Europe July 2016: VW, Skoda, Peugeot trigger first decline in 3 years

Peugeot 308 Europe July 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe 308 (-18%) and Golf (-22%) cripple Volkswagen and Peugeot volumes in July. 

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New car sales in Europe – 29 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – post their first year-on-year decline in almost three years in July at -3% to 1.157.889 units. The last time the European market declined was in August 2013. Among the largest markets, if Spain (+4%), Italy (+3%) and the UK (+0.1%) deliver modest increases, the overall tally is crippled by significant declines in France (-10%) and Germany (-4%). Greece (+34%), Hungary (+15%), Cyprus (+13%), Ireland (+9%) and Croatia (+6%) register the largest increases whereas Switzerland (-14%) the Czech Republic (-12%) and Norway (-11%) are the worst offenders. The year-to-date total remains frankly in positive however at +7.5% to 9.259.318 units after 7 months.

Opel Astra Europe July 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Astra hits its highest European ranking in 4 years. 

Looking at this month’s result in a little more detail, it appears three of the four brands registering drops in the Top 10 belong to the Volkswagen Group: market leader VW (-10.8%), Skoda (-10.5%) and Audi (-5.2%), the other one being Peugeot (-10.5%). In fact, if we add up volumes lost vs. July 2015 by VW, Skoda and Peugeot (-29.438), way more than the entire European market loss this month (-27.075). This means the European market bar these three brands is actually up by 0.2%.

Ford (+0.5%) and Opel/Vauxhall (+1.6%) overtake Renault (+0.3%) which however remains #2 year-to-date. Mercedes (+3.7%) posts the largest increase in the Top 10 but falls 422 units short off topping Audi for the #1 luxury spot. Fiat (+2%) also satisfies, while outside of the top ten, Mini (+11%), Jeep (+11%) Dacia (+12%), Honda (+15%), Suzuki (+20%), Jaguar (+33%), Land Rover (+33%) and Infiniti (+218%) post strong gains.

Dacia Sandero Europe July 2016. Picture courtesy Dacia Sandero sees its European sales surge 31% in July.

Model-wise, despite dropping a harsh 22% to 36.540 sales, the VW Golf is #1 for the 76th consecutive month, and by a large margin: its closest follower is the VW Polo down 6% to 24.632. The Golf may be affected by the gearing up of the Opel Astra, up a stunning 26% to 20.954 and earning a 4th spot overall, the nameplate’s highest European ranking since July 2012. In the Top 10, only the Opel Corsa (+9%) and Peugeot 208 (+2%) also gain ground. Further down, the Dacia Sandero gains a mammoth 31% to #12 with 15.869 sales and the Audi A4 is up 14% to #14. Reversely, the Skoda Octavia (-18%), Peugeot 308 (-20%) and VW Passat (-23%) struggle.

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UK July 2016: Discover the Top 130 models (BSCB Exclusive)

Jaguar F-Pace UK July 2016The F-Pace misses out on becoming Jaguar’s best-seller at home by just 7 sales. 

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After the traditional All-brands ranking and Top 10 models, we now explore the UK models ranking in more detail for July: this time with a Top 130. Just outside the familiar Top 10, the Kia Sportage pushes up 84% to #11 thanks to the new model with 2.883 sales, distancing the Ford Kuga, Vauxhall Insignia and Audi A1. The Ford C-Max is up 49% to #23, the Hyundai Tucson up 59% to #24, the Range Rover Evoque up 89% to #30 (the convertible effect?), Land Rover Discovery Sport up 185% to #32 and the Nissan X-Trail up 157% to #47.

Range Rover Evoque UK July 2016Range Rover Evoque sales are up 89% year-on-year in July. 

The Renault Kadjar is the most popular all-new nameplate in the UK (<12 months) at #62, followed closely by the Jaguar F-Pace: only one month after breaking into the UK Top 100 for the first time (#96 in June), the luxury SUV gallops up 28 spots to a splendid 68th position, only 7 sales short of becoming Jaguar’s best-seller at home… (the XE is #67). The Mercedes GLC (#74), GLE (#90) and Honda HR-V (#99) are the only other recent launches managing to rank inside the Top 100.

