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World September 2014: Mercedes > Audi, posts best-ever month

October 27th, 2014 4 comments

Mercedes C Class World September 2014Mercedes C-Class

The Mercedes brand sold 162,746 vehicles worldwide in September, the best-ever month in its 88-year history and a 14 percent year-on-year increase. This enables Mercedes to pass Audi and rank #2 premium brand in the world below BMW for the month of September. Even though Audi sales are up 6% to 159,950 units, it wasn’t enough to resist Mercedes’ progression. Whereas Mercedes is benefitting from strong sales of its redesigned A, C, E and S Class as well as a great start for the GLA and CLA models, Audi has pushed its planned overhauls of the A4 and Q7 into 2015.

Audi A3 USA August 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe A3 Sedan is enjoying a good start in the USA.

Audi has been the world’s No.2 premium automaker since 2011 when it overtook Mercedes, however its lead over the the Daimler division has thawed from 118,110 units a year ago to 103,494 in 2014. Automotive News Europe quoted Frankfurt-based Commerzbank analyst Sascha Gommel as saying “Mercedes will catch up further with BMW and Audi in coming months, they simply got the freshest product lineup.” Audi has a goal of boosting full-year sales to above 1.7 million vehicles from last year’s record 1.58 million, relying on momentum in China and Europe where it leads the premium segment, while Mercedes is simply targeting brand deliveries above last year’s record 1.46 million cars. Both brands are vying to snatch the global luxury-sales crown from BMW by the end of the decade.

BMW i8 Germany July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comBMW has sold over 10,000 “i” models worldwide, including 341 i8 (above)

September saw worldwide sales of BMW branded vehicles grow by 6.1% to a total of 167,584 vehicles, lifting the year-to-date total to 1.319.492 sales, up an excellent 9.1% on the same period last year. Good news: BMW graciously made available global sales by model for the first 9 months of 2014. The BMW 2 Series Convertible & Coupé total 19,941 sales, the BMW 3 Series is up 3.7% to 349,930 units, an incredible result given the arrival of the 4 Series at 81,876 sales. The 5 Series is up 2.8% to 278,479 sales and the X5 is up 34.2% to 104,997 units thanks to the new generation. Finally, a significant milestone: BMW i range sales now total 10,540 for the year to date with 10,199 BMW i3s and 341 BMW i8s sold. Note the i8 is sold out through the end of 2014 in the USA. Source: Manufacturers, Automotive News

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Europe 8 months 2014: Dacia and Skoda help lift market up 6%

October 23rd, 2014 6 comments

Dacia Duster Europe August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frEuropean sales of low-cost manufacturer Dacia are up 31% so far in 2014.

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After detailed data for August, we now explore the year-to-date European sales charts to try and extract longer-term trends. If in 2013 the sales trend in Europe was a very clear “Low-cost or Premium” with very little mainstream brands standing out, in 2014 this has smoothed out a little. However looking at the manufacturers gaining the most ground so far, a clear picture still takes shape. Budget brands are still the ones making the most progress in Europe this year. Superstar of the market for almost a decade now, Renault-owned low-cost manufacturer Dacia doesn’t seem to be nearing any sales plateauing, up another 31% over 8 months to 250,231 sales and overtaking Kia and Seat in the process. There are many reasons to this as I detailed in my exclusive Dacia interview Paris Auto Show.

Skoda Yeti Europe August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSkoda is up 19% and now flirting with the Top 10 most popular brands on the continent.

Skoda is the other manufacturer behaving exceptionally well this year at +19% to 382,202 units, mainly thanks to the Octavia testing new highs all across the continent, and given the new generation Fabia is just about to be launched, expect Skoda sales to spike up for a little while more. The Volkswagen-owned Czech manufacturer now ranks just outside the Top 10 brands on the continent (#11), although it has managed to break into the monthly Top 10 a few times already in 2014 (#9 both in July and August) and should, if all goes well, pass Fiat to establish itself in the Top 10 in 2015. Think: Dacia and Skoda together account for 120.000 additional European sales so far compared to the same period in 2013, or 1 in 4 additional sales overall in Europe!

