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Netherlands October 2018: Jaguar and Volvo defy market down 19%

The Jaguar i-Pace is closing up on the Dutch Top 50 at #53 this month.

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New car sales in the Netherlands are still reeling from post-WLTP hangover at -19% in October to 30.079 units, meaning the year-to-date volume is now up 8% at 389.444. Volkswagen (-27%) rallies back up 7 spots on last month to reclaim the top spot it holds year-to-date despite falling faster than the market, with Peugeot (-14%) and Opel (-19%) rounding up the podium. Only Volvo (+26%), BMW (+14%) and Skoda (+0.3%) manage to gain ground year-on-year in the Top 10, while Renault (-55%), Ford (-21%) and Toyota (-18%) are hit hard. Further down, Tesla (+99%), Jaguar (+94%), Honda (+59%), Seat (+16%), Mini (+10%), Mitsubishi (+9%) and Nissan (+8%) stand out. Model-wise, the Kia Picanto (+34%) snaps the top spot for the 2nd time this year after last February, distancing the Ford Fiesta (+18%) and Peugeot 108 (+56%) meaning the entire podium is going well agains the grain with double-digit gains. The VW Golf (-23%) is back up 37 spots on September to #4, while the VW Polo (+156%) and Opel Karl (+45%) also shine just below. In contrast, the VW Up (-57%), Renault Clio (-41%) and Ford Focus (-35%) all dive. The Volvo XC40 (#19) is the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) ahead of the Skoda Karoq (#42) and Jaguar i-Pace (#53) up 106 spots on last month.

Previous month: Netherlands September 2018: Opel and Karl #1, Tesla up 197% to #6

One year ago: Netherlands October 2017: VW Up and Golf top market up 24.5%

Full October 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 265 All-models below.


Denmark October 2018: Market down 10.1%, VW #1, BMW, Mercedes up

BMW sales soar 73% in Denmark this month thanks to the 5 Series up 238%.

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It’s a second consecutive post-WLTP month of double-digit decline for Danish new car sales with October down 10.1% to 16.674, flipping the year-to-date tally into negative territory at -0.3% and 186.718 units. Volkswagen (+4%) is already back in positive at an ultra-dominant 15.4% share, distancing Peugeot (-15%) and Toyota (-8%) while BMW (+73%), Mercedes (+42%) and Citroen (+15%) impress in the remainder of the Top 10. Suzuki (-35%) and Opel (-20%) struggle on the other hand. Below, Volvo (+48%), Mazda (+43%) and Fiat (+15%) are among the rare gainers. The VW Golf (-1%) comfortably tops the models ranking despite a small drop, ahead of the Peugeot 208 (-13%) and Toyota Yaris (+7%) while the Skoda Octavia (+30%) and Citroen C3 (+161%) both post spectacular gains in the remainder of the Top 5. The VW Polo (+818%), BMW 5 Series (+238%) and Ford Fiesta (+65%) all soar, benefitting from new generations, and the VW T-Roc (#29) tops recent launches (<12 months) above the Hyundai Kona (#53), Seat Arona (#58) and Citroen C4 Spacetourer (#61).

Previous month: Denmark September 2018: VW Up, Toyota Aygo lead market down 16%

One year ago: Denmark October 2017: VW Golf up 125% to #1 in record market

Full September 2018 Top 40 All-brands and Top 225 All-models below.


Germany October 2018: Mercedes hits record share, market down 7.4%

The A-Class soars 81%, helping Mercedes break its market share record at 12.6%.

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The largest new car market in the European Union, Germany has gone wild in the past couple of months under the impact of the new WLTP emissions standards put in place on September 1. After an artificially euphoric Summer (July up 12.3%, August up 25%), new car sales logically fell back to earth in September (-30.5%) and while most markets seem to have ironed out their post-WLTP hangover, October sales in Germany are still reeling at -7.4% to 252.628, leading to a year-to-date tally up just 1.4% to 2.926.046 units. The main overuser of artificial pre-WLTP registrations due to a non-compliant lineup, the Volkswagen Group imploded 61% last month to just 20.1% share and is down another 28% in October to 28.4% share vs. 36.4% in October 2017 and 36.8% so far in 2018. After crumbling down 62% in September, the Volkswagen brand (-19%) is still freefalling but returns to its traditional pole position in the brands ranking. Audi (-64%) remains in extreme difficulty at #9 and 3.1% share vs. #3 and 7.7% YTD, as do Bentley (-90%) and Porsche (-74%) while Seat (-12%) and Skoda (-9%) soften the blow.

