UK nations August 2017: Vauxhall Mokka X #1 in two nations

The Vauxhall Mokka X brilliantly tops Scotland and Wales in August. 

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Thanks to our partnership with SMMT we can share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation in August. Keep in mind this is only a zoom in by nation, all sales figures are already included in the August UK update. England is the best-performing nation this month with a 5.8% year-on-year drop to 64.399 units, while Northern Ireland, down 9.3% to 3.647, Scotland down 10% to 5.827 and Wales down 10% to 2.242 all struggle. Year-to-date, England is down just 1.9% to 1.413.536, Scotland down 4.1% to 129.522, Northern Ireland down 5.5% to 39.580 and Wales is the hardest hit at -8.1% to 52.850.

The Citroen C3 ranks 4th in Northern Ireland. 

Low volumes in August allow for some ranking reshuffles and the Vauxhall Mokka is the big winner this month, managing an astounding top spot in both Scotland and Wales while ranking #3 in England and #6 in Northern Ireland. The Ford Fiesta (England) and VW Golf (Northern Ireland) win the remaining nations. The two additional crossovers featuring in the August UK Top 10 are also very consistent performers: the Ford Kuga is #2 in Wales, #3 in Northern Ireland, #6 in England and #10 in Scotland while the Kia Sportage is #5 in Scotland, #6 in Wales, #7 in Northern Ireland and #10 in England. Other great performers in August include the Fiat 500 up to #2 in Scotland, the Citroen C3 up to #4 in Northern Ireland, the BMW X3 up to #7 in Scotland and the Ford Ka+ up to #9 in Wales.

Previous month: UK nations July 2017: VW Golf and Ford Focus top two nations each

One year ago: UK nations August 2016: English fleet sales lift market up

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UK August 2017: Golf #1, Mokka X and Kuga break records

First UK podium for the Vauxhall Mokka X. 

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UK new car sales are down year-on-year for the fifth consecutive month in August at -6.4% to 76.433 units, yet this is the third highest result for the month in the past decade below August 2016 (81.640) and 2015 (79.060). The year-to-date tally is down a moderate 2.4% to 1.640.241 sales. In August, private sales are down 9.9% to 33.597 and 44% share vs. 45.7% a year ago while fleet sales are down 3.2% to 41.899 and 54.8% share vs. 53% in August 2016. Year-to-date also the market is pulled by fleet: private sales are down 53% to 718.934 and 43.8% vs. 45.2% in 2016 while fleet sales are down just 0.03% to 859.713 and 52.4% share vs. 51.2% over the same period a year ago.

The VW Golf is #1 in the UK for the second time in the past three months. 

In the brands ranking, Ford tumbles down 21% year-on-year to 12.1% share while Volkswagen enjoys a fourth consecutive month in 2nd place thanks to sales surging 22% to 9.1% share. Vauxhall (-22%) is back up two spots on July to #3 but now only has a 1.649-sales advantage over VW year-to-date. Audi is up 2% to 8.2% share in 4th place, well above its YTD level of 6.6%. Kia is down 20% but remains at #8, Skoda (+9%) stays in 9th place vs. #12 year-to-date while Toyota soars 25% at #10. Below, Mitsubishi (+19%), Seat (+23%) and Suzuki (+27%) impress whereas Peugeot (-18%), Citroen (-21%), Jaguar (-22%), Renault (-25%), Fiat (-25%), DS (-38%) and Jeep (-58%) all struggle.

The Ford Kuga hits a record 6th place this month.

Model-wise, the VW Golf, up a spectacular 23% year-on-year, returns to pole position for the second time in the past three months and the the third time ever after February 2011. It distances the Ford Fiesta (-51%) by just 43 units. The Vauxhall Mokka X spectacularly signs its first Top 10 ranking and the first for the Mokka nameplate since August 2016. It also smashes the previous Mokka ranking record by landing on the podium for the first time at #3 (previous best: #5 in November 2015). The Ford Kuga is the second nameplate to smash its ranking record this month: up to #6 vs. a previous best of #9 hit last March and in August 2016. It’s only the fourth time we see the Kuga in the UK Top 10 (add August 2015 at #10)

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South Korea August 2017: Hyundai Kona in Top 10

The Hyundai Kona is already among South Korea’s 10 best-sellers. 

