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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

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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

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.

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

Previous month: Europe January 2018: First podium in 4 years for Peugeot, sales up 7.1%

One year ago: Europe February 2017: Fiat Panda and Citroen C3 shine, market up 1.2%

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Australia February 2018: Holden drops to lowest ranking and share ever

Holden is counting on the new Commodore to reverse its freefall at home. Picture

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The Australian new car market shoots up 7.8% year-on-year in February to 95.999 units, narrowly missing out on the February record of 96.443 dating from 2016. The year-to-date volume however is a new record at 184.550 registrations, up 6.1% on the same period in 2017 and smashing the previous best of 180.816 established in 2016. One year ago, SUV registrations overcame passenger cars for the first time in Australian history. It has now become the norm, with SUV sales up 12.1% year-on-year to 39.800 units or 41.5% share vs. 34.491 (-0.7%) and 35.9% for passenger cars, while light commercials soar 13.3% to 18.707 sales. In terms of sales channels, private sales edge up 0.1% to 45.720 units just as business sales surge 16.7% to 39.597, rental sales are up 18% to 4.737 and government sales down 5.8% to 2.943. Petrol sales amount to 61.963 vs. 29.979 for diesel, 951 for hybrid and 104 electric (excluding Tesla who does not share sales data for Australia).

The CR-V (+149%) helps Honda to potentially its highest ranking ever in Australia at #6.

Looking into the origin of new car sales sold in Australia, Japan comes first once again with 29.229 sales (+11.1%), followed by Thailand at 25.675 (+19.6%), South Korea at 14.181 (+5.1%), Germany at 7.636 (+6.5%) and the U.S. at 3.853 (+7.3%), all stepping in as Australia shut down its local operations last year. New South Wales/Sydney remains the largest state in the country in terms of new car sales with 31.252 sales (+3.4%) ahead of Victoria/Melbourne at 28.451 (+14.2%), Queensland/Brisbane at 18.516 (+6%), Western Australia/Perth at 8.276 (+10%), South Australia/Adelaide at 5.665 (+5.8%), Australian Capital Territory/Canberra at 1.578 (+9.7%), Tasmania/Hobart at 1.491 (+11.8%) and Northern Territory/Darwin at 770 (+1.3%). All Australian states and territories are up this month.

The Toyota Hilux posts a 10th monthly Australian win in the past 12. 

Toyota unsurprisingly remains the most popular carmaker in the country, even outpacing the market with a 12.1% year-on-year gain in February to 19% share, followed by Mazda (-0.1%) at 10.3% while Hyundai soars 14.3% to 8.3% in third place. An excellent performance also for Mitsubishi surging 24% to 7.4% share at #4. Ford (+6.9%) takes 5th place above Honda delivering the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 at a gigantic +55.3% and snapping the 6th spot overall, the carmaker’s highest ranking in Australia in at least 15 years according to BSCB records. Chinese LDV (+126.5%), Alfa Romeo (+45.3%), Isuzu Ute (+37.4%), Mini (+24.5%), Haval (+20.9%), Peugeot (+17.3%), Kia (+11.7%) and Nissan (+9.9%) also outpace the market. Reversely, Infiniti (-76.5%), Jaguar (-44%), Citroen (-44%) and Land Rover (-23.8%) struggle.

Not since it introduced its first model in 1948 has Holden ranked that low in Australia.

But the main event in the Australian brands ranking this month is the demise of the only true Australian carmaker: Holden. Ending local production in October 2017 after 69 continuous years, Holden has now almost exhausted its stock of locally-made vehicles and is waiting for the full effects of the new imported Commodore, a locally-tuned rebadge of the new gen Opel Insignia that started hitting dealership at the end of the month. Now a pure importer, Holden crumbles 18.1% year-on-year in February to fall outside the Top 5 (#8) and below 5% share for the first time in its history, since the first Holden car was introduced in the country in 1948. If it weren’t for tiny advantages over #9 Volkswagen (18 units) and #10 Kia (25 units), Holden could have fallen further to #10. Saving the day are the Colorado ute (local slang for pickups) at 1.039 sales and the Astra at 1.008 while the newly launched Equinox doesn’t seem to be able to take off just yet at only 364 sales vs. 384 in January and 679 in December.

