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France and Spain with a Peugeot 3008 – Part 1: Paris to Bordeaux

Quentin the Peugeot 3008 in St-Clément-des-Baleines on Ile de Ré.

Officially unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in October 2016, the second generation Peugeot 3008 then gave me mixed feelings that were swiftly brushed off by its win of the 2017 European Car of the Year trophy. Since, the 3008 could almost be singled out as the sole responsible for returning the PSA Group to profitability – and above archenemy Renault in market value for the first time since 2009, leaping from one sales success to another. It climbed to #4 at home in France as early as January 2017, peaking at #2 in May 2018, nabbed the outright best-seller spot in Spain in September 2018 and cracked the European Top 10 three times, in February, July and September 2018 when it became the continent’s best-selling SUV outright. Adding its 7-seater twin the 5008 to the sales equation uncovers even more impressive sales feats, such as the unofficial #1 spot at home in France during 5 of the past 10 months (as of end October).

Our itinerary for Part 1 takes us from Paris (outside the map north) to Bordeaux.

Here at BSCB we always endeavour to test drive the best-selling cars around the world to try and uncover the real reasons behind their success, and choosing the 3008 for a week-long spin in both France and Spain, the two countries where it has been the most successful so far, was therefore a no-brainer. This test drive took place at the height of European summer during the last week of July, braving the tourist crowds in what are the two most visited countries in the world: France with 82.6 million annual visitors and Spain with 75.6 million. A courageous feat indeed, which will take us from Paris towards the French Atlantic Coast, wine country near Bordeaux, the French and Spanish Basque regions, Navarre,  Cataluña, Central France and back to Paris. It’s in the Poissy PSA factory west of Paris that I take delivery of a 3008 Allure BlueHDi 130 6-speed manual in Magnetic Blue valued at 34.350€ (US$39.200). After Mikey the Tesla Model XNatasha the Toyota C-HROmar the Toyota Prado and Pasha the Toyota Land Cruiser, we need a male name starting in Q as this is a crossover, which has a masculine gender in my native tongue, French. I can never stray too far from these ingrained perceptions even though I have been living in Australia for over 15 years now… The 3008 is French, we are in France, so Quentin it is.

Good: the GPS shows diesel prices in each nearby petrol station…

Before we get into the thick of the start of our French exploration, let’s record my very first impressions as I take the wheel of Peugeot’s best-seller. First an incredible surprise: the GPS features on the map the price of diesel (as this is a diesel model) in every nearby petrol station. I hadn’t heard of – let alone driven – any car offering this service before and was certainly not expecting it. It’s simply a game-changer and instantly creates a human-machine complicity where the 3008 ensures you always pick the cheapest price for petrol, a hot topic in France as diesel prices have increased a whopping 25% since the start of the year. The digital, personalised dashboard is very impressive and genuinely transports you into the premium universe: I had a hard time convincing myself that I wasn’t in an Audi, which says a lot about Peugeot’s stunning progress with the 3008. The surprisingly small steering wheel fast becomes second nature and makes you feel like you’re driving a Formula 1 car, quite a feat for an SUV! The experience is so intoxicating that getting back to traditional steering wheels afterwards feels like driving agricultural machinery… My automotive journalist friends told me I’d be bluffed, and even though I had never been a fan of French cars I have to admit: I am bluffed by the 3008 indeed.

Bad: impossible to read cruise control commands…

There are negatives though – no car is perfect! – and pretty dumbfounding ones at that, especially given all the attention paid making the 3008 a truly sophisticated experience. The driver’s seat being manually adjusted with a unsightly metallic bar does feel like 1988 all over again, at a time when even 5.000€ Chinese cars offer electric seats. Unforgivable in my opinion. But the most frustrating feature of this new gen 3008 has to be the cruise control wand, completely hidden from view behind the steering wheel whereas it should be in plain sight on the wheel like on the Volvo XC40 which we will test drive shortly. What does it mean in real life? Simply that on the highway – basically the only time you actually do need the cruise control feature – the only way to get a look at and understand the intricate options the wand offers is to turn the wheel 90 degrees (yeah, can’t do that) or to stop and look at it. Even then, you will always be blind when manipulating as there is no way to catch a sight of it from a driving position. The actual words on my voice memo for that day were: “I don’t understand how they have managed to f&[email protected] this up so much”. Couldn’t have said it better. I still love you very much Quentin, but you now have some very precise pointers for your mid-cycle upgrade.

