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Europe August 2014: Now with Top 330 models and Top 55 brands!

VW Golf Sportsvan Europe August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf Sportsvan breaks into the European Top 30 this month.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after studying the Top 10 models and brands in Europe we now go into the full ranking. We backtrack a little bit this month with August data finally available. First a bit of memory refresh. In August, the European new car market celebrates 12 consecutive months of year-on-year growth at +3%, with the year-to-date total up 6% on 2013 to 8.6 million units. In the models ranking, the Top 10 highlights were the VW Golf selling double any other model on the continent for the first time in the history of the nameplate and the VW Passat back among Europe’s 10 most popular vehicles for the first time since November. Beyond this, there is as always a lot of movement in the sales charts. Boosted by the tremendous success of its SW variant (41% of orders Europe-wide), the Peugeot 308 is up 59% to #14, the Dacia Sandero is up 6 spots on July to #16 and the Dacia Duster is up 43% on August 2013 to #18.

Renault Twingo Europe September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Twingo

Outside the Top 20, the Seat Leon does not slow down: up another 42% at #24, while the VW Golf Sportsvan spectacularly breaks into both the Top 50 and Top 30 for the very first time, up 23 ranks on July to land at #29 with 6,531, also instantly leading its category above the perennial leaders: the Citroen C4 Picasso (#35) and Renault Scénic (#53)! The Mini continues to climb the European ladder now that the third generation is establishing itself, up a further two ranks to #36 vs. #58 year-to-date, the Renault Twingo is already feeling the effects of the new model piping in: up a huge 46 spots on last month to #41 and the Skoda Rapid can thank its hatchback variant for another record ranking in Europe at #46.

BMW X5 Europe August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frEuropean BMW X5 sales are 6 times what they were in August 2013.

The Mercedes GLA is getting closer to the Top 50, gaining another 13 ranks to a best-ever #59 with 4,094 sales, the Mazda3 takes off at #67 vs. #90 year-to-date as do the Peugeot 108 up 37 ranks to #77, the Citroen C4 Cactus up 21 to #84, delivering a second consecutive month above the C4 (#97) and the BMW X5 up 6-fold on August 2013 at #86. The Porsche Macan is still by very far the brand’s best-seller on the continent at #136 with 1.115 sales vs. #163 and 662 units for the Porsche 911. Brand-wise, Skoda (22%) is the biggest gainer in the Top 20 this month, with Mazda (+15%), Volkswagen, Ford and Volvo (+14%) also performing well. Below, notice Mitsubishi up 60% thanks to the Outlander PHEV, Porsche up 43%, Jeep up 47%, Tesla up 80% and Maserati up 202%.

Previous post: Europe September 2014: VW Golf and Polo biggest gainers in Top 10

Previous August post: Europe August 2014: 12th month of year-on-year gains

Previous month: Europe July 2014: Peugeot 308 and Dacia Duster strongest in Top 50

One year ago: Europe August 2013: BMW 3 Series and Audi A3 smash records

Full August 2014 Top 333 models and Top 55 brands Ranking Tables below.

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