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Sales of local vehicles in South Korea jump up 12% year-on-year in August to 120.847 units, meaning the year-to-date total is now only down 1% at 1.031.152 deliveries. Market leader Hyundai soars 27% to 44.3% share, distancing sister brand Kia up 10% to 33.9% whereas GM Korea (Chevrolet) is down 22% in third place. Ssangyong is up 8% but Renault Samsung down 9% and Genesis down 10%. In the models ranking, the Hyundai Grandeur is the best-seller for the 9th month in row, ahead of the Kia Sorento (+65%), Hyundai Avante (+10%) and Porter (+62%). But the big event of the month is the thunderous arrival inside the Top 10 of the all-new Hyundai Kona, up 9 spots to #10 for its 2nd month in market, already outselling segment rival the Ssangyong Tivoli (#11) and third best-selling SUV in South Korea below the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe (#9), but already above the Hyundai Tucson (#12) and Kia Sportage (#17). Meanwhile, the Kia Stonic, based on the same platform, is up just 5 ranks to #23.

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Finland August 2017: Toyota and Kia impress in market up 4.8%

The Kia Rio is up to 5th place in August in Finland. 

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New car sales in Finland are up 4.8% year-on-year in August to 9.551 registrations, meaning the year-to-date tally is now only down 0.2% to 81.867 units. Toyota towers over the brands ranking thanks to sales up 26% to 13.4% share while Volkswagen struggles at -12% to 9.7%, ahead of Skoda (+3%). Kia soars 25% to #4 and 7.9% share vs. 6.1% year-to-date. Mercedes (+18%), Audi (+32%) and Volvo (+34%) also impress in the Top 10 whereas Opel (-13%) and Ford (-26%) are in difficulty. Further down, BMW (+29%), Suzuki (+42%), Seat (+55%), Land Rover (+55%), Mini (+59%), Fiat (+75%), Dacia (+78%), Renault (+81%), Lexus (+107%) and Porsche (+140%) all posting spectacular results. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia remains in the lead despite a 11% drop, followed by the Nissan Qashqai (+24%) and Toyota Yaris (+73%). The Kia Rio (#5) and Cee’d (#8) evolve way above their respective YTD levels of #11 and #22. The Volvo XC60 is up 197%, the Mercedes E and C-Class both up 39% and the Renault Clio up 342%.

Previous month: Finland July 2017: Skoda Octavia leads, Toyota up 55%

One year ago: Finland August 2016: Skoda Octavia and Opel Astra in command

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Ireland August 2017: Peugeot 3008 and Skoda Kodiaq impress

The Peugeot 3008 is up to #5 in Ireland in August. 

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After the bi-annual July surge due to new license plates, the Irish new car market falls back down 21% year-on-year to 5.754 units in August, pulling the year-to-date total down 10% to 124.711. In spite of sales tumbling down 38% year-on-year, Volkswagen remains the best-selling manufacturer at 10.4% share, only 9 units above Toyota (-25%) at 10.3%. Ford (-6%) and Skoda (-4%) resist much better while Peugeot, surging up 52%, is the only manufacturer in positive in the Top 15. Nissan (-29%), Seat (-42%), Hyundai (-44%) and BMW (-65%) suffer particularly harsh declines. Subaru (+40%), Mini (+79%) and Citroen (+181%) are among the rare gainers in the market this month.

The Skoda Kodiaq breaks into the Irish Top 10 for its 4th month in market.

Model-wise, it’s a photo-finish for August, with the Skoda Octavia (-28%) taking the lead for just one unit ahead of the VW Golf (-39%) and five ahead of the Hyundai Tucson (-40%). The VW Tiguan is up 5 spots on July but down 26% year-on-year to #4 while the Peugeot 3008 is up 10-fold on August 2016 and 14 ranks on last month to a stunning fifth place with 2.4% share. For its fourth month in market, the Skoda Kodiaq brilliantly breaks into the Irish Top 10 at #8 with 2.3% share. Year-to-date, the Hyundai Tucson remains sovereign despite a 33$ drop, distancing the VW Golf (-13%), Nissan Qashqai (-8%), Skoda Octavia (-16%) and Ford Focus (-21%).

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Previous month: Ireland July 2017: VW Golf leads, Megane and Tiguan impress

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Thailand July 2017: Mitsubishi up 62%, Isuzu D-Max holds onto lead

The Triton (+53%) helps Mitsubishi up 62% in July. Picture thairath.co.th 

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Thai new vehicle sales are up 7.5% year-on-year in July to 65.178 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 10.7% to 475.158 registrations. Toyota goes against the grain with a worrying 18% year-on-year fall to 25.2% share vs. 27.1% year-to-date. Isuzu (+14%) reclaims the 2nd spot off Honda (+15%) at 18.6% share vs. 16.1%. Mitsubishi soars 62% but remains in 4th place, ahead of Nissan (+37%), Ford (+21%), Mazda (+13%), Suzuki (+24%) and Chevrolet (+22%), all comfortably beating the market growth. Mercedes (-10%) is with Toyota the only Top 10 manufacturer to decline. Further down, MG soars 47% at #11, BMW is up 36%, Hyundai up 38%, Kia up 104% and Volkswagen up almost 30-fold (!) whereas Subaru implodes down 70%.

