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Europe July 2014: Nissan Qashqai hits best ranking in 16 months

August 20th, 2014 7 comments


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European new car sales mark an 11th consecutive month of year-on-year gains in July at 1,081,195 registrations, up 5.4%. The year-to-date total now stands at 7,917,269 units after 7 months, up 5.8% on the same period last year. In the models charts, the VW Golf remains sovereign, even growing twice as fast as the market at +11% to 41,914 sales, almost 20,000 units above the second best-selling car… Talk about ultra-domination… Inside the Top 5, the Ford Fiesta (+6%), Renault Clio (+12%) and Opel Corsa (+17% thanks to run out prices on the outgoing model) also outperform, as opposed to the VW Polo, down 4% in spite of its mid-life facelift.

Skoda Octavia Europe July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Octavia

Ousted by a record-breaking Renault Captur and the ever-young Fiat 500 last month, both the Skoda Octavia (up 35% yoy to #7) and Audi A3 (up 23% to #9) reclaim their traditional spot among the Top 10 most popular models on the continent in July. Notice also the Nissan Qashqai hitting its best European ranking since March 2013 at #6 and the Peugeot 208 down a harsh 10% to #10.

Audi A3 Europe July 2014Audi is the 5th best-selling brand in Europe in July, above Peugeot and #1 premium.

In the brands ranking, the Top 4 best-sellers return to their year-to-date order this month with Volkswagen in the lead (+8%) ahead of Ford (+1%), Opel/Vauxhall (+8%) and Renault (+5%). Surprise in 5th place: Audi outsells Peugeot for the first time since last August to break into the Top 5 for only the third time in two years with 63,817 sales and 5.9% share (+8%) vs. 63,634 for the French manufacturer. The premium Germans are in great shape with Mercedes up 7% to #7 and BMW up 9% to #8. Finally, let’s salute the outstanding performance of Skoda, up 28% on July 2013 to 9th position with 51,876 units.

Previous post: Europe First Half 2014: Trusted nameplates outperform market

Previous monthly post: Europe June 2014: Discover the Top 340 best-selling models!

Previous month: Europe June 2014: Renault Captur first small SUV in Top 10 at #7

One year ago: Europe July 2013: Ford Focus at highest in almost a year

Full July 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal July 2014: VW Polo and Fiat Punto in command

August 20th, 2014 2 comments

VW Polo Portugal July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Polo

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+31% in July: the Portuguese new car market is definitely in recovery mode, bringing the year-to-date total to 89,949 units or a 37% improvement over the same period last year… Similarly to Croatia which we covered yesterday, this month is heavily influenced by rental car sales, which could explain the somewhat extraordinary models ranking: the VW Polo brilliantly takes the lead for the first time since BSCB has started following the Portuguese monthly models charts (June 2013) thanks to 710 sales and 5% share vs. #3 and 3.9% year-to-date, and the Fiat Punto is up 9 spots on June to a fantastic 2nd place at 586 units and 4.1% vs. #9 and 2.4% so far in 2014. The Renault Clio remains leader year-to-date (5.6%) but drops to third place at 4% share in July. The Seat Ibiza is strong at #4 vs. #7 ytd, as are the Audi A3 at #8 vs. #14, Toyota Yaris at #12 and Seat Leon at #13.

Peugeot 108 Portugal July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 108

Further down, the Peugeot 108 lands directly at #34 for its very first appearance inside the Portuguese charts with 115 sales and 0.8%, the Citroen C4 Cactus is down 3 spots on June to #39, the BMW 4 Series down two to a still very impressive #41, the Mercedes V-Class lands at #103, the new generation Nissan X-Trail at #173 and the BMW i8 sells its very first two units this month in Portugal. We also welcome the Maserati brand into the Portuguese sales charts after a couple of years of absence, with one unit sold this month (a Quattroporte). In the brands ranking, Volkswagen (+61%) overtakes Renault (+38%) but remains #2 year-to-date, while Seat (+80%), Dacia (+180%) and Porsche (+105%) are on fire.

Previous month: Portugal June 2014: Mass brands reclaim market up 24%

One year ago: Portugal July 2013: Discover the Top 250 All-models ranking!

Full July 2014 Top 210 All-models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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World: BMW’s global premium crown now threatened

August 19th, 2014 7 comments

Mercedes BMW Audi picture courtesy of is under attack from Audi and Mercedes, with all 3 manufacturers breaking records.

