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Spain October 2018: Peugeot, Dacia Sandero, Seat Arona shine in market down 5%

The Dacia Sandero is the best-selling model in Spain in October.

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The aftermath of the pre-WLTP sales pull-forward continues to impact the new car market in Spain, down for the 2nd straight month in October at -5% to 90.364 units, however the year-to-date tally remains in frank positive territory at +10.2% to 1.139.030 sales after 10 months, the highest volume at this stage of the year since 2007 (1.345.519). Logically, private sales – the least affected by the pre-WLTP rush – resist best this month at -1% to 54.927 and 60.8% share vs 58.3% a year ago, with company sales down 8.2% to 30.427 and 33.7% vs. 34.8% and rental sales the hardest hit at -23.1% to 5.010 and 5.5% vs. 6.9%. Year-to-date, it’s the turn of company sales to perform best at +17.4% to 352.539 and 31% share vs. 29.1% over the same period in 2017, with private sales up 7.3% to 527.136 and 49.7% vs. 51% and rental sales up 7.2% to 220.802 and 19.4% vs. 19.9%.

The Peugeot 2008 soars 50% to 4th place in October.

Peugeot (+26%) enjoys a 2nd consecutive month as the favourite brand in Spain thanks to a very sturdy uptick, whereas Seat (-18%) and Volkswagen (-13%) struggle on the podium. The rest of the Top 10 is by and large healthier than the market with Citroen (+19%), Hyundai (+15%), Ford (+11%), Mercedes (+9%) and Toyota (+5%) all in positive but Renault (-47%) and Opel (-13%) suffer. Further down, Volvo (+82%), Jeep (+63%), DS (+53%), Dacia (+36%), BMW (+35%), Mitsubishi (+25%) and Lexus (+19%) all excel while on the other end of the ladder, Porsche (-67%), Audi (-56%), Ssangyong (-53%), Land Rover (-50%), Mahindra (-40%) and Fiat (-30%) dive. Model-wise, the Dacia Sandero soars 44% year-on-year to snap its 9th monthly win in Spain, the first in 2018. Previous wins were in JanuaryAugustDecember 2013August, September 2014November 2015, August and December 2017.

The Seat Arona is up to a record 6th place at home.

The VW Polo (+172%) surfs on the new generation to return to #2, last held last June. The Seat Leon (-46%) is in a worrying situation but manages to remain on the podium and holds onto the YTD pole position. Like in September, Peugeot places two nameplates in the Top 5 with both the 2008 (+50%) and 3008 (+45%) posting superb gains. The Seat Arona (+679%) looks like it has finally found its mojo at home, up a further two spots on September to reach a new record 6th place, the highest ranking for the nameplate anywhere in the world. The Toyota C-HR (+98%) is also in great shape even though it is down 5 spots on its record-breaking 6th place last month, with other great performers in the Top 50 including the Hyundai Kona (+299%), Kia Stonic (+105%), BMW 1-Series (+75%), Citroen C3 Aircross (+69%), BMW X1 (+52%), Mercedes A-Class (+43%), Citroen C4 Cactus (+42%), Ford Fiesta (+31%) and Dacia Duster (+22%).

Previous month: Spain September 2018: Peugeot 3008 signs first major win in the world

One year ago: Spain October 2017: Renault and Seat Leon snap YTD leads

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Spain September 2018: Peugeot 3008 signs first major win in the world

The Peugeot 3008 is the best-selling vehicle in Spain in September.

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After August registrations were sent flying by pre-WLTP manipulations, the first September results are coming in for the European Union and, as expected, it’s not looking good – very logically so. Spanish registrations are down 15.9% to 70.404 units, the weakest September score since 2015 (70.416) yet the year-to-date volume remains comfortably in positive at +11.8% to 1.048.657, the best result and first time above 1 million after 9 months since 2007 (1.216.129). Counter-intuitively, company sales – the channel that was boosted the most by pre-WLTP stock clearances – resist well in context this month at -10.5% to 26.989, improving their share to 38.3% vs. 36% a year ago, while private sales drop 16.8% to 40.865 and 58% share vs. 58.6% and rental sales implode 42.9% to 2.550 and 3.6% vs. 5.3%. Year-to-date, once again company sales fare the best at +20.6% to 322.106 and 30.7% share vs. 28.5% over the same period a year ago, with private sales edging up 8.3% to 510.759 and 48.7% share vs. 50.3% and rentals up 8.2% to 215.792 and 20.6% vs. 21.3% in 2017.

The Toyota C-HR smashes its Spanish ranking record from #20 last month to #6.

