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South Africa June 2014: VW Polo takes the lead for the first time

July 22nd, 2014 No comments

VW Polo South Africa June 2014VW Polo

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The South African new car market continues to slide in June at -1% to 52,837 registrations which brings the half-year total to 308,573 units, down 4% on 2013. Manufacturer-wise, Toyota is ahead with 9825 units, followed by Volkswagen at 9,020, Ford-Mazda at 6,110, General Motors-Isuzu at 5,491, Hyundai-Kia at 4,906 and Nissan at 3,943. But the big event lies in the models sales charts this month: for the first time in history, the VW Polo (new generation) is the most popular vehicle in the country thanks to 2,994 sales and 5.7% share, a 55 unit-advantage over the Toyota Hilux at #2. The Polo had ranked 2nd numerous times but had never been able to top the charts before, traditionally outsold by the previous generation model still on sale in South Africa in a facelifted variant and sold as the Polo Vivo (#3 this month at 5% share).

Mercedes C Class South Africa June 2014The locally produced Mercedes C-Class is up to #8 in South Africa this month.

Apart from this momentous change, the rest of the Top 7 is identical to May but the Mercedes C-Class surges 4 spots to 8th position with 1,421 sales and 2.7% share, a full percentage point above its year-to-date level. Notice also the Toyota Corolla solid at #5 and 4% share vs. 2.9% year-to-date and now #6, the Nissan Qashqai up a further 3 ranks to #21 vs. #33 so far this year, the Jeep Compass up to #34 and the Honda Ballade (aka City) up to #36.

Previous month: South Africa May 2014: Toyota Corolla and Renault Sandero up

One year ago: South Africa June 2013: VW Polo Vivo back in charge

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France June 2014: Now with Top 300 models and Top 50 brands!

July 19th, 2014 1 comment

Peugeot 108 France June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 108 lands at #71 for its first month in the French sales charts.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring the Top 15 brands and Top 80 models in France in June, we now dig a little deeper to find out what’s happening lower in the ranking. But first a few adjustments on the initial Top 80 figures: we now have the detail by generation of Nissan Qashqai sales with the Qashqai II climbing to #16 and #3 foreign model below just the VW Polo and Golf VII with 1.3% share, the Mini third generation up a further 29 spots on May to an all-time high #57 with 778 sales, and the biggest new news of the lower end of the ranking: the arrival of the Peugeot 108 directly at #71 with 657 sales, mainly demo models for now. In fact all 3 twins land this month: the Citroen C1 II arrives at #93 with 451 units and the Toyota Aygo II is 117th with 305 sales.

Mercedes GLA France June 2014First Top 100 ranking in France for the Mercedes GLA this month (#77).

More recent launches shine this month in France: the Mercedes GLA breaks into the monthly Top 100 for the first time, up 44 spots on May to #77 with 585 units, the Ford Ecosport is up a further 6 ranks to a best-ever #119, as is the Porsche Macan to #136 and remaining by far the brand’s best-seller above the 911 at #185. The Mercedes V-Class starts off extremely well at #129 with 240 sales, the BMW X4 is up 74 spots to #161 with 124 units for its 2nd month in the ranking, the BMW M4 up 41 to #195, Renault Twingo III up 64 to #212 and the Ford Transit Courier lands at #213 with 43 sales.

Previous post: France 6 months 2014 – Private Sales: Dacia Sandero 800 units off #1 spot!

Previous June post: France June 2014: Renault Captur above 208, up to record #2 spot

Previous month: France May 2014: Now with Top 300 models and Top 50 brands

One year ago: France June 2013: Renault Captur up to #4, Peugeot 2008 #11

Full June 2014 Top 300 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Table below.

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Portugal June 2014: Mass brands reclaim market up 24%

July 19th, 2014 No comments

Citroen C4 Cactus Portugal June 2014. Picture courtesy of automibile-magazine.frThe Citroen C4 Cactus is already #36 in Portugal.

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New car sales in Portugal are up another splendid 24% year-on-year in June, definitely on the mend and adding up to 75,780 units (+38%) halfway through the year. Brand-wise, Renault tests new heights: up 43% to a gigantic 17.6% share thanks to exceptional performances of the Clio (#1 with 8.5% share) and Captur (#6 and 3.3%), reflecting the general situation in Europe for the French manufacturer. Other brands doing well in Portugal this month include Opel (+31%), Mercedes (+46%), Seat (+57%), Nissan (+33%), Ford (+36%), Dacia (+92%), Honda (+87%), Mazda (+74%), Porsche (+117%) and Lexus (+200%).