The Mitsubishi Outlander more than doubles its sales year-on-year.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux takes off at +31% year-on-year to post a 10th win in the past 12 months, confirming it now has an iron-tight grip on the Australian market. Like in 2017, the Ford Ranger follows with sales up 21%, representing 59% of Ford’s sales in Australia this month. The Toyota Corolla (-4%) is the best-selling passenger car in the country above the Mazda3 (-7%) and Hyundai i30 (+9%) while the Mazda CX-5 holds onto the #1 SUV title, even gaining 13% and distancing the Toyota RAV4 (+7%) and Nissan X-Trail (+8%). The Hyundai Accent soars 48% to #10, the Nissan Navara is up 53% to #11, while further down the ranking the Holden Astra (+153%), Honda CR-V (+149%), Mitsubishi Lancer (+137%), Subaru XV (+109%), Toyota Kluger (+109%) and Mitsubishi Outlander (+102%) all more than double their score vs. February 2017.

The Hyundai Kona remains the most popular recent launch in Australia, outselling the Toyota C-HR.

The Hyundai Kona continues to dominate recent launches (<12 months) but drops 10 spots on January to #32, that’s still better than direct rivals the Mitsubishi ASX (#33), Nissan Qashqai (#34) and most significantly the Toyota C-HR (#43) still lagging bizarrely behind whereas it would seem to have been designed with an Australian clientele in mind. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross gains 17 ranks on last month to already break into the Top 50 for its third month in market, ranking #2 new launch. The Holden Equinox (#71), LDV T60 (#95, first Top 100), Kia Stinger (#102), Range Rover Velar (#107) and Skoda Kodiaq (#114) follow. Finally, we welcome the Volvo XC40 at #249 and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at #272.

Previous post: Australia Full Year 2017: Exclusive State by State rankings

Previous month: Australia January 2018: Toyota and Honda shine in record market

One year ago: Australia February 2017: SUVs above passenger cars, market dips 7.7%

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Switzerland February 2018: Mercedes topples Volkswagen to #1 brand

Mercedes is the #1 brand in Switzerland for the first time this decade, and possibly ever.

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The Swiss new car market drops 2.3% year-on-year in February to 22.292 registrations, yet the year-to-date volume remains in positive at +4% to 43.963 units. 4×4 sales edge up 3.4% to 10.836 units or an astounding 48.6% market share vs. 45.9% a year ago and are up 8.5% so far in 2018 to 21.687 or 49.3% share vs. 47.3% over the same period a year ago. Aligning with most of Europe, diesel sales freefall 21.9% to 6.990 and 31.4% share vs. 39.2% in February 2017 and are down 14.8% YTD to 14.446 or 32.9% vs. 40.1%. AFV sales (alternatively fuelled vehicles) shoot up 37.3% but remain relatively limited at 1.370 or 6.1% vs. 4.4% a year ago, up 33.8% to 2.641 and 6% YTD vs. 4.7% in 2017.

A historic event has occurred in the Swiss brands ranking: despite sales down 2% year-on-year to 1.997 and 9% share, Mercedes manages to overtake everlasting leader Volkswagen (-11%) for the first time in recent memory, and potentially ever. This is at least the first time Volkswagen is not the most popular carmaker in Switzerland since BSCB was created in 2010. BMW (+2%), Skoda (+12%) and Audi (+20%) complete the Top 5 and all post positive scores going against the market. There are no other double-digit gainers in the Top 20, with the most dynamic among smaller brands being Jaguar (+96%), McLaren (+56%), Porsche (+25%), Mitsubishi (+21%), Lamborghini (+17%), Alfa Romeo (+14%) and Land Rover (+13%).

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (-2%) reclaims control both in February and YTD from the VW Golf (-8%) down to #2 in both rankings. The Mercedes C-Class (+7%) is up 6 spots on January to land on the third step of the podium, knocking the VW Tiguan (-4%) down to #4. The Skoda Fabia (-1%) jumps 11 spots on last month to #5 ahead of the Opel Mokka (+9) while the Mercedes GLC is up 18% to #7. The Audi A4 (+64%) and Dacia Duster (+36%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Further down, the BMW X3 (+96%), Audi Q5 (+107%) and BMW i3 (+511%) impress while the Skoda Karoq (#27) tops recent launches ahead of the Hyundai Kona (#56), VW T-Roc (#57) and Volvo XC40 (#59).

Previous month: Switzerland January 2018: VW Golf surges 92% to #1, Volvo XC60 #4

One year ago: Switzerland February 2017: Skoda Octavia leads in market up 0.7%

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South Africa February 2018: Toyota Hilux & VW Polo top market down 3.8%

Now that the new gen VW Polo has landed in South Africa…

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The South African new car market is down 3.8% year-on-year in February to 46.347 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally down 6.6% to 92.124 units. Toyota is once again the best-selling carmaker in the country, down 5% to 22.1% share, distancing the Volkswagen Group at 16.2% (-8%), Ford at 12.2% (-9%), Nissan at 10.3% (+10%) and Hyundai-Kia at 10.2% (+4%). Suzuki (+94%), Jaguar Land Rover (+27%), Mahindra (+21%), Mazda (+14%) and Renault (+3%) are among the rare manufacturers in positive this month.