The new generation X3 (+226%) helps lift BMW up 26% in October.

Main beneficiaries from the black hole left wide open by VW and Audi, Mercedes and BMW align outstanding results once again this month, posting the two largest year-on-year gains in the Top 15. Mercedes soars 19% to smash its 40-year share record for the second month in a row at 12.6% vs. just 11.2% last month. Although this could be Mercedes’ all-time high market share in Germany, the brand may have reached higher shares when the Mercedes Strich 8 topped the annual ranking in 1974. After topping the overall German brands ranking for the first time in history last month, BMW recedes to third place but soars another 26% to 9.3%, a solid two percentage points above its YTD level of 7.4%. Ford (+5%), Toyota (+2%) and Opel (+1%) also go against the grain and post upticks in the Top 10, while further down Mitsubishi (+63%), Smart (+24%), Lexus (+21%), Volvo (+21%), Mini (+20%), Fiat (+16%), Jeep (+16%), Mazda (+12%) and Honda (+10%) make themselves noticed. Overusers of artificial pre-WLTP registrations pay the price: Infiniti (-72%), Nissan (-52%), Renault (-37%), Land Rover (-36%) and Alfa Romeo (-24%) properly sink, as do Tesla (-61%), Ssangyong (-35%) and Peugeot (-18%).

Audi is far from recovered from post-WLTP hangover: -75% in October at home.

Model-wise, the VW Golf (-15%) is comfortably back to five-digit volumes at 17.291 and 6.8% share vs. 6.2% YTD but posts another double-digit decline while the VW Tiguan (-11%) is back up 70 spots on September to #2 and 2.2% share vs. 2.3% so far in 2018. The Mercedes C-Class (+10%), Ford Fiesta (-5%) and Skoda Octavia (-7%) round up the Top 5 while the second half of this Top 10 all score double-digit gains: the VW Polo (+108%), Mercedes A-Class (+81%), BMW 1 Series (+40%), the Mini lineup (+20%) and Opel Corsa (+12%). Further down, great performers include the Skoda Karoq (+381%), BMW X3 (+226%), Hyundai Kona (+220%), Mitsubishi Space Star (+180%), Ford Ecosport (+83%), Mercedes B-Class (+58%) and BMW 3 Series (+43%). Now that the VW T-Roc, Seat Arona and BMW X2 have crossed the one year mark, the most popular recent launch (<12 months) is the Volvo XC40 (#82) above the Audi Q8 (#128), Jaguar E-Pace (#173) and DS 7 Crossback (#175).

Previous month: Germany September 2018: Post-WLTP hangover has BMW #1 and VW #4

One year ago: Germany October 2017: VW Golf up 22%, Ford Fiesta up to #4

Full October 2018 Top 50 brands and Top 320 models below.


Canada October 2018: Toyota, Hyundai, can’t prevent 8th market decline

The new hatch helps Corolla sales up 19%, and Toyota up 9.9%.

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It’s another month of decline in Canada with October sales down 1.6% to 162.052: the 8th consecutive year-on-year drop and 10th in the past 12 months. This is the first such streak of negative months this decade, that brings the year-to-date volume down 1.4% to 1.734.583. If confirmed by the time 2018 comes to an end, this would be the first year since 2010 that light vehicle sales drop year-on-year in Canada. Yet a second annual (and ever) 2 million score remain achievable, with BSCB predicting 2.013.000 units by year end. According to local consultancy Desrosiers whose figures are slightly lower due to the absence of some luxury brands such as Tesla, light trucks edge back into positive at +0.2% to 115.688 and 71.8% share vs. -6.9% to 45.437 and 28.2% share. This is the second highest ever light truck share in Canada below the 73.2% hit last January. Year-to-date, light trucks gain 2% to 1.217.079 and 70.5% share vs. 67.9% over the same period in 2017 but passenger cars sink 9.4% to 509.956 and 29.5% share vs. 32.1% in 2017.

