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

First Top 50 ranking in Europe for the VW T-Roc.

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Thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics we can share with you today final data for Europe 27 countries (ex Russia and Turkey) for February. Final figures have total sales for the month at 1.153.739, up 4% year-on-year and lifting the year-to-date volume up 5.4% to 2.306.492. The Top 10 groups are unchanged on January, with the Volkswagen Group more than doubling the market growth to cement its domination at +9.7% in February and +9.2% year-to-date, ahead of the PSA Group up 4.9%, Renault-Nissan up 2.2% and FCA down 4.2%. Ford Motor (+7.2%), Hyundai-Kia (+6.8%) and the Geely Group (+4.5%) also outpace the market this month.

Peugeot hits a record #2 spot in Europe, the 3008 conforms its first Top 10 ranking.

In the brands ranking, there are a couple of significant changes compared to preliminary figures we published in late March. First, Peugeot (+18.2%) ends up snapping the 2nd place off Renault (+0.6%) for just 24 sales, meaning it reaches its highest ranking in Europe in over 4 years and potentially this decade. It also means it outsells Renault for the second month in a row and only the second time since January 2014. Second, Fiat (-8.6%) leaps from #8 to #6, overtaking both Mercedes (+1.5%) and Audi (+0.9%). The rest of the Top 25 is confirmed, and the best performing brands below include Lamborghini (+90.9%), Porsche (+19.4%), Alfa Romeo (+18.3%) and Lada (+13.8%).

First Top 100 ranking for the Skoda Karoq.

Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai (+0.6%) ends up in 5th place above the VW Polo (-1.3%), the Citroen C3 confirms its new all-time high 7th place, the VW Tiguan (+5%) overtakes the Skoda Octavia (+2.7%) for #8 and the Peugeot 3008 (+73.7%) confirms its first ever European Top 10 ranking. The Dacia Duster (+31%) pops up two spots to #14 above the Fiat 500 (+16%) and Ford Focus (+7.7%) and the rest of the Top 25 is confirmed. The Nissan Micra (+52%), Audi Q2 (+28.2%), Mercedes GLC (+20.1%), Seat Ibiza (+18%), Renault Twingo (+16.3%) and BMW 5 Series (+12.8%) are the only other nameplates posting a double-digit gain in the Top 50. The Citroen C3 Aircross (#43) and VW T-Roc (#48) both crack the European Top 50 for the first time, a level the T-Roc hasn’t yet reached at home in Germany. Notice also the Skoda Karoq breaking into the Top 100 at #96 (+15), the Volvo XC40 at #175 (+63) and the BMW X2 at #195 (+36), both nameplates’ first time inside the European Top 200.

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Europe February 2018: Peugeot 3008 cracks Top 10, Citroen C3 up to #7

Preliminary European figures show the Peugeot 3008 at #10, a first. Picture largus.fr

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According to JATO Dynamics, new car sales in Europe 28 markets excluding Russia and Turkey are up 4.2% year-on-year in February to 1.16 million units, the highest score for the month since 2008, leading to a year-to-date volume up 6.1% to 2.44 million sales. The market growth can solely be attributed to SUVs soaring 24.7% to 33.2% share while the rest of the segments combined are down 3.6%. The share of diesel sales is down to 39.5% vs. 52.3% a year ago whereas petrol sales gain 16%. Croatia (+47%), Greece (+30%), Hungary (+25%), Estonia (+19%), Spain (+16%) and Luxembourg (+13%) all post double-digit gains but the overall market is mainly pulled up by solid performances in Germany (+7%) and France (+5%). Signalling a weakening of the positive trend in Europe, no less than 13 markets (almost half) post a decline in February, the hardest hit being Norway (-13%), Slovakia (-8%), Lithuania (-3%), Belgium (-3%) and Switzerland (-3%) but volume-wise the UK (-2.8%) weighs heavy on the continent’s losses.

