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Austria October 2018: VW T-Roc scores first podium, Cupra brand lands

First podium finish in the world for the VW T-Roc.

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New car sales in Austria are still feeling the sting of post-WLTP hangover with October registrations down another 20.3% year-on-year to just 22.513 units, leading to a year-to-date tally now up a tiny 0.1% or 349 sales to 298.471. Volkswagen (-23%) falls faster than the market but remains comfortably in the lead at 15.1% share vs. 16.6% so far this year, distancing Skoda (+8%) and Ford (-1%). BMW (+16%) and Hyundai (+11%) impress with the only double-digit gains in the Top 10 just as Seat (-46%) and Renault (-34%) freefall and Fiat (-20%), Opel (-19%) and Mercedes (-16%) roughly match the market. Further down, Smart (+65%), Ssangyong (+33%), Subaru (+33%), Bentley (+14%), Volvo (+9%), Dacia (+0.4%) and Mini (+0.3%) are the only carmaker in positive in the remainder of the ranking.

First appearance in any sales charts of the Cupra Ateca.

Over in the models charts, the VW Golf (-21%) reclaims the top spot but remains bruised, ahead of the Skoda Octavia (-8%) while at #3 the VW T-Roc scores its first ever podium, both in Austria and in the world. The Renault Clio (+23%), Hyundai i20 (+83%) and Skoda Karoq (+404%) follow, with the latter smashing its ranking record to #6 (previous best #10 last month). The Hyundai Tucson (+42%), surprise leader last month, is down to #8 but posts another impressive gain. The Seat Arona (+157%), Ford Ecosport (+333%), Skoda Superb (+40%) and Suzuki Jimmy (+130%) also make themselves noticed. We welcome the Cupra Ateca (#235), BMW 8 Series (#248) and Hyundai Nexo (#255).

Previous month: Austria September 2018: Hyundai Tucson first non-VW Group model #1 in 13 years

One year ago: Austria October 2017: VW Polo back up 55% to #2 thanks to new gen

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Austria September 2018: Hyundai Tucson first non-VW Group model #1 in 13 years

The last time a non VW Group model was #1 in Austria was in July 2005 (Opel Astra).

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After artificially lifting 31.3% in August due to pre-WLTP stock clearances, the Austrian new car market is logically – but particularly harshly – down 41.8% in September to 17.194 units, leading to a year-to-date volume up 2.2% to 275.958. Volkswagen (-58%) falls much faster than the market but, unlike in neighbouring Switzerland (Mercedes) and Germany (BMW), manages to retain the brands pole position at 10.5% share ahead of Skoda (-32%) at 8.7% and Hyundai (-36%) at 8.5% with Ford (-13%) at 8.4% and Opel (-30%) at 8.2% also following very closely. BMW (-7%), Peugeot (-11%) and Kia (-19%), marques that did not need to rush registrations of non WLTP-compliant models in August, post the best holds in the Top 10. Further down, Jaguar (+28%), Citroen (+8%) and Volvo (+6%) are the only Top 30 brands in positive with Subaru stable.

Surprise in the Austrian models ranking: the Hyundai Tucson (+89%) spectacularly takes the lead with a mammoth 4.8% share, 53% above the #2, the Skoda Octavia (-41%) while the VW Golf (-77%) implodes. This is the first time in 6 years that the VW Golf isn’t the best-selling vehicle in Austria: the last time was in October 2012 (VW Tiguan). Even more momentous: it is the first time in over 13 years that a non-VW Group nameplate is #1 in Austria, the last time was in July 2005 (Opel Astra). The VW T-Roc rallies back up 11 spots to #4, its new ranking record in Austria eclipsing the #5 it held from April to June, while the VW Polo (+171%) takes advantage of its new generation and the Skoda Karoq breaks into the Austrian Top 10 for the first time at #10.

