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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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Europe April 2018: Volkswagen soars 21.4%, highest market in a decade

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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Europe Q1 2018: Germany now #1 volume market for electrified cars but…

Is Germany the new kingdom of electrified vehicles? Not quite, and by a large margin.

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In the past few days an article has been doing the rounds in the professional automotive press proclaiming Germany overtook Norway as Europe’s top market for electrified cars. Although correct in terms of volume, nowhere in the articles are market shares mentioned. Given Germany is by far the #1 market in Europe volume-wise, it’s only natural that it also becomes the #1 market for electrified cars. We thought this headline was misleading so we got to work and pulled out the actual market shares for green cars in the main European markets – 26 to be exact. Here is the verdict for Q1 2018:

BEV (Battery Electric Vehicles):

The best-seller in this category is the Renault Zoe (8.128) above the Nissan Leaf (8.069) – please refer to our latest Europe March 2018 update for more details on best-selling green models. A total of 43.585 BEVs were sold in Europe over the First Quarter of 2018, a 35% year-on-year gain but representing only 1% market share. A year ago France was the #1 volume market in this segment, but it is now Norway thanks to sales soaring 38.6% to 9.694. This represents a whopping 28.7% share of the Norwegian market vs. 18.3% a year ago. And this is where we need to pay attention: although Germany did leap up 80.2% year-on-year to 9.127 units at #2, this only amounts to a meagre 1% market share, in line with the European average. France (-1.1%) places third with 7.322 sales but only 1.3% share while the Netherlands does a little better at 2.9% share thanks to deliveries up 136.7% to a still modest 3.945. The UK vastly underperforms with a 0.5% share thanks to just 3.895 sales (-16.3%). No other market sports a BEV share above 2%, with Austria and Switzerland the next best performers at 1.8% each. In the naughty corner: Greece (0.1%), Poland (0.1%), Italy (0.2%), Czech Republic (0.2%), Slovakia (0.2%) and Spain (0.3%).

The Renault Zoe is the best-selling Battery Electric Vehicle in Europe so far in 2018.

PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles):

The most popular nameplate in this segment is the Mitsubishi Outlander (4.524) followed by the VW Passat (3.635). 44.744 PHEVs found a new home in the 26 European markets covered over the First Quarter of 2018, up 46.4% on the same period in 2017 but here again the market share reached remains minimal at 1.1%. Volume-wise, this segment is dominated by the UK with sales up 25.9% year-on-year to 10.267, but this represents a market share only slightly above the European average at 1.4%. Germany is catching up at +60.5% to 8.447 but once again only 1% market share, actually below average for Europe. In third place volume-wise with 6.488 units (-0.1%), Norway however posts the largest PHEV market share of any country in Europe at 19.2%. That’s more than 3 times the level of 2nd-placed and fellow Scandinavian nation Sweden at 5.7% thanks to 4.960 sales (+79.6%). In third position PHEV share-wise we find Finland with deliveries up 175% to 1.309 for a 3.8% share. Lowest shares are scored by Poland (0.1%), Bulgaria (0.1%), Czech Republic (0.1%), Italy (0.2%), Greece (0.2%) and Spain (0.3%).

Electrified Vehicles (BEV+PHEV):

Adding the two above segments we have what is called “Electrified Vehicles”, which is what the article we linked to at the top of this report is referring to. At this little game the Zoe (8.128) and Leaf (8.069) remain on top but the VW Golf comes up third at 7.536. A total of 88.329 electrified vehicles were sold over Q1 2018, up 40.9% year-on-year and accounting for a 2.1% share of total European sales. And indeed, Germany (+70.2%) does overtake Norway (+20%) when taking volumes into account at 17.574 vs. 16.182. But. And this is a big but. Germany electrified vehicle sales only represent 2% of its total market – below the European average – whereas Norway hits an otherworldly 47.9% share. Only two additional markets manage to surpass 4% share: Sweden at 7.1% (+63%) and Finland at 4.3% (+145.3%). The UK and France, ranking #3 and #4 respectively in volume, almost match the European average at 2%, while the Netherlands (3.3%), Switzerland (3.1%), Austria (2.5%), Belgium (2.4%) and Portugal (2.4%) are the only other above-average markets. Removing Norwegian sales brings the European electrified market share down from 2.1% to 1.7%.

