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Spain February 2018: Fiat 500 & Peugeot 3008 up, sales at 10 year-high

The Fiat 500 breaks into the Spanish Top 5 for the first time this month… 

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The Spanish new car market is up by a robust 13.1% year-on-year in February to 111.173 registrations, the best score for the month and first six-digit figure since 2008 (121.406), lifting the year-to-date total up 16.4% to 213.320, once again the highest since 2008 (223.070). All distribution channels manage to post double-digit gains this month: rental sales are up 10.9% to 26.780, private sales are up 12.2% to 53.598 and company sales up 16.8% to 30.795. Year-to-date, company sales also post the strongest result at +22.1% to 63.460 and 29.7% share vs. 28.4% a year ago, with rental sales up 15.5% to 43.000 and 20.2% share, very close to the 20.3% it commended in 2017 and private sales trailing at +13.6% to 106.860 and 50.1% share vs. 51.3% a year ago.

…while the Peugeot 3008 breaks into the Top 10 for the first time. 

Local manufacturer Seat takes the lead of the brands ranking this month thanks to a 17% jump to a round 10% share, also earning the YTD top spot at +23% to 9.2%. Opel is down 6% but up two spots on January to #2, distancing Peugeot (+21%), last month’s leader Volkswagen (+7%) and Renault (+15%). In remainder of the Top 10, Audi (+22%) and Ford (+16%) beat the market while Citroen (+12%), Nissan (+11%) and Toyota (+3%) trail it. Further down, Skoda (+62%), Subaru (+47%), Jeep (+41%), Mazda (+41%), Ssangyong (+39%), Hyundai (+35%), Suzuki (+34%), Dacia (+30%), Abarth (+30%) and Lexus (+29%) all frankly outpace the market, with Mahindra (+183%), Bentley (+25%) and Ferrari (+20%) the best performing smaller brands.

The Seat Ibiza ranks #1 at home for the first time in 6 months. 

The Seat Ibiza (+18%) is the best-seller at home for the first time since last July and also nabs the YTD top spot, with its bigger colleague the Seat Leon (-8%) at #2 in both February and YTD. The Nissan Qashqai (+22%) and Dacia Sandero (+44%) follow but it’s the Fiat 500 (+109%) that is the most impressive near the top of the Spanish charts this month, up 19 spots on January and reaching its highest ever ranking in Spain at #5, beating the #6 it hit last August. The Peugeot 3008 (+93%) also impresses and breaks into the Top 10 for the first time at #9. The Citroen C4 Picasso (+55%), Renault Megane (+26%), Citroen C3 (+24%) and Kia Sportage (+21%) also post solid scores in the Top 20, while the Seat Arona (#18) leads all recent launches (<12 months) above the Citroen C3 Aircross (#39), Peugeot 5008 (#48), Kia Stonic (#52) and VW T-Roc (#53).

Previous month: Spain January 2018: Volkswagen and Golf top market up 20.2%

One year ago: Spain February 2018: Market growth slows to +0.1%

Full February 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 310 All-models below.

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