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South Korea July 2015: Now with Top 30 brands & Top 145 foreigners

September 4th, 2015 No comments

Peugeot 2008 South Korea July 2015. Picture courtesy turbo.frThe Peugeot 2008 is now almost among the 10 best-selling foreigners in South Korea.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after local models data we now have access to full market details including foreign nameplates. In the brands ranking, Mercedes is back above BMW to reclaim the title of most popular foreigner at #6 overall for just 40 sales, distancing Volkswagen and Audi. Mini is up 81% to #10, Land Rover up 58% to #13, with Jeep (+31%), Citroen (+68%), Cadillac (+90%), Nissan (+92%), Peugeot (+94%) and Chrysler (+100%) also lodging spectacular year-on-year gains. The Mercedes E-Class leads foreign models with 1.686 sales above the BMW 5 Series (1.427) while the Mercedes S-Class brilliantly rounds up the podium at 1.294 deliveries, up 4-fold on July 2014.

BMW i8 South Korea July 2015. Picture courtesy bobaedream.co.krThe BMW i8 has landed in South Korea.

Further down, notice the Mini Cooper up 181% to #6, the Peugeot 2008 up a further three spots to #12, the BMW 4 Series up 276% year-on-year to #13, the Nissan Qashqai up 10 ranks on June to #17, the Mercedes CLA up to #18, the Land Rover Discovery Sport making its first official appearance in the South Korean ranking at #19 (now that sales are split with the Discovery), the Jeep Cherokee up 31 spots to #28, Ford Mondeo up 13 to #29 and the BMW 2 Series up 47 to #59 thanks to the Active Tourer. Finally, we welcome the BMW i8 at #105 and the Mercedes AMG GT at #118.

Previous all models post: South Korea 1st Half 2015: Hyundai Porter takes control

Previous month: South Korea June 2015: Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento shoot up

One year ago: South Korea July 2014: Now with all-models and all-brands

Full July 2015 Top 30 All-brands and Top 145 foreign models here.

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France August 2015: Renault and Clio reclaim control

September 2nd, 2015 No comments

Renault Clio France August 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Clio is back to pole position at home in France.

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Thanks to one additional selling day vs. August 2014, the French new car market is up 10% year-on-year this month to 92.052 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 1.256.670 units, up 6% on 2014. It is however prudent to remember that we are remaining at historically low level in France, this August score being the third weakest month in the past 15 years below just August 2013 (85.565) and August 2014 (83.340). Overtaken by Peugeot in July, Renault reclaims the brands pole position this month, but just: at 15.611 deliveries (+11%), its advantage is only 372 units vs. Peugeot at 15.239 (+14%). Renault’s share is frankly lower than its year-to-date level (17% vs. 19.6%), but Peugeot is closer (16.6% vs. 17.3%).

Citroen C3 France August 2015. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusThe Citroen C3 is up 53% to 4th place.

Citroen is up 18% to 10.083 and 11% to lift its year-to-date total into positive territory at 134.898 units (+2%). Following are Volkswagen (+13%), Dacia struggling at -16% and Toyota, down 13% but remaining on high ground at #6 and 4.4% share. Below Nissan (+18%), Audi surges 19% to 3.8% share, followed closely by BMW up a spectacular 29% to #10 and 3.5%. This score enables the Bavarian manufacturer to overtake Mercedes in the year-to-date ranking at 32.968 units (+15%) vs. 32.886 (+10%).

VW Polo France August 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deAt #6, the VW Polo hadn’t ranked that high in 2015.

Overstepped by the Peugeot 208 last month in a rare event, the Renault Clio IV is back to the models pole position thanks to sales up 14% year-on-year to 5.200 while the Peugeot 208 is up 12% to 4.746. With the Peugeot 308 up 29%, the Citroen C3 up 53%, Renault Captur up 25% and VW Polo up 14%, the entire Top 6 gains more ground than the market in August, resulting in a slight consolidation at the top of the ranking (Top 5 = 21% vs. 19.8% and Top 10 = 33% vs. 32.6%.).

VW Passat France August 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Passat is up 73% to #30.