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UK First Half 2016 – LCV: Discover the Top 50 models (BSCB Exclusive)

Ford Transit Custom UK June 2016The Ford Transit Custom is the most popular light commercial vehicle in the UK. 

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The Light Commercial Vehicle market in the UK is up 3% year-on-year over the First Half of 2016 to a record 191.966 registrations. Ford tightens its stranglehold on the market thanks to deliveries up 20% to 59.239 for a 30.9% share vs. 26.6% a year ago. The following 5 manufacturers all see their market share thaw: Volkswagen is down 8% in 2nd place to 11.4% share while Vauxhall gains 1% to 10.8%, with Peugeot (-4%), Citroen (-1%) and Mercedes (+1%) in tow. Renault (+20%) and Nissan (+24%) on the other hand post solid gains. Fiat (-24%), Toyota (-32%) and Land Rover (-43%) crumble down. Chinese LDV appears at #21 when Great Wall drops 37% to #18.

Ford Transit UK June 2016The Ford Transit is #2 best-selling light commercial so far in the UK in 2016. 

UK-van-registrations-rolling-year-totals-July-2010-to-date-2016-chartSource: SMMT

Model-wise, Ford places the Transit Custom (13.3%) and Transit (8.3%) atop the sales charts, knocking the Vauxhall Vivaro to #3. The VW Transporter overtakes the Mercedes Sprinter to #4 and the Renault Trafic gains three spots on its FY15 ranking to #6. The Ford Ranger (#11) takes the lead of the pickup segment, distancing the Mitsubishi L200 (#14), Isuzu D-Max (#16) and Toyota Hilux (#17), just as the Fiat Fullback (#45) makes its entrance.

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Russia July 2016: Discover the Top 260 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

Ravon R2 Russia July 2016The Daewoo Matiz becomes Ravon R2 and lands at #78. 

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After the Top 25 models and Top 55 All-brands, as is the tradition on BSCB we explore the Russian models charts in full detail for July. First the usual LCV suspects slot into the ranking: the GAZ Gazelle at #6 as per its year-to-date ranking and the UAZ Commercial (aka “Bukhanka”) at #19 vs. #20 so far this year. Despite this, the hero of the month, the Renault Kaptur, can still claim to now belong among the 20 best-selling nameplates in Russia. Just outside the Top 30, both the Ford Focus (+37%) and Fiesta (+29%) continue to go against the grain in a devastated market (-16%).

Lexus LX Russia July 2016. Picture courtesy zr.ruLexus LX: the recession hasn’t hit luxury SUV sales in Russia. 

Luxury SUVs are more than ever in fashion in Russia: the Mercedes GLE is back up 7 spots to #37, the Lexus RX up 81% to #46, the Audi Q7 up 127% to #49, the Mercedes GLS ranks #52 vs. #73 YTD, the Lexus LX is up 82% to #61 and the Jaguar F-Pace remains inside the Top 100 at #93. Newly created to replace UZ-Daewoo, the Ravon brand has landed in Russia in the form of the R2, a rebadged Daewoo Matiz/Chevrolet Spark, already well inside the Top 100 at #78. The only other newcomer in the July charts is the Renault Twizy with one lonely sale.

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Mexico July 2016: Kia steps up local presence in market up 18%

Dodge Neon Mexico July 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comThe Dodge Neon lands in Mexico in July. 

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Nothing can stop the galloping Mexican new car market, up another 18% year-on-year in July to 131.772 registrations, lifting its incredible streaks to 27 consecutive months of year-on-year gains, 19 consecutive monthly records and 12 consecutive months above 100.000 units. The year-to-date tally now stands at a record-breaking 853.670 deliveries, up 18% on the same period last year which was already an all-time record. As it has been the case for the past few months, market leader Nissan is struggling to keep pace with the market but still sign a very vigorous 16% gain to 33.201 sales and 25.2% share, distancing Chevrolet at 18.4% (+19%), Volkswagen at 13.3% (+19%) and Ford at 6.3% (+15%). Hyundai (+20%), Renault (+24%), Suzuki (+27%), Toyota (+39%) and Mercedes (+50%) are the most dynamic carmakers inside the Top 20.

Kia Forte Mexico July 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comKia sells 1.010 Mexico-made Forte this month.

