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Europe August 2018: Renault (+72%), Nissan (+49%), VW (+44%) play pre-WLTP sales game

Renault Captur sales are up 105.5% across Europe in August, but this is completely artificial.

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This update marks the start of a new and more detailed reporting for consolidated and definitive data on 28 European markets (ex-Russia, Turkey, Croatia and Bulgaria) thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics. You won’t find this data on any other media outlet. It has been a very unusual month for new car sales across Europe and more precisely the European Union, where a new (and more stringent) WLTP emissions rule was applied to all vehicles sold from September 1 onwards. As we have seen throughout our August updates, carmakers that were unprepared for the change and had high inventory of non-compliant cars rushed to register these vehicles before the deadline using artificial chanels such as fleet, demo, rental sales and self-registrations, resulting in grossly inflated registration figures across the EU. Among the main markets Germany is up 25%, France up 40%, the UK up 23% and Spain up 48%, while among smaller markets Romania (+138%), Poland (+64%), Lithuania (+58%), Belgium (+53%), Greece (+50%), Slovakia (+45%) and Hungary (+45%) get the most extravagant boosts.

Seat (+72.5%) helps pull Volkswagen Group sales up 40.1%

As expected, Europe-wide data shows an oversized year-on-year surge at +30.1% to 1.170.428 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 5.9% to 11.138.944. This is the highest August score in 20 years, since the 1.231.498 units of August 1998, and also the largest year-on-year improvement in over ten years, breaking a record set in November 2009 (+25%) albeit in a totally artificial way. In fact, across 15 main markets tracked by JATO Dynamics, business and fleet registrations leap up 38% to a 59% share vs. 53% a year ago, whereas they were only up 11% in July and 5% in June. Reversely, private sales edge up just 11% to dive to 41% share vs. 47% in August 2017. Countries where business and fleet sales saw the largest jump are Spain (+86%), the Netherlands (+65%), France (+54%) and Austria (+54%) while countries where these artificial sales reached the highest share are Czech Republic (76%), Slovenia (75%) and Finland (73%). Diesel sales gain 13% with business and fleet – aggressive inventory clearing in a depressed segment – vs. -10% with private buyers, while gasoline fleet and business sales are up 68%. Overall, diesel sales hold 35% share in 17 markets tracked by JATO Dynamics vs. 42% a year ago while gasoline is at 57% vs. 51% and alternative fuel at 6.3% vs. 5.8%.

Dacia (+44.5%) hits its record European ranking thanks to the new Duster.

The Groups ranking shows clear culprits in the pre-WLTP sales manipulation: Renault-Nissan (+60%), the Volkswagen Group (+40.1%), FCA (+40%) and Hyundai-Kia (+34.4%) all clearly outpacing an already extravagant overall growth, demonstrating their lack of preparedness to the emissions rule change and large non-compliant inventories that needed to be artificially cleared. Expect reduced margins and depressed figures in the coming months as these vehicles are then on-sold as 0km second-hand across the continent. Suzuki (+21%), Toyota Motor (+19%), the PSA Group (+17.3%) and Ford Motor (+15.3%) also show dynamic growth but in context it actually paradoxically means their lineup wasn’t in dire need of cleanup as most models are already WLTP-compliant. Daimler AG (-1.5%) and the BMW Group (5.9%) show the weakest results but also potentially the healthiest ones.

The Borgward marque is back in Europe for the first time since 1961, thanks to Chinese funding.

Brand-wise, VW shoots up 45.5% with fleet/business sales up 56% to a whopping 67% share, also partially boosted by a T-Roc still gearing up (see further down). Renault is up a surreal (because artificial) 72.3% with fleet/business sales doubling to 61% share and private sales up 33%, while Audi is up 32.8% to remain at a record third place for the second month running thanks to fleet/business up 55% to an extreme 73% share. All other Top 10 brands show more muted – and realistic – gains, such as Peugeot (+20%), Toyota (+19.5%), Ford (+15.3%) and Skoda (+14.4%) while BMW (+4.5%), Opel (+4%) and Mercedes (-2.9%) are weak. Just outside the Top 10, Dacia soars 44.5% to hit its highest ever European ranking at #11 (pb #12 in August and December 2017) but with private sales traditionally ultra-dominant in Dacia’s sales mix, this gain can be attributed to strong new generation Duster sales (see further down) rather than artificial pre-WLTP play. The same can’t be said for Jeep (+166.1%), Jaguar (+119.6%), Infiniti (+107.3%), Porsche (+89.9%), Alfa Romeo (+80.3%), Seat (+72.5%), Mitsubishi (+71%), Subaru (+56.4%) or Nissan (+48.7%). Notice the arrival of China-funded, revived German brand Borgward at #61 with 23 sales in Luxembourg, the first market to see the marque in Europe.

Jeep sales are up 166.1% and the Compass scores its first Top 50 finish.

