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Belgium October 2018: BMW repeats at #1 in market down 15.2%

BMW is the most popular carmaker in Belgium for the 2nd consecutive month.

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The September post has now been updated with the Top 10 YTD models. This month we are changing the way we report monthly sales data for Belgium, adding one-month delayed models data to the corresponding post (September in this case). You will notice there aren’t any multi-months posts for Belgium anymore to avoid confusion.

Second consecutive month of significant decline for Belgian new car sales in the aftermath of WLTP implementation in October at -15.2% to 36.894 units leading to a year-to-date tally up 2.9% to 492.616. And it’s an exploit for BMW (+14%): best-selling carmaker in the country for the second month running and the only one in positive in the Top 6 at 9.1% shares distancing Volkswagen (-12%) back up three spots to #2, Renault (-29%) still suffering greatly from post-WLTP hangover, Peugeot (-15%), Mercedes (-13%) and Opel (-3%). Below, Volvo (+17%), Toyota (+15%) and Skoda (+15%) join BMW as rare carmakers with a smile on their grille in the Top 10 while further down Jaguar (+12%), Mazda (+9%) and Honda (+1%) also shine.

Previous month: Belgium September 2018: BMW above 10% share, sales down 33.6%

One year ago: Belgium October 2017: Renault, Peugeot and Dacia shine

Full October 2018 Top 55 All-brands below.

Slovakia September 2018: Skoda (29.3%), Hyundai (10.7%) shine in market down 37%

The Skoda Octavia returns to the #1 spot in Slovakia.

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New car sales in Slovakia fall back down by a painful 37% year-on-year in September to 4.519 units after rising 45.8% in August in a pre-WLTP rush. Year-to-date, the market is now up 6.1% to 75.721. The Top 4 best-selling brands significantly outpace the market. Overall leader Skoda (-14%) manages to lose a lot less ground than the market, resulting in a pumped up 29.3% share, over 10 percentage points above its YTD level of 19%. Hyundai (-6%), Opel (-5%) and Toyota (-3%) do even better, also snapping much higher market shares at 10.7% vs. 7.6%, 8.4% vs. 4.7% and 7.7% vs. 4.9% respectively. The rest of the Top 10 has a totally different outlook, with Volkswagen (-73%), Suzuki (-60%) and Kia (-51%) freefalling and Citroen (-38%), BMW (-33%) and Peugeot (-28%) also sinking.

Further down, Volvo (+21%) manages the very impressive feat of actually progressing year-on-year, the only carmaker doing so this month alongside Maserati (+100%), Alfa Romeo (+14%) and Jeep (+6%). Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (-27%) climbs back up two spot to reclaim the pole position it held back in 2017, distancing fellow stablemates the Fabia (-16%) and Rapid (-1%) which the Hyundai i30 (+6%) is the only Top 10 nameplate in positive at #4 ahead of the Hyundai Tucson (-5%), Kia Cee’d (-46%) and Skoda Karoq.

Previous month: Slovakia August 2018: Skoda Fabia and Rapid top market up 45.8%

One year ago: Slovakia September 2017: Skoda Octavia overtakes Fabia for YTD lead

Full September 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 10 models below.

Luxembourg September 2018: Mercedes GLC and A-Class on top, sales at -34.6%

The A-Class shoots up to #2 in Luxembourg this month, with Mercedes the #1 brand.

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According to data released by our partner JATO Dynamics, new car sales in Luxembourg freefall 34.6% year-on-year in September to 2.596 (after surging 22.1% in August) in one of the most severe post-WLTP hangover cases in the European Union. Year-to-date volumes are up 3.7% to 42.369. This month we inaugurate new and extended coverage of Luxembourg now including an all-brands ranking. It’s an unusual month that sees Mercedes (14.2%) and BMW (12%) post much higher-than-average market share to dominate the September charts ahead of Peugeot (7.6%) while Volkswagen is relegated to 4th place at 7.2% share vs. 12.8% so far this year.

Luxembourg is the only European country where Borgward is on sale for now.

Volvo (6.4%) also impresses at #5 vs. #11 as do Opel (6%), Citroen (3.7%) and Jaguar (2.1%). For now only on sale in Luxembourg, Borgward adds up to 10 units here so far this year, including one in September. In the models order, Mercedes manages the incredible feat of placing the GLC at #1 and A-Class at #2, the latter earning a 7th spot YTD in the process. The BMW X3 is lifted up 8-fold year-on-year by the new generation to round up a podium 100% premium above the VW Golf (-75%) and Peugeot 3008 (-33%).

