Japan July 2017: Nissan Note reclaims top spot, Toyota C-HR down

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

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The Japanese new car market is up 2.9% year-on-year in July to 427.527 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally up 8.3% to 3.210.088 units. Market leader Toyota drops a worrying 9.2% year-on-year but hits a strong 31.1% share vs. 30.4% year-to-date. Honda (+3.4%) remains in 2nd place while Suzuki (+7.9%) overtakes Daihatsu (+12.1%) to return to the third place it holds year-to-date. Nissan remains 5th in spots of a splendid 27.8% gain, while Subaru (+19.3%), Mitsubishi (+11.2%) and Hino (+15.6%) all post double-digit gains in the Top 10. Struggling Japanese brands include Lexus (-31.4%) and UD Trucks (-16.7%). Mercedes (+0.7%) continues to lead foreign brands followed by BMW (+0.4%), Volkswagen (-16.1%) and Audi (-3.2%). Renault (+88.5%), Citroen (+106.9%) and Maserati (+66.7%) shine among foreigners.

The Honda Fit is boosted up 24% to #4 by its refresh. 

In the regular cars ranking, the Nissan Note (+28%) reclaims the top spot for the first time since last March and only the third time this year, edging past the Toyota Prius (-57%) and Aqua (-24%) both only 400 sales below. Boosted by a recent refresh, the Honda Fit bounces back up 24% and four spots on June to #4, posting its largest monthly volume in over two years. After five consecutive months of five-digit volumes, the Toyota C-HR slumps to 8.069 sales as the honeymoon period ends with novelty-thirsty consumers. It will be interesting to see where the C-HR stabilises, given its main competitor the Honda Vezel is down 19% to just above 5.000 sales this month. The Subaru Impreza (+125%) continues to benefit from the new model, hitting a splendid 7th place, while the Toyota Roomy (#13) and Tank (#14) have stabilised at higher levels than expected. The new generation Toyota Camry makes a rare appearance in the Top 30 at #26 (+644%) and we also welcome back the Mazda CX-3 at #30.

The valiant Honda N-BOX is the best-selling vehicle in Japan in July.

In the kei car aisle, the Honda N-BOX (+11%) remains on top, even managing to snap the title of best-selling vehicle in the country in July thanks to 14.503 units. It distances the Nissan Dayz (+61%), Daihatsu Tanto (-8%) and Daihatsu Mira (+95%) boosted by its facelift. The Suzuki Wagon R (+52%), Daihatsu Move (+37%) and Suzuki Spacia (+21%) also shine while the Subaru Chiffon, the only new nameplate in the past 12 months, is stuck in 20th place.

Previous post: Japan First Half 2017: Toyota C-HR storms into third place, Prius #1

Previous month: Japan June 2017: Toyota Prius, C-HR, Vitze lead in market up 13.4%

One year ago: Japan July 2016: Toyota up to 35.2% share, Nissan Dayz and Mitsubishi eK back

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Canada July 2017: General Motors helps market up 4.9%

Chevrolet Silverado sales are up 28% year-on-year in Canada in July. 

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As opposed to its neighbour the U.S., the Canadian new light vehicle market continues to evolve at record pace in 2017. July sales are up 4.9% to 182.099 units, a record for the month, leading to a year-to-date tally also up 4.9% to a record 1.223.420 deliveries after seven months. Ford Motor remains in the lead of the groups ranking in spite of a 7.1% year-on-year drop, while General Motors shoots up 21.6% to overtake FCA (-4.9%) and snap the 2nd spot year-to-date. Hyundai-Kia (-5.3%) continue to struggle, Toyota Motor (+3.8%) follows the market but Honda Motor (+9.9%), Nissan Motor (+13.1%) and most impressively the Volkswagen Group (+33.2%) frankly beat the overall growth.

The Nissan Titan ranks #35 in Canada in July. 

