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Europe February 2015: VW Passat at highest in 3 years

March 22nd, 2015 No comments

VW Passat Europe February 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe VW Passat hits its highest European ranking since August 2012.

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For the second month in a row, the recovery in European new car sales is stronger than expected with a 8% year-on-year surge in February to 956,419 registrations, pushing the year-to-date total up to 1.985.713 units, up 7% on 2014. Volkswagen does even better than the market with sales up 12% on a year ago to 118,781 units and 12.4% share, with other Top 10 manufacturer delivering 10%+ gains being Renault in 2nd place with 69,617 sales (+15%), BMW at #8 and 48,278 units (+15%) and Mercedes at #9 with 45,087 sales (+12%). In fact the entire Top 10 is in positive territory this month, demonstrating the return into shape of the market.

Renault Volkswagen BMW Europe February 2015. Picture courtesy autoevolution.comRenault, Volkswagen and BMW are among the biggest gainers in Europe this month.

In the models ranking, Volkswagen monopolises the Top 2 for the second straight month and the 4th time in the past 5 months with the Golf (+6%) and Polo (+7%) in the lead. The Peugeot 208 is up 3 spots to break back into the monthly Top 5 for the first time in a year at #5, the Skoda Octavia (+12%), Nissan Qashqai (+20%) and Audi A3 (+11%) post very dynamic performances due to their recent renewals, but the hero of the month is without a doubt the VW Passat, up to its highest ranking since August 2012 in 8th position thanks to sales up 64% year-on-year to 15,711 units.

Previous post: Europe January 2015: Now with Top 335 All-models and All-brands

Previous month: Europe January 2014: Now with Top 334 All-models and All-brands

One year ago (models): Europe February 2014: Skoda Octavia up 39%, Fiat Panda in Top 10

One year ago (brands): Europe February 2014: Renault and Peugeot on podium

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Singapore Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla new best-seller

March 20th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Corolla Singapore 2014The Toyota Corolla is #1 in Singapore for the first time since 2006.

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The main development in the 2014 Singaporean new car market is the lowering of prices of Certificates of Entitlements (the right to register a new car) which had reached extravagant figures in the past few years – sometimes matching the price of the car itself. Lower COEs mean mass market cars are affordable again and luxury brands are not the only valid option anymore. The trend is set to continue in 2015 with even more COEs made available for the cheapest car categories. As a result premium German manufacturers loosen the grip they had over the market in the past couple of years: Toyota reclaims the brands pole position thanks to sales up 57% to 5,431, above Mercedes (+20%) and BMW (-13%). Note Toyota sales include luxury brand Lexus and would not be #1 without it.

Mercedes E Class Singapore 2014The Mercedes E-Class lost its throne to the Toyota Corolla in 2014.

The “re-massmarketisation” of Singaporean new car sales is best symbolised by the return to the pole position for the first time in 8 years of the Toyota Corolla – contrary to preliminary information that was published in the local press and had the Mercedes E-Class at #1. If Volkswagen (-12%) remains in 4th place, the rest of the ranking is completely reshuffled as a direct consequence of lower COE prices: both Mazda and Nissan increase their sales threefold on 2013 to #5 and #6 respectively, Honda is up fourfold to #8, Hyundai up 89% to #10, Kia up 179% to #11 and Subaru up 212% to #12.

Previous post: Singapore H1 2014: Mercedes E-Class best-seller

Previous year: Singapore Full Year 2013: Mercedes leads for the first time

Two years ago: Singapore Full Year 2012: BMW #1 for second year running

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Portugal February 2015: Renault Clio reclaims pole position

March 19th, 2015 No comments

Renault Clio Portugal February 2015. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Clio lifts Renault up to 12.5% share this month in Portugal.

