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Greece February 2018: Nissan Micra up 4-fold to #1 in market up 31.7%

The Nissan Micra is the best-selling vehicle in Greece for the 3rd time in the past 12 months.

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New car sales in Greece surge 31.7% year-on-year in February to 6.838 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 34.9% to 15.723 units. Nissan takes the lead of the brands ranking thanks to sales almost doubling year-on-year at +99% to 10.7% share, overtaking the 2017 leader Toyota up just 11% to 10.4%. Peugeot is down one spot on January but up 81% to 9.2% at #3, followed by Opel (+11%), Volkswagen (+8%) and Fiat (+42%). Inside the Top 10, Hyundai (+194%), Renault (+113%) and Citroen (+61%) also impress while outside, Mitsubishi (+625%), Dacia (+306%), Lexus (+200%), Smart (+75%), Kia (+61%) and Subaru (+50%) are among the most dynamic.

In the models ranking, the Nissan Micra snaps the top spot for the third time in the past 12 months thanks to sales up 4-fold and a new model. The Toyota Yaris (+3%) is relegated to 2nd place but remains #1 YTD. The Peugeot 208 (+122%) and Renault Clio (+151%) also more than double their sales year-on-year and both fit inside the Top 10. Notice also the Ford Fiesta (+90%), Citroen C3 (+83%) and Fiat Panda (+60%) extremely dynamic and making it 9 superminis in the Top 10 including 6 in the Top 6. The Hyundai i10 (+310%), Seat Ibiza (+151%), Hyundai i20 (+140%) and Mercedes A-Class (+112%) also post extravagant gains. The Kia Stonic is up 29 spots on January to top recent launches (<12 months) at #21, ahead of the VW T-Roc at #29 (+36), Jeep Compass at #39 (+1), Opel Crossland X at #40 (+21), Skoda Kodiaq at #42 (-13), Opel Grandland X at #43 (+43) and Citroen C3 Aircross at #48 (+18).

Previous month: Greece January 2018: Hyundai and Peugeot shine in market up 37.5%

One year ago: Greece February 2017: Nissan Qashqai stays on podium, market up 57%

Full February 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 180 All-models below.


Ukraine February 2018: VW Golf and Audi A3 top market up 20.8%

The VW Golf remains the best-selling nameplate in Ukraine.

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New car sales in Ukraine continue on their recovery, albeit with a more subdued 20.8% year-on-year gain in February to 5.867 registrations compared to +37.4% last month, leading to a year-to-date volume up 29.1% to 12.491 units. As it has been the case since December, February marks the highest score for the month in 4 years, since the 15.215 sales of February 2014. Both market leaders Volkswagen (+122%) and Toyota (+108%) vastly outpace the overall growth and more than double their deliveries year-on-year to end the month at 14.1% and 11.9% share respectively. Toyota leads year-to-date at 13.1% (+98%) above Volkswagen at 11.3% (+72%). Renault (+1%) and Nissan (+29%) follow while Ravon (+197%), Audi (+116%), Skoda (+46%) and Mazda (+33%) also post spectacular gains in the Top 10. Further down, notice Chery (+384%), Porsche (+100%), Citroen (+69%), Peugeot (+65%) and Mitsubishi (+45%) whereas ZAZ (-71%), BMW (-55%), Kia (-55%) and Fiat (-49%) lose the most ground.

Ukraine market evolution H1 2013-2018:


The VW Golf brilliantly holds onto the models pole position thanks to sales up a whopping 944% year-on-year, followed by the Audi A3 (+3700%), Toyota RAV4 (+468%) and Toyota Camry (+644%) all posting extravagant gains. Inside the Top 10, the VW Polo (+314%), Ravon R2 (+71%) and Nissan Qashqai (+51%) also impress while the 2017 leader, the Kia Sportage, dives down 66% to #18. The Chery Tiggo is up 411% to #16, leading all Chinese nameplates above the JAC S2 at #75, the Geely Emgrand 7 at #76 and Great Wall Voleex C30 at #110. The Ravon R4 (#14) is the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) above the Skoda Kodiaq (#22) and VW Arteon (#73).

Previous month: Ukraine January 2018: VW Golf leads market at highest in 4 years

Previous year: Ukraine Full Year 2017: Sportage and Duster top market up 25%

Full February 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 230 All-models below.


