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Thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics we can share with you today final March data for Europe 27 countries (ex Russia and Turkey). Final figures have total sales for the month at 1.830.433, down 5.2% year-on-year and leading to a Q1 2018 volume up 0.6% to 4.261.649, the highest since 2000. The three best-selling groups in the continent remain the same vs. February with the Volkswagen Group frankly over-performing at just -0.2%, PSA Group (-7.3%) and Renault-Nissan (-6.8%) in the lead. Ford Motor (-15.7%) is up one spot on last month to #4 despite a steep drop while the BMW Group (-5.7%) is up two to #7 and FCA (-8.1%) down two to #6. Hyundai-Kia is the only Top 10 group in positive at +3.5% whereas Tata Motors posts the largest decline at -19.3% but is back inside the Top 10 thanks to UK sales, knocking the Geely Group (-3.6%) to #11. There is only one minor change in the Top 25 brands vs. preliminary figures we published in late April: Mini (-2.9%) is now above Suzuki (-5.1%) at #20. Further down, notice Geely (+210%), Lamborghini (+116.5%), Dodge (+96.6%), MG (+48.5%), DR Motor (+34.7%), Cadillac (+19.8%) and Tesla (+19.2%) posting double-digit gains whereas Infiniti (-67.5%), Aston Martin (-41.6%), Bentley (-44.5%), Lotus (-39.8%), Lancia (-37.1%) and Maserati (-33.8%) implode.
Over in the models ranking, one of the main events in the preliminary Top 10 is no more: the VW Tiguan figure is significantly revised up from 25.325 (-3.9%) to 28.114 (+6.6%), propelling the SUV up from #11 to #7 in the final ranking. As a result, the Ford Focus (#8), Opel Corsa (#9), Renault Captur (#10) and Fiat 500 (#11) are all knocked down one spit meaning the 500 did in fact not post its 5th ever European Top 10 ranking. The only other change is the Peugeot 3008 (+30.9%) now above the Dacia Sandero (+11.1%) at #16. The Ford Ecosport (+39.4%), Mercedes GLC (+39.1%) and Dacia Duster (+18.6%) post the largest year-on-year improvements in the remainder of the Top 50. As far as recent launches are concerned (<12 months), the VW T-Roc is up 9 spots on February to break into the European Top 40 for the first time at #39, distancing the Citroen C3 Aircross at #53 (-10) while both the Opel Grandland X at #72 (+17) and Skoda Karoq at #75 (+21) also beat their ranking record.
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Full March 2018 Top 10 groups, Top 54 brands and Top 355 models below.