Malaysia February 2017: Perodua up to 39.1% share in market up 12%

perodua-bezza-malaysia-august-2016-picture-courtesy-carsifu-comThe Bezza pushes Perodua just under 40% market share at home.

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After edging up just 0.1% in January, the Malaysian new vehicle market is definitely more colourful in February, posting a 12% gain to 42.455 and lifting the year-to-date tally up 5.6% to 87.122. Market leader Perodua reinforces its domination, outpacing the market at +18% to a stunning 39.1%, the brand’s second-ever highest market share below the 40.6% it hit last August. Like last month, Honda (+37%) thanks to the BR-V and HR-V and Toyota (+55%) potentially thanks to the new Sienta and new gen Vios are the biggest mass market gainers in the Malaysiam Top 10 this month. Premium brands Mercedes (+38%) and BMW (+16%) also shine inside the Top 10 whereas Nissan struggles at -35%. Below, notice Scania up 53%, Chery up 55%, Volvo also up 55% and Kia up 77%.

Previous month: Malaysia January 2017: Honda BR-V lifts market into positive (+0.1%)

One year ago: Malaysia February 2016: Discover the Top 80 models (BSCB Exclusive)

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Europe February 2017: Fiat Panda and Citroen C3 shine, market up 1.2%

The Fiat Panda is up to a best-ever European 5th place in February.

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After a stunning 9.4% gain in January linked to extra selling days, new passenger car sales in Europe dramatically slow down their growth in February, edging up 1.2% to 1.105.435 units and bringing the year-to-date tally up 5.2% to 2.3 million units. This is the second highest February score since 2008. PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s takeover of Opel/Vauxhall makes the new entity the 2nd largest carmaker in Europe with 16.9% share below just the Volkswagen Group (23.2%) but above fellow Frenchman Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi at 14.8% – see Top 5 ranking below and Top 10 ranking below the jump.

Europe February 2017 – Groups:

Pos Brand Feb-17 %
1 Volkswagen Group 255,997 23.2%
2 PSA-Opel 186,280 16.9%
3 Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi 163,164 14.8%
4 FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 87,822 7.9%
5 Ford Motor 71,021 6.4%

Brand-wise, Volkswagen keeps the lead but drop 8.3% followed by Renault up 3.3% year-on-year and two spots on January to #2, Ford (-3.4%), Opel/Vauxhall (-1.9%) and Peugeot (-4.9%) all in decline. Fiat (+7%) traditionally benefits from a strong Italian market relative to the rest of Europe in the first two months of the year. Indeed Italy accounts for 16.6% of the 29-country European market in February vs, 12.2% over the Full Year 2016. Accordingly, Fiat ranks at a stellar 6th place. After ranking third in January, Audi (+0.4%) reclaims the luxury crown off Mercedes (+4.6%) and BMW (-0.4%) yet remains in second place year-to-date at 121.358 units (+0.9%) below Mercedes at 123.649 (+10.4) but above BMW at 116.070 (+5.2%). Further down, Toyota clings onto its Top 10 ranking thanks to deliveries up 17.1% to 52.062 helped by the new C-HR, while Seat (+13.7%), Alfa Romeo (+25.8%), Jaguar (+43.8%), Suzuki (+50%), Maserati (+89.8%) and Tesla (+100.5%) post some of the most spectacular year-on-year increases in the Top 50.

The Citroen C3 ends February just 224 units off a Top 10 ranking. 

Model-wise, despite losing a hefty 12% year-on-year, the VW Golf celebrates 83 consecutive months in pole position: the last time it did not rank #1 in Europe was in March 2010. If the Golf holds out onto next month – there are no reason why it wouldn’t – it will then be able to show off seven full years of domination.  The Renault Clio (+13.3%) outsells classmates the VW Polo (-13.4%) and Ford Fiesta (-4.8%) to claim the 2nd spot year-todate thanks to 49.310 units so far in 2017. Boosted by the increased relative weight of the Italian market, the Fiat Panda is up 6 spots on January to break into the Top 5 for the second since the Panda nameplate relaunched in 2003, the first one being exactly 8 years ago in February 2009. Better still: preliminary figures show the Panda only 525 sales below the third-placed VW Polo and just 96 units above the 6th-placed Nissan Qashqai, so a lot could still change by the time final figures are released in early April.