Previous month: Austria August 2018: Hyundai (+156%), Fiat (+111%) artificially up

One year ago: Austria September 2017: Hyundai shoots up to #2 below Volkswagen

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Austria August 2018: Hyundai (+156%), Fiat (+111%) artificially up

The Hyundai i30 is up 486% year-on-year to #2 this month in Austria.

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Helped by a solid dose of non WLTP-compliant stock clearing as is the case in most of the European Union this month, the Austrian new car market soars 31.3% year-on-year to 34.227 registrations, resulting in a YTD volume now up 77% to 258.764. Volkswagen edges up just 4% to a weak 12.9% share vs. 17.2% so far this year, but Hyundai (+156%), Fiat (+111%), Renault (+55%) and Seat (+38%) all beat the market with artificial surges. Further down, KTM (+2300%), Jaguar (+230%), Suzuki (+202%), Jeep (+154%), Ssangyong (+133%), Subaru (+114%), Land Rover (+89%) and Kia (+80%) also play the pre-WLTP game due to their lack of preparation for the emissions rule change. The VW Golf (-42%) remains the most popular nameplate in the country but freefalls this month. It is followed by the Hyundai i30 (+486%), VW Tiguan (-2%) and Mazda3 (+215%) with the Toyota C-HR (+522%), Hyundai ix20 (+471%), Mitsubishi ASX (+316%) and Fiat Tipo (+158%) also showing inflated pre-WLTP registrations. The VW T-Roc (#15) still tops recent launches but drops 8 spots on July, ahead of the Seat Arona (#17) also down 8, the Citroen C3 Aircross (#45) up 17 and the Skoda Karoq (#48) down 26.

Previous month: Austria July 2018: Seat Arona breaks into Top 10 – a world first

One year ago: Austria August 2017: Ford Kuga, Seat Ateca and Skoda Kodiaq impress

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Austria July 2018: Seat Arona breaks into Top 10 – a world first

The Seat Arona breaks into the Austrian Top 10 in July.

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New car sales in Austria gain a sturdy 13.5% year-on-year in July to 31.476 units, lifting the year-to-date volume up 4.7% to 224.337 units. Strikingly, the Top 5 most popular carmakers all outpace the market, starting with Volkswagen (+18%), Skoda (+44%) and Seat (+53%) replicating the YTD podium, followed by BMW (+20%) and Renault (+28%). Fiat (+42%) also shines in the Top 10 but Mercedes (-26%), Audi (-18%), Mazda (-16%) and Peugeot (-15%) struggle further down. Notice also Ssangyong (+183%), Bentley (+140%), Mitsubishi (+118%), Nissan (+67%), Subaru (+62%), Smart (+48%), Jeep (+47%) and Porsche (+42%) all posting spectacular improvements.

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf (-11%) remains in the lead despite enduring a steep fall, in fact the only fall in the Top 15 alongside the VW Tiguan (-5%). The Skoda Octavia (+23%), VW Polo (+48%), Bus (+20%) and Fiat 500 (+60%) compete a Top 5 in the end very dynamic. The VW T-Roc drops two ranks on the 5th spot it was holding since April and the Seat Arona breaks into the Austrian Top 10 for the first time – a feat it has not yet achieved at home in Spain and anywhere in the world according to BSCB files – to make it 8 VW Group nameplates in the Top 9 – add the Skoda Fabia (+47%) at #8. Other notable gainers include the BMW 1 Series (+165%), Nissan Qashqai (+161%), Mitsubishi ASX (+122%), Renault Captur (+103%), Hyundai i30 (+116%), Renault Clio (+77%), Dacia Duster (+71%), Ford Fiesta (+69%), Fiat Panda (+60%) and Seat Alhambra (+49%).

Previous month: Austria June 2018: Volkswagen up 27% in market up 7.3%

One year ago: Austria July 2017: Opel Crossland X in Top 20, market up 3.2%

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Austria June 2018: Volkswagen up 27% in market up 7.3%

Third 5th place ranking in a row for the VW T-Roc in Austria.