The Citroen C3 hits a record 7th place in February. Picture automoto.it

For once brand leader Volkswagen outpaces the market with a 9.9% gain to just under 126.000 sales, with Renault (+0.9%) returning to 2nd place ahead of Peugeot (+16.2%) posting the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 12. Note this is Peugeot’s 2nd consecutive podium ranking and only the 3rd in four years after February 2014. Ford (+9.6%) is down two ranks on January to #4 but beats the market also. Skoda (+14%) is the only other carmaker lodging a double-digit gain and outpacing the market in the Top 10, with Fiat (-10.6%), Opel (-5.3%), BMW (-0.3%), Audi (+1%) and Mercedes (+1.6%) all under-performing. Further down, Jeep (+50.3%), Seat (+20.7%), Dacia (+18.8%), Suzuki (+9.5%), Citroen (+8%) and Hyundai (+7.9%) all post solid gains. Year-to-date, Volkswagen (+6.8%) leads ahead of Ford (+6.4%), Peugeot (+15.3%) and Renault (+3.8%) with Jeep (+59.2%), Seat (+19.8%), Dacia (+17.5%), Skoda (+16.3%) and Suzuki (+14.7%) the most dynamic.

Thanks to the new Compass, Jeep sales are up 50.3% in Europe.

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf post an 11th consecutive month in the lead with deliveries up a splendid 16.1% year-on-year above the Renault Clio (+3.5%) while the Peugeot 208 (+7.2%) signs a second podium ranking in the past 5 months after last October and only its 6th podium finish ever after December 2012 (#2), August 2012, October 2012 and May 2013 (#3). The Ford Fiesta (+1.8%) and VW Polo (-0.9%) both post timid scores but make it 4 superminis in the February Top 5, just as the Nissan Qashqai (+0.6%) snaps back the #1 SUV title for the first time since last September above the VW Tiguan (-5.2%).

The Dacia Duster posts the largest gain in the Top 25 at +31.3%.

The Citroen C3 soars 12.1% thanks to the new generation to hit a record 7th place, beating its previous best of #9 set in April 2017. Even more symbolic is the very first Top 10 finish of the Peugeot 3008 thanks to deliveries up 68.3% lifting it to #10. Its previous best was #12 hit last month and in November 2017. However its gap over the #11 is a minuscule 4 sales so we’ll have to wait for final figure to confirm this feat. The Dacia Duster (+31.3%), Ford Kuga (+28.9%), Fiat 500 (+16.4%) and Dacia Sandero (+14.5%) post the largest gains in the remainder of the Top 25 while the Opel Astra (-32.7%), Fiat Panda (-30.4%) and Opel Corsa (-18.7%) fare the worst.

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Europe January 2018: Discover the Top 354 models and Top 52 brands

First European Top 100 rankings for the VW T-Roc and Hyundai Kona

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Thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics we can share with you today final data for Europe 27 countries (ex Russia and Turkey) for January. The market ends the month with a 6.4% year-on-year increase to 1.274.433 registrations. The Volkswagen Group (+8.1%), PSA (+6.5%) and Renault-Nissan (+7%) all outpace the market whereas FCA (+3.2%) and Ford Motor (+1.4%) underperform this month. Hyundai-Kia (+10.9%) posts the largest year-on-year gain of any Top 10 group, followed by Toyota Motor (+9%). Daimler AG (+2.1%) falls to 8th place overall, outsold by the BMW Group (+5.5%). Brand-wise, the Top 6 is confirmed vs. preliminary figures with Peugeot above Renault, Audi (+9.9%) ends up ahead of Toyota (+9.6%) and BMW (+2.7%) above Skoda (+18.5%). Outside the Top 25, Dodge (+750%), Lada (+116%), Lamborghini (+36.5%), Alfa Romeo (+28.7%), Porsche (+26.3%), Ferrari (+21.1%) are among the largest gainers.

…as well as for the Kia Stonic and Seat Arona.

Over in the models ranking, there is a lot of change compared to preliminary figures: the VW Tiguan (+4%) shoots up to #4, edging past the Polo (-3.1%) for just 22 units, the Peugeot 208 (+5.6%) stays at #6 while the Skoda Octavia (+10.3%) is down two spots to #7. The Dacia Duster (+44.6%), Peugeot 2008 (-2.3%) and Fiat Panda (-17.2%) all end up above the Skoda Fabia (+5.6%), the Opel Mokka X (+1.2%) overtakes the Astra (-34.5%) and the Mercedes C-Class (-14.8%) is now ahead of the Peugeot 308 (-2.8%) and Ford Kuga (+27%). The Peugeot 5008 (+518%), Nissan Micra (+147.9%), BMW 5 Series (+106.6%), Fiat 500X (+25.5%), Toyota C-HR (+22.2%), Renault Kadjar (+21.1%) and Mercedes GLC (+17.6%) also impress inside the Top 50. The Opel Crossland X (#46) tops all recent launches (<12 months) above the Citroen C3 Aircross (#51) while the VW T-Roc (#62), Jeep Compass (#73), Opel Grandland X (#81), Hyundai Kona (#90), Kia Stonic (#95) and Seat Arona (#96) all post their very first European Top 100 ranking this month.

