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New car sales in Portugal post their fourth straight year of double-digit gains in 2016 at +16% to 207.330 registrations, the first time above 200.000 annual units since 2010. French carmaker Renault tightens its stranglehold on the market thanks to a stunning 26% growth to 12.5% share, widening the gap with immediate follower Peugeot, up 20% to 9.6%. Volkswagen (+1%), Mercedes (+13%) and BMW (+11%) round up the Top 5 but all lose share. Opel (+20%), Fiat (+30%), Citroen (+22%), Seat (+21%), Dacia (+20%) and Kia (+37%) are the other brands outpacing the market inside the Top 15. Further down, notice Honda (+39%), Hyundai (+62%), Suzuki (+65%), Mazda (+78%) and Jaguar (+104%) take off.
The Renault Clio is the most popular nameplate in the country for the 4th straight year and the 8th time in total (a series started in 1999) outpacing the market at +20% to improve its share to 5.5%. It is followed on the podium by the Peugeot 208 also boosted up 26% by its facelift and the Renault Mégane up 44% thanks to the new generation. Market leader in 2004, 2007 and from 2009 and 2012, the Mégane ranked #2 each of the last 3 months of the year and could tease the Clio for the 2017 pole position. The Renault Captur (+17%) is now sandwiched between the VW Golf (-5%) and Polo (-1%) while the Seat Ibiza returns inside the Top 10 thanks to deliveries up 21%. Notice also the Opel Astra (+34%), Peugeot 2008 (+32%), Citroen C3 (+43%), Fiat 500 (+25%), BMW 2 Series (+42%) and Nissan Juke (+40%) posting spectacular gains inside the Top 30. The Fiat Tipo (#52), Hyundai Tucson (#76), Seat Ateca (#111) and Jaguar F-Pace (#130) are the most popular new nameplates, with the Toyota C-HR landing at #135 in spite of being on sale for just two months.
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Full Year and December 2016 Top 40 All-brands and Top 290 All-models vs. Full Year 2015 figures below.