Tintin’s Château de Moulinsart is based on the Cheverny Castle.

Our first stop for the day is 200km / 125mi south-west of Paris in the Loire Valley to admire the Cheverny Castle, located only 18km / 11mi from the legendary Chambord Castle. According to the Lonely Planet, this is “perhaps the Loire’s most elegantly proportioned château, the perfect blend of symmetry, geometry and aesthetic order” as well some of the most sumptuously furnished rooms anywhere in the Loire valley. Built in 1624 by Jacques Hurault, the château and the domain that surrounded it before its construction have been almost continuously owned by the same family since the second half of the 14th century, that’s over 600 years! Although I concur on all of the above compliments, the main reason I wanted to visit Cheverny is because it is the model (bar the two outward aisles) for the famed Château de Moulinsart (or Marlinspike Hall) in the Adventures of Tintin of which I am an absolute fan since childhood. According to Tintin’s Belgian author Hergé and as explained in The Red Rackham’s Treasure, the castle was built by an ancestor of Captain Haddock, the Chevalier François de Hadoque, a ship-of-the-line captain in the French Navy under King Louis XIV… I must say I much prefer the castle’s fictitious origins…

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France October 2018: PSA, Toyota help contain post-WLTP drop to -1.5%

14 months after launch, the C3 Aircross hits a record 2.5% share, helping Citroen up 14.7%.

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The pre-WLTP rush aftermath, after cutting new car sales in France by 12.8% in September, has greatly reduced its impact with October registrations down just 1.5% to 173.799, in fact -5.8% in daily rates given this month has one additional opening day compared to October 2017. The year-to-date tally is now up 5.7% to 1.836.481 which is now the 4th largest 10 month volume in French history below 1990 (1.973.172), 1989 (1.921.716), 2001 (1.912.485) and 2011 (1.837.474). Private sales happily go against the market at +3.3% to 92.635 sales and 53.3% share vs. just 50.8% in October 2017. In contrast, artificial sales are logically panting with short-term rentals freefalling 24% and demo sales down 4%. So far this year, private sales also outpace the market at +6.7% to 881.500 units and 48% share vs. 47.5% over the same period in 2017.

Peugeot is the best-selling carmaker at home for the 6th time this year: a first.

Peugeot (+8.3%) vastly outperforms its home market once again to remain in first position for the 6th time in the past 10 months, a situation unheard of before in France. The brand benefits from its outstanding handling of the transition to WLTP with its entire lineup compliant well before the September 1 deadline, and crosses the symbolic 20% share mark for the 2nd time this year – and this decade – bettering its score to 20.12%. Peugeot sees its company sales up 9.5% (including long-term leases) to snap the #1 brand title on this channel with 12.569 sales vs. 10.486 for Renault (-8.2%), its private sales grow by 6.5% to 15.808, demo sales are up 21% to 4.041 and self-registrations are up 41.7% to 1.136 due to the launch of the Rifter and the new generation 508.

Toyota outsells Volkswagen to rank #1 foreign marque in France for the 2nd straight month.