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Europe January 2018: 1st podium in 4 years for Peugeot, sales up 7.1%

The 3008 ranks at a best-ever #12 in Europe, helping Peugeot up 15% to #3. 

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According to data shared by JATO Dynamics, new car sales in Europe (27 markets ex-Russia and Turkey) are up 7.1% in January to 1.28 million units, the highest score for the month since 2008 and the largest year-on-year gain since last May. The market has been helped by strong results in Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and Poland. Diesel sales continue to freefall, down another 12.5% this month to just 40.6% share in 17 markets, losing 12.1% in France, 17.6% in Germany and 25.6% in the UK. Alternatively fulled vehicles soar 28.2% to 57.000 units and 5.5% share, including 34.800 hybrids, 12.300 PHEVs and 8.500 EVs. SUVs continue to gallop ahead with deliveries up 26.2% to 428.300 units and 33.5% share vs. 28.3% a year ago. Reversely, subcompacts see their share go from 21.2% to 20.4% and compacts go from 19.7% to 18.9%.

Skoda gains 22.3% with the Octavia up to 5th place. 

Brand-wise, both Volkswagen (+5.1%) and Ford (+3.9%) trail the market but top the ranking, followed this month by Peugeot surging 15% to third place, itself outselling compatriot Renault (+7%) at #4. It is the first time since February 2014 that Peugeot ranks on the monthly European podium and the first time since January 2014 that the carmaker outsells Renault in Europe, replicating the situation at home in France. Opel/Vauxhall (-0.5%) is the only carmaker in negative in the Top 10, with Skoda (+22.3%), Toyota (+11.9%) and Audi (+10.9%) all handling splendidly well but Mercedes (+3.8%) remaining in the premium lead. Further down, Jeep (+69%), Seat (+20.7%), Volvo (+19.9%), Suzuki (+19.8%), Dacia (+18.3%), Mitsubishi (+16.3%), Hyundai (+14.6%), Mazda (+12.3%), Citroen (+10.5%) and Kia (+10%) all post double-digit gains in the Top 25.

The Ford Fiesta hits its best European ranking in almost a year. 

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf soars 15.3%, its fourth double-digit gain in the past five months, with the Ford Fiesta (+4%) rallying back up to 2nd place, its best ranking since March 2017 (#1) after falling to a paltry #32 in August in the midst of its generation changeover. The Renault Clio (+1.8%) is relegated to #3 with the VW Polo (-3.4%) climbing back to #4, its best since last July (#2) after dropping to #22 in October, here to due to a new generation. The Skoda Octavia posts a splendid 14.8% uplift to rank inside the Top 5 for the second time in the past 3 months and the VW Tiguan (-5.6%) reclaims the title of best-selling SUV in Europe, outselling the Nissan Qashqai (+6.2%) for the 4th consecutive time. The Toyota Yaris (+27.1%) lodges its 5th Top 10 ranking in the past 6 months, the Citroen C3 its 7th Top 10 ever – the first one being in June 2010, the Peugeot 3008 is up 41.5% to equal its record ranking at #12 (also hit last November) with the Dacia Duster up 45.2% and the Ford Kuga up 30.2%.

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The European market – 28 countries excluding Russia and Turkey – is up 3% year-on-year in 2017 to 15.515.693 units, its highest score since 2007 (16.02m). This is a significant slowdown compared to +9.3% in 2015 and +6.5% in 2016. The culprit: the UK market, down 5.7% on Brexit and diesel tax uncertainties and the only Top 5 country in negative in 2017. Spain (+7.6%) posts its best year since 2007, Italy (+7.5%) and Germany (+2.7%) their largest since 2009 and France (+4.7%) it biggest volume since 2011. Countries posting double-digit year-on-year gains for 2017 are Lithuania (+27.4%), Hungary (+20.4%), Croatia (+15.1%), Poland (+14%), Greece (+11.7%), Estonia (+11.4%), Slovenia (+11.3%) and Romania (+10.7%). Alongside the UK, a total of five markets are in negative this year (vs. just two in 2016): Ireland (-10.4%),  Switzerland (-1%)Denmark (-0.5%) and Finland (-0.5%).

The Ford Fiesta ended 83 consecutive month of VW Golf reign in March but drops 14.9% in 2017.