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The Austrian new car market gains 7.3% year-on-year in June to 38.015 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 3.4 to 192.861. The entire brands podium easily outpaces the market, starting with Volkswagen up an impressive 27% to 20.4% share vs. 18.2% so far in 2018. Skoda (+16%) follows at 7% share vs. 7.5% YTD while Renault (+20%) climbs onto the June podium at 6.2% share vs. #5 and 5.6% so far this year. Below, only BMW (+12%) and Seat (+8%) beat the market whereas Ford (-18%), Opel (-10%) and Mercedes (-5%) struggle. Further down, Subaru (+96%), Jeep (+63%), Mitsubishi (+52%), Smart (+38%), Dacia (+19%), Lada (+14%), Porsche (+13%) and Peugeot (+12%) stand out. Model-wise, the VW Golf (-2%) remains in the lead ahead of the VW Polo (-7%) and Skoda Octavia (+8%) with the VW Tiguan (+41%) and T-Roc rounding up the Top 5. As a reminder, Austria is one of only two countries in the world with Switzerland where the VW T-Roc has managed to break into the monthly Top 5. The remainder of the Top 10 is on fire: the Hyundai i30 (+140%), Hyundai Tucson (+72%), VW Bus (+58%), Renault Clio (+27%) and Skoda Fabia (+20%) all post spectacular gains.

Previous month: Austria May 2018: Volkswagen monopolises Top 5 again

One year ago: Austria June 2017: Discounted VW Polo surges 82% to #2

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Austria May 2018: Volkswagen monopolises Top 5 again

The VW T-Roc posts a second consecutive Top 5 finish in Austria.

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New car sales in Austria edge up 0.4% to 32.551 registrations in May, leading to a YTD volume up 2.5% to 154.846 units. Brand leader Volkswagen (+4%) outpaces the market to hit 18.2% share vs. 17.6% so far in 2018, followed as usual by Skoda (-8%) in difficulty. Below, Ford (+12%), Seat (+20%) and Hyundai (+18%) all post spectacular gains, knocking Renault (+1%), BMW (-7%) and Opel (-19%) towards the tail end of the Top 10. Ssangyong (+144%), Jeep (+137%), Lada (+93%), Subaru (+66%), Mitsubishi (+60%), DS (+47%), Smart (+34%) and Kia (+10%) also shine further down the ranking.

Model-wise, Volkswagen monopolises the Top 5 for the second month in a row and the third time ever after monopolising the Top 6 back in December 2012. Note Volkswagen has managed the same feat in Germany this month. The Golf (-22%) keeps the lead despite a steep decline, ahead of the Bus aka Transporter (+26%) again catching up on a diesel sales ban at the start of the year like in Germany and Switzerland, the Polo (-10%), Tiguan (-2%) and T-Roc snapping its second Top 5 ranking in Austria just as it breaks into its second Top 5 in the world in Switzerland.

The Hyundai Tucson (+119%) shoots up 12 spots on April to #6, the Ford Fiesta soars 71% and 21 ranks to #9 and the Dacia Duster surges 72% and 7 spots to #10, while the Seat Arona gains 5 ranks to #11, its highest ranking so far in Austria. Among recent launches, the Skoda Karoq is at #20 (-7), the Opel Crossland X at #27 (-3), Jeep Compass at #28 (+20), Opel Grandland X at #52 (+3) and Kia Stonic at #80 (-26).

Previous month: Austria April 2018: Volkswagen monopolises Top 5, T-Roc snaps world-first Top 5

One year ago: Austria May 2017: VW Group monopolises Top 6 in market up 13.9%

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Austria April 2018: VW monopolises Top 5, T-Roc snaps world-first Top 5

Austria is the first country in the world where the VW T-Roc ranks inside the Top 5.