Worldwide results are in for the first 7 months of the year for German premium brands and according to Automotive News it looks like BMW’s crown is starting to be in danger from Audi and Mercedes. But let’s get one thing cleared up first. All 3 manufacturers are hitting all-time volume highs so far in 2014! An incredible group performance indeed. BMW has been the global premium car sales leader since overtaking Mercedes in 2005. Audi has ranked second since 2011. Both Audi and Mercedes have said they want to take the top spot by the end of the decade… A fascinating battle indeed.

Over the period BMW brand sales gained 10% year-on-year to 1.03 million units, the first time BMW has passed the million mark this early in the year and a pretty impressive performance if you ask me, helped by the launch of the 2 Series, 4 Series, i3 and X4. But the issue is: both Audi and Mercedes are doing even better. At #2 Audi grew by 11% to 1.01 million units, (also the very first time the brand sells over 1 million units globally in just 7 months) helped by a 52% yoy increase for the A3 last month to 22,450 units due to the arrival of the sedan variant. At the same time Mercedes rose 13% to 920,000 units, thanks mainly to the success of the new C-Class and its new compact range: the  A-Class, CLA and GLA.

Mercedes Benz; C-Klasse T-Modell Fahrvorstellung, Frankfurt/Deidesheim, C-250 Brillintblau met. AvantgardeGlobal Mercedes brand sales are up a splendid 13% so far in 2014.

Because the three competitors are now so close to each other in overall sales, the growth percentage differences were reflected in actual volumes too: BMW sold about 77,000 more units in the seven months this year than last year, but Audi sold about 101,000 more and Mercedes about 104,000 more. Of course, the overall picture is more complex and the 3 premium Germans experience very diverse fortunes in key global markets. Audi is the market leader in both Europe and China, while BMW is the best-seller in the United States.

Audi A3 World July 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frAudi A3 Sedan


China has been the big growth market for all three premium German manufacturers in recent years. Here Audi remains the clear leader, with 316,945 units sold in the first seven months — an increase of about 46,000 units equal to 17% growth. Second place BMW grew in volume terms by a similar amount, about 45,000 units, representing a 22% rise, lifting its seven-month sales there to 245,558. Mercedes showed the most dramatic growth in China over the period with a 34% gain, but it is coming from well behind and that increase equated to about 40,000 additional units, bring its 7 months total to 156,843. However this explosive growth may slow since the manufacturer was found guilty of price fixing for after-sales services.


In Europe, Audi sold 474,000 units in the first 7 months this year, up 7% on last year. Mercedes ranks 2nd with a 30,000 increase in units sold to 411,178, but up 8% because it is working off a lower initial base. Against these two, however, BMW lost ground. It sold a total of 396,066 units in Europe, an increase of 6%, or of about 22,000 units, over the same period last year.

BMW 3 Series World 2014BMW 3 Series (US model shown)

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In the United States, BMW has the top spot. In the first 7 months it sold 183,791 vehicles, up about 19,300 units or 12% on the same period last year. Mercedes was the country’s No. 2-ranked premium brand with a volume of 178,816, up about 13,200 units or 8% on the same period last year. From a much lower base, Audi’s U.S. sales of 98,965 units represented growth of 13%, but the increase in actual units sold was about 11,000. Audi ranks 4th among premium brands in the U.S. market behind No. 3 Lexus.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer World 2014Will the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer decide the global premium crown for 2014?

Who will win in 2014?

If Mercedes still seems one notch below its two competitors even though it is gaining more ground so far this year, the battle is totally open between BMW and Audi for the year-end global premium crown. Only 20,000 sales separate the two brands after 7 months vs. 26,500 one year ago, however this difference grew to 80,000 at the advantage of BMW at the end of 2013. The A3 sedan is only starting to climb up the sales charts both in the United States and China so I predict Audi to remain extremely close to BMW all through 2014. The arrival of the 2 Series Active Tourer towards the end of the year in Europe could be the decider.