Brand-wise, Ford holds the fort in spite of a 7.5% decline, while the rest of the Top 4, unchanged on June, progresses faster than the market: Toyota is up 5.1%, Honda up 10.7% and Chevrolet up 16.5%. Hyundai (-14.8%) post the largest decline in the Top 10, whereas Nissan (+11%), Jeep (+35.9%), GMC (+26.3%) and Volkswagen (+37.9%) all post very solid gains. Ram is in difficulty at -9.7%. Notice also Mercedes up 10.7%, Mazda up 11.5%, Kia up 15%, Audi up 29.7%, Mitsubishi up 29.9%, Buick up 34.9%, Cadillac up 40.7%, Tesla up 45.2%, Maserati up 86.7% and Alfa Romeo up 1071%.

The Nissan Qashqai is now inside the Canadian Top 40. 

In the models ranking, if the Ford F-Series continues to gallop ahead at +5%, the Ram Pickup makes a pause at -14% and posts less than half the sales of the F-Series this month. The Honda Civic soars 23% to cement its position as Canada’s best-selling car, while both the Chevrolet Silverado (+28%) and GMC Sierra (+19%) sport significant gains. The Hyundai Elantra (-19%), Toyota RAV4 (-6%) and Ford Escape (-7%) all disappoint while the Jeep Cherokee (+26%), VW Golf (+63%), Hyundai Tucson (+18%) and Mazda3 (+20%) impress. Further down, the Nissan Titan (+771%), Qashqai (+27 spots to #38), Jeep Compass (+417%) and Mercedes GLC (+119%) make themselves noticed.

Previous month: Canada June 2017: Ford F-Series hits record, 3rd month above 200.000 units

One year ago: Canada July 2016: F-Series propels Ford Motor Co back above FCA

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China July 2017: Haval H6 leads, market lifted up 4.3% by SUVs

Facelifted Haval H6 Coupe (red label). Picture auto.sohu.com

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Light vehicle sales in China are up for the second month in a row at +4.3% year-on-year in July to 1.678.900 units, an impressive feat on its own as July 2016 sales were boosted up 26% by the prospect of a tax increase on small engine vehicles, which took effect on January 1. Sales of these vehicles, with engine capacity of 1.6L and lower, are down just 1% year-on-year in July – an exploit – at 1.113.000 units, accounting for 66.3% of the passenger car market vs. 69.8% a year ago. These vehicles add up to 8.809.000 units year-to-date or 68.1% of the market, down 2.5% on the previous year. Looking at sales by segment, SUVs are once again the sole engine of growth as they are the only segment posting a year-on-year gain at +16.3% to 694.118 units while sedans are down 0.3% to 824.900, MPVs down 9.9% to 132.361 and minibuses down 39% to 27.500.

All-new Haval H6 (blue label). Picture auto.sohu.com 

Overall so far in 2017, the Chinese light vehicle market is up 2% to a record 12.931.000 units. Adding to this, commercial vehicle sales are up 18.4% in July to 293.000 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 17.5% to 2.394.000 deliveries. In total, July sales of all vehicles – passenger cars and commercial vehicles – are up 6.2% year-on-year to 1.971.000 units and lead to a 2017 total of 15.325.000 units, up 4.1% on the same period in 2016.

The Baojun 510 now ranks 4th overall in China, once again beating its volume record. 

As far as the – much discussed – share of Chinese manufacturers in different segments, in July Chinese-branded passenger cars are up 7.2% to 679.000 units or 40.5% of the total PC market, up from 39.4% a year ago. Chinese car sales are up 4.1% to 148.000 or 18% of this segment, up from 17.2% a year ago. The biggest improvement is to be seen in the booming SUV segment where Chinese brands are up 25.2% to 394.000 sales or 57.1% share, up from 53.8% a year ago. The Chinese share of MPVs is down from 85.6% to 80.2% as sales slump 16.5% to 110.000. Over the first seven months of 2017, Chinese branded passenger cars add up to 5.619.000 sales, up 4.7% year-on-year for a 43.5% market share, up from 42.4% a year ago. SUV share is up from 55.7% to 59.3% thanks to sales up 24.5% to 3.093.000 units, car share is up from 18.7% to 19.5% as sales grow 1.2% to 1.212.000 units but MPV share is down from 89.9% to 84.5% as sales plunge 20.3% to 969.000 units.

The Geely Boyue sells a record 21.872 units in July, outselling the VW Tiguan.

