USA Full Year 2017: First decline since 2009, F-Series leads, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue outsell all passenger cars

For the first time in history, the RAV4 is Toyota’s best-seller in the U.S. 

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The story was on the wall: the U.S. new light vehicle market only scored two months of year-on-year gains in 2017 and ends the year down 1.7% to 17.244.347 units. This is the first U.S. annual decline in eight years, since the 27-year low of 10.4 million units in 2009, in the midst of the financial crisis. Although disappointing, this is the third consecutive year the U.S. market is above 17 million annual units and only the fifth time in history, the only two other years being 2000 and 2001. Following up on long term trends, light trucks continue to gain market share in 2017 with a 4.3% year-on-year gain to 10.897.511 sales – the segment’s second consecutive, and ever, year above the 10m mark – while passenger cars freefall even faster than in 2016 at -10.9% vs. -8.1% to just 6.332.925 units. In the detail, pickup trucks are up 4.8% to 2.822.839, crossovers are up 8.1% to 5.351.370 and SUVs up 0.3% to 1.791.481. In the Passenger Car aisle, midsize cars are down 13.1% to 2.792.346 while small cars are down 9.6% to 2.615.386.

The Ford F-Series is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the 36th year in a row.

General Motors drops slightly less than the market at -1.3% to maintain itself just above 3m units for the year, improving its market share slightly from 17.3% to 17.4%. Astonishingly, this is only the 4th year since 1990 that GM sees a year-on-year market share gain… GM crossover deliveries are up 17%, driven by record sales of the Chevrolet Equinox, Traverse and Trax and Buick Envision, Encore and GMC Acadia. For the fourth consecutive year, GM sold more pickup trucks in the U.S. than any other automaker at a record 948.909 units. GM sold 239.719 full-size SUVs and has led the segment since the launch of the Chevrolet Suburban in 1935. GM’s average transaction prices (ATPs), which are net of incentive spending estimates, end the year above $35.400 vs. an industry average of $31.600. Finally, the result of a policy to reduce reliance on less-profitable sales, 2017 marks the first year in the past 25 that GM Commercial and Government deliveries outsell daily rental deliveries, following a cumulative reduction of 170,000 rental deliveries since 2014.

The Nissan Rogue soars 22% to break into the annual U.S. Top 5 for the first time.

Ford Motor remains the #2 manufacturer in the country, also dropping slower than the market at -0.9% to 2.575m units and resulting in an improved 14.9% share. Car sales are down an abysmal 14.2% to 593.390 but SUVs are up 2.9% to a record 867.909 and trucks up 4.3% to 1.123.416. Fleet represent 29% of total sales for 2017 (-0.1 point on 2016) with 11.1% going to rental (+0.3 point), 11.8% to Commercial (-0.2 point) and 6.1% to Government (-0.1 point). Toyota Motor drops even less at -0.6% to 2.43m but FCA tumbles down 7.6% to 2.07m. Nissan Motor mechanically lifts up one spot thanks to its acquisition of Mitsubishi, up 2.2% to a record 1.7m, distancing American Honda up 0.2%, posting a third consecutive annual volume record at 1.64m. Hyundai-Kia is the hardest hit of all manufacturers in the U.S. this year at -10.4% to 1.275m deliveries, whereas the Volkswagen Group (+5.9%) and Jaguar Land Rover (+9.1%) fare the best. In fact, only FCA, BMW Group, Hyundai-Kia and Mazda lose market share year-on-year.

The Toyota Camry holds onto the title of #1 passenger car in the U.S. for the 20th year. 

Brand-wise, Ford remains the most popular for the 8th year in a row, dropping slightly at -0.9% to 2.46m deliveries. Ford brand SUV sales are at an all-new high of 796.302. Toyota (+3.2%) passes Chevrolet (-1.5%) to #2, partly due to the incorporation of discontinued Scion models into its lineup. Honda edges up 0.7% to a new annual record at 1.49m units, with Nissan up 1% to also hit a new high at 1.44m sales. Breaking records in 2016, Jeep (-10.6%), Hyundai (-13.4%) and Kia (8.9%) all fall heavily this year. Subaru on the other hand posts an incredible 9th record year in a row at +5.3% to 648.000 units and is on a 73-month streak of consecutive year-on-year gains. Just below GMC up 2.6% and above 560.000 deliveries, Ram posts a new record at +2% to 557.000 units.

Subaru posts an incredible 9th consecutive record year in 2017. 

Volkswagen (+5.2%) and Mitsubishi (+7.7%) also shine but like in 2016 the highest year-on-year improvements are to be found in the luxury segment. Mercedes is the best-selling luxury car brand in the U.S. for the second year running despite falling for the second time in a row at -0.9% to 337.246 units excluding Sprinter variants – despite posting an all-time record month in December at 35.203 sales. After 11 consecutive years of Lexus reign between 2000 and 2011, BMW had won the luxury crown in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, while Mercedes was tops in 2013 and 2016. BMW (-2.4%) comes in 2nd place, edging past Lexus (-7.9%) while Audi surges 7.8% to a record 227.000 sales and is on a 98-month streak of consecutive year-on-year gains. Infiniti (+10.9%), Land Rover (+1.2%), Porsche (+2.1%) and Tesla (+35.1%) all post new annual volume records, with Jaguar (+26.7%), Rolls Royce (+49.1%), McLaren (+27%), Genesis (+196%) and Alfa Romeo (+2232%) also up spectacularly.

Audi is on a 98-month streak of consecutive year-on-year monthly gains.