Mercedes remains the #1 luxury brand in Europe so far in 2017 YTD. 

Just like the Volkswagen Group (Golf, Polo, Octavia), the newly formed PSA-Opel group places three nameplates inside the Top 10: the Opel Corsa (#7), Peugeot 208 (#8) and Opel Astra (#9). Just outside the Top 10, we find two surging nameplates: the Citroen C3 boosted up 59% by the new generation to #11. As a reminder the C3 ranking record is #10 hit in June, November and December 2010 as well as March 2011. This record should be beaten shortly as the new gen C3 is only starting to gain momentum. Yet again the C3 stands just 224 units off the Top 10 so could be in it when final data comes in. The VW Tiguan for its part is up 59.8% year-on-year but drops 7 spots on January to #12 and #2 SUV below the Nissan Qashqai (#6) and above the Peugeot 2008 (#13) and Renault Captur (#14). Notice also the Renaulty Mégane up 48% to #24, the Toyota C-HR us three spots on last month to a record #31, the Fiat Tipo up 287.1% to generation best #32, the BMW X1 us 38.2% to #38 and the Mercedes E-Class up 45.1% to #46.

Previous post: Europe January 2017: Discover the Top 340 models and Top 57 brands

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

One year ago: Europe February 2016: 30th consecutive month of year-on-year gains

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Australia February 2017: SUVs above passenger cars, market dips 7.7%

The Toyota C-HR has finally landed in Australia and should push Toyota further up this year.

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Based on VFACTS data, new vehicle sales in Australia offer an unusual picture in February: down 7.7% to 89.025 registrations, the weakest February score since 2014, pulling the year-to-date tally into negative territory at 173.935 units, down 3.8% over the same period in 2016. The big news this month is SUVs outselling passenger cars for the first time in Australian history. Although down 3.7%, the recreational vehicles sell 35.497 units for a 39.9% market share vs. 34.740 and 39% for passenger cars, down 12.2%. Passenger cars still edge out in the lead year-to-date at 69.660 (-6.8%) vs. 69.624 (-0.4%) for SUVs, but this leadership should be crushed within the next few months. Meanwhile Light Commercial Vehicles – mainly pickup trucks, nicknamed utes in Australia – are down 5.6% to 16.512 and Heavy Commercial Vehicles down 9.7% to 2.276. FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber says “the low February 2017 has to be put into context, [with February 2016 having] one extra selling day and seeing a lot of activity in the market that resulted in a 6.7 per cent surge over February 2015. Also to be kept in mind, heavy hailstorms damaging stocks in New South Wales and contributed for that state’s drop this month.

Kia sales are up 36.1% in February with the Cerato hitting an all-time high #11 spot. 

For once private sales outpace the market at -3% to 45.661 units (these include novated leases), with business sales down 11.5% to 33.939, rental sales down 23% to 4.013 and government sales down 8.5% to 3.126. Looking at the various States in the country, the three largest roughly follow the market : New South Wales (30.221) is down 7.4%, Victoria (24.917) down 7% and Queensland (17.474) down 6.6% while South Australia (5.354) is down 10.6%, Northern Territory (760) down 10.7% and Western Australia (7.526) down 13.7%. Only two States are up: the Australian Capital Territory (1.439) at +0.1% and Tasmania (1.334) up 1%. Looking into the origin of cars sold in Australia, Japan comes up first at 26.299 units, followed by Thailand (21.469) where most utes sold in Australia are manufactured, South Korea (12.832), Germany (7.171), USA (3.591), Australia (2.986) set to come to zero by the end of the year, England (2.904) and Hungary (119).