In the brands ranking, September is bound to feature all across Europe the “revenge of the healthy marques”: those that didn’t get as much of a boost in August simply because their lineup was already WLTP-compliant. Case in point: Peugeot (+11%) up 6 spots on last month to brilliantly snap the Spanish pole position in September just as PSA’s entire lineup has been WLTP-ready for months. Seat (+15%) is also strong as Spain was one of the rare markets where it didn’t need to boost sales in August, distancing Toyota (+6%) up 6 ranks to #3 and a surprise at #4: Kia (+8%) which shot up to #2 overall last month with the Carens as the outright best-seller but remains very strong at 6.2% share vs. 5.3% so far this year. Citroen (+6%) jumps 8 spots to complete a Top 5 entirely in positive. Volkswagen (-29%) struggles mightily at #8 vs. #2 YTD but the steepest declines are ruthlessly relegated outside the Top 10: Renault (-51%) dives from #1 to #11, Nissan (-51%) from #6 to #14 with Porsche (-77%), Ssangyong (-68%), Alfa Romeo (-67%), Fiat (-62%), Audi (-59%), Land Rover (-57%), Suzuki (-53%), Subaru (-43%) and Infiniti (-42%) paying the price of their August sales manipulations. Jaguar (+37%), Volvo (+30%) and Mini (+25%) shine.

First Top 10 at home for the Seat Arona, after knocking this milestone in Austria last July.

Illustrating Peugeot’s smooth domination of the charts this month we have a big surprise in pole position of the models ranking: the Peugeot 3008 (+60%) signs its very first win in a major market anywhere in the world – no less, contrasting with the #13 spot it holds YTD (vs. #24 in 2017). The Seat Ibiza (+4%) and Leon (-9%) give the podium an air of familiarity though, even if their order is reversed compared to YTD where the Leon is #1. The Dacia Sandero (-0.4%) is up one spot on August to return to the #4 ranking it holds YTD with the Peugeot 2008 (+22%) up 14 ranks to complete a decidedly Peugeot-accented Top 5. The second big surprise of the month is the Toyota C-HR surging 94% year-on-year to #6, 14 spots above last month which was its previous Spanish ranking record – this way breaking into the Top 10 for the first time in any major European market. The Seat Arona celebrates one year in market by breaking into its home Top 10 for the first time also at #8 (pb #12 last May) – a milestone it already knocked in Austria last July. The VW Polo (+60%) goes against the brand’s direction at #17 thanks to the new model, the Kia Stonic improves its ranking record to #27 and the BMW X2 (#42) and Volvo XC40 (#43) both break into the Spanish Top 50 for the first time.

Previous month: Spain August 2018: Pre-WLTP stock clearing triggers record volume, sends Kia Carens to pole position

One year ago: Spain September 2017: Qashqai and Megane lead, Seat Ateca up to #9

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Spain August 2018: Pre-WLTP stock clearing triggers record volume, sends Kia Carens to pole position

The Kia Carens is the first Korean model to top the Spanish charts outright. 

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The Spanish new car market surges 48.8% year-on-year in August to 108.442 registrations, a new record for the month (previous best is 105.064 in 2005) leading to a year-to-date tally up 14.5% to 978.050 units, the highest result after 8 months since 2007 (1.119.355). August sales Europe-wide have been heavily impacted by the impending new emissions testing standard (WLTP) coming into effect on September 1, meaning a large amount of sales have been pulled forward to before that date as non-compliant vehicles will then only be registrable under strict conditions. Manufacturers themselves (with self-registrations) alongside fleet companies were the most active, gorging on discounted NEDC models that can then be sold as 0km used cars. Accordingly, it’s the “artificial” channels that pull the market up to record levels in August: company sales are up 87.3% to 43.445 and 40.1% share vs. 31.8% a year ago and rental sales are up 81.4% to 6.506 and 6% vs. 4.9% a year ago, traditionally a lot weaker now that the summer touristic season is over. Helped by stock-clearing promotions, private sales are also very dynamic nonetheless at +26.9% to 58.491 but lose share at 53.9% vs. 63.3% in August 2017. The year-to-date channel profile is slightly altered, with company sales still the engine of growth in Spain this year at +24.5% to 294.936 and 30.2% share vs. 27.7% followed by private sales up 11.2% to 469.872 and 48% share vs. 49.5% and rental sales up 9.4% to 213.242 and 21.8% share vs. 22.8% a year ago.

The Jeep Compass is up 1514% to #13.

