Europe January 2017: First ever Top 5 ranking for the VW Tiguan

The VW Tiguan breaks into the European Top 5 for the first time.

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New car sales in Europe gain a robust 9.4% year-on-year in January to 1.2 million units, the second highest January score in a decade. Brand leaders Volkswagen (+7.8%), Ford (+9.3%) and Opel (+4.9%) all trail the market growth, followed by three over-performing carmakers: Renault (+10.5%), Peugeot (+9.9%) and Mercedes (+14.4%). Fiat soars 16.4% to #8 and Toyota surges 19.5% to claim the 10th spot off Skoda, mainly thanks to the all-new C-HR (see further down). Other great performing brands include Kia (+17.8%), Seat (+25%), Suzuki (+29.3%), Alfa Romeo (+32.5%), Abarth (+40.6%), Jaguar (+49.8%), Bentley (+76.6%), Tesla (+84.1%), Maserati (+124.4%) and Infiniti (+151.9%)

Fiat Tipo is up 16 spots on last month to a best-ever #33 for this generation.

Model-wise, the VW Golf naturally remains in the pole position with sales edging up 0.1% to 37.645, but once again its gap with the 2nd best-seller is thawing significantly vs. a year ago: the Ford Fiesta soars 15.9% to 24.949 and the Renault Clio is up 16.9% to 24.696. With the VW Polo at #4 (-6.6%) and the Tiguan up to a record-breaking fifth place thanks to a 96.2% year-on-year surge to 21.849 sales, Volkswagen places three nameplates inside the European Top 5 for the first time since November 2015. The Opel Astra gains 22.4% to #6, distancing the Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa.

The Toyota C-HR storms into the European Top 50 this month.

Beyond the Top 10, strong performers include the Dacia Sandero (+24.9%), Peugeot 2008 (+25%), Audi A4 (+26.8%), Renault Megane (+55%), Mercedes E Class (+56%), Citroen C3 (+57%), Mercedes GLC (+57.2%), Peugeot 3008 (+68.5%) and BMW X1 (+89.3%). Among recent launches, the Fiat Tipo celebrates one year in market by gaining 16 ranks on December to a best-ever 33rd place while the Toyota C-HR storms inside the Top 50 directly at #34 with a little under 10.000 sales.

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

One year ago: Europe January 2016: VW down, Peugeot 208 and Opel Astra shine

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Mexico January 2017: Nissan Versa and Pickup top market up just 3%

The Nissan Pickup ranks #2 in Mexico in January. 

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Donald Trump’s talk of taxing all Mexican imports into the U.S. has the potential to seriously damage the Mexican automotive industry, and by ricochet local sales, if ever implemented. If Mexican sales remain in positive in January, the pace of growth has seriously dampened, to a level not seen in years. At +3% to 123.269 registrations – a new record for the month, this is Mexico’s 33rd consecutive month of year-on-year gains, the 25th monthly record in a row and 18th straight month above 100.000 units, but also the first single digit year-on-year gain since August 2015 and the smallest increase since June 2014… The Top 4 best-selling carmakers even go into reverse mode with Nissan down 6% to 23.4% share, Chevrolet down 1% to 14.4%, Volkswagen also down 1% to 12.6% and Honda down 2% to 6.9%.

Kia hits a record 4.7% market share this month in Mexico. 

In fact, Toyota and Ford (both up 5%) are the only brands in the Top 6 to gain ground on January 2016. How come the overall Mexican market ended up in positive I hear you ask? Simple: a healthy amount of smaller brands post giant gains, starting with Kia up 86% to 5.780 units for an all-time record 4.7% market share and a best-ever 7th place, also hit last September and October. In order, Dodge (+49%), Hyundai (+32%), Renault (+32%), Seat (+16%), Suzuki (+17%), Mercedes (+39%), BMW (+20%) and Fiat (+51%) all shoot up this month whereas Mazda (-18%), Buick (-30%), GMC (-33%), Jeep (-43%), Subaru (-43%) and Land Rover (-82%) all struggle.

