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Spain June 2014: Renault up 50% to lead with 12% share

July 2nd, 2014 7 comments

Renault Mégane Spain June 2014. Picture by largus.frThe Renault Mégane is up 15 spots on May to #2!

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Another very satisfying month for new car sales in Spain: up a beautiful 24% year-on-year in June to 90,265 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 455,362 units, up 18% on 2013. This is the best June score since 2010 (121,649). There is one winner and one winner only in the brands ranking this month: shooting up from its traditional 5th place, Renault gains 50% on June 2013 to become the first manufacturer to sell over 10,000 monthly units in at least 4 years at 10,828 sales and an out-of-this-word 12% share. Opel (+26%) takes the 2nd spot ahead of Volkswagen (+49%), Seat (+5%) and Ford (+52%). Fiat (+52%), Kia (+55%), Mazda (+93%), Honda (+47%) and Lancia (+80%) also shine.

Opel Corsa Spain June 2014The Opel Corsa is the best-selling model in Spain this month.

After 3 consecutive months dominated by the Seat Ibiza, the models ranking gets a proper reshuffle, keeping in mind this time of year is heavily influence by rental company purchase in anticipation of summer holidays. Like last year, the Opel Corsa is the most popular vehicle in the country in June with 3,916 sales and 4.3% but the real star of the month is the Renault Mégane up 15 spots on May to #2 at 3,891 units and 4.3% also, while Renault makes it two models on the podium with the Clio up 3 ranks to #3. The Seat Ibiza (#6) and Leon (#5) are down but remain the Top 2 best-sellers year-to-date.

Citroen C4 Cactus Spain June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Citroen C4 Cactus is already inside the Spanish Top 50!

Further down, the Renault Captur is up a massive 44 ranks on last month to reach #11, its best-ever ranking in Spain, the Citroen C4 Picasso is up 11 to #12, the Renault Scénic up 24 to #12, Fiat 500L up 22 to #22 and the Mercedes GLA down 3 to #64. One model makes a splash in the Spanish sales charts this month: the Citroen C4 Cactus is up no less than 151 spots on May to break into the Top 50 for the first time at #41 with 676 sales and 0.7% share. Notice also the Mercedes V-Class landing at #139 and the Ford Tourneo Courier arriving at #171.

Previous month: Spain May 2014: Seat Ibiza and Leon cement domination

One year ago: Spain June 2013: Opel Corsa confirms #1 spot, Dacia Sandero #5

Full June 2014 Top 225 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden June 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander in Top10, market up 26%

July 1st, 2014 No comments

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sweden June 2014. Picture courtesy of autoweek.nlMitsubishi Outlander

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It’s looking like a very hot summer indeed for new car sales in Sweden: up an extremely impressive 26% year-on-year in May to 28,749 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 151,747 units, up a gargantuan 18% on 2013. Interestingly this growth is fuelled by private demand: over the first half of 2014, private sales accounted for 36% of the new car market in Sweden vs. 32% over the same period last year. Volvo (+34%) and Volkswagen (+33%) lead and both outperform the market while Audi (+14%) reclaims the third spot it held over the Full Year 2013. Toyota (+34%), Mercedes (+71%), Mitsubishi (+288%) and Dacia (+110%) also shine in the Top 10.

Peugeot 308 SW VW Golf Sweden June 2014. Picture by largus.frThe new Station Wagon pushes the Peugeot 308 up to #13.

In the models ranking, the podium is unchanged on last month with the Volvo V70 reigning supreme at 7.2% share ahead of the VW Passat (5.4%) and Golf (4.9%) both above their year-to-date levels once again. Let’s salute the Audi A4 up 8 spots on May to #9, the Mitsubishi Outlander up 11 to break into the Top 10 at #10, the Renault Clio up to #12, Peugeot 308 up 20 to #13, Renault Mégane up 9 to #19, Dacia Duster up 17 to #25, Hyundai i20 up 12 to #26, the Nissan Note up to #36 vs. #71 year-to-date and the BMW X3 up to #47 vs. #67.