A rough reading guide for most European August sales is: the brands sporting the largest year-on-year gains tend to be the ones that had the largest non-compliant stock to clear, and the brands with smaller increases already have a compliant range and do not need to “play” the system as much. So in a word, the more you gained, the more you had to lose with the new WLTP standards. There will be exceptions of course but this is a general reading of the situation. With this in mind (and I will repeat this caveat as much as I can as more European markets get published), Renault surges 85% to take the brands lead at 8.8% but the most out-of-the-ordinary scores go the remainder of the podium. Kia soars 139% year-on-year and 9 spots on July to land at a record 2nd place with 8.7%, only 65 sales off the overall pole position and lifting from #11 to #7 YTD in the process. Fiat for its part leaps up 134% and 5 ranks to #3 and 6.6%. Paradoxically, Volkswagen – which already posted artificially boosted July scores across Europe – is up only 28% at #4 ahead of YTD leader Seat (+49%) following the market. Other outlandish uplifts are lodged by Jeep (+349%), Alfa Romeo (+277%), Subaru (+271%), Jaguar (+270%), Abarth (+157%), Porsche (+115%), Nissan (+78%), Infiniti (+76%), Mitsubishi (+75%) and Land Rover (+73%).

The Fiat 500L is up 721% to #17.

The Spanish models ranking is sent into a spin by pre-WLTP stock clearing. The most striking illustration of this unusual situation is the Kia Carens up a whopping 677% to take the overall lead with 5.114 sales. This is an equivalent volume to what the Carens had sold in Spain in 2018 up until August, and the MPV hops from #56 to #26 YTD. It’s a wonder that many Carens were idling in the country waiting to be sold in the first place. Although a totally artificial move unrelated to customer taste, this is the first time in Spanish history a Korean model is the monthly best-seller. The Nissan Qashqai (+121%), Renault Megane (+112%), VW Tiguan (+89%) and Renault Captur (+136%) also outpace an already galloping market in the Top 10 while the Renault Clio (+49%), Dacia Sandero (+32%), Fiat 500 (+46%) and Seat Leon (+32%) post more modest advances. Other likely pre-WLTP-boosted nameplates include the Fiat Tipo at #12 (+193%), Jeep Compass at #13 (+1514%), Fiat 500L at #17 (+721%), Nissan X-Trail at #31 (+103%), Audi Q3 at #32 (+167%) and Fiat 500X at #33 (+124%). More “realistic” performers include the Peugeot 3008 (+95%) and Toyota C-HR (+82%) while recent launches (<12 months) are dominated by the Opel Grandland X (#38), Hyundai Kona (#39) and VW T-Roc (#54).

Previous month: Spain July 2018: Renault, Volkswagen and Nissan Qashqai triumph

One year ago: Spain August 2017: Dacia Sandero tops market at highest since 2007

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Spain July 2018: Renault, Volkswagen and Nissan Qashqai triumph

The Nissan Qashqai scores its second Spanish pole position in the past 4 years.

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New car sales in Spain continue to post excellent results this year, with July deliveries surging 19.3% year-on-year to 131.886 units, the highest score for the month since 2007 (167.519), lifting the year-to-date tally up 11.3% to 869.573, also the highest since 2007 (1.019.716). However behind this glossy result hides a relatively artificial performance channel-wise, with the market pulled up by sales to rental companies up 31.3% to 20.516 and 15.6% vs. 14.1% in July 2017 as well as company sales up 29.5% to 43.471 and 33% share vs. 30.4% a year ago. Let’s not underestimate the performance of private sales though, up a robust 10.6% to 67.899, but their share drops from 55.5% in July 2017 to just 51.5% now. Year-to-date, this time it’s company sales that pull the market up at +17.7% to 213.717 and 28.9% share vs 27.3% in 2017, with private sales only slightly below the market growth at +9.3% to 411.370, resulting in a relatively stable share at 47.3% vs. 48.2% a year ago. Rental sales quite satisfyingly trail the overall market at +8% to 206.727 units and see their share reduce from 24.5% to 23.8%.

The Megane (+44%) helps Renault up 33% this month in Spain.

Diesel sales drop to 35.9% share in July vs. 47.2% in July 2017 while petrol sales go from 52.3% to 63.5%. The evolution is similar year-to-date where diesel sales are at 36.8% of the Spanish market vs. 49.5% a year ago and petrol sales at 62.6% vs. 50.1% over the same period in 2017. Segment-wise, unsurprisingly SUVs are the engine of growth in Spain with small SUVs up a disproportionate 115.5% to 14.807 sales, compact SUVs up 41.3% to 34.706 and large SUVs up 31.5% to 7.467. In contrast, mini cars are down 7.6% to 5.062, small cars down 1.2% to 24.443 but compact cars are solid at +9.8% to 27.124. The hardest hit significant segment is compact MPVs down 18.1% to 5.512 while small MPVs surprise with a 45.2% gain to 2.196 and large MPVs gain 23.9% to 1.082. Year-to-date, small SUVs are up 91.1% to 95.917, compact SUVs up 24% to 202.944 and large SUVs up 25.9% to 40.486, while mini cars are up 9% to 39.173, small cars up 1.7% to 186.625 and compact cars up 0.9% to 179.937. This time all MPV segments are down: small MPVs drop 24.7% to 9.388, compact MPVs are at -11.8% to 44.567 and large MPVs down 18.1% to 6.151.