We have also decided to look at the other Fuel Type sales in Europe over Q1 2018 for a full comparison set.

The Tesla Model S ranks 5th best-selling BEV in Europe in Q1 2018. Picture autobild.de

HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicles):

Most popular here is the Toyota Yaris (29.536) over the C-HR (24.456). Present for over a decade, this category benefits from a higher penetration at 3.4% of the European market thanks to 145.241 sales over the period, a strong 22.9% above its Q1 2017 tally. Volume-wise, the UK dominates at 22.531 (+9.4%) above France at 21.805 (+12.7%), Italy at 20.230 (+31.7%) and Germany at 19.834, up a vigorous 65.7%. However none of these markets crosses the 4% HEV share barrier. The only nation to sport a double-digit HEV share is, again, Norway at 10.7% despite sales down 33.4% to 3.613. Below we find Finland at 8.7% (+36.1%), Sweden at 5.7% (+8.1%), Ireland at 5.4% (+64.7%) and Estonia at 5% (+13.8%). Two large volume markets, Spain at 4.9% (+31.1%) and the Netherlands at 4.7% (+25.8%) follow, both outpacing the segment’s growth.

Diesel:

It’s the big story of the past couple of years: originally triggered by the VW emissions scandal in 2015, diesel sales are now plummeting all across Europe as countries adopt more stringent policies restricting the circulation of diesel-powered vehicles. Overall diesel sales plunge 17.1% year-on-year in Q1 to 1.603.337 units and 37.8% share vs. 45.8% a year ago. The one country not affected by this descent to hell is Italy with diesel sales down just 2.6% to 316.367 and 55.1% share. As a result it is now the #1 market in Europe for this fuel type, overtaking Germany at 283.766 (-21.3%) and the UK at 240.614 (-33.3%). France at 226.048 (-11.9%) remains 4th above Spain at 130.661 (-17.3%). Further down, the steepest declines are recorded by Norway (-34.7%), Finland (-24%), Slovenia (-23.4%), Sweden (-22.1%) and the Czech Republic (-21.5%). Markets that sport the highest diesel market shares include Bulgaria (57.7%), Ireland (56.3%), Portugal (54.1%), Estonia (47.5%), Slovakia (46.9%) and Romania (46.7%). The Netherlands comes last at 15.5% share and even saw a gain at +6.7%, followed by Norway at 18.6%.

Petrol:

Taking full advantage of the diesel’s fall of grace, European petrol sales advance 14.3% in Q1 to 2.355.611, seeing their share improve from 48.8% to 55.5%. The Top 8 markets are unchanged and reproduce the overall European order. Germany is up 20.3% to 63% share vs. 54.5% a year ago, the UK is up 3.5% to 61.4% vs. 52%, France is up 16.3% to 53.4% vs 47.2% but Italy is down 3.2% to 33.1% vs. 33.6% (note GPL is very successful in Italy). Romania (+61%), Bulgaria (+54.3%), Hungary (+48.8%), Greece (+48.4%), Spain (+38.4%), Slovenia (+36.1%), Lithuania (+26.2%), Portugal (+25.6%) and Austria (+25.1%) record the largest gains while the highest market shares are reached by Estonia (76.2%), the Netherlands (75.9%), Hungary (71.3%), Poland (71.2%), the Czech Republic (65.2%) and Denmark (64.1%).

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Europe March 2018: Sales pulled down 5.2% by UK, best Q1 volume in 18 years

The Fiat 500 cracks the European Top 10 for the first time in two years.