The VW Golf (+11%) survives an agitated month to keep the models lead, 9.000 sales above the Renault Clio (+53.7%) while the VW Tiguan (+77.8%) rounds up the podium for the second straight month – and ever, owing its ranking to the success of the Allspace variant accounting for 22% of its August volume. Below, the Nissan Qashqai (+97.1%), VW Polo (+68.7%) and Renault Captur (+105.5%) all outpace the market – artificially – whereas for the Dacia Duster (+84.2%) it’s a well-earned and new generation-fuelled new ranking record at #7, its 2nd appearance in a European Top 10 after hitting #9 last December. The Sandero (+24.1%) at #8 makes it two Dacias in the European Top 10 for the first time in history while the Renault Megane (+91.5%) reappears completely artificially inside the Top 10 for the first time since December 2016 and the Seat Leon (+50.9%) misses out on a maiden Top 10 for 700 units to finish at a record #11 (pb #18 in December 2014). The VW T-Roc improves its ranking record by 3 spots at #15, the Seat Arona by 5 at #32 and the Citroen C3 Aircross also at #35 just as the Jeep Compass (+530%) scores its first Top 50 at #42,

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Europe July 2018: Pre-WLTP stock clearing boosts Seat (+36.9%), VW (+28.3%), Audi (+14.3%), models podium 100% VW for the first time

The Arona is instrumental to Seat’s progression in Europe in July. Picture essaisduclub.fr

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New car sales across the European continent (27 markets ex-Russia and Turkey) soar 10% year-on-year in July to post the largest result for the month this decade at 1.308.205 units, according to final and exclusive figures released by our European partner JATO Dynamics. The main reason behind this surge, apart from one extra selling day compared to July 2017, is artificial in the form of sharp discounts by the VW Group and Nissan notably in a move to clear stock of vehicles that don’t meet the new WLTP fuel emission standards that will enter into effect from September 1. The year-to-date volume is now up 3.6% or almost 350.000 units to 9.965.997.

Volkswagen soars 28.5% and monopolises the European models podium for the first time.

The best performing markets are Lithuania (+56.4%), Croatia (+43.7%), Romania (+34.2%), Hungary (+29.1%), Portugal (+26.1%) and Poland (+25.7%) with very strong showings by Spain (+19.1%) and France (+18.5%) helping the overall growth. Strong SUV sales continue to be the European engine of growth with volumes up a staggering 34% to 461.90 units or a record 35.3% share. Small SUVs advance the fastest at +50% to 169.800, with Renault-Nissan leading the segment at 25% share above PSA (23%) and the VW Group (19%). Compact SUVS are up 34% to 198.300 led by the VW Group (22%) ahead of Renault-Nissan (17%) and Hyundai-Kia (15%). The midsize SUVs are up just 15% to 73.000 whereas large SUVs are stable at 20.900.

Audi (+14.5%) scores its very first European podium finish.

The VW Group posts a stunning albeit artificial 23.1% year-on-year gain to end the month just over 358.000 sales, distancing the PSA Group more modest at +6.1% to 199.200 while both Renault-Nissan (+14.5%) and FCA (+15.9%) gallop faster than the market. Among the Top 10 groups, only Daimler AG (-9.9%) and the BMW Group (-3.4%) post a decline. Predictably given very aggressive Europe-wide stock-clearing programs, Volkswagen is up 28.3% atop the brands ranking whereas premium stablemate Audi is up 14.3% to #3 to sign its very first European podium finish. Renault (+19%) remains in 2nd place, but the rest of the Top 10 underperforms: only Skoda (+11.8%) and Peugeot (+10.1%) beat the overall growth while Mercedes (-13.1%) and Opel (-2.9%) are in negative and BMW (-2.4%) slips out of the Top 10 for the first time in at least 5 years. Further down, MG (+166.6%), Jeep (+87.4%), Subaru (+37.2%), Seat (+36.9% – also boosted by stock-clearing rebates), Bentley (+35.8%), Porsche (+30.8%), Alfa Romeo (+27.3%), Mitsubishi (+26.3%), Smart (+22.2%), Jaguar (+19.8%) lodge strong results.

The Toyota Yaris breaks its all-time ranking record at #7.

Model-wise, the VW Golf (+7.4%) returns into positive territory with the next 7 best-sellers all posting double digit gains! The VW Polo (+18.7%) overtakes the Renault Clio (+15.8%) to snap the #2 spot for the first time in one year (since July 2017), also scoring the #3 YTD ranking, dislodging the Ford Fiesta (+61.1%). But the (mainly artificial) event is in third place: the VW Tiguan (+68.7%) climbs onto the European podium for the first time in history after ranking #4 in April 2017, August 2017, January 2018, May 2018 and June 2018, thanks to the addition of the All Space 7-seater (4.461 sales this month). This is the first time in history Volkswagen (or any carmaker) monopolises the European podium. Below the Renault Clio (+24%), the Nissan Qashqai (+23.9%) climbs back inside the Top 5 for the first time since last March, while the Toyota Yaris (+10.6%) breaks its all-time ranking record at #7 (previous best #8 in July and October 2017).

The Peugeot 3008 becomes the brand’s European best-seller for the first time.

The Peugeot 3008 (+16.4%) cracks the European Top 10 for the second time in history after last February at #10 and becomes Peugeot’s European best-seller for the first time ever (the 208 is #13). Notice also the Ford Ecosport (+113.3%), Fiat 500X (+48.9%), Renault Megane (+39.3%), Renault Kadjar (+34.9%), Audi A1 (+29.1%), Dacia Duster (+26.8%), Fiat Tipo (+25.5%), Renault Captur (+21.8%) and Toyota C-HR (+21.1%) outperforming the market inside the Top 50. The VW T-Roc breaks into the Top 20 for the first time at #18 to remain the most popular recent launch (<12 months), followed by the Seat Arona (#37) and Citroen C3 Aircross (#40) both posting their first Top 40 finish, Skoda Karoq (#53), Volvo XC40 (#80) for the first time in the Top 100, Hyundai Kona (#85) and Kia Stonic (#98). Newcomers in the charts include the Audi Q8 (#276), Mahindra KUV100 (#287), BMW 8 Series (#331), while the Lamborghini Urus lurks at #321.