Renault (-9.7%) falls faster than its home market, once again paying the price of overusing artificial registrations in the pre-WLTP period last summer. Showing an encouraging turn of events, Citroen (+14.7%) posts a third double-digit gain in the past 4 months to hit 10.8% share, its highest since last January (11%). Even more encouraging is Citroen’s stunning 33% uptick with private buyers this month. Cementing its 4th place YTD above Volkswagen, Dacia (+19.4%) brilliantly signs the largest gain in the Top 15, while Toyota (+18.3%) also posts an extremely strong result to remain inside the French Top 5 for only the 2nd time in history after last month. Other great performers include Mitsubishi (+69.4%), Seat (+26.5%), Volvo (+22.2%, +38% for private sales), Skoda (+15.5%), Mercedes (+14.7%, private +17.6%), Ford (+13.7%, private +17.6%), Honda (+12.9%), Jaguar (+12.7%), Mini (+8.2%), Hyundai (+8%, private +19.6%), Kia (+7.9%) and Opel (+5.2%, private +16.9%). At the other end of the scale, Volkswagen (-23.6%) whose lineup isn’t yet 100% WLTP-compliant, continues to struggle but the hardest hit in the Top 20 are Audi (-53.3%) and Nissan (-48.6%) and further down Infiniti (-93%) at 10 sales vs. 421 in August, Ssangyong (-76.6%), Alfa Romeo (-71.3%), Porsche (-71.3%), Tesla (-67.7%), Land Rover (-61.3%) and Subaru (-56.7%).

Volvo private sales soar 38% year-on-year in France this month, mainly thanks to the XC40. 

The top of the models ranking returns to the YTD order with the Renault Clio (+9%), Peugeot 208 (+6%), Peugeot 3008 (+15%) and Citroen C3 (+20%) the most popular. In fact, the entire Top 6 best-sellers go against the market and post solid gains: add the Peugeot 308 (+7%) and Dacia Sandero (+17%), and there are only 3 declining nameplates in the Top 16: the Renault Megane (-25%), Captur (-21%) and Peugeot 2008 (-7%). The Citroen C3 Aircross soars 101% to secure its 4th ever Top 10 finish at home at #9 after last January (#10), July (#9) and September (#10) and the Renault Twingo (+30%) continues to take full advantage of ongoing scrappage schemes. At #11 overall the Toyota Yaris (+26%) confirms it is the new favourite foreigner in France – albeit produced locally – distancing the Ford Fiesta (+61%) at #14, Opel Corsa (+39%) at #16, VW Polo (-13%) at #17, Fiat 500 (-4%) at #18 and VW Golf (-43%) struggling mightily at #22.

The Citroen C5 Aircross appears inside its home Top 150 this month.

Other great performers inside the Top 50 include the DS 7 Crossback (+581%), Renault Zoe (+125%), Fiat Panda (+80%), Toyota C-HR (+70%), Peugeot 508 (+56%) up 87 spots on September to #44 thanks to the new generation, Opel Crossland X (+51%), Ford Focus (+50%), Citroen C4 Cactus (+49%), Ford Ecosport (+44%), Citroen C1 (+38%), Dacia Duster (+36%) and Mercedes A-Class (+35%). The Citroen C4 Spacetourer (#19), VW T-Roc (#29), BMW X2 (#67), Volvo XC40 (#75) and Peugeot Rifter (#90) top all recent launches (<12 months) while we welcome the Citroen C5 Aircross at #144. Among private sales, no less than 7 of the 8 best-sellers post at least a double-digit gain, with the Dacia Sandero (+20.1%) reclaiming the top spot to holds YTD off the Peugeot 208 (+13.3%) ahead of the Renault Clio (+10.2%) and Citroen C3 (+29.7%). The Citroen C3 Aircross (+208.8%) hits its highest private ranking so far at #6 (previous best #7 last August) just as the Renault Twingo (+61.8%) and Dacia Duster (+40%) take off.

Previous post: France 1-17 October 2018: Citroen (+18%), Toyota (+16%) shine, Audi (-75%), Nissan (-53%), VW (-44%) still hurting

Previous month: France September 2018: Toyota scores first Top 5 in market down 12.8%

One year ago: France October 2017: Peugeot 3008/5008 tandem triumphs

Full October 2018 Top 40 brands, Top 270 models and Top 10 private sales below.

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Europe October 2018: Post-WLTP hangover softens (-7.4%), VW Group (-21.6%) still struggles

Peugeot (+1.9%) is up to #2 brand in Europe in October.