The Ford F-Series is the best-selling pickup truck in the U.S. for the 41st consecutive year (since 1977) and the best-selling vehicle in the country for the 36th year in a row (no interruption since 1982). With deliveries up a sturdy 9% to just under 897.000 units, the F-Series is at its best in 12 years, signing it fourth best-ever annual volume below 2004 (939.511), 2001 (911.597) and 2005 (901.463). Fittingly, in December 2017 the F-Series had its best month since December 2005 at 89.385 deliveries, and sees its Average Transaction Price shoot up 7.7% to a new record $47.800 per truck vs. $44.400 in 2016. Its two followers, the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram Pickup, both edge up just 2% but should be a bigger menace in 2018 with both nameplates launching completely new generations. 2017 marks the fourth consecutive year the U.S. podium is 100% full-size pickups and only the 5th time in the past two decades along with 20032014, 2015 and 2016.

The Ford Escape is the best-selling U.S.-branded SUV at home, #11 overall. 

It’s just outside the podium that we witness the most significant change of the year and, potentially, the most symbolic in the past decade. Illustrating the ever-strong rush of U.S. car buyers away from passenger cars into the SUV/crossover segment, the 2017 U.S. Top 5 models are for the first time 100% light trucks. The Toyota RAV4 surges 16% to cross the 400.000 annual mark for the first time in the nameplate’s 23-year career, landing just below 408.000, becoming the brand’s best-seller in the U.S, for the first time in history. It is also the first time in Toyota’s history that an SUV is its best-seller. Exactly the same event happened to Nissan with the Rogue in 2016 and the brand’s star nameplate doubles up with a stunning 22% for a maiden trip above the 400.000 annual milestone, partly due to the arrival of the Rogue Sport aka Qashqai.

The Toyota Camry can then be found just outside the Top 5 at #6 with sales down 0.4% to 387.081, now America’s favourite car for the 16th straight year and for 20 of the past 21 years. But the picture looked very different as late as end-November, with the Honda Civic then in the lead by 2.130 units. It took the Camry its best December ever (43.331) and its best-ever quarter (104.574) to rally back to #1 by the end of the year. The Honda CR-V is up 6% but drops from #1 to #3 SUV, also edging past the Civic (+3%) and the Toyota Corolla (-11%) while the Honda Accord, in difficulty at -7% rounds up the Top 10.

The Chevrolet Equinox lodges a record year in 2017, up 20% to #12. 

If U.S. carmakers have cemented their domination in the full-size pickup segment, 2017 marks the 21st consecutive year that U.S. passenger car sales have been dominated by a Japanese model: the last American sedan to be crowned #1 is the Ford Taurus in 1996. In fact, this year the most popular U.S. passenger car only ranks 7th in the segment below six Japanese nameplates and #19 overall: the Ford Fusion, down a steep 21%. More worrying, like it was the case in both 2015 and 2016 there are no U.S. SUVs in the overall 2017 Top 10, but they line up just below: the Ford Escape is up 0.4% to #11, the Chevrolet Equinox up 20% to #12 – both nameplates posting all-time volume records while the Ford Explorer is up 9% to sign its best year since 2005.

Other notable performers near the top of the ranking include the Jeep Grand Cherokee (+13%), Toyota Highlander (+13%), Toyota 4Runner (+15%), Mazda CX-5 (+14%), Kia Forte (+14%), Subaru Impreza (+33%), Hyundai Tucson (+28%), GMC Acadia (+26%) and Subaru Crosstrek (+15%). Launched or relaunched in 2016, the Chrysler Pacifica (+90%), Cadillac XT5 (+73%), Nissan Titan (+142%) and Buick Envision (+189%) also impress. The Kia Niro (#135) is the best-selling all-new launch for 2017, followed closely by the VW Atlas (#137) and Toyota C-HR (#141). The Hyundai Ioniq (#194) also slots into the 2017 Top 200.

Previous month: USA November 2017: Nissan, Honda, Ford lift market up 1.3%

Previous year: USA Full Year 2016: Incentives lift market to second straight annual record

Two years ago: USA Full Year 2015: 15 year-old annual record eclipsed: 17,470,659 units

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Japan Full Year 2017: Prius and N-BOX on top, Toyota C-HR wins 1 month

The Honda N-BOX is the best-selling vehicle in Japan in 2017, outselling the Toyota Prius.

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The Japanese new car market is up a robust 5.3% in 2017 to 5.234.166 sales, with imports up 2.1% to 351.020 units, of these 306.088 being foreign nameplates (+3.7%). After Mitsubishi/Nissan in 2016, local sales have been rocked by another scandal this year: inspection irregularities affecting Nissan from October onwards and Subaru from November. Brand leader Toyota trails the market slightly with a 3.9% gain but manages to maintain itself above 30% share. The Top 11 brands are unchanged on 2016 but show a whole spectrum of /16 evolutions. Honda (+2.5%) loses share but remains #2 ahead of Suzuki (+6.9%) and Daihatsu (+7.5%) both outpacing the market. Despite the inspection scandals, Nissan (+10.6%) and Subaru (+13.5%) post the only double-digit gains in the Top 20. Mitsubishi (+6.9%) and Hino (+7.1%) improve their share whereas Mazda (+4.1%), Isuzu (-0.2%) and most strikingly Lexus (-12.6%) under-perform.

The Toyota Prius remains the #1 regular car in spite of a 35% drop. 

Mercedes (+1.2%) is once again the most popular foreign carmaker in Japan and the only one ranking inside the overall Top 10. BMW (+3.9%) and Volkswagen (+3.8%) both gain one rank to #12 and #13 respectively, both taking advantage of Lexus’ freefall. Audi (-0.6%) disappoints and goes backwards but doesn’t fall on the ladder. It is followed by Mini (+3.6%), Volvo (+8.1%) and Jeep (+7.6%). Outside the overall Top 20, Aston Martin (+72.6%), Citroen (+56.9%), Maserati (+37.9%), Chevrolet (+36.4%), Lamborghini (+24.3%), Renault (+34.3%), Ferrari (+14.3%), Peugeot (+11.3%) and Land Rover (+11%) are among the best performers. At the other end of the scale, Ford (-75.2%) which has discontinued sales in the country, Alpina (-36%), DS (-29.2%), Hyundai (-24.9%) and Chrysler (-24.7%) are the hardest hit.