There are a couple of mega-trends at play in Europe in 2017, the most striking one being the continued decline of diesel sales, down 7.9% to 6.76 million units and representing 43.4% of the total market vs. 48.5% a year ago, the lowest diesel share in a decade. They were overtaken this year – as illustrated in most large European markets – by petrol sales up 10.9% to 8.07m units or 51.8% share vs. 48.1% in 2016. Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs) shoot up 46.1% to a record 747.400 units. Already a few years old, the SUV trend shows no sign of abating as more and more manufacturers complete their lineup in the segment with high potential vehicles. Accordingly, SUV sales are up a stunning 19.5% in 2017 to 4.56m units vs. 3.81m a year ago, seeing its market share lift from 25.2% to 29.3%. Keep in mind this share was just 8.5% ten years ago in 2007. For reference, Subcompacts are up 1% to 3.24m units, Compacts are down 3.3% to 3.02m, Midsize cars are down 7.4% to 1.24m, City cars down 1.4% to 1.22m, MPVs down 15.1% to 1.21m, Executive cars up 13% to 423.000, Sport cars down 3.7% to 115.000 and Luxury cars up 12% to 46.000.

The Nissan Qashqai is the first SUV and Japanese model to crack the annual European Top 5. 

Group-wise, the Volkswagen Group remains dominant but trails the market slightly with a 1.9% increase to 3.685 million sales, leading to a market share dropping 0.2 point to 23.8%. The PSA Group sees the strong performance of Peugeot being cancelled out by poor sales at Opel and gains just 0.7% to see its share recede to 15.9%. The Renault-Nissan Alliance on the contrary outpaces the European market at +4.5% and sees its share progress to 14.8%. FCA (+4.7%) overtakes Ford Motor (-1.2%) and returns above 1 million annual European sales in 4th place. It is the only position change in the Top 10, with Daimler AG (+6.2%) charging ahead of Hyundai-Kia (+4.8%), the BMW Group (+0.6%), Toyota Motor up a splendid 12.4% and the Geely Group up 3.7%. Just outside the Top 10, Tata Motors (+0.6%) gets knocked down by Suzuki (+20.6%).

The Dacia Sandero posts both its first European Top 10 (May) and Top 5 (August) in 2017.

In the brands ranking, VW remains the most popular on the continent by far but once again under-performs at -1.1% to 1.69m units. In 2nd place, Renault gains 3.8% to 1.14m followed by Ford down 1.2% to 1.05m and Opel down 4.9% to .94m while Peugeot, up a strong 6.8%, rounds up a Top 5 unchanged on 2016. Like last year, Mercedes is the best-selling premium brand in Europe, widening the gap with its two main German competitors thanks to a splendid 7.6% year-on-year gain, the largest in the Top 10. Premium leader in Europe for 5 consecutive years between 2011 and 2015, Audi (-0.7%) drops one further rank in 2017 to #3 below BMW (+0.6%). Suzuki (+20.6%), Seat (+14.4%), Toyota (+13.2%) and Dacia (+11.1%) are the only other Top 25 manufacturers with double-digit gains. Below, Geely (+202.5%), Bugatti (+100%), Chrysler (+84.8%), Tesla (+74.3%), Aston Martin (+64.5%), Chevrolet (+41.5%), Lada (+31.7%), Alfa Romeo (+29.8%), Cadillac (+22%) and Maserati (+21.7%) shine.

The Peugeot 3008 is the most improved nameplate for 2017. 

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf celebrates 10 consecutive years in pole position – the last time it did not rank #1 was in 2007 when the Peugeot 208 won – and a total of 30 years at #1 in the past 35, starting in 1983. Despite deliveries down 1.6%, the Golf still has a very comfortable 157.000 sales advantage over the #2, the Renault Clio up 5.2%. 63% of the Golf’s 2017 European sales occurred in just two markets: Germany and the UK where it broke its volume and ranking record (#2). The Golf’s streak of consecutive #1 months ended at 83 in March when the Ford Fiesta led the charts, taking advantage of record UK sales, meaning the Golf has now ranked #1 in Europe for 98 of the past 100 months, its only other non-#1 month being March 2010 (Fiesta again). Paradoxically, it’s a paltry year for the Ford Fiesta down 15% and stuck in 4th place below the VW Polo, also hit hard at -11%. A perfect illustration of the SUV boom, the Nissan Qashqai is up 6.2% and three spots to become the first SUV to break into the annual European Top 5 and the first Japanese nameplate to do so. The Qashqai peaked at #2 in September when it led the UK market.

