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Italy June 2016: Renault up 58% to keep Volkswagen at bay

Renault Clio Italy June 2016. Picture courtesy quattroruoteThe Clio (+76%) helps Renault up 58% in June in Italy.

* Now updated with the Top 45 All-brands and Top 180 models – click on title to see *

The May 2016 post has also been updated with the Top 180 models

Explosive new car sales growth slows down to a still outstanding +12% in June in Italy to 166.047 registrations, leading to a First Half tally up 19% to 1.050.842 units. After dropping to a lowest-ever 58.2% share in May, the private sales ration climbs back up to 60% in June with business fleet at 21.1% (15.6% in May) and rental sales at 18.9% (26.2% last month). Market leader Fiat improves slightly faster than the market at +14% and 34.657 units and 21% share, but the hero of the month is Renault, up a stunning 58% to remain in 2nd place overall with 12.618 sales and 7.6% share, keeping Volkswagen at bay (12.503). Ford (-1%), Opel (-0.1%) and Peugeot (+3%) follow, with Mercedes surging up 3 spots on May and 18% year-on-year to #7 and BMW up 23% and 5 ranks to #9. Outside the Top 10, Hyundai (+31%), Alfa Romeo (+34%), Smart (+29%), Suzuki (+27%), Mazda (+54%), Honda (+143%), Lexus (+80%), Jaguar (+161%) and Infiniti (+246%) impress.

Monthly sales by channel – Italy past 12 months:
(Privati = private sales, Noleggio = rental sales, Societa: business fleet)

Italy 2016 06 by channel

Alfa Romeo Giulia Italy June 2016Alfa Romeo Giulia

In the models ranking, the Top 5 most popular nameplates remain unchanged compared to May, with the Fiat Panda leading the way as usual (+12%), followed by a very dynamic Fiat 500L (+28%), a struggling Lancia Ypsilon (-1%), a roaring Renault Clio (+76%) and a decomposing Fiat Punto (-26%). The VW Golf gains four spots on May to land at #6 and the Fiat 500X is up 42% but down 3 ranks on last month to #9. Among recent launches, the Fiat Tipo sees its chances of breaking into its home Top 10 getting slimmer, down two spots to #17, the Renault Kadjar makes its very first appearance inside the Italian Top 20 at #20 (+9%) and the Hyundai Tucson is down two to a still very solid #21. Further down, the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia just misses out on its first Top 50 ranking at #54 (800 sales) and the Fiat 124 Spider points its sporty bonnet just outside the Top 100 with 298 units sold.

Previous month: Italy May 2016: Crossovers continue to lift market up 28%

One year ago (1): Italy June 2015: Citroen C4 Cactus in Top 30

One year ago (2): Italy June 2015: Now available with Top 180 best-selling models

Full June 2016 Top 45 All-brands and Top 180 models below.

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