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The Spanish new car market is up 10.5% year-on-year in January to 85.007 registrations, the highest for the month in a decade, since the 101.664 units sold in January 2008. However, building on a trend visible through 2016, private sales trail the market with a 8.6% gain to 46.308 and 54.5% share whereas rental sales are up 12.3% to 13.084 and 15.4% share and business sales up 13.3% to 25.615 and 30.1% share. As it was the case a year ago, Opel takes the lead of the Spanish brands ranking in January with 8.6% share (+1%), distancing Volkswagen (-0.1%) while homegrown Seat soars 52% to land in third place vs. #8 in December and #5 over the Full Year 2016. Peugeot (+4%) and Toyota (+33%) round up the Top 5, while 2016 leader Renault implodes to #10 with a meagre 4.9% share vs. 7.8% in 2016. Renault has now taken the habit of artificially boosting sales each quarter end and logically pays the price of this controversial policy the following month. Great performers in Spain also include Mercedes up 21% to break into the Top 10 at #9, Mitsubishi (+29%), Fiat (+41%), Dacia (+42%), Mini (+48%), Subaru (+48%), Smart (+51%), Alfa Romeo (+59%), Abarth (+108%), Maserati (+200%), Jaguar (+202%) and Infiniti (+358%).
Runout prices to clear existing stock prior to the unveiling of the new generation push the Seat Ibiza up 94% year-on-year onto the models pole position at home this month, knocking the Seat Leon – leader for the past three years – down 6% to #3 with the VW Golf rounding out the podium. The Ope Corsa (+24%) and Dacia Sandero (+54%) post vigorous gains to slot inside the Top 5, with the Nissan Qashqai (+18%), Opel Zafira Tourer (+29%), Peugeot 208 (+26%) and Peugeot 2008 (+22%) also impressive. Among recent launches, the Seat Ateca nudges up two spots on December to a best-ever #18, the new generation Peugeot 3008 is up four to #21 but the most impressive leap is delivered by the Toyota C-HR up 55 ranks on last month to land at #23 with 1.015 sales. Notice also the Audi Q2 up 43 to #56, the Kia Niro up 54 to #83, Jaguar F-Pace up 12 to #98 and the Skoda Kodiaq making its first appearance at #246.
One year ago: Spain January 2016: Opel soars to #1, Mokka in Top 10
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