The Nissan Note ends the year at a record-breaking 2nd place.

Over in the cars ranking, the Toyota Prius posts a second consecutive year in pole position and 5th annual win in total despite a steep 35% decline to just above 160.000 units. Interestingly, the Prius only topped the monthly sales charts five times this year. Boosted by a new generation and its e-Power variant, the Nissan Note is up 36% to end the year in 2nd place with just under 140.000 sales, that’s a new annual ranking record for the nameplate (previous best: #4 in 2013) but not a volume highest (147.634 in 2013). The Note ranked #1 in Japan in January, March, July and September. The Toyota Aqua retracts 22% and one spot to round up the podium, leading the way both in August and October when it took advantage of the Prius’ weakness.

In 2017 the Toyota C-HR became the first SUV top top the monthly Japanese charts.

The main event this year in the thunderous arrival of the Toyota C-HR near the top of the regular cars ranking, landing at #4 with over 115.000 sales for its first full year in market, having been launched in Japan in December 2016. The C-HR even became the very first SUV to top the local monthly sales charts – it did so in April – and is the highest-ever ranking SUV in year-end sales. However, after placing #2 in May and June and #5 in July, it then disappeared from the Top 8 for the remainder of the year… The honeymoon period is well and truly consumed and it will be interesting to see where the nameplate stabilises in 2018. Another newcomer inside the annual Top 5 is the Honda Freed, exactly doubling its sales and up 11 spot on 2016 thanks to a new generation and becoming the brand’s best-selling regular car above the Fit (-7%). The other stars of 2017 are the Toyota Roomy (#11) and Tank (#14) twin tandem, launched in late 2016 and adding up to almost 150.000 sales between the two of them, equivalent to a 2nd spot overall. Notice also the Subaru Impreza up 72% to #13, the Toyota Harrier up 42% to #16, Mazda CX-5 up 106% to #26 and Suzuki Swift up 116% to #27.

A new generation lifts the Daihatsu Move up 38% to #2 in the kei car ranking. 

The Honda N-BOX is the best-selling kei car for the third consecutive year and the 4th time in the past 5 years thanks to a facelift pulling sales up 17%. The Daihatsu Move is also boosted by a new model up 38% and two spots to #2, overtaking the Daihatsu Tanto (-9%), knocked down to #3. The Nissan Dayz is up 30% but down one rank to #4, the Suzuki Wagon R is lifted up 41% and four spots to #5 by a new generation, the Suzuki Spacia is up 29% to #6 and the Daihatsu Mira up 31% to #7. The rest of the Top 10 endures double-digit declines: -11% for the Suzuki Alto, -13% for the Honda N-WGN and -15% for the Suzuki Hustler. Further down, notice the Mazda Flair up 37% and the Honda Vamos up 33% while the Subaru Chiffon ends its first full year of sales inside the Top 20 at #19.

The Mini is the best-selling foreigner for the second year running. Picture response.jp 

In the foreign nameplates sales charts, the Mini celebrates two consecutive years in the top spot with sales up 4% year-on-year, however keep in mind this is arguably an unfair comparison set as Mini nameplate sales include all versions: Hatch, Clubman and Countryman. The VW Golf edges up 0.2% in 2nd place while the Mercedes C-Class rounds up the podium like last year but drops 7%. The Mercedes E-Class sees its sales shoot up 68% to #4, followed by the BMW 3 Series (-4%), VW Polo (-14%) and BMW 2 Series (-13%). BMW manages to place an incredible five nameplates in the Top 10 this year: along with the 1 Series at #8 (+5%), it adds the X1 (+29%) and the 5 Series, up from outside the 2016 Top 20 directly to #10. The Mercedes GLC is up 35% to #15 and the GLA breaks into the Top 20.

Previous month: Japan November 2017: Nissan, Subaru pull market into negative (-2.6%)

Previous year: Japan Full Year 2016: Toyota Prius returns to #1 spot after 3 year-hiatus

Two years ago: Japan Full Year 2015: Toyota Aqua leads, tax hike hurts kei cars

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Russia Full Year 2017: Kia Rio 2nd foreign model #1 in 47 years, market up 11.9%

The Kia Rio is the best-selling vehicle in Russia in 2017.

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After freefalling for four consecutive years, the Russian new car market has bottomed out in 2017 with deliveries up a sturdy 11.9% to 1.595.737 units. Local behemoth Lada outpaces its home market with a 17% gain to an improved 19.5% share, with Kia doing even better in 2nd place at +22% to 11.4% share. Hyundai (+9%) rounds up the podium but sees its share thaw to 9.9% ahead of Renault up 17% to 8.6%. Toyota (-0.3%), Volkswagen (+21%) and Nissan (+8%) mean the Top 7 brands are unchanged on 2016, while Skoda (+12%) overtakes GAZ (+5%) for #8 and Ford (+18%) passes UAZ (-15%) to re-enter the Top 10.

The Lada Vesta posts its first podium finish at home.

Further down, Mazda (+20%), Volvo (+26%), Datsun (+31%), Honda (+39%) and Mitsubishi (+45%) impress. Ravon (+733%) and Genesis (+2141%) were both launched in 2016 and accordingly show extravagant gains. Lifan continues to dominate Russian brands at #19 overall despite a 3% year-on-year drop, with Chery (+24%), Geely (-50%) and newcomer for 2017 Haval (#37) in tow. Below, Changan (+161%), Zotye (+261%) and Foton (+612%) shoot up whereas Dongfeng (-21%), FAW (-33%), BAW (-47%) and Brilliance (-75%) struggle. The second brand launch for 2017, HTM (aka Hawtai) lands at #52 with under 100 sales.