Previous month: Luxembourg August 2018: Mercedes GLC #1 in market up 22.1%

One year ago: Luxembourg September 2017: VW Golf leads, BMW X1 up to #3

Full September 2018 Top 55 All-brands and Top 10 models below.

Lithuania September 2018: Sales drop soft 8.3%, Toyota C-HR up to #2

The Toyota C-HR is up 223% year-on-year to 2nd place overall in Lithuania.

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After artificially soaring 58.5% in August due to pre-WLTP registrations, new car sales in Lithuania post a surprisingly measured drop in September at -8.3% to 2.279 units, the lowest of the three Baltic states, leading to a year-to-date volume up 27% to 24.328. This is according to data shared with us by our partner JATO Dynamics. The Fiat 500 (-14%) holds onto the models pole position at 19.6% share vs. 14.8% so far this year, but the surprise of the month is the 223% year-on-year surge of the Toyota C-HR leaping up to a record 2nd place, distancing the Fiat Tipo (+19%) and Toyota Auris (+209%) also posting a stunning gain, as does the Toyota RAV4 (+33%) bu the Nissan Qashqai (-84%), VW Golf (-77%), Passat (-71%) and Fiat 500X (-68%) all implode.

Previous month: Lithuania August 2018: Fiat 500 stock clearance leads to 23% share

One year ago: Lithuania September 2017: Fiat 500 up to 20.8% share, 500X up to #2

Full September 2018 Top 10 models ranking below.

Latvia September 2018: Toyota Auris, C-HR shine in market down 11%

The Toyota Auris is up 141% year-on-year to snap the Latvian #1 spot in September.

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According to data released by our partner JATO Dynamics, new car sales in Latvia dive 11% year-on-year in September to just 1.078 units, feeling the hangover effect of artificially boosted August figures. The year-to-date tally is now up 3.6% to 13.158. The Toyota Auris soars 141% year-on-year and 8 spots on last month to top the models ranking in September, overtaking the Nissan Qashqai (-11%) and Toyota RAV4 (-24%). Both the Skoda Octavia (+71%) and Toyota C-HR (+150%) post fantastic scores in the remainder of the Top 10, enabling the latter to return inside the YTD Top 10 at #9, a ranking it held over the Full Year 2017. The VW Passat (-75%), Ford Focus (-71%), VW Golf (-60%) and Tiguan (-45%) are hit hardest by the post-WLTP blues.

Previous month: Latvia August 2018: VW Golf (+322%) and Tiguan (+274%) artificially up

One year ago: Latvia September 2017: Golf and Passat lead market down 20.9%

Full September 2018 Top 10 models ranking below.

Estonia September 2018: Toyota RAV4 tops market down 18.2%

The Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling vehicle in Estonia in September.

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Thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics we can share with you today September data for Estonia where sales take a logical -18.2% year-on-year hit to 1.537 units after being artificially boosted by pre-WLTP registrations like the rest of the European Union. The year-to-date volume remains however in frank positive at +8.2% to 20.519. This month the Toyota RAV4 (+15%) snaps the models lead with 5.9% share, distancing the Skoda Octavia (-55%), Renault Clio (+11%) and Kia Sportage (+11%). #1 in August, the Toyota Avensis sinks 90% this month and drops from #1 YTD to #4. In the remainder of the Top 10, the Toyota C-HR (+34%) and Kia Cee’d (+14%) also shine.

Previous month: Estonia August 2018: Toyota Avensis and Renault Clio get biggest pre-WLTP boost

One year ago: Estonia September 2017: Skoda Octavia and Superb shine

Full September 2018 Top 10 models ranking below.

Italy October 2018: Fiat Panda and Lancia Ypsilon soften fall, market down 8%

The Fiat Panda hits its highest share at home in 20 months.

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As it has been the case in all European Union markets we have covered so far for October, in Italy the post-WLTP hangover lingers at -8% to 147.753 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally down 3.3% to 1.649.678. Private sales stand out with a 3.6% year-on-year gain to 96.484 and 65.3% share vs. 58% a year ago, whereas rental sales drop 16.6% to 24.880 and 16.8% share vs. 18.6% where short-term rentals are down 15.8% to 2.853, long-term leases down 19.8% to 18.392 and others up 3.2% to 3.635. Company sales are hit the hardest which is logical as this channel was over-used pre-WLTP at -29.7% to 26.389 and 17.9% share vs. 23.4%. In particular, self-registrations sink 36% to 18.327, again a logical evolution connected to the pre-WLTP rush.