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

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

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

First Austrian Top 10 for the Opel Crossland X. 

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

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

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

Full February 2018 Top 43 All-brands and Top 295 All-models below.


Slovenia February 2018: Renault leads, Dacia Sandero on podium

Dacia Sandero sales in Slovenia are up 71% year-on-year in February. 

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New car sales in Slovenia edge down 0.4% year-on-year in February to 5.659 units, but the year-to-date volume remains in positive territory at +2.9% to 12.504 sales. Renault claims the title of best-selling marque in Slovenia this month, up 2% year-on-year to 15.2% share, only 6 sales above Volkswagen up 1%. Year-to-date, VW remains king at 14.9% share (+2%), a safe distance above Renault at 13.7% (-5%). Inside the Top 10, Fiat (+43%), Dacia (+16%), Nissan (+15%) and Opel (+10%) post the most impressive gains, while outside, Jaguar (+400%), Porsche (+400%), Mitsubishi (+78%), Kia (+64%), Toyota (+23%) and Seat (+18%) shine.

The Renault Clio easily holds onto the models pole position at 8.1% share vs. 4.4% for the Skoda Octavia at #2 (+18%) and 4% for the Dacia Sandero at #3 (+73%). The Nissan Qashqai (+148%), VW Polo (+45%), Ford Focus (+22%) and VW Golf (+17%) also make themselves noticed in the Top 10. Further down, the Fiat 500 (+608%), Panda (+913%), Skoda Kodiaq (+7800%) and Fiat 500L (+233%) post the largest year-on-year gains while the Opel Crossland X tops all recent ;launches (<12 months) at #25, just four units above the VW T-Roc at #27.

Previous month: Slovenia January 2018: Renault Clio back on top, Fiat up 4-fold

One year ago: Slovenia February 2017: Renault up 67%, Hyundai Tucson on podium

Full February 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 220 All-models below.


Uruguay February 2018: Renault snaps lead in market down 12%

Renault takes a commanding lead in Uruguay in February, potentially thanks to the Kwid.

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The Uruguayan new car market is down 12% year-on-year in February to 3.440 registrations, pulling the year-to-date volume into negative territory at -3.3% to 7.526 units. Renault snaps the brands lead thanks to sales surging 120% year-on-year to a dominant 21.3% share, distancing the Fiat up an extravagant 524% to 18.9%. Renault (+108%) edges past Fiat (+226%) for just 7 sales to also grab the #1 spot YTD with 16.7% share. Below, Chevrolet (-54%) and Volkswagen (-48%) both freefall, while Nissan (+39%) rounds up the Top 5. Other great gainers include BMW (+110%), Citroen (+93%), JAC (+70%) and Lifan (+38%).

Previous month: Uruguay January 2018: Fiat (+118%) and Renault (+93%) shine

One year ago: Uruguay February 2017: Chevrolet shoots up 155% to pole position

Full February 2018 Top 40 All-brands ranking below.


Pakistan February 2018: Suzuki Mehran wins 2 straight months for first time in 3.5 years

For the first time since July 2014, the Suzuki Mehran wins two straight months in Pakistan.

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According to PAMA, sales of locally-made light vehicle in Pakistan are up 15% year-on-year to 22.654 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 13.9% to 46.216. Brand leader Suzuki beats the market with a 25% surge to 57.6% share, well above Toyota at 22.5% (-8%) and Honda at 19.9% (+20%). The Suzuki Mehran is the best-selling vehicle in Pakistan for the second month running, the first time since July 2014 it manages two consecutive wins here. Thanks to deliveries up 30%, the Mehran hits 19.2% share and 18.8% year-to-date (+22%) vs. just 17.8% this month and 17.9% YTD for the Toyota Corolla, the market leader for the past 8 consecutive years. The Honda Civic (+3%) ranks third but trails the market, distancing the Suzuki Cultus (+23%), WagonR (+27%), Bolan (+23%) and Ravi (+17%). The Honda BR-V is back up to #10.

Previous month: Pakistan January 2018: Suzuki Mehran outsells Toyota Corolla

One year ago: Pakistan January-February 2017: Civic catches up on Corolla and Mehran

Full February 2018 Top 3 Pakistan-made brands and Top 12 models below.