The Hyundai Creta is the best-selling SUV in Russia for 2017.

2016 was a historical year that saw the first foreign model to top the annual Russian charts for the first time in 47 years, since the creation of the Lada brand in 1970. The Hyundai Solaris was the best-selling nameplate in the country then, and if 2017 marks the second consecutive foreign-dominated annual models ranking, the crown goes to another nameplate: the Kia Rio (+10%) which topped the monthly charts nine times. The Lada Granta (+7%) is stuck in second place but ended the year up an encouraging 17% in December, then lodging its first five-digit monthly sales figure in two years. The Lada Vesta continues to gear up at +40% to its first annual podium ranking in 2017, missing out on a first monthly crown by just 42 units in November.

The Lada XRAY ends its first full year on the Russian market inside the Top 10. 

The Hyundai Solaris tumbles down 24% to 4th place, but far from a sudden exodus of local car buyers, this harsh decline is due to the discontinuation of its hatchback variant to make room for the Hyundai Creta built in the same plant. The Creta shoots up 152% to end its first full year in market at a stunning 5th place, the country’s most popular SUV. The Lada Largus is up 15% to #8, the Lada XRAY up 67% to #9 and #3 SUV below the Renault Duster for its first full year. The Renault Kaptur also shines at #12 (+122%), with the VW Tiguan (+160%), Datsun on-DO (+35%), Kia Sportage (+30%) and Mazda CX-5 (+19%) posting the biggest year-on-year gains in the remainder of the Top 25.

Previous month: Russia November 2017: Lada Vesta only 42 units off pole position

Previous year: Russia Full Year 2016: Hyundai Solaris ends 45 years of Lada domination

Two years ago: Russia Full Year 2015: Hyundai Solaris teases Lada Granta in market down 36%

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Mexico November 2017: Nissan Versa & Chevy Beat shine, market down 8.5%

The Nissan Versa hits a new share record in Mexico this month.

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The Mexican new light vehicle market has now well and truly entered a period of recession with November marking the 7th month of decline out of the past eight at -8.5% to 141.150 units and leading to a year-to-date volume down 2.8% to 1.371.713. Once again the top four best-selling carmakers fall faster than the market with Nissan (-13%), Chevrolet (-22%), Volkswagen (-10%) and Toyota (-12%) topping the charts. And once again the heroes of the month are the recently-launched sister Korean brands. Kia soars 43% to 7.815 sales and 5.5% share, breaking its all-time volume record for the 9th time in the past 12 months. Meanwhile Hyundai surges 42% to 5.011 units and 3.5% share, the carmaker’s first month above 5.000 sales and the 7th time in the past 12 months it breaks its volume record. Other great performers include Suzuki (+51%), Lamborghini (+50%), Mercedes (+39%), Subaru (+37%), Land Rover (+31%), Isuzu (+26%), Peugeot (+26%), Audi (+23%), Fiat (+17%), Volvo (+12%) and Ferrari (+11%).

The Chevrolet Beat steps up to 2nd place overall for the first time. 

Model-wise, the Nissan Versa goes against the grain with a 17% year-on-year gain to 7.8% share, a new record for the nameplate which also posts its second best-ever monthly volume at 11.062 units. In second place, the Chevrolet Beat takes its blockbuster success to the next level with new ranking, volume and share records, and is up to #9 year-to-date. The Nissan Pickup drops 22% to a distant #3 but remains at #2 year-to-date. The Chevrolet Aveo (-51%), VW Jetta (-50%), Nissan March (-19%) and VW Vento (-16%) all struggle inside the Top 10 whereas the Kia Rio (+229%) and Toyota Yaris (+4%) shine. Among other recent launches, the Hyundai Accent (#24), Chevrolet Cavalier (#38) and Suzuki Ignis (#54) shoot up.

Previous month: Mexico October 2017: Hyundai and Kia break records, market down 9.5%

One year ago: Mexico November 2016: Market up 22.5%, annual record eclipsed

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Germany Full Year 2017: VW places Golf, Passat and Tiguan on podium

The VW Tiguan signs its very first annual podium while the Skoda Kodiaq is the #1 newcomer.

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New car sales in Germany are up for the fourth year in a row at +2.7% in 2017 to 3.441.262 units, the largest annual volume this decade, since scrappage scheme-boosted 2009 (3.807.175). Once again, market leader Volkswagen loosens its grip on the brands ranking with a 3% decline leading to a market share down 1.2 percentage point on 2016 to 18.4%. Mercedes on the other hand grows slightly faster than the market at +5% to 9.5% share in 2nd place, hitting an all-time high of 10.6% in August. Audi drops 2% to 8.2% while BMW is up just 0.02% to 7.6% share, peaking at 9.8% in December.

The Mercedes E-Class is up 29% to return to the Top 10. Picture autobild.de 

Ford (+3%) overtakes Opel (-0.03%) for 5th place overall while Skoda (+4%), Renault (+8%), Hyundai (+1%) and Seat (+11%) keep the remainder of the Top 10 identical to 2016. Below, Tesla (+75%), Lada (+57%), Cadillac (+56%), Aston Martin (+50%), Bentley (+46%), Alfa Romeo (+42%), Chevrolet (+36%), Lotus (+32%), Dacia (+28%), Peugeot (+25%), Lexus (+22%), Suzuki (+22%), Lamborghini (+16%), Mitsubishi (+16%) and Toyota (+13%) post some of the largest year-on-year gains whereas Infiniti (-44%), Alpina (-43%), DS (-24%) and Honda (-20%) are the hardest hit.