Some manufacturers officially announce Chinese retail sales including imports which vary from the data tables we provide below, and this paragraph is dedicated to these announcements. The Volkswagen Group sees its deliveries gain 8.1% year-on-year in July to 309.100 units, with the VW brand up 8.7% to 228.900 and Audi up 10% to 51.235, reclaiming the premium crown off Mercedes (up 32% to 48.588 including Smart) and BMW (up 8% to 43.311 including Mini). Year-to-date, the VW Group is down slightly at -0.6% to 2.148.000 sales, and Mercedes still holds the premium top spot at 341.267 sales (+34%) ahead of BMW at 336.591 (+17%) and Audi at 306.020 (-9.1%). Honda Motor maintain its advantage over Toyota Motor with 7 month-sales reaching 757.970 (+18%) vs. 732.900 (+6.2%) for Toyota. Ford Motor for its part drops 7% to 84.474 units. Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen continues to implode into oblivion with sales down another 38% in July to 21.104 and year-to-date deliveries down 47% to 168.933. To add insult to injury, the premium DS brand is down 97% to just 22 sales due to a -162 unit-“correction” applied to the DS 6 SUV…

The WEY VV7 improves its debut score by 91%, allowing Great Wall Motors to stay in positive.

As always the China-made wholesale brands data shows a slightly different picture, with Volkswagen up 7% followed by Honda (+11%) and Toyota (+24%). Geely surges 88% to 91.208 sales and becomes the best-selling Chinese brand year-to-date at 616.925 (+87%) vs. 593.240 (-5%) for Changan, down to #8 this month. Buick edges up 1%, Nissan is up a solid 15% and Baojun shoots up 77% to 62.418. Haval drops 10% in 9th place – Great Wall Motors edges up 0.1% to 69.063 (thanks to WEY – see further down) and just 2% year-to-date at 529.806. Hyundai (-29%) is finally on the mend: up 6 spots on June to #10, but Kia is still struggling at -52% to #26. Chevrolet (+22%), GAC Trumpchi (+30%), Mercedes (+49%), Roewe (+98%), Mazda (+17%) and Cadillac (+50%) all post strong results inside the Top 30. Among smaller brands, notice FAW up 37%, Soueast up 49%, Leopaard up 52%, MG up 53%, Volvo up 44%, Mitsubishi up 434%, Karry up 80%, Renault up 194% and JMC up 107%.

The VW Teramont is approaching the 10.000 monthly units in China. 

Although a majority of Chinese brands are on the up this month and so far this year, it’s not the case for all, with some large manufacturers starting to lose foot: Dongfeng is down 12%, BYD down 20%, Borgward down 21%, Wuling down 21%, JAC down 27%, Beijing Auto down 29%, Haima down 34%, Brilliance down 37% and Jinbei down 45%. Worse: newly launched Cowin is down 80% and clone-addict Landwind down 70%. Among foreign carmakers in difficulty, let’s note Jeep (-5%), Peugeot (-26%), Suzuki (-34%), Citroen (-56%) and Fiat (-88%) now discontinued. No less than seven new brands have launched on the China-made market in the past 12 months (five Chinese) and in July the most successful are WEY (6.075) only in its 2nd month of sales, SWM (5.919), Bisu (4.766) and Hanteng (3.512).

Over 8.000 Honda Avancier found a buyer in China in July alone: a record. 

Over in the models ranking, the Haval H6 takes the lead for the third time ever after April and November 2016, and this despite a 5% drop and facelifts all across the six model-lineup that compose the H6 nameplate (add H6 Coupe and Classic as well as blue and red labels for each model). Leader last month, the Buick Excelle is knocked down to #2 but gains 10% year-on-year, distancing the Wuling Hongguang posting an alarming 19% slump. The star of the past few months improves again: the Baojun 510 beats its volume record for the 5th straight month, lifting it to 33.036 and now only 4.300 sales from the Chinese market pole position.

The Geely Emgrand GS is among the 10 best-selling SUVs in China for the first time.