The Tiguan (+97%) boosts Volkswagen Spanish sales up 35% in July.

Over in the brands ranking, like last month the top sellers are extremely dynamic with the entire Top 10 posting double-digit gains and 8 out of 10 actually outpacing the market, starting with Renault up a fantastic 33% to 9.3% share vs. 7.5% so far in 2018 and Volkswagen up 35% to 8.6% vs. 8.2%. Leader year-to-date, Seat gains a solid 18% to 7.6%, below the 8.3% it commands this year. Peugeot is up 20% to #4 but is overtaken by Renault YTD for the third place. Audi (+49%), Nissan (+45%) and Fiat (+36%) score the largest gains in the Top 10 with Ford and Hyundai (both up 22%) also strong and Toyota (+17%) trailing the market just slightly. Further down, Jeep (+222%) is the hero in town with July 2018 deliveries more than triple that of a year ago, with Subaru (+140%), Alfa Romeo (+130%), Ferrari (+100%), Mahindra (+73%), Porsche (+52%) and Volvo (+45%) also very impressive.

The Hyundai Kona lifts its ranking record to #33.

Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai stuns with a 94% year-on-year surge lifting it from #9 in June to its second pole position in the past four years (add September 2017) with a margin of over 1.000 sales and almost one percentage point on any other nameplate in market this month. Talk about a triumph. This performance lifts the Qashqai to #3 year-to-date vs. #4 over the Full Year 2017. The Renault Megane (+41%) also scores a very impressive result this month to land in 2nd place whereas it only ranks 13th so far in 2018. Leader YTD, the Seat Leon (-3%) is knocked down to #3 above its little sister the Seat Ibiza (-11%) #2 this year. But it’s the VW Tiguan (+97%) that posts the largest gain in the Top 10 to hit #7, with the Renault Captur (+44%) also outstanding. Further down, the Jeep Compass (+786%), Fiat 500L (+132%), Ford Fiesta (+128%), Audi Q3 (+119%), Fiat Tipo (+115%), Toyota C-HR (+89%), Nissan X-Trail (+74%), Audi A1 (+64%), Peugeot 3008 (+49%), Ford Kuga (+47%), Dacia Duster (+42%) and Renault Kadjar (+42%) post the largest gains in the Top 40, when excluding the Seat Arona only just one year old at #15. Among recent launches, the VW T-Roc (#30), Hyundai Kona (#33), and Opel Grandland X (#47) all break their ranking records whereas the Citroen C3 Aircross (#39) is down, and we welcome the Lamborghini Urus in the charts.

Previous month: Spain June 2018: VW surges 35% in highest month in over 10 years

One year ago: Spain July 2017: Renault (+15%) leads in biggest July since 2008

Full July 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 295 All-models below.

Spain June 2018: VW surges 35% in highest month in over 10 years

VW Polo sales are up 16% year-on-year in June in Spain.

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The Spanish new car market is up a solid 7.9% year-on-year in June to 142.728 registrations, the highest volume for the month since 2007 (166.298), but also the highest monthly volume outright in over 10 years – since December 2007 (144.455). This brings the year-to-date tally up 9.9% to 737.670, also the highest half-year result since 2007 (852.197). In contrast with the situation in the past months, private sales are pulling the market down in June with a meagre 1.3% year-on-year uplift to 62.302 units leading to a much-decreased share going from 46.5% in June 2017 to just 43.7% now. Rental sales surge 13.8% to 34.291 and 27.3% share vs. 25.9% a year ago and company sales soar 13.5% to 36.473 and 29% share vs. 27.6%.

Year-to-date, private sales match the market at +9% to 315.098 and 46.6% share vs. 47% over the same period a year ago, while rental sales are weaker at +6% to 175.743 and 25.2% vs. 26.2% in 2017. Company sales are by far the best performing at +15% to 180.160 and 28.2% share vs. 26.8% a year ago. Petrol sales shoot up 32.6% to 91.152 and 63.9% share vs. 52% in May 2017 whereas diesel sales freefall 19.4% to 50.678 and 35.5% share vs. 47.5% a year ago. Year-to-date, petrol is up 37.8% to 460.312 (62.4% share vs. 49.8% a year ago) with diesel down 18.4% to 273.014 (37% vs. 49.9% in 2017).