The VW Golf has now been the best-selling car at home for 42 years.

The VW Golf celebrates 37 consecutive years in the German pole position despite a 3% drop to 6.6% share vs. 7% a year ago. The Golf’s decline would have been much steeper if it weren’t for a rallying back of sales during the last quarter: +22% in October, +24% in November and +28% in December. The Golf has now rank as the annual best-seller in Germany for 42 years: every single year since 1975 apart from one interruption in 1980 by the Mercedes W123. In comparison, the VW Beetle ‘only’ topped the Germany market for 29 consecutive years from 1946 to 1973. In spite of its decline, the Golf tightens its grip on the models ranking: it sells 3.15 times as much as the #2, the VW Passat (-10%) vs. 2.92 times in 2016 and 2.78 times in 2015.

The BMW 5 Series is up 43% thanks to the new generation. 

The VW Tiguan soars 12% and three spots to land on the annual podium for the first time in the history of the nameplate, hitting a record 71.437 units. The Mercedes C-Class (+3%) remains at #4 while the VW Polo (-15%) drops two ranks to #5 and both the Audi A4 (-3%) and Skoda Octavia (+1% to an all-time high 59.147 sales) take advantage of a dismal performance by the Opel Astra (-14%) to rank #6 and #7 respectively. Thanks to the new generation, the Mercedes E-Class surges 29% and 11 spots to #9, the BMW 5 Series is up 43% to #18, the Mercedes GLC is up 50% to #21, with the BMW X1 (+23%), Opel Insignia (+24%) and Dacia Sandero (+35%) also posting spectacular gains in the Top 50.

Boosted by a leasing offer, the Peugeot 208 breaks into the German Top 10 in December.

Boosted by a leasing offer by Sixt at 99€/month, the Peugeot 208 shoots up 445% to #9 in December (an all-time record) and 54% to #56 over the Full Year. Launched in late 2016, the Audi Q2 (+950%) ends its first full year on the German market at #43 while the Toyota C-HR (+1014%) ranks 82nd. The Skoda Kodiaq (#72) is the best-selling all-new launch in Germany for 2017, peaking at #42 in August and September, followed by the Opel Crossland X (#93) peaking at #43 in November, the VW Arteon (#171), Opel Grandland X (#182) and Skoda Karoq (#192).

The Dacia Sandero is up 41% to #6 private sale in Germany in 2017. 

Private sales only represent 35.6% of the total German market in 2017, that’s just 1.225.089 registrations. The VW Golf remains the most popular nameplate with private buyers yet it is down 6% to a weaker 27.9% Private Sales (PS) ratio. The VW Tiguan is up 16% to #2 and 47.6% PS, knocking the VW Polo (-21%) down to #3 at 51.9% PS. The Mini is up 9% to #4 with private buyers, ahead of the Mercedes C-Class (+8%) and the Dacia Sandero up 10 spots and 41% to #6 with a 91.6% PS ratio. The Ford Kuga is up 33% and 11 ranks to #9 with a strong 49.8% PS ratio, the Fiat Ducato is up 12% to #11, the VW Touran up 19% to #13, the Mitsubishi Space Star up 24% to #17, the Audi Q2 lands at #25 for its first full year in market, the Seat Ateca is up 182% to #31 and the Dacia Dokker is up 69% to #48.

Previous month: Germany November 2017: VW Golf up 24% in market up 9.4%

Previous year: Germany Full Year 2016: VW down, Mercedes up in strongest market in 7 years

Two years ago: Germany Full Year 2015: VW Golf celebrates 40 years in pole position

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Italy Full Year 2017: Fiat Tipo on podium in largest market this decade

The Fiat Tipo nameplate is on the year-end Italian podium for the first time in 27 years.

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New car sales in Italy register their fourth consecutive year of gains at +7.5% to 1.988.470 units, the largest annual volume since 2009 (2.157.791) and up 52% on the low of 1.310.949 hit in 2013. However under this stellar results hide pretty unhealthy evolutions. Private sales are actually down this year at -1.8% to 1.121.085 registrations, seeing their market share tumble down from 61.8% in 2016 to a record-low 56.4% this year. In fact, the Italian market is artificially pulled up in 2017 by both company sales and rental sales. Company sales shoot up 27.5% to 434.483 units or 21.9% share vs. 18.4% last year while rental sales surge 18.2% to 432.902 and 21.8% share vs. 19.8% a year ago. In the detail, short term rentals (one of the most artificial way to boost registrations) are up 20.9% to 173.840 deliveries while long term rentals are up 16.5% to 259.062.

Italy 2017 – monthly sales by channel. Source UNRAE

Contrary to most other large European markets, diesel sales actually grow in Italy in 2017 at +6.2% to 1.128.211, yet losing some share at 56.7% of the market vs. 57.4% a year ago. Petrol sales are up 4.8% to 628.996 or 31.6 vs. 32.4%, GPL sales are up 26.5% to 129.812 and 6.5% share vs. 5.6% while hybrid sales are up 71% to 66.760 and 3.4% share vs. 2.1% and electric sales are up 38.6% to 1.945 vs. 1.403 in 2016. Once again crossovers boost overall sales at +30.3% to 444.643 units and 22.4% share vs. 18.5% last year while “berlines” (sedans/hatches) are up just 3.3% to 1.042.368 and 52.4% share vs. 54.6% a year ago and 4×4 sales are up 6.8% to 164.707. Station wagons are up 1.7% to 140.946 and 7.1% share, Cabriolets are up 27.9%, coupes up 16.9%, but Small MPVs are down 11.9% and compact MPVs down 7.8%.

The Fiat Panda has now topped the annual sales charts in Italy for 6 straight years.

