Europe September 2016: Mercedes overtakes Audi YTD to #1 premium

mercedes-c-class-uk-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autoexpress-co-ukMercedes now outsells Audi YTD and the C-Class snaps its very first Top 10 ranking.

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The European new car market posts its best September score in a decade, up 7.1% to 1.495.815 deliveries across 29 countries. Year-to-date, sales are up 7.7% to 11.609.595 units, the highest level after 9 months since 2008. 16 markets record double-digit gains and just 3 post declines (Greece, the Netherlands and Ireland). The best performing markets are Romania (+63%), Hungary (+31%), Latvia (+29%), Cyprus (+21%), Poland (+20%), Slovakia (+19%) and Italy (+17%). Keep in mind September is always heavily weighted towards the UK market at an all-time high 469.696 or 31% of the entire European market. According to JATO Dynamics, SUV sales cross the 400.000 monthly units-barrier for the first time in history, boasting a 26.9% market share vs. 23.3% a year ago.

VW Tiguan Europe September 2016The VW Tiguan spends a 2nd consecutive month (and ever) inside the European Top 10.

In the brands ranking, market leaders Volkswagen (+3.5%), Ford (-1%) and Opel (+4.2%) are all losing market share compared to September 2015. Reversely, Renault surges 19.4% to 97.147 sales thanks to strong Mégane and Kadjar deliveries but drops to #3 year-to-date below Opel. The best performance of the month is without any doubt delivered by Mercedes up 17.8% to 91.572 units, frankly outpacing rival premium manufacturers BMW (+11.3%) and Audi (+8.7%). The big news is Mercedes overtaking Audi year-to-date to snap the premium crown at 638.968 sales (+14.5%) vs. 638.639 (+8.2%). This is the first time since 2010 that Audi isn’t the #1 premium brand YTD in Europe. In the Top 10, Fiat (+10.3%) and Skoda (+9.9%) outpace the market.

Audi A4 Europe September 2016Audi drops to #3 premium brand despite A3 sales up 18% and A4 units up 34%. 

The VW Golf remains the best-selling models across the continent despite a harsh 15% drop on the back of double-digit declines in Germany, the UK and France, the three largest European markets. Lifted by the UK, the Ford Fiesta is up one spot on August to #2 but down 7% year-on-year above the VW Polo up 11% and now #2 year-to-date, outpacing the Renault Clio (+7%). After breaking inside the European Top 10 for the first time ever in August, the VW Tiguan makes it two consecutive months at #9 thanks to deliveries boosted up 47% year-on-year by the new generation. It however drops to #2 SUV below the Nissan Qashqai (#6). It’s the turn of the Mercedes C-Class to snap its very first Top 10 European ranking at #10 (+12%), riding on the new Coupe variant. This month 41% of C-Class were sold in the UK where it ranks #10 and 32% in Germany where it ranks #4.

Previous month: Europe August 2016: VW Tiguan breaks into Top 10 for the first time

One year ago: Europe September 2015: Nissan Qashqai shines in UK-led month

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Ukraine 9 months 2016: Kia Sportage takes the lead

Kia Sportage Ukraine September 2016. Picture courtesy zavodi.uaThe Kia Sportage is now the best-selling vehicle in Ukraine so far in 2016. 

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The Ukrainian new car market has now bottomed out: July sals are up 4% year-on-year to 5.548, August up 63% to 5.629 and September up 32% to 5.771, a level equivalent to September 2014 (5.788). Year-to-date, new car sales in Ukraine now add up to 44.145 units, a 45% gain on the same period in 2015 but still down 42% on 2014 and 73% on 2013. The Top 5 best-selling carmakers all beat the market in 2016: Toyota (+55%) and Renault (+53%) lead the way above Volkswagen (+145%), Kia (+96%) and Skoda (+85%). Notice also BMW (+108%), Mercedes (+145%), Lada (+119%), Lexus (+151%), Volvo (+130%), Opel (+132%) and Jaguar (+256%) all more than doubling their sales year-on-year, whereas local brand ZAZ is down 2% to 10th overall.

First 9 months comparison – Ukraine 2013/2016:

UKR Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
2013 11,989 13,591 22,565 26,115 15,091 14,887 17,984 22,195 20,333
2014 11,875 15,215 10,964 7,754 5,675 6,209 6,818 6,402 5,788
2015 2,597 2,924 2,259 3,057 2,994 3,372 5,344 3,464 4,376
2016 3,183 4,201 4,902 5,697 4,447 4,781 5,548 5,629 5,771

vw-jetta-ukraine-september-2016The VW Jetta was the best-seller in Ukraine in July and now ranks #2 year-to-date. 