The Lancia Ypsilon climbs back up to #2 overall for the first time in 2018.

Year-to-date, this time its rental sales that perform best, the only distribution channel in positive at +1.6% to 389.390 units or 23.6% share vs. 22.5% over the same period a year ago. Short-term rentals are down 9.1% to 123.279 but leases are up 4.3% to 231.132. Private sales almost match the market at -4% to 918.877 and 55.7% share vs. 56.1% while company sales dive 6.6% to 341.411. In terms of alimentation, diesel sales tumble down 27% to 65.055 units and 44% share but remain above petrol sales up 22.5% to 61.630. LPG is down 3.4% to 10.555 and hybrids gain 29.7% to 8.737. Year-to-date, diesel edges down 10.6% to 864.978 and 52.4% vs. 56.7% in 2017, petrol is up 4% to 566.191 and 34.3% vs. 31.9%, LPG is down 3.2% to 107.017 and hybrid is up 32.9% to 73.250. Segment-wise, only crossovers (+13.3%) are up, all other nine segments are down, with small (-56.1%) and compact MPVs (-57.5%) hit the hardest.

The Renault Clio is up to #2 year-to-date in Italy.

Fiat (-21%) is stuck in hell at home, recording a shattering 11th consecutive double-digit year-on-year decline, which leads to another weak 15.4% share. That’s Fiat’s second-lowest in history at home, below the 15% hit just last month. The two remaining carmakers on the podium are in positive: Volkswagen (+6%) is already out of post-WLTP hangover – something that isn’t true in the other EU market we’ve studied so far – and Ford (+4%) is strong in 3rd place. Only Jeep (+7%) and Toyota (+6%) manage to gain ground year-on-year in the Top 10 where Renault (-28%) crumbles, as do Infiniti (-87%), Tesla (-71%), Porsche (-67%), Alfa Romeo (-42%), Lexus (-28%), Audi (-20%), Hyundai (-18%), Seat (-14%) and Dacia (-13%). Great performers include Mahindra (+636%), DR Motor (+400%), Lamborghini (+300%), Mitsubishi (+155%), Ferrari (+106%), Jaguar (+101%), Volvo (+47%) and Suzuki (+21%).

The Lamborghini Urus lifts the brand up 4-fold in October.

Model-wise, the Fiat Panda (-6%) reassuringly posts its 2nd single-digit loss in the past 12 months (vs. 10 double-digit falls), reaching 8.5% share, its highest since February 2017. The Lancia Ypsilon (-0.4%) posts its best performance since August 2017 after freefalling 55% last August and 42% last February, reclaiming the 2nd spot at home for the first time in one year. The Toyota Yaris (+3%) is very strong once again at #3 vs. #11 YTD, the Renault Clio (+10%) is on the mend, snapping the #2 YTD spot off the Fiat 500X, the VW Polo (+65%) scores its first Top 5 finish in over two years (#4 in July 2016) and the Ford Ecosport (+59%) posts a second Top 10 finish in a row at #8 after a record #6 last month. The VW T-Roc is down 9 ranks on its record-breaking September (#4) but again outsells the Golf (-45%) back up 41 spots to #15.

Previous month: Italy September 2018: Yaris, T-Roc, Ecosport stun in market down 25.5%

One year ago: Italy October 2017: Citroen C3 hits highest ever ranking at #3

Full October 2018 Top 45 brands and Top 50 models below.

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

Full October 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 290 All-models below.

Brazil October 2018: Chevy Onix breaks records in market up 24.5%

The Chevrolet Onix hits its highest volume ever in Brazil this month.

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New light vehicle sales in Brazil enjoys an 18th month in a row of year-on-year gains in October at +24.5% to 244.740 registrations, the market’s largest gain since last April and the largest October result since 2014 (291.412). The year-to-date volume is now up 14.4% to 2.024.388 units, the highest result since 2015 (2.066.947). Chevrolet (+21%) remains the most popular carmaker in the country at 18% share vs. 17.2% so far this year, despite trailing the market slightly. In contrast, Volkswagen (+58%), Renault (+36%) now #5 YTD and Fiat (+34%) frankly beat the market. All other Top 10 marques lose share vs. October 2017 with Jeep (+24%) solid, but Nissan (+13%), Honda (+12%), Ford (+7%), Hyundai (+7%) and Toyota (+2%) weak. Further down, Chery (+292%) is by far the best performer in the remainder of the Top 20, breaking its volume record to 1.330 (previous best 1.235 in October 2013) and scoring the highest volume by a Chinese carmaker in Brazil in over 5 years: since May 2013 (JAC at 1.443). Volvo (+152%) and Kia (+28%) are also strong.