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According to preliminary data revealed by ACEA, the European new car market is still reeling from post-WLTP hangover, registering a second consecutive decline at -7.4% to 1.118.859 units (EU+EFTA countries), leading to a year-to-date volume up 1.4% to 13.424.360. This is the lowest October result since 2014. Out of the 30 European markets surveyed, only four manage a year-on-year gain this month: Lithuania (+20.9%), Greece (+13%), Croatia (+10.4%) and Hungary (+5.4%), with France (-1.5%), Poland (-1.5%), the UK (-2.9%), Slovakia (-4.4%) and Cyprus (-4.5%) all maintaining their fall below -5%. At the other end of the scale, Romania (-32.9%), Sweden (-28.1%), Iceland (-27.8%), Austria (-20.3%) and the Netherlands (-17.5%) are the hardest hit. Year-to-date, once again Lithuania (+26.3%) leads the gainers ahead of Romania (+24.2%), Hungary (+24.2%), Croatia (+20.4%) and Greece (+19.7%) whereas Iceland (-13.3%), the UK (-7.2%), Norway (-4.4%), Ireland (-4.4%), Italy (-3.2%) and Switzerland (-3.2%) all struggle.

European BMW sales gain 12.4% year-on-year in October.

After freefalling 48.4% to #2 in September, the VW Group (-21.6%) reclaims the #1 spot it holds year-to-date but remains in very poor shape, only edging past the symbolic 200.000 units mark for just 46 sales with Porsche (-62%) and Audi (-53%) still in hell while Seat (-14.5%), Volkswagen (-16%) and Skoda (-2.7%) are on the mend. The PSA Group (-1.2%) once again outperforms the market thanks to a line-up that was WLTP-ready months before the September 1 deadline: Citroen (+3.7%) and Peugeot (+1.9%) are in positive while Opel (-7.4%) exactly matches the market. Renault-Nissan (-17.3% vs. -33.1% last month) and FCA (-13.3% vs. -32.1%) continue to implode with double-digit losses whereas the premium segment is the main beneficiary of these troubled times with the BMW Group (+13.6%), Geely Group/Volvo (+10.3%) and Daimler (+7.6%) all swimming upstream. Toyota Motor (+4.7%) also scores a very impressive result just as Hyundai-Kia (-0.3%) and Ford Motor (-0.9%) manage to stay stable in a downward trend.

The new i-Pace lifts Jaguar up 64.6% across Europe.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen (-15.2%) climbs back up to its traditional pole position despite posting another double-digit decline, with the remainder of the Top 10 following widely different directions: if BMW (+12.4%), Mercedes (+7.9%), Toyota (+5.3%) and Peugeot (+1.9%) shine with year-on-year gains, Renault (-23.4%), Fiat (-15.5%) and Opel (-7.4%) jump on the brakes while Skoda (-0.8%) and Ford (-0.9%) are on pause. Further down, Jaguar (+64.6%), Mini (+17.9%), Jeep (+12.2%), Volvo (+10.3%) and Dacia (+7.8%) are among the best performers whereas Porsche (-62%), Audi (-53%), Alfa Romeo (-40.8%) and Nissan (-26.2%) all would rather forget October 2018.

Previous month: Europe September 2018: Post-WLTP knocks VW (-52%), lifts Opel to #1

One year ago: Europe October 2017: Golf, 208 and 3008 shine in market up 5.6%

Full October 2018 Top 10 groups and Top 20 brands below.

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Uruguay October 2018: Suzuki (+45%) triumphs in market down 21.2%

Suzuki sales gain 45% year-on-year to reach 17.9% market share vs. 10.8% YTD.

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The Uruguayan new car market plunges another 21.2% year-on-year in October to 3.449 registrations, pulling the year-to-date volume down 17.4% to 35.825 units. Suzuki braves the adverse conditions to surge 45% year-on-year and remain the best-selling carmaker in the country for the 2nd month running at 17.9% share vs. 10.8% so far this year where it snaps the #4 spot overall off Chevrolet (-73%). Volkswagen (-25%) rallies back up two spots on September to #2 overall, managing to remain in the YTD lead at 13.6%, holding off the Renault assault with the French manufacturer gaining 21% in October to end the race only 111 sales behind Volkswagen in the YTD order. Toyota (+100%) and Peugeot (+17%) also shine in the remainder of the Top 10, whereas Hyundai (-59%), Fiat (-43%) and Citroen (-27%) implode but Nissan (-16%) resists slightly better. Further down, Great Wall (+18%) becomes the best-selling Chinese carmaker, with Mitsubishi (+111%), Changhe (+100%), Chana (+15%), Jeep (+14%), JAC (+12%) and Kia (+8%) also managing rare gains. All-in-all, Chinese manufacturers freefall 45% year-on-year to just 7.6% share, in line with the 7.5% they command YTD (-43%).