The 510 symbolises the non-stop energy and money Chinese carmakers are investing in the booming SUV market: in July, 7 out of the Top 10 best-selling SUVs in the country are Chinese, with the VW Tiguan (#5), Nissan X-Trail (#7) and Honda XR-V (#9) the only foreigners. The Geely Boyue (+116%) beats its volume record at 21.872, the Roewe RX5 is up 11-fold on its debut a year ago, the Changan CS75 is up 120% and the Geely Emgrand GS also breaks its monthly sales record at 12.863 (+91%), appearing in the Top 10 SUVs for the first time. Sedans are not dead though: below the Buick Excelle, the Toyota Corolla (+16%), VW Sagitar (+38%), VW Magotan (+48%), Geely Emgrand EC7 (+16%), VW Polo (+35%) and Honda Civic (+73%) shine.

Bisu T5. The new Bisu brand has already sold 24.000 units in China. 

The list of nameplates hitting an all-time high volume this month is long as is usually the case in fast-moving China, and in July it includes the VW Teramont (8.148) up 19 spots on June to #68, the Honda Avancier (8.044), WEY VV7 (6.075) up 92% on its June debut, Skoda Kodiaq (5.905), Honda UR-V (5.775), Chana Oushang A800 (5.330) up 10-fold on its June debut, the Zotye T700 (4.355), Leopaard CS9 (4.223) up 27% on its June debut and now the brand’s best-seller, the Peugeot 5008 (3.437) a welcome breath of fresh air for the embattled French manufacturer and the Lifan Xuanlang (3.345) a Ford Galaxy clone that is now the brand’s best-seller at home.

Previous month: China June 2017: Buick Excelle in the lead, market back up

One year ago: China July 2016: Tax cut triggers 26% gain, fastest pace in 3.5 years

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Norway July 2017: Toyota takes the lead in market up 3.9%

96% of Toyota C-HR sold in Norway this month are hybrid.

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The Norwegian new car market is up 3.9% year-on-year in July to 11.476 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 0.8% to 89.459 units. Toyota surges 42% to overtake Volkswagen (-31%) for the brands pole position but remains in 2nd place YTD at 12% share vs. 14.4% for VW. Mercedes (+46%), BMW (+22%) and Skoda (+17%) all frankly beat the market and round up the Top 5. Kia (+19%), Opel (+21%), Citroen (+23%), Suzuki (+28%), Peugeot (+36%), Tesla (+142%) and Renault (+145%) also shine in the Top 20. In spite of an alarming 35% year-on-year drop, the VW Golf remains the best-selling nameplate in Norway with 5.5% market share. It is joined on the podium by two Toyotas: the Yaris (+86%) of which 98% are hybrid and RAV4 (+26%) of which only 1 sale isn’t hybrid. The Nissan Leaf (+41%) and Mercedes GLC (+359%!) of which 93% are PHEV, complete the Top 5 while the Toyota C-HR is up 13 spots on June to a splendid 6th spot, 96% of its sales being hybrid. The BMW i3 (+183%), Renault Zoe (+216%), Peugeot 3008 (+1142%) and Volvo V90 (+7233%) also post spectacular year-on-year gains while the Skoda Kodiaq (#13) leads new launches (<12 months) above the Opel Ampera-e (#17), Hyundai Ioniq (#22), Audi Q2 (#79), Suzuki Ignis (#83) and Alfa Romeo Stelvio (#104).

Previous month: Norway June 2017: Tesla Model X shoots up to 2nd place overall

One year ago: Norway July 2016: Mitsubishi Outlander and VW Tiguan shine

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Slovenia July 2017: VW and Golf lead, Duster and Scenic shoot up

Renault Scenic sales are up 268% on the previous generation in Slovenia this month. 