Renault Captur Europe August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Captur helps Renault deliver the strongest year-on-year gains in the Top 10 at +11%.

In an overall ranking extremely stable compared to one year ago (Top 10 unchanged), the list of other manufacturers frankly outperforming the market is a lot more diverse than it was last year when it was roughly confined to the premium German brands. Renault is up 11% thanks to the Captur and the Clio IV still on the up, Seat benefits from the exceptional success of the Leon to grow by 12%, Volvo is up 10% thanks to an performance of a new addition to its range the V40, Mazda is up 21% thanks to the new 3 and Suzuki gains 12% thanks to the SX4 S-Cross. That’s for the Top 20 brands. Outside, Mitsubishi is up 26% thanks to the Outlander PHeV doing well in countries favouring electric cars such as the Netherlands and Norway, Porsche is on fire at +20% thanks to the Macan, Jeep is up 42% and should continue on this trajectory with the Cherokee reaching cruise level and, most importantly, the Renegade bring the Italian-American brand down to European size by hitting the boo most compact SUV segment.

Tesla Model S Europe August 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.com P26,200 Tesla Model S have found a buyer in Europe so far this year.

Premium-prestige brands are doing well: Tesla is up 1988% to 6.201 sales but really only launched one year ago with the Model S, Maserati is up 388% thanks to the Ghibli, Lexus is up 25% to 17.523 units, Infiniti up 89% to a still anecdotal 2,454 sales, Bentley is up 13% to 1.662 units and Rolls Royce is up 51% to 454 sales.

Model-wise, below the usual suspects in the Top 10, 9 vehicles stand out in the Top 50 with year-on-year gains superior to 30%: the Peugeot 2008 (+368%) and Renault Captur (+210%) of course, but also the Peugeot 308 and Seat Leon both up 62%, the Opel Mokka up 61% and earning a spot in the Top 35, the Citroen C4 Picasso up 56% and now segment leader, the Dacia Duster up 46% to enter the Top 25, the Fiat 500L up 41% thanks mainly to its success at home in Italy and the Opel Insignia (+34%) enjoying a second wind and return inside the European Top 50 at #41 thanks to its facelift.

Mercedes GLA Europe August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mercedes GLA is the most successful new nameplate in Europe so far in 2014.

Further down, let’s salute the Nissan Note up 146% to #62, the Dacia Logan up 177% to #74 both thanks to their new generations, the BMW 4 Series landing at #87 and the Mazda3 up 119% to #90. The Mercedes GLA has been the most successful all-new nameplate over past 12 months, climbing up to #101 with 25,779 sales this year (and already knocking on the monthly Top 50’s door), ahead of the VW Golf Sportsvan at #117, BMW 2 Series at #156, Citroen C4 Cactus at #157, Peugeot 108 at #180, Ford Ecosport at #199 and Mercedes V-Class at #206.

Previous post: Europe August 2014: Now with Top 330 models and Top 55 brands!

Previous monthly post: Europe September 2014: VW Golf and Polo biggest gainers in Top 10

Previous month: Europe August 2014: 12th month of year-on-year gains

One year ago: Europe August 2013: BMW 3 Series and Audi A3 smash records

Full 8 months 2014 Top 60 brands and Top 340 models Ranking Tables below.

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Europe August 2014: Now with Top 330 models and Top 55 brands!

October 23rd, 2014 1 comment

VW Golf Sportsvan Europe August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf Sportsvan breaks into the European Top 30 this month.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after studying the Top 10 models and brands in Europe we now go into the full ranking. We backtrack a little bit this month with August data finally available. First a bit of memory refresh. In August, the European new car market celebrates 12 consecutive months of year-on-year growth at +3%, with the year-to-date total up 6% on 2013 to 8.6 million units. In the models ranking, the Top 10 highlights were the VW Golf selling double any other model on the continent for the first time in the history of the nameplate and the VW Passat back among Europe’s 10 most popular vehicles for the first time since November. Beyond this, there is as always a lot of movement in the sales charts. Boosted by the tremendous success of its SW variant (41% of orders Europe-wide), the Peugeot 308 is up 59% to #14, the Dacia Sandero is up 6 spots on July to #16 and the Dacia Duster is up 43% on August 2013 to #18.