The VW Tiguan soars 32.6% to a record 7th place overall in 2017. 

However the VW Tiguan isn’t far behind: the German SUV soars 32.6% and 11 spots to a record 7th place, ending 2017 just 11.000 units below the Qashqai. Menacingly, the Tiguan outsold the Qashqai 6 times this year, including the last three months of the year, and peaked at a record 4th place in both April and August. The Renault Captur gets bumped from #10 to #12 despite breaking into the Top 5 for the first time in June and onto the podium in December while the Citroen C3 benefits fully from the new generation, up 53.9% and 20 spots to #13 and peaking at a record-breaking #9 in April. Up 16.3% and 7 spots to #15, the Dacia Sandero broke into the European monthly Top 10 for the first time in May at #10, lifted that record to #7 in July and broke into the Top 5 in August at #5.

The Toyota C-HR ends its first full year in market inside the European Top 50.

The Peugeot 3008 is propelled up 125.8% and 42 ranks by the new model to #23, peaking at #12 in November., the Ford Kuga is up 27.5% and 10 spots to #28 and the Dacia Duster is up just 4.2% and one rank to #29 but surprisingly broke into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in December at #9, making it two Dacias doing so this year – and ever. The Fiat Tipo (+105.9%), Mercedes GLC (+54.9%), BMW 5 Series (+35.4%), Renault Scenic (+31.6%), Mercedes E-Class (+28.9%) and BMW X1 (+23.4%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the remainder of the Top 50 while the Toyota C-HR misses the title of mist popular newcomer for 2017 as it launched in October 2016 but lands at a shiny #46 for its first full year in market followed the the Audi Q2 at #60 and the Seat Ateca at #67. The Opel Crossland X isn’t technically an all-new launch either (13 sales in 2016) but almost, and lands at #115, with the Citroen C3 Aircross (#174) and Alfa Romeo Stelvio (#175) the only “pure” new 2017 launches in the Top 200.

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Europe December 2017: Captur on podium, Duster in Top 10

First European podium for the Renault Captur.

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The European new car market ends 2017 on a sour note: down 5% to 1.129.332 units. Volkswagen is down 4.3%, Renault down 10% but BMW leaps up four spots on November to land at a stellar third place with sales up 5.4%. It is followed by Peugeot (+9.3%) ahead of seven consecutive declining brands: Ford (-7.4%), Mercedes (-7.1%), Opel (-19.4%), Audi (-4.2%), Skoda (-3.7%), Toyota (-5.1%) and Fiat (-22%). Lada (+177.9%), Tesla (+75.7%), Lamborghini (+69.2%), Cadillac (+47.4%), Jeep (+11.7%) and Mini (+10.1%) are among the rare carmakers posting double-digit year-on-year gains for December, with Dacia (+9.3%), Kia (+7.7%) and Seat (+7.7%) also strong in the Top 20.

The Peugeot 208 remains in 4th place overall in Europe.

Over in the models ranking, Renault’s traditional demo and fleet sales end-of-period rush results in artificially boosted volumes and a couple of records. The VW Golf maintains the leads but its gain drops to a meagre 1.2%, still almost 10.000 units above the Renault Clio (-11.4%). The Renault Captur is up four spots on November and 8.2% year-on-year to post first ever European podium at #3, beating its previous high of #5 established last June. The Peugeot 208 (+8%) holds onto the 4th spot thanks to strong German leases, the VW Tiguan (-2.1%) is inside the Top 5 for the 4th time in the past 5 months, outselling the Nissan Qashqai for the third consecutive time. The Ford Fiesta (-24.8%), VW Polo (-24.3%) and Skoda Octavia (-14.8%) freefall but the event is in 9th place.

Very first European Top 10 for the Dacia Duster.

Combining an outgoing first generation – probably discounted despite the brand’s strict policy on this matter, the arrival of the new model in concessions and the Renault Group’s generous end-of-period loading up of artificial sales, the Dacia Duster breaks into the European Top 10 for the first time in history with deliveries up 20.3% to over 15.600. This concludes a stellar year for Dacia, as the Sandero broke into the Top 10 for the first time in May at #10, lifted that record to #7 in July and broke into the Top 5 in August at #5… In the space of eight months, Dacia has gone from no nameplate ever ranking inside the European Top 10 to one in the Top 5 and one in the Top 10. The Duster’s 9th place means there are four SUVs in the European Top 9: the most of any month in history.