My prediction for the Full Year 2014 is: 1. BMW (1.83 million units, +10%), 2. Audi (1.79 million, +13%), 3. Mercedes (1.65 million, +13%)

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Latvia July 2014: Skoda Yeti reclaims top spot, Dacia Duster #2

August 19th, 2014 No comments

Skoda Yeti Latvia July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda Yeti

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The Latvian new car market continues to go gangbusters at +29% year-on-year in July to 1,446 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 8,723 units, up 21% on 2013. Overtaken by the Peugeot 3008 last month, the Skoda Yeti reclaims the pole position both this month and year-to-date thanks to a very strong 93 sales and 6.4% share, adding up to 340 units and 2.9% year-to-date vs. 293 and 3.4% for the 3008 down to a paltry #11 in July. The Dacia Duster also impresses at 80 units and 5.5% in 2nd place vs. 2.6% and #7 year-to-date, lifting the French-Romanian brand up to #5 and 6.4% vs. #8 and 3.6% year-to-date. The Toyota Auris is up 10 spots on last month to round up the podium ahead of the Nissan Qashqai, VW Jetta and Golf. Up to an unbelievable third place in June, the BMW X6 is back down to a still very reasonable #25 this month with 1.4% share. Finally, notice the Porsche Macan at #82 and the Mercedes V-Class at #83.

Previous month: Latvia June 2014: Peugeot 3008 leads, BMW X6 up to #3!

One year ago: Latvia July 2013: VW Golf reclaims pole position year-to-date

Full July 2014 Top 80 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Switzerland July 2014: Mini Cooper and Ford Kuga in Top 10

August 15th, 2014 No comments

Mini Cooper Switzerland July 2014Mini Cooper

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New car sales in Switzerland are up 5% year-on-year in July to 27,570 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 177,475 units, down 3% on 2013. This month the Volkswagen Group manages in Switzerland what it is far from achieving at home in Germany: monopolising the brands podium with Volkswagen up a gigantic 30% on July 2013 to 4,070 sales and 14.8% share ahead of Audi up 1% to 7% share and Skoda up 31% to 6.5%. BMW is down two spots to #4 and Mercedes remains in 5th position. Notice also Citroen up 15%, Hyundai up 20%, Kia up 59% and Porsche up 77%.

Porsche Macan Switzerland July 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Porsche Macan breaks into the Swiss Top 50 this month!

In the models ranking, below the VW Golf more dominant than ever at 5.2% share, the Skoda Octavia is solid at 3.6% while the VW Polo jumps back onto the podium at #3 vs. #5 year-to-date, kicking the Audi A3 down to #4. Three great performers in the Swiss Top 10 this month: the VW Passat up 40 spots to #6, the Mini Cooper up 24 to #7 and the Ford Kuga up 6 to #9 vs. #23 year-to-date. Let’s also salute the Citroen Jumpy oddly up to #13 with 74% of its 2014 sales occurring this month, the Skoda Yeti up 21 to #17, Audi Q3 up 14 to #20, BMW 4 Series up 17 to a best-ever #26, the Porsche Macan brilliantly breaking into its first ever monthly Top 50 in the world at #50 and the Citroen C4 Cactus stable at #85.

Previous month: Switzerland June 2014: Mercedes GLA in Top 20 again

One year ago: Switzerland July 2013: Audi A3 up to #5, Ford Kuga climbs up to #7

Full July 2014 Top 100 models and Top 37 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Singapore July 2014: Mazda, Honda and Nissan shoot up

August 12th, 2014 1 comment

Mazda3 Singapore July 2014. Picture courtesy of sales are up 223% in July.

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New car sales in Singapore are up a beautiful 34% year-on-year in July to 2,278 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 14,589 units, up 9% on 2013. Toyota/Lexus is the most popular manufacturer once again thanks to 390 sales and 17.1% share, however Mercedes is catching up in 2nd place with 378 units and 16.6%. Volkswagen is up to #3 in spite of sales down 7% year-on-year while Mazda more than triples its sales to 200 and 8.8% in 4th position, ahead of BMW up 31% but down two spots on June to #5. Notice also Honda up 330% and Nissan up 140%.

Previous month: Singapore June 2014: Toyota/Lexus still reigns supreme

One year ago: Singapore July 2013: Toyota/Lexus leads, Datsun (re) appears

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Russia July 2014: Renault Logan up to #5, Opel Mokka in Top25

August 9th, 2014 1 comment

Renault Logan Russia July 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruRenault Logan

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In a context burdened by strengthened economic sanctions in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, the Russia new car market continues its free fall: now down 23% year-on-year in July to just 180,767 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 1,410,606 units, down 10% on 2013. Even though it still leads the models ranking thanks to 11,819 sales and 6.5%, the Lada Granta is down 19% on July 2013 and being caught up by the older Hyundai Solaris, astonishingly up 3% to 9,778 units and 5.4% in 2nd place, to be compared with 4% share one year ago! The Kia Rio holds onto the third spot while the Renault Duster is back up to the #4 ranking it also holds year-to-date.