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Europe First Half 2018: Tiguan & Captur up, largest market this century

The VW Tiguan is the best-selling SUV in Europe for the first time.

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Today we can share with you preliminary data for the First Half of 2018 in Europe 27 countries ex-Russia and Turkey thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics. New car sales growth in the region continues to slow down: from +9.1% over H1 2016 to +4.2% in H1 2017 and +2.7% this year, however at 8.66 million units (up 230.000 on the same period last year), this is the best H1 result this century. Europe’s gain in entirely sustained by the SUV segment up a staggering 24% year-on-year so far in 2018 (and 30% in June) to 2.92 million units, lifting its market share from 27.9% in H1 2017 to 33.7% now. It’s high time the SUV segment gets split by size like passenger cars, so here are a few results: small SUVs total 1.08 million units, compact SUVs are at 1.24 million and midsize SUVs at 455.400 – all three being new volume record for the sub-segments. Large SUVs drop 9% to 141.000. In contrast, small cars are down 2% to 1.77m units for a 20.4% market share vs. 21.5% a year ago, compact cars are down 5% to 1.55m and 18% share vs. 19.5% and the worst performing segment, MPVs, sinks 23% to 532.600 or 6.2% share vs. 8.2% in 2017.

The Renault Captur returns into the Top 10 at #9.

Only 7 of the 27 countries composing the region are down vs. 2017, with the UK (-6.3%) the worst performer followed by Ireland (-4.5%), Denmark (-2.3%), Norway (-1.4%) and Italy (-1.2%). Reversely, three of the Top Five markets all up: Spain (+9.4%), France (+4.6%) and Germany (+2.9%). Romania (+33.4%), Hungary (+29%), Lithuania (+24.6%), Greece (+23.8%) and Croatia (+19.3%) are the most dynamic. Diesel sales continue to freefall at -17% to 3.2m units and 37% share, a drop of 9 percentage points vs. the 46% it commended over H1 2017 and its lowest market share since 2001. According to JATO Dynamics, diesel sales largest drops were in Norway (-32%), the UK (-30%), Slovenia (-28%), Finland (-20%) and Belgium (-20%). Petrol sales recuperate most of the diesel losses, up 17% to 4.85m units and 56% share. Meanwhile, Alternative Fuelled Vehicles (AFV) continue to gain momentum at +31% to 450.200 registrations of electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars, securing a 5.4% share of the European market vs. 4.3% a year ago. AFVs account for 56% of the total market in Norway, 13% in Finland and 11% in Sweden.

The second generation pushes the Dacia Duster up 34.2% all across Europe.

Boosted by very strong results towards the end of the Semester, the VW Group vastly outperforms the European market with a 7.5% uplift to just under 2.1m units. Note the VW Group is now also the European leader in the SUV segment for the first time thanks to sales up a stunning 42% (while their passenger cars only edge up 3%), toppling Renault-Nissan thanks to the strength of the Tiguan and the arrivals of the VW T-Roc, Skoda Kodiaq, Karoq and Seat Arona. The best-selling brands (not groups) in the SUV segment are Peugeot (257.200 units), Volkswagen (222.600), Nissan (201.200), Renault (191.700) and Opel/Vauxhall (165.100). The PSA Group edges up 1.8% to 1.39m units, keeping its distance over Renault-Nissan up just 0.9% to 1.26m. FCA (2.5%) and Ford Motor (-2.6%), both in difficulty, mean the Top 5 groups are in the same order as last year. Hyundai-Kia (+8.4%), the Geely Group (+7%) and Toyota Motor (+5.2%) are the best performing groups in the remainder of the Top 10.

The Peugeot 3008 is up another 31.9% two years after launch.

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen surges 9.1% to just under 980.000 units, its highest European H1 score in 20 years. According to JATO Dynamics, Volkswagen is the most popular marque in 11 out of 27 European markets: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland. Its highest market share is logically in Germany at 19.7%, followed by Austria (18.2%), Slovenia (16.8%), Sweden (15.2%) and Latvia (14.5%). Portugal (6.0%) and France (6.1%) give VW its lowest market shares. Renault edges up 0.1% in remain in 2nd place overall ahead of Ford (-2.6%) meaning the European podium is unchanged on H1 and FY 2017. Stangely, only two other carmakers are in positive inside the Top 10: Peugeot soars 8.5% to step up to #4, bypassing fellow PSA member Opel (-6.4%) and Skoda gains 8.3% to return among Europe’s ten favourite brands, dislodging Toyota (+4.9%).

The VW Golf is headed towards an 11th consecutive year at #1 in Europe.

Mercedes (-2.8%), Audi (-1.8%) and BMW (-1.2%) all lose ground but the premium order is intact. Finally Fiat (-9.6%) posts the largest decline, handicapped by record low sales at home in Italy. If the top sellers are on average weak, the rest of the Top 25 is filled with great-performing brands. The most dynamic are Chinese MG (+114.9%) operating almost solely in the UK and boosted by the new ZS crossover, as well as Jeep, up a stunning 67.1% year-on-year to a record 89.500 units (vs. just 15.800 four years ago in 2014) thanks to the arrival of the Compass, now outselling the Renegade to become Jeep’s best-seller in Europe. Seat (+18.8%), Dacia (+16.3%), Mitsubishi (+12.3%), Kia (+9.7%), Suzuki (+7.3%), Hyundai (+7.2%) and Volvo (+7.1%) also post very strong results, while among smaller brands Dodge (+197.2%), Bugatti (+150%), DR Motor (+85.7%), Lamborghini (+66.5%), Mahindra (+34.1%), Tesla (+10.2%) and Subaru (+10%) shine, while Alpine (#46) revives.