Model-wise, the Kia Sportage snaps the year-to-date pole position off the Renault Logan with 1.762 sales and 4% while the VW Jetta soars to 2nd place thanks to a mammoth July score (609 units), knocking the Logan down to #3. The Toyota RAV4 and Corolla round up the Top 5, with the Renault Duster, Lada 4×4 (aka Niva), BMW X5 and Suzuki Vitara the other SUVs in the Top 15. The Hyundai Tucson (#16), Mercedes GLE (#17), Audi Q7 (#24), Lexus RX (#38) and Mercedes GLS (#49) also shine.

Previous post: Ukraine H1 2016: Logan and Sportage top recovering market

One year ago: Ukraine July 2015: Renault Logan tops market down 21%

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Portugal September 2016: Renault Clio and Mégane on podium

Renault Megane Portugal September 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Mégane ranks third in Portugal in September. 

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New car sales in Portugal gain another impressive 11% in September to 13.960 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 15% to 158.926. Renault cements its market domination by frankly beating the market at +27% to 1.555 sales and 11.1% share, distancing Peugeot at 9.5% (+33%) and Mercedes remaining extremely strong at 9.2% (+4%). Volkswagen (+1%) loses share and is getting caught up by BMW (+10%). Seat (+40%), Fiat (+21%), Mazda (+36%), Hyundai (+80%), Mini (+23%), Land Rover (+166%), Alfa Romeo (+96%) and Jaguar (+112%) all post spectacular year-on-year gains for their Portuguese sales in September.

peugeot-2008-portugal-september-2016Peugeot 2008 sales are up 65% in Portugal thanks to its facelift. 

The Renault Clio remains the most popular nameplate in the country, even improving its market share to 4.6% thanks to sales up 24%, keeping the VW Golf at bay (-10%). Boosted by the new generation, the Renault Mégane (+24%) is up 9 spots on August to land in third place above the Mercedes A-Class (+24%), Peugeot 308 (+39%) and Peugeot 2008 (+65%). The Opel Astra (+39%), Seat Leon (+40%) and Fiat 500 (+43%) also shine. This month we welcome the Fiat 124 Spider at #167 with its very first 7 sales.

Previous month: Portugal August 2016: Mercedes teases Renault for #1 brand

One year ago: Portugal September 2015: Mercedes holds onto pole position

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China LCV September 2016: Wuling Mini Truck now in YTD lead

3. Wuling Rongguang Pickup MoheWuling Mini Truck in Mohe, northeastern China.

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Thanks to our partnership with Chinese consultancy outlet Cedars we can now share with you September sales data for Light Commercial Vehicles in China with complete Minivan, Pickup and Mini Truck model figures as well as selected Light Truck data provided by LMC Automotive. Despite strong performances by mini trucks (aka micro pickups) and pickups – both up 12% year-on-year – the overall LCV market in China is down another 6% in September to 256.078 deliveries, bringing the year-to-date tally down 11% to 2.407.455.

Dongfeng Rich China September 2016. Picture courtest Dongfeng Rich is the 2nd best-selling pickup in China in September. 

The Top 4 best-selling light commercials in China in September all gain ground year-on-year, led for the third month in a row by the Wuling Mini Truck up 4% to 22.341 sales and snapping the year-to-date pole position off the Foton Light Truck, #2 this month at +24%, at 183.007 (+5%) vs. 182.874 (-2%). The JAC Light Truck (+13%) and Wuling Hongguang V (+43%) complete the Top 4 ahead of the Lifan and JMC Light Trucks, while the Wuling Sunshine (-61%) and Rongguang (-57%) continue their freefall. Leading the pickup revival is the Great Wall Wingle 5 once again at #12 overall (+5%), followed by the Dongfeng Rich (+51%), JMC Baodian (4%), ZX Auto Grand Tiger (-20%) and JMC Yuhu (+91%).

Previous month: China LCV August 2016: Pickups (+33%) outsell minivans for the first time

One year ago: China LCV September 2015: Now with complete minivan, pickup and mini truck data

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Uruguay September 2016: Suzuki reclaims top spot

Suzuki Alto K10 Uruguay June 2015. Picture courtesy topspeed.inSuzuki is the best-selling brand in Uruguay for the first time since January.