Toyota Camry Russia July 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruFirst Top 10 ranking for the Toyota Camry…

For the first time in 3.5 years (since February 2011 exactly), the Renault Logan is back among the 5 most popular vehicles in Russia thanks to the new generation now frankly gearing up: +31% year-on-year to 5,630 sales and 3.1%. A telling sign that the Russian car market is undertaking a fast and drastic transformation: if in 2011 a 5th place meant the Logan was the best-seller foreign car in the country, now it only means it is 4th, with only one Lada in the Top 5 (the Granta) vs. 4 in 2011… To the Russian manufacturer’s credit, this month’s results are better than usual this year: the Largus gains one percentage point of market share yoy at #6  and 3.1%, the Kalina is up 17% to #7 and the Priora back up 5 spots on June to reclaim a spot in the Top 10 at #9.

Opel Mokka Russia July 2014. Picture courtesy of… and first Top 25 ranking for the Opel Mokka, becoming the brand’s best-seller in Russia.

The Toyota Camry breaks into the Top 10 for the first time in spite of sales down 26% to 3,122 units, the Kia Cee’d is up 5 ranks on last month but down 3% yoy to #11, the Toyota Corolla is up 42% to #15, the Skoda Rapid up 10% and 4 spots on June to #16 and 2,578 sales for its third month in market and the Opel Mokka breaks into the monthly Top 25 for the very first time at #25 thanks to sales up 296% to 1,938 for a 1.1% market share. Brand-wise, Lada drops 25% to 15.5% share, ahead of Kia (-11%), Renault (-16%), Hyundai (-2%) and Toyota (-9%). Skoda (+4%), Mercedes and Mazda (both at +13%) are the only manufacturers gaining ground yoy. Notice also Lexus up 21%, Jeep up 57% and Porsche up 29%.

Previous month: Russia June 2014: Skoda Rapid lands in deteriorating market

One year ago: Russia July 2013: VW Polo and Chevrolet Cruze break records

Full July 2014 Top 25 models and Top 57 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Germany July 2014: Mercedes E-Class in Top 10

August 7th, 2014 14 comments

Mercedes E Class Germany July 2014Mercedes E-Class

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When Germany sneezes, the European market catches a cold, and reversely when the German new car market is up 7% year-on-year to 270,249 registrations like it is the case in July, then all is good in this world. The year-to-date total now stands at 1,808,517 units, up 3% on 2013. The Top 8 most popular brands in the country return to exactly the same state as the year-to-date ranking, with Volkswagen leading the way by far (+10%) ahead of Mercedes (stable), Audi (+12%), BMW (+11%), Opel (+6%), Ford (+8%), Skoda (up an impressive 25%) and Renault (-7%). Seat shines at +12% in 9th position, as do Citroen (+25%), Volvo (+35), Porsche (+41%), Land Rover (+39%), Infiniti (+564%) and Maserati (+387%).

Mercedes V Class Germany July 2014First Top 100 ranking for the Mercedes V-Class at home.

Model-wise, Volkswagen monopolises the podium with the Golf (+18%), Passat (-4%) and Tiguan (+26%) while the Audi A3 is very solid again in 4th place (+14%) ahead of a weak VW Polo (-20%). Last discounted models for the Opel Corsa at #6 (+33%), an 8 spot jump on June for the VW Touran into #8 both this month and year-to-date (making it 5 Volkswagens in the Top 8), and the Mercedes E-Class in summer form at #10, its first Top 10 ranking since last November and to be compared to the #5 spot it hit one year ago in July 2013. Further down, the Seat Leon continues to amaze at #19 (+36%), the Ford Kuga is up 43% to #29, the Skoda Rapid is up 11 spots to #39 and the VW Beetle up 16 to #44.

BMW i8 Germany July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.com54 BMW i8 found a buyer in Germany this month.

Among recent launches, the Mercedes V-Class is up 33 ranks on last month to #78, the BMW 2 Series is up 18 to #99, both breaking into the monthly German ranking for the very first time, the Porsche Macan is up 15 to a best-ever #95 and now only 8 units below the Porsche 911 for the title of Porsche’s best-seller at home, the Peugeot 108 lands directly at #115 with 491 sales, the BMW i3 is up to #158 with 211 units and the BMW i8 up 35 spots to #228 at 54 sales.