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New car sales in Slovenia are up 4.9% year-on-year in July to 5.310 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally up 10.8% to 44.342 units. Volkswagen remains in the lead despite a 3% drop to 15.1% share, while Renault soars 34% to 12.2%. Skoda (-14%) and Opel (-10%) are in difficulty but Dacia surges 185% to 5.9% share in 5th place. Citroen (+18%) and Kia (+13%) are the only other Top 10 carmakers sporting a double-digit gain this month. Beyond, notice Toyota (+41%), Mercedes (+58%), Nissan (+28%), Mazda (+25%) and Honda (+89%) all posting spectacular gains within the Top 20. We welcome back Lada in the Slovenian ranking at #29 with 3 Niva sold. Model-wise, the VW Golf holds onto the top spot for the 2nd month running thanks to sales up 47%, keeping the Renault Clio (+38%) at a fair distance, but the Clio remains in the YTD lead by far. The Skoda Octavia (+15%) rounds up the podium like last month, followed by the VW Polo (-11%). Outstanding performances of the Dacia Duster (+378%), Ford Focus (+108%), Renault Scénic (+268%) and Citroen C3 (+261%) with the Dacia Sandero up 123% just outside at #11. The Opel Crossland X (#39) is up 29 spots on June to become the most successful recent launch this month.

Previous month: Slovenia June 2017: VW Golf outpaces Renault Clio

One year ago: Slovenia July 2016: Polo and Fiat 500 shine, Clio and Golf down

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Austria July 2017: Opel Crossland X in Top 20, market up 3.2%

The Opel Crossland X breaks into the Austrian Top 20 this month.

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New car sales in Austria are up 3.2% year-on-year in July to 27.731 registrations, meaning the year-to-date tally is now up 7.9% to 214.292 units. Market leader Volkswagen drops 9% to 15.1% share, almost two percentage points below its YTD level of 17%. Ford (-3%) is up three spots on June to 2nd place, distancing Skoda (+3%) and Opel (-5%) while BMW (+6%), Audi (+5%) and Mercedes (+8%) all fit within 13 units! Renault (+21%) and Hyundai (+11%) are the most dynamic in the Top 10. Beyond, Peugeot (+53%), Toyota (+59%), Suzuki (+47%) and Tesla (+41%) are among the largest year-on-year gainers. Model-wise, the VW Golf (-3%) remains by far in the lead with 3.8% share while the Skoda Octavia soars 33% to #2 at 2.5%. The VW Tiguan is down 15% but gains one spot on June to #3 and the Hyundai i20 post the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 at +86% to 4th place overall. The Volkswagen Group places eight nameplates in the Top 9, adding the VW Bus, Polo, Seat Ibiza, Skoda Fabia and Seat Leon. The VW Caddy (+51%), Ford Kuga (+71%) and BMW 5 Series (+119%) also make themselves noticed but the best performance this month is delivered by the Opel Crossland X up 97 spots on June to break into the Top 20 at #16, making Austria the first country to welcome this newcomer inside its own Top 20.

Previous month: Austria June 2017: Discounted VW Polo surges 82% to #2

One year ago: Austria July 2016: Top 6 models from VW Group, Ford up 12%

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Romania July 2017: Dacia monopolises podium, VW up 67%

Dacia Duster sales are up 47% in July.

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New car sales in Romania slow down their growth in July: after +47% in June, they edge up 5% to 11.335 this month, leading to a year-to-date tally up 22% to 56.343 units. Homegrown market leader Dacia drops 12% but holds a round 30% market share, well above its YTD level of 25.8%. Volkswagen surges 67% to 10.3% in second place while Skoda is up two spots on June to #3 thanks to deliveries up 27%. Ford (+32%), Hyundai (+18%), Mercedes (+40%) and Suzuki (+45%) also beat the market inside the Top 10. Further down, notice BMW (+25%), Nissan (+45%), Fiat (+162%), Seat (+96%), Volvo (+105%), Jeep (+50%) and Lexus (+167%) all posting spectacular year-on-year gains. Model-wise, Dacia monopolises its home podium for the first time since August 2016 with the Logan one month away from celebrating 13 consecutive years (156 months) in pole position, the Duster up 47% to 2nd place and the Sandero up 3% to #3. The Skoda Octavia soars 46% to #4, the VW Golf is up 73% to #5, with the VW Polo (+66%), Renault Megane (+110%), VW Jetta (+105%), Passat (+81%) and Ford Kuga (+321%) also impressive.