The Renault Clio remains the 2nd best-selling vehicle in Europe.

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf (+8.1%) benefits from last year’s facelift to stay well ahead of the competition just under 255.000 sales. Although its diesel sales drop 26%, they are offset by petrol sales up 29% and alternative fuel variants now representing 6% of its H1 volume. The Renault Clio (+1%), VW Polo (-4.8%) down despite a new generation and Ford Fiesta (+0.6%) complete a Top 4 unchanged on H1 and FY2017. In 5th place, the VW Tiguan soars 14.7% (the largest gain in the Top 14), outpacing the Nissan Qashqai (-1.8%) to become Europe’s best-selling SUV for the first time. This result is achieved thanks to the arrival of the All Space 7-seater variant representing 11.5% of its H1 sales. Note that by the same logic, adding sales of the Peugeot 3008 (5-seater) and 5008 (7-seater) leads to a higher volume than the Tiguan. The Peugeot 208 (+0.2%) and Skoda Octavia (+2.6%) benefit from the freefall of the Opel Corsa (-14.9%) and Astra (-33.3%) to advance to #7 and #8 respectively, while the Renault Captur (+7.5%) brilliantly breaks into the Top 10 at #9 – if held until the end of the year, this would be the Captur’s second annual Top 10 ranking after 2016 (#10).

The Nissan Leaf is the new best-selling EV in Europe.

The largest progression in the Top 25 is delivered by the Dacia Duster (+34.2%) boosted by the second generation which Renault says is the most successful model launch for the Group since the original Twingo of 1992! The Peugeot 3008 (+31.9%) continues to stun despite its launch now being two years ago. The Toyota Yaris (+13.3%), Ford Kuga (+10.3%) and Dacia Sandero (+9,3%) also push strong, the latter ending H1 just 563 sales off a historical Top 10 ranking. Looking at AFV sales by model, Toyota completely dominates the hybrid charts with the Yaris, C-HR, Auris and RAV4 in the lead above the Kia Niro, the Nissan Leaf edges past the Renault Zoe to become the best-selling EV on the continent thanks to the new model particularly successful in Norway while the VW Golf, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S complete the Top 5. The Mitsubishi Outlander holds onto the top spot of plug-in hybrid sales ahead of the VW Passat, Volvo XC60, VW Golf and BMW 5 Series.

The Lamborghini Urus has landed in Europe.

Further down the overall ranking, the Peugeot 5008 (+232.6%), Skoda Kodiaq (+97.2%), Ford Ecosport (+57.2%), Opel Insignia (+37.9%), Mazda CX-5 (+33.9%), Mercedes GLC (+28.8%), Audi Q5 (+25.1%), Renault Twingo (+14.5%), BMW 5 Series (+14.4%) and Toyota C-HR (+13.7%) also impress. Launched just over a year ago, the Opel Crossland X (#53), Jeep Compass (#68) and Opel Grandland X (#77) make themselves noticed but the most successful recent launch in Europe (<12 months) is the VW T-Roc at #33 overall with 70.000 sales, eclipsing the Citroen C3 Aircross (#48), Seat Arona (#61), Skoda Karoq (#70), Kia Stonic (#96) and Hyundai Kona (#101). Notice as the arrival of the Volvo XC40 (#147) European Car of the Year 2018, Jaguar E-Pace (#150), DS 7 Crossback (#197), Alpine A110 (#294), DR Motor DR4 (#312) and Lamborghini Urus (#345).

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Europe June 2018: Volkswagen, BMW lift market up 4.8%

The VW T-Roc breaks into the European Top 25 for the first time, the Golf drops 2.5%.

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There was no June preliminary figures update by our partner JATO Dynamics at the end of July, so we jump straight to the complete groups, brands and models rankings for the month. The final July registrations figure for Europe 27 markets ex-Russia and Turkey is up 4.8% to 1.603.290 units. The Volkswagen Group vastly outpaces the European market with a 12.9% surge to just under 400.000 sales this month with the rest of the podium filled by French carmakers that however can’t match the market growth: the PSA Group is up 3.2% to remain in 2nd place at 256.000 units while Renault-Nissan is up 2.3% to just under 253.000 including Mitsubishi and Lada deliveries. But the most impressive this month is the BMW Group (+9%), up 4 spots on May to #4 and almost 112.000 units, an almost 10.000 unit-margin above FCA (-2.8%). Hyundai-Kia (+8.9%) also post a strong uplift, distancing Ford Motor (-4.5%) and Daimler AG (-4.4%) while Toyota Motor (+8.6%) and Geely Group (+29%) both soar in the tail end of the Top 10.

The X1 (+72.4%) helps BMW European sales rise 11.6% in June.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen (+16.5%) does even better than its namesake Group to solidly cement its European domination, leaving in its wake Renault (+1.2%) and Peugeot (+6.9%) up one spot. Ford (-4.5%) and Opel (-3.9%), both in difficulty, round up the Top 5 with BMW (+11.6%) the only other Top 10 marque to score a double-digit gain this month. Toyota (+8.6%), Skoda (+7.9%), Citroen (+6.9%) and Audi (+6.5%) also outpace the market near the top but it’s Volvo (+28.8%), Dacia (+19.3%), Seat (+18.3%) and Kia (+12.2%) that impress the most in the Top 20. Further down, MG (+177.4%), Jeep (+70.8%), Tesla (+35.9%), Subaru (+35.6%), DS (+27.2%), Ferrari (+27.1%), Jaguar (+26.8%), Mitsubishi (+22.9%), Lada (+15.4%), Smart (+15.3%) and Porsche (+13.4%) make themselves noticed.