Renault Clio Portugal June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frOnce again the Renault Clio is by far the most popular vehicle in Portugal this month.

In the models ranking, the VW Polo remains in 2nd place thanks to a strong 4.8% share vs. 3.7% year-to-date, above the Peugeot 208 and the Seat Ibiza up to 3.4% share vs. 2.6% so far in 2014. Notice also the Fiat 500 up 12 spots on May to #13, the Seat Leon up a further two to #14, Opel Astra up 4 to #15, Mitsubishi Space Star up 44 to #26, Citroen C4 Cactus up 115 to #36, BMW 4 Series up 20 to #39 and the Mercedes CLA holding onto its Top 50 spot at #50. Finally, the premium models that delivered incredible scores at the start of the year are starting to pant a little: the BMW 1 Series is down 10 spots on May to #16, the BMW 3 Series down 3 to #17, the Mercedes A Class is at #18 vs. #11 year-to-date and the Audi A3 is down 8 to #21.

Previous month: Portugal May 2014: Renault Clio and VW Polo distant leaders

One year ago: Portugal June 2013: Renault Clio up 159% to #1, Renault Captur, Citroen C-Elysee and Peugeot 2008 in Top 20

Full June 2014 Top 200 All-models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Singapore June 2014: Toyota/Lexus still reigns supreme

July 18th, 2014 No comments

Lexus IS Singapore June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frLexus IS

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New car sales in Singapore are up a robust 10% year-on-year in June to 2,414 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 12,311 units, up 5% on 2013. Toyota/Lexus remains the most popular manufacturer in the country thanks to 480 sales and just under 20% market share, up 38% year-on-year while Mercedes (+10%), BMW (-39%) and Volkswagen (-4%) hold onto their May and year-to-date positions. Mazda explodes at +190% in 5th place, Audi overtakes Nissan to reclaims the #5 spot in the year-to-date ranking, a position it held over the Full Year 2013. Notice also Honda up 144%, Hyundai up 103%, Kia up 173%, Ford up 213%, Renault up 550% and Alfa Romeo up 450%.

Previous month: Singapore May 2014: Toyota/Lexus now leader year-to-date

One year ago: Singapore June 2013: BMW leads with 20.2% market share

Full June 2014 Top 34 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Europe 5 months 2014: Opel Astra rebounds

July 13th, 2014 23 comments

Opel Astra Europe May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Opel Astra is back up two spots to #11 year-to-date in Europe.

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As is the tradition on BSCB we now spend some time studying the year-to-date rankings for Europe in order to extract longer-term trends. As the year progresses the models ranking cements itself and large month-on-month variations become rarer. Proof: there are no ranking changes inside the year-to-date Top 10 compared to last month, with the Ford Focus getting ever closer to the Peugeot 208 in the fight for the 6th place and the Skoda Octavia dangerously catching up its sales deficit with the Nissan Qashqai for 8th position. The first move happens, like last month, just outside the Top 10 at #11 where the Opel Astra, thanks to a stable month of May, regains two spots to rank #11, overtaking the Fiat 500 (#12) and BMW 3 Series (#13).

Fiat Panda Europe May 2014Fiat Panda

Further down, the Fiat Panda takes advantage of a particularly weak month of the Renault Captur to regain the #16 spot, the VW Passat passes the Dacia Sandero at #18 and the Peugeot 2008 is back inside the Top 20 at #20, above the Citroen C3. The Peugeot 308 (#22), VW Up (#23), Seat Leon (#25) and Audi A4 (#29) also progress while the Citroen C4 Picasso (#28) drops one spot but is up 73% year-on-year.

Volvo XC60 Europe May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo XC60 sales are up 35% so far in Europe this year.

Other great year-on-year increases inside the Top 100 include the Opel Mokka at #34 (+56%), Skoda Rapid at #55 (+127%), Nissan Note at #60 (+140%), Mazda CX-5 at #72 (+39%), Volvo XC60 at #76 (+35%), Toyota RAV4 at #81 (+32%), Opel Adam at #84 (+42%) and Dacia Logan at #85 (+205%). As far as all-new models are concerned, notice the BMW 4 Series at #95, Suzuki SX4 Cross at #104, Mercedes GLA at #121, Tesla Model S at #179, BMW 2 Series at #181 and Porsche Macan at #185.

Dacia Logan MCV Lodgy Europe May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia is up 36% year-on-year in Europe so far in 2014.