At #6, this is the VW Polo’s best monthly ranking so far in 2015 while at #7 it is the VW Golf ‘s first Top 10 ranking in France since September 2014 and best ranking since it hit a record 5th place exactly a year ago in August 2014. The Renault Twingo is back up 15 spots on a particularly weak July score, back inside the Top 10 at #10. The Toyota Yaris is up 3 ranks to an excellent 12th place, albeit not reiterating its record-breaking August 2014 score (#6). The Renault Kadjar gains one spot to #18, the Opel Mokka is up 25% to #22, Citroen C3 Picasso up 57% to #23, Mini up 39% to #26, VW Passat is up 73% to #30 and the BMW 1 Series up 34% to #33.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer France August 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe BMW 2 Series Active Tourer shoots up to #36 in France this month.

Excellent performance of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, up 18 spots on July to smash its French record ranking at #36 with 705 sales and 0.8% share vs. #73 and 0.3% year-to-date. The Fiat 500X has stabilised at #40, the Nissan X-Trail is up a further 3 ranks to #44, the Skoda Fabia up 13 to #45 and the Renault Espace is down 14 but remains inside the Top 50 at #49 with sales up 220% on the previous model a year ago.

Previous post: France 1-14 August 2015: Toyota Yaris up 29% in lifeless month

Previous month: France July 2015: Renault down to historically low 14.7% share

One year ago:France August 2014: Toyota Yaris hits highest ever Nippon ranking in worst month in 38 years

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Spain July 2015: Opel Astra surprise best-seller

September 2nd, 2015 4 comments

Opel Astra Bosnia June 2015. Picture courtesy larevueautomobile.com2015 Opel Astra

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The Spanish new car market celebrates two full years (24 consecutive months) of year-on-year gains in August at +24% to 56.508 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 23% to 718.629 units. This is the strongest August result since the 58.995 units clocked up in 2009, however let’s keep in mind the all-time August record of 2005 is almost double this year’s result (105.064) and the August total in each the 12 years before 2009 was above this year’s score. Out of the wood: yes, totally back on track: not yet. Volkswagen remains the most popular brand in the country despite sales up slower than the market (+17%), while Opel (+19%) is up 5 spots on June to #2, distancing Peugeot (+31%) and Renault (+32%) both very dynamic. Further down, Toyota up 39% to #6, Nissan up 60% to #10, Kia up 34% to #11 and Mercedes up 30% to #13 all impress. Notice also Skoda (+36%), Mazda (+52%), Volvo (+46%), Lexus (+118%), Jeep (+299%), Suzuki (+57%), Smart (+158%) and Jaguar (+190%) posting spectacular gains.

Renault Mégane vs Peugeot 308 France August 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frRenault Mégane sales are up 69%, Peugeot 308 sales up 61%.

The Spanish models ranking is turned upside down this month: boosted by runout prices for the outgoing generation and the new model landing into dealerships, the Opel Astra surges 54% year-on-year and 8 spots on June to brilliantly become the most popular nameplate in the country in August with 1.657 sales and 2.9%, only 14 units above the Dacia Sandero (-1%) with the VW Golf (+50%) rounding up the podium. Other impressive performers inside the Top 10 include the Nissan Qashqai (+41%), Peugeot 208 (+56%), Renault Mégane (+69%) and Peugeot 308 (+61%) while the Toyota Auris is up 5 ranks on July to #6.

Hyundai Tucson Spain August 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe Hyundai Tucson already ranks #27 in Spain.

The Seat Ibiza drops to 5th place overall and is now only 158 units below its compact stable mate the Leon for the 2014 pole position at 23.242 deliveries vs. 23.400. Further down, notice the Renault Captur (+43%), Toyota Yaris (+79%), Opel Mokka (135%), Peugeot 2008 (+45%) and Mercedes GLA (+43%) all lodging substantial year-on-year gains – four out of these five models being crossovers. Among recent launches, the Hyundai Tucson takes off 68 spots on its inaugural month in July to a splendid 27th spot, doubling its sales to 594 and instantly becoming the Korean brand’s best-seller in Spain above the ix35 it replaces (#40 and 500 sales, -38%). The Renault Kadjar is down 21 ranks to #64, the Mazda CX-3 is up 36 spots to break into the Spanish Top 100 for the first time at #95, the Suzuki Vitara is up 33 ranks to a record #108, the Jaguar XE is down 11 to #118 and the Ssangyong Tivoli up 22 to #149.

Previous month: Spain June 2015: VW Golf surges to pole position

One year ago: Spain August 2014: Dacia Sandero triumphs

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China Full Year 2014: Discover the Top 40 luxury imports

September 2nd, 2015 2 comments

Lexus ES China 2014The Lexus ES is the best-selling luxury import in China in 2014.