The Tiguan (+43.2%) makes it 3 VWs in the Top 4 for only the 4th time in history.

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf (-2.5%) stays on top but records its second consecutive decline after posting 7 months of double-digit gains in the previous 8. Worse, its gap over the #2, the Renault Clio (+10.2%), has thawed to just 4.000 units, that’s the smallest level since the Golf was trumped by the Ford Fiesta for the European top spot in March 2017. The VW Polo (+10%) and most strikingly the Tiguan (+43.2%) make it three VWs in the Top 4 for the second consecutive month and only the fourth time in history after August 2015 (Golf, Polo, Passat) and April 2017 (Golf, Polo, Tiguan). Note that Tiguan sales include the Allspace 7-seater variant, and as is the case for H1 (see our H1 report), adding sales of the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 leads to a higher volume, labelling the Peugeot tandem as the unofficial #1 SUV in Europe. As for the Renault Captur (+11.2%), it breaks into the European Top 5 for only the third time ever after June 2017 (#5) and December 2017 (#3), while the Dacia Sandero (+3.8%) brilliantly manages a third consecutive month inside the Top 10 at #8.

The Dacia Duster shoots up 48.7% year-on-year across Europe in July.

The Peugeot 208 (-5.4%), now that German rental deals are off, is knocked out of the Top 10 for the first time in almost 3 years (since July 2015). The Dacia Duster (+48.7%), Peugeot 3008 (+13.5%) and Toyota Yaris (+12%) post the only other double-digit gains in the Top 20. Further down, the Opel Crossland X (+132.2%), Ford Ecosport (+102.7%), BMW X1 (+72.4%), BMW X3 (+55.8%), Kia Picanto (+36.4%), VW Transporter (+34.7%) and Mercedes GLC (+31.6%) shine.  Among recent launches, the VW T-Roc (#24) breaks into the European Top 25 for the first time, the Citroen C3 Aircross (#41) improves its best ranking by two spots, the Seat Arona (#49) scores its first ever Top 50 finish, with the Skoda Karoq (#59), BMW X2 (#117), Alpine A110 (#272) and Jaguar i-Pace (#284) also posting new ranking records.

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Europe Q1 2018: A rare look at the Light Commercial Vehicle market

The Ford Transit Custom is the best-selling LCV in Europe so far in 2018.

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In Europe 27 markets ex-Russia and Turkey, Light Commercial Vehicles are separated from Passenger Cars (unlike in the US) and get very little coverage. Not anymore, as we can share with you today detailed groups, brands and models ranking over the First Quarter of 2018. 517.915 LCVs found a new employer over the period, a 2.2% year-on-year gain. PSA (4%) dominates the groups ranking with 26.1% share, almost one percentage point above its level of a year ago, and distances another French company, Renault-Nissan (+2%) at 20.4%. Ford Motor (+3%) rounds up the podium at 16.4% ahead of the VW Group (12.3%) and FCA (10.8%), with Daimler (8.8%) the only other truly mass LCV maker. Brand-wise, it’s Ford (+3%) that takes the lead, slightly outpacing the market to improve its market share, with Renault (+5%) also up. In fact, only Volkswagen (-3%) and Fiat (-5%) lose ground in the Top 7, with Citroen (+9%) and Peugeot (+7%) the most dynamic. Further down, Mahindra (+120%), Audi (+100%), Ram (+79%), Jeep (+28%), Dacia (+15%) and Iveco (+11%) make themselves noticed.

The Citroen Berlingo is up 13% to snap the 2nd spot overall.

Model-wise, the Ford Transit Custom (-5%) is the best-seller despite losing ground, but is now threatened by the two twin car-derived vans from PSA. Even though their current generation is being replaced, the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner both gain 13% and two spots to rank #2 and #3 respectively over the period, and should enjoy a particularly strong remainder of 2018 as completely new models hit dealerships. The VW Transporter (-4%) is knocked down two spots to #4 but its deliveries were disturbed by a stop-sale on diesel models at the start of the year so its volume should improve greatly later in the year. The Ford Transit (+15%) and Renault Master (+11%) also shine in the Top 10, while the Toyota Proace (+34%), VW Crafter (+32%), Fiat Talento (+25%) and Dacia Dokker (+23%) are the most impressive further down.

The Ram 1500 is up 106% but remains anecdotal at just 815 sales.

Omni-present in the U.S., South America, Australasia and South Africa, pickup trucks are a lot rarer in Europe but this is changing slowly. Sales doubled between 2010 and 2017 to reach 169.545, and are up 8.7% so far in 2018 to 46.387, the fastest-growing LCV segment on the continent. The Ford Ranger (+14%) is #1, extending its lead over the Toyota Hilux (-13%), Nissan Navara (-14%) and Mitsubishi L200 (-4%) just as the VW Amarok (+7%) and Isuzu D-Max (+29%) gear up. New for 2018, the Mercedes X-Class (#7) and Renault Alaskan (#9) remain shy for now. Notice also the U.S. full-size Ram 1500 more than doubling its sales YoY to… 815, that’s about the same amount in 3 months that is sold in one day in the U.S. The Ford F-Series (157 sales) and Toyota Tundra (5 sales) also surprisingly appear in the European LCV charts.