66 Maserati Levante found an Australian buyer in February. 

In the brands ranking, Toyota defies the surrounding gloom and posts a 0.7% year-on-year increase, even becoming the only brand gaining ground inside the Top 8. Year-to-date sales are up 0.8% to 28.862. Better still : the Japanese carmaker’s situation should improve further quite drastically over the next few months now that the compact SUV C-HR has hit Australian dealerships: it lands directly at #74 this month. Australia is one of th leading markets for SUVs and the C-HR falls right into the soft spot Australian consumers have for this type of vehicles, so expect a Top 10 ranking for Toyota’s newest nameplate sometime this year. Below Toyota, Mazda (-2.8%), Hyundai (-9.1%), Mitsubishi (-13.8%) gaining two spots to #4, Holden (-22%), Ford (-14.8%), Volkswagen (-6.2%) and Nissan (-26.1%) are in tow but all lose ground. Mercedes (+5.7%), Subaru (+5.9%), Renault (+22.9%) and Kia (+36.1%) are the biggest (and only) gainers in the Top 20. Jeep (-53.6%) and Peugeot (-47%) struggle, while among smaller brands Bentley (+87.5%), Maserati (+100%) and Infiniti (+138%) take off.

The MG6 Plus lands directly as #2 Chinese model in Australia. Picture caradvice.com.au

This month we welcome a “new” brand inside the Australian charts. MG, or Morris Garages, makes its grand return into Australia now under Chinese ownership: the brand now belongs to Shanghai Auto/SAIC. MG lands directly at #30 with 108 sales. Among Chinese manufacturers, this places MG below LDV (#28) but above Foton Light (#32), Haval (#35), Great Wall (#36) and Chery (#48). MG comes armed with three nameplates: MG6 Plus sedan (#145), MG3 hatch (#238) and GS SUV (#260). This is a great opportunity to take a more detailed look at Chinese models sales in Australia this month (see below).

Pos Pos Model Feb-17 % /16 2017 % /16 Pos Pos
1 122 LDV G10 135 0.2% 52% 250 0.1% 62% 1 127
2 145 MG6 Plus 90 0.1% new 90 0.1% new 3 174
3 152 Foton Tunland 77 0.1% 3% 135 0.1% -5% 2 159
4 184 LDV V80 35 0.0% -17% 58 0.0% -32% 4 192
5 191 Great Wall Steed 30 0.0% new 51 0.0% new 5 200
6 218 Haval H2 19 0.0% new 33 0.0% new 6 222
7 222 Haval H6 18 0.0% new 30 0.0% new 7 230
8 238 MG3 12 0.0% new 12 0.0% new 8 258
9 260 MG GS 6 0.0% new 6 0.0% new 9 271
10 268 Haval H8 3 0.0% new 6 0.0% new 10 269
11 273 Haval H9 3 0.0% new 3 0.0% new 11 282
12 295 Chery J11 1 0.0% 0% 1 0.0% 0% 12 302

Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Corolla reclaims the monthly lead off the Mazda3 with 3.392 sales vs. 3.143 but the Mazda remains #1 year-to-date for now at 6.616 units vs. 6.335 for the Corolla. Sliding in-betweem the two compact cars is the Toyota Hilux which ends the month only 6 units off the first place at 3.386. However the Hilux once again loses the lucrative 4×4 ute market to the Ford Ranger at 2.380 vs. 2.497. The Hyundai i30 (-19%) rounds up the Top 5, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next generation. The Mitsubishi Triton is back up 10 spots on January to #6 in spite of diving 8% year-on-year, distancing a slew of three SUVs: the Mazda CX-5 keeping the lead despite the imminent arrival of a new model, the Toyota RAV4 (+14%) and Hyundai Tucson (-14%). The Holden Commodore (-33%) plunges to #10 while the Kia Cerato is up 65% year-on-year and two spots on last month to break its Australian ranking record at #11.

Like the Toyota C-HR, the Audi Q2 lands directly inside the Australian Top 100 in February. 