The Citroen C4 Cactus has landed in Brazil.

Model-wise, over three years after taking the lead of the ranking and never looking back (39 consecutive months at #1 since), the Chevrolet Onix (+22%) manages to break its all-time monthly volume record for the second time in the past three months at 22.324 (previous best 21.763 last August). It also signs its most dominant win ever at x2.13 the sales of the #2 ranked car, the Ford Ka (10.461). Its previous record was x2.10 last January 2018. The VW Gol (+43%) continues to rebound but is stuck in 4th place, while the Fiat Argo (+65%) breaks its volume record at 6.881, edging up to #8 YTD and the Renault Kwid (+51%), Sandero (+48%), Fiat Toro (+37%) and Strada (+34%) easily outpace the market. The VW Polo (#9) remains the most popular recent launch (<12 months) way above its sedan variant the VW Virtus (#20), the Toyota Yaris Hatch (#27), Fiat Cronos (#31) and Toyota Yaris Sedan (#33). The Chery Tiggo 2 crosses the symbolic 1.000 monthly sales mark for the first time and we welcome the Citroen C4 Cactus at #58, already the brand’s best-seller in Brazil.

Previous month: Brazil September 2018: Volkswagen, Fiat, Jeep, Chery lift sales up 5.8%

One year ago: Brazil October 2017: Ford Ka shines in market up 27%

Full October 2018 Top 20 brands and Top 150 models below.

Turkey October 2018: Civic sole survivor in imploding market (-76.6%)

The Honda Civic, interest-free for the month, remains Turkey’s best-seller.

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Just as inflation rates reach their highest level in 15 years, the nightmare year continues for the Turkish new car market, and even worsens with sales freefalling at -76.6% to 21.571 units, following a 14.8% drop in May, 39% in June35.9% in July52.6% in August and -75% in September. As a result the year-to-date volume is down 32.6% at 485.027. In the brands ranking, Fiat (-77%) is up 4 spots on September to take the lead and Ford (-77%) remains at #2, both carmakers matching the market whereas Honda (-2%) once again posts a fantastic performance, by far the best hold and the only carmaker to drop less than 62% (!) in the Top 15. In fact, among the remaining brands selling more than 10 units this month, only Alfa Romeo (+14%) is in positive, and only Volvo (-27%) and Porsche (-49%) manage to lose less than half their sales vs. October 2017. An absolute butchery indeed, with Audi (-95%), Isuzu (-91%), Opel (-88%), Renault (-86%), Seat (-85%), BMW (-83%), Peugeot (-82%), Volkswagen (-82%), Citroen (-81%), Suzuki (-81%) and Mazda (-80%) the hardest hit.

The best-selling model in Turkey for the month, the Honda Civic (+22%) signs a third consecutive win and manages to be the only Top 40 nameplate in positive, with the next best performing nameplates being the Hyundai Tucson (-24%), Nissan Micra (-36%) and Ford Ranger (-45%) and the remaining 36 models all losing at least half their sales vs. October 2017. One element helping the Civic stay afloat again is Honda’s offer throughout October, raiding the 12 months interest-free credit limit for the model to 50 thousand TL. The Volvo S60 (+74%), Citroen Jumpy (+21%), Suzuki Baleno (+21%), Alfa Romeo Giulietta (+5%), Kia Niro (+5%) and Seat Ateca (+4%) are the only other models in positive inside the Top 120. The Skoda Karoq (#54) is up four spots on last month to top all recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Ford Ecosport at #70 (+32), Seat Arona at #87 (+31), Opel Grandland X at #89 (+21), Mercedes X-Class at #94 (-39) and Volvo XC40 at #95 (-33).

Previous month: Turkey September 2018: Civic repeats at #1 in freefalling market (-75%)

One year ago: Turkey October 2017: Fiat Egea, Renault Megane and Clio on top

Full October 2018 Top 42 All-brands and Top 220 All-models below.