Suzuki Ciaz sales are up 88% year-on-year in July. Picture grandprix.co.th 

Model-wise, the Isuzu D-Max has now been the best-selling vehicle in the country for six of the seven months of 2017 so far, and gains 13% in July to hop to 15.2% share vs. 13.6% (-6%) for its archenemy the Toyota Hilux. The advantage the D-Max holds over the Hilux year-to-date is now over 13.000 units. As we mentioned last month, this now seems like an unsurmountable advantage and the D-Max is headed towards its very first Thai crown in over a decade in 2017… The Ford Ranger (+33%) is back above the Toyota Yaris (+1%) in third place while the Honda City (+14%) claws back up one spot on June to #5. The Mazda2 (+24%), Honda Jazz (+36%) and Mitsubishi Triton (+53%) all frankly beat the market inside the Top 10 while beyond the Nissan Navar (+22%), Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (+39%), Isuzu MU-X (+41%), Suzuki Ciaz (+88%), Mitsubishi Attrage (+94%) and Honda CR-V (+393%) impress in the Top 20. The Nissan Note is up four spots to #22.

Previous month: Thailand June 2017: Honda up 29%, places four nameplates in Top 10

One year ago: Thailand July 2016: Chinese MG knocks at Top 10’s door

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Israel August 2017: Kia back in charge in market down 12%

Kia is the most popular manufacturer in Israel in August.

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Thanks to our partnership with cartube.co.il, we can share with you today brands data for Israel in August. This month Israeli registrations are down 12% year-on-year to 24.294 units, tilting the year-to-date total into negative territory at -1% to 218.158 deliveries. In spite of sales tumbling down 23% year-on-year, Kia is back in the brands pole position for the third time in the past four months with 13.4% share, edging past sister company Hyundai up 2% to 13.2%. Toyota (-3%) rounds up the podium as it does year-to-date. Skoda is up a timid 4% to 8% share, but the big gainers are to be found below: Honda (+21%), Renault (+33%), Nissan (+36%) and Mazda (+37%) impress whereas Mitsubishi (-70%) implodes. Further down, Audi (+19%) and Dacia (+10%) are the only other Top 20 manufacturers in positive, while Jeep (+98%) and Alfa Romeo (+122%) make themselves noticed among smaller brands.

Previous month: Israel July 2017: After three months absence, Hyundai reclaims #1

One year ago: Israel August 2016: Kia outpaces Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Suzuki shoot up

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New Caledonia (France) August 2017: Subaru XV shoots up to #4

The Subaru XV is up to 4th place in New Caledonia in August.

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New car sales in New Caledonia, an overseas French territory located north east of Australia, are down 0.8% year-on-year in August to 776 units, bringing the year-to-date tally up 13.8% to 5.845. Toyota (-6%) remains the best-selling carmaker on the archipelago for the second month running, but only one unit above Ford (-10%) still leader year-to-date, and three above Dacia (-21%), still #2 year-to-date. Peugeot soars 31% to #4, Nissan is up 16% at #5, Subaru up 50% to #7, Mazda up 115% to #11, Volkswagen up 91% to #13 and Mitsubishi up 171% to #15. Model-wise, the Dacia Duster is back in the pole position it holds year-to-date despite deliveries down 20% year-on-year. It distances the Toyota Hilux (-24%) and Ford Ranger (-11%) while the Nissan Navara (+44%) at #5 and the Isuzu D-Max (-18%) at #6 make it four pickup trucks in the July Top 6. The hero of the month is the Subaru XV up 15 spots on July and 138% year-on-year to climb up to 4th place overall. Dacia also has the Sandero at #7 and the Logan at #9.

Previous month: New Caledonia (France) July 2017: Ford Ranger holds onto #1 spot

One year ago: New Caledonia (France) August 2016: Hilux and Duster tie for #1 spot

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Ukraine July 2017: Sportage cements domination in market up 32% YTD

The Kia Sportage is the best-selling vehicle in Ukraine both in July and YTD. 