Among recent launches, the Ford Escape – replacing the Kuga – is up 36 ranks on January to #67, the Toyota C-HR lands at #74 as detailed above, the Kia Picanto is down 17 spots to #86, the Suzuki Baleno up 16 to a record-breaking #87 and the Suzuki Ignis up one to #89, also the nameplate’s personal best. Along with the Toyota C-HR, the Audi Q2 is the other all-new nameplate to land directly inside the Australia Top 100 at #91, and it’s no coincidence that it also belongs to the compact SUV segment, the one truly on fire here. Luxury SUVs are also one to watch: the Jaguar F-Pace remains at a very high level at #124, the Maserati Levante is up 10 spots to #159 and 66 sales and the Bentley Bentayga up 17 to #257.

Previous month: Australia January 2017: SUV sales only 800 units below passenger cars

One year ago (1): Australia February 2016: Mazda, Hilux and Ranger shine in record month

One year ago (2): Australia February 2016: Now with Top 285 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

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Canada February 2017: New light vehicle sales do not weaken at +3.2%

Honda Civic sales are up 37% thanks to the new hatch variant… 

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After a 2.3% year-on-year gain in January, the Canadian new car market confirms it may be on the way to a fifth consecutive annual record with February deliveries up another 3.2% in February to 123.294, a record for the month. This brings the year-to-date total after two month to a record-breaking 234.496 units, up 2.8% on the same period in 2016. For the second month running, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles takes the groups lead but fails to match the market with a slim 1.5% year-on-year increase to 19.115 sales, followed by Ford Motor Co. up 3.1% to 18.965 and General Motors up 5.1% to 16.528. Toyota Motor (-6.2%) and Hyundai-Kia (-11.2%) disappoint but the rest of the groups ranking is entirely in positive territory, with Jaguar-Land Rover (+14.2%), Daimler AG (+16.6%) and Honda Motor (+21.2%) in particularly great shape.

…as do Toyota Corolla sales now including the iM hatch (Scion model pictured). Picture caranddriver.com 

Brand-wise, Ford remains comfortably in the lead, outpacing the market at +2.9% to 18.427 sales, with the Top 7 best-sellers unchanged on February. Chevrolet (-1.5%), Toyota (-6.5%) and Hyundai (-12.7%) are in difficulty whereas Nissan (+6.5%), Mazda (+15%) and Dodge (+26%) frankly outsmart the market. Outside the Top 10, note Jeep trundling down 21.3% to #11, Subaru up 16.6%, Mercedes up 22.5%, Lexus up 22.9%, Audi up 27.8%, Buick up 55.3% – lifted by the Encore and Envision crossovers, Jaguar up 238.3% and Maserati up 429.2%.

The Levante boosts Canadian Maserati sales up 429% in February.

Following the same trend as Mexico this month, the models ranking concentrates on the tried and tested best-sellers, a common reaction in the current uncertain times – both politically and economically – brought by the Donald Trump election. The Top 7 best-sellers all outpace the market, with the Ford F-Series and Ram Pickup both gaining 3% at the top. The Honda Civic is boosted up 37% by the arrival of the hatchback variant while similarly, the Toyota Corolla (+36%) now benefits from additional sales of the iM hatchback previously known as Scion iM.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia makes its first appearance in the Canadian charts this month.

The GMC Sierra ranks 5th at +6%, distancing the Dodge Grand Caravan (+30%) and Honda CR-V (+19%), best-selling SUV above the Toyota RAV4 (-4%) and Nissan Rogue (+41%). Among recent launches (<12 months), the Chrysler Pacifica is up 54 spots on January to break its ranking record at #62 (previous best: #84 last October) and the Cadillac XT5 is up 8 ranks to #78, also the nameplate’s ranking record (pb: #82 last December). These are the only two newcomers in the Canadian Top 100 this month. Finally, we welcome three new nameplates into the Canadian charts this month: the Volvo V90 at #243, the Alfa Romeo Giulia at #257 and the Kia Niro at #259.