The Hyundai Kona is by far the most popular recent launch in Canada, helping Hyundai up 12%.

The groups ranking gets a good shake: General Motors (-12.9%) steps up to first place despite posting the steepest decline in the Top 5, now distancing Toyota Motor (+10.2%), September leader Ford Motor (+1.6%), Hyundai-Kia (+7.7%) and Honda Motor (-7%). In diametral opposition to its US performance, FCA freefalls 14.5% to 6th place in Canada, with Jaguar Land Rover (+14.2%), the Volkswagen Group (+4.8%) and Nissan Motor (+3.1%) the best performing of the rest of the groups. Brand-wise, Ford (+0.5%) only edges up ahead of Toyota (+9.9%), Honda (-8.7%) and Chevrolet (-15%). Hyundai (+12%), Lexus (+11.6%), Subaru (+11.1%) and Ram (+10%) are the only Top 20 carmakers posting double-digit gains, while Nissan (+7.7%), Acura (+6.9%) and Volkswagen (+6.3%) are also strong and among smaller marques Genesis (+175%), Tesla (+100%), Fiat (+60%), Lincoln (+48.9%), Land Rover (+20.9%), Bentley (+20%) and Porsche (+19.5%) perform best.

The VW Tiguan surges 53% year-on-year in Canada.

The two best-selling nameplates in Canada are identical to the neighbouring USA: the Ford F-Series (+3%) and Ram Pickup (+9%) while the Honda Civic (-3%) remains by far the most popular passenger car and the Toyota RAV4 (+19%) dominates the SUV segment. The GMC Sierra (-7%) and Chevrolet Silverado (-17%) struggle but make it four full-size pickups in the Top 8 whereas the ratio is 4 in the Top 5 year-to-date… The Honda CR-V (-14%) is also in difficulty and sees its title of #1 SUV YTD in jeopardy from the RAV4, now less than 600 sales below. The Toyota Corolla (+19%) is boosted by the new generation hatch up to #7, distancing the Hyundai Elantra (-8%) to rank #2 passenger car. The VW Tiguan surges 53% to #13, with the Honda Accord (+118%), Subaru Forester (+57%), Kia Forte (+50%), GMC Terrain (+46%), Nissan Qashqai (+43%), Toyota Tundra (+40%), Jeep Grand Cherokee (+39%) and Chevrolet Cruze (+27%) also standing out in the Top 50. The Hyundai Kona (#26) is by far the most popular recent launch (<12 months) ahead of the Nissan Kicks (#67), Tesla Model 3 (#68) and Ford Ecosport (#77).

Previous month: Canada September 2018: Jeep, Subaru defy steepest decline this decade

One year ago: Canada October 2017: General Motors shoots up 26.5%, market up 6.3%

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Russia October 2018: Lada Vesta leads, VW Tiguan breaks into Top 10

First ever Top 10 finish for the VW Tiguan in Russia.

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The Russian new car market confirms its growth is softening: after ending 16 consecutive months of double-digit gains in September (+6.2%), sales are up 8.2% in October to 160.425 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 14.1% to 1.457.857. Market leaders Lada (+12%) and Kia (+21%) however frankly outpace the overall growth to post strong shares at 20% and 13.1% respectively. It’s a different story for Hyundai (+1%) and more strikingly Renault (-7%) both frankly trailing the market as do GAZ (-11%) and Ford(-9%) at the tail end of the Top 10 but Skoda (+33%), Volkswagen (+24%), Toyota (+14%) and Nissan (+11%) gallop ahead. Further down, Volvo (+60%), Suzuki (+44%), Mitsubishi (+40%), Honda (+22%), BMW (+21%), Datsun (+19%) and Subaru (+15%) all post splendid gains while the Chinese remain the most dynamic among smaller marques with Zotye (+259%), FAW (+119%), Haval (+117%), Geely (+115%), HTM (+78%), Changan (+62%) and Dongfeng (+48%) making waves albeit all remaining below 0.3% share. Jeep (+132%), Genesis (+116%), Isuzu (+63%), Ssangyong (+54%), Jaguar (+48%) and Mini (+31%) are also worth mentioning.