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New car sales in Uruguay are down 6.5% year-on-year in September to 3.474 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally down 15% to 30.887. For the first time since last January, 2015 market leader Suzuki is back in the brands leadership position despite sales down 25% year-on-year to 401 and 11.5% share. The Japanese manufacturer distances Volkswagen (-17%) whereas Renault (+53%) and Ford (+139%) go completely agains the grain to post spectacular year-on-year gain. Hyundai (+14%), Peugeot (+39%), Toyota (+67%), BYD (+31%), Geely (+35%) and Tata (+211%) also shine.

Previous month: Uruguay August 2016: Fiat back to #1, Renault and Ford shine

One year ago: Uruguay September 2015: Suzuki, Volkswagen and Fiat on top

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China September 2016: Market up 29% anticipating expiring incentives

haval-h6-coupe-china-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autohome-com-cnFirst month above 50.000 units for the Haval H6. 

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After gaining 26% in both July and August, the Chinese new light vehicle market gets another stunning boost in September at +29% to 2.27 million units just as buyers rush to dealership to benefit from the 50% tax cut to 5% on small engine-vehicles, an incentive that is set to expire at the end of the year. This score is very close to the highest monthly volume ever recorded in China (2.44 million in December 2015). Year-to-date, sales in China are up 15% to 16.75 million units. After over a year of sales boosted by the tax cut, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers anticipates a significant slow down in 2017 if the tax cut ends as planned. It is therefore lobbying the Chinese government to extend the tax cut, but the government hasn’t responded yet. It is in fact in its best interest to keep uncertainty going as the effect on sales this year has been spectacular.

baojun-730-china-september-2016-picture-courtesy-58che-comThe Baojun 730 is back up 88% year-on-year in September to #4 overall. 

The SUV segment is once again the engine of growth in China with a whopping 52% year-on-year gain in September to 879.000 units, but MPVs – up 37% to 221.500 – and sedans – up 17% to 1.12 million – also show very healthy figures. Only microvans (-33% to 48.600) have gone out of fashion. The Volkswagen Group outsells General Motors this month as the largest carmaker in China with sales up 20% year-on-year to 382.300, adding up to 2.85 million year-to-date (+11%). Its namesake brand remains the most popular in the country by far, replicating the market’s growth at +29% to 280.708 units, 2.4 times higher than any other brand. Over the first 9 months of the year, Volkswagen is up 11% to 2.16 million, Audi up 6% to 440.200, Skoda up 17% to 234.500 and Porsche up 11% to 49.200.

gac-trumpchi-gs4-china-september-2016The GAC Trumpchi GS4 breaks its monthly volume record at 34.202…

General Motors on the other hand is up 16% this month to 343.773, boosted by Buick up 13% to 110.395, Wuling up 6% to 108.225 including LCVs, Baojun up 46% to 70.081 and Cadillac up 63% to 12.539 including imports. CAAM data indicates Chevrolet is down 10% to 51.078 but the manufacturer reports sales up 3% to 51.932. In any case the arrival of the Cavalier – with almost 10.000 sales this month – will give the struggling brand a welcome boost in the coming months and will be covered shortly in our special “All-new models” article. Year-to-date, GM sales are up 9% to a record-high 2.72 million units. In the China-made brands ranking, below Volkswagen Honda snaps the 2nd spot thanks to sales up 31%, distancing Changan (+73%), Buick (+13%), Hyundai (+16%), Nissan (+34%), Ford (+49%) and Toyota (+6%).

hyundai-tucson-china-september-2016…as does the Hyundai Tucson at 20.175… 

Among Chinese manufacturers, both Haval (87.627) and Geely (76.796) surge 68% year-on-year in September to complete the podium below Changan. Below, Beijing Auto (+52%), Dongfeng (+70%), Chery (+51%), GAC Trumpchi (+69%), Zotye (+108%), Roewe (+204%), Soueast (+625%), Leopaard (+58%) and Changhe (+141%) all spectacularly outpace their home market. Newcomers Cowin (#43), Brilliance-Shineray SWM (#44) and Borgward (#48) all fit within the Top 50 brands. In the luxury race (figures include imports), Audi continues to see its once unsurmountable advantage over its two German rivals shrink. Its sales are up a meagre 2.6% in September to 54.499 vs. 49.204 for BMW and 46.443 for Mercedes-Benz, both up 20%. Year-to-date, Audi is up 6.2% to 440.233, followed by Mercedes at 344.791 (+30%) and BMW at 330.000 (+10%).

