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

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

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

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

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

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


Cyprus October 2018: Toyota Yaris, Jeep Renegade lead army of SUV: 12 in Top 14

The Keep Renegade is up 1060% year-on-year in Cyprus in October.

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Thanks to our partnership with SEMO Cyprus and  we can share with you today October sales figures for Cyprus, a market down 4.5% year-on-year to 997 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally almost perfectly stable vs. the same period in 2017 at 11.328 vs. 11.333. The Toyota Yaris (+54%) is up 5 spots on September to reclaim the pole position it holds year-to-date, followed this time by a very impressive Jeep Renegade up 11-fold on October 2017 to #2 and 5.8% share. It is now #10 YTD at 2.2%, up 421%. It turns out the Yaris is the only passenger car in the Top 9, with all remaining nameplates being SUVs! The Toyota C-HR (+17%) drops one spot on last month to a still outstanding 3rd place, also its YTD ranking, ahead of the Nissan Qashqai (+24%), Hyundai Tucson (-44%), Kia Sportage (-17%), Nissan Juke (+9%), X-Trail (+85%) and VW Tiguan (-25%). The BMW X1 (-22%), Honda HR-V (+125%), Toyota RAV4 (-6%) and Kia Stonic even make it 12 SUVs in the Top 14…

Previous month: Cyprus September 2018: Nissan Qashqai leads, Top 5 is 100% SUV

One year ago: Cyprus October 2017: Ford Focus leaps to #1 YTD

Full October 2018 Top 30 best-selling models below.


Austria October 2018: VW T-Roc scores first podium, Cupra brand lands

First podium finish in the world for the VW T-Roc.

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New car sales in Austria are still feeling the sting of post-WLTP hangover with October registrations down another 20.3% year-on-year to just 22.513 units, leading to a year-to-date tally now up a tiny 0.1% or 349 sales to 298.471. Volkswagen (-23%) falls faster than the market but remains comfortably in the lead at 15.1% share vs. 16.6% so far this year, distancing Skoda (+8%) and Ford (-1%). BMW (+16%) and Hyundai (+11%) impress with the only double-digit gains in the Top 10 just as Seat (-46%) and Renault (-34%) freefall and Fiat (-20%), Opel (-19%) and Mercedes (-16%) roughly match the market. Further down, Smart (+65%), Ssangyong (+33%), Subaru (+33%), Bentley (+14%), Volvo (+9%), Dacia (+0.4%) and Mini (+0.3%) are the only carmaker in positive in the remainder of the ranking.

First appearance in any sales charts of the Cupra Ateca.

Over in the models charts, the VW Golf (-21%) reclaims the top spot but remains bruised, ahead of the Skoda Octavia (-8%) while at #3 the VW T-Roc scores its first ever podium, both in Austria and in the world. The Renault Clio (+23%), Hyundai i20 (+83%) and Skoda Karoq (+404%) follow, with the latter smashing its ranking record to #6 (previous best #10 last month). The Hyundai Tucson (+42%), surprise leader last month, is down to #8 but posts another impressive gain. The Seat Arona (+157%), Ford Ecosport (+333%), Skoda Superb (+40%) and Suzuki Jimmy (+130%) also make themselves noticed. We welcome the Cupra Ateca (#235), BMW 8 Series (#248) and Hyundai Nexo (#255).

Previous month: Austria September 2018: Hyundai Tucson first non-VW Group model #1 in 13 years

One year ago: Austria October 2017: VW Polo back up 55% to #2 thanks to new gen

Full October 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 280 All-models below.


Switzerland October 2018: Mercedes (+20%), Volvo (+35%) defy market down 7.8%

Volvo sales gain 35% year-on-year in a market down 7.8%, mainly thanks to the XC40.

