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Belgium January 2015: Audi A3 takes the lead

February 27th, 2015 No comments

Audi A3 Belgium January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Audi A3 flamboyantly takes the lead of the Belgian models ranking in January.

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The Belgian new car market is down 4% year-on-year in January to 52,992 registrations including LCV. Big surprise atop the models ranking: the Audi A3 jumps 16 spots on December to simply take the overall lead thanks to 1,234 sales and 2.3% share, that’s 11 units above its “mass-market” sister the VW Golf down to #2. As a reminder, the A3 ranked #7 over the Full Year 2014 in Belgium and could aim at a podium ranking in 2015. The A3 hatch/sedan sales split for January is 71/29. With only 4 nameplates securing at least 2% share, the Belgian market is one of the most fragmented in the world and logically sees large variations month-on-month.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Belgium January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Below the Renault Clio and Opel Corsa, the Mercedes C-Class shines at #5 as does the Peugeot 308 at #7 while the Volvo V40 is up 16 ranks on last month to crack the Top 10 at #10. Further down, the BMW 1 Series is up 28 spots to #13, the Hyundai i20 up 41 to #21, the Mini up 32 to #22, BMW 4 Series up 32 to #28 and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer up 60 ranks to break into the Belgian Top 50 for the first time at #47.

Previous post: Belgium Full Year 2014: VW Golf, BMW 3 Series and Renault Clio lead

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Portugal January 2015: BMW and Mercedes on podium

February 27th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes C-Class Portugal January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus,frMercedes is up to #3 and 9.6% share in Portugal this month.

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New car sales in Portugal are up a spectacular 28% year-on-year in January to 11.852 registrations. A new pattern is emerging in Portuguese sales: January is becoming the month of premium brands, principally due to the fact that a lot of car leases start or get renewed at the start of the calendar year. If Peugeot leads the brands ranking with 1,205 sales and 10.2% share, it is only 11 units above BMW at 10.1% while Mercedes jumps to third place with 1,138 deliveries for a brilliant 9.6% share. Volkswagen is down to #4 and Renault down to #5, but Citroen is up 63% year-on-year to #6, Nissan up 78% to #8, Volvo up 54% to #14, Mini up 98% to #19, Porsche up 90%, Jaguar up 93% and Jeep up 267%.

BMW X4 Portugal January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW misses out on the brands pole position for just 11 sales.

The models ranking reflects the sudden surge of premium German brands. Below the VW Golf (3.5%), Peugeot 308 (3.3%) and VW Polo (3.1%), the Audi A3 is up 8 spots on December to a shiny 4th position, the Mercedes A-Class is up 17 to #7, the C-Class up 9 to #8, the BMW 4 Series is up 38 to #24, the 2 Series up 25 to #32, Mercedes GLA up 10 to #34, the CLA up 11 to #36, the Audi Q3 up 32 to #38, the BMW X3 up 75 to #62, X5 up 53 to #64 and the X4 up 28 to #74. Notice also the Renault Captur inside the Top 10, the Citroen C4 Cactus up 24 spots to #20, the Mini up to #27 and the Smart Forfour  up to #48.

Previous post: Portugal Full Year 2014: Renault Clio resists VW Golf in market up 35%

One year ago: Portugal January 2014: BMW #1 brand, Mercedes A Class up to #4!

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China January 2015: Market up 7% to 2.3m units, Haval H6 on podium

February 23rd, 2015 1 comment

Ford Escort China January 2015Instant blockbuster: the Ford Escort soars to 18,810 sales for its 2nd month in market.

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Auto sales in China are up 10% year-on-year in January to 2 million units, boosted by SUV sales up 51% to 487.300 and MPV deliveries up 17% to 225.500 whereas sedans are down 2% to 1.2 million and microvans down 24% to 103.300. Bus sales are up 9% to 48.700 units and truck sales down 12% to 232.900, bringing the total Chinese vehicle market including buses and trucks up 7% on a year ago to 2.3 million units. This replicates the growth rate observed over the Full Year 2014 and is in line with 2015 forecasts.

Haval H6 China January 2015The Haval H6 is now getting closer to 40,000 monthly sales…

According to Automotive News China, local authorities in China have stepped up restrictions to limit deliveries of new vehicles as a growing number of cities join the fight to control smog and traffic congestion. After Shenzhen’s decision to cap the number of new vehicle registrations a year, Nanjing, Suzhou and Wuhan are rumored to be thinking of similar restrictions. In actual fact, Shenzhen’s decision was said to have helped drive volumes this month, apparently pulling forward demand.