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The Portuguese new car market is catching up on lost time and continues to lodge extravagant growth rates: +36% year-on-year in February to 14,302 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total up 32% to 26,141 units. After dropping to #5 in January, Renault reclaims the pole position it held over the FY2014 with sales up 75% on a year ago to 1,781 deliveries and 12.5% share. This performance earns it the 2015 year-to-date top spot as well with 10.7% share vs. 10% for Peugeot, kicked down to #2 in February at 9.9% despite sales up 42%. Volkswagen (+45%), BMW (+24%) and Mercedes (+38%) follow, with Dacia (+49%), Opel (+55%), Citroen (+58%), Smart (+58%), Mini (+67%) and Kia (+93%) all frankly outperforming the market inside the Top 20.

Nissan Pulsar Portugal February 2015The Nissan Pulsar is up to a best-ever #22 in Portugal in February.

In the models ranking, the Renault Clio is back in charge both this month (6% share) and year-to-date (4.5%), with the VW Polo (3.9%) and Peugeot 208 (3.4%) far below while the January leader, the VW Golf, is down to #5 in February and #3 year-to-date. Boosted by the new generation, the Opel Corsa is up 11 spots on January to #4, the Nissan Qashqai is up 5 to #6, the Fiat 500 up 10 to #16 and the BMW 2 Series breaks into the Portuguese Top 30 for the first time thanks to the Active Tourer variant. Among recent launches, the Nissan Pulsar is up a spectacular 64 ranks on January to #22, the Smart Forfour is up one to #47, the Fiat 500X up 95 to #52 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport lands at #168 with 3 units sold.

Previous month: Portugal January 2014: BMW and Mercedes on podium

One year ago: Portugal February 2014: Mercedes A-Class leads its category ahead of VW Golf

Full February 2015 Top 35 All-brands and Top 204 All-models below.

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UK 9 months 2014: Now with Top 360 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

March 19th, 2015 No comments

Jaguar F-Type UK 2014The Jaguar F-Type cracks the Top 150 at home over the period.

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We are catching up on lost time with UK sales data: today I can give you a Top 360 All-models ranking for the first 9 months of 2014, the last stop before Full Year 2014 data. This is to be compared with a Top 10 traditionally, or a Top 20 for the FY2014 (for now). Note this ranking represents cars registered, not sold and therefore many be slightly different than the previous H1 2014 data published. It also has a few quirks, notably unusual sales splits for the Mini (Cooper/One/Countryman/Roadster/Paceman). Outside the familiar Top 10, the Mercedes C-Class gains two spots on H1 to #11, the Mini Cooper, Mercedes A-Class and Nissan Note do the same at #21, #22 and #25 respectively, the Ford Kuga gains 4 to #28 and the Renault Captur takes a slight advantage over its archenemy the Peugeot 2008 at #41 vs. #44.

Lamborghini Huracan UK 2014The Lamborghini Huracan lands at #334.

The Volvo V40 is up 6 ranks to #45, the Suzuki Alto up 9 to #56, BMW 4 Series up 5 to #64, the Fiat 500L, now split from the 500, appears at #75 with 8,466 sales, the Mini Countryman climbs to #96 and the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 22 spots to #99. Dacia marks a slight pause: the Sandero is down 7 spots vs. H1 to #62 with 10,896 sales, the Duster slips out of the Top 100 at #102 with 4,736 units and the Logan is down two ranks to #149 and 1,802 deliveries.

MG3 UK 2014The MG3 ranks at #168 so far in 2014.

Among 2014 newcomers, the Peugeot 108 shoots up 190 spots to #109, the Mercedes GLA is up 11 to #124, the BMW 2 Series up 18 to #125, the Ford Ecosport up 38 to a still very shy #156 and 1,618 sales, the Porsche Macan up 9 to #188, the Tesla Model S up 22 to #226 and the BMW X4 up 82 to #233. We welcome the Nissan Pulsar at #222, the VW e-Golf at #313, Lamborghini Huracan at #334 and Lexus NX at #338. In the local produce aisle, notice the Jaguar F-Type at #150, the MG 3 at #168, the Bentley Continental at #201 and the Rolls-Royce Wraith at #274.