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Europe May 2018: Discover the Top 364 models and Top 54 brands

This month we welcome the Peugeot Rafter in the European charts…

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After preliminary figures we published last week, final sales data for Europe 27 countries is now available thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics. The market edges up 0.4% to 1.426.676 units, leading to a year-to-date volume up 2.1% or almost 150.000 deliveries to 7.017.762. Group-wise, the Volkswagen Group is the best performer in the Top 5 with a 4.1% uplift leading to a 6.4% jump YTD whereas Renault-Nissan (+0.1%), FCA (-0.2%), Ford Motor (-0.9%) and the PSA Group (-1.5%) all underperform. Below, Hyundai-Kia (+4.7%) shines and Toyota Motor (+1.4%) is solid but Daimler (-7%), the BMW Group (-5.6%) and the Geely Group (-1.6%) tumble down.

Over in the brands ranking, the entire Top 25 displayed in our preliminary figures published last week is confirmed. Further down, DR Motor (+287.1%), Mahindra (+123.3%), MG (+105.3%), Rolls-Royce (+50%), Lamborghini (+39%) and Ferrari (+38.8%) are among the best performers while DS (+17.7%), Subaru (+16.7%), Lexus (+16.1%), Jaguar (+15.6%), Tesla (+11%) and Alfa Romeo (+10.8%) all post double-digit gains.

as well as the Citroen C5 Aircross. Pictures largus.fr

Model-wise, below a podium unchanged on preliminary figures (Golf/Clio/Polo), the VW Tiguan (+18.6%) does even better than expected as it seems final figures now include the 7-seat variant, propelling the nameplate above 25.000 sales for the month at #4, equalling its record ranking also hit in April 2017, August 2017 and January 2018. This means there are three VWs in the European Top 4 this month. The Nissan Qashqai (-8.1%) is now above the Peugeot 208 (-8.3%) at #9 and the Opel Corsa (-11.1%) now ahead of the Skoda Octavia (-8%) at #11. The Fiat Panda (-2.9%) now ranks 15th above the Citroen C3 (-12.6%), the Dacia Duster (+36.6%) is now above the Toyota Yaris (-3.1%) at #17, the Audi A3 (-2.6%) ahead of the Seat Leon (+11.1%) at #22 and the Renault Megane (-10.8%) now distances its archenemy the Peugeot 308 (-5.6%) at #24.

Further down, strong performers include the Ford Ecosport (+74.1%), Opel Insignia (+73.4%), BMW X3 (+55.9%), Suzuki Swift (+53.1%), VW Transporter (+51%) still catching up on halted sales early in the year, Audi Q5 (+46.6%), Dacia Logan (+35.5%), Toyota Aygo (+26.1%), Toyota C-HR (+23.8%), Skoda Kodiaq (+23.2%) and Mercedes GLC (+15.7%). The VW T-Roc (#26) tops all recent launches above the Citroen C3 Aircross at #43 (+3), Seat Arona at #52 (+2), Skoda Karoq at #64 (-4), Kia Stonic at #90 (+6) and Hyundai Kona at #98 (+2). The BMW X2 is up 16 spots on April to #132 and the DS 7 Crossback up 11 to #169 while we welcome four new arrivals in the charts: the Citroen C5 Aircross at #290, the Peugeot Rifter at #294, the DR Motor DR4 at #297 and the Lamborghini Urus at #355.

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The VW Tiguan overtakes the Nissan Qashqai to become Europe’s #1 SUV in 2018. Picture Quattroruote

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Balancing out a particularly strong uplift in April (+9.3%) led by additional selling days, May sales in Europe 27 markets (excluding Russia and Turkey) only edge up 0.5% year-on-year to 1.434.000 units mainly because of, this time, less selling days than in May 2017. Far from indicating a cooling of the European market, this month is the second highest May score in history, only 10.000 units or 0.7% below the record of 1.444.000 deliveries set in May 2007. The year-to-date volume is now up 2.5% to 7.031.000, the highest level after five months this century. Among the main European markets, Germany (-5.8%) and Italy (-2.3%) are in negative whereas Spain (+5.9%), the UK (+3.4%) and France (+0.1%) grow. Romania (+43.3%), Lithuania (+33.2%), Hungary (+17.4%), Greece (+16.9%) and Finland (+12.8%) brilliantly manage double-digit gains while on the other end of the scale Norway (-8%), the Czech Republic (-4.8%), Luxembourg (-3.2%), Switzerland (-3%) and Portugal (-1.4%) are the other markets in decline.

The Dacia Duster posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 25 at +30.8%.

JATO Dynamics data including 17 markets conform the diesel demise with a 19% year-on-year freefall to just 36% share vs. 45% a year ago in May 2017. Reversely, petrol sales are up 15% to 56% share vs. 49% a year ago. Alternatively fuelled soar 27% to 5.3% share vs. 4.2% in May 2017. Like in May, Toyota monopolises the Top 4 spots in the hybrid models ranking with the C-HR in the lead ahead of the Yaris, Auris and RAV4. The Mitsubishi Outlander reclaims the PHEV pole position it holds year-to-date, distancing the VW Passat, BMW 5 Series and Volvo XC60 with BMW also placing the 3 Series at #5. Finally in the EV models ranking, the Renault Zoe edges back past the Nissan Leaf for just 53 units, but the latter remains in the YTD lead while the Tesla Model S is back in the Top 5. Once again, SUVs are the clear engine of growth in Europe with sales soaring 24.2% year-on-year whereas the rest of the market is down 8.5%. SUVs are the best-selling segment in 23 of 27 markets. Sub-compact SUVs are up 37% to 182.000 while compact SUVs are up 23% to 208.600.