Brand-wise, the entire Top 8 best-sellers are unchanged year-on-year with Volkswagen (+3%) still reigning supreme above Ford (+7%) and Opel (+7% also). Biggest gainers in the Top 30 include Renault (+12%), Peugeot (+8%), Skoda (+19%), Dacia (+36%), Seat (+12%), Mazda (+25%), Suzuki (+13%) and Porsche (+14%), with Jeep (+36%), Lexus (+34%), Maserati (+395%) and Infiniti (+61%) also shining further down.

Previous post: Europe May 2014: Discover the Top 50 models and Top 57 brands

Previous month: Europe 4 months 2014: Fiat 500 inches closer to Top 10 at #11

One year ago (brands): Europe May 2013: Worst May in 20 years

One year ago (models): Europe May 2013: Peugeot 208 on podium, Nissan Qashqai up 11%

Full 5 months 2014 Top 350 models and Top 60 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Switzerland June 2014: Mercedes GLA in Top 20 again

July 12th, 2014 2 comments

Mercedes GLA Swizterland June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMercedes GLA

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New car sales in Switzerland are not getting the lift witnessed in most of Western Europe: at 27,819 registrations, June 2014 is down 6% on June 2013 which was itself down 28% on June 2012… The year-to-date total now stands at 149,905 units, down 4% on 2013. The VW Golf continues to reign supreme on the model sales charts with 1,534 sales and a strong 5.5% market share (vs. 4.4% year-to-date), followed by the Skoda Octavia at 3.8% and the Audi A3 at 1.9%, earning it a third spot year-to-date as well. Renault gets a boost and has the Clio up 13 spots on May to a fantastic 4th place, the Scénic up 61 to #23 and the Captur up 37 to a best-ever #25.

Renault Clio Switzerland June 2014. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.frThe Renault Clio is up to #4 in Switzerland this month.

Other great performers this month in Switzerland include the Fiat 500 up 11 ranks to #8, the BMW 1 Series up 12 to #11, the Ford Kuga up 17 to #15, Ford Focus up 65 to #17, the Mercedes GLA lodging a second consecutive month inside the Top 20 at #19 (its best ranking anywhere in the world), the Mini Cooper up 47 to #31 and the VW Up up 57 to #32. Finally, notice the BMW 4 Series up a further 6 spots to #43, the Citroen C4 Cactus breaking into the Swiss Top 100 for the first time at #85 and the Porsche Macan still extremely solid at #86.

Previous month: Switzerland June 2014: Mercedes GLA just 9 units off Top 10

One year ago: Switzerland June 2013: BMW 3 Series now #3 year-to-date

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

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

July 12th, 2014 4 comments

BMW 1 Series Germany June 2014BMW 1 Series

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German Private Sales (PS) data is always a little controversial because of its definition in this country: 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 106,049 new Private Sales in Germany, a 38.2% PS ratio, higher than in May (37.3%). Volkswagen monopolises the podium once again with the VW Golf in the lead (30.9% PS) above the Tiguan (56.5%) and Polo (47.1%) like in the year-to-date ranking.

Honda CR-V Germany June 2014The Honda CR-V reaches an excellent 78.5% Private Sales ratio this month.

The Skoda Fabia is up one spot on May to 4th place (61.5% PS) while the performer of the month is the BMW 1 Series up 9 ranks on last month to a brilliant 5th place with 2,447 sales and 46.5% PS ratio. Other great performers include the Mercedes C-Class up 11 to #7, the Mini up 12 to #14, BMW X3 up 22 to #29 and Mercedes GLA up 10 to #40. Highest PS ratios in the Top 100 are delivered by the Dacia Sandero (92.7%), Dacia Duster (88.9%), Dacia Logan (84.6%), Honda CR-V (78.5%), Suzuki Jimny (76.5%), Fiat Punto (70.8%) and BMW 2 Series (70.7%).

Previous month: Germany Private Sales May 2014: Podium 100% Volkswagen

One year ago: Germany Private Sales June 2013: Dacia Sandero at 93%

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Cyprus June 2014: Nissan Qashqai stronger

July 12th, 2014 1 comment

Nissan Qashqai Cyprus June 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frNissan Qashqai

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Thanks to data provided by SEMO Cyprus and analysed by INNOSOFT, I can share with you the models ranking for Cyprus over the first 6 months of 2014. Over the period new car sales are up 17% year-on-year to 4,305 units, including May up 98% to 940 registrations. The Toyota Yaris continues to dominate the year-to-date models sales charts with 218 sales and 5.1% share (+14%) above the Ford Fiesta at 187 and 4.3% (-21%) while the Nissan Qashqai ranks 2nd in June and is getting closer year-to-date at 182 units and 4.2% (+6%). The VW Polo rounds up the June podium and jumps to #15 year-to-date. The Honda CR-V (+176%), Range Rover (+333%) and Volvo XC60 (+624%) lodge out-of-this world rankings (#4 to #6) and year-on-year gains, the Toyota Auris is back inside the Top 10 and the Honda Jazz, Audi Q3, Mazda2 and Mercedes E-Class are now among the 30 most popular models in the country.