The Seat Tarraco has landed in Spain.

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen surges 35% year-on-year to snap the pole position for the third time this year after January and March with 9.4% share vs. 8.1% so far in 2018. YTD leader Seat (+15%) also posts a strong performance in 2nd place in May whereas Renault (-10%) is in difficulty at #3. Audi (+23%), Citroen (+23%), Kia (+17%), Toyota (+14%) and Peugeot (+11%) all brilliantly lodge double-digit gains in the remainder of the Top 10 just as Opel (-7%) is the only carmaker in negative alongside Renault. Further down, Subaru (+98%), Jeep (+95%), Abarth (+43%), Mitsubishi (+40%), Smart (+38%), Lexus (+32%), DS (+28%), Skoda (+27%), Jaguar (+24%), Dacia (+20%), Maserati (+20%) and Mercedes (+14%) all impress. At the other end of the scale, Tesla (-23%), Ford (-22%), Land Rover (-20%), Infiniti (-20%) and Volvo (-14%) all struggle.

Strikingly, 9 of the 12 best-selling models in Spain manage a double-digit year-on-year gain in May, led by the Seat Leon (+14%), VW Polo (+16%), VW Golf (+32%) and Dacia Sandero (+37%). The VW Tiguan (+87%) is the most impressive at #12 vs. #17 YTD, with the Fiat 500 (+64%) once again posting a brilliant result. The Peugeot 2008 (+33%), Peugeot 308 (+28%) and Citroen C3 (+24%) also stun, whereas the Seat Ibiza (-17%), Nissan Qashqai (-5%) and Renault Clio (+2%) underperform. The Seat Arona remains the most popular recent launch at but drops 11 spots on May to #23, ahead of the Citroen C3 Aircross at #29 (+17), VW T-Roc at #44 (-9), Kia Stonic at #46 (-5), Opel Grandland X at #59 and Hyundai Kona at #60 (-11). Finally, the Seat Tarraco, the brand’s new 7-seat SUV whose name was decided by a public online vote,  makes its very first appearance in the sales charts of any country with its first unit sold this month at home.

Previous month: Spain May 2018: Fiat 500, Opel Mokka, Seat Arona hit record, biggest market in 11 years

One year ago: Spain June 2017: Seat Ibiza reclaims lead in biggest June in a decade

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Spain May 2018: Fiat 500, Opel Mokka, Seat Arona hit records, biggest market in 11 years

The Seat Arona misses out on a first Top 10 ranking at home for just 25 sales.

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New car sales in Spain gain 7.1% year-on-year in May to 135.990 registrations, the largest score for the month since 2007 (153.400), while the year-to-date volume is now up 10.4% to 594.931 units, also at its highest since 2007 (685.899). Note 2.700 registrations that couldn’t be counted in April due to a technical problem have been included in the May total, which should actually be up by 4.9% instead of 7.1%, however still best since 2007. Once again it’s a very healthy market with private sales up 12.2% to 55.765 and 46% vs. 43.9% a year ago, and company sales up 13.1% to 35.043 and 25.8% vs. 24.4% a year ago doing the heavy lifting whereas artificial rental sales drop 4.7% to 38.376 and 28.2% share vs. 31.7% in May 2017. Year-to-date, roughly the same image is replicated with company sales up 15.9% to 166.581 and 28% share vs. 26.7% over the same period in 2017, private sales up 10.9% to 281.159 and 47.3% share vs. 47.1% and rental sales up just 5.1% to 147.191 and 24.7% vs. 26.3% a year ago.

The Fiat 500 posts its second podium ranking in three months – and ever.

Homegrown carmaker Seat surges 37% to retain its home pole position at 8.4% share, while Renault (+13%) is up two spots on April and its YTD ranking to #2 and 8.1% and Volkswagen (+3%) down one rank to #3 at 7.5%. Opel (-4%) outsells Peugeot (+18%) by just one unit to snap the #4 spot. Kia (+16%) and Hyundai (+13%) also post double-digit gains in the Top 10 while below, Ferrari (+175%), Jeep (+77%), Subaru (+64%), Suzuki (+53%), Mazda (+30%), Abarth (+28%), Jaguar (+27%), Lexus (+25%), Mahindra (+22%) and Mitsubishi (+21%) all post spectacular gains whereas Land Rover (-24%), Maserati (-24%), Ssangyong (-22%), Nissan (-18%), Tesla (-15%) and Audi (-13%) struggle. Alpine returns with just one sale of its A110 for the month.

The Opel Mokka breaks its Spanish ranking record at #6.