Renault Captur sales are up 25.8% year-on-year.

In the brands ranking, leader Volkswagen vastly outpaces the market to post the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 12 at a stunning +7% to over 170.000 units. Renault (+4.6%), Ford (+1%) and Peugeot (+4.5%) follow and all also beat the market. However the rest of the Top 10 is in negative, with Fiat (-11.5%) once again hit the hardest followed by Mercedes (-7.9%), BMW (-7.4%), Audi (-5.3%), Opel (-3.8%) and Skoda (-0.8%). Jeep doubles its sales year-on-year thanks to the arrival of the Compass and is by far the best performing carmaker in the Top 25 ahead of Seat (+26.5%), Dacia (+14.2%) and Suzuki (+10.3%). Kia (+8.2%), Hyundai (+4.1%), Honda (+3.6%), Toyota (+2.8%) and Mitsubishi (+2.5%) also resist relatively well whereas Nissan (-14.5%), Mazda (-4.2%) and Land Rover (-3.1%) struggle.

The Peugeot 3008 continues to improve at +26.3% this month.

Model-wise, the VW Golf puts an end to 13 consecutive months of year-on-year gains with a 4.3% drop this month but remains comfortably on top, distancing the Renault Clio (+4.7%) whereas the VW Polo (-8%) and Ford Fiesta (-8.4%) post worryingly paltry scores given both nameplates now have an entirely new generation in dealerships across the continent. The VW Tiguan (+4.5%) brilliantly maintains itself in the monthly Top 5, also earning a YTD Top 5 ranking and overtaking the Nissan Qashqai to snap the title of best-selling SUV in Europe so far in 2018. The Dacia Sandero (+5.8%) edges up one spot on April to #6, its second best-ever European ranking below the #5 it hit in August 2017 and its 5th European Top 10 finish – add May 2017 (#10), July 2017 (#7) and April 2018 (#7). The Ford Focus (+27.8%) and Renault Captur (+25.8%) easily lodge the largest gains in the Top 10 while below, the Dacia Duster (+30.8%), Peugeot 3008 (+26.3%) and Seat Leon (+14.4%)

The Lamborghini Urus has landed in Europe.

The VW T-Roc tops recent launches (<12 months) for the third consecutive month but is stuck at #26, its best European ranking so far. The Citroen C3 Aircross follows, once again inside the Top 50. Fast forward to the bottom of the ranking and more “exotic” launches appear, such as the Kia Stinger (394 sales), Alpine A110 (194), Peugeot Rifter (96), Mitsubishi Shogun Sport aka Pajero Sport (30), Jaguar i-Pace (22), Ferrari Portofino (20) and the much anticipated Lamborghini Urus selling its very first two units on the continent this month.

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Europe April 2018: Discover the Top 357 models and Top 54 brands

The Peugeot 3008/5008 tandem outsells the VW Tiguan to #1 SUV in Europe in April.

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Thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics we can share with you today final April data for Europe 27 countries (ex Russia and Turkey). Final figures have total sales for the month at 1.335.761, up 9.3% year-on-year for the largest April result since 2008, leading to a YTD 2018 volume up 2.6% to 5.596.595, the highest since 2000. Pushed by an outstanding month by Volkswagen (see previous April post), the Volkswagen Group soars 13% to 343.120 sales, whereas on the podium both PSA Group (+7.7%) and Renault-Nissan (+7.9%) trail the market slightly. FCA (+0.5%) is up two spots on March to #4 but underperforms while Ford (+12%) is down one but outpaces the market. Both Hyundai-Kia (+17.9%) and Daimler AG (+0.3%) overtake BMW Group (-1.3%), the only Top 10 group in decline this month. Toyota Motor signs the largest year-on-year gain at +19.8% while Geely Group (+11.3%) is back in the Top 10.

The 7 Crossback helps DS European sales up 42.8% this month.

There are two changes in the Top 25 brands compared to preliminary figures we published in late May: Fiat (-6%) is now above BMW (-3.6%) for #9 and Dacia (+26.2%) is now #13 above Kia (+22.4%) and Hyundai (+14.6%). Outside the Top 25, MG (+278.5%), DR Motor (+118.2%), Rolls-Royce (+95.7%), Lamborghini (+61%), Ferrari (+48.2%), Tesla (+45.1%), DS (+42.8%) and Jaguar (+40.1%) are among the most impressive. Reborn Alpine already ranks 44th in between Aston Martin and Lamborghini. Over in the models ranking, once again it appears preliminary figures didn’t include the Tiguan XL as the nameplate is now #5 with 22.527 sales (+13.9%), over 2.500 more than previously stated, relegating the Peugeot 208 to #6. The Ford Focus (+21.6%) overtaking the Skoda Octavia (+7.8%) to take #9 is the second change in the Top 10. Below, the Peugeot 3008 (+25.1%) is now above the Opel Corsa (-2.1%) for #12 – also meaning the 3008/5008 tandem is the best-selling SUV in Europe at 24.589 sales. Finally the Dacia Duster (+29.4%) is now above the VW Passat for #19.

The Jaguar i-Pace has landed.