But the hero of the month is once again newcomer Kia celebrating one year of presence in Mexico with a 7th consecutive record month, up 6% on June to 5.510 units and overtaking Mazda to access a highest ever 7th place overall. For the first time, Kia also sells over 1.000 locally produced units (1.010 Forte) coming from its shining new Nuevo Leon factory. After relinquishing its crown to the Chevrolet Spark in June, the Nissan Versa resumes its domination of the Mexican models ranking thanks to sales up a whopping 51% year-on-year to 8.019 vs. 7.116 (+188%) for the Spark, knocked down to 2nd place. The Chevrolet Aveo remains in third place despite deliveries down 12%, ahead of the VW Vento (+13%), Nissan Pickup (+33%) and Chevrolet Sonic (+36%). Notice also the Nissan Sentra up 37%, the Kia Sportage up 80%, Toyota Yaris up 124% and Honda Fit up 140%.

Hyundai Creta Mexico July 2016. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comFirst month of sales for the Hyundai Creta in Mexico.

The Ford Figo is the most popular recent launch (<12 months) at #14 with 2.088 sales, distancing the Kia Rio at #20, Chevrolet Equinox at #30, Hyundai Tucson at #44, Kia Soul at #48, Mazda CX-3 at #50 and VW Up at #52. Finally, we welcome three new nameplates in July in the Mexican sales charts. The Hyundai Creta (#76) isn’t an unknown nameplate if you are a regular BSCB reader: also known as ix25 in China, it has taken emerging markets by storm including India and Mexico should prove a fertile ground for the diminutive SUV. The Dodge Neon (#78), although not a new nameplate per se, is in fact a rebadged Fiat Tipo/Egea and fits the Mexican tastes for low-cost sedans. The Volvo S/V90 appears at #222 with a lonely two sales for now.

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Japan July 2016: Toyota up to 35.2%, Nissan Dayz & Mitsubishi eK back

Toyota Estima Japan July 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpThe facelifted Estima (+117%) helps Toyota gain 10% at home in July.

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New vehicle sales in Japan are down 2% in July to 415.606, once again – but less than in previous months – handicapped by weak kei car sales down 6% to 133.853 while regular cars are down just 0.2% to 281.753. Year-to-date, the Japanese market is now down 3.5% to 2.962.955 sales in 7 months, with kei cars down 13% to 1.039.327 and regular cars up 0.5% to 1.923.628.

Smart Forfour Japan July 2016. Picture courtesy autoc-one.jpAn all-new lineup propels Smart sales up 34-fold year-on-year in Japan in July. 

Toyota tightens its tight grip on its home market even further with deliveries up 10% to 146.328 for a mammoth 35.2% share vs. 30.5% so far in 2016. Honda (-11%) and Suzuki (-4%) follow while Daihatsu gains 11% in 4th place ahead of Nissan (-22%), Mazda (-21%) and Subaru (-13%) all posting heavy losses. Isuzu (+13%), Mercedes (+15%), Hino (+9%), BMW (+14%), Mini (+14%), Volvo (+5%) and Jeep (+41%) also deliver year-on-year gains inside the Top 20 while further down Porsche (+18%), Peugeot (+54%), Smart (+3338%) and Jaguar (+151%) impress.

Toyota Passo Japan July 2016The Toyota Passo (right) is up 118% thanks to two new models.

The Toyota Prius remains by far the best-selling nameplate in the country with sales up 3-fold on a year ago to 27.988 thanks to the new model. The Toyota Aqua (-11%) and Sienta (+48%) follow while the Nissan Note (+2%) gains two spots on June to #4. The Toyota Passo (+118%), Vitz (+7%), Honda Vezel (+8%) and Shuttle (+11%) are the only other cars gaining ground year-on-year inside the Top 15. Further down, notice the Suzuki Solio (+69%), Mazda Axela (+77%), Toyota Estima (+111%) helped by its facelift, Honda Odyssey (+117%) and Toyota Auris (+99%) posting spectacular gains. The Nissan Serena, #10 in June, steps out of the Top 30 while the new model spreads out into dealerships across the country.

Mitsubishi eK Japan July 2016Deliveries of Nissan Dayz and Mitsubishi eK (pictured) have resumed in Japan. 