Previous month: Uruguay September 2018: Toyota, Suzuki, Renault shine, market at -22%

One year ago: Uruguay October 2017: Volkswagen back on top in market up 14.8%

Full October 2018 Top 40 All-brands ranking below.

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Jordan January-October 2018: Toyota bypasses Hyundai and Kia, market down 40%

The Toyota Land Cruiser is the new best-seller in Jordan.

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New car sales in Jordan dive by a ghastly 40.4% year-on-year over the first 10 months of 2018 to just 23.855 registrations,  down 39.2% when comparing apples with apples and removing Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen from 2017 figures as these manufacturers have failed to report sales for 2018. Toyota (-25%) resists much better than the market to overtake both Hyundai (-50%) and Kia (-50%) to snap the brands pole position with 25.5% share. Nissan (+14%) is the only Top 13 manufacturer to manage a year-on-year gain to climb onto the last step of the podium at 7.8% share, distancing Mitsubishi (-60%), Isuzu (-18%), Lexus (-48%) and Land Rover (-27%). Honda (-3%), Ford (-6%), Suzuki (-18%) also resist well but it’s Renault (+52%) that impresses the most among large carmakers, with Volvo (+63%), Jeep (+43%) and Citroen (+12%) among the other great performers. Model-wise, the Toyota Land Cruiser (-32%) snaps the lead away from the Kia Frontier (-56%) while the Hyundai Tucson (+15%) and Toyota Hilux (+106%) manage to gain ground year-on-year to lift up 4 and 11 spots respectively to #3 and #4, distancing the Hyundai Elantra (-61%) and Sonata (-63%) both in freefall. Notice also the Nissan Patrol (+50%) and Isuzu TF (+17%) climbing up the ranking as well. The Ford Ecosport (#74) and Suzuki Baleno (#76) are the best-selling recent launches for the year (<12 months).

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Previous post: Jordan H1 2018: Hilux (+98%) helps Toyota regain #1, market down 29%

One year ago: Jordan First Half 2017: Jordan and Kia both climb above Toyota

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Syria January-October 2018: Hyundai Elantra tops market up 9.3%

The Hyundai Elantra is the most popular vehicle in Syria so far this year.

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The Syrian new car market edges up 9.3% year-on-year so far in 2018 to 8.720 registrations, but understandably given the dire situation the country finds itself in, only a handful of carmakers remain active here. Hyundai (+2%) holds onto the brands lead with 59.7% share but it’s Kia (+48%) that impresses this year, leaping up to 39.6% share. Nissan (-23%) only manages 63 sales. The Hyundai Elantra (+95%) almost doubles its sales year-on-year to brilliantly snap the models pole position with 25.7% share, distancing the 2017 leader the Hyundai Tucson (-27%), the Kia Cerato (+462%) and Sorento (+96%). The best-selling non-Korean nameplate is the Nissan Sunny at #12.

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Previous post: Syria January-May 2018: Kia and Sorento step ahead in market up 48%

One year ago: Syria August 2017: Hyundai Tucson dominates market down 23%

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Yemen January-October 2018: Toyota up 51% to 93.4% share

The Toyota Land Cruiser remains the best-selling vehicle in Yemen.