Previous month: Sweden May 2014: Volvo strong in market up 7%

One year ago: Sweden June 2013: Volvo V70 and VW Passat dominate stable ranking

Full June 2014 Top 75 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Portugal May 2014: Renault Clio and VW Polo distant leaders

June 28th, 2014 No comments

Renault Clio Portugal May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Clio

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After gaining 47% year-on-year in March and 53% in April, the Portuguese new car market ‘slows down’ in May at +37% to 13,779 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 60,047 units, up 42% on 2013. The Renault Clio lodges another very strong month at 6% share and 821 sales, above its year-to-date level of 5.3%, with the VW Polo in tow this month at a very impressive 5.2% vs. 3.5% year-to-date. The Opel Corsa is up 5 spots on April to a splendid third place with 451 sales, thanks to a combination of runout prices on the current generation and strong rental orders in anticipation of summer. As a result the Peugeot 208 is kicked down to #4 but remains #2 YTD.

VW Golf Sportsvan Portugal May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst appearance of the VW Golf Sportsvan in the Portuguese charts this month.

Other great performers this month include the Seat Ibiza up 4 spots to #5 vs. #10 year-to-date, the Peugeot 308 up 6 to #8 vs. #14 and the Citroen C3 up a massive 15 ranks to #9. Further down, notice also the Fiat 500L up 18 to #43, the Mercedes GLA breaking into the Portuguese Top 50 for the first time at #48, the Kia Carens landing directly at #80, the VW Golf Sportsvan #86 and the Ford Ecosport up to #102.

Previous month: Portugal April 2014: Renault Clio doubles sales in market up 53%

One year ago: Portugal May 2013: Renault snaps back top spot away from Volkswagen

Full May 2014 Top 205 All-models and Top 34 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Italy May 2014: Now with the Top 170 best-selling models!

June 27th, 2014 No comments

Mercedes GLA Italy May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deMercedes GLA

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As is now the tradition on BSCB I can now give you more detail on the Italian models ranking for the month. But first a few changes atop the sales charts: the Opel Mokka actually performs better than expected at a record #15 with 1,974 sales and 1.5%, only 4 units below the Peugeot 2008. The Mercedes GLA stays at an excellent #58 spot with 613 units, the new generation Jeep Cherokee breaks into the Top 100 at #82 with 319 units while both the Porsche Macan (#96) and BMW 4 Series (#100) keep their place among the country’s 100 favourite vehicles. The Ford Ecosport is up 9 ranks to #134 and the Maserati Ghibli down 8 to #145.

Previous post: Italy May 2014: Fiat 500L #2 again, Punto down to #6

Previous month: Italy April 2014: Now with Top 170 best-selling models

One year ago: Italy May 2013: Top 5 All-Italian for the first time in 16 years

Full May 2014 Top 170 models Ranking Table below.

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France 1-11 June 2014: Peugeot 308 in pole position!

June 21st, 2014 8 comments

Peugeot 308 France June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 308

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Weak start of the month for new car sales in France in June with a market down 5% year-on-year. Even though intermediary rankings are always to be taken with a pinch of salt as some manufacturers front load their sales (Peugeot) and some other back load them (Renault), the performance of the Peugeot 308 is still impressive: up 120% year-on-year to rank #1 so far in June after 11 days with 2,252 sales. This is potentially due to the arrival of the station wagon variant in dealerships. The Peugeot 208 (-15%), Citroen C3 (+10%), Citroen C4 Picasso (-6%) and Renault Clio IV (-13%) follow. The Peugeot 2008 marks exactly one year since its first Top 10 appearance.

Can the Peugeot 308 stay on top until the end of the month? Chances are it won’t as the Renault Clio IV should climb back up the ladder to #1 as it has done almost every month since launch. However if the 308 manages to stay above the 208 to rank #2 and become the brand’s best-seller at home, it would be the first time it manages both feats, with the nameplate’s highest ever monthly ranking so far in France being #3 from June to October 2008January 2009June 2009 and May 2014. Brand-wise, Peugeot (+3%) leads the way above Renault (+15%) and Citroen (-25%) while Toyota is up 4 spots on May to #5, Audi up one to #7 and Mercedes back in the Top 10 at #10.

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

Previous month: France May 2014: Peugeot 308 on podium for the first time in 5 years

One year ago: France 1-11 June 2013: Peugeot 2008 shoots up to #7!