In the kei car aisle, both the Honda N-BOX (+10%) and Daihatsu Tanto (+9%) post positive year-on-year results atop the sales charts, but the big news is the return in the ranking of the Nissan Dayz (#4) and Mitsubishi eK (#13) whose sales were halted in the wake of the fuel economy scandal that engulfed Mitsubishi back in April. The Suzuki Alto (-16%), Daihatsu Move (-19%) and Suzuki Wagon R (-37%) all crumble down but the Suzuki Spacia (+34%) and Honda N-WGN (+2%) improve while the new Daihatsu Cast steps out of the Top 10 (#11).

Previous post: Japan First Half 2016: Japan victim of fuel economy scandal

Previous month: Japan June 2016: Nissan, Mazda & Mitsubishi pull market down

One year ago: Japan July 2015: New generation lifts Toyota Sienta to #8

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Canada July 2016: F-Series propels Ford Motor Co. back above FCA

Ford F-Series Canada July 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Ford F-Series is up 21% year-on-year in Canada in July. 

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The Canadian new light vehicle market marks a pause in July at -2.5% year-on-year to 173.531 registrations, yet the year-to-date total remains at a record high 1.166.227 units, up 5% on the same period a year ago. Ford Motor Co posts a very impressive 10% gain to reclaim its rank at Canada’s most popular manufacturer with 29.771 sales and 17.2% share, frankly outselling Fiat Chrysler Automobiles down a harsh 14% to 24.669 and 14.2%. This large advantage enables Ford to also overtake FCA year-to-date at 179.613 (+11%) vs. 177.108 (+1%) for FCA. In third place, General Motors (-7%) barely remains above Hyundai-Kia (+5%) at 21.255 sales vs. 21.127. Toyota Motor, Honda Motor and Nissan Motor follow, with Daimler up 11% further down.

Brand-wise, Ford (29.007) is up 11%, comfortably distancing Toyota (+0.1%), Honda (-3%), Hyundai (+1%), Chevrolet (-4%) and Nissan (-9%). Ram (-17%), Mazda (-16%), Mitsubishi (-22%) and Chrysler (-40%) struggle whereas Kia (+14%), Mercedes (+12%), Audi (+15%), Land Rover (+16%), Mini (+11%), Volvo (+33%) and Jaguar (+218%) shine. Model-wise, the Ford F-Series surges 21% to hit its 2nd largest ever monthly volume in Canada at 13.585 units (record: 13.957 last April), leading to a year-to-date tally up a fantastic 27% to an all-time high 85.818 after 7 months. The Ram Pickup remains #2 despite sales down 15% to 8.106, it is followed by the Hyundai Elantra (+1%) taking the lead of the passenger car race above perennial leader the Honda Civic (-16%). The Honda CR-V is up 53% to #5, the Ford Escape up 25% to #7, the Toyota RAV4 up 38% to #8, Ford Focus up 40% to #15 and Hyundai Tucson up 162% to #16.

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One year ago: Canada July 2015: Jeep Cherokee and Honda HR-V surge up

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Turkey July 2016: Opel Astra, Fiat Egea & Renault Symbol in photo-finish

Opel Astra Turkey July 2016Fiat Egea Turkey July 2016. Picture courtesy ototest.tvRenault Symbol Turkey July 2016Only 15 sales separate the Opel Astra (2.241), Fiat Egea (2.232) and Renault Symbol (2.226) in July. 

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The country’s very unstable political situation in July leads to new car sales imploding down 30% to 58.533 units,  sinking the year-to-date tally into negative territory at -4% to 497.350 – both these figures include light commercial vehicles. The Top 3 brands are hit even harder than the market: Volkswagen (9.084) and Ford (6.370) are both down 36% while Renault (6.274) is down 40% and Fiat (5.929) follows the market at -29%. Opel stuns with a 3% gain in 5th place, while Hyundai reduces its fall to -6% but Mercedes tumbles down 52% at #10. Seat (+11%), Kia (+24%), Suzuki (+3800%!), Land Rover (+56%) and Jaguar (+13%) are the only other manufacturer managing a Turkish year-on-year gain in July.