roewe-rx7-china-september-2016 …the Roewe RX5 at 13.751…

In the models ranking, the Wuling Hongguang (+4%) manages to hold the pole position for the 5th time this year and remains in the year-to-date lead despite deliveries down 1% on the same period in 2015. The Haval H6 (+74%) is aggressively catching up though, posting its first-ever month above 50.000 monthly units at 53.268. The VW Lavida (+18%) rounds up the podium and crosses the 400.000 sales mark year-to-date (+22%), above the Baojun 730 enjoying a definite revival at +88% in 4th place. The VW Jetta (+86%), GAC Trumpchi GS4 (+81% to a record 34.202), VW Sagitar (+41%), Ford Escort (+60%), Hyundai Elantra Langdong (+43%) and Buick Envision (+80%) also frankly outpace the market inside the Top 15.

dongfeng-fengguang-580-china-september-2016…and the Dongfeng Fengguang 580 at 13.022. 

A seemingly endless list of nameplates break their monthly volume record this month – a large majority being SUVs. Among them, the Haval H2 (20.242), Hyundai Tucson (20.175), Buick Verano (17.992), Nissan Qashqai (15.412), Mazda3 Axela (14.910), Chery Arrizo 5 (14.770), Geely Boyue (14.053), Roewe RX5 (13.751), Dongfeng Fengguang 580 (13.022), BAIC Senova X35 (10.189), Geely Vision SUV (10.056), Jeep Cherokee (9.500), Geely Emgrand GS (8.524), Lifan Myway (6.237), Cadillac XT5 (5.234), Haval H7 (5.192) and Borgward BX7 (5.133). Finally, we welcome no less than 9 all-new nameplates in this month’s charts, including the Chevrolet Cavalier, Baojun 310, Chery Tiggo 7 and Citroen C6. These will be covered in detail in a separate update as per the BSCB tradition.

Previous month: China August 2016: Second consecutive month up 26% – SUVs up 44%

One year ago: China September 2015: Market back up, Baojun 560 outsells 730

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Mexico September 2016: Chevrolet Aveo edges past Nissan Versa to #1

chevrolet-aveo-mexico-september-2016The Chevrolet Aveo is the best-selling vehicle in Mexico this month. 

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There’s no stopping the Mexican new light vehicle market this year. Up 18% year-on-year to a September record 131.454 sales, this is the 29th consecutive month of year-on-year gains in Mexico, the 21st consecutive monthly record and 14th consecutive month above 100.000 units. The year-to-date tally is also up 18% to 1.119.178 units, equivalent to the annual result reached just two years ago in 2014 (1.135.409), and on track to flirt with a 1.6 million unit Full Year score. Atop the brands ranking, both Nissan and Chevrolet gain 19%, followed by Volkswagen (+13%), Ford (+33%), Toyota (+16%) and Honda (+5%). Kia (+245%) posts a 9th consecutive record month, up 3.5% on August to 5.903 units and now threatening Honda for 6th place overall. Dodge (+39%), Hyundai (+31%), Mercedes (+46%), GMC (+43%) and Volvo (+50%) all frankly beat the market.

nissan-kicks-mexico-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autocosmos-comFor its 2nd month in market, the Nissan Kicks already ranks just outside the Top 50.

The Chevrolet Aveo reclaims the models pole position for just 60 units this month thanks to sales up 48% to 7.088 vs. 7.028 (+41%) for the Nissan Versa, still #1 year-to-date at 61.762 sales (+42%) vs. 51.638 (+64%) for the Chevrolet Spark at #2 and 49.263 (-4%) for the Aveo at #3. The VW Vento surges 36% to third place in September, with other great performers atop the ranking including the Chevrolet Sonic (+30%), Trax (+24%), VW Polo (+74%), Toyota Yaris (+61%), Kia Sportage (+120%), Nissan Frontier (+197%) and Honda City (+38%). The Kia Forte (+204%) continues to progress at #26 with 1.377 sales including 1.356 produced locally. The Ford Figo (#11) leads recent launches (<12 months) by very far, distancing the Kia Rio (#28) and Mazda CX-3 (#43). Launched last month, the Nissan Kicks is up 148 spots to #52.