Model-wise, the Seat Leon (+34%) reclaims the pole position both in May and year-to-date (+5%), bumping out the Seat Ibiza (-13%) down to a paltry 11th place this month. The Fiat 500 once again posts a fantastic month, up 67% year-on-year and 19 spots on April to a new record 2nd place overall, meaning it has snapped two podium ranking in three months (#3 in March) whereas it had never cracked the Top 5 before February 2018. As we did in March, we still suspect this sudden gain of form by the 500 in Spain has a lot to do with rental deals, a channel Fiat has traditionally thrived in. The Renault Clio (+14%) is back up three spots to #3, dislodging the Dacia Sandero (+9%) from the podium while the Opel Mokka soars 30% year-on-year and 19 ranks on April to a record #6, smashing its previous best of #10 hit in January and November 2016. The Renault Captur (+29%) also shines at #7 just as the Seat Arona gains 7 spots on last month to break its ranking record at home to #12, missing out on a very first Top 10 by just 25 sales.

Previous month: Spain April 2018: Seat Ibiza up to #1 YTD, market at highest in 10 years

One year ago: Spain May 2017: Seat Leon leads market up 11.1%

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Spain April 2018: Seat Ibiza up to #1 YTD, market at highest in 10 years

The Seat Ibiza reclaims the helm of the Spanish models ranking despite dropping 12% YoY.

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The Spanish new car market posts a third double-digit year-on-year gain in four months in April at +11.9% to 114.266 registrations, the highest score for the month since 2008 (123.620). Year-to-date volumes are up 10.8% to 456.279, here too the largest score at this stage of the year in ten years, since the 471.382 of 2008. The great news is that the market’s growth is solely fuelled by private sales this month, up a gigantic 19.1% to 54.040 or 47.3% share vs. 44.4% a year ago. Year-to-date, private deliveries are up 9.7% to 217.054, trailing the market slightly resulting in a lower share at 47.6% vs. 48%. Company sales are up 9.1% to 30.643 and 26.8% share vs. 27.5% in April 2017 but YTD they are up a splendid 15.9% to 130.668, pulling the market up and scoring a 28.6% share vs. 27.4% over the same period a year ago. Finally, rental sales edge up 3.3% to 29.583 units and 25.9% vs. 28% a year ago and up 7.3% to 108.557 and 23.8% vs. 24.6% YTD. Always a good sign when tactical sales such as rentals see their market share decrease.

The Dacia Sandero is up 44% to #3 this month in Spain.

This month local carmaker Seat is up four spots on March with sales up 4% year-on-year to 9.6% share to reclaim the brands pole position it holds YTD at 8.6% (+13%). Despite deliveries surging 29% to 8.4% share, Volkswagen drops to #2, a ranking it also holds YTD at 7.9% share (+15%). Peugeot (+15%) remains in third place, overtaking Renault (+19%) while Toyota posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at +40%, leaping up 7 spots on March to #5. Hyundai (+38%) and Kia (+29%) also perform extremely well in the Top 10, while beyond, Jeep (+97%), Tesla (+94%), Porsche (+79%), Mazda (+46%), Mitsubishi (+32%), Jaguar (+31%), Suzuki (+23%), Mini (+22%), Audi (+18%) and Dacia (+18%) make themselves noticed.

The Jaguar i-Pace makes its very first appearance in the Spanish sales charts.

Over in the models ranking, despite diving 12% year-on-year to 3.8% share, the Seat Ibiza is up five spots on March to top the sales charts, also snapping the YTD pole position off the Seat Leon, itself down 25% to #4. Leader last month, the VW Polo is knocked down to #2 but gains 27% on April 2017 just as the Dacia Sandero soars 44% year-on-year and 6 ranks on last month to #3. The Nissan Qashqai (+20%), Peugeot 2008 (+15%) and Renault Clio (+12%) also post double-digit gains inside the Top 10. Further down, the Fiat Tipo (+149%), Renault Captur (+67%), Toyota Yaris (+59%), Peugeot 3008 (+52%), VW Tiguan (+40%), Toyota C-HR (+39%), Kia Sportage (+32%) and Toyota Auris (+29%) all shine. Now that the Seat Arona (#19) celebrates one year in its home ranking, the Kia Stonic (#31, +7 on March) tops recent launches ahead of the VW T-Roc posting its first Top 50 finish at #35 (+25) and the Citroen C3 Aircross at #42 (+1). Finally, we welcome the Jaguar i-Pace in the Spanish charts at #255 with 5 units sold.

Previous month: Spain March 2018: VW Polo #1, Fiat 500 #1, sales at 11-year high

One year ago: Spain April 2017: Seat surges 43% to take year-to-date lead

Full April 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 283 All-models below.