The Skoda Kodiaq is taking root in the Russian Top 25. Pictures

The Lada Vesta (+61%) reclaims the top spot for the 4th time in the past five months and the 5th time ever, widening the gap with the Kia Rio (-10%) in the YTD order. Meanwhile the Lada Granta (+25%) is also in great shape thanks to its recent facelift. Although the Hyundai Creta (-9%) lodges an incredible 27th month as the best-selling SUV in Russia (it never ranked at anything else but #1 since its launch in August 2016), it is in negative for the first time and should brace for the assault of the new gen Renault Duster (-4%) in the coming months. Alongside the Toyota Camry (+60%) and VW Polo (+31%), the VW Tiguan (+24%) posts a spectacular year-on-year uptick enabling it to break into the Russian Top 10 for the first time in history. The Skoda Kodiaq (+686%) equals its ranking record at #21, with the Kia Optima (+69%), Hyundai Tucson (+69%), Nissan Qashqai (+49%), Skoda Rapid (+40%), Nissan X-Trail (+28%) and Mitsubishi Outlander (+23%) also making themselves noticed.

Previous month: Russia September 2018: Lada Granta leads, Vesta now #1 year-to-date

One year ago: Russia October 2017: Optima, Outlander shine in market up 17.3%

Full October 2018 Top 55 All-brands and Top 25 models below.


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 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%), 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, Alfa Romeo (-71.3%), Porsche (-71.3%) and Land Rover (-61.3%).

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 15: the Renault Megane (-25%), Captur (-20%) and Peugeot 2008 (-7%). The Citroen C3 Aircross soars 102% to secure its 4th ever Top 10 finish at home at #9 after last January (#10), July (#9) and September (#10). Finally the Renault Twingo (+30%) continues to take full advantage of the scrappage scheme put in place in the country. Just outside the Top 10 at #11, the Toyota Yaris (+26%) confirms it is the favourite foreigner in France – albeit produced locally – distancing the Ford Fiesta (+60%) at #14, Opel Corsa (+39%) at #16, VW Polo (-16%) at #17, Fiat 500 (-16%) at #19 and Toyota C-HR (+70%) at #22, equalling its ranking record also hit last August. The DS 7 Crossback (+581%), Renault Zoe (+125%), Fiat Panda (+80%), Opel Crossland X (+51%), Citroen C4 Cactus (+49%) and Ford Ecosport (+44%) also impress in the Top 50 just as the VW T-Roc (#30) tops all recent launches (<12 months).

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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 20 brands and Top 50 models below.


Australia October 2018: Hilux most dominant nameplate in 13 years, market endures 7th consecutive decline

The Toyota Hilux has now been #1 in Australia for 12 straight months.

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Real estate investment is one of Australia’s hobbies, and lower property prices in Sydney and Melbourne this year go a long way in explaining the continued slump the Australian new vehicle market is experiencing in 2018. Sales are down for the 7th consecutive month in October at -5.3% to 90.718 units, bringing the year-to-date tally down 1.3% to 971.723, still the third largest volume at this stage of the year below 2017 (984.931) and 2016 (980.433). Seven straight months of decline in Australia is something we haven’t seen in over four years, a time that saw 8 consecutive negative months between January and August 2014. Replicating the adverse real estate market situation, New South Wales (-9.2% to 28.575) is the worst performing state this month, with South Australia (-5.1% to 5.533), Northern Territory (-4.7% to 709), Victoria (-4.2% to 26.914), Queensland (-2.7% to 17.375), Australian Capital (-2.1% to 1.418) and Western Australia (-1.7% to 8.318) also in difficulty. Only Tasmania (+0.3% to 1.876) edges up. Year-to-date, once again Tasmania (+6.8% to 16.786) leads the pack ahead of Western Australia (+1% to 81.927), Victoria (+0.6% to 280.368) and Queensland (+0.4% to 195.158) whereas all other States and Territories are in decline, led by New South Wales (-4.8% to 314.901), Northern Territory (-4% to 8.886), South Australia (-1.9% to 58.340) and Australian Capital (-0.5% to 15.357). The impact of a depressed New South Wales – in effect Sydney – is so great that removing that State from the equation leads to a growing Australian market in 2018 at +0.4% to 656.822.