Previous month: Mexico August 2016: Newest local Kia fires ahead, market up 20%

One year ago: Mexico September 2015: Nissan Versa confirms top spot

One year ago (full data): Mexico September 2015: Now with Top 225 models (BSCB exclusive)

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Kazakhstan September 2016: Toyota Camry takes YTD lead

Toyota Camry Kazakhstan September 2016The Toyota Camry is now #1 year-to-date in Kazakhstan. 

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Thanks to, we can share with you August data for Kazakhstan, a market that continues to freefall with deliveries down to just 3.357 units in September, a 60% drop over September 2015 which was itself down 42% on September 2014. The year-to-date tally amounts to a meagre 32.582 units, down 58% on the same period in 2015. Toyota cements its newfound leadership of the market with a stunning 857 sales and 25.5% share, up a whopping 161% year-on-year. It now threatens Lada year-to-date at 5.902 units (+3%) vs. 6.087 (-71%) for the Russian manufacturer, also down an abysmal 71% in September to just 393 sales and 11.7% share. Hyundai (-55%), Kia (-65%), Renault (-76%) and GAZ (-78%) follow in the same order as August. Lexus defies the laws of gravity in Kazakhstan with a 11-fold year-on-year increase to 137 sales and 4.1% share in 8th place over.., Ford gains 132%, BMW is up 35% and Mercedes is up 11-fold also. New brand Ravon, replacing UZ-Daewoo, shoots up 13 spots on last month to #14 with 1.4% share thanks to the arrival of the R3 (aka Nexia) directly at #27 in the models ranking.

ravon-nexia-r3-kazakhstan-september-2016Ravon Nexia R3

A models ranking witnessing a historical shift this month: thanks to a third consecutive stint in pole position with a gargantuan 10.7% market share, the Toyota Camry takes the year-to-date lead at 2.258 units (+42%) vs 2.237 (-55%) for the Lada Priora down to a paltry 35th place this month. The Lada Granta has become the brand’s best-seller in Kazakhstan in recent months, ranking #2 in September while the Vesta (1 sale) hasn’t taken off (yet?). Other great performers include the GAZ Gazelle at #3, Toyota Land Cruiser 200 at #4, Lexus RX at #16, Ford Transit at #18 and Nissan Terrano at #22.


Previous month: Kazakhstan August 2016: Toyota above Lada, Camry leads

One year ago: Kazakhstan September 2015: GAZ Gazelle triumphs

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Austria September 2016: Top 5 is 100% Volkswagen Group

vw-tiguan-austria-september-2016The VW Tiguan is up 52% to 2nd place overall in Austria.

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The Austrian new car market gains a splendid 15% year-on-year in September to 29.836 sales, lifting the year-to-date tally up 6% to 252.178. Market leader Volkswagen beats the market with a 20% surge to 5.271 sales and 17.7% share, distancing 4 manufacturers all fitting within just 150 sales: Hyundai (+5%) back up from a paltry 10th place in August, Opel (+2%), Ford (+28%) and Skoda (-13%). Below, BMW (+25%), Renault (+28%), Mercedes (+31%), Fiat (+30%), Suzuki (+48%), Mini (+47%), Mitsubishi (+56%), Alfa Romeo (+91%), Land Rover (+52%), Tesla (+130%) and Jaguar (+89%) all post spectacular year-on-year gains. The Volkswagen Group monopolises the Top 5 best-selling models with the VW Golf in the lead as usual despite sales down 7% ahead of the VW Tiguan (+52%), VW Polo (+59%), Skoda Fabia (-25%) and Octavia (-5%). The Hyundai Tucson is up 151% year-on-year and 9 spots on August to #6 and the Opel Astra (+49%), VW Bus (+106%), Audi A4 (+131%), Hyundai ix20 (+139%), Ford Galaxy (+108%) and Renault Megane (+110%) all take off.

Previous month: Austria August 2016: VW Tiguan (+45%) catches up on Golf (-39%)

One year ago: Austria September 2015: Skoda Fabia leaps 166% to 2nd place

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France September 2016: Artificial 2.5% gain, VW Tiguan hits record

VW Tiguan France September 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Tiguan smashes its ranking record in France this month to #15.