Geely Vision China January 2015Geely Vision – Geely is back in positive territory at +76% in January.

In selected brand results, both market leaders shock by announcing year-on-year drops: the Volkswagen is down 1% and sales at General Motors and its joint ventures in China are down 2% to 339,781 units, with most of its brands recording declines: Chevrolet (-2%), Buick (-10%) and Cadillac (-11%) but SAIC-GM-Wuling is up 3%. Ford is very impressive at +19% to 112,599 vehicles, Geely is now definitely on the mend (+76% to 58,884), with nearly 60% of sales generated by two models the company launched recently: the redesigned EC7 at 24,549 units and the new gen Vision breaking the nameplate’s record at 12,108 sales.

Haval-H1-China-November-2014.-Picture-courtesy-of-auto.qq_.com_Haval H1 – Haval sales are up 69% year-on-year in January.

Great Wall saw its sales go up 27% to 69,626 units, propelled by SUV sales from its Haval brand surging 69% to 41,386 deliveries while its sedan sales plummeted 55% to 16,677 and pickup deliveries dropped 9% to 11,563. This is consistent with Great Wall’s strategy of refocusing on SUVs and scaling back production of sedans and pickups. The astoundingly successful H6 climbs on the overall podium for the very first time, smashing its monthly volume record for the 14th time in the past 19 months at 36,117 sales. Finally, both Audi and Mercedes-Benz are up 15% to 51,247 and 28,080 deliveries respectively. BMW is up by a lesser margin at +8% to 40,081 sales.

VW Golf China January 2015. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comThe VW Golf hits a record 26,078 sales in China this month.

In the models ranking, below the Wuling Hongguang majestic at 70,580 sales, Volkswagen manages to place 6 vehicles in the Top 10 despite being down YOY: the Lavida at #2 (-9%), Jetta at #4 (+28%), the Tiguan breaking its volume record at #5 with 35,912 sales (+36%), Sagitar at #6 (+16%), Passat at #9 (+8%) and Santana at #10 (+2%). Let’s also salute the VW Golf surging to #14 with 26,078 sales, both records for the nameplate, and the VW Magotan up to #16 and a best-ever 25,2568 units. The Ford Focus is down a harsh 17% on January 2014 to #7, impacted by the rise of the Ford Escort – an instant blockbuster at no less than 18,810 units at #28 for its first full month of sales. Meanwhile the Baojun 730, the most successful new launch in Chinese history, clocks a third consecutive month above 30,000 monthly deliveries at #8.

ChangAn Eado China January 2015. Picture courtesy ChangAn Eado surges to an all-time high 22,964 deliveries.

As described above in the brands lowdown, Chinese nameplates are back in force this month, numbering 6 in the Top 20, a figure we haven’t seen in years. The Chana Honor at #18 and 23,238 units, ChangAn Eado at #19 and 22,964 deliveries and the Dongfeng Joyear at #20 and 22,640 sales all break volume records, as does the ChangAn CS35 back up to a spectacular 23rd place and 22,155 units, the JAC Refine S3 at #27 and 20,190 sales, the Dongfeng Fengguang 330/360 at #29 and 17,841 deliveries, Beijing Auto Huansu S3 at #32 and 16,414 units, ChangAn CS75 at #34 and 15,739 and the Haval H2 at #36 and 15,207. That’s a lot of records! But wait there’s more, among foreigners this time: the Hyundai Elantra Langdong at 27,850, BMW 5 Series L at 16,686, Hyundai Mistra at 14,097 and Peugeot 308 at 12,642. And that’s just for the Top 50…

Previous post: China Full Year 2014: Growth cools to 7% to record 23.5 million units

Previous month: China December 2014: Chevrolet Cruze shoots up to 2nd place

One year ago: China January 2014: Wuling Hongguang and VW Lavida break records

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Europe January 2015: Corsa and Qashqai shoot up, Yaris in Top 10

February 20th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Yaris Europe January 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Toyota Yaris is among Europe’s Top 10 for only the third time ever.

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The European new car market accelerates its recovery in January at +6% to 1.028.796 units. Encouragingly, the Top 6 largest markets on the continent are all up year-on-year, with Spain faring the best at +28%. Among the Top 10 brands, Volkswagen (+8%), Renault (+12%), Mercedes (+14%) and Opel (+15%) outperform the market. Fiat is back up to #9, its first time in the European Top 10 since June 2014, while Toyota breaks an even longer drought (15 months, first time since September 2013) at #10.

Opel Corsa Europe January 2015Opel Corsa sales are up 49% year-on-year Europe-wide thanks to the new model.