The race to the models pole position is at its tightest in Turkey this month, with just 15 sales separating the #1 the Opel Astra at 2.241 (1.701 sedans, 539 hatches and 1 station wagon) from the #3 the Renault Symbol at 2.226 (all sedan) with the all-new Fiat Egea sliding into 2nd place at 2.232 units (1.925 sedans and 307 hatches). Note this is the Egea’s best monthly ranking so far “at home” in Turkey where it is manufactured. Now that its replacement the Renault Megane sedan has been unveiled, the Renault Fluence is falling into oblivion, down 67% to just 1.029 sales at #16. The VW Passat is up 5 spots on June but down 26% year-on-year to #4, the Toyota Corolla up 6 but down 35% to #5, the VW Polo up 15% to #6 and the Hyundai i20 Troy up 13% to #8. Notice also the VW Jetta down 64% to #19, the Renault Clio down 71% to #20 and the Kia Cerato up a further 27 spots on last month to a record #33.

Previous month: Turkey June 2016: Renault Fluence and Opel Astra advance

One year ago (1): Turkey July 2015: Renault Clio climbs up to 2nd spot

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Norway July 2016: Mitsubishi Outlander & VW Tiguan shine in market down 11%

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Norway July 2016Mitsubishi Outlander sales are up 338% year-on-year in Norway in July. 

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The Norwegian new car market is down 11% year-on-year in July to 11.040 registrations, yet the year-to-date total remains in positive territory at +2% to 88.789 units. Volkswagen remains by far the most popular manufacturer in the country despite sales down 14% to 2.076 and 18.8% share vs. -23% to 1.127 and 10.2% for #2 Toyota. Audi is down 9% year-on-year but back up 8 spots on June to #3, Mitsubishi gains 121% to #4 ahead of BMW (+3%), Volvo (-23%) and Mercedes (-13%). Beyond the Top 10, Opel (+32%), Hyundai (+27%), Citroen (+32%), Honda (+63%) and Jaguar (+188%) impress. The VW Golf is once again the best-seller in the country despite sales freefalling 37% year-on-year to 972 and 8.8% share, followed by the Mitsubishi Outlander for its part up a whopping 338% to 552 units, 504 of which (91%) are the PHEV variant. The VW Passat (+25%), Tiguan (+101%) and Skoda Octavia (-12%) round up the Top 5 with the Opel Astra (+449%), Toyota Prius (+145%) and Skoda Superb (+492%) making themselves noticed inside the Top 20.

Previous month: Norway June 2016: Volkswagen leads, Toyota Prius up 3-fold to #12

One year ago: Norway July 2015: Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Tucson land with a splash

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Switzerland July 2016: Dacia superstar

Dacia Sandero Switzerland July 2016. Picture courtesy Dacia Sandero is up 343% to #5 in Switzerland in July… 

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The Swiss new car market hits the brakes in July with sales down a sizeable 14% year-on-year to 26.074 units, leading to a year-to-date tally now down 4% to 184.111. Market leader Volkswagen falls faster than the market at -17% to 3.573 sales and 13.7% share whereas #2 BMW falls slightly slower at -12% to 1.990 and 7.6%. In fact, the entire Top 5 brands post volumes significantly down on a year ago, with Mercedes (-23%), Audi (-26%) and Skoda (-18%) following. The star of the month is low-cost brand Dacia, up a staggering 255% year-on-year and 12 spots on June to shoot up to #6 with 1.190 sales and 4.6% share, outselling parent brand Renault (4.5%) as well as Peugeot (3.2%) and Citroen (3.1%). Further down, Mini (+30%), Mitsubishi (+30%), Kia (+31%), Honda (+86%) and Infiniti (+790%) shine.

Dacia Duster Switzerland July 2016. Picture courtesy of…while the Duster is up 179% to #6.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf reclaims the year-to-date pole position thanks to 1.078 sales this month (-37%!) vs. 921 for the Skoda Octavia (-22%) with the VW Polo also in freefall (-40%) at #3. The VW Tiguan is up 53% to #4 but the two heroes of the month are the Dacia Sandero at #5 (+343%) and the Duster at #6 (+179%). Notice also the Mini Cooper up 40%, the Audi A4 up 44%, VW Touran up 31%, Seat Alhambra up 33%, BMW X1 up 371%, VW T6 up 389% and Opel Astra up 90%.

Previous month: Switzerland June 2016: Skoda Octavia tops half-year charts

One year ago: Switzerland July 2015: BMW 2 Series and Mercedes GLA in Top 10

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