The Suzuki Ignis has landed in Mexico. 

Model-wise, the Nissan Versa reclaims the top spot it held over the FY2016 and Nissan manages a 1-2 with the Pickup (+29%) in 2nd place. The Chevrolet Aveo (+24%) is back down to #3, distancing the VW Vento (+18%), Chevrolet Spark (+21%), Nissan March (+6%) and VW Jetta (+4%). The discontinued Nissan Tsuru (-42%) begins its slow slide to the bottom, while the Ford Figo (+108%) breaks into the Mexican Top 10 for the very first time. Notice also the Honda HR-V up to #14, the Kia Forte up to #20, Honda Civic up to #21, Kia Rio up to #26 and Hyundai Creta up to #36. This month we welcome the Suzuki Ignis at #132.

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Netherlands January 2017: Volkswagen monopolises Top 4

The VW Polo is the best-selling vehicle in the Netherlands in January. 

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The Dutch new car market starts 2017 with a bang at +27% in January to 51.536 registrations. And market leader Volkswagen also starts with a bang at 16.4% market share vs. 11.4% in FY16 despite gaining only 9% year-on-year. Opel surges 70% to 2nd place ahead of Kia (+25%), Renault (+11%), Peugeot (+23%) and Ford (+23%). BMW (+60%), Toyota (+50%), Volvo (+154%) and Audi (+43%) round up the Top 10 and all beat the market. Notice also Suzuki (+37%), Mercedes (+42%), Porsche (+102%), Jaguar (+171%) and Alfa Romeo (+238%) all posting spectacular gains.

Model-wise, Volkswagen monopolises the Top 4 with the Polo in the lead for the first time since last July with 2.211 sales followed by the Up (-4%), Golf (-21%) and Tiguan (+744%). The Kia Picanto (+8%) is the best-selling non-Volkswagen nameplate in the country this month ahead of the Opel Astra (+141%) and Renault Clio (+43%). The Opel Karl (+12%) and Corsa (+118%) make it three Opels inside the Top 10. Dutch car buyers are very receptive to novelties at the moment, with no less than eight recent launches (<12 months) ranking within the Top 80 this month: the Kia Niro dominates at #16, followed by the Toyota C-HR (#21), Suzuki Ignis (#38), Seat Ateca (#43), Volvo V90 (#51), Hyundai Ioniq (#62), Audi Q2 (#69) and Suzuki Baleno (#77).

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Taiwan January 2017: Toyota Sienta edges up to 2nd place

For its third month of sales, the Toyota Sienta ranks #2 in Taiwan. 

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The Taiwanese new car market is down 4% year-on-year in January to 45.430 registrations. Toyota falls faster than the market at -13%, resulting in a “shy” 27.2% market share vs. 28.3 over the Full Year 2016. Mitsubishi/CMC (-8%) remains above Nissan/Infiniti (+16%) while Honda (+1%), Mercedes (+12%) and Lexus (+26%) post the only other gains within the Top 10. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla once again sells over double any other nameplate at 4.393 units, this time distancing the Toyota Sienta up to a record #2 with 2.088 sales for only its third month in market. The RAV4 completes a podium 100% Toyota, with the Nissan Tiida, Toyota Yaris and Honda HR-V in tow, the latter at #6 for the second consecutive month and for its fourth appearance in the Taiwanese ranking. Notice also the Mercedes GLC up 19 spots on December to #23, the Suzuki Vitara at #39 and the Infiniti Q30 at #45.

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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%

Vietnam January 2017: Toyota, Mazda shine in market down 13%

The Toyota Fortuner is back up to 4th place in Vietnam. 