Renault Twingo Europe September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Twingo

Outside the Top 20, the Seat Leon does not slow down: up another 42% at #24, while the VW Golf Sportsvan spectacularly breaks into both the Top 50 and Top 30 for the very first time, up 23 ranks on July to land at #29 with 6,531, also instantly leading its category above the perennial leaders: the Citroen C4 Picasso (#35) and Renault Scénic (#53)! The Mini continues to climb the European ladder now that the third generation is establishing itself, up a further two ranks to #36 vs. #58 year-to-date, the Renault Twingo is already feeling the effects of the new model piping in: up a huge 46 spots on last month to #41 and the Skoda Rapid can thank its hatchback variant for another record ranking in Europe at #46.

BMW X5 Europe August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frEuropean BMW X5 sales are 6 times what they were in August 2013.

The Mercedes GLA is getting closer to the Top 50, gaining another 13 ranks to a best-ever #59 with 4,094 sales, the Mazda3 takes off at #67 vs. #90 year-to-date as do the Peugeot 108 up 37 ranks to #77, the Citroen C4 Cactus up 21 to #84, delivering a second consecutive month above the C4 (#97) and the BMW X5 up 6-fold on August 2013 at #86. The Porsche Macan is still by very far the brand’s best-seller on the continent at #136 with 1.115 sales vs. #163 and 662 units for the Porsche 911. Brand-wise, Skoda (22%) is the biggest gainer in the Top 20 this month, with Mazda (+15%), Volkswagen, Ford and Volvo (+14%) also performing well. Below, notice Mitsubishi up 60% thanks to the Outlander PHEV, Porsche up 43%, Jeep up 47%, Tesla up 80% and Maserati up 202%.

Previous post: Europe September 2014: VW Golf and Polo biggest gainers in Top 10

Previous August post: Europe August 2014: 12th month of year-on-year gains

Previous month: Europe July 2014: Peugeot 308 and Dacia Duster strongest in Top 50

One year ago: Europe August 2013: BMW 3 Series and Audi A3 smash records

Full August 2014 Top 333 models and Top 55 brands Ranking Tables below.

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USA 9 months 2014: Discover the Top 275 best-selling models

October 23rd, 2014 No comments

GMC Yukon USA September 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comGMC Yukon sales are up 62% so far in 2014 thanks to the new model.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring the US sales charts for September (now with separate models and brands updates), we look into the year-to-date rankings to try and extract longer term trends. As a whole the US new light vehicle market is up a very satisfying 5.5% so far in 2014 to 12.43 million units, helped by another strong score in September (+9%). In the brands ranking, Ford keeps going against the market at -1% so far in 2014 to 1.8 million units, burdened by another 3% loss in September. Thanks to sales up 20% this month, Chevrolet is now 14.900 units above Toyota year-to-date vs. just 2.300 one month ago. However the long-term trend still favours Toyota (+5%) over the American carmaker (+3%). Just below Honda in 5th place, Nissan’s impressive run sees no sign of slowing down, lifted by a 22% surge in September to a record 978.392 units in 9 months, up 14% on 2013. Other great gainers this year include Jeep up 45%, Subaru up 20%, Ram up 25%, Mitsubishi up 30% and Maserati up 307%.

Ford F150 USA September 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe transition to the new gen F-150 means Ford F–Series sales are stagnant in 2014 so far.