The Ranger leaps up 14% to account for 65% of Ford sales in Australia this month.

Another indicator of the current pessimistic consumer outlook that may have been worsened by the declining exchange rate and the drought’s impact on GDP is private sales in sharp decline in October at -12% to 37.335 units and 41.2% share vs. 44.3% a year ago compared to -6.6% year-to-date to 438.402 and 45.1% share vs. 47.6% over the same period in 2017. Business sales (-4.1%) fare better at 37.940 units and 41.8% share vs. 41.3% in October 2017, even positing a positive result YTD at +1.6% to 402.062 and 41.4% share vs. 40.2% in 2017. But this month it’s artificial channels that prevent the market from falling any further with rental sales bouncing up 15% year-on-year to 8.357 and 9.2% share vs. 7.6% a year ago – they are up 13.7% YTD at 65.149 – and government sales up 6.7% to 3.305. There’s nothing stopping the SUV surge: that segment soars 8.1% year-on-year to 39.849 or 43.9% share vs. 38.5% a year ago, in line with the +8.1% it commands YTD to 417.673 and 43% share vs. 39% over the same period a year ago whereas passenger cars implode at -23.6% to 27.802 and 30.6% share vs. 38% a year ago, much worse than its 14.4% YTD fall to 322.126 and 33.1% vs. 38.2%. It does look like what consumers are doing is simply upgrading from a passenger car to an SUV as the light commercial segment (mainly pickups or “utes” as they are called here) is stable at +1% to 19.286 in October and +1.7% to 197.679 YTD, heavy commercials gain 10.8% to 3.781 this month and 15.1% YTD to 34.245.

The Subaru Forester surges 82% year-on-year to break its ranking record at #7.

Looking at country of origin, Japan leads the way at 28.110 (+3.9%) ahead of Thailand at 22.366 (-2%) – the origin of almost all pickup trucks sold in Australia, South Korea at 13.290 (-13.7%), Germany at 6.856 (-6.4%), the USA at 3.978 (+7.1%), England at 2.327 (-15.8%), the Czech Republic at 1.325 (+57.6%), Mexico at 1.198 (+103.1%), Spain at 1.196 (-6%) and China at 1.130, up a smashing 182.5%. There were 38 Australian-made cars sold in October (-99.3%) – one Ford, three Toyotas and 34 Holdens – a logical evolution as local production ended exactly a year ago on October 20. Year-to-date, Japan once again is on top at 300.405 (+6.2%) followed by Thailand at 251.158 (-2%), South Korea at 144.5700 (-1.9%), Germany at 78.925 (+4.2%), the USA at 37.199 (-9.9%), England at 27.841 (-5.3%), Spain at 12.349 (-12%), Hungary at 9.875 (-13.3%), the Czech Republic at 9.760 (+9.2%), Mexico at 9.128 (+210.1%) and China at 8.426 (+120.4%). Below there is South Africa (6.830), Poland (6.684), Argentina (4.992), Finland (4.840) and Australia at 4.182 (-91.4%).

Can the Acadia, a GMC rebadge, put Holden back on track at home?