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After surging 24% to hit a record 304.427 sales in 2016, the Vietnamese new vehicle market hits the brakes in January at -13% to 20.232 units. Toyota manages to outsell traditional leader Thaco-Kia with 5.318 units and 26.3% share vs. 17.9%, roughly swapping their FY16 levels. Mazda (14.2%) and Ford (12.6%) for their part are frankly above their FY16 of respectively 10.5% and 9.5%. Honda remains 5th while Chevrolet, Mitsubishi and Mercedes all climb one spot, taking advantage of Isuzu’s plunge to #12. Model-wise, the Toyota Vios remains the most popular choice ahead of the Ford Ranger up three spots on December to #2, the Mazda3 up one to #3 and the Toyota Fortuner up 5 to #4. Reversely, the Toyota Innova and Kia Morning both drop 3 spots to #5 and #6 respectively. Notice also the Ford Ecosport up to #10, the Mitsubishi Triton up 12 ranks on last month to #16, the Honda Civic returning to the ranking at #20 and the Chevrolet Trax landing at #43.

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Poland January 2017: Toyota C-HR up to 11th place

The Toyota C-HR misses out on a Top 10 ranking for 66 sales this month.

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The Polish new car market soars 17% year-on-year in January to 41.962 registrations.  After dropping to an uncharacteristic third place in December, traditional market leader Skoda reclaims the top spot its held over the Full Year 2016 in spite of trailing the market at just +13% to 5.337 sales and 12.7% share. Toyota (+30%) and Volkswagen (+28%) follow, with Opel (+14%), Ford (+15%), Renault (+4%) and Kia (+7%) in tow but more timid. Fiat (+41%), Peugeot (+33%), Mercedes (+24%) and Hyundai (+23%) post the largest year-on-year gains among the remaining carmakers in the Top 15. Model-wise, the Skoda Fabia overtakes the traditional leader the Octavia to take the lead, both nameplates gaining 7% on their January 2016 score and therefore losing market share. The Opel Astra (+30%) confirms it has settled on the Polish podium, distancing the Toyota Yaris (+14%), VW Golf (+18%), Toyota Auris (+10%) and Skoda Rapid (+22%). The Hyundai Tucson soars 27% to #10 but the big event atop the Polish sales charts this month is the arrival of the Toyota C-HR at #11, up 29 spots on last month. The Fiat Tipo is the other recently launch to elbow its way into the Top 20, up 13 ranks on December to #16.

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Portugal January 2017: BMW 1 Series leaps up to 2nd place

Only the Renault Clio outsells the BMW 1 Series in Portugal in January. 

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Portuguese new car sales are up 8% year-on-year in Portugal in January to 15.028 registrations. Peugeot gains 11% to step up to exactly the same level as traditional leader Renault (+35%): both French carmakers sell 1.475 units this month for a dominant 9.8% market share. Only 34 units below is Mercedes up 19% to 9.6% share, ahead of BMW (+9%), Volkswagen and Opel (+6%). Fiat (+17%), Seat (+21%), Ford (+27%), Alfa Romeo (+47%), Kia (+49%), Hyundai (+52%), Lexus (+59%), Porsche (+60%), Jaguar (+85%) and Maserati (+250%) are among the biggest gainers for the month.

In the models ranking, the Renault Clio is up 25% to 655 sales, remaining the most popular vehicle in the country, but the big surprise is in 2nd place with the BMW 1 Series surging 60% to 515 units and 3% share, distancing the VW Polo, Citroen C3 (both up 19%) and Opel Corsa (+18%). The Peugeot 2008 soars 135% to #6, becoming the brand’s best-seller in Portugal above the 208 (-32%) and 308 (-22%). Notice also the Fiat Punto up 118% to #15, the Mercedes E-Class up 200% to #17, Peugeot 3008 up 561% to #24, the Seat Ateca up 26 spots on December to #43, the Renault Kadjar up 17 to #58, the Toyota C-HR down 11 to #60 and the Audi Q2 up 11 to #74.