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Mexico February 2017: Kia breaks into Top 5, market up 6.5%

First Top 5 ranking for Kia in Mexico, the Sportage is up to a record 15th spot.

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After slowing down to just +3% in January, the Mexican new car market steps up again in February at +6.5% to 117.985 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 4.7% to a record 241.254 units after two months. February figures establish a new record for the month, and Mexico has now posted year-on-year gains for 34 consecutive month and monthly records for the 26th time in a row. The deceleration of the market isn’t to be disputed though: January and February mark two consecutive months of single digits year-on-year gains, a feat that had not occurred in almost three years: since May (+0.8%) and June (+0.5%) 2014. Market leader Nissan follows the market at +5% to 29.907 deliveries ad 25.3% share, ahead of Chevrolet at 15.7% (+8%) and Volkswagen at 13.3% (-2%) thus making the Mexican podium identical to both FY2016 and YTD2017 rankings.

The Nissan Versa remains the best-selling nameplate in Mexico.

Toyota soars 16% to return to the 4th place it held in 2016, but once again the best performer atop the Mexican market is recent newcomer and local producer Kia: more than doubling its sales year-on-year (+104%), the Korean marque establishes a new market share record at 5.4% but most impressively breaks into the Mexican brands Tpp 5 for the very first time, distancing Ford (-12%), Honda (-2%) and Mazda (-8%). Sister brand Hyundai is also in great shape at +44%, ahead of Dodge (+23%) and Ram (+20%). Further down, biggest gainers include Volvo (+18%), Mercedes (+27%) and Fiat (+51%) whereas at the other end of the stick Chrysler (-24%), Jeep (-42%), Isuzu (-44% and Land Rover (-61%) struggle.

The Chevrolet Spark is up 39% to third position in February. 

Model-wise, like in January Nissan manages a 1-2, placing the Versa in pole position at 6.776 sales (+5%) and the Pickup in 2nd place at 6.363 (+33%). The Chevrolet Spark leaps up two spots on last month to land on the podium thanks to deliveries up a fantastic 39% to 6.246 thanks to the new model. In fact, the entire Top 6 best-selles list double-digit gains this month, indicating a slight concentration of the market around ‘tried and tested’ nameplates. The Chevrolet Aveo surges 59% to 4th place, the VW Vento is up 12% at #5 and the Nissan March up 24% to #6/ The Nissan Sentra (+15%) and VW Gol (+13%) also shine inside the Top 10 while the discontinued Nissan Tsuru logically sinks 28% at #9. Just outside the Top 10, the Ford Figo gains 113% to 2.087 units while the Nissan Kicks signs its 2nd month among Mexico’s 20 best-sellers at #20, the previous occurrence being last November (#19).

The Renault Captur finally reaches Mexican shores. 

Now looking at Kia’s stellar performance in the detail. This month, the brand’s best-seller in the Sportage up 45% year-on-year to 1.753 sales and 14 spots on January to a record-breaking 15th place – previous best was #16 in July 2016. As a reminder, the Sportage ranked at #19 over the Full Year 2016. Just below the Sportage, the Kia Forte is up 122% to 1.744 deliveries and four ranks on last month to #16, also breaking its ranking record – previous best was #20 last month. 100% of Kia Forte sold in January are made in Mexico. The Kia Rio is the brand’s third best-seller this month, up a gigantic 244% to 1.178 sales at #26. This month marks the start of local Mexican output for the Rio with 746 sales or 63.3% of its total produced locally. Finally, we welcome the Renault Captur at #140 and the Jaguar F-Pace at #215.

 

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

One year ago: Mexico February 2016: Nissan Versa sails off in market up 13.5%

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Monaco Full Year 2016 (brands): Mercedes takes off, Porsche on podium

 Mercedes holds 17.2% of the Monaco market.