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Despite the extremely confronting situation the country is enduring at the moment, new car sales in Yemen lift up 31.4% year-on-year over the first 10 months of 2018 to 4.227 units, and even +37.7% when removing BMW from the 2017 equation to compare the same set of brands as the German carmaker has stopped reporting sales for the region. In fact it’s Toyota that single-handedly pushes the Yemeni market up, soaring 51% to almost 4.000 units and 93.4% share just as Kia and Isuzu have left the market and Lexus (-33%) and Suzuki (-61%) fall to 31 and 12 sales respectively. Only Land Rover (-27%) and Nissan (-21%) manage to score three-digit sales figures on the podium. The Top 5 best-selling models all gain significant ground year-on-year, with the Toyota Land Cruiser (+47%) comfortably holding onto the top spot with 41.2% share ahead of the Land Cruiser Pickup (+78%), Hilux (+35%), Prado (+70%) and Fortuner (+144%). The Toyota RAV4 (+205%) leaps into the Top 10 and the Range Rover Velar lands directly at #10.

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Previous post: Yemen January-May 2018: Toyota at 94.1% share, Land Cruiser tops market up 20.3%

One year ago: Yemen August 2017: Toyota holds 85.3% of market down 24%

Full January-October 2018 Top 10 All-brands and Top 25 All-models below.

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New Zealand October 2018: Rentals push market to all-time high volume, Toyota at 30%

Deep discounts on the outgoing generation push Toyota RAV4 sales up 108% in October.

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The New Zealand new vehicle market reaches a new all-time high monthly volume in October at 16.670 units, smashing the previous all-time best of 15.985 established in June 2017 and up 7.6% year-on-year, leading to a YTD volume also at a record high 136.063, up 1.7% on the previous record established over the same period in 2017. Toyota (+12%) outpaces the market to reach a gargantuan 30% share vs. 19.3% YTD, posting its largest monthly volume ever in New Zealand at 4.998 units. The Japanese manufacturer was helped by its domination of the rental market, always bustling during these pre-Summer months: 88% of Corollas registered in October were to rental companies, 82% of RAV4, 79% of Highlander, 75% of Prado and 61% of Yaris.

Holden (+7%) posts a performance in total contrast with its dismal figures in neighbouring Australia, even climbing up 3 spots on September to #2 overall. It distances Ford (-16%), Mazda (+14%) and Mitsubishi (+19%) with Volkswagen (+25%) and Nissan (+14%) also standing out in the Top 10. Haval (+200%), Bentley (+167%), Citroen (+158%), Alfa Romeo (+150%), Renault (+137%), Great Wall (+133%), Jeep (+106%), Skoda (+92%), LDV (+62%), Volvo (+46%) and Honda (+24%) also make waves. The Toyota Corolla (-2%) tops the models ranking with an ultra-dominant 10.5% share but is stuck at #3 YTD for now. At #2, the Toyota RAV4 (+108%) more than doubles its sales year-on-year thanks to rental and is now up to #4 YTD. The Ford Ranger (+3%) and Toyota Hilux (+6%) have timid months but remains in the YTD lead in this order, with the Mazda CX-5 (+40%), Holden Colorado (+29%) and Mitsubishi Triton (+23%) also in great shape in the Top 10.

Previous month: New Zealand September 2018: Pre-summer rentals lift Toyota Corolla to #1

One year ago: New Zealand October 2017: Rentals boost Toyota sales up 36% to 28.7% share

Full October 2018 Top 70 All-brands and Top 30 models below.

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Slovenia October 2018: Octavia, 2008 shine in market down 13.9%

The Skoda Octavia rises 50% to snap its first top spot finish of 2018.

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It’s a second consecutive month of post-WLTP decline for the Slovenian new car market at -13.9% to 5.548 units but the year-to-date tally remains comfortably in positive at +5.7% to a round 64.000 registrations. Volkswagen (+3%) manages a year-on-year uptick to 16% share vs. 16.5% so far in 2018 whereas Renault (-46%) implodes to 12.4% ahead of Skoda (+41%), Fiat (+16%), Peugeot (+15%) and Citroen (+15%) all posting outstanding scores. Further down, Jaguar (+967%), Smart (+614%), Mitsubishi (+158%) and Subaru (+133%) stand out. Model-wise the Skoda Octavia (+50%) brilliantly takes the lead for the first time since last December, overtaking a struggling Renault Clio (-19%) whereas just below the Fiat 500 (+102%) and VW Polo (+249%) post spectacular gains. The Peugeot 2008 (+61%), VW Tiguan (+16%) and Skoda Fabia (+5%) also shine in the Top 10 while the VW Golf (-53%) and Renault Megane (-30%) sink. The VW T-Roc (#12) leads recent launches ahead of the Skoda Karoq (#20) and Jaguar E-Pace (#52).