The Volvo XC40 makes its first appearance in the European sales charts. 

Further down, notice the Peugeot 3008 up 46% to #18, the Ford Kuga up 57.3% to #22, the BMW X1 up 19.4% to #26, BMW 5 Series up 56.6% to #35, Mercedes GLC up 37.6% to #39, Toyota C-HR up 46.7% to #49 and Nissan Micra up 39% to #50. The Opel Crossland X leads all newcomers at #65 ahead of the Citroen C3 Aircross at #82 and the Kia Stonic at #110. Below, the Hyundai Kona is up 30 spots on November to #118, the VW T-Roc up 44 to #120, the Seat Arona up 15 to #124 and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross up 46 to #229. This month we welcome the Volvo XC40 in the European charts at #272.

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The BMW X2 makes its first appearance in the European sales charts in November…

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Final data for Europe is now available, with November sales up 5.1% to 1.245.884 leading to a year-to-date volume up 3.6% to 14.380.386. The Top 13 brands are confirmed, with only two changes below: Nissan (-4.9%)) is now above Dacia (+20%) at #14, Lada (+138.1%) now above MG (+31.2%) at #39. In the models ranking, below the VW Golf (+16.6%) and Renault Clio (-4.8%), there are two significant changes in the Top 10 vs. preliminary figures: the Ford Fiesta (-6.1%) is now on the podium at #3 instead of the Peugeot 208 (+17.9%), while the Toyota Yaris (+13%) is now above the Ford Focus (+7.8%) at #9. Further down, the Opel Astra (-30.7%) overtakes the Fiat Panda (-12.7%) for #19, the Mercedes C-Class (-12.6%) is now above the Dacia Duster (+6.7%) at #22, the Mercedes E-Class (+23.9%) is above the BMW X1 (+16.6%) at #35 and the Renault Scenic (+131.5%) and BMW 3 Series (-20.5%) are above the Seat Ibiza (+2.7%) at #39 and #40.

…as does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Further down, great performers include the Peugeot 5008 (+277.9%), Hyundai i30 (+23.2%), Audi Q2 (+129.2%), Mazda CX-5 (+36.6%), Mini Countryman (+108.2%), Audi A5 (+46.9%), Suzuki Swift (+33.1%) and Kia Niro (+108.5%). With the Toyota C-HR (#50), Opel Crossland X (#53) and Skoda Kodiaq (#62) now one year old, the title of best-selling recent launch goes to the Citroen C3 Aircross (#85, up 10), followed by the Kia Stonic (#113, up 19), Opel Grandland X (#129, down one), Alfa Romeo Stelvio (#130, up 26) and Seat Arona (#139, up 58).Having made their first appearance in the European charts last month, the Skoda Karoq is up 46 spots to #146, the Hyundai Kona is up 7 to #148 and the VW T-Roc is up 98 to #164. We welcome two new nameplates in the ranking this month: the BMW X2 at #262 and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at #275.

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Europe November 2017: 3008 and 208 lift Peugeot up 20.7%

The Peugeot 3008 is only 400 sales off a historical first Top 10 spot. Picture autocar.co.uk 

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European new car sales (27 markets excluding Russia and Turkey) is up a robust 5.2% in November to 1.250.281 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 3.8% to 14.435.691. Double-digit gains in France and Spain and a strong 9.4% increase in Germany have more than compensated the collapse of the UK market down 11.2% this month, with Italy (+5.2%) and a handful of smaller markets fuelling the growth, such as Austria (+15.9%), Croatia (+24.4%), Greece (+10.6%), Hungary (+31.3%), the Netherlands (+17.1%) and Slovenia (+17.9%). Along with the UK, only the Czech Republic (-1%), Romania (-3.5%) and Ireland (-8%) are down. Once again it’s SUVs that pull the market up to new heights with sales up a stunning 21.6% to 398.414 units or 31.9% market share vs. just 27.6% a year ago. Small SUVs are up 25.5%, compact SUVs up 16.6% and midsize SUVs up 41%. The performance of each brand in this segment generally dictates how well it does continent-wide.

The Peugeot 208 enjoys a second consecutive podium ranking in Europe.