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New passenger car sales in Monaco are up 5.3% year-on-year to 3.020 registrations, and this market gives us the opportunity to look into the eyes of the rich and famous, with luxury brands achieving record rankings and market shares. Market leader Mercedes widens the gap with the rest of the marques present in the country with a 15% surge to 519 deliveries and 17.2% share. Audi on the other hand drops 9% to 10.9% share and Porsche is down 3% to 8.8% but brilliantly remains on the podium. Smart (+14%) overtakes Land Rover (-18%) for 4th place overall with Mini (+17%) and Fiat (+13%) the other double-digit gainers inside the Top 10.

Porsche ranks third in Monaco for the fifth year running. 

Bentley soars 19% to remain just outside the Top 10 in 11th place, a ranking it can only achieve in Monaco, It distances Ford (+60%) boosted by Mustang sales as we’ll see in the second Monaco update covering the models sales charts. Ferrari is up one spot to #13 and 2.1% share, Rolls-Royce is down 3% to equal #21. Lexus (+30%), Maserati (+30%), Kia (+112%), Dacia (+171%) and Jaguar (+900%) also shine in the Top 20. Although nested within France, car buyers in Monaco do not prefer French marques, with none of them even making the Top 10. Renault (#14) is outsold by Bentley and Ferrari, Peugeot (#16) is below Lexus and Citroen (#21) is below Jaguar and sells as many units as Rolls-Royce…

Previous year (brands): Monaco Full Year 2015 (brands): Porsche just under 10% share at #3

Previous year (models): Monaco Full Year 2015 (models): Smart Fortwo and Porsche Macan on top

Two years ago (brands): Monaco Full Year 2014 (brands): Mercedes #1, Porsche remains third

Two years ago (models): Monaco Full Year 2014 (models): Mini back to #1, Porsche 911 #2

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Turkey February 2017: Sedan variant lifts Renault Mégane to top spot

The new Sedan variant lifts the Renault Mégane to the Turkish pole position.

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Turkish new car sales crash down 11% year-on-year in February to 46.965 registrations, bringing the year-to-date tally down 3.8% to 82.288 units. Volkswagen gains two spots to reclaim the pole position it held over the Full Year 2016, this despite sales down a harsh 20% to 6.502 for a 13.8% market share. Renault (-0.1%) ends the month in 2nd place but keeps the year-to-date lead for now at 11.029 sales vs. 10.816 for VW. Fiat (-5%), Ford (-26%) and Hyundai (-3%) follow with Peugeot (+8%), Nissan (+16%), Dacia (+21%) and Honda (+46%) the only marques in positive territory within the Top 10. Further down, notice Porsche (+53%) and Citroen (+134%) impress but most manufacturers are in negative, with Mercedes (-30%), Opel (-34%), Audi (-42%), Alfa Romeo (-43%), BMW (-56%) and Subaru (-64%) among the hardest hit. Luxury brands are now paying the price of anticipated sales at the end of last year in the wake of a tax hike on premium models at the start of this year.

The Peugeot 301 is boosted up to 6th place overall by its facelift.

Model-wise, the Renault Mégane takes control of the Turkish sales charts with sales up 7-fold on a year ago to 2.264 and 6.4% share, 2.104 or 93% of which are coming from the newly launched and locally produced sedan variant which replaces the Renault Fluence, #1 in Turkey in 2014. As a reminder, before the Fluence nameplate was launched, the Renault Mégane also used to dominate the Turkish sales charts thanks to its sedan variant: it ranked #1 from 2004 to 2006. Like in January, Renault manages a 1-2 in Turkey with the Clio up a fantastic 67% year-on-year to snap the 2nd spot. The Mégane is already #1 year-to-date with deliveries surging 956% to 3.990. Other great performers this month include the Peugeot 301 up 118% year-on-year and 23 spots on January to #6 thanks to its facelift and the Honda Civic up 176% to #7 also thanks to the new model. The Toyota C-HR is down 5 spots on last month to #38 and the Peugeot Expert makes it first appearance in the Turkish charts at #179.

Previous month: Turkey January 2017: Renault places Clio and Mégane on top

One year ago: Turkey January-February 2016: Renault Fluence #1, Fiat Egea on podium

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Liechtenstein Full Year 2016: Volkswagen AG places 10 models in Top 12

The VW Golf remains the best-selling nameplate in Liechtenstein with 5.2% share.