In the models ranking, below the VW Golf, the VW Polo overtakes the Renault Clio to make it a Volkswagen 1-2, while the Opel Corsa is boosted 49% year-on-year by the new generation to 5th place and 21,225 registrations. The Nissan Qashqai, also with a new model now well established, is up 42% to #6 and 18,163 deliveries. Only once did the Qashqai rank better in Europe: in February 2013 (#5), it also ranked #6 in July 2014. While we welcome back the Peugeot 208 (+3 on December to #8) and Audi A3 (+6 to #9), the big event in January is the Toyota Yaris cracking the European Top 10 for the only third time ever after March 2012 and September 2012, and the first time for this generation.

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

February 16th, 2015 No comments

Nissan Note UK 2014The new model propels the Nissan Note to #27 in the UK over H1 2014.

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Always a bit of delay for detailed UK sales data, but it’s worth the wait: today I can give you a Top 350 All-models ranking for the First Half of 2014 vs. 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 publish. It also has a few quirks, notably unusual sales splits for the Mini (Cooper/One/Roadster/Paceman). Outside the familiar Top 10, logically the Vauxhall Mokka is up from #54 in FY2013 to #17 now – it ended 2014 in 13th position. The Mercedes A-Class is up 10 spots to #24, the new Picasso lifts Citroen C4 sales up to #25, the new model propels the Nissan Note to #27 vs. #66 in 2013, the Seat Leon is up 16 spots to #30, the Ford Kuga up 20 to #32, the Citroen DS3 steps out of the Top 30 and the Skoda Octavia is up 11 ranks to #38.

Peugeot 2008 UK 2014The Peugeot 2008 ranks #43 over the period, only 81 units below the Renault Captur.

Further down, the Renault Captur gains 47 spots to land at #42 but its archenemy the Peugeot 2008 is catching up, and fast: up 77 ranks to finish the first half of the year just 81 units below. Chances are the 2008 will be above the Captur in the FY2014 charts. Launched in January 2013, the Dacia Sandero already knocks at the UK Top 50’s door: up 19 spots on FY2013 to #55 whereas the Duster drops 17 to #100. The BMW 4 Series is up 84 to #69, the Suzuki SX4 up 34 to #91 and the Mercedes GLA tops all-new entrants at #135 above the BMW 2 Series (#143) and, interestingly, the MG 3 at #167 with 898 sales vs. 273 (#226) for the MG 6.

Rolls-Royce Wraith UK 2014The Wraith is already Rolls-Royce’s best-seller at home.

Among other locals, let’s notice the Range Rover Evoque down a harsh 16 spots to #44, the Land Rover Freelander down 11 to #61, Jaguar XF up 3 to #62, Range Rover Sport stable at #75, Jaguar F-Type up 29 to #154, Bentley Continental Flying Spur up 36 to #273 and the Rolls-Royce Wraith up to #268 with 103 sales, already the brand’s best-seller at home. Finally, the Tesla Model S is now included in the ranking and lands directly inside the Top 250.

Previous UK post: UK January 2015: Nissan Qashqai up to best-ever 4th place

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Previous H1 2014 post: UK June 2014: Vauxhall Insignia up to #7 in market up another 6%

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Turkey Full Year 2014: Now with exclusive Top 263 All-models

February 16th, 2015 No comments

Nissan X-TrailNissan X-Trail is up 589% in Turkey in 2014 thanks to the new model.

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I can now share with you All-models and all-LCV rankings for Turkey, along with the All-brands ranking published some time ago. We learn that the much-improved new generation propels the Dacia Logan back up to #43 vs. #138 in 2013, a more logical position in a country still very keen on 3-box sedans, the Hyundai i10 triples its sales year-on-year to crack the Top 50, the Nissan Micra doubles its deliveries to land at #49, the Peugeot 2008 gains 34 spots to #65 whereas the Renault Captur remains 48th and the Nissan X-Trail improves 7-fold to #66 thanks to the new model. The Mercedes GLA is the best-selling all-new entrant at #78 followed closely by the Jeep Renegade at #89 and the Citroen C4 Cactus at #98. All details are below.

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

February 14th, 2015 No comments

Mazda2 Switzerland January 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe new generation propels the Mazda2 up to #8 in Switzerland this month.

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Amidst the stock market turmoil created by the sudden increase in value of the swiss franc against the euro (+23% on January 15 alone) and US dollar (+21%), and key interest rates now frankly in negative (-0.75%) meaning investors need to pay a fee to keep their funds in a Swiss account, the Swiss new car market doesn’t do well at all at the start on 2015: down another 9% year-on-year in January to just 18,400 registrations. Volkswagen delivers an outstanding 14% increase to capture 14% of the market, while both BMW (-1%) and Mercedes (+13%) rank on the podium, dislodging Audi down 21% to #7. Notice Renault up 18%, Mazda up 10%, Ford up 27%, Nissan up 13% and Porsche up 99%.