Previous post: UK February 2015: VW Golf doubles sales to shoot up to 2nd place

Previous All-models ranking: UK 1st Half 2014: Now with Top 350 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

Previous year: UK Full Year 2013: Now with the Top 322 best-selling models (BSCB exclusive)

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Canada February 2015: GMC Sierra / Chevy Silverado on fire

March 18th, 2015 No comments

GMC Sierra Canada February 2015. Picture courtesy of autoguide.comThe GMC Sierra is now #4 year-to-date in Canada.

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Nothing is stopping the Canadian new light vehicle market’s progression: up another 3% both in February at 109,248 registrations and year-to-date at 208,299 deliveries. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles maintains a solid grip on the groups ranking with 18,711 sales and 17.1% share, adding up to 36,765 units year-to-date, a comfortable margin over 2014 leader Ford Motor Co. at 15,021 in February and 29,603 year-to-date. In the brands ranking, Ford holds the top spot with 13.3% share despite sales down 9%, followed by Toyota up 20% to 10.7% and Hyundai up 3% to 7.6%. Nissan is up 20%, GMC up 32%, Volkswagen up 26% in a total fortune reversal compared its struggling sales in the US, Mercedes up 16%, Chrysler up 44%, Mini up 97% and Lincoln up 138%.

Hyundai Sonata Canada February 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comHyundai Sonata

The Ford F-Series is up a timid 1% year-on-year to keep the lead of the models ranking with 7,947 ahead of the Ram Pickup (5,735) and Dodge Grand Caravan (3,162). The GMC Sierra is on fire: up 21% year-on-year to reach the 4th spot overall both this month and year-to-date vs. #8 in 2014, but is outperformed by its mass-market twin the Chevrolet Silverado, growing at twice the rate at +42% to #5. The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling passenger car at #6 and only one of two in the Top 10 with the Honda Civic (#7). Talk about a market dominated by light trucks! (Note the definition of light trucks in North America include pickups, SUVs and MPVs).

VW Golf Canada February 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comVW Golf

Further down, notice the Hyundai Sonata boosted up 123% to #16 by the new model, the VW Golf up 9-fold year-on-year (!) to #20, the Toyota Camry up 81% to #22, Hyundai Tucson up 61% to #22, Chrysler Town & Country up 84% to #25, Toyota Sienna up 95% to #28, Jeep Patriot up 88% to #36, Mercedes C-Class up 99% to #37 and the Honda Fit up 86% to #38. Finally, the Nissan Micra confirms its title of most successful new nameplate launch over the past 12 month by ranking #34 in February and #33 year-to-date.

Previous month: Canada January 2015: Nissan Rogue almost in Top 10

One year ago: Canada February 2014: Dodge Grand Caravan on podium for first time in 18 months

Full February 2015 Top 100 models, Top 34 brands and Top 15 groups below.

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Greece February 2015: Toyota Yaris leads, Nissan Micra shines

March 18th, 2015 No comments

Nissan Micra Greece February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Micra

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After an 8% slump in January, new car sales in Greece are back into frankly positive territory in February at +12% year-on-year to 4,894 registrations, making the year-to-date total edge back in the black at +0.1% and 10,742 units. Toyota keeps the lead with 13.3% share while Nissan jumps 5 spots on January to cross the 10% share milestone at 10.9% thanks to 531 sales, Volkswagen remains third, Opel drops two ranks to #4 and Peugeot and Ford are immobile at #5 and #6 respectively. Model-wise, the Toyota Yaris cements its leadership thanks to another strong month at 7.8% share, followed by the Opel Corsa and VW Polo like in January, year-to-date and over the FY2014. The Nissan Micra shoots back up 16 spots on last month to #4, the Peugeot 208 holds itself at markedly higher levels than a year ago at #5 (+652% year-to-date!), the Mercedes GLA is up 25 ranks to #19 and the Fiat 500X already breaks into the Greek Top 50 at #50 for only its 2nd appearance in the ranking.