Brand-wise, Fiat logically continues to dominate but trails the market at +4% and posts its lower annual share this decade at 20.2%, scoring sub-20% shares for the entire second half of the year and falling to a lowest-in-decades 16.5% in November. Volkswagen also gains 4% to see its share erode to 7.3% just as Ford evolves like the market at +8% to remain at 6.7%, threatened for third place by Renault up 13% to post the same market share for 2017. Peugeot also impresses with a 11% gain allowing it to overtake Opel (+4%) for 5th place overall. Toyota (+18%) and Citroen (+29%) deliver the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10, the latter returning to the Top 10 at #8 for the first time since 2014. Audi reclaims the premium leadership off Mercedes thanks to sales up 5% vs. +2% to the Stuttgart carmaker. BMW comes in third like in 2016, edging up just 2%. Nissan for its part soars 14% and three spots to #11, Skoda is up 18%, Dacia up 21%, Jeep up 22%, Alfa Romeo up 25%, Suzuki up 37%, Lamborghini up 41%, Maserati up 42%, Chevrolet up 43%, Tesla up 100%, Aston Martin up 141% and Lada up 414%.

The Citroen C3 hit a best-ever #3 monthly ranking twice in Italy this year.

In the models ranking, the Fiat Panda is the best-selling vehicle in Italy for the sixth straight year but drops 1% to see its market share thaw from 8% in 2016 to 7.3% this year. For the second year in a row, the Panda outsells all brands in the Italian market bar Fiat and its 2017 volume is still almost 2.5 times the amount of the next best-seller, the Lancia Ypsilon also in difficulty at -8% to just 3% share. Helped by a complete lineup including hatch, sedan and station wagon, the Fiat Tipo leaps up 77% to #3 for its second full year of sales, even snapping the #2 spot below the Panda five times this year (March, May, June, August and September). It is the first time in 27 years that the Tipo nameplate appears inside the Italian annual podium (since 1990 when it ranked #2). The Tipo obliterates the station wagon segment thanks to 17.936 sales (+380%) and 12.7% share above the Audi A4 (10.594), Renault Megane (9.838) and Skoda Octavia (9.138).

The Renault Clio is the best-selling foreigner in Italy for the fifth time in a row. 

With the Fiat 500 at #4 (+19%), the Fiat 500L at #6 (-15%) and the 500X at #7 (-1%), there are six local nameplates in the Italian annual Top 7 for the second year in a row and only the third time since 1984. The Renault Clio is the best-selling foreign nameplate for the fourth consecutive year, dropping one spot to #5 despite sales up 6%. One of the heroes of the year is the Citroen C3 shooting up 76% to #8 and 2nd best-selling foreigner thanks to the new generation, even snapping its first monthly podium rankings in 13 years in October and December (#3). The Ford Fiesta (-5%) and VW Golf (-7%) round up the Top 10, with the latter hitting its highest monthly position in 24 years at #2 in November. The Peugeot 3008 (+239%), Renault Scenic (+170%), VW Tiguan (+89%), Nissan Micra (+61%), Ford Kuga (+58%), Renault Megane (+50%), VW Up (+33%), BMW 1 Series (+32%), Dacia Sandero (+31%), BMW X1 (+23%) and Mini (+21%) post the largest year-on-year gains in teh Top 50 while the Toyota C-HR (#32) and Audi Q2 (#47) both brilliantly manage to end their first full year of sales in Italy well inside the Top 50.

Previous month: Italy November 2017: Fiat hits lowest share this decade at 16.5%

Previous year: Italy Full Year 2016: 6 Italian nameplates in the Top 7 for the first time in 32 years

Two years ago: Italy Full Year 2015: Panda leads, Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade superstars

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Brazil Full Year 2017: Chevrolet Onix threepeats in market back up 9.4%

The Chevrolet Onix has been the best-selling vehicle in Brazil for three straight years.

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After four consecutive years of freefalling that brought the market from a record 3.63 million units in 2012 to just 1.99 million in 2016, the Brazilian new light vehicle market finally catches its breath and returns to positive territory for the first time in five years with 2017 volumes up a sturdy 9.4% to 2.172.235 registrations. The dominating trifecta in the brands ranking remains unchanged on 2016 but shows very different evolutions: Chevrolet once again easily outpaces the market at +14% to sail off in the distance with a 18.1% share just as Fiat stumbles at -4% and drops two percentage points of market share to 13.4%. Volkswagen rallies back up 19% but 2016 was such a paltry year for the German manufacturer that despite this gain, it still trails Fiat by almost 20.000 units for the year. Ford rebounds up 15% to climb back up to #4, overtaking Hyundai (+2%) and Toyota (+5%), both losing share. Renault beats the market with a 11% but stays at #7 followed by Honda (+7%) while Jeep surges 49% thanks to the new Compass and passes Nissan (+29%) to #9. Suzuki (+32%) also shines while JAC (#20) and Chery (#21) now top the Chinese ladder, dislodging Lifan (#21 in 2016).

Launched in June, the Fiat Argo broke into the Brazilian monthly Top 10 in November.

The Chevrolet Onix outpaces the Brazilian market for the fifth consecutive year with a stunning 23% year-on-year gain leading to a record 188.654 sales and 8.7% share, hitting an all-time high 9.7% in January. The Onix has now been the best-selling vehicle in Brazil for three straight years, whereas the brand had not had an annual #1 in the country since 1986 and the Monza. The 2017 podium is unchanged on 2016 but the Hyundai HB20 hits the wall at -13% to 4.9% share vs. 6.1% last year, even losing its #2 spot to the Ford Ka – up 24% to 4.4% share this year – in May, October and November. After a dismal 2016 that saw it plunge to a worst-ever #9, the VW Gol rallies back up 29% to #4, but long gone are its 25 years clocked up at the year-end top spot.