Full 1-11 June 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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

June 15th, 2014 22 comments

Fiat 500 Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of quattroruote.itFiat Abarth 500 (US model shown)

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Now that we have explored in detail the European models ranking for April we look into the evolution of the year-to-date sales charts to extract longer-term trends. As the year progresses the models ranking cements itself and large month-on-month variations become rarer. Illustrating this, the highest year-to-date ranking change this month is outside the Top 10: after breaking into the monthly European Top 10 for the first time in March and helped by another impressive month (#11 in April), the Fiat 500 passes the BMW 3 Series to establish itself at #11 year-to-date, the highest the Nuova 500 ever ranked in a year-to-date European ranking, an outstanding performance given this car is almost 7 years old! The Top 10 is still a fair distance away though: the Audi A3 is 7,000 sales above and regularly beats the 500 in the monthly charts.

Citroen C3 Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusThe Citroen C3 is back inside the Top 20 this month.

Reaching a best-ever #12 in April earns the VW Tiguan to improve its year-to-date ranking by two spots to #15 with 55,341 sales (+15%), kicking the Fiat Panda down two to #17 (-8%) while the Renault Captur remains at a very impressive #16. Catching up on lost time as 2013 was disrupted by strikes at its French factory, the Citroen C3 overtakes the Peugeot 2008 to reclaim a spot inside the European Top 20 at #20. Other notable changes inside the Top 50 include the BMW 1 Series (#22) and Peugeot 308 (#23) both up one rank, the Renault Mégane up 3 to #26, the Dacia Duster up two to #29, Seat Leon up one to #31, Mercedes A-Class down 4 to #32 and Renault Scénic up 3 to #36.

Skoda Rapid Europe April 2014Skoda Rapid

Further down, the Skoda Rapid is slowly but surely creeping up the ladder, up a further 3 spots this month to #57 and could potentially break into the YTD Top 50 in the next couple of months, making it 3 Skodas in the Top 50 after the Octavia (#9) and Fabia (#34). The Nissan Note could do the same: it is up a massive 135% year-on-year in Europe so far this year at #60, while its little sister the Micra is up a more modest but still impressive 53% at #63. Interesting bounce of the Volvo XC60 at +39% to #77, a more logical one for the Toyota RAV4 given the new model is still finding its mark at +40% at #81 and the Dacia Logan takes advantage of its full revamp to gain 212% and reappear in the Top 100 at #84 even though these figures don’t include Russia where it is very strong.

BMW 4er Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe BMW 4 Series has not cannibalised the 3 Series so far.

There is one all-new models in the Top 100: the BMW 4 Series lands at #98 with 14,715 sales, definitely more than the 3,560 units the 3 Series has lost over the period. The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is close enough at #105 (+3%) while the Mercedes GLA should join the Top 100 club very soon: thanks to a #96 ranking in April it gains 25 spots year-to-date to #131 with just under 8,000 sales. Notice also the Mercedes S-Class up 202% to #149, the Toyota Corolla up 265% to #152, Tesla Model S at #179 with 3,458 units and the Maserati Ghibli at #227 and 1,477 sales.

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen continues to reign supreme with 538,738 sales, up 3% on 2013. Among the Top 20 most popular carmakers, only Hyundai loses ground at -3% and 7 brands manage a 10%+ increase year-on-year: Ford (+10%), Renault (+11%), Skoda (+18%), Nissan (+10%), Dacia (+40%), Mazda (+26%) and Suzuki (+17%). Notice also Jeep up 24%, Lexus up 34%, Tesla up 19 spots to #34, Maserati up 425%, Infiniti up 35% and Bentley up 35%.

Previous post: Europe April 2014: Discover the Top 334 models and Top 55 brands

Previous month: Europe First Quarter 2014: Peugeot 2008 in Top 20, Leon above Ibiza

One year ago: Europe April 2013: Audi A3 breaks into Top 10 for the first time!

Full January-April 2014 Top 350 models and Top 60 brands Ranking Tables below.

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France May 2014: Now with the Top 300 models & Top 50 brands

June 15th, 2014 8 comments

Citroen C4 Cactus France May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Citroen C4 Cactus is knocking on the French Top 100′s door this month.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring the Top 15 brands and Top 80 models in France in April, we now dig a little deeper to find out what’s happening lower in the ranking. First a few adjustments on the initial figures: the market is up 0.3% (instead of 0.1%) to 148,951 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 762,519 sales, still up 3% on 2013. Detailed data by generation is now available for the Nissan Qashqai, showing the new gen down 3 spots on April to #19. Additional cabriolet sales bring the Audi A3 up to #24 and the Opel Mokka down to #25, still its best-ever monthly ranking in France by far, beating the #33 it hit in January and March.