Previous month: Greece January 2015: Has the market plateau’ed already?

One year ago: Greece February 2014: Suzuki Swift knocks on Top 5’s door

Full February 2015 Top 32 All-brands and Top 50 models below.

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Luxembourg Full Year 2014: VW #1, Renault jumps 16% to 2nd place

March 18th, 2015 No comments

Renault Captur Luxembourg 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Captur helps Renault lift 16% year-on-year in Luxembourg.

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New car sales in Luxembourg are up a reassuring 7% year-on-year in 2014 to 49,793 registrations, and Volkswagen keeps the lead of the brands ranking with 12.9% share. Helped by the success of the Captur, Renault is up two spots and 16% on 2013 to reclaims the 2nd spot it held in 2012 with just above 10% share. Audi is up 3% and BMW up 7% but both manufacturers are down one rank to #3 and #4 respectively, above Mercedes. Notice also Peugeot up 13% to 6th place.

Previous year: Luxembourg Full Year 2013: 3 Premium Germans in Top 5

Two years ago: Luxembourg Full Year 2012: VW, Renault and BMW on top

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Australia February 2015: Toyota Corolla #1, Mazda CX-5 hits record #6

March 15th, 2015 1 comment

Mazda CX-5 Australia February 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Mazda CX-5 reaches its all-time highest ranking in Australia this month.

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Flat January sales make room for a strong result in February in Australia: +4% year-on-year to 90,424 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 2% to 172,540 units. This has now become a habit: regular passenger car sales are down this month whereas SUV and luxury vehicle sales are in great shape. Brand-wise, just as it celebrates 6 million vehicles sold since its arrival in the country in 1958, Toyota is stable at 16,243 sales and 18% share, above Mazda at 10%. Hyundai overtakes Holden to climb back on the podium at 8,003 sales (+3%) vs. 7,809 (-10%) for the Australian brand. It is the 4th time in the past 6 months that Hyundai outsells Holden “at home” in Australia – a sign of things to come?

1965 Toyota Corona 2015 Toyota Camry Australia February 2015Toyota celebrates 6 million vehicles sold in Australia since its debut here in 1958.

Lifted by a discounted runout Triton (#7), Mitsubishi is up 33% to #5 at 6.9% share, Nissan is up 34% to #6, meaning both Japanese manufacturers distance Ford down to a lowest-ever #7 and 5.6% share, down a depressing 20% on February 2014. Since Ford’s announcement 18 months ago that it would stop local manufacturing by 2017, the brand’s sales have been in freefall, as it was the case for Mitsubishi back in 2009 when faced with the same decision of abandoning manufacturing in the country. Next in line is Holden which shouldn’t keep its hopes for a podium ranking in FY2015 too high.

Foton Tunland Australia February 2015Foton launched a mine-spec of its Tunland ute in Australia.

Strong performers in February include Honda up 9% thanks to the all-new HR-V debuting with a very strong month (825 sales), Mercedes boosted by the all-new C-Class (842 sales) up 15% to #11, BMW also up 15% and back above Audi (+9%) at #14, Jeep up 11%, Suzuki up 21%, Mini up 22%, Renault up 28%, Peugeot up 43%, Isuzu up 54% and Skoda up 63%. Foton (#28) is the best-selling Chinese manufacturer for the 2nd straight month above LDV (#36) while Great Wall (#39 at -93%) disintegrates and ranks below Chery (#38) for the first time ever. The announced launch of SUV-exclusive Haval in the country cannot come soon enough!

Toyota Corolla RZ Australia February 2015The Toyota Corolla reclaims the #1 spot in Australia in February.