Previous month: Romania June 2017: Dacia up 109%, Logan up 163% in market up 47%

One year ago: Romania July 2016: Dacia recovers to 35.8% share, Logan to 24.5%

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Europe First Half 2017: Best result in a decade but growth slows to 4.2%

The VW Golf remains the most popular vehicle in Europe but drops 11.6% on 2016.

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The European new car market (27 countries) gains 4.2% year-on-year over the First Half of 2017 to 8.356.704 units, that’s an additional 336.000 vehicles compared to the same period a year ago. This growth, although superior to the two other large markets in the world (China is up 1.6% and the U.S. down 2.1%), is a clear slowdown compared to the +9.1% it sported at the same time last year. This H1 2017 result is the best since 2007, meaning the European market has returned to its pre-crisis level, and may stabilise around this level from now onto the next couple of years.

Up 6%, the Renault Clio consolidates its 2nd place in the European sales charts. 

Among the top five markets on the continent, Germany (+3.1%) and France (+2.6%) trail the overall growth and are showing signs of levelling up, the UK is down 1.3% amidst Brexit uncertainty, and it’s mainly Italy (+8%) and Spain (+7.1%) lifting the overall result. The largest gains are the work of smaller Eastern European markets such as Romania (+27%), Croatia (+24.3%), Lithuania (+19.7%), Hungary (+19%), Poland (+17.7%), Estonia (+13.5%), Slovenia (+11.6%) and Slovakia (+11%). The Netherlands (+16.2%) is the only Western European market to post a double-digit gain over the period.

The Nissan Qashqai ranks at a highest-ever #6 in Europe.

As it is the case in China and the U.S., the engine of growth of the European market so far in 2017 is the SUV segment, up a whopping 19.7% year-on-year to 2.386.178 units and now representing a dominant 28.3% share vs. 24.7% a year ago. Small cars are up 5% to 1.813.941 units and 21.5% share but compact cars are down 1.3% to 1.605.337 and 19% share vs. 20.1% a year ago. MPVs see the harshest decline at -14.8% to 689.288 and 8.2% share vs. 10% in H1 2016, mini cars are down 1.7% to 678.301 and large cars down 6.2% to 662.784.

The VW Tiguan is headed towards its first ever annual Top 10 ranking in Europe. 

The Volkswagen Group remains dominant but trails the market growth at +2.5% to 1.95 million units, as does PSA-Opel edging up just 0.2% to 1.36m. Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi on the other hand improves its share of the European market with a 5.5% up on H1 2016 to 1.24m sales. FCA does even better at +10.1% to .6m units., overtaking Ford Motor (+2.5%). The BMW Group (+2.1%) is getting caught up by Daimler AG (+8.6%) just as Hyundai-Kia follows the market at +4.5%. Rounding up the Top 10, both Toyota Motor (+14.8%) and Geely/Volvo (+7.2%) frankly beat the market.

The new Citroen C3 has lifted the nameplate’s European monthly ranking record to #9.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen goes against the grain and posts a 0.2% decline to just under 900.000 units whereas the next two best-sellers are gain ground: Renault gains share thanks to a 4.9% up while Ford is more discreet at +2.5% but Opel/Vauxhall drops 2.7% in 4th place. Peugeot remains in 5th place with a 4% gain in line with the market. In 6th place overall, Mercedes (+10.8%) confirms it is the new premium king of Europe while Audi drops 0.7% and BMW edges up just 2% at #9. Fiat (+10.2%) and Toyota (+15.8%) are the only other manufacturers managing a double-digit gain inside the Top 10. Further down, only Seat (+16.8%) and Suzuki (+22.9%) do the same, with Dacia just missing out at +9.4%. AlfaRomeo (+39.4%), Jaguar (+24.3%), Tesla (+78%), Abarth (+39.9%), Maserati (+66.2%) and Aston Martin (+92.2%) are among the most dynamic smaller brands.

The Dacia Sandero delivered its first ever monthly Top 10 ranking in Europe in May.