Singapore February 2018: Toyota reclaims lead in market down 15.3%

The Toyota C-HR has just launched in Singapore.

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The Singaporean new car market continues to freefall in this start of 2018 with February registrations down 15.3% leading to a year-to-date volume down 21.2% to 10.786 units. Toyota (including Lexus) reclaims the top spot it held over the FY2017 but drops 17% to 17.9% whereas Honda falls 41% to 17% but remains in the lead year-to-date at 19.5% share vs. just 16.6% for Toyota. Below Mercedes (-12%) and Mazda (-34%) camping on their January positions, Hyundai (+164%), BMW (+36%) and Kia (+108%) go spectacularly against the grain with very robust year-on-year gains. Further down, Subaru (+93%), Porsche (+83%), Peugeot (+55%) and Audi (+18%) also impress with double-digit gains.

Previous month: Singapore January 2018: Hyundai and Kia buck trend in market down 26%

One year ago: Singapore February 2017: Honda keeps momentum at +53%

Full February 2018 Top 40 All-brands ranking below.


Cyprus February 2018: Kia places Stonic and Picanto on top

The Kia Stonic is now the #1 vehicle in Cyprus YTD.

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Thanks to our partnership with SEMO Cyprus and INNOSOFT, we can share with you today February data for Cyprus, a market up 9.7% year-on-year this month to 1.083 registrations leading to a year-to-date volume up 2.3% to 2.282 units. In what looks like a large rental car order in preparation for the Summer season, the Kia Stonic lands directly in pole position with a staggering 12.3% share while it has just spent a couple of months outside the Top 30 since launch. Its market share is so high that its February performance enables it to already top the YTD ranking. Kia even manages a 1-2 with the Picanto in 2nd place whereas here to it didn’t feature in the January Top 30. The Toyota C-HR remains solidly attached to the podium at #3 with 4% market share, followed this month by the Toyota Yaris (+17%), Hyundai Tucson (-20%) and Ford Kuga (+164%). The Nissan Qashqai (#7), Kia Sportage (#9) and Peugeot 3008 (#10) make it 7 SUVs in the Top 10, there are 18 in the Top 30.

Previous month: Cyprus January 2018: Toyota Yaris #1, six SUVs in Top 7

One year ago: Cyprus January-February 2017: Kia Rio #1, Toyota C-HR lands

Full February 2018 Top 30 models ranking below.


China February 2018: Focus on the All-new models

As per the BSCB tradition, after covering February sales in detail, we now focus on the all-new locally produced launches so you can stay up-to-date on the fastest-evolving automobile market in the world. After 7 new entrants in December and 9 in January, the February 2018 class amounts to a very lonely single new start, due to the fact that the Chinese New Year Holiday falls right in the middle of the month this year. But as far as new starts are concerned, this could be one of the most anticipated this year. You can stay up-to-the-minute on the fast expanding list of all active Chinese brands by consulting our Exclusive Guide to all 144 Chinese Brands.

1. Baojun 530 (#182 – 2.005 sales)

Just this month, the Baojun 510 has managed to dislodge the Haval H6 from the SUV throne it held for the past 55 consecutive months. Yet at the time of launch in February 2017, the 510 was an audacious design bet, parting with the conservative (but extremely successful) lines of the 730 MPV and 560 SUV. A bet it has transformed in the most spectacular way: with 416.883 sales in its first 12 months, the Baojun 510 has become the most popular new car ever introduced in the world, beating the previous record held for the past 40 years by the Ford Fairmont with 405.780 units sold in its first year of sale in the US in 1978. The 510 also became the fastest nameplate in China to 300.000 units (10 months vs. 11 for the Baojun 560) and to 400.000 units (12 months).

Baojun 530 interior. Picture

The Baojun brand was founded in 2010 and is owned by the SAIC-GM Wuling joint venture. The low-cost marque builds on the extraordinarily successful 510’s sharp design with this larger 530 which has large shoes to fill to say the least. At 4.66m long, the 530 however remains a 5-seater and is priced from 75.800 to 115.800 yuan (US$11.970-18.300), to be compared with the 510 at 54.800-76.800 yuan and the 560 at 69.800-117.800 yuan, making the 530 Baojun’s new flagship. It is powered by a 150hp 1.5 turbo coupled with a six-speed manual or DCT or a 137hp 1.8 coupled with a 5-speed manual. No all-wheel-drive option is available.

