BMW Group at 6.81%, FCA at 6.57%, General Motors at 6.56%, Daimler at 6.285, Hyundai-Kia at 6.29% and Toyota at 4.26%. In the brands ranking, Volkswagen is down 0.7% and the only carmaker in the Top 10 in negative to lose almost one percentage point of market share at 11.3% while Renault (+13.5%) overtakes Ford (+1.8%) to snap the 2nd place with 1.1 million registrations. Opel (+6.1%) and Peugeot (+1.6%) round out the Top 5 like last year.

mercedes-e-class-europe-2016For the first time since 2010, Audi isn’t the #1 luxury brand in Europe, Mercedes is.

Big change this year in the luxury ranking: thanks to sales shooting up 14.2% to 845.178, Mercedes historically overtakes both Audi up “just” 8.8% to 830.364 and BMW up 10.2% to 820.505 to take the lead. It is the first time since 2010 that Audi isn’t the #1 premium brand in Europe. Fiat (+12.4%) and Skoda (+9.5%) close out the Top 10 but both outpace the market. Kia (+13.2%), Dacia (+11.3%), Mazda (+12.6%) and Mini (+15.3%) also post double-digit gains inside the Top 20. Among smaller-volume brands, the SUV boom shows: Land Rover (+18.8%), Jeep (+19.8%), Honda (+21.8%) thanks to the HR-V, Ssangyong (+35%) thanks to the Tivoli, Bentley (+38.9%) thanks to the Bentayga, Jaguar (+70.1%) thanks to the F-Pace and XE and Infiniti (+151.9%) thanks to the Q30 and QX30 post the largest increases in the Top 50. Abarth (+41.5%) and Lada (+109.7%) are the exceptions.

Renault Clio Europe 2016The Renault Clio hits its highest ever European annual ranking at #2. 

There are no surprises atop the European models ranking: the VW Golf is #1 the 9th year in a row and the 29th time in the past 34 years starting in 1983, and extending a stretch of 81 consecutive months in the European pole position – that’s almost seven years: : the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was in March 2010 when the Ford Fiesta led the way. The Golf has now held the #1 spot during 98 out of the past 100 months. However it drops a heavy 7.3% – the largest decline in the Top 10 – to fall below 500.000 units. The Renault Clio (+4%) gains one spot on 2015 to climb to 2nd place overall, its highest ever ranking in Europe, also hit in 2006, as does the VW Polo (+3.3%). Both superminis overtake the Ford Fiesta (-4%) as the Opel Corsa (-1.3%) remains 5th.

vauxhall-astra-europe-2016The Opel/Vauxhall Astra is up to 6th place, its highest since 2011. 

Boosted by the new generation, the Opel Astra soars 31% to snap a last-minute 6th place off the Peugeot 208 (+8.8%), its first annual Top 10 ranking since 2013 and its highest year-end position since 2011. The Nissan Qashqai is down one spot to #8 but remains the best-selling SUV on the continent while the Skoda Octavia is back up 2 spots to #9, its highest annual European ranking also hit in 2014. Rare feat: we have a newcomer in the year-end Top 10 in Europe: the Renault Captur, up a very impressive 11.5% to snap the 10th spot overall with 217.105 sales, knocking the Ford Focus out. The Captur peaked at #6 in December. Notice also the VW Tiguan uo 21.8% to #18 but inside the Top 10 from August onwards. The battle for the title of #1 SUV in Europe will be tight in 2017 between the Qashqai, Captur and Tiguan. BSCB predicts the Tiguan will win.

Previous post: Europe December 2016: Renault places Clio, Captur & Mégane in Top 7

Previous year (prel): Europe Full Year 2015: Market up a snappy 9% to 14.2 million units

Previous year (final): Europe Full Year 2015: Discover the Top 355 models and All-brands

Two years ago (prel): Europe Full Year 2014: Sales up for the first time in 7 years

Two years ago (final): Europe Full Year 2014: Discover the Top 360 All-models and All-brands

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Austria Full Year 2016: VW Golf celebrates 40 consecutive years at #1

VW Golf Austria 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe VW Golf has been the best-selling vehicle in Austria for 40 straight years. 

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After a weak 1.7% improvement in 2015, the Austrian new car market does much better in 2016 at +6.8% to 329.604 registrations. Volkswagen remains totally in control of the brands ranking, even widening the gap with its immediate followers at +6% to 17.2% share vs. +3% to 6.8% at Opel and -0.4% to 6.4% at Skoda. Just below on the other hand, Audi (+15%), Ford (+12%), BMW (+16%) and Renault (+16%) markedly outpace the market’s growth to post improved shares. Hyundai tumbles down 20%, ahead of Mercedes (+21%), Seat (+15%) and Fiat (+20%). Among smaller volume brands, Land Rover (+18%), Honda (+35%), Alfa Romeo (+36%), Lexus (+41%), Tesla (+46%), Bentley (+54%), Lada (+55%), Maserati (+73%), Ssangyong (+75%), Infiniti (+133%) and Jaguar (+155%) make themselves noticed.

VW Tiguan Austria 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Tiguan is back on the Austrian podium for the first time since 2013. 

In the models ranking, the VW Golf celebrates a pretty impressive milestone: 40 consecutive years in pole position! It does so without batting an eyelid: sales may be down 11% but at 15.777 units it is still almost double the score of the #2, the Skoda Octavia up 8% to 8.693. Boosted by the new generation, the VW Tiguan soars 35% to land on the podium for the first time since 2013 at #3, overtaking the VW Polo (-1%) and Skoda Fabia (-8%). Also lifted by new models, the Opel Astra (+28%), VW Bus (+24%), Hyundai Tucson (+184%), Audi A4 (+70%) and VW Touran (+48%) make large headways into the ranking. In fact, the Volkswagen Group manages to place an incredible 10 nameplates inside the Austrian Top 12. Other great performers in Austria this year include the BMW X1 up 216% to #20, the Ford Galaxy up 62% to #24, Renault Captur up 31% to #27, Renault Kadjar up 161% to #42 and Skoda Superb up 111% to #43.

Previous month: Austria November 2016: Mercedes up 52%, VW places 6 in Top 8

Previous year: Austria Full Year 2015: Volkswagen & Opel on top, Passat & Astra up

Two years ago: Austria Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Hyundai i20 on podium

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