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For the first time on BSCB I can share with you the most popular luxury imports in China, led by the Lexus ES and Volvo XC60. The Range Rover Evoque rounds up the podium, while BMW manages to place the X5, X3 and 7 Series all in the Top 11. Mercedes for its part has the S-Class at #6 – China being the nameplate’s #1 market in the world – the M-Class at #8 and both the R-Class and B-Class inside the Top 20. Cadillac places the SRX inside the Top 10 and Porsche the Cayenne, with the Macan creeping up at #22. Audi is more discreet – the large majority of its range is produced locally – with no model in the Top 10 luxury and the A8 and Q7 in the Top 20.

Previous China import post: China 2014-2015: Toyota Prado best-selling import

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Italy July 2015: Now available with Top 180 best-selling models

September 1st, 2015 No comments

Opel Karl Italy July 2015For its 2nd month, the Opel Kark is getting closer to the Italian Top 50.

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As is the tradition on BSCB we now have access to more detailed Italian data thanks to Paolo and Quattroruote Magazine. Firstly a final figure for the Mini Countryman (#34) taking an impressive advantage over the new generation Mini (#61) despite the arrival of the 5-door variant for the latter. The Peugeot 108 is up 15 spots on June to #46, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer holds itself inside the Top 50 at #49 and is now only one unit below its archenemy the Mercedes B-Class year-to-date at 5.357 vs. 5.358. Among recent launches, notice the Suzuki Vitara up 4 ranks on June to #60, the Opel Karl up 15 spots on its launch ranking to #65, the Land Rover Discovery Sport down 8 to #75, Mazda CX-3 up 14 to #120, Renault Espace down two to #116, the Hyundai Tucson landing at #121, the Jaguar XE down two to #143, the Renault Kadjar down 40 to #173 and the Ssangyong Tivoli down 23 to #176.

Previous post (1): Photo Report: The cars of Ventimiglia, Northern Italy

Previous post (2): Italy July 2015: Fiat 500X up to #7, best-seller in the 500 family

Previous post (3): Italy 1st Half 2015: SUV craze energises market up 15%

Previous month: Italy June 2015: Now available with Top 180 best-selling models

One year ago: Italy July 2014: Now available with Top 150 best-selling models

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Malaysia July 2015: Honda and Mazda buck trend in market down 3%

August 29th, 2015 No comments

Honda HR-V Malaysia July 2015The HR-V lifts Honda up 26% in July in Malaysia.

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The Malaysian new car market is down 3% year-on-year in July to 58.646 registrations, with the effects of the Hari Raya festive season and aggressive sales promotions being counter-balanced by consumer wariness in the wake of the introduction of GST in April. The year-to-date total is also down 3% on 2014 to 380.830 deliveries. Market leader Perodua drops faster than the market at -6% but remains the uncontested #1 brand with 30.6% share ahead of the other local manufacturer Proton at 18.5% (-2%). Boosted by the exceptional start of the HR-V crossover (see our exclusive 2015 Malaysian monthly models data here), Honda surges 26% year-on-year in July to overtake Toyota again land snap the third spot overall with 14.4% share. Other great performers include Mazda (+36%), Mercedes (+90%), Audi and Lexus (both at +51%) while Hyundai (-53%) and Kia (-61%) implode.

Previous post (1): Malaysia H1 2015: Now with monthly Top 10 models (BSCB exclusive)

Previous post (2): Malaysia H1 2015: Discover the Top 220 models (BSCB exclusive)

Previous post (3): Malaysia Full Year 2014: Now with Top 100 models (BSCB exclusive)

Previous month: Malaysia June 2015: Mazda, Mercedes and Isuzu buck trend

One year ago: Malaysia July 2014: Market up 3%

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Russia July 2015: Now with Top 100 best-sellers (BSCB exclusive)

August 27th, 2015 No comments

Ford Fiesta Russia July 2015. Picture courtesy zr.ruFord has just relaunched the Fiesta in Russia, aiming at the Hyundai Solaris and VW Polo.