…the low cost VW Polo Vivo becomes the Polo Mk5.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux reclaims the top spot it has held for 8 of the past 9 years thanks to deliveries up 9% to 7.3% in February and up 11% to 6.2% YTD. The VW Polo (+16%) rallies back up 9 spots on January to #2 now that the new generation is available, ahead of the Ford Ranger (-23%) and VW Polo Vivo (-32%) both in deep trouble. Note the Polo Vivo is now the previous gen Polo, stepping up one generation. The Nissan NP200 (aka Dacia Logan Pickup) is up 27% to #5, the Isuzu KB is up 15% to #8 and the Hyundai Grand i10 up 148% to #9. Further down, the Ford Figo (+186%), Datsun GO (+130%) and Toyota Yaris (+271%) shine while the Hyundai Creta tops recent launches at #29. We welcome the BMW X2 at #109 and the Mercedes X-Class at #223.

Previous month: South Africa January 2018: VW Polo Vivo leads, Renault and Suzuki shine

Previous year: South Africa Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux snaps 8th win in past 9 years

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Norway February 2018: Nissan Leaf best-seller in market down 13.5%

The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling vehicle in Norway for the first time in over 4 years.

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The Norwegian new car market continues to struggle in this start of 2018 with February sales down a steep 13.5% year-on-year to 10.191 units, leading to a YTD total down 21.9% to 19.398. This sharp decline is due to higher taxes from January 1, 2018 that triggered anticipated sales at the end of 2017. Market leader Volkswagen is hit particularly hard this month at -29% to just 12.5% share vs. 13.7% so far in 2018 and 14.6% over the FY2017. Volvo on the other hand ignores the surrounding gloom with a 25% year-on-year surge to 10.9% in second place, and is accompanied in the Top 10 by Nissan up 41% to #5 and Skoda up 26% to #6. In the remainder of the Top 10, only Peugeot (-3%) and BMW (-12%) post declines smaller than the market but Ford (-36%), Mercedes (-31%), Audi (-29%) and Toyota (-19%) freefall. Dacia (+273%), Porsche (+152%), Alfa Romeo (+50%), Mini (+49%), Hyundai (+37%), Land Rover (+37%) and Subaru (+11%) resist well further down.

We witness a rare change atop the Norwegian models ranking this month: thanks to the new generation now in dealerships, the Nissan Leaf leaps up 57 spots on January and 91% year-on-year to snap the pole position with 781 sales and 7.7% share. This is the third time the Leaf nameplate is the best-selling vehicle in Norway after October 2013 and January 2014 but this month’s performance is a new volume and share record, beating the 716 units of October 2013 and 5.7% share of January 2014. Leader for the past 10 years in a row, the VW Golf (+2%, 72% electric) is knocked down to #2 but remains #1 YTD. The Volvo V90 soars 53% to a record third place (80% PHEV), distancing the BMW i3 (-24%), Toyota Yaris (+9%, 99.7% hybrid), RAV4 (-27%, 98% hybrid) and Mitsubishi Outlander (-40%, 96% PHEV). The Hyundai Ioniq (+163%), Volvo XC60 (+143%, 87% PHEV), BMW 2 Series (+52%, 99% PHEV) and Skoda Octavia (+23%) also impress. The VW T-Roc tops all recent launches at #24 (+4) ahead of the Skoda Karoq at #49 (+88) and Volvo XC40 at #59 (+79).

Previous month: Norway January 2018: Zoe pulls Renault up 19% in market down 29.5%

One year ago: Norway February 2017: Volvo V90 breaks into Top 10

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Japan February 2018: Nissan Note repeats, Lexus and Mitsubishi soar

The Nissan Note posts a second concecutive month as #1 regular car in Japan.

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The Japanese new car market slips down 2.2% year-on-year in February to 473.878 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally further into negative at -1.5% to 873.418 units. Market leader Toyota is struggling: down 10.5% to 27.9% share which is the steepest decline in the Top 6. Honda goes against the grain with a 3% year-on-year gain in 2nd place, distancing Nissan (-2%), Suzuki (+0.7%) and Daihatsu posting a very strong 7.1% improvement. In 9th place overall, Lexus lodges the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 25 at +68.1% with Mitsubishi (+22.4%) also very solid in the remainder of the Top 10 whereas Mazda (-4.1%), Isuzu (-10.6%) and Subaru (-16.4%) all lose significant ground.