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The September French new car market gives us another false sense of security: on paper, sales are up 2.5% year-on-year to 168.827 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 6% to 1.502.457, but this in fact hides a much more depressed picture. Private sales are down 5% to 79.731 units and 47.2% share vs. 50.7% a year ago, now nudging up just 0.8% year-to-date to 712.000 and 47.4% share. According to Renault France Commercial Director Philippe Buros interviewed by local publication, this trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future: “the period preceding French presidential elections is traditionally weak for new car sales”. Company sales are also slowing down this month at just +3% to 40.058 units vs. +11% and 339.727 year-to-date. In fact, and as it has been the case for most of 2015 and this year, the sole channels responsible for the overall market’s growth are artificial: demo sales gain 20.5% to 33.543, hitting 20% share vs. just 17% a year ago. Similarly, long term rentals are up 12% and account for 6% of the overall market in September.

Renault Megane France September 2016. Picture courtesy largus.fThe Renault Mégane IV is getting closer to the Peugeot 308 in September.

Brand-wise, market leader Renault outpaces the market with deliveries up 7% to 36.777 for a strong 21.8% share vs. 20.2% so far this year, largely due to demo sales up 83% to 7.925 with the arrival of the new generation Scénic. Archenemy Peugeot on the other hand drops 2% to 27.840 sales and 16.5% share, slightly below the 17% it commands year-to-date. Citroen continues to suffer greatly at -13.5% to a historically low 8.6% share vs. 9.9% in 2016, but the brand’s drop is a lot worse with private buyers at -34.5% due in large part to the generation changeover of the brand’s best-seller the C3 (private sales at -31%) which has been handicapped by an absence of end-of-life rebates. After a difficult summer (-22% in July and -19% in August), Volkswagen is on the mend with sales up a robust 10% and the Top 3 best-selling foreigners: the Polo at #10, the Golf at #13 and the Tiguan up a spectacular 86% thanks to the new generation to hit a record-breaking #15 (previous best: #19 in July, November and December 2012).

peugeot-2008-france-september-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frThe Peugeot 2008 is up 17% thanks to its facelift.

Dacia once again deliveries the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at +13% to 5.1% share, with private sales (+13%) accounting for 85% of its total just as Renault and Peugeot both drop 8% with this clientele. The Sandero, up another 33% in September, is overtaken by the Peugeot 208 in the private sales model ranking at 4.316 sales vs. 4.652 after 5 consecutive months of reign. Nissan is back up 6 spots on August to #6 overall but loses 7% of its September 2015 score, followed closely by Toyota (+9%), Ford (-10%) and Opel (+10%). Mercedes takes the lead of the luxury race this month thanks to deliveries up a solid 9% to 5.613, edging past BMW at 5.296 (-1%) and YTD leader Audi at 5.259 (+14%), Kia (+14%), Hyundai (+17%) and Suzuki (+19%) are the other double-digit gainers in the Top 20. Further down, impressive performers include Maserati (+33%), Jeep (+37%), Alfa Romeo (+40%), Infiniti (+45%), Land Rover (+48%), Jaguar (+79%) and Tesla (+112%).

renault-scenic-france-september-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frNot yet launched to the public, the Renault Scenic IV ranks #32 based solely on demo sales.

The Renault Clio reclaims the top of the models ranking, following the market at +3% to 9.024 vs. 8.728 (-4%) for the Peugeot 208. The Renault Captur (-2%) edges past the Peugeot 308 (-4%) while the Peugeot 2008 surges 17% to #5 thanks to its facelift. The Renault Mégane IV steps up to #6 only 717 sales below the 308 but the Renault Talisman (#22) has taken a frank advantage over the Peugeot 508 (#29) now that the station wagon has well and truly hit dealerships. A handful of French new gen blockbusters are flexing their muscles with demo sales this month: the Renault Scénic lands at #32, the Peugeot 3008 ranks at #58, the Citroen C3 at #159 and the Peugeot 5008 at #265. Among recent launches (<12 months), let’s notice the Mercedes GLC at #66, the Fiat Tipo at #69, the Seat Ateca up 59 spots on August to #117, the Citroen C-Elysee up 9 to #119, the Alfa Romeo Giulia up 68 to #124 and the Jaguar F-Pace up 26 to #131. We also welcome the Volvo V90 at #202 and the Hyundai Ioniq at #255.

Previous month: France August 2016: Dacia, Mercedes, tactical sales lift market up 7%

One year ago: France September 2015: Peugeot 208 #1, Renault Kadjar leads segment

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