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Although not part of the European Union, new car sales in Switzerland continue to be impacted by stock shortages triggered by the change-over to WLTP, at -7.8% to 22.788 units, pulling the year-to-date volume down 3.2% to 248.074. Despite a painful drop, Volkswagen (-21%) edges back above Mercedes (+20%) itself in excellent shape, to reclaim the top spot, but just: only 28 sales separate the two manufacturers. BMW (-1%), Audi (-10%) and Skoda (-12%) round up the Top 5, while Volvo (+35%) and Ford (+9%) are the only other Top 10 brands in positive. Further down, Mitsubishi (+98%), Jaguar (+67%), Lexus (+52%), Ferrari (+35%), Jeep (+33%), Subaru (+22%) and Alfa Romeo (+17%) are among the rare carmakers registering a year-on-year gain whereas at the other end of the scale Seat (-41%), Nissan (-31%), Opel (-29%), Citroen (-27%), Porsche (-27%), Mazda (-20%), Fiat (-18%) and Suzuki (-18%) freefall.

The Skoda Octavia (-9%) and VW Tiguan (-18%) remain the most popular nameplates in the country while the VW Golf (-31%) returns to the third spot it holds YTD despite a ghastly fall. The Mercedes GLC (+45%) and Audi A3 (-6%) complete the Top 5 ahead of the VW T-Roc stable at #6. The BMW X3 (+116%), Mercedes C-Class (+39%) and A-Class (+38%) also impress in the Top 12, with the Hyundai Kona up 14 spots to #23 and the Volvo XC40 up 9 to #31 the next best-selling recent launches.

Previous month: Switzerland September 2018: Mercedes #1 marque, market down 16.8%

One year ago: Switzerland October 2017: Audi up 13%, Q5 and Q2 break records

Full October 2018 Top 50 All-brands and Top 325 All-models below.


Poland October 2018: Mercedes (+59%), BMW (+37%) help market up 1.5%

The Mercedes GLC Coupe scores its first Top 50 finish in Poland this month.

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After two months impacted by the new WLTP testing standards ( +58% in August and -22.3% in September), new car sales in Poland stabilise in October at +1.5% to 46.532 units including light commercials, bringing the year-to-date total up 11.9% to a record 498.553. Brand leader Skoda (-0.4%) posts a strong share at 12.7% vs. 11.6% year-to-date, while Volkswagen (+10%) is back into the 2nd spot int holds YTD ahead of Toyota (-4%) particularly weak at 7.8% share vs. 9.7% so far this year. Mercedes (+59%) and BMW (+37%) post the largest gains in the Top 15, followed by Dacia (+20%), Kia (+19%) and Ford (+11%) now #4 YTD above Opel. Nissan (-35%), Renault (-23%) and Fiat (-20%) struggle. In the models ranking, the Skoda Fabia (+8%) posts a 2nd consecutive month at #1 thanks to its facelift, whereas the Skoda Octavia (-11%) is in difficulty but remains #1 YTD for now. The VW Golf (+34%) is back up 15 spots on last month to #3, distancing the Opel Astra (-21%), Toyota Yaris (+14%) and Dacia Duster (+17%). The Ford Fiesta (+96%), Dacia Sandero (+68%), Volvo XC60 (+65%), Mercedes Sprinter (+55%), Kia Cee’d (+42%) and VW Polo (+41%) post the largest gains further down while the Peugeot 3008 (#42) and Mercedes GLC Coupe (#45) score their first Polish Top 50 finish.

Previous month: Poland September 2018: Dacia up, ignores post-WLTP blues (-22.5%)

One year ago: Poland October 2017: Fabia closes in on Octavia YTD, Opel Insignia up

Full October 2018 Top 15 brands and Top 50 models below.


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 at highest in 38 years, market down 7.4%

The A-Class soars 81%, helping Mercedes post its highest share since August 1980 at 12.6%.

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Updated with all Mercedes market share records from 1974 and 1980.

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 post almost 40-year high market shares for the second month in a row at 12.6% vs. just 11.2% last month. This is Mercedes’ highest market share in Germany since August 1980 when it reached 14.4%, its all-time monthly record being 15% in January 1974 at a time when the Mercedes Strich 8 topped the models ranking outright. 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%

Full October 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 37 brands and Top 250 models below.

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.