Volkswagen has no difficulty remaining the most popular carmaker in Europe but once again underperforms at just +1.5%. In a Top 6 unchanged on October, Ford (+5.7%) and most strikingly Peugeot (+20.7%) gain market share vs. a year ago while Mercedes (+5%), Renault (+4.1%) and Opel/Vauxhall (-4.1%, handicapped by a paltry UK score) lose some. In the remainder of the Top10, Audi (+8.4%), Skoda (+10.8%) and Toyota (+12.2%) outpace the overall growth whereas BMW drops 1.6%. Further down, Jeep (+28.9%), Suzuki (+24%), Dacia (+21.4%), Mini (+21.3%), Kia (+17%), Mazda (+15.1%), Citroen (+14.1%) lead the gain ladder while among smaller brands Tesla (+177.3%), McLaren (169%), Lada (+155.1%), MG (+79.5%), Ferrari (+57%) and Alfa Romeo (+26.1%) are among the best performers. Reversely, among the rare carmakers to lose ground year-on-year, Aston Martin (-9.4%), Maserati (-11.3%) and Lancia (-11.4%) are the hardest hit.

The Renault Scenic posts the 2nd largest year-on-year gain in the Top 50 at +126%.

Uncontested leader in the models ranking, the VW Golf brilliantly manages to post a third consecutive double-digit gain at +18.1%, with its YTD cume now down just 1.9%. The Renault Clio clings onto the 2nd place in spite of a 4.8% drop while the Peugeot 208 lodges a second podium ranking in a row thanks to deliveries up 18.9% heaped by a rental fleet deal in Germany. It is the first time the 208 ever ranks on the European podium two months in a row and only its sixth time in the Top 3 after August 2012 (#3), October 2012 (#3), December 2012 (#2), May 2013 (#3) and last month (#3), and its November score propels the 208 to #6 YTD above the Opel Corsa. The Ford Fiesta remains at #4, the Skoda Octavia is up one spot to #5 while the VW Tiguan (+1.6%) and Renault Captur (+4.5%) top the SUV charts above the Nissan Qashqai (+0.3%) The Ford Focus is up 10.8% to #9 and the Toyota Yaris ranks inside the European Top 10 for the fifth month in a row, now #14 YTD.

Opel/Vauxhall Insignia sales are up 70.8% thanks to the new generation.

Below the Citroen C3 up 42.3% to #11, the Peugeot 3008 breaks its European ranking record for the third time in the past five months, lifting it to #12 and only 402 sales off a historical first Top 10 ranking, beating the #14 hit last month and #17 last July. In the remainder of the Top 20, the Dacia Sandero continues to gallop ahead at +31.6%, whereas the Opel Corsa (-15.2%), Astra (-30.8%) and VW Polo (-42%) in the midst of a generation changeover, all struggle. Further down, notice the Renault Scenic up 126%, Opel Insignia up 70.8%, Ford Kuga up 59.7%, the Mercedes GLC up 47.6%, VW Up up 22.9%, Mercedes E-Class up 24.1%, BMW X1 up 18.9%, VW Touran up 18.8% and the BMW 5 Series up 14.4%. The Toyota C-HR celebrates one year in market with an 11th consecutive Top 50 ranking.

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The VW T-Roc and Hyundai Kona have landed in the European sales charts. 

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Final data for Europe is now available, with October deliveries up 5.7% to 1.199.602 and the year-to-date total up 3.5% to 13.134.177. The Top 13 brands are confirmed, with only two few changes happening below: Nissan (-5.2%) overtakes Kia (+11.7%) to rank #14, MG (-24.5%) passes Ferrari (-1.9%) to step up to #41. The rest of the European brands ranking is confirmed with final numbers. As far as the models ranking is concerned, final data getting very close to preliminary figures with the entire Top 50 confirmed except for one single change: the Hyundai Tucson (+2.8%) is now above the Ford Kuga (+52.7%) at #24, and the Toyota C-HR remaining the only recent launch inside the Top 50, now celebrating one year in market.

Further down, big gainers include the Mercedes GLA (+22.8%), Seat Ateca (+36.7%), Nissan Micra (+40.6%), Peugeot 5008 (+225.9%), Audi A5 (+65.6%), Suzuki Swift (+42.5%), Mini Countryman (+49.6%) and Dacia Dokker (+150.4%). Below the C-HR, the most popular new nameplates are the Opel Crossland X (#54), Skoda Kodiaq (#76), the Citroen C3 Aircross lodging its very first Top 100 finish at #95, the Opel Grandland X (#128), Kia Stonic up 71 ranks on September to #132 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio up 19 to #156. We welcome three new nameplates in the European sales charts this month: the Hyundai Kona at #155, Skoda Karoq at #192 and the VW T-Roc at #262.

