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Still no sign of recovery for the Spanish car market: sales are down 8% year-on-year in May to 72,514 registrations, the second worst month of May in the last 20 years after the 71,168 units sold in May 2009. The year-to-date total stands at 333,316 units, down 7% on 2011. Full Year 2012 predictions are now at 750,000 units, half the 2006 figure of 1,634,595… In this morose context the Renault Megane takes the lead of the models ranking in May with 2,916 sales and 4%, potentially helped by its recent refresh. It is only the 2nd time in the last 2 years with September 2011 that the Megane is #1 in Spain. It is now #4 year-to-date vs.#3 in 2011.
The VW Polo improves on an already excellent month of April to reach a record 4% share in 2nd place at 2,889 units. Outstanding month also for the Opel Corsa up 4 spots to #3 and the VW Golf up 7 to #4. Traditional leader of the Spanish market, the Seat Ibiza is down to 5th place this month with just 2.6% share. It is still in pole position year-to-date however with 12,443 sales and 3.7% ahead of the Nissan Qashqai, down to #6 in May.
Renault has a fabulous month: beyond the Megane, the Clio is up 7 spots on April to #11 and the Scenic is up 12 to #17. Other great performers include the Peugeot 3008 up 25 ranks to break into the Spanish Top 20 for the first time at #19, the VW Touran up 24 to #25 and the Smart Fortwo up 60 to #42. Note the Peugeot 208 down 7 spots to #29.
Further down, notice the Opel Zafira Tourer up 24 ranks to #56, the Chevrolet Spark up 100 to #62, the Seat Mii up 88 to break into the Spanish Top 100 for the first time at #66 with 317 sales, the Dacia Lodgy landing directly at #81 with 233 units and the Mazda CX-5 up 43 spots to #88. Lastly, this month we see the first unit of the new generation Seat Toledo registered.
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Full May 2012 Top 200 Ranking Table below.