Model-wise, the Ford F-Series manages to remain at -0.4% on 2013 to 557.037 units in spite being in the midst of changing over to the new aluminium-bodied F-150. For the second straight month GM full-size pickups outsold the F-Series with the Chevy Silverado above 50,000 sales in September and for only the second time in 6 years. Nothing to be worried about at Ford with the F-Series a huge 175.000 units above the Silverado so far this year vs. 199.000 one year ago.Despite ranking third this month with a 8.000 sales advantage over the Toyota Camry, the Ram Pickup remains in 4th position year-to-date just under 320.000 sales (15.000 below the Camry), up 22% year-on-year mainly thanks to the addition of ecoDiesel versions to its 1500 base model. A Full Year 2014 third spot for the Ram is still in the cards, pending how smoothly the transition to the facelifted Camry goes. If that were to happen it would be only the second time in the past two decades (along with 2003) that pickup trucks monopolise the annual podium. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

Kia Soul USA September 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe new generation lifts Kia Soul sales up 28% this year.

Inside the Top 50, a few changes on top: the Honda CR-V overtakes the Ford Fusion to rank #9 year-to-date while the Hyundai Elantra passes the Ford Focus to #15. The biggest gainers don’t change much: the Nissan Sentra up 44% to #22, Subaru Forester up 40% to #27, Mazda CX-5 up 29% to #49, Kia Soul up 28% to #28, Toyota RAV4 up 26% to #13, Hyundai Santa Fe also up 26% to #48, Nissan Rogue up 24% to #19, BMW 3&4 Series up 21% to #40 and the Nissan Versa up 20% to #32. The trend at play here is a simple one: out of 10 models gaining 20% or more in the Top 50, only one (the Ram Pickup) is American, there rest are either Japanese (6), Korean (2) or German (1). Far from being an isolated case, this trend replicates itself when we enlarge the count to the Top 100, adding another 6 Japanese and just one American – the Buick Encore up 59% to #92.

Ram ProMaster USA September 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comAt #172, the Ram ProMaster is one of only 4 all-new models in the 2014 US Top 200.

We have to go down to #107 to find an American model gaining over 60%: the GMC Yukon takes full advantage of its new generation to grow 62% and 26 spots year-on-year to #107. The Chevrolet Corvette up 231% to #115 and GMC Savana up 101% to #120 also register significant sales movement, as do the Mercedes S-Class (+122%) and Fiat 500L (+137%). It’s a very lonely road at the top for the Jeep Cherokee, the only all-new model inside the Top 170 at #25 and 128,572 sales… The Ram ProMaster follows at #172, while the Lincoln MKC (#190) and Acura TLX (#197) break into the year-to-date Top 200 for the first time, with the Porsche Macan (#206, +1) not far off. The Ford Transit (+14 to #221) and BMW i3 (+11 to #225) also leap up.

Previous post (models): USA September 2014 Chevy Silverado and Nissan Sentra on fire

Previous post (brands): USA September 2014: GM fleet, Jeep lift market up 9%, Big 3 back to Top 3

Previous month: USA 8 months 2014: Discover the Top 273 best-selling models!

One year ago: USA 9 months 2013: Discover the Top 276 best-selling models!

Full 9 months 2014 Top 275 models and Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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South Korea August 2014: Now with Top 190 All-models ranking!

October 23rd, 2014 No comments

Jeep Cherokee South Korea August 2014. Picture courtesy of motorian.krFirst appearance of the new Jeep Cherokee in the South Korean rankings.

* See the Top 190 All-models and Top 30 All-brands by clicking on the title! Thanks Falkonz *

120,104 new cars were registered in South Korea in August. Brand-wise, below the 5 locals (Hyundai, Kia, GM-Chevrolet/Daewoo, SsangYong and Renault Samsung), BMW (2.7%), Mercedes (2.6%) and Audi (2.3%) all improve their market shares vs. July, knocking Volkswagen down to #9 overall. However these are the only manufacturers above… 0.5% market share! Below Toyota at 0.5%, Lexus, Mini, Ford and Land Rover all follow at 0.4% share. Model-wise, the Mercedes E-Class remains the most popular foreigner, up one spot to #25 while the Audi A6 overtakes the BMW 5 Series to take the 2nd foreigner spot at #27 vs. #29. These three models are the only ones from a non-Korean brand to sell over 1,000 units this month, and the VW Tiguan at #30 makes it only 4 strangers in the Top 30. The first non-German foreigner is the Lexus ES at #56, ahead of the Range Rover at #61, Toyota Camry at #62, Infiniti Q50 at #66 and Nissan Altima at #68. We welcome 4 all-new models in the South Korean ranking this month: the Jeep Cherokee at #96, Mercedes GLA at #130, BMW X4 at #143 and BMW i3 at #144.