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The Peugeot 3008 is up to a record #14 in Europe. Picture perrys.co.uk 

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New car sales in Europe (27 markets excluding Russia and Turkey) are up 5.6% year-on-year in October to 1.202.877 registrations, the highest score for the month since 2009 (1.26m). This brings the year-to-date volume up 3.6% to 13.184.592 deliveries after ten months, the highest score at this stage of the year since 2007 (13.62m). The split data by fuel type is rather interesting this month: wiht 619.300 sales, standard petrol vehicles account for 51.5% of the total market vs. 46.4% a year ago while diesel vehicles continue to freefall at 498.500 sales, down 9.9% to a 41.4% share vs. 48.5% in October 2016, its lowest October share in the past ten years. In contrast, alternatively fuelled vehicles are up to 5.5% share thanks to 66.000 sales. Segment-wise, SUVs are up 21.3% to 373.978 sales and 31.1% share while all other main segments are down: small cars are down 0.5% to 239.105, compact cars down 0.4% to 230.166 and medium cars down 3.7% to 96.732.

The VW Golf surges 24% year-on-year, its largest increase in almost four years. 

Unsurprisingly, Volkswagen remains the most popular carmaker in the region but trails the market slightly at +3% to 133.881 sales. The next best-seller on the other hand all gain share: Renault (+15.8%), Ford (+7.1%), Peugeot (+16.7%) and Mercedes (+8.8%) all advance faster than the market. Note Peugeot reclaims the #4 YTD spot off Mercedes this month. Skoda (+10.6%) and Toyota (+21.2%) are the other two double-digit gainers in the Top 10. Further down, notice Jeep (+20.8%), Seat (+21.1%), Dacia (+21.3%), Alfa Romeo (+22.8%), Suzuki (+31.5%), Lamborghini (+55.6%), Aston Martin (+58.9%), Tesla (+99.4%), Lada (+155.2%) and McLaren (+304.8%) all positing spectacular gains. At the other end of the scale, Opel (-2%), Fiat (-4.2%), Nissan (-5.3%) and BMW (-8.9%) are the only brands in negative in the Top 23, with Lancia (-18.4%), DS (-19.6%), Rolls Royce (-23.5%), MG (-24.5%) and Jaguar (-30%) the hardest hit.

The Peugeot 208 hasn’t ranked this high in Europe since May 2013. Picture largus.fr 

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf confirms its return in shape, posting a second consecutive double-digit gain and the largest since January 2014 at +24%. Yet its YTD tally remains in negative for now at -3.5%. The Renault Clio is back to the 2nd place it holds year-to-date, up a solid 7.4% this month and distancing the Peugeot 208 up a fantastic 14.8% to sign its first European podium since May 2013. This is only the fifth time the 208 features in the Top 3 after August 2012, October 2012, May 2013 (#3) and December 2012 (#2). The Ford Fiesta (-10.4%) slowly returns to its traditional level now that the new generation is establishing itself, back up 9 spots on September to #4 while the VW Tiguan reclaims the SUV crown off the Nissan Qashqai at #5 vs. #7. Meanwhile the Toyota Yaris (+14.9%) equals its European ranking record at #8 (also hit last July), posting a fourth consecutive month inside the Top 10. The Citroen C3 breaks into the Top 10 for the second time this year after April. It’s the C3’s sixth incursion in the European Top 10, the first one being in June 2010.

The Toyota Yaris ranks at a highest-ever 8th place. 

Outside the Top 10, the Fiat Panda (+10%) and Ford Focus (+21.9%) improve significantly whereas the VW Passat is down 1.5%. The Peugeot 3008, more than doubling its sales year-on-year thanks to the new generation, signs a new ranking record at #14, beating the #17 it hit last July. Other great performing nameplates in the European Top 50 this month include the Dacia Sandero up 22.9%, the Mercedes E-Class up 27.8%, BMW 5 Series up 46.7%, Mercedes GLC up 50.9%, Ford Kuga up 52.9%, Opel Insignia up 65.2% and Renault Scenic up 164.4%. Reversely the Opel Corsa (-18.1%), Audi A3 (-22.6%), BMW 3 Series (-31.4%) and Opel Astra (-32.6%) all struggle. As it has been the case for eight of the past nine months, the Toyota C-HR is the only recent nameplate launch (<12 months) to manage a Top 50 ranking this month, the only other one being the Audi Q2 last August.

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