Brand leader Toyota (-0.1%) braves the surrounding gloom to post an almost identical score year-on-year, resulting in a very sturdy 19.6% market share vs. 18.8% so far in 2018. Mazda (+1.5%) bounces back up two spots on last month to return to the 2nd place it holds year-to-date, outpacing Hyundai (-15.5%) and Mitsubishi (+12%), the latter posting the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 18. After receding to #6 last month and allowing the Top 5 to be 100% Asian for the first time in Australian history, Ford (-7.3%) is back up one rank to #5 but still trails the market, while embattled Holden (-32%) appallingly loses one-third of its October 2017 volume – just as its once-superstar nameplate, the Commodore, implodes down 73% – but gains 4 spots on last month to #6, hitting its highest share since January at 5.8%. Hopefully the new GMC-rebadge Acadia will help: it lands this month at #91. Only Kia (+7.7%) gains ground in the remainder of the Top 10, while further down MG (+747.6%), Ferrari (+460%), Great Wall (+260%), Ram (+227.5%), LDV (+108.8%), Haval (+74.1%), Aston Martin (+71.4%), Volvo (+68.1%), Jaguar (+43%), Alfa Romeo (+25.3%) and Porsche (+18.9%) make waves.

Mitsubishi (+12%) is the only double-digit gainer in the Top 15, the Eclipse Cross is the #1 2018 launch.

The Toyota Hilux (+15%) cements its domination of the Australian market by celebrating one full year (=12 consecutive months) in pole position at a towering 4.9% share. This is the longest stretch of consecutive #1 finishes in over 13 years: since the Holden Commodore ranked #1 for 22 consecutive months between October 2003 and July 2005. The Hilux is one percentage point above its main rival the Ford Ranger (+14%), also in excellent shape thanks to the introduction of the range-topping Raptor variant. Both “utes” score higher sales thanks to very healthy 4×4 variants up 16.4% to 3.456 for the Hilux (and up 10% to 31.898 YTD) and up 16.8% to 3.094 for the Ranger (up 0.6% to 30.674 YTD). Having the Hilux and Ranger atop Australian sales charts is the new normal, but it was only two years ago inn October 2016 that it happened for the first time. It has since occurred 17 times over the past 24 months. Three passenger cars round up the Top 5 as per the YTD order: the Toyota Corolla (-14%), Mazda3 (+7%) and Hyundai i30 (-49%).

The Alpine A110 has landed in Australia.

In 6th place the Mazda CX-5 (-7%) reclaims the title of best-selling SUV in Australia but the real performer is just below: the Subaru Forester soars 82% year-on-year and 8 spots on September to land in 7th position with 1.792 sales and 2% share, new ranking and volume records. The only two times the Forester ever managed a Top 10 finish in Australia were in in August 2008 and April 2009 when it ranked #10 both times. Its previous record volume is 1.690 in June 2010 and the Forester reached 2% share once before, in August 2008. The Mitsubishi ASX (+13%) and Nissan X-Trail (-7%) make it four SUVs in the October Top 10, the most of any segment. Also of note in the Top 50 are the performances of the Hyundai Santa Fe (+76%), Toyota Prado (+68%), VW Tiguan (+65%), Mercedes GLC (+48%), VW Polo (+48%), Hyundai Kona (+43%), Toyota C-HR (+34%) at a record #31 and Kia Sportage (+21%). The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (#50) is the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) above the Holden Equinox (#71), Volvo XC40 (#83) and Mazda CX-8 (#85), the Lamborghini Uris is up 150% on September to #255 and we welcome the Alpine A110 at #230 and the Audi Q8 at #258.

Previous month: Australia September 2018: Top Five brands are 100% Asian for the first time

One year ago: Australia October 2017: First pole position for the new gen Hyundai i30

Full October 2018 Top 50 All-brands and Top 280 All-models below.

UK nations October 2018: VW Tiguan superstar – #1 in Northern Ireland

The VW Tiguan is #1 in Northern Ireland, while breaking into the Scottish and Welsh Top 10.

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Thanks to our partnership with  we can share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for all UK nations in October. Keep in mind this is a zoom in by nation, all sales figures are already included in the October 2018 UK update. Uncharacteristically, only England (-3.8%) is in negative this month at 131.339 registrations, with Northern Ireland (+8.4%) at 3.810, Wales (+6.1%) at 5.721 and Scotland (+1%) at 12.429 all posting sturdy results. The weight of England in the UK total (86%) means the month is in negative overall. Year-to-date, all UK nations decline this time with Northern Ireland (-3.7%) at 47.582 resisting best ahead of Wales (-3.7%) at 69.874, England (-7.2%) at 1.777.913 and Scotland (-9.7%) at 164.199.