Previous post: South Korea Full Year 2013: Now available with Top 25 brands

Previous monthly post: South Korea September 2014: New Kia Sorento shoots up to #3

Previous All-models post: South Korea July 2014: Now with all-models and all-brands!

Full August 2014 Top 190 All-models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal September 2014: VW Golf confirms pole position

October 21st, 2014 1 comment

VW Golf Portugal September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Golf

* See the Top 195 models and Top 33 All-brands by clicking on the title! Thanks Antonio *

The spectacular recovery of the Portuguese new car market is still ongoing: sales are up 32% year-on-year in September to 9,701 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 107,404 registrations, up 35% on 2013. Peugeot takes the lead of the brands ranking this month, overtaking Volkswagen with sales up 67% to 1,025 for a 10.4% market share thanks to great performances of the 208 (#2 above the Renault Clio), 308 (#11) and 2008 (#19 just below the Captur). Renault remains leader year-to-date however with 11.5% share vs. 9.6% for Volkswagen and 9% for Peugeot. Notice also Nissan up 106%, Dacia up 98% and Skoda up 81%.

Mercedes C Class Portugal September 2014The Mercedes C-Class is up to #6 in Portugal this month.

Surprise in the models sales charts: whereas it had never topped the ranking in the time BSCB has been following Portugal monthly (June 2013), the VW Golf ranks first for the 2nd straight month with a very satisfying 5.7% market share (vs. 3.5% year-to-date). This means the Portuguese market has been dominated by a Volkswagen for 3 consecutive months now (the Polo was #1 in July). Below the Nissan Qashqai strong once again at #4, Mercedes manages to place two models inside the Tp 6 (the A-Class at #5 and C-Class at #6), something no other manufacturer was able to do this month! Mercedes is the #3 brand in the country in September ahead of Renault with a huge 9% market share…

Previous month: Portugal August 2014: VW Golf takes the lead in market up 26%

One year ago: Portugal September 2013: BMW 3 Series up to 2nd place!

Full Top 195 models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Singapore September 2014: Honda increases sales 8-fold

October 21st, 2014 No comments

Honda Jazz Singapore September 2014. Picture courtesy of posttoday.comHonda Jazz

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New car sales in Singapore are up a whopping 50% year-on-year in September to 2,946 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 20,124 units, up 18% on 2013. Toyota including Lexus continues to outperform the market at +89% to 19.7% market share this month, while Mercedes (+38%) and especially BMW (-16%) lose share. What is happening in Singapore is simply the market progressively returning to where it was in 2010 before a surge in the Certificates of Entitlement’s price (basically the right to drive a car in Singapore) reduced new car sales to mainly premium brands. BMW topped the annual charts in 2011 and 2012 and Mercedes did so in 2013. These two brands are now receding, while mass brands shoot back up: Honda is up 689%, Nissan up 419%, Suzuki up 280%, Mazda up 252%, Subaru up 218%, Hyundai up 191% and Kia up 169%!

Previous month: Singapore August 2014: Toyota/Lexus and Nissan in great shape

One year ago: Singapore September 2013: BMW only 14 units below Mercedes year-to-date

Full September Top 33 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Paris Auto Show 2014: Top 10 Best of Cars & Fashion exhibition

October 20th, 2014 No comments

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The Cars and Fashion exhibition was on as part of the Paris Auto Show 2014, displaying some pretty spectacular models. My 10 favourites are featured below.