Spain March 2018: VW Polo #1, Fiat 500 #3, sales at 11 year-high

First Spanish monthly win for the new generation VW Polo.

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After two double-digit gains in January and February, new car sales in Spain markedly slow down their gain in March, edging up just 1.9% to 128.683 units, the highest score for the month since 2007 (173.778), yet the year-to-date volume marks a 10.5% uplift to 342.012 registrations, the largest three-month result in Spain since 2008 (347.762). As expected, just as the market goes softer, private sales switch to negative mode at -3.8% to 56.150 and 43.6% share this month vs. 46.2% in March 2017. Year-to-date though, private sales gain 6.9% to 163.016 but lose share at 47.7% vs. 49.2% over the same period last year. Company sales fare the best in March at +12.1% to 36.559 and 28.4% share vs. 25.8% a year ago, and also YTD at +18.2% to 100.022 and 29.2% share vs. 27.3%. Rental sales roughly match the market at +1.8% to 35.974 and 28% share, unchanged, and up 8.8% to 78.974 and 23.1% so far this year vs. 23.4% a year ago.

The Fiat 500 posts its very first podium ranking in Spain.

Volkswagen leaps up 3 spots on February to take the lead of the brands ranking despite dropping 1% year-on-year to 7.7% share. It is followed by Renault down 5% but also up 3 ranks to #2, Peugeot up 10% to 7.1% share, Nissan up 7% and five spots to #4 and Seat up 3% to 6.8% but down from #1 last month. Seat retains the YTD #1 spot with sales up 16% to 8.3% share vs. 7.7% for Volkswagen at #2. Along wth Peugeot, Fiat (+20%) and Kia (+14%) are the only two additional Top 10 carmakers to post a double-digit year-on-year gain in March. Further down, Abarth (+92%), Jeep (+72%), Tesla (+63%), Honda (+40%), Mazda (+36%) and Lexus (+20%) lodge the most spectacular improvements of the month.

Citroen C-Elysee sales are up 61% year-on-year in Spain this month.

The VW Polo surges up 10 spots on February to snap the Spanish models pole position this month and despite sales down 13% year-on-year. This is the Polo’s first Top 10 ranking here since last July – finally feeling the effects of the new generation – and first top spot in a year: it also ranked #1 in March 2017. As a result, the Polo’s YTD ranking improves to #7 vs. #8 over the FY2017. The Seat Leon reclaims the YTD lead despite a paltry 4th place in March but the Ibiza, #1 until now, ranks even lower at #6. The Nissan Qashqai climbs to #2 despite dropping 2% but the hero of the month is once again the Fiat 500: up a majestic 98% on March 2017 to break into the Spanish podium for the very first time at #3, only one month after cracking its first Top 5. We suspect that this sudden gain of form by the 500 in Spain has little to do with Spanish private buyers’s sudden change of heart, rather some particularly interesting deals with rental car companies, a channel Fiat has traditionally thrived in.

Somewhat logically, the Seat Arona is the best-selling recent launch at home.

Other double-digit gainers inside the Top 10 include the Peugeot 208 (+31%), Dacia Sandero (+22%) and VW Golf (+11%) while outside let’s single out the Mazda CX-5 (+69%), Citroen C-Elysee (+61%), Nissan X-Trail (+58%), Micra (+57%), Hyundai i30 (+43%), BMW X1 (+25%), Ford Kuga (+22%) and VW Tiguan (+18%), The Seat Arona continues to lead recent launches (<12 months) but drops 6 spots on last month to #24. It distances the Kia Stonic posting its first Spanish Top 50 ranking at #38 (+14), the Citroen C3 Aircross at #43 (-4), the Hyundai Kona at #53 (+5), Opel Crossland X at #56 (+7) and VW T-Roc at #60 (-7).

Previous month: Spain February 2018: Fiat 500 & Peugeot 3008 up, sales at 10 year-high

One year ago: Spain March 2017: VW Polo leads, Seat Ateca breaks into Top 10

Full March 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 285 All-models below.

Spain February 2018: Fiat 500 & Peugeot 3008 up, sales at 10 year-high

The Fiat 500 breaks into the Spanish Top 5 for the first time this month… 

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The Spanish new car market is up by a robust 13.1% year-on-year in February to 111.173 registrations, the best score for the month and first six-digit figure since 2008 (121.406), lifting the year-to-date total up 16.4% to 213.320, once again the highest since 2008 (223.070). All distribution channels manage to post double-digit gains this month: rental sales are up 10.9% to 26.780, private sales are up 12.2% to 53.598 and company sales up 16.8% to 30.795. Year-to-date, company sales also post the strongest result at +22.1% to 63.460 and 29.7% share vs. 28.4% a year ago, with rental sales up 15.5% to 43.000 and 20.2% share, very close to the 20.3% it commended in 2017 and private sales trailing at +13.6% to 106.860 and 50.1% share vs. 51.3% a year ago.