The Peugeot 2008 scores its very first Top 10 in any UK nation: directly #5 in Wales.

As it has been the case for the past two months, the Ford Fiesta tops 3 out of 4 nations: this time it’s England, Scotland and Wales, but ranks at a paltry 8th place in Northern Ireland. The hero of the month is without contest the VW Tiguan: justifying its all-time record 4th place overall in the UK. The Tiguan is the outright best-seller in Northern Ireland, a nation where it first cracked the Top 10 in February 2017 and its previous high was #8 last March. It also ranks #3 in both Scotland and Wales, nations where it had never broken into the Top 10 before, and lastly 6th in England, beating its previous best of #8 hit just last July.

The MG ZS hits an all-time high 7th place in Wales, its second ever appearance in a UK nation Top 10.

The Toyota Aygo shoots up to a spectacular 2nd place in Scotland, the Ford Kuga is #2 in Wales (now also #2 YTD), #3 in Northern Ireland (now #2 YTD there) and #10 in England, with the VW Golf (#2 in England), Vauxhall Corsa (#2 in Northern Ireland) and Mercedes A-Class (#3 in England) snapping the remaining podium spots. Other great performers include the Ford Ecosport #4 in Wales (now #7 YTD there), the Peugeot 2008 scoring its first ever Top 10 in Wales (and any UK nation for that matter) at #5, the MG ZS up to a record-breaking #7 in Wales, its 2nd Top 10 appearance there and in any UK nation after ranking #10 last July, the Citroen C3 #7 in Northern Ireland and the VW T-Roc #8 in Scotland where VW places 4 nameplates in the October Top 9 (Golf, Tiguan, T-Roc and Polo).

Previous month: UK nations September 2018: Hyundai Tucson scores first English Top 10

One year ago: UK nations October 2017: Citroen C3 and Toyota Aygo impress

Full October 2018 Top 10 models for each nation below.


UK October 2018: Land Rover hits ranking record at #7, Mercedes A-Class and VW Tiguan at highest ever

Land Rover soars 32% year-on-year to hit a record 7th place at home.

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The UK market has recovered pretty swiftly from post-WLTP blues with October deliveries down just 2.9% year-on-year to 153.599 units, the lowest result for the month in 6 years, since October 2012 (151.252). As a result the year-to-date volume is now down 7.2% to 2.064.419 registrations, the lowest at this stage of the year since 2013 (1.952.238). This month, private sales are relatively solid at +1% to 69.231 and 45.1% share vs. 44.2% in October 2017, whereas fleet sales sink 5.2% to 79.611 and 51.8% share vs. 53.1% and business ales gain 10% to 4.757 and 3.1% vs. 2.7%. Year-to-date, all channels evolve almost identically: fleet deliveries drop 7.8% to 1.054.532 and 51.1% vs. 51.4%, private registrations fall 6.5% to 928.337 and 45% vs. 44.6% and business sales dive 7.1% to 81.550 and 4% vs. 3.9%. In terms of alimentation, diesel sales continue to freefall at -21.3% to 49.061 for the the month, that’s 31.9% share vs. 39.4% a year ago, while petrol sales gain 7.1% to 93.941 and 61.2% vs. 55.5% and Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFV) soar 30.7% to 10.597 or 6.9% share vs. 5.1%. Year-to-date, diesel suffers even more at -30.7% to 656.273 and 31.8% share vs. 42.6%, petrol is up 9.2% to 1.286.540 and 62.3% share vs. 53% and AFV surge 21.8% to 121.606 or 5.9% vs. 4.5%.

The Mercedes A-Class repeats at a record third place.

