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Spain January 2022: Toyota smashes share record, places Corolla #1, C-HR #2, Yaris Cross #6

The Toyota Yaris Cross breaks into the Spanish Top 10 in January.

New car sales in Spain edge up 1% year-on-year to 42,377 units. This is the first year-on-year gain since June 2021, however keep in mind this is with a particularly low comparison base as January 2021 was down -51.5%. Encouragingly, private sales are up 13.3% to 21,567 and 50.9% share vs. 45.4% a year ago, company sales gain 4.4% to 19,195 and 45.3% vs. 43.8% in January 2021 but sales to rental companies freefall -64.4% to just 1,615 and 3.8% share vs. 10.8% a year ago. A few provinces show positive results: Canarias (+69.3%), Extremadura (+37.8%), Baleares (+20.3%), Murcia (+11.1%), Madrid (+8.9%) and Comunidad Valenciana (+1.4%).

In the brands ranking, Toyota (+52.3%) spectacularly takes the lead with 12.7%, that’s four percentage points above its immediate follower Peugeot (+1%), and also an all-time share record. This is the 2nd time ever Toyota is the best-selling manufacturer in Spain after last August. Kia (+100.4%) does even better and climbs two spots to #3 overall, while Volkswagen (+61.2%) is also in outstanding shape at #4 (+5 spots) as is Hyundai (+26.2%) at #5. Ford (+22.2%) and Citroen (+8.2%) are the only remaining gainer in the Top 10 as Seat (-52.9%) and Renault (-47.7%) both implode. DS (+142.9%), Lexus (+116%), Mini (+77.5%), Ssangyong (+70.6%), Mazda (+48.5%), Mitsubishi (+44.9%) and Porsche (+42%) impress further down. Chinese newcomers MG (#28) and Lynk & Co (#33) remain discreet for now.

The models ranking is once again completely reshuffled, with Toyota managing a historic 1-2: it places the Corolla (+43.1%) at #1 and the C-HR (+42%) at #2, up 11 and 14 spots on December respectively… The Dacia Sandero (-15%) closes out the podium ahead of the Peugeot 2008 (+16.1%) and Peugeot 208 (+10.9%). Another outstanding performance by Toyota is the Yaris Cross breaking into the Top 10 for the first time at #6, up 18 ranks on December. The VW T-Roc (+206%) is the brand’s best-seller this month, while the Kia Sportage (+263%) shoots up 22 spots on last month to land at #9. The Peugeot 3008 (+15.4%), Citroen C3 (+33.3%) and Ford Focus (+44.6%) are also very dynamic below just as the Cupra Formentor (+26.6%) breaks its ranking record at #14. It outsells all Seat models bar the Ateca (#13).

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One year ago: Spain January 2021: Hyundai Tucson up to record #3, Cupra Formentor in Top 25, sales freefall -51.5%

Full January 2022 Top 50 All-brands and Top 275 All-models below.

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