The Ford Ecosport (+91.4%), VW Transporter (+70.7%, catching up on diesel stop sales earlier in the year), Mercedes GLC (+55.2%), BMW 5 Series (+37.3%), Toyota C-HR (+30.8%) and Renault Scenic (+25.6%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the remainder of the Top 50. The VW T-Roc is now by far the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) in Europe, up 13 spots on March to #26, followed by the Citroen C3 Aircross at #46 (+7), Seat Arona at #54 (+23), Skoda Karoq at #60 (+15), Jeep Compass at #72 (+19), Opel Grandland X at #78 (-6), Kia Stonic at #96 (+11) and Hyundai Kona at #100 (+13). The Volvo XC40 is up 39 ranks to #120, the Jaguar E-Pace up 8 to #135, the BMW X2 up 19 to #148 and the DS 7 Crossback up 45 to #180. We welcome the MG ZS at #240, the Alpine A110 at #273 and the Jaguar i-Pace at #296.

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The T-Roc helps Volkswagen up 21.4% in Europe in April.

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In April the European new car market (30 countries excluding Russia and Turkey) posts its largest year-on-year gain in the past 13 months at +9.6% to 1.35 million units according to ACEA, the largest volume for the month since 2008. This result is helped by the fact that all main markets lodge significant gains: Germany (+8%), France (+9%), Italy (+6.5%), the UK (+10.4%) and Spain (+12.3%) all evolve markedly above their April 2017 levels, some helped by additional selling days and strong private demand. Hungary (+38.9%), Lithuania (+38.9%), Greece (+24.2%), Norway (+24%), Finland (+17.5%), the Netherlands (+17.5%) and Slovakia (+15.6%) are the overall best performers with only Iceland (-11.8%) and Cyprus (-2.8%) in decline. Year-to-date volumes are now up 2.6% to 5.631.331 units, with Spain (+11%), Germany (+5%), France (+4.4%) and Italy (+0.2%) in positive among the main markets but the UK (-8.8%) in steep negative. Hungary (+32.2%), Greece (+26.1%), Romania (+25.4%), Lithuania (+23.5%), Bulgaria (+23.1%) and Croatia (+22.6%) are the best performers.

The Nissan Leaf is Europe’s best-selling EV in April.

JATO Dynamics data including 18 markets show diesel registrations continue to implode in April at -13.2% to 453.500, going from 46% to 36.7% share while petrol sales gain 25% to 692.300 and see their share shift from 49% in April 2017 to 56% this month. Alternative Fuelled Vehicles are up 53.5% to 67.700 units and 5.5% share vs. 3.9% a year ago. The Toyota C-HR overtakes the Yaris to become the best-selling hybrid in Europe this month with the Auris, RAV4 and Kia Niro in tow, the Volvo XC60 outsells the VW Passat and Mitsubishi Outlander to snap the PHEV pole position and the Nissan Leaf passes the Renault Zoe to become the most popular EV with the BMW i3 and VW Golf following. SUVs surge 32% year-on-year and are the best-selling segment in 24 out of 27 markets, with double-digit gains in 25 markets led by a 116% surge in Croatia. They now account for exactly 1 in 3 sales in Europe at 33.3% share vs. 27.5% in April 2017 and 21.4% in April 2015. While compact SUVs gain 27%, the overall segment is being boosted by numerous new models in the small SUV category up 45%.

The Ford Fiesta is up 32.6% in April.

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen more than doubles the continent’s growth with a fantastic 21.4% surge to just under 162.000 sales. That’s the brand’s first double-digit gain since June 2015 (18%) and its largest in at least 4 years. Renault (+4.6%) is back to #2 but trails followers Ford (+13.7%) and Peugeot (+14.2%) when it comes to year-on-year gains. Mercedes (+0.6%) posts its first Top 5 finish since last November, distancing Opel (+2.6%) and Audi (-1%) while BMW drops 3.2% to #9. Skoda (+11.4%) is up four spots on March to #8 but Fiat (-8.8%) is hit hardest in the Top 10. Below, Jeep (+72.4%), Seat (+23.3%), Kia (+22.2%), Suzuki (+20.4%), Toyota (+20.1%), Dacia (+19.7%), Mazda (+16.3%) and Hyundai (+14.5%) shine.

The Dacia Sandero shoots up to 7th place overall in Europe this month.

Over in the models charts, the VW Golf signs a 13th consecutive monthly win and a 4th double-digit gain in a row at +12.3%, distancing the Renault Clio (+6.1%), VW Polo (+7%) and the Ford Fiesta scoring the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at +32.6%. The Peugeot 208 (+7.7%) posts a 5th Top 5 finish in the past 7 months at #5 while at #6 the VW Tiguan (+1.1%) snaps back the title of #1 SUV in Europe ahead of the Renault Captur (+16.3%) at #8 and the Nissan Qashqai (+7.2%) at #11. But it’s the Dacia Sandero that arguably delivers the biggest surprise in the Top 10, up ten spots on March and 20.9% year-on-year to land at #7, the nameplate’s only fourth foray into the European Top 10 – all happening in the past 12 months – after May 2017 (#10), July 2017 (#7) and August 2017 (#5).

Further down, notice the Toyota Yaris (+35.6%), Dacia Duster (+26.1%) and Peugeot 3008 (+25%) while the VW T-Roc soars 13 spots to a new record #26. Among recent launches (<12 months), it distances the Citroen C3 Aircroos (#45), Opel Crossland X (#53), Seat Arona (#54), Opel Grandland X (#77), Kia Stonic (#94) and Hyundai Kona (#99). The Volvo XC40, Jaguar E-Pace, BMW X2, Range Rover Velar and DS 7 Crossback follow.

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Europe March 2018: Discover the Top 355 models and Top 54 brands

The Skoda Karoq beats its European ranking record in March at #75.

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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.

The VW T-Roc is now the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) in Europe at #39.

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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