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Italy March 2015: Fiat 500X now inside Top 20

Fiat 500X Italy March 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Fiat 500X now ranks 19th at home in Italy.

* NOW UPDATED with Top 50 models actuals and Top 45 All-brands *

New car sales in Italy accelerate their growth in March: up 15% to 162,369 registrations after +13% in February and +11% in January. The year-to-date total now stands at 431,568 units, up 14% on 2014. Brand-wise, Fiat improves slightly faster than the market at +16% resulting in a strong 21.3% share, while Ford (+23%) and Opel (+26%) are frankly catching up on Volkswagen (+1%), now fragile #2. Other big gainers include Peugeot (+23%), Kia (+27%), Smart (+34%), Dacia (+43%), Seat (+96%), Porsche (+71%), Lexus (+170%) and Jeep (+250%) thanks to the Renegade, back up two spots on February to #16.

Ford C-Max Italy March 2015Ford C-Max

The Fiat Panda impresses with sales up 40% on March 2014 to 13,359 units and 8.3% share for a very comfortable pole position, four percentage points above its closest rival the Fiat 500L down 1% to 7,002 sales and 4.3%. The Top 5 is 100% Italian once again with the Lancia Ypsilon at #3, the Fiat 500 at #4 and the Fiat Punto dropping below 3% market share for the first time in the nameplate’s 22 year-career at a miserable 2.9%. The Renault Clio remains the best-selling foreigner at #6, the Opel Corsa is up 57% to #9 thanks to the new model, the Opel Mokka is up 101% to #14, the Dacia Duster up 115% to #17, Ford C-Max up 46% to #20, the Peugeot 308 up 145% to #23 and the Mercedes C-Class up 136% to #40. Finally, notice the Fiat 500X breaking into its home Top 20 for the first time at #19 with 2,149 sales and 1.3% share.

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Full March 2015 Top 45 All-brands and Top 50 models below.

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