The 530 enters a rapidly saturating market, competing with the likes of the Haval H6, Changan CS55 and CS75, all blockbuster sellers. Before it, the Baojun 560 managed to sell 112.000 units it its first 5 months and 319.536 it its first 12 and the 510 is the most successful car launch in history. Given how similar the 530 looks to the 510, it would be unreasonable to expect the same performance level, but Baojun should count on at least 20.000 monthly units to deem the 530 a success. The main challenge for the 530 will however be internal: minimising cannibalisation of the 510, as the latter has totally annihilated the 560.

Bar for success: 20.000 monthly unit

Previous month: China January 2018: Focus on the All-new models

One year ago: China February-March 2018: Focus on the All-new models

China February 2018: Baojun 510 #1 SUV, ends 55 months of Haval H6 reign

One year after launch, the Baojun 510 is the #1 SUV in China for the first time.

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In 2017, the Chinese New Year holiday ran from January 27 to February 2, affecting January car sales adversely (-1.1%) while February caught up (+22%). This year the reverse has happened: January was surprisingly strong (+12%) but February is down as the New Year Holiday ran from February 15 to 21, putting a spanning in the works of local car sales. According to statistics compiled by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, light vehicle sales are down 9.6% to 1.475.500 units, with sedans down 12% to 677.000, SUVs uncharacteristically down 3.1% to 651.300, MPVs down 18% to 121.500 and microvans down 40.3% to 25.700. Commercial vehicle sales are hit the hardest at -19.2% to 241.100 units, resulting in a total new vehicle market skidding down 11.2% to 1.717.600 sales.

The S3 SUV helps the Wuling Hongguang snap the overall top spot in February.

Among passenger cars, Chinese-branded vehicles are down 11.1% in February to 692.920 or 47.4% market share, compared with 294.400 and 19.9% for German cars, 227.400 and 15.4% for Japanese, 167.750 and 11.3% for American, 57.100 and 3.9% for South Korean and 19.400 and 1.3% for French cars. Year-to-date, the Chinese new passenger car market edges up 2.1% to a record 3.931.700 sales, with sedans down 0.7% to 1.835.700, SUVs up 11.6% to 1.734.400, MPVs down 15.3% to 300.010 and microvans down 34.7% to 61.400. Commercial vehicles are down 0.7% to 595.000 units, resulting in a Chinese total new vehicle market up just 1.7% to 4.526.700 sales.

Geely continues to gallop ahead with sales up 19% in a market down 11%. 

This month we are inaugurating more detailed reporting for China, the largest new vehicle market in the world: we will shortly add a second monthly report dedicated to retail sales by brand and models, and this first update will now be entirely focused on wholesales figures. Market leader Volkswagen resists somewhat at -5% to just above 180.000 units, but Geely continues on its extremely impressive run with sales surging another 19% to 106.231 units, very aggressively cementing its #2 position in the market, leaving Honda (-1%) almost 30.000 sales behind.

Qoros sales are finally sparkling: +233% in February.

Baojun manages to leap another 10% to almost 77.000 units – for the second month in a row oddly not reporting a single 560 coming out of factories, with Changan (-27%) dropping below 70.000 deliveries but making it three Chinese brands in the Top 5. Dongfeng (-21%), Toyota (-22%) and most strikingly Haval (-37%) all fall heavily in the Top 10 while Nissan (+5%) and Buick (+0.3%) both manage a positive result. Some manufacturers do deliver spectacular gains, such as Qoros (+233%), not really used to such honours, Jaguar (+123%), Bisu (+90%), MG (+77%), Maxus (+71%), Cadillac (+49%), Roewe (+43%), Infiniti (+38%), Hanteng (+34%), Venucia (+30%), Audi (+27%) and Chevrolet (+27%).

Landwind wholesales implode 80% year-on-year in February. 