In the models ranking, despite a steep 11.6% drop, the VW Golf is headed towards a 10th consecutive year atop the European sales charts. The Ford Fiesta ended 83 consecutive months of VW Golf reign in March but that was due to an exceptionally high UK market and the Fiesta is in fact down 1.5% over the period in 4th place. The Renault Clio (+6%) and VW Polo (+2.8%) hold onto the 2nd and 3rd spots, and with the Opel Corsa (-6.3%) at #5, there are four small cars in the European Top 5. The Nissan Qashqai is up a very robust 8.4% to gain two spots to 6th place overall, if maintained until the end of the year – very possible given its recent facelift – it would be its highest ever annual ranking in Europe (previous best: #7 in 2015), the highest annual ranking for an SUV in Europe and also the highest ranking for a Japanese model in Europe. So many records at stake! The Opel Astra is up 3.2% and remains 7th while the Peugeot 208 drops 4.5% and two spots to #8.

The Toyota C-HR is the best-selling new launch in Europe at #42. 

After breaking into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in August 2017 (#6) and the Top 5 in January 2017, the Tiguan lifted its monthly European ranking record to a stunning #4 in April. As a result, for the first time in a half-year ranking, the Tiguan is inside the Top 10 at #9 thanks to sales up 74.6% with the new generation. Also boosted by a new model, the Citroen C3 is up 62.1% to #12 and broke the nameplate’s monthly record at #9 in April. Another star of the period is the Dacia Sandero, up 14.4% to #17 but inside the European Top 10 for the first time in May. The Mercedes C-Class (+10.5%), Renault Megane (+32.6%), Peugeot 3008 (+144.3%), Ford Kiuga (+24.2%), Fiat Tipo (+246.7%), Mercedes E-Class (+36.7%), BMW X1 (+29.3%) and Volvo XC60 (+34.7%) also impress in the Top 50 thanks to new models or facelifts. The Toyota C-HR (#42) is the most popular newcomer over the period, ahead of the Audi Q2 (#63), Ford Ka+ (#103), Suzuki Ignis (#110) and Skoda Kodiaq (#120). The new Opel Crossland X (#208 but #113 in June) should settle inside the Top 100 before the end of the year.

Previous post: Europe June 2017: First Top 5 ranking for the Renault Captur

One year ago (1): Europe First Half 2016: Discover the Top 375 models and Top 56 brands

One year ago (2): Europe First Half 2016: Volkswagen down to lowest share in 6 years

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Europe June 2017: First Top 5 ranking for the Renault Captur

The Renault Captur breaks into the European Top 5 for the first time despite sales down 6.1%.

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New car sales in Europe 27 countries are up a timid 1.8% year-on-year in June to 1.519.332 registrations, the highest volume for the month in a decade and only 22.000 units short off the June record established in 2007. 21 of the 27 countries included in this dataset show a positive year-on-year result for June, with Romania (+_47%), Lithuania (+40.7%), Estonia (+34.9%), Slovenia (+16.4%), Slovakia (+14.9%) and Greece (+14.6%) the most dynamic. At the other end of the scale, Belgium (-0.3%), Germany (-3.5%), the UK (-4.8%), Ireland (-14%), Luxembourg (-15%) and Latvia (-17.9%) post declines. Among the Top 5 markets, Italy (+12.5%), Spain (+6.5%) and France (+1.1%) are gaining ground vs. June 2016.

Mini posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 at +18.1% 

The Top 4 brands in the region all drop year-on-year: Volkswagen is down 0.6%, Renault down 0.4%, Ford down 2.9% and Opel/Vauxhall down 9.2%. Below, Peugeot (+7.7%), Mercedes (+6.1%), Fiat (+8.1%) and Skoda (+4%), compensate somehow but BMW (-5%) and Audi (-2%) also decline. Just outside the Top 10, Toyota post the largest gain in the Top 15 at +13.7%, with Dacia (+10.9%), Seat (+17.8%), Mini (+18.1%) and Suzuki (+16.4%) also sporting double-digit gains within the Top 20. Further down, Alfa Romeo (+34.5%), Porsche (+24.8%), Tesla (+70.1%), Abarth (+77.5%), Cadillac (+108.5%) and McLaren (+107.7%) are among the most dynamic whereas Smart (-14%), Lancia (-19.8%). Group-wise, the Volkswagen Group (+2.5%) dominates above PSA-Opel (-0.1%), Renault-Nissan/Mitsubishi (+2.9%), FCA (+7.8%) and BMW Group (-2.9%). Daimler AG (+4.6%) and Toyota Motor (+12.3%) also impress.