The Jeep Compass is Brazil’s new best-selling SUV.

Below, the Chevrolet Prisma (+4%) is down one spot, the Renault Sandero (+7%) up one and the Toyota Corolla (+2%) down two while the Fiat Strada (-8%) manages to remain the best-selling commercial vehicle in the country at #8 after being overtaken by the Fiat Toro (#10) during the course of the year. It’s a time of change for Fiat, with age-old blockbuster nameplates such as the Palio (-69%), Siena (-25%) and Punto (-76%) being given the boot and new ones introduced: the Mobi ends its first full year in market inside the Top 10 at #9 while the Argo, launched in June, lands at #27 but broke into the monthly Top 10 in November to peak at #8 in December.

The Hyundai Creta is the most popular 2017 launch in Brazil. 

The SUV segment has a new leader: the locally-produced Jeep Compass, up 49 spots to an outstanding 11th place for its first fill year in market with just under 50.000 sales. The Honda HR-V (-14%) is knocked down two spots to #12 while the most popular all-new launch for the year, the Hyundai Creta, lands at #3 in the segment and #16 overall, cracking the Top 10 in December (#10). Other notable improvers include the VW Voyage up 57% to #17, the Nissan Kicks up 212% to #22 and the Chevrolet Cruze Sedan up 59% to #38. Among 2017 newcomers, the Renault Kwid has the most surprising landing, shooting up to an incredible 2nd place in September with 10.153 sales to then fall outside the Top 15 for the rest of the year. It finishes 2017 at #36, followed by the Honda WR-V (#43), Renault Captur (#46) and VW Polo (#57) relaunched in the country in October and already up to #11 in December.

Previous month: Brazil November 2017: VW Polo returns in market up 13.7%

Previous year: Brazil Full Year 2016: Chevrolet takes control in market down 20%

Two years ago: Brazil Full Year 2015: Onix first Chevrolet best-seller in 30 years

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Turkey Full Year 2017: Fiat Egea & Renault Megane top market down 2.8%

The Fiat Egea is the best-selling vehicle in Turkey for the 2nd year running.

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The Turkish new light vehicle market is down 2.8% in 2017 to 956.194 but remains at very high levels, the third highest annual volume in history below those reached in 2016 (983.720) and 2015 (968.017). Renault is up 7% to 13.6% share, reclaiming the #1 brands ranking it last held in 2012, while Fiat does even better at +13% to 12.6% of the market, up two spots to #2 overall. Leader for the past four consecutive years, Volkswagen drops a harsh 13% to #3 and 12.3% share, with Ford (+1%) down one rank to 11.6% and rounding up the Top 4. Hyundai (+1%) and Dacia (+2%) both overtake Toyota (-14%) and Opel (-19%) while Peugeot (+14%) delivers the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10. Below, Bentley (+78%), Lexus (+58%) and Honda (+29%) shine whereas Kia (-21%), Isuzu (-22%), Seat (-22%), BMW (-28%), Jaguar (-30%), Smart (-45%), Alfa Romeo (-50%) and DS (70%) are all in great difficulty.

The new Sedan variant propels the Renault Megane up 175% to #2 overall.

In the models ranking, the locally-produced Fiat Egea repeats its 2016 win thanks to deliveries up 25% to a round 5% market share. The Renault Megane is the most impressive nameplate this year however, up 175% due to the success of the sedan version that replaces the discontinued Fluence and accounts for 90% of the nameplate’s sales in Turkey this year. The Renault Clio (+20%) is up two spots to make it two Renaults on the Turkish podium, while the Ford Courier drops two to #4. The VW Passat (+4%), Ford Transit (+2%) and Fiat Fiorino (+19%) all step up, overtaking a plunging Opel Astra (-16%). Notice also the Honda Civic (+63%), Peugeot 301 (+34%), Partner (+27%), 3008 (+167%), Toyota C-HR (+265%) and Ford Kuga (+442%) all posting spectacular gains. The Skoda Kodiaq is the best-selling newcomer but only manages a weak #91 ranking.

Previous month: Turkey November 2017: Renault Megane triumphs in market down 17.5%

Previous year: Turkey Full Year 2016: Fiat Egea already in the lead in record market

Two years ago: Turkey Full Year 2015: Toyota Corolla snaps last minute trophy

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Canada Full Year 2017: F-Series & Ram break records in first 2m year

The Ford F-Series is the first nameplate to sell over 150.000 units in a single year in Canada.

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Just as its neighbour the U.S. has finally plateaued and swung into negative territory, 2017 is a historic year for Canadian new light vehicles sales: for the first time in the country’s history, more than two million vehicles found a new home in a single year (2.043.500) thanks to a 4.6% year-on-year uplift. This means the Canadian market has now grown for eight consecutive years (the last recorded drop was in 2009) and has broken its all-time volume record for the past five straight years, lifting it from 1.744.600 in 2013. According to local consultancy Desrosiers whose figures are slightly lower due to the absence of some luxury brands such as Tesla, light truck sales in Canada are up a whopping 8.7% year-on-year to 1.398.975 units or 68.6% share vs. 66% a year ago whereas passenger cars are down 3.4% to 639.823 and 31.4% share vs. 34% in 2016.

The Ram Pickup ends 2017 with a new sales record and only 1.535 below the 100.000 mark.