The Toyota Corolla is back atop a models ranking in led in 2013 and 2014 thanks sales up 18% year-on-year to 3,939 units while the Mazda3 is down 9% to 3,598 but keeps the year-to-date lead for now at 7,501 deliveries (-12%) vs. 7,411 (+18%) for the Corolla. The Toyota Hilux remains 3rd despite sales down 15%, the Holden Commodore (-9%) is up two spots on last month to #4 but the performance of the month is delivered by the Mazda CX-5, once again the best-selling SUV in Australia and hitting its best-ever monthly ranking in the country at #6 thanks to sales up 19% to 2,085 (previous best: #7 in January and July 2014). This may be the last few months at this level for the CX-5 as Australia is one of the first countries in the world to receive the smaller CX-3 which will undeniably steal sales from its big bruva. Notice also the Nissan X-Trail extremely strong at #11 and the Mitsubishi ASX surprisingly up 154% year-on-year in February.

Previous month: Australia January 2015: Mazda3 leads, Holden Cruze up to #5

One year ago: Australia February 2014: Mazda3 remains most popular

Full February 2015 Top 10 models and Top 47 All-brands below.

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Singapore February 2015: Toyota reclaims #1, Honda up 10-fold

March 13th, 2015 No comments

Honda Mobilio RS Singapore February 2015. Picture courtesy indiaautosblog.comHonda just launched the Mobilio in Singapore.

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Certificates of Registration (COE) prices back down have unleashed new car sales in Singapore: up 55% year-on-year in February (after climbing 38% a year ago) to 2,903 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 6,439 deliveries, up 62% on 2014. Premium brands, the only ones that withstood sky high COE, can’t keep up: Mercedes is up “only” 20% at #2 but remains #1 year-to-date, BMW is down 38%, Audi up 2%, Jaguar down 7% and Land Rover down 21% but Porsche is up an explosive 321% thanks to the Macan. Toyota reclaims the top spot this month thanks to 529 sales and 18.2% share, Honda is up 10-fold (!) on a year ago to 238 units and 8.2%, Nissan up 67%, Mazda up 135%, Subaru up 129%.

Previous month: Singapore January 2015: Mercedes back on top

One year ago: Singapore February 2014: Mercedes & BMW lead market up 38%

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Switzerland February 2015: Skoda Octavia one step above VW Golf

March 12th, 2015 No comments

Skoda Octavia Switzerland February 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Skoda Octavia now threatens the VW Golf for #1 year-to-date.

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New car sales in Switzerland are recovering: up 2% year-on-year in February to 22,388 registrations, however after a 9% drop in January, year-to-date sales are still in negative at -3% and 40,788 deliveries. Below Volkswagen down 4%, Skoda takes off with sales up 32% to 8.4% share, and manages to place the Octavia in a clear pole position this month with 1,201 sales and 5.4% share, one percentage point above perennial leader the VW Golf at 990 units and 4.4%. This is the first time since January 2014 that the Octavia outsells the Golf and places #1, and its February score puts the Octavia only 24 units below the Golf year-to-date. We could be headed towards a tight race to the top in Switzerland this year.

Mercedes C Class Switzerland February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mercedes C-Class is up to #4 in Switzerland this month.

Other manufacturers frankly outperforming the market this month in Switzerland include Mercedes up 48% on a year ago, Citroen up 31%, Mitsubishi up 48%, Mini up 60%, Porsche up 130% and Smart up 38%. Back to the models ranking to salute the Mercedes C-Class up to #4 vs. #34 in 2014, the Mercedes GLA back inside the Top 10 for the 4th time at #8, the Hyundai i20 up 26 spots on January to #9, the Skoda Fabia up 65 to #14, Opel Mokka up to #16, Citroen C3 up 46 to #19, Renault Captur up 8 to #25 and the Porsche Macan placing inside the Swiss Top 40 for the 2nd time at #40.

Previous month: Switzerland January 2015: Mazda CX-5 and Mazda2 take off

One year ago: Switzerland February 2014: Seat Leon shoots up to 5th place

Full February 2015 Top 37 All-brands and Top 327 All-models below.

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