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The Austrian new car market is up 5.4% year-on-year in April to 31.821 registrations, lifting the YTD volume up 3% to 122.295 units. Brand leaders Volkswagen (+6%) and Skoda (+4%) roughly follow the market but it’s Seat that scores the most impressive gain in the Top 10 at +66% to 6.8% share in third place, making the podium 100% VW Group for the second month running and also YTD. Mazda (+65%) also stuns at #9 whereas Renault (-18%) and BMW (-11%) struggle. Further down, notice also Jeep (+72%), Subaru (+70%), Lexus (+51%), Toyota (+49%), Ssangyong (+42%), DS (+39%), Porsche (+35%), Mitsubishi (+32%), Lada (+27%) and Dacia (+17%) while Lamborghini shoots up 450% and Ferrari lurches 57% to 11 sales each.

Historical event in the Austrian models ranking: Volkswagen manages to place 5 nameplates in the Top 5: the Golf (-23%) is in the lead above the Bus aka Transporter (+70%) as it catches up on a diesel sales ban at the start of the year like in Germany and Switzerland, the Tiguan (-16%), Polo (-21%) and T-Roc breaking into any country’s Top 5 for the very first time. This is the second time Volkswagen manages such a feat in Austria – and any country in the world – after monopolising the Top 6 back in December 2012. Previous notable performances include 5 VW nameplates in the Top 6 in February 2016 and 6 VW nameplates in the Top 10 in December 2013.

The VW Group also manages an Austrian first: monopolising the Top 9 with the Skoda Octavia (-18%), Fabia (-6%), Seat Ibiza (+34%) and Leon (+64%) in tow. According to BSCB records this is the first time the VW Group has the 9 best-selling nameplates in any month and any market in the world. Only the Ford Focus (+70%) manages to snap a Top 10 placing this month. The Seat Ateca (+45%), Mazda2 (+159%), CX-5 (+138%) and Dacia Duster (+65%) also shine while the Skoda Karoq (#13), Seat Arona (#16), Opel Crossland X (#24), Jeep Compass (#48), Kia Stonic (#54) and Opel Grandland X (#55) top recent launches (<12 months).

Previous month: Austria March 2018: VW T-Roc at world-best #6 for third time in a row

One year ago: Austria April 2017: VW Polo and Renault Megane shine in market down 2.9%

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Austria March 2018: VW T-Roc at world-best #6 for third time in a row

Austria remains the only country in the world where the VW T-Roc is in the Top 10. Picture thecarguys.ro

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New car sales in Austria are down 3.9% year-on-year in March to 35.407 units, but the Q1 volume remains in positive at  90.474 registrations, up 2.2% on the same period in 2017. Volkswagen goes agains the grain with a 7% year-on-year gain to 17.5% share, 2.5 times the level of the #2 Skoda up 6% to 6.9%. Seat surges 22% to step up one spot on February to #3, wth Ford and Opel in tow, both down 6%. The rest of the Top 10 is in decline, with Mercedes (-24%), Audi (-22%) and BMW (-16%) hit the hardest. Further down, Ssangyong (+100%), Suzuki (+28%), Honda (+23%), Dacia (+21%), Jaguar (+20%), Peugeot (+17%) DS (+11%) and Porsche (+11%) all impress with double-digit gains.

Model-wise, the VW Golf remains in the lead despite a 10% year-on-year drop, followed this month like YTD by the VW Polo (+26%) with the VW Tiguan (-8%) making the podium 100% Volkswagen. The Skoda Octavia (+32%) and Fabia (-9%) follow while the VW T-Roc remains at a world-best 6th place for the third consecutive month, making the Top Six 100% VW Group. The Seat Ateca is up 19% to #11, the Seat Arona up one spot on February to #13 and the Fiat 500 up 24% to #15.

Previous month: Austria February 2018: VW T-Roc repeats at world-best 6th place

Previous year: Austria Full Year 2017: VW Golf unbeatable, Toyota up 43%

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Austria February 2018: VW T-Roc repeats at world-best 6th place

Austria is the VW T-Roc’s best performing market in the world so far.