Ford Motor remains the most popular auto group in the country but sees its share thaw to 15.1% due to a meagre 1.3% sales improvement. Reversely, General Motors is catching up fast with a 13.3% sure lifting it from 13.7% and #3 last year to 14.8% and #2 in 2017. FCA, #1 in 2015, is down 3.5% to #3. Honda Motor (+5.7%), Daimler AG (+8.2%), Nissan Motor (+8.3%), Jaguar Land Rover (+13.1%) and the Volkswagen Group (+16.9%) also outpace the market. Brand-wise, Ford (+1.4%) remains comfortably in the lead, however all its immediate followers advance faster: Toyota (+4.7%), Honda (+6.3%), Chevrolet (+12.9%) and Nissan (+10%). GMC (+17.5%) and Ram (+11.2%) also post double-digit gains while Hyundai (-6%) and Dodge (-8%) go backwards. Below, Tesla (+95.7%), Maserati (+83.8%), Jaguar (+52.3%), Audi (+17.9%), Porsche (+16.8%), Volvo (+16.4%), Volkswagen (+16%), Mercedes (+11.8%) and Lexus (+10%) make themselves noticed. Alfa Romeo (from 85 to 1.113 sales) and Genesis (from 93 to 525) shoot up thanks to new models.

The Honda Civic is the best-selling passenger car in Canada for the 20th year in a row.

The Ford F-Series is the best-selling vehicle in Canada for the 9th consecutive year and the 14th time in the past 15 years (only interruption was by the Honda Civic in 2008). Thanks to deliveries up 7%, the F-Series breaks the annual volume record for any nameplate in a single year in Canada for the 6th time in the past eight years (and as early as end-November), lifting it to 155.290, the first time above 150.000 units. Note the F-Series is the only nameplate in the history of automobile in Canada to have ever crossed the 100.000 annual unit-milestone, and has done so for the past 6 years. The Ram Pickup does not end far off this year though: thanks to sales up 11%, it also breaks its own annual volume record to lift it to 98.465. In third place overall, the Honda Civic (+7%) is the best-selling passenger car in Canada for the 20th year in a row, comfortably distancing the Toyota Corolla (+10%) at 69.030 units vs. 50.332 while the Hyundai Elantra (-6%) is out of the Top 10.

The Chevrolet Silverado (+31%) helps GM up 13.3% in 2017.

With the GMC Sierra surging 21% to #4 and the Chevrolet Silverado soaring 31% to #5, the Canadian sales charts has four full-size pickup trucks in the Top 5 for the first time ever. The Toyota RAV4 (+4%) remains the best-selling SUV but Honda CR-V (+13%) is catching up fast and ends the year only 451 units below. The Hyundai Tucson (+28%), VW Golf (+22%), Chevrolet Equinox (+27%), Kia Forte (+33%), Subaru Impreza (+30%) and VW Tiguan (+34%) also impress in the Top 50. The Nissan Qashqai (#56) is the most popular new launch for 2017, ahead of the VW Atlas (#97), Toyota C-HR (#106) and Chevrolet Bolt (#158).

Previous month: Canada November 2017: Market down 1% but 2m annual result now certain

Previous year: Canada Full Year 2016: Ford F-Series at peak in 4th straight record year

Two years ago: Canada Full Year 2015: First FCA win in third consecutive record year

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UK: Nameplates Records now updated with 2017 data

The Ford Cortina sold 193,784 units in 1979, a all-time annual volume record.

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We can share with you an updated ranking exclusive to BSCB: the best-selling nameplates in the country, ranked by their volume record year and covering the past 50 years since records began. Since 1965, 15 nameplates have sold upwards of 100.000 annual units at least once, with only one foreign model among them: the Peugeot 206.

Peugeot 206

The Ford Cortina holds the record for the highest sales volume achieved in a single year in the UK with 193.784 units sold in 1979. The Ford Escort follows at 181.218 in 1989 and the Ford Sierra rounds up the podium at 175.911 also in 1989, making it the highest-selling model that never managed to be #1… The Austin Morris 1100, Ford Fiesta and Focus are the only other nameplates to have crossed the 150.000 annual sales mark.

Austin Metro

Vauxhall’s highest seller is the Cavalier with 138.357 units in 1990, while the Austin Metro peaked at 137.303 sales in 1983. Notice the Morris Marina at #11 thanks to 114.600 units sold in 1973 and the Ford Anglia at #18 with 84.589 sales in 1965.

Peugeot 306

The Top 2 foreign models volume records were delivered in 2002: the Peugeot 206 at a seemingly unbeatable 101.019 units, which earned it a 4th place, at the time the highest annual ranking ever hit by a foreign model in the UK. The Renault Clio comes in 2nd at 86.336 sales that same year and the VW Golf ranks third with a new record of 74.605 hit in 2017, also beating the record for highest ranking for a foreign nameplate at #2 that year.

The Datsun Cherry ranked #8 in the UK in 1981, a Japanese ranking record for over 30 years.

The Peugeot 306 at #4 broke the foreign model volume record 4 consecutive times between 95 and 98. In fact Peugeot, once a local producer, places no less than 8 models in the Top 17 highest selling foreign nameplates: the 206 (#1), 306 (#4), 207 (#5), 307 (#9), 205 (#13), 405 (#14), 106 (#15) and 406 (#17). Sister brand Citroen places the Xsara at #6 and the Saxo at #24. Note the BMW 3 Series at #7 thanks to a peak of 65.489 units in 2003. The next best-selling premium nameplates are the Mercedes C-Class (#20) and A-Class (#23) both thanks to volume records established in 2017.

The Nissan Micra held the record annual volume for a Japanese model from 1989 to 2015.

In 2015 the Nissan Qashqai became the first Japanese model to break into the annual UK Top 5, beating this record in 2017 to #4. In 2015 also, the Qashqai broke the annual volume record for a Nippon model (60.814) previously held by the Nissan Micra since 1989 (54.175), then lifting it to 62.682 in 2016 and 64.216 in 2017. Interestingly, the Micra never managed to break into the year-end Top 10, a feat that only the Datsun Sunny (in 1977, 78, 82 and 83) and Datsun Cherry (1981) have managed.

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