Kia Soul France May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frKia Soul

The first generation Ford C-Max is up a surprising 45 ranks on last month to re-enter the Top 100 at #59, whereas the Renault Zoé also enjoys a second wind, up 10 spots to #79, its best ranking at home in almost one year (since last June). The new generation Mini breaks into the Top 100 for the first time and for its 4th appearance in the ranking at #86, up 15 ranks on last month. The Kia Soul is back in the game thanks to its facelift: up a further 11 spots to #106 vs. #140 year-to-date and #228 in 2013.

BMW X4 France May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst appearance in the French ranking of the BMW X4 this month…

One month prior to its consumer launch in June, the Citroen C4 Cactus delivers one of the most spectacular improvements in the French sales charts this month: up 62 ranks to knock on the Top 100′s door at #111 with 253 sales, demo models at this stage. No doubt the C4 Cactus will crack the Top 100 in June and go much higher in the coming months. The Mercedes GLA is up 2 to #121, the Ford Ecosport up 58 to #125, the Porsche Macan up a further 16 to a very impressive #142, once again and by far the brand’s best-seller ahead of the Cayenne (#195) and 911 (#197).

Renault Twingo III France May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.fr…and of the Renault Twingo III

There are no less than 5 new nameplate in the French Top 300 this month, albeit all at extremely discreet levels. The BMW X4 and M4 both land at #235 with 19 sales, the Subaru WRX lands at #275 with 7 units, the new generation Renault Twingo points its bonnet at #276 with 6 demo sales and the Infiniti QX50 arrives at #294 with 3 units. The X4 and Twingo at least should be found much higher in June…

Previous post: France May 2014: Peugeot 308 on podium for the first time in 5 years

Previous month: France April 2013: Now with Top 300 models ranking!

One year ago: France May 2013: Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 intrigue

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

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Europe April 2014: Discover the Top 334 models and Top 55 brands

June 15th, 2014 12 comments

VW Tiguan Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe VW Tiguan is up to a best-ever #12 in April.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after going through the April Top 10 we now have access to much more detailed data for the European new car market. The Fiat 500 steps out of the Top 10, just: at 15,639 sales (+6%) it ranks 11th this month, ahead of the VW Tiguan reaching its best-ever European ranking at #12 with 15,250 units, up a beautiful 15% on April 2013. The BMW 3 Series (-16%) and Opel Astra (-13%) follow but disappoint while the Toyota Yaris is stable at #15. The VW Passat is back up 3 spots on March to #16 but down 3% year-on-year, and both the Renault Captur (#17) and Peugeot 2008 (#22) seem to now have stabilised some distance away from the Top 10.

Seat Leon Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Seat Leon is up to #21 in Europe this month, its best-ever ranking.

Great year-on-year gainers inside the European Top 50 this month include the Dacia Sandero up 32% to #18, Citroen C3 up 63% to #20, Seat Leon up 52% to #21 (record monthly ranking in Europe), Peugeot 308 up 53% to #23, Dacia Duster up 40% to #25, Citroen C4 Picasso up 65% to #29, Fiat 500L up 88% to #36 and the Opel Mokka up 33% to #38, while the Ford Kuga up 26% to #51 and Skoda Rapid up 101% to #54 stop short of breaking into the Top 50.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Mercedes GLA breaks into the European Top 100 for the first time this month.

As far as recent launches are concerned, the BMW 4 Series is up a further 6 spots on March to #85 with 4,553 sales, the Mercedes GLA breaks into the European Top 100 for the first time at #96 and 3,903 units while the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross steps out of it at #107 (-10). But the most spectacular progression is delivered by the Porsche Macan up 130 ranks on last month to land in 139th position with 1,734 sales and becoming the brand’s best-seller on the continent above the 911 (#152) and Cayenne (#155), consistent with its performance in most major European markets. Finally notice the Jeep Cherokee up 54 to #214 as the new generation starts spreading into dealerships.

Porsche Macan Europe April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Macan is already the best-selling Porsche in Europe.