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March European volumes (27 countries excluding Russia and Turkey) are always heavily impacted by the UK new licence plates month that market alone represents 26% of European sales this month vs. just 10% over the first two months of the year. This way, the UK’s steep 15.7% fall pulls the entire European market into negative at -5.2% to 1.84 million units according to JATO Dynamics, with strong Eastern European sales reducing the damage. However sales are up 0.7% over the First Quarter to post the highest score since 2000 at 4.27 million registrations. Over Q1, Hungary (+29.9%), Croatia (+28.4%), Greece (+26.9%), Romania (+25.6%) and Lithuania (+17.3%) lodge the largest gains while once again the UK (-12.4%) signs the steepest decline above Norway (-11.3%), Ireland (-5.3%) and Denmark (-4.8%). Only 8 markets out of 28 are in negative in Q1.

JATO data for 18 markets shows gasoline cars accounting for 55% of total registrations in Q1 vs. 48% a year ago with diesel cars sinking from 46% over the same period in 2017 to 38% now. Alternative Fuelled Vehicles are up 23.4% to 5.4% share vs. 4.3% a year ago. The Toyota Yaris tops the Hybrid segment ahead of the C-HR, Auris, RAV4 and Kia Niro, the Mitsubishi Outlander is tops among PHEVs ahead of the VW Passat and VW Golf while the Renault Zoe edges past the Nissan Leaf in the EV ladder with the Tesla Model S at #5. SUVs once again surge at +13.3% in March and +20% over the First Quarter to 33.5% share vs. 28.1% over Q1 2017, meanwhile Subcompacts drop from 21.6% to 20.7%, Compacts fall from 19.4% to 18.4%, City-cars from 8.3% to 8.7% and Midsize cars from 7.9% to 7% and MPVs from 8.1% to 6.1%, one of its lowest levels in history in Europe.

The Toyota Yaris is up 8.4% in March and tops the Hybrid segment over Q1.

Volkswagen (+4.4%) goes against the trend to cement its domination in the brands ranking, with Ford reclaiming the 2nd place due to the high weight of the UK and despite a steep 14.2% drop. Renault (-6.6%) is back above Peugeot (+2.7%) both in March and YTD, despite the latter being one of only two Top 10 brands in positive. Opel/Vauxhall (-15.5%), Fiat (-14.9%), Audi (-10.4%) and BMW (-7%) all struggle in the remainder of the Top 10. There aren’t many good news further down the ranking: Dacia (+14.2%) and Seat (+11.1%) post the only double-digit gains in the Top 20 while below Jeep (+40.5%) and Mitsubishi (+24.7%) impress. A notch down, Honda (+6.5%), Skoda (+5.4%), Hyundai (+5.2%) and Kia (+4.5%) also post solid gain given the context.

Model-wise, the VW Golf celebrates 12 consecutive months in the European pole position with sales up a gigantic 17.2% year-on-year to its highest monthly volume in two years (since March 2016). Leader a year ago, the Ford Fiesta tumbles down 16.2% but still manages a 2nd spot ahead of the Renault Clio (-3.2%), Nissan Qashqai (-3%) and VW Polo (-19%) in grave difficulty despite the arrival of the new generation. Over Q1, the Nissan Qashqai (-0.1%) graduates to #4 overall: if kept until the end of 2018 this would be its highest ever European ranking. The Opel Corsa (-29%) and Ford Focus (-16.3%) post horrendous scores hampered by weak UK performances, while the Peugeot 208 (+3.1%) and Renault Captur (-0.7%) both resist very well.

Stunning performance of the VW Golf up 17.2% to its highest monthly volume in two years.

Mini event in the Top 10: the Fiat 500 makes a very rare appearance at #10 thanks to deliveries up 1.9% year-on-year. Counter-intuitively, the 500 manages its highest rankings in Europe not thanks to particularly strong results at home in Italy, but tends to do so during UK new license plate months as it is very successful in that market. As such, this is the first time in the past two years and only the 5th time ever this generation of Fiat 500 breaks into the European Top 10 after March 2014 (#10), June 2014 (#10), September 2014 (#9) and March 2016 (#10). Apart from the Golf, there are only two double-digit gainers  in the Top 25 models: the Peugeot 3008 (+29.9%) and Dacia Sandero (+11.5%), with the Toyota Yaris (+8.4%) also strong.

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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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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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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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