Previous month: Germany June 2014: VW Golf, Passat and Audi A3 on top

One year ago: Germany July 2013: Mercedes E-Class up to #5

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USA 7 months 2014: Discover the Top 270 models

August 7th, 2014 1 comment

Toyota Corolla USA July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Toyota Corolla is now #6 and #3 Passenger Car year-to-date in the US.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after going through detailed US sales for July, we explore the year-to-date ranking in order to extract some longer-term trends. As a reminder the US light vehicle market is up 5% on 2013 so far this year at 9.6 million units in 7 months. As the year goes by, the year-to-date models ranking cements both its order and its evolution and this month is a perfect illustration: all Top 5 models that were losing ground after 6 months do so again after 7 months, and this is also true for the stable and gaining ones. The Ford F-Series is immobile, patiently awaiting the arrival of the new generation at 429,065 units, while the Chevrolet Silverado disappoints at -2%.

Ram 1500 USA July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Ram Pick-up is still the biggest year-on-year gainer in the Top 10.

The Toyota Camry is up even before the new model has arrived in dealerships (+8%), the RAM pick-up still lodges the largest year-on-year improvement in the Top 10 at +19% and the Honda Accord struggles once again at -2%. In 6th place we have the first change in the year-to-date ladder: boosted by its new generation, the Toyota Corolla overtakes the Nissan Altima at 205,187 units (+12%) vs. 203,107 (+3%). The rest of the Top 10 is unchanged: the Honda Civic at #8 followed by the Ford Fusion and Honda CR-V. The Chevrolet Equinox (#13) and Toyota RAV4 (#14) pass the Ford Focus while the Nissan Rogue (+23%) and Sentra (+43%) are in great shape.

Toyota 4Runner USA July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comToyota 4Runner sales are up 42% so far in the US in 2014.

Further down, the Subaru Forester (+47%) is still sparkling, as are the Mazda CX-5 (+29%), Toyota 4Runner (+42%), Acura MDX (+55%) and Lexus IS (+95%). Notice also the Dodge Grand Caravan and its twin the Chrysler Town & Country both up a very solid 20% year-on-year with almost identical sales figures: 81,530 and 81,246 respectively! The Jeep Cherokee is once again and by far the most popular new nameplate over the past 12 months at #26 and 95,259 units, ahead of the Infiniti Q50 (#116), Mercedes CLA (#145), Mitsubishi Mirage (#163) and Ram ProMaster (#183). There are no other newcomers inside the Top 200, but the Audi A3 (#161, +1098% thanks to the sedan), Porsche Macan (#215) and Lincoln MKC (#216) shine.

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One year ago: USA 7 months 2013: Discover the Top 272 All-models ranking!

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Germany Private Sales July 2014: Ford Fiesta up to 4th place

August 7th, 2014 3 comments

Ford Fiesta Germany July 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deFord Fiesta

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German Private Sales (PS) data is always a little controversial because by definition: are counted as private the cars sold to private buyers. Demo cars, rental cars and long-term leases are not counted as private along with cars sold to companies. This explains the fact that as cars become more expensive, their PS ratio tends to drop: a lot of them are actually on a long-term lease, which can be argued is also a private ‘sale’. In June there were 103,235 new Private Sales in Germany, a 38.2% PS ratio, exactly the same as in June. The year-to-date Private Sales total stands at 644,577 out of an overall market at 1.8 million, or a 37.3% PS ratio.

Mercedes GLA Germany July 2014Outstanding 57% Private Sales ratio for the Mercedes GLA vs. a market average of 38.2%.

As it is the case in the overall ranking (albeit with one other model), Volkswagen monopolises the Private Sales podium with the Golf (34.1% PS ratio), Polo (61.1%) and Tiguan (48.4%) but this month the Ford Fiesta establishes itself in 4th position with private buyers thanks to 2,479 sales and a 57.7% PS ratio much stronger than the one it displays year-to-date (44.4%). Mercedes places no less than 4 models inside the Top 12: the B-Class (#5), C-Class (#7), A-Class (#8) and E-Class (#12) while Audi only has one (the A3 at #6) and BMW none, with its best performer at a low #17 (the 1 Series). Finally, notice the Mini at #15, the VW Beetle at #27 and the Mercedes GLA at a best-ever #33.

Previous month: Germany Private Sales June 2014: BMW 1 Series up to 5th place

One year ago: Germany Private Sales July 2013: Adam Opel’s best-seller

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