October UK sales 2002-2017. Source SMMT

In the brands ranking, Ford (-14%) hasn’t managed to slow down its fall but hits 11% share, in line with its YTD level of 10.8%. After imploding 55% in September, Volkswagen (-1%) is already recovered at 8.9% share vs. 8.3% so far this year whereas Audi (-53%) is still in hell. Mercedes (-3%) matches the market to round up the podium ahead of BMW (+2%), the only Top 5 carmaker in positive this month, and Vauxhall (-3%) down to a particularly weak 6.1% share. Land Rover surges 32% year-on-year and smashes its ranking record at home to reach #7, with its previous best being #9 hit in November 2015, March 2017 and November 2017. Toyota (+17%) is the only other carmaker in the Top 12 posting a double-digit gain. Further down, there are numerous great performers including MG (+304%), Mitsubishi (+100%), Jaguar (+82%), Mini (+63%), Aston Martin (+43%), Mazda (+43%), Volvo (+37%), Subaru (+36%), Jeep (+34%) and Renault (+27%).

The VW Tiguan breaks into the UK Top 5 for the first time this month, at #4.

Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta (-23%) hits the wall but stays #1, the VW Golf (-32%) is back in the 2nd place it holds year-to-date after spending a month outside the Top 10 (a very unusual occurrence). In third place, the Mercedes A-Class (-2%) repeats at its all-time record ranking thanks to stable sales but stays at #9 YTD. The VW Tiguan soars from outside the September Top 10 directly into 4th place, its first ever Top 5 finish in the UK and a brilliant feat given its only ever stints inside the monthly UK Top 10 were at #9 last June and July. The Mini (+47%) also posts an excellent score in 6th place overall and is now just 22 units below the VW Polo in the battle for the YTD 6th place. The BMW 3 Series leaps up to #9, the nameplate’s third Top 10 finish in the past 5 months. Finally, with the Corsa (+50%) kicked out of the Top 10, there are no Vauxhalls in the Top 10 for the 4th time in the past 13 months after October 2017November 2017 and August 2018. We have no record of no Vauxhall appearing in the monthly Top 10 prior to 2017. At least one Vauxhall has featured in the annual UK Top 10 without interruption since records began in 1965, and the lowest-ranking best-selling Vauxhall the Cavalier, #9 in 1979.

Previous month: UK September 2018: Mercedes breaks share record, A-Class on podium, market down 20.5%

One year ago: UK October 2017: First ever Top 10 for the BMW 4 Series

Full October 2018 Top 43 brands and Top 10 models below.

Argentina October 2018: Toyota Hilux & Etios lead, Fiat Cronos on podium

The Fiat Cronos leaps up to third place overall in Argentina in October.

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The freefalling of the Argentinean new vehicle market continues to accelerate at -36.5% in October at 48.330 registrations after September down 33.6%August down 22.8%July down 14.4% and June down 9.4%. The year-to-date tally is now down 5.2% to 728.306. Best-selling brand this month, Toyota (+2%) is the only Top 10 carmaker in positive alongside Jeep (+18%) at #10. Chevrolet (-55%), Fiat (-48%), Citroen (-47%), Ford (-46%), Volkswagen (-45%) and Peugeot (-43%) fall even faster than the market while Nissan (-14%) and Renault (-16%) resist well. Further down, Dongfeng (+200%), Smart (+52%), DS (+33%) and Subaru (+23%) are among the rare marques in positive. Changan (#46) is the 6th Chinese carmaker to launch in Argentina this year after BAIC, Great Wall, Haval, JAC and Shineray – however all remain below 0.2% share so far.

The Toyota Hilux (-6%) and Etios (-25%) hold onto the Top 2 positions, swapping their roles YTD to reflect that order also. The Fiat Cronos leaps up 9 spots on September to both break into the Top 10 and the podium at #3, 18 sales above the Renault Kwid, another recent launch (<12 months). The Toyota Corolla (+6%) is the only Top 10 nameplate in positive whereas the VW Gol (-67%), Chevrolet Onix (-49%) and Peugeot 208 (-39%) all implode. The Toyota Yaris (+395%) and VW Polo (+251%) both shine.

Previous month: Argentina September 2018: Toyota Hilux, Etios top market down 33.6%

One year ago: Argentina October 2016: VW Gol, Chevy Onix and Prisma shine in market up 23.1%

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