However this month brings an unusually long list of carmakers in very precarious positions. Keep in mind these are wholesales, ex-factory deliveries, which manufacturers can tune up or down drastically to adapt to retail and dealerships needs. Chinese brands are particularly affected, among them Landwind (-80%), Cowin (-78%), Hawtai (-78%), Jinbei (-77%), Foton-owned Borgward (-69%), JMC (-67%), Haima (-64%), Changhe (-60%), Zhi Dou (-58%), Great Wall (-57%), Yema (-51%) all lose more than half their sales vs. February 2017. Among foreign carmakers, Luxgen (-69%) is the worst hit, and the nightmarish 2017 year of Peugeot (-42%) and Hyundai (-41%) has now seeped through 2018. Jeep (-41%), Suzuki (-41%), DS (-40%), Ford (-30%) and Kia (-30%) are also in great difficulty.

New brand Traum goes against the grain, gaining 2.4% on January.

In the battle of the French, pure imported recently turned local producer Renault (5.800) outsells for the first time compatriot Citroen (5.332) down 15% with the all-new C5 Aircross worryingly falling below 1.000 monthly units in February. WEY remains the most poplar recent brand launch in the country at #31 but its volume dives from 20.289 in January to just 8.529 this month a steep 58% tumble. A fair way below we find Lynk & Co at #47 with 4.012 sales, down 35% on January, while Traum manages to keep sales stables on last month despite the surrounding decline, up 2.4% to 1.555. Acura is down 41% on last month to #68, Yudo is down 44% to #70, Arcfox is stable at #72, Dearcc reappears in the Chinese sales charts at #74 and Xpeng is down 77% to just 9 sales this month.

The last time the Haval H6 was not the #1 SUV in China, it was still branded Great Wall.

Over in the models ranking, the Wuling Hongguang manages to cling back onto the overall pole position for the third time in the past four months, this thanks to the S3 SUV variant oddly not counted as a separate model even though it belongs to a different segment. But the big news of the month is delivered by the Baojun 510, celebrating one year in market by overtaking the Haval H6 for the very first time – and by almost 10.000 units, becoming the best-selling SUV in China for the first time. The Haval H6 had managed to hold onto the SUV crown continuously since July 2013, that’s 55 consecutive months. The 510 even snaps the YTD pole position after two months. Like in January the podium is 100% Chinese, with the VW Lavida (-16%) and Toyota Corolla (-17%) rounding up the Top 5.

The VW Tiguan ranks 6th overall this month in China.

The VW Tiguan (+10%) shoots up 9 spots on last month to #6, followed closely by the Roewe RX5 (+77%) and Geely Boyue (+1%). At #10, the GAC Trumpchi GS4 (-26%) makes it six SUVs in the February Top 10 vs. just three sedans. The Geely Emgrand EC7 leaps up to #11, its highest ranking since November 2013. The Baojun 310 is back up to #14, the Changan CS55 advances to a record #17, the Geely Vision breaks into the Top 20 for the first time at #19, with the recently relaunched Hyundai ix35 (+169%), BYD Song (+168%), Honda Accord (+117%), Audi A4L (+100%), Buick Verano (+85%), Chevrolet Sail (+61%) and VW Passat (+52%) all posting spectacular gains in the Top 50.

The FAW Junpai A50 is the January launch gaining the most ground (+134 spots).

Among recent launches (<12 months), below the Changan CS55, the BYD Song MAX (#35), Geely Vision X3 (#40), GAC Trumpchi GS3 (#65), Geely Vision S1 (#70), Dongfeng Fengxing S560 (#71), Roewe i6 (#86), Leopaard CS9 (#87), Venucia D60 (#88), Kia KX Cross (#89) and WEY VV5 (#99) all fit within the Top 100, that’s 9 Chinese nameplates and just one foreigner, and 7 SUVs vs. just 3 sedans and 1 MPV. As far as January launches are concerned, the Traum S70 remains ahead, gaining 41 spots to #241, followed by the Skoda Karoq at #211 (+130), FAW Junpai A50 at #215 (+134), Roewe ei6 at #234 and GAC Trumpchi GA4 (#235).

Previous month: China January 2018: VW, Geely, Toyota, Audi, Mercedes and BMW all break records, market showing surprising strength at +12%

One year ago: China February 2017: Market back on track at +22% to 1.9 million units

Full February 2018 Top 75 China-made brands and Top 415 models below.