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Liechtenstein is one of the rare European markets to suffer a year-on-year decline in 2016 at -3% to 1.984 registrations. The Top 4 best-selling carmakers are unchanged on last year with Volkswagen improving its presence to 18.5% thanks sales up 8% while 2nd-placed Audi drops 14% to 10.2%. BMW (-5%) and Mercedes (-8%) are also in negative but Skoda surges 21% and overtakes Seat (-24%) to land in 5th place. Other great performers include Suzuki (+12%), Subaru (+13%), Dacia (+19%), Mazda (+19%), Mitsubishi (+30%), Land Rover (+53%) and Tesla (+188%).

The Seat Alhambra achieves a world-best 2nd place in Liechtenstein like in 2015. 

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf remains comfortably on top in spite of sales down 20% to 103 and 5.2% share. It is followed like in 2015 by the Seat Alhambra, achieving a world best ranking here but also down 20%, with the Skoda Octavia (+19%), VW Tiguan (+195%), VW Polo (-32%) and Audi A4 (+43%) in tow. This means the Top 6 best-sellers in Liechtenstein are Volkswagen AG nameplates. The BMW X1 is the best of the rest at #7 ahead of the Mini. With the Skoda Fabia, VW Sharan, VW T6 and Audi Q3, Volkswagen AG even places 10 nameplates inside the Top 12… Notice also the Porsche Macan at #26, the Tesla Model S at #31 and Tesla Model X at #101

Previous year: Liechtenstein Full Year 2015: VW Golf leads, Porsche 911 up to #20

Two years ago: Liechtenstein Full Year 2014: Seat Alhambra leaps up to 2nd place

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India February 2017: Hyundai Grand i10 up, Honda WR-V lands

The facelifted Hyundai Grand i10 climbs up to #4 overall in February. Picture carandbike.com

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New car sales in India are up by a robust 9% year-on-year in February to 254.357 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 11.7% to 519.073. Leader Maruti Suzuki is back below 50% market share at 47.4% but still outpaces the market with a 12% gain to 120.599 units. Hyundai follows with a shy 4% improvement to 16.6% share, ahead of Mahindra struggling at -15%, Honda, Tata and Toyota all up 12% and Renault up 27%. Ford (+52%), Volkswagen (+58%) and Datsun (+73%) impress all within the Top 10 but beyond, Chevrolet (-19%), BMW (-25%), Mercedes (-25%), Audi (-27%), Nissan (-32%) and Fiat (-48%) are in bad shape.

Renault Kwid Maruti Alto India June 2016. Picture courtesy mid-day.comThe Maruti Alto continues to suffer from the competition with the Renault Kwid,

Model-wise, the Maruti Alto stays on top (19.524 sales) but continues to be hampered by its direct rival the Renault Kwid (9.648) with sales down 8%. In fact, all Marutis in the Top 5 lose ground year-on-year with the DZire and Wagon R both down 5% and the Swift down 20% to #5, cannibalised by the Baleno up 11% to 7.658 units at #12. The facelifted Hyundai Grand i10 surges 45% year-on-year to 12.862 sales to nudge up one spot to #4, outselling the Maruti Swift for the first time since last June when it ranked third overall. The Maruti Vitara Brezza crosses the 10.000 monthly sales milestone for the 2nd time after last October at 10.046, distancing the Hyundai Creta (+10%) and Mahindra Bolero (-13%).

The Honda WR-V has landed in India.

Great performers inside the Top 25 include the Maruti Eeco (+20%), Toyota Innova Crysta (+22%), Honda City (+29%), Maruti Celerio (+62%) and Ford Ecosport (+73%). Among recent launches, the Tata Tiago retracts down 3 spots to #20 with 5.365 sales, the Maruti Ignis is stuck at #21 and sees its sales drop 3.5% from its inaugural month in January, the Datsun RediGo is up 7 spots to #29 and 2.404 sales, its best ranking since November and highest monthly score since last October and the Tata Hexa already freefalls 32% to #40 whereas it’s only been in market two months. Finally, we welcome the Honda WR-V into the Indian sales charts directly at #60 but it should climb up the ladder pretty quickly over the coming months.