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Today we can share with you exclusively on BSCB rare detailed monthly data for Russia for July. The familiar Top 25 now includes the two best-selling Light Commercial Vehicles in the country, and they are pumped up this month: the GAZ Gazelle ranks 7th with 2.7% share and the UAZ Bukhanka ranks 12th vs. #26 in H1. Outside, the Chevrolet Aveo (#50 in H1) and Ford Kuga (#67) surge and miss out on a historical Top 25 Russian breakthrough (ex-LCVs) for less than a hundred units. The Mercedes Sprinter enjoys the benefits of its facelift at #40 vs. #61 in H1, and the Chinese are back in a slightly better shape: the Lifan X60 ranks #43 (#49 in H1), the Geely Emgrand 7 is at #53 (#98) and the Geely Emgrand  X7 is at #60 (#108).

UAZ 452 Russia July 2015. Picture courtesy carrental.mnThe UAZ Bukhanka surges up to #12 in Russia this month. 

Lifan X50 Russia July 2015. Picture courtesy news.auto.ruThe Lifan X50 is already among Russia’s 100 most popular nameplates.

Two new launches get themselves noticed this month in Russia The Ford Fiesta was relaunched here as an affordable sedan by the American manufacturer at the same time General Motors is disengaging Chevrolet and Opel from the country. It competes with blockbusters Hyundai Solaris, Kia Rio and VW Polo, all inside the Top 4 this month. The Fiesta breaks into the Russian Top 50 in July at #47 with 547 sales whereas it only sold 159 units (#224) over the First Half of 2015. The Lifan X50 is also climbing the Russian ladder fast: from #262 and 74 units in H1 directly to #75 and 319 sales in July, positioning itself as the 4th best-selling Chinese models in Russia below the 3 aforementioned.

Previous post: Russia 1st Half 2015: Now with Top 360 All-models (BSCB exclusive)

Previous July post: Russia July 2015: Hyundai Solaris and Kia Rio take root above all Ladas

One year ago: Russia July 2014: Renault Logan up to #5, Opel Mokka in Top 25

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Russia 1st Half 2015: Now with Top 360 All-models (BSCB exclusive)

August 27th, 2015 No comments

UAZ Cargo Russia June 2015. Picture courtesy uazbuka.ru335 UAZ Cargo found a new home in Russia over H1 2015.

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Exclusive to BSCB, we now have access to an All-models ranking for the First Half of 2015 in Russia. Light Commercial Vehicles are now included, which means the GAZ Gazelle finds its way up to 4th place overall with 2.7% share vs. #7 over the Full Year 2014. The rest of the Top 25 stays untouched, with the antediluvian UAZ Bukhanka pointing its bread-loaf head at #26 vs. #33 in 2014. The Daewoo Gentra (#28), Nissan Terrano (#31) and Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (#33) also post much-improved rankings, while the Lexus NX surges to #35 with 5.206 sales or 55% of the brand’s sales in Russia over the period.

Dongfeng Fengshen H30 Russia June 2015. Picture courtesy rdrom.ruThe Dongfeng Fengshen H30 lands at #197.

The Nissan Sentra leaps up to #36 while the BMW X5 (#51), Kia Soul (#52), Mercedes C-Class (#55), Hyundai Elantra (#57), Mercedes S-Class (#63) and GLA (#72), Ford Ecosport (#76) and Range Rover (#80) all make their entry into the Russian Top 100 vs. to their 2014 respective ranking. It’s not a good time to launch new models in Russia with the overall market freefalling 36% to just 782.094 registrations. The Datsun On-DO is the only all-new model inside the Top 130, landing directly at #39 with 0.6% market share, with the next best things being the Land Rover Discovery Sport (#133), Dongfeng H30 (#197), Dongfeng S30 (#218), Ford Fiesta (#223), Lifan X50 (#262) and Brilliance H230 (#286).

Previous post: Russia July 2015: Hyundai Solaris and Kia Rio take root above all Ladas

Original H1 update: Russia 1st Half 2015: Hyundai and Kia winners in damaged market

One year ago: Russia June 2014: Skoda Rapid lands in deteriorating market

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UK July 2015: Now with Top 125 models (BSCB exclusive)

August 25th, 2015 No comments

Jaguar XE UK July 2015The Jaguar XE is already up to #35 at home in the UK this month.