The new LS500H helps Lexus up 68.1% year-on-year at home in February.

Further down, Mercedes (+0.7%) remains the most popular foreign carmaker in Japan and the only one holding more than 1% market share but only ranks #12 vs. #10 over the Full Year 2017. It is followed by Volkswagen (-5.5%), BMW (-7.9%) and Audi (+5.8%). Lamborghini (+90.6%), Alfa Romeo (+68.8%), Chevrolet (+54.8%), Peugeot (+32.5%) and Jeep (+31.5%) shine but Smart (-84.1%), DS (-50.7%), Aston Martin (-26.9%), Porsche (-26%) and Jaguar (-25.5%) are hit the hardest.

First Top 30 ranking for the Suzuki XBee.

For the first time on BSCB we can share with you coverage of the 50 best-selling regular cars (up from 30). For the first time for this generation, the Nissan Note manages two consecutive months in pole position among regular cars thanks to deliveries down just 7%, it is the 7th time this generation Note ranks at #1 at home, starting in November 2016. The Top 4 is unchanged on January with the Toyota Prius (-28%), Aqua (-2%) and Nissan Serena (-5%) in tow. At #6, the Honda Fit (+2%) is the only Top 10 nameplate to gain ground vs. February 2017, with the Toyota C-HR (-41%) posting the steepest decline.

The new Toyota JPN Taxi breaks into its home Top 50 this month.

The Nissan Leaf (+117%), Honda StepWGN (+72%) and Toyota Land Cruiser W (+63%) are the most dynamic in the Top 30. We welcome the cutesy Suzuki XBee inside the Japanese Top 30 for the very first time and for its 2nd month of sales in the country at #30 with just under 3.000 units sold this month. Among recent launches (<12 months), it distances the returning Honda Civic (#38), the Lexus LS500 (#43), Lexus LS500H (#45) and the all-new Toyota JPN Taxi landing at #50. The Honda N-BOX (+13%) continues to dominate the Kei car ranking ahead of the Nissan Dayz (-11%) – both nameplates outselling the Nissan Note – while the Suzuki Spacia (+25%) and Daihatsu Move (+19%) both overtake the Daihatsu Tanto (-15%) to rank #3 and #4 respectively. The Honda N-ONE (+56%), Mazda Flair Wagon (+47%), Suzuki Jimny (+43%), Daihatsu Mira (+38%) and Mitsubishi eK (+34%) also impress.

Previous month: Japan January 2018: Nissan Note #1, Mazda CX-8 and Nissan Leaf shine

One year ago: Japan February 2017: Toyota Prius leads, CH-R climbs onto podium

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Malaysia February 2018: Perodua smashes record share at 42.2%

Perodua improves its record share by 1.6 percentage point in February.

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The Malaysian new car market drops 4.4% year-on-year to 40.578 registrations, pulling the year-to-date volume down 2.3% to 85.153 units. Brand leader Perodua goes against the grain: it is the only marque in the Top 5 to post a year-on-year gain at +3%, shooting up to an all-time record 42.2% market share, beating its previous best of 40.6% established back in August 2016. Below, Honda (-9%), Toyota (-13%), Proton (-37%) and Nissan (-28%) all fall faster than the market, resulting in reduced shares. The remainder of the Top 10 showcase some spectacular gains: Mazda (+120%), Mitsubishi (+50%), Mercedes (+32%) and BMW (+25%) all impress. Further down, notice Porsche (+173%), Subaru (+68%), Renault (+55%), Peugeot (+52%) and Volkswagen (+53%) among the most dynamic.

Previous month: Malaysia January 2018: Perodua soars 25% to tease 40% share

One year ago: Malaysia February 2017: Perodua up to 39.1% share in market up 12%

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Uganda Full Year 2017: Toyota and Hilux down but still on top

The Toyota Hilux holds 21.3% of the Ugandan new vehicle market in 2017.

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The Ugandan new vehicle market is down for the second consecutive year in 2017 at -11.9% to 2.175 registrations following a 11% drop in 2016. 1 Tonne pickup trucks hold a staggering 62% market share in the country in 2017. Brand leader Toyota falls faster than the market at -15%, resulting in a reduced share at a still crushingly dominant 39.1% vs. 40.8% in 2016. Conversely, Nissan surges 51% and two spots to land in 2nd place at 14.1%, overtaking Tata at 13.5% (+5%) and Mitsubishi at 11.7% (-17%). Isuzu soars 27% to break into the Top 5 with 10.3% while Mercedes (#7), Renault (#8) and Mazda (#10) all break into the Top 10. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux is once again head and shoulders above the competition despite sales down 22% to 21.3% share, distancing the Mitsubishi L200 (-33%), Toyota Land Cruiser (+3%), Isuzu TFS (+32%) and Toyota Prado (-14%). The Nissan Patrol posts a 259% uplift to #6, the Mazda BT-50 is up 520% to #10 and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is up 107% to #11. Incredibly, the best-selling sedan only ranks 15th: it’s the Nissan Sentra with a modest 1% market share.