Previous month: Cyprus May 2014: Toyota Yaris leads, Volvo XC60 up to #6

Previous year: Cyprus Full Year 2013: Ford Fiesta keeps lead in market down 32%

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

July 11th, 2014 12 comments

VW Passat Germany June 2014The 2014 VW Passat has just been unveiled.

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New car sales in Germany are down 2% year-on-year in June to 277,614 registrations, and as the biggest market in the continent, this means the European recovery everyone is talking about is still a little shaky for now. Year-to-date, Germany is up 2% to 1,538,268 units. In the models ranking, the podium is unchanged on last month with the VW Golf in the lead (-13%) ahead of the VW Passat (-9%) and Audi A3 (-2%) while the BMW 3 Series is up one spot on May to #4 in spite of sales down a harsh 13% on June 2013. The VW Polo returns to its traditional 5th spot just above the Opel Corsa boosted by runout prices for the old generation (+21%). The Ford Focus also does very strong business this month, up 19% year-on-year in 7th place.

Hyundai i30 Germany June 2014The Hyundai i30 is the best-selling ‘true’ foreigner in Germany this month.

Other great performers in Germany this month include the BMW 1 Series up 10 ranks on last month to #8, the VW Up up to #11 vs. #17 year-to-date, the Skoda Fabia up to #14 vs. #22, Seat Leon up a spectacular 38% year-on-year at #17, the Hyundai i30 up 11 spots to #23 and most popular ‘true’ foreigner in the country (that is if you remove Skoda and Seat nameplates), the Fiat 500 up 20% to #27, Ford Kuga at #29, Hyundai i20 up 86% to #31 and BMW X3 up 33 ranks on May to #36.

Renault Captur Germany June 2014Renault sales in Germany are up 39% year-on-year in June.

Brand-wise, below Volkswagen (-15%) and Mercedes (-8%), BMW climbs back from #6 in May to third place with sales up 7% year-on-year to 22,729 units and 8.2% share, overtaking Audi (-6%), Opel (up a splendid 11%) and Ford (-5%). Skoda remains 7th with a strong 16,851 sales and 6.1% share vs. 5.7% year-to-date, Hyundai is up two spots on May to #8 with 4% share vs. 3.1% so far in 2014, Renault is up a spectacular 39% to 9,685 sales, Seat up 14%, Fiat up 8%, Nissan and Dacia up 9%, Mitsubishi up 18%, Land Rover up 22%, Jaguar up 21% and Maserati up 272%.

Previous month: Germany May 2014: Seat Leon shoots up to record 13th place

One year ago: Germany June 2013: Mercedes E-Class at highest in almost 2 years

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

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Turkey June 2014: Ford Focus and Courier shine

July 10th, 2014 1 comment

Ford Courier Turkey June 2014Ford Courier

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The new light vehicle market in Turkey is in distress: down 19% year-on-year in June to just 60,163 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 286,861 units, down 25% on 2013. After reclaiming last month the pole position it held over the Full Year 2012 and 2013, the Fiat Linea confirms it is back in charge and ranks first once again in June thanks to 2,805 sales and 4.7% share. The Renault Fluence is not far behind however at 2,598 units and 4.3% and keeps the year-to-date lead for now at 12,052 sales vs. 11,901 for the Linea. Excellent performances of the Ford Focus Sedan up 4 spots on May to round up the podium and of the Toyota Corolla stable at #4 vs. #7 year-to-date.

But the performer of the month is the Ford Courier, up 14 ranks on last month to #6 with 1,794 sales and 3% share, leading the LCV ranking as well. Notice also the Peugeot 301 up 11 spots to a brilliant 11th place, the Ford Fiesta up 12 to #12, BMW 3 Series up 9 to #19, Mercedes C-Class  up a further two to #29 vs. #49 year-to-date and Dacia Logan MCV up 20 to #39 vs. #72 year-to-date. Brand-wise, below Volkswagen (13.3%), Ford shines at 12.3% vs. 9.7% year-to-date, above Renault (12.2%), Fiat (11.1%) and Hyundai (6.2%).

Previous month: Turkey May 2014: Fiat Linea reclaims throne

One year ago: Turkey June 2013: Discover the Top 288 All-models ranking!

Full June 2014 Top 259 All-models and Top 42 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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