Previous month: India January 2017: All-new Ignis helps Maruti across 50% share

One year ago: India February 2016: Renault Kwid hits #8 overall, Tata Tiago lands

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Germany February 2017: Audi snaps 10% share of falling market

Audi snaps 10% of the German new car market in February for only the second time this decade.

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German new car sales mark a pause in February at – 3% year-on-year to 243.602 registrations, yet thanks to a 5.5% improvement in January, the year-to-date tally is still in the black at +3.5% to 485.001 units. Market leader Volkswagen tumbles down 19% on an already weak February 2016 figure to 17.5% share vs. 19% year-to-date, and if last month Mercedes was the premium leader and crossed the 10% market share milestone for the third time in the past six months, this time it’s the turn of Audi. The Ingolstadt carmaker is up 4% to a round 10% share in February.

Alfa Romeo sales are up 83% thanks to the Giulia. 

This is only the second time Audi reaches a two-figure market share this decade – and potentially ever – along with January 2016. In the premium race, Audi comfortably distances Mercedes down 2% year-on-year at 8.9% while BMW sinks to #6 overall and 7.3% with deliveries down 9%, overtaken by mass-market Opel (-6%) and Ford (+1%). Year-to-date though, Mercedes remains above Audi for just 92 sales (46.137 vs. 46.045), both manufacturers commanding a 9.5% share of their home market.

Cadillac lodges the largest year-on-year improvement in market at +135% this month.

Renault lodges the largest year-on-year improvement in the Top 10 at +16% to 8.769 sales and 3.6% share. Further down Kia (+16%), Fiat (+18%), Toyota (+24%), Dacia (+30%) and Suzuki (+56%) are the best performers among the 20 most popular marques in Germany. As far as smaller brands are concerned, Jaguar (+36%), Ssangyong (+49%), Lada (+70%), Alfa Romeo (+83%), Maserati (+120%), Tesla (+122%) and Cadillac (+135%) make themselves noticed.

 The Audi Q2 leaps up to a record 35th place in February at home.

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf falls flat at -22% but remains by far the best-selling vehicle in the country with 15.028 sales vs. 5.225 (-27%) for the VW Passat at #2 and 5.093 (+1%) for the VW Tiguan at #3, the latter having seemingly ended its new generation honeymoon period. The Opel Astra (-5%) and Skoda Octavia (-9%) round up the Top 5, knocking the VW Polo (-20%) down to #6. Illustrating its record February share, Audi places the A4 at #8 (+19%), the A3 at #9 (-19%), the A6 at #13 (+7%), the Q5 at #22 (+84%), the A1 at #36 (-22%), the Q3 at #38 (-30%) and the A5 at #45 (-27%). But the real winner is the Q2, slicing its record ranking in more than half from #80 last month to an all-time high #35 in February thanks tho 1.840 sales.

The Lada Vesta makes its entrance onto the German market this month. 

Inside the Top 50, the greatest performers include the Mercedes E-Class up 24%, the Nissan Qashqai up 25%, Renault Captur up 57% and Toyota Yaris up 60%. Among recent launches, let’s single out the Toyota C-HR up 19 spots on January to #88, the Suzuki Ignis up 30 to #108, the Skoda Kodiaq up 102 to #125, the Alfa Romeo Giulia up 36 to #154 and the Fiat Talento up 24 to #214. We welcome one newcomer in the German sales charts in February: the Lada Vesta landing at #241 with 54 sales.

Previous month: Germany January 2016: Mercedes above 10%, BMW X1 up to record #7

One year ago: Germany February 2016: Volkswagen continues to lose share

Full February 2017 Top 50 brands and Top 315 models below.

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