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Today we can share with you as a BestSellingCarsBlog exclusive the Top 120 best-selling models in the UK, instead of the traditional (yet very restrictive) Top 10, allowing us a fascinating and up-to-the-minute insight into this market. The Vauxhall Mokka (#11), Nissan Juke (#12) and Ford Kuga (#13) are knocking on the UK Top 10’s door this month, and for the latter a monthly Top 10 ranking would be a historical first. The Audi A1 is up to a spectacular 17th spot vs. #49 over Q1 2015, the Skoda Octavia is up to #18 (Q1: #35), the VW Passat up to #23 (#67), Skoda Fabia up to #25 (#66), BMW 2 Series up to #44 (#84) and Ford Ecosport up to #70 (#91). The Nissan Pulsar is slowly stirring itself in the right direction, at a still very discreet 76th spot in July vs. #94 in Q1 2015.

Hyundai Tucson UK July 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe all-new Hyundai Tucson is already knocking on the UK Top 50’s door this month.

Mercedes justifies its fantastic brand performance (+21% and 5th place overall) with a Top 10 ranking from the C-Class, the A-Class at #19, E-Class at #32, GLA at #84 and CLA at #86 (vs. #103 and #178 respectively during Q1). The Volvo XC90 comes back to life thanks to the new generation: back up to #118. There are no less than ten 2015 launches in the July UK Top 120, all brilliantly led by the all-new Jaguar XE surging to a very impressive 35th spot vs. #16 for the BMW 3 Series it blatantly is aiming at. The Hyundai Tucson misses the Top 50 by less than 100 units at #53 whereas only demo cars would have been registered by now.

Citroen C4 Cactus UK July 2015. Picture courtesy dailyrecord.co.ukThe Citroen C4 Cactus ranks at #75 in the UK in July.

Further down, the Citroen C4 Cactus makes a remarkable arrival at #75, already the brand’s third best-seller in the UK below the C1 at #39 and the C4 Picasso at #54. The long-awaited return of the Viva nameplate, known as the Opel Karl elsewhere, points its bonnet at #78 this month – still relatively shy, the Fiat 500X is at #89 and the only Fiat in the Top 100 along with the 500 (#8), the Land Rover Discovery Sport is already marking a pause at #95 vs. #65 in Q1, and the Jeep Renegade, Smart Forfour, Suzuki Vitara and Mazda CX-3 also make their first appearance.

Detailed H1 2015 UK figures will be uploaded in September.

Previous post (Top 10): UK July 2015: Mercedes up 21% to #5 in more muted market growth

One year ago: UK July 2014: Nissan Qashqai hits best-ever #5, Mini back in Top 10

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Europe July 2015: VW Passat breaks into Top 5 for first time in 4 years

August 24th, 2015 11 comments

VW Passat Europe July 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comVW Passat sales are up 50% year-on-year in Europe in July.

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After a 15% surge in June, the European new car market is up an equally impressive 9% year-on-year in July to 1.180.078 registrations – that’s a cool 23 consecutive months of year-on-year gains – lifting the year-to-date total to 8.595.528 units, also up 9% on 2014. Volkswagen gains slightly less ground than the market at +8% but remains in the lead by far at 152.160 units vs. 84.450 (+7%) for Ford at #2. Opel/Vauxhall is up one rank to reclaim its spot on the European podium at 74.736 sales (+3%) above Renault (+5%) threatened by fellow countryman Peugeot (+11%) at 70.831 sales vs. 70.223. Inside the Top 10, Mercedes and Fiat both show the healthiest results: up 12% on July 2014.

Mercedes C Class Europe July 2015. Picture courtesy telegraph.co.ukMercedes sales are up 12% year-on-year in Europe.

In the models ranking, Volkswagen brilliantly manages to place 3 models inside the Top 5 for the first time in over four years: the VW Golf is up 11% to celebrate 64 consecutive months in the European pole position (the last time the Golf did not rank #1 in Europe is March 2010 – before BSCB was created), the VW Polo is up 16% in 2nd place and the VW Passat is up 50% to #5 with 21.972 sales, 52% of which coming from Germany where it hit its strongest volume in 8 years in July. The last time the Passat ranked within the European Top 5 was in April 2011, and the only time before that was in December 2005, almost 10 years ago. Historically high scores for the Passat in Europe indeed. The Skoda Octavia is up 6 spots on June to #6, the Ford Focus up 12% year-on-year at #7 but the Opel Corsa is down 11% to #9 despite the arrival of the new model.

Previous post: Europe 1st Half 2015: Recovery now firmly in place – albeit artificial?

Previous month: Europe June 2015: Renault Captur equals all-time record #7 spot

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