…while the Peugeot 3008 breaks into the Top 10 for the first time. 

Local manufacturer Seat takes the lead of the brands ranking this month thanks to a 17% jump to a round 10% share, also earning the YTD top spot at +23% to 9.2%. Opel is down 6% but up two spots on January to #2, distancing Peugeot (+21%), last month’s leader Volkswagen (+7%) and Renault (+15%). In remainder of the Top 10, Audi (+22%) and Ford (+16%) beat the market while Citroen (+12%), Nissan (+11%) and Toyota (+3%) trail it. Further down, Skoda (+62%), Subaru (+47%), Jeep (+41%), Mazda (+41%), Ssangyong (+39%), Hyundai (+35%), Suzuki (+34%), Dacia (+30%), Abarth (+30%) and Lexus (+29%) all frankly outpace the market, with Mahindra (+183%), Bentley (+25%) and Ferrari (+20%) the best performing smaller brands.

The Seat Ibiza ranks #1 at home for the first time in 6 months. 

The Seat Ibiza (+18%) is the best-seller at home for the first time since last July and also nabs the YTD top spot, with its bigger colleague the Seat Leon (-8%) at #2 in both February and YTD. The Nissan Qashqai (+22%) and Dacia Sandero (+44%) follow but it’s the Fiat 500 (+109%) that is the most impressive near the top of the Spanish charts this month, up 19 spots on January and reaching its highest ever ranking in Spain at #5, beating the #6 it hit last August. The Peugeot 3008 (+93%) also impresses and breaks into the Top 10 for the first time at #9. The Citroen C4 Picasso (+55%), Renault Megane (+26%), Citroen C3 (+24%) and Kia Sportage (+21%) also post solid scores in the Top 20, while the Seat Arona (#18) leads all recent launches (<12 months) above the Citroen C3 Aircross (#39), Peugeot 5008 (#48), Kia Stonic (#52) and VW T-Roc (#53).

Previous month: Spain January 2018: Volkswagen and Golf top market up 20.2%

One year ago: Spain February 2018: Market growth slows to +0.1%

Full February 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 310 All-models below.

Spain January 2018: Volkswagen and Golf top market up 20.2%

The VW Golf is the best-selling car in Spain in January…

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New car sales in Spain soar 20.2% year-on-year in January to 102.152 registrations, the first six-digit figure for the month since 2008 and the highest since the all-time record of 116.434 in 2007. Once again though, private sales trail the market with a 15% gain to 53.262 and 52.1% vs. 54.5% a year ago whereas company sales are up 27.5% to 32.670 and 32% vs. 30.1% and rental sales up 24% to 16.220 and 15.9% vs. 15.4%. The Top 3 best-selling carmaker all outpace an already galloping market: Volkswagen surges 34% to 8.7% share above Seat up 31% to 8.4% and Peugeot up 31% to 7.4%. Opel is back up 8 spots on December to #4 but down 6% year-on-year, Toyota is up 6 spots and 12% to #5 and Renault up 48% but down 5 ranks on the #1 ranking it held both in December and FY2017. Hyundai (+76%) posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20 followed by Skoda (+65%) while further down Jeep (+125%), Ferrari (+100%) and Tesla (+100%) also post spectacular improvements.

…while the VW Tiguan breaks its ranking record at #6.

The VW Golf is up a splendid 53% year-on-year to become the best-selling car in Spain for the first time since December 2016, ending the month just 30 sales above the 2017 leader the Seat Leon (+36%) while the Dacia Sandero (+28%) rounds up the podium. The Seat Ibiza is in difficulty at -9% ahead of the Nissan Qashqai (+11%) while the VW Tiguan soars 40% to #6, the nameplate’s highest ever ranking in Spain beating the #9 hit in January 2015, and the Peugeot 2008 is up 42% to #7. The Seat Arona is up a further 7 spots on December to an all-time high #22, the VW T-Roc is up 32 to #67, the Range Rover Velar up 24 to #119, the Skoda Karoq up 70 to #139 and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross up 42 to #141. Finally we welcome the BMW X2 at #124 for its first month in the Spanish sales charts.

Previous post: Spain Full Year 2017: Seat Leon wins 4th straight crown in largest market in a decade

One year ago: Spain January 2017: Opel leads, Toyota C-HR inside Top 25

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