Alfa Romeo Montreal Coupé Bertone

Alfa Romeo Montreal Coupé Bertone 2

Alfa Romeo Montreal Coupé Bertone detail1. Alfa Romeo Montreal Coupé Bertone

This Coupé is based on a prototype designed by Marcello Gandini (who also designed the Lamborghini Miura), while he was working with Bertone. The prototype was exhibited at the Montreal Universal Exhibition in 1967, with the objective being to create and exhibit “La massima aspiration dell’uomo in fatto di automobili”, man’s highest aspiration in the matter of automobile. Bringing this prototype into production ended up being more difficult than expected and had to wait until the 1971 Model Year. 3.925 were produced between December 1970 and July 1974 and the Coupé Bertone was sold until 1977. It remains one of the most beautiful Italian coupés of the seventies.

Maserati Boomerang2. Maserati Boomerang Concept Car Ital-Design

Giorgetto Giugiaro founds Ital Design in 1968 and presents the Maserati Boomerang in 1971, one of the sassiest concepts of Maserati’s entire history. The Boomerang features a cutting or even bleeding-edge line, anticipating a few years early what would end up being Maserati’s style over the second half of the seventies. The future continues inside with an ultra-modern dashboard that features all instruments grouped inside the steering wheel which literately revolves around the meters.

Mercedes Benz C111-II3. Mercedes-Benz C111-II

The Mercedes C111 was unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 1969. This “research-car” intrigued at the time, mainly because of its “cornered” lines pushed to the extreme, its scissor doors, incredible metallic orange paint and body made of glass fiber reinforced plastic. 6 months later at the 1970 Geneva Auto Show, a reworked version, called C111-II was unveiled. It featured a larger boot and quad rotor engine. A total of 14 examples were manufactured between 1969 and 1979, including 6 C111-II, but this model was never commercialised.

Alfa Romeo Carabo

Alfa Romeo Carabo 2

Alfa Romeo Carabo detail4. Alfa Romeo Carabo

The Alfa Romeo Carabo was designed by Marcello Gandini and presented by Bertone in 1968. It marked a brutal severance from the curvy and voluptuous lines that were fashionable at the time. With its irised green colour and golden windshield, the Carabo clearly evokes a beetle – especially with its outstretched hydraulically-assisted revolving doors, hence its name referring to a kind of scarab. This prototype was created in record time, despite the technical challenges posed by an extremely fragile windshield composed of two leafs of glass sandwiching a thin gold leaf.

Unveiled at the Bertone stand at the 1968 Paris Auto Show, the Carabo is a real shock for many visitors, but the warm welcome it received had Alfa Romeo trust Bertone once again for a new V8 Coupé: the Montreal (see above). By imposing its brutal and cuneiform design, the Alfa Romeo Carabo, a strange concept car with psychedelic colours remains, almost 50 years after its creation, one of the most important milestones in the history of automobile design.

Renault Alpine A3105. Renault Alpine A310

At the same time the successor of the twice World Rally Car champion Renault Alpine A110 and aimed at competing with Porsche, the Renault Alpine A310 had a tough task ahead when it launched in 1971. The A310 had a more aggressive look than the A110 with its tight line and 6 headlamps, but was however destined more to gentlemen-drivers than pure rallymen. The interior now sports carpet, is a lot more comfortable than the A110 and its features are much richer. The car is much heavier too at an additional 200kg which will attract criticism from the press, handicapping the car’s supposedly sporty status.

Peugeot 402 Eclipse6. Peugeot 402 Eclipse

Invented by amateur designer Georges Paulin, the retractable roof first appeared on the 1934 Peugeot 401, the first car series in the entire world to feature this system. The Peugeot 402 offers a ‘Coach’ version with retractable roof called Eclipse as soon as its launch in 1935. 580 examples would be produced between 1935 and 1941.

Renault Juvaquatre7. Renault Juvaquatre Fourgonette

The Renault Juvaquatre is Renault’s first frameless vehicle and was born before World War II. It is also the first Renault to be produced when the brand’s Billancourt factory was rebooted after the war. This vehicle is the symbol of a time when France was lacking everything and most of all cars. It was purchased as humble help for a flurry of small crafts (boulanger, plumber, deliveryman) but was also used as improvised family car, making it the ancestor to the current Renault Kangoo.