BMW X3 Switzerland January 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe BMW X3 is up to a record Swiss #7 in January.

For the first time on BSCB and from this month onwards I give you an all-models ranking for Switzerland, always very volatile due to its extreme fragmentation: only 3 nameplates manage to capture more than 2% market share: the VW Golf (5%), Skoda Octavia (3.8%) and VW Polo (2.4%). Below, the Mercedes C-Class shoots up 17 spots on December to #4, the Mazda CX-5 is up a monumental 49 ranks to beat its all-time ranking record at #5 (previous best: #6 one year ago), the BMW X3 is up 34 spots to an all-time high #7 (previous best: #8 also a year ago) but the Mazda2 trumps them all: up 101 ranks thanks to the new generation to a record #8 with 233 sales and 1.3% share.

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Romania January 2015: Dacia Duster threatens Logan sedan for #1

February 14th, 2015 No comments

Dacia Duster Romania January 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frDacia Duster

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After gaining an encouraging 22% in 2014, the Romanian new car market starts 2015 with the brakes on: down 3% in January to 4,978 registrations. Home brand Dacia is up a trend-bucking 5% to 1,528 sales and 30.7% share, Volkswagen is back above Skoda – just, at 448 deliveries vs. 444, Renault is up 34% to #4, Mercedes up 42% to #7, Audi up 21% to #11, Fiat up 47% to #12, Nissan exactly doubles its sales year-on-year to #15, Seat is up 81% to #18, Citroen up 50% to #19 and Porsche up 56% to #25.

Dacia Logan Romania May 2014. Picture courtesy of autoevolution.comStill #1, but just: the Dacia Logan sedan.

For the first time on BSCB and from this month onwards I give you an all-models ranking for Romania, and in January the Dacia Logan – albeit lodging its 125th consecutive month in pole position – is particularly weak at just 12.2% market share. Even more interesting: if we remove the MCV variant (146 sales), the Logan sedan comes to just 462 sales and 9.3% share vs. 444 and 8.9% for the Duster posting another very strong month. Like in December, the Skoda Octavia ranks #3 and the Dacia Sandero #4, they are followed this month by the Skoda Rapid while the Ford Focus is back up 5 spots to #6.

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Austria January 2015: Opel Corsa and VW Passat up

February 13th, 2015 No comments

Opel Corsa Austria January 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deOpel Corsa

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New car sales in Austria are down 2% year-on-year in January to 23,427 registrations, but still dominated head-and-shoulders by the Volkswagen Group: the Volkswagen brand holds 16.9% of the market and is followed by Skoda at 8.2% (+14%) while Audi ranks 5th with 5.7% share and Seat #7 at 5.4% (+25%). Opel is back up from #7 in December to #3 and Renault up from #11 to #4, and both BMW (+27%) and Mercedes (+4%) hold onto their Top 10 spot. Porsche (+49%), Mini (+94%), Smart (+112%) and Jeep (+132%) take off.

VW Passat Austria January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Passat is at its highest in Austria in over two years.

Logically, the VW Golf remains the best-seller in the country with 5.5% market share while the Renault Mégane/Scénic (sales still counted together here) is back up to 2nd place at 3.5% ahead of the Skoda Octavia (2.8%), Fabia (2.7%) and VW Polo (2.5%). Thanks to the new model, the Opel Corsa jumps up from outside the Top 20 in December directly to #6, its best ranking in Austria since last September. The VW Passat, also boosted by a new generation now in dealerships, is up to #8, its first time in the Austrian Top 10 since December 2012. Notice also the Audi Q3 lodging its 2nd ever Austrian Top 10 ranking at #9, the only other time being back in April 2013 (#8).

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Singapore January 2015: Mercedes back on top

February 13th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes-AMG C63 Singapore January 2015Mercedes is the most popular brand in Singapore in January.

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Now that certificates of entitlement (COE – essentially the right to drive in Singapore) are back to more reasonable prices, the Singaporean market returns to its level of 2009-2010, and January sales are up a whopping 69% year-on-year to 3,536 deliveries. Mercedes surprisingly reclaims the pole position it held in 2013 with 724 sales and 20.5% share ahead of Toyota (16.8%), Honda (9%) and Mazda (8.6%). Mitsubishi is back up to #9 and Mini up to #15.

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