The Peugeot 3008 breaks into the European Top 20 for the first time. 

The VW Golf holds onto the European models pole position but drops 3.4% while the Renault Clio (+0.2%) and VW Polo (+5.3%) both manage a positive result on the podium. The Opel Astra shoots back up 8 spots on May to land at a beautiful 4th place despite sales down 9% year-on-year, but the big surprise this month is the 5th place of the Renault Captur, up from #21 in May in spite of deliveries declining 6.1% on June 2016. This is the first time the Renault Captur ever breaks into the European Top 5, taking advantage of the freefalling of the Ford Fiesta (-23.5%) down to #9 and the Opel Corsa (-22.4%) down to #11. The Ford Focus on the other hand is back up 12 spot on last month to #12, and the Dacia Sandero, which broke into the European Top 10 for the very first time last month – is down to #12 but up 19.6% to end June just 625 sales off a second consecutive Top 10…

Nissan Micra European sales are up 114.3% thanks to the new model. 

The Citroen C3 is up 59.1% to #13 thanks to the new model, the VW Tiguan is u another 45.6% but slips outside the Top 10, going from #8 in May to #14 this month, the Peugeot 3008 soars 168.8% to break into the European Top 20 for the first time, and possibly the first time for the 3008 nameplate as a whole. Other great performers include the Fiat Tipo up 215.7% to #26, the Renault Scenic up 34.7% to #27, Ford Kuga up 26.7% to #28, BMW 5 Series up 49.7% to #41, Nissan Micra up 114.3% to #45 and the Mercedes GLC up 50.2% to #49. The Toyota C-HR (#50) leads recent launches ahead of the Audi Q2 (#61), Skoda Kodiaq (#87), Ford Ka+ (#105) and the Opel Crossland X up 88 spots on May to #113.

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Russia First Half 2017: Now available with All-models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

The Kuga (+36%), Explorer (+46%) and Focus (+21%) help Ford regain foot in Russia this year. 

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We now have access to All-models data for Russia over the First Half of 2017. As usual the best-selling light commercials slot into the ranking, with the GAZ Gazelle (+1%) remaining at #6 and the UAZ Bukhanka (+11%) down two spots to #24. Outside the well-known Top 25, a few nameplates impress with significant gains: the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 36% to #30, the Ford Focus up 21% to #33, the Ford Kuga up 36% to #34, the Kia Optima up 103% to #37, Mercedes E-Class up 35% to #47 and Kia Cerato up 46% to #48. Further down, the Toyota Corolla (+123%), Nissan Murano (+117%) and Ford Explorer (+46%) also make themselves noticed.

The Lifan X60 remains the most popular Chinese model in China in 2017.The Lifan Solano is up 196% over the period thanks to the new model. Picture pogazam.ru

Russia is one market Chinese manufacturers are working hard at trying to crack, with numerous launches and facelifts happening over the period. The Lifan X60 (+6%), which has just benefited from a facelift, remains the most popular and the only Chinese fare to crack the Russian Top 50 at #45. Its smaller stablemate the X50 is in difficulty at -26% to #70 whereas the Lifan Solano is enjoying the benefits of its relaunch as the Solano II with sales up 3-fold to #78. Lifan is the only Chinese carmaker placing nameplates in the Russian Top 100 this year. The Changan CS35 (+163%) is very dynamic at #110, ahead of the Chery Tiggo 5 (+54%), Geely Emgrand X7 (-6%) and the newly launched Haval H6. Also new for 2017 are the Chery Tggo 2 (#151), FAW Besturn X80 (#193), Haval H2 (#195), Haval H9 (#208), Foton Sauvana (#221), Haval H8 (#236), Geely Emgrand GT (#240) and FAW Junpai D60 (#283).

The Chery Tiggo 5 is up 54% so far in 2017. Picture zr.ruThe Haval H6 lands at #122 in Russia over the First Half of 2017. Picture zr.ruDiscreet appearance of the Geely Emgrand GT in the Russian sales charts at #240. 

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