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On paper the Spanish market is up by another flamboyant 12% year-on-year to 76.904 registrations, the best January score since 2008 (101.664), showing signs of being back to pre-recession levels. Looking closer though, the year-on-year gain is almost 100% artificial, with private sales up just 1.5% to 42.651 units and 55.5% share vs. 61.3% a year ago, whereas sales to rental companies are up a whopping 35% to 11.651 and business sales are up 26% to 22.602. Although the detail by channel isn’t available, Opel has been known to load up on tactical sales all across Europe and notably at home in Germany and – coincidence? – lodges a particularly spectacular month in Spain, shooting up 71% on a year ago to #1 brand in the country with 9.4% share vs. #9 in December.
If the Seat Leon (+10%) holds onto the pole position it has now snapped for two consecutive years, followed by the VW Golf (-7%) and Peugeot 308 (+42%), it’s a festival of Opel in the Top 20. The Astra is up 60% to #4, the Corsa up 25% to #5, the Mokka breaks into the Spanish Top 10 for the very first time thanks to volumes doubling year-on-year at #10 (previous best: #13 last February) and the Zafira Tourer is up a gigantic 149% to #17. Notice also Peugeot up 31% at #3 in the brands ranking, Citroen up 27%, Audi up 21%, BMW up 18%, Mercedes up 19%, Kia up 50%, Mazda up 94%, Land Rover up 37% and Honda up 82%.
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