Previous year: Uganda Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L200 on top

Two years ago: Uganda Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux #1, Pickups hold 54% share

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China February 2018: Exclusive imports data now available

The BMW X5 repeats at #1 in China’s imported models ranking in February.

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China imported data is a new monthly update on BSCB. Note no media outside of China is reporting on these figures, BSCB being the first to do so. Import sales in China are up 7.1% year-on-year in February to 64.005 units, leading to a year-to-date volume up 16.7% to 185.046 deliveries. #2 over the Full Year 2017, Mercedes however remains the best-selling imported brand in China, and by a large margin, thanks to sales up 18% to 12.114 while BMW edges up just 2% to 9.470. Lexus drops 4% in third place above Toyota (+45%) and Land Rover (+59%) both delivering stunning performances. In the remainder of the Top 10, Nissan (+148%) stands out while Audi (+21%), Lincoln (+11%) and Porsche (+11%) all beat the market but Volkswagen disappoints at -28%. Further down, Tesla (+122%), Bentley (+98%), Infiniti (+37%), Ssangyong (+35%) and Mitsubishi (+33%) post very solid scores while the newly imported CX-3 propels Mazda up 44-fold year-on-year… Newcomers Alfa Romeo (#22) and Ram (#32) remain discreet.

Imports of Toyota Land Cruiser are up 114% year-on-year in China in February. 

Model-wise, the BMW X5 repeats in first place, managing two consecutive wins for the first time in at least a year thanks to deliveries up 56% year-on-year whereas the FY2017 leader, the Lexus ES, drops 11% in 2nd place. The Mercedes GLE (+5%) climbs onto the podium ahead of the Toyota Land Cruiser more than doubling its sales year-on-year (+114%) at #4. The Porsche Macan (+12%) breaks into the Top 5, equal with the Mercedes CLA with the Mercedes S-Class (+64%) and Range Rover (+62%) also posting spectacular gains in the Top 10. Just outside, the Nissan Patrol soars 193% to #11, the BMW 7 Series is up 24% to #12, the Audi Q7 up 58% to #15 and the Porsche Panamera is up 13-fold to #16.

The Range Rover Velar is the most popular new imported launch in China.

Chinese imports remain a mostly premium affair: if we consider the Toyota Land Cruiser, Prado and Nissan Patrol as premium nameplates from mass brands, the Subaru Forester is the best-selling imported mass vehicle at a lowly #23 and the only in the Top 30 if we take the VW Touareg as premium. The Ford Explorer (#31) and Smart Fortwo (#40) follow. Mercedes places 6 nameplates in the Top 30, BMW 4, Lexus and Land Rover 3. The Range Rover Velar tops recent launches (<12 months) at #26, well ahead of the Porsche 718 at #65, BMW 6 Series GT at #83, Ford F-150 at #87, Mercedes AMG SLC at #92 and Alfa Romeo Giulia at #98.

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Reunion (France) Full Year 2017: Renault overtakes Peugeot but 208 #1

Renault passes Peugeot to become the best-selling carmaker in Reunion in 2017.

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New car sales are up 6.7% to 31.036 registrations in 2017 in the Réunion Island, an overseas French territory located East of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean and home of 800,000 inhabitants. Note this data isn’t included in the France data. In the detail, passenger cars are up 6.8% to a new all-time record at 25.322 units, beating the high of 25.142 in 2005 and up 30% on the low of 19.464 in 2013. Light commercial vehicle sales are up 6.2% to 5.714. In the brands ranking, Renault overtakes Peugeot to hit 19.6% share vs. 18.8%, however Peugeot keeps its crown in the passenger car segment at 3.973 sales and 15.7% vs. 3.781 and 14.9% for Renault. Citroen (9%) and Dacia (6.8%) follow, while Hyundai (5.9%) manages to outsell Volkswagen (5.7%). Audi (2.5%) retains the premium crown above BMW (2%) and Mercedes (1.4%) both surging 26% year-on-year. The Peugeot 208 should remain the most popular nameplate on the island with over 2.100 sales or 8.3% share of the passenger car segment.

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