Previous month: Slovenia September 2018: Fiat doubles sales in market down 7.2%

One year ago: Slovenia October 2017: Renault up 71% to 19.7% share, market up 23%

Full October 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 195 All-models below.

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Japan October 2018: Toyota Sienta climbs to #2 in market up 12.5%

The Toyota Sienta climbs back up to 2nd place among regular cars this month.

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New vehicle sales in Japan soar 12.5% year-on-year in October to 418.992 units, the largest gain since June 2017 (+13.4%)  tilting the year-to-date volume into positive at +0.2% to 4.442.598. However the Top 4 best-selling marques all trail their home market: Toyota (+7.3%), Honda (+8.9%), Daihatsu (+9.2%) now #4 YTD and Suzuki (+10.5%). Nissan (+93.8%) makes up for a particularly weak score in October 2017 due to an inspection scandal, while Mitsubishi (+22.4%) and Hino (+22.4%) also impress inside the Top 10. Subaru (-2.5%) is the only carmaker in negative in the Top 12. Mercedes (+1.7%) dominates foreigners once again but is kept outside the Top 10 at #11, distancing BMW (+3.1%), Volkswagen (+8.1%) and Mini (-3.8%). Further down, Bentley (+148.7%), Alfa Romeo (+116.5%), Rolls-Royce (+63.6%), Renault (+51.1%), McLaren (+50%), DS (+38.1%), Lamborghini (+36.8%), Volvo (+15.5%) and Jeep (+14.4%) are among the best performers whereas at the other end of the ladder, Smart (-35.6%), Land Rover (-27.7%), Audi (-23.8%), Ford (-15%) and Cadillac (-14.5%) are in great difficulty.

Bentley sales soar 148.7% year-on-year in October in Japan.

Model-wise, among regular cars the Toyota Aqua (+4%) is back to #1 for the 5th time in the past 7 months but is stuck at #2 year-to-date over 11.000 sales below the Nissan Note (+255%) down to #3 this month. Thanks to a mid-life facelift giving it a more SUV look and new seating configurations, the Toyota Sienta (+47%) leaps up six spots on September to land in 2nd place, the nameplate’s highest ranking in almost 3 years, since November 2015. Below the Toyota Prius (-12%), the Toyota Corolla (+33%) is boosted by the new generation hatch as is the Toyota Crown (+193%) up 6 ranks on September to land in 8th position, a ranking it hadn’t reached since November 2013. The Subaru Forester (+328%), Toyota JPN Taxi (+280%), Daihatsu Boon (+163%), Mazda Atenza (+163%), Honda Civic (+157%), Nissan X-Trail (+149%) and Toyota Alphard (+122%) all manage to more than double their sales year-on-year, most of them thanks to new models. As for all-new launches, the Suzuki Xbee is the most popular at #32 with 1.960 sales above the Mazda CX-8 at #37 and 1.396 and the Honda CR-V at #41 and 1.129.

The Honda CR-V is back on sale at home in Japan.

Over in the kei cars ranking, the Honda N-BOX (-3%) and Daihatsu Move (-15%) maintain their hold on the charts despite both dropping year-on-year, in contrast with their direct followers: the Suzuki Spacia (+72%), Daihatsu Tanto (+8%), Nissan Dayz (+90%) and Daihatsu Mira (+26%). The Daihatsu Atrai Wagon (+80%), Mazda Flair Wagon (+76%), Suzuki Jimny (+63%), Subaru Chiffon (+55%), Nissan NV100 Clipper Rio (+30%) and Toyota Pixis (+26%) also make themselves notiuced.

Previous month: Japan September 2018: Suzuki (+7.5%) and Jaguar (+68.5%) shine

One year ago: Japan October 2017: New Leaf can’t prevent Nissan’s freefall at -43%

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