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The Belgian new car market is up 4% year-on-year to pass the 500.000 annual sales milestone for the first time since 2011 at 501.066 registrations, 566.315 (+5%) including Light Commercial Vehicles. A momentous shift has occurred atop the brands as well as the models ranking: Renault is up a stunning 13% to 50.040 sales and 10% share, snapping the #1 spot off Volkswagen, handicapped by its emissions scandal and down 3% to 47.780 units and 9.5%. A (very big) caveat to this score is the fact that Renault de-registers up to 30% of its new car sales within 30 days to then re-export them to other European Union countries and sell them as used as we detailed in Strategy: Renault champion of fake registrations.
Outstanding performance of BMW gaining two spots on a year ago to round up the podium at 37.238 sales, up a magnificent 16% year-on-year. Peugeot (-4%), Opel (+6%) and Audi (+8%) follow, with Mercedes also posting superb gains at +16% in 7th place. Notice also Volvo up 12% to #12, Mini up 18%, Mazda up 28%, Land Rover up 14%, Porsche up 39% and Jeep up 115%.
Probably helped a lot by pre-registrations (see above), Renault also manages a coup in the models ranking: thanks to sales up a huge 41% to 13.419 despite its age, the Renault Scénic becomes the most popular nameplate in Belgium for the very first time, ending five consecutive years of VW Golf reign. But wait there’s more: Renault also manages a 1-2 with the Clio up 15% to #2 and 11.936 units, pushing the Golf to #3 and 11.911 (-26%). The Scénic is the first Renault to top the Belgian sales charts in at least 30 years.
The Audi A3 posts an excellent year at #4 (+3), ahead of the VW Polo (-6%) and Peugeot 308 (+22%) while the Mercedes C-Class surges 66% to #8. Notice also the VW Passat up 69% to #15, the Opel Mokka up 38% to #26, the VW Golf Sportsvan leaping up to #30 and the BMW 2 Series Tourer up to #31. The Fiat 500X is the most popular all-new entrant at #76 but the Hyundai Tucson (#87) ranked #6 in December…
Previous month: Belgium November 2015: Renault Scénic and Clio on top
Two years ago (models): Belgium Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Renault Scénic on top
Two years ago (brands): Belgium (brands) Full Year 2013: Volkswagen resists Renault assault
Full Year 2015 Top 67 All-brands and Top 425 All-models vs. Full 2014 figures below.
Full December 2015 Top 322 All-models Ranking below.