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The Ukrainian new car market is back on BSCB, confirming it is on the mend with July sales up a solid 16% year-on-year to 6.425 registrations. This leads to a year-to-date total up a reassuring 32% to 43.302 units. This score is up 95% on the same period in 2015 but down 33% on 2014 and down 65% on 2013. See the Ukraine market evolution for the first 7 months of the year 2013 below.

Ukraine market evolution 2013-2017:

UKR Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
2013 11,989 13,591 22,565 26,115 15,091 14,887 17,984
2014 11,875 15,215 10,964 7,754 5,675 6,209 6,818
2015 2,597 2,924 2,259 3,057 2,994 3,372 5,344
2016 3,183 4,201 4,902 5,697 4,447 4,781 5,548
2017 4,822 4,856 7,278 6,445 6,592 6,884 6,425

Renault Duster sales are up 91% in Ukraine in July. Picture infocar.ua

In the brands ranking, Toyota confirms it is now the preferred manufacturer in Ukraine, up 30% in July to 11.3% share, distancing Renault up 55% to 10.1%. Skoda (+37%) and Kia (+51%) follow while Volkswagen freefalls 40% to #5 but ranks 4th year-to-date. Nissan (+41%) and Mazda (+52%) also impress inside the Top 10 while Ford (-26%) is in difficulty. Below, Audi (+34%), Suzuki (+38%), Mitsubishi (+63%), Fiat (+120%), Honda (+122%), Porsche (+143%) Seat (+200%), Infiniti (+200%) and Chery (+218%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 30 for the month. Ravon, replacing UZ-Daewoo, lands at #13 and places the R2 at #14 in July while the R4 ranks 25th.

The Mazda CX-5 is up 95% to 6th place thanks to the new model. Picture motormania.com.ua 

Model-wise, the Kia Sportage cements the overall leadership it snapped last year, even widening the gap with its followers by gaining 70% in July and 88% year-to-date. The Skoda Octavia (+28%) lands 2nd in July but ranks 3rd so far in 2017 below the Renault Logan (+47%), down to #4 this month. The Renault Duster shoots up 91% to #3 in July just as the 2nd generation is about to be unveiled. Other great performers in the July Top 10 include the VW Polo (+67%), Hyundai Tucson (+71%), Mazda CX-5 (+95%) and Nissan Qashqai (+127%). Outside, notice the Skoda Rapid up 83%, the Nissan X-Trail up 94% and the Suzuki SX4 up 328%: the largest July year-on-year gains in Ukraine are almost monopolised by SUVs. Below the two Ravon mentioned above, the Skoda Kodiaq is the best-selling newcomer in July at #32, distancing the Toyota C-HR (#44), Hyundai Creta (#54) and Kia Niro (#110). The Chery Tiggo (#27) is the only Chinese nameplate in the Top 100.

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Belgium July-August 2017: Hyundai Tucson leads, VW Golf #1 YTD

The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling vehicle in Belgium in July. 

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New car sales in Belgium drop a harsh 8% year-on-year in August to 35.517 registrations, yet the year-to-date total remains in positive territory at 394.446 units, up 3% on the same period a year ago. Brand leader Volkswagen tumbles down 17% and only remains #1 thanks to a mere 18 units, with BMW snapping on its heels and holding the same 8.9% market share. Mercedes (+13%) is also threatening in third place and 8.6% share. Renault (-27%) and Peugeot (+12%) round up the Top 5 with Opel (-13%), Ford (-16%) and Hyundai (-29%) in difficulty inside the Top 10. Below, notice Nissan up 16%, Subaru up 19%, Jeep up 21%, Seat up 37% and Alfa Romeo up 46% but Citroen down 20%, Lexus down 21%, Jaguar down 26%, Honda down 32%, Mitsubishi down 48%, Mini down 55% and DS down 63%.

The VW Golf reclaims the YTD lead off the Renault Clio. 

January-July models data is now available for Belgium and there is a significant amount of change atop the rankings. Leader in July with an impressive 928 sales, the Hyundai Tucson returns to the #3 spot YTD it held back in 2016, overtaking the Opel Corsa in the process. Thanks to consistent sales month after month, the VW Golf (+52%) manages to bypass the Renault Clio to snap the YTD pole position after seven months with 2.1% share, a fragile 59 units above the Clio also holding 2.1% of the Belgian market. Such low market shares for the top 2 best-sellers make Belgium the most fragmented market in Europe (and the world) above Switzerland that has two nameplates above 3% (the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia). The VW Polo (+22%) passes the BMW X1 (+78%) for #5 while the Peugeot 3008 continues to gear up, ranking #3 in July above the Clio.

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