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Uruguay January 2017: Chevrolet rallies back up 61% to #1

Chevrolet is back in charge of the Uruguayan market. 

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New car sales in Uruguay leap up 17% year-on-year in January to 3.877 units. Once unquestioned market leader, Chevrolet had gone down to a paltry 5th place over the Full Year 2016. The American brand rallies back 61% in January to snap the top spot with 15.8% share, distancing Volkswagen at 13.7% (+27%), Suzuki at 10.9% and 2016 leader Fiat at 7.2% (-29%). The rest of the Top 10 outpaces the market: Renault (+19%), Nissan (+48%), Peugeot (+58%), Ford (+63%), Kia (+96%) and Hyundai (+134%). Further down, notice Great Wall (+92%), Dongfeng (+48%) and Mercedes (+50%) with Chinese carmakers (-19%) accounting for 11.3% of the Uruguayan market this month vs. 12.8% over FY16.

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Japan January 2017: Nissan Note leads, Toyota C-HR up to #4

The Toyota C-HR is up to #4 at home in January. 

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The Japanese new car market starts 2017 on a positive note with a 4.9% year-on-year gain to 401.650 registrations. Market leader Toyota edges past the market growth at +5.3% to 28.7% share, a full two percentage points below its FY2016 level. In contrast, Honda frankly outpaces the market at +16.2% to 15% share, as does Nissan up 10.6% to 14% share, followed by Suzuki up 5.9% and Daihatsu down 0.1%. Beyond the Big Five, Lexus (-14.8%), Mazda (-19.2%) and Mitsubishi (-21%) struggle whereas Subaru (+11.7%), Hino (+12%) and Isuzu (+12.7%) impress.

The Nissan Note is the best-selling car in Japan in January. 

Mercedes (+1%) remains the most popular foreign carmaker but this month the German brand stays outside the overall Top 10 at #11, ahead of Volkswagen (+4.7%), BMW (-4.6%), Audi (+7.6%) and Mini (-1.3%). A handful of other foreign manufacturers also register double-digit year-on-year gains in January in Japan: Volvo (+20.6%), Jeep (+26.1%), Renault (+41.4%), Maserati (+57.6%), Lamborghini (+64.7%), DS (+65.4%), Citroen (+70%), Abarth (+119.5%), Rolls Royce (+145.5%) and McLaren (+175%) are among them. At the other end of the scale, Cadillac (-58.7%) and Ford (-79.1%) implode.

The Nissan Serena shoots up to 2nd place overall. The new generation boosts the Subaru Impreza up 60% to #11.

The models ranking is suddenly and completely reshuffled in January. Boosted by the new generation and its e-Power variant, the Nissan Note reclaims the top spot it held in November with an imposing 14.113 sales (+69%). Nissan even manages a historical 1-2 with the Serena up 95% to 11.179 units in 2nd place. Leader over the FY2016, the Toyota Prius freefalls 53% year-on-year and is knocked down to #3, its lowest ranking since November 2015.

The Suzuki Swift gets a 77% lift from its new gen in January.

But the big news is the arrival in 4th place for its 2nd month in market of the Toyota C-HR at 9.144 sales vs. 6.013 for its rival the Honda Vezel (+8%). The C-HR could be positioning itself as a serious contender for the 2016 pole position at home. Also launched late last year, the Toyota Roomy (#9) and Tank (#13) post very solid scores again. Other great performers in January include the Honda Freed up 3-fold on its January 2016 score to #6, the new gen Subaru Impreza – Car of the Year 2016-2017 in Japan – up 60% on the previous one to #11, the Toyota Harrier up 55% to #15, Suzuki Swift up 77% to #21 and Mazda Axela up 63% to #25. In the kei cars ranking, the Honda N-BOCX (+28%) keeps the lead by far, followed by the Daihatsu Tanto (-13%), Move (+63%) and Nissan Dayz (-14%).

Volvo sales are up 20.6% year-on-year in Japan in January.

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