In the brands ranking, below Volkswagen and Ford, Renault jumps back onto the podium thanks to sales up 8% year-on-year, passing Opel/Vauxhall (+6%) while Peugeot and Audi are stable at #5 and #6 respectively. Mercedes overtakes BMW to rank 7th vs. #9 year-to-date, Skoda is up a cool 16% to #11, Nissan is up 19% to #13 and Dacia up 31% to #15. Notice also Mazda up 18% to #20, Land Rover up 19% to #22, Porsche up 28%, Jeep up 52%, Lexus up 44%, Maserati up 317% and Tesla up 6433%.

Previous post: Europe April 2014: Nissan Qashqai regains traction at +22%

Previous month: Europe March 2014: Discover the Top 336 models and Top 55 brands

One year ago: Europe April 2013: Audi A3 breaks into Top 10 for the first time!

Full April 2014 Top 334 models and Top 55 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

June 13th, 2014 No comments

VOLVO XC60 Cyprus May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo XC60

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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 5 months of 2014. Over the period, new car sales are up 16% year-on-year to 3,563 registrations. The Toyota Yaris remains the best-seller in the country thanks to 178 sales and 5% share so far this year, while the Ford Fiesta is up two spots compared to the 4 months ranking to #2 at 161 units and 4.5%, down 25% on 2013. The Nissan Qashqai stays third, the Honda CR-V drops two spots to #4 and the Range Rover is still, amazingly, the 5th most popular vehicle in Cyprus so far in 2014 with sales up 282% year-on-year to 126 units for a 3.5% market share.

Range Rover Cyprus May 2014The Range Rover is still #5 year-to-date in Cyprus…

The Volvo XC60 gains two ranks compared to last month to land in 6th position at 121 units and 3.4% (+537%!), the VW Golf is up 4 to #8 and progresses by 74% on 2013, the Nissan Juke (#10) and Micra (#12) both gain one spot while the Toyota Corolla drops one but is still up a by gargantuan 569% year-on-year. +5 for the VW Up at #17, +336% for the Toyota RAV4 at #18 and +1040% for the Jaguar XF at #20 while the Renault Captur is up to #26 and the Mercedes CLA remains #30.

Previous month: Cyprus April 2014: Range Rover up to 5th place

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

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Switzerland May 2014: Mercedes GLA just 9 units off Top 10!

June 13th, 2014 No comments

Mercedes GLA Swizterland May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Mercedes GLA almost broke into the Swiss Top 10 this month.

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Another negative month for new car sales in Switzerland, down 5% year-on-year in May to 25,787 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 121,986 units, down 4% on 2013. Once again the Volkswagen Group monopolises the Top 5 with the VW Golf, Skoda Octavia, Audi A3, VW Tiguan and Polo leading the way, and this time it monopolises the year-to-date Top 5 as well in a slightly different order: VW Golf, Skoda Octavia, VW Tiguan, Audi A3 and VW Polo. Inside the Top 10, other great performers are the VW Touran back up a huge 25 spots on April to #7, the Toyota Auris at #9 vs. #16 year-to-date and the Audi A4 up 6 ranks to #10.

Subaru WRX Switzerland May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deSubaru WRX

But the big news in Switzerland this month is the tremendous success of the Mercedes GLA. In a country very fond of luxury brands and compact SUVs, the GLA seems indeed like the perfect equation. It is up 75% and 51 spots on April to land at a world-best 12th spot with 287 sales and 1.1% share, only 9 units off the Audi A4 at #10! A Top 10 ranking sometime in the coming months is absolutely in the realm of possibilities for the GLA which has become Mercedes’ best-seller in Switzerland this month above the A-Class (#20).

Porsche Macan Switzerland May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.dePorsche Macan

Further down, notice the Suzuki Swift stable at #15 vs. #25 year-to-date, the Citroen C3 up 17 ranks to #16, the Seat Alhambra up 30 to #25, Mazda3 up 14 to #26 and the BMW 4 Series inside the Top 50 for the 2nd month running. The new model pushes the Subaru WRX directly up to # 45 with 184 sales and 0.7% while the Porsche Macan continues to progress, up 19 spots to #72 at 122 units and 0.5%, and once again Porsche’s best-seller in the country above the 911 at #92.

Previous month: Switzerland April 2014: Subaru XV and Toyota Auris shine

One year ago: Switzerland May 2013: VW Tiguan climbs to highest ever 2nd place

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

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