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The Austrian new car market gains 4.7% year-on-year in February to 26.499 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally up 6.6% to 55.067 units. Volkswagen continues to reign over the brands ranking with sales up 4% to 16.9% share this month and up 3% to 17.6% year-to-date. Skoda (+16%) cements its 2nd place at a very strong 9.3% share in February while Opel (-3%) overtakes Seat (+41%) for third place. Audi (+28%) and Renault (+23%) sign the other two double-digit gains in the Top 10 while Mercedes (-24%) and BMW (-10%) are in difficulty. Further down, Porsche (+60%), Alfa Romeo (+43%), Mitsubishi (+43%), Jaguar (+35%), Honda (+29%), Suzuki (+28%), Jeep (+27%), Land Rover (+20%) and Mazda (+18%) shine while Ssangyong (+450%) and DS (+67%) perform best among smaller brands. Tesla (-43%), Hyundai (-36%) and Nissan (-28%) aren’t as lucky.

First Austrian Top 10 for the Opel Crossland X. 

Over in the models ranking, if in January the VAG Group monopolised the Top 8, this month it has to do with “just” the Top 6. The VW Golf remains in the lead despite dropping 24% on February 2017, followed by the Skoda Octavia (+19%), VW Tiguan (+13%), Skoda Fabia (+8%) and VW Polo (+4%). The VW T-Roc repeats at a world-best 6th place with 1.9% share, Austria being the only market in the world where the new SUV has managed to crack the monthly Top 10 so far. The Opel Crossland X leaps up 9 spots to post its very first Austrian Top 10, with the Ford Fiesta (+51%), VW Touran (+42%) and Seat Leon (+32%) rounding up the Top 10 with market-beating performances. Below, the Seat Arona (#14) and Skoda Karoq (#15) both gain 8 spots on January to lodge new ranking records.

Previous month: Austria January 2018: VW T-Roc up to world-record #6

One year ago: Austria February 2017: VW Golf leads, Skoda Fabia and Fiat Tipo shine

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Austria January 2018: VW T-Roc up to world-record #6

The VW T-Roc is up to #6 in Austria, its highest ranking anywhere in the world so far. 

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New car sales in Austria are up by a robust 8.4% year-on-year in January to 28.568 registrations. Brand leader Volkswagen trails the market at +2% to 18.2% but both Skoda (+21%) and Seat (+32%) frankly outpace in on the podium. Mercedes (+22%) and BMW (+11%) are the only two other Top 10 carmakers to post double-digit gains whereas Hyundai freefalls 17% to #10 vs. #3 in December. Further down, there are a lot of manufacturers posting spectacular gains. Among them Subaru (+114%), Ssangyong (+75%), Mitsubishi (+70%), Toyota (+52%), Jaguar (+49%), Suzuki (+47%), Mazda (+43%), Mini (+40%), Alfa Romeo (+39%), Volvo (+33%), Jeep (+29%) and Porsche (+25%). In the models ranking, Volkswagen monopolises the podium with the Golf (-17%), Polo (+37%) and Tiguan (-29%), with the VAG Group placing an incredible 8 models in the Top 8 and 9 nameplates in the Top 10: the Skoda Octavia (#4), Fabia (#5), the VW T-Roc shooting up 53 spots on December to a world-record 6th place, the Seat Leon (#7), Alhambra (#8) and finally Ibiza (#10). The only non-VAG nameplate in the Top 10 is the Renault Clio (#9). Notice also the Opel Crossland X up 23 ranks on last month to #15, the BMW X3 up 283% to #19, the Renault Scenic up 150% to #20, the Seat Arona up 83 spots on December to #22 and the Skoda Karoq up 48 to #23.

Previous post: Austria Full Year 2017: VW Golf unbeatable, Toyota up 43%

One year ago: Austria January 2017: Seat Ateca breaks into Top 10

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