* NOW UPDATED with the Top 45 All-brands and Top 50 models actuals – See title *
Another encouraging result for new car sales in Italy, up 17% year-on-year in September to 131.052 registrations, pulling the year-to-date total up 15% or almost 160.000 units on the same period a year ago to 1.201.563. Domestic king Fiat outperforms the market at +24% to 27.372 deliveries, holding on to its 2015 market share at 21%. Ford (+14%) overtakes Volkswagen (-1%) for 2nd place with Opel (+26%) solidly installed in 4th position above Peugeot (+17%), Renault (+12%) and Toyota (+15%). Mercedes shoots up 25% on September 2014 and 7 spots on August to a splendid 8th place with just under 4% market share, Audi is up 19% to #9 and BMW up 20% to #11, meaning the three German luxury brands all outperform the overall market and gain market share. Dacia (+38%), Porsche (+46%), Mazda (+60%), Smart (+131%), Jeep (+253%) and Jaguar (+261%) all take off.
Model-wise, the Fiat Panda is going from strength to strength, improving by a massive 58% on September last year to 13.720 sales and 10.5% share, the first time since October 2012 (10.3%) the Panda crosses the symbolic 10% market share milestone, and the nameplate’s highest share in 25 years, since 1989! This is the highest market share reached by any model in Italy since December 2007 when the Fiat Punto hit the same figure in December 2007. In terms of volume, this month is the strongest for the Panda since March 2010 (17.141). Despite sales down 13%, the Lancia Ypsilon overtakes the Fiat Punto to rank #2 in September and the Ford Fiesta (+2 spots on August) dislodges the VW Golf (-1) to become the most popular foreigner.
Rare occurrence, the entire Fiat 500 family is kept outside the Top 5: the 500L (-10%) is down one spot to #6, the 500X is up 8 to equal its best-ever ranking at #7 and the 500 is down 6 to a very weak #15 spot – the generation changeover affecting sales a lot more than Fiat would have wanted – and potentially one of the explanations for the exceptional strength of the Fiat Panda. Let’s also salute the strong performances of the Toyota Yaris (+33%), Opel Corsa (+47%), Opel Mokka (+33%), Citroen C3 (+36%), Renault Captur (+123%), Smart Fortwo (+85%) and Peugeot 308 (+91%).
In the newcomers aisle, the Hyundai Tucson shoots up 28 ranks to frankly break into the Top 50 for its first full month in market at #33 with 1.063 sales, the Opel Karl improves again: up 9 spots on August to a best-ever #35, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer remains the brand’s best-seller in Italy at #41 and the Suzuki Vitara also breaks into the Italian Top 50 for the first time at #47 with 804 deliveries.
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Full September 2015 Top 45 All-brands and Top 50 models below.