Citroen SM Carburateur8. Citroen SM Carburateur

Aerodynamic, fast and nervous but also comfortable, enjoyable to drive with exemplary handling, the Citroen SM, introduced at the 1970 Geneva Auto Show, is one of the most prestigious cars in the history of automobile. It is the result of a collaboration between Citroen and Maserati (for the engine), this FWD model introduces the notion of “Grand Tourism”, enabling high speed driving at a security levels previously unknown for a series car.

Prototype Courreges Bulle9. Prototype Courrèges Bulle

Renault 4 Parisienne10. Renault 4 Parisienne

France September 2014: Now with Top 300 models & All-brands

October 16th, 2014 No comments

Citroen C1 II France September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst Top 30 ranking at home for the second generation Citroen C1.

* See the Top 160 best-selling models and Top 47 All-brands by clicking on the title! *

Thanks to my correspondents in the place (thanks Patricia and Christian) and L’Argus I can now share with you actuals for the French models and brands sales charts after a one month-hiatus. And there is a lot to learn this month. The new Peugeot 108 shoots up to #27 with 1,389 sales, just 4 units above the Citroen C1 II at #28 while the Toyota Aygo II has to do with a more modest 75th place with 447 sales. The most impressive evolution goes without a doubt to the Mercedes GLA: the compact SUV brilliantly breaks into the French Top 50 for the very first time directly to #38 thanks to 909 sales – compared to #79 in July, its last known monthly ranking. This means the GLA is already Mercedes’ third best-seller in France below the A Class (#32) and B Class (#33) but above the C Class (#46), CLA (#92) and E Class (#106), and could very well become the brand’s most popular model in the country before the end of the year. Talk about an absolute success…

Jeep Renegade France September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst month of sales in France for the Jeep Renegade

Further down, the Nissan X-Trail benefits fully from the new model and climbs to #67 vs. #132 year-to-date and #175 in 2013, the Mitsubishi Outlander shoots up to #80 vs. #143 so far this year, the BMW 2 Series breaks into the French Top 100 thanks to the arrival of the Active Tourer variant at #82 and 432 sales, the BMW X4 is up to #127, the Porsche Macan up to #143 and the Mercedes V Class up to #150. There are three newcomers in the French Top 200 in September: the Nissan Pulsar at #118 with 244 sales, the Jeep Renegade at #158 and 101 units and the Lexus NX 300H at #170 with 81 sales.

Full September 2014 Top 300 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Hong Kong (China) September 2014: Lexus NX directly in Top 20

October 16th, 2014 4 comments

Lexus NX300h Hong Kong September 2014Lexus NX

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New car sales in Hong Kong are up a very robust 26% year-on-year in September to 5,335 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 39,678 units, up 14% on 2013. The models ranking podium is identical to the year-to-date order with the Toyota Hiace, Crown LPG Taxi and Noah dominating the sales charts. The Mercedes CLA becomes no less than the most popular passenger car in Hong Kong this month thanks to 143 sales lifting it up to 4th place overall. The BMW X5 (+10 spots on August to #6) and Mercedes C Class (+17 to #10) also shine but the big event of the month is to be found a little below…

Mercedes CLA Hong Kong September 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Mercedes CLA is simply the best-selling passenger car in Hong Kong this month…

For its very first appearance in the Hong Kong sales charts, the Lexus NX beats its previous world-best ranking (#22 in Taiwan) and lands directly at #19 with 74 sales and 1.4% share, also by far Lexus’s best-seller here. Notice also the Audi A3 up 88 ranks on last month to #20, BMW X1 up 29 to #23, Porsche Macan up 44 to #31 and Maserati Ghibli at #42. Finally, we welcome 3 additional newcomers in the ranking this month: the BMW X4 at #69, the Mercedes GLA at #85 and the Lamborghini Huracan at #156.

Previous month: Hong Kong (China) August 2014: Mercedes CLA #3 passenger car!

One year ago: Hong Kong (China) September 2013: Mercedes A and CLA Class up

Full September 2014 Top 175 models and Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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