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Europe First Half 2018: Tiguan & Captur up, largest market this century

The VW Tiguan is the best-selling SUV in Europe for the first time.

* Now updated with the Top 10 groups, Top 55 brands and Top 405 models *

Today we can share with you preliminary data for the First Half of 2018 in Europe 27 countries ex-Russia and Turkey thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics. New car sales growth in the region continues to slow down: from +9.1% over H1 2016 to +4.2% in H1 2017 and +2.7% this year, however at 8.66 million units (up 230.000 on the same period last year), this is the best H1 result this century. Europe’s gain in entirely sustained by the SUV segment up a staggering 24% year-on-year so far in 2018 (and 30% in June) to 2.92 million units, lifting its market share from 27.9% in H1 2017 to 33.7% now. It’s high time the SUV segment gets split by size like passenger cars, so here are a few results: small SUVs total 1.08 million units, compact SUVs are at 1.24 million and midsize SUVs at 455.400 – all three being new volume record for the sub-segments. Large SUVs drop 9% to 141.000. In contrast, small cars are down 2% to 1.77m units for a 20.4% market share vs. 21.5% a year ago, compact cars are down 5% to 1.55m and 18% share vs. 19.5% and the worst performing segment, MPVs, sinks 23% to 532.600 or 6.2% share vs. 8.2% in 2017.

The Renault Captur returns into the Top 10 at #9.

Only 7 of the 27 countries composing the region are down vs. 2017, with the UK (-6.3%) the worst performer followed by Ireland (-4.5%), Denmark (-2.3%), Norway (-1.4%) and Italy (-1.2%). Reversely, three of the Top Five markets all up: Spain (+9.4%), France (+4.6%) and Germany (+2.9%). Romania (+33.4%), Hungary (+29%), Lithuania (+24.6%), Greece (+23.8%) and Croatia (+19.3%) are the most dynamic. Diesel sales continue to freefall at -17% to 3.2m units and 37% share, a drop of 9 percentage points vs. the 46% it commended over H1 2017 and its lowest market share since 2001. According to JATO Dynamics, diesel sales largest drops were in Norway (-32%), the UK (-30%), Slovenia (-28%), Finland (-20%) and Belgium (-20%). Petrol sales recuperate most of the diesel losses, up 17% to 4.85m units and 56% share. Meanwhile, Alternative Fuelled Vehicles (AFV) continue to gain momentum at +31% to 450.200 registrations of electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars, securing a 5.4% share of the European market vs. 4.3% a year ago. AFVs account for 56% of the total market in Norway, 13% in Finland and 11% in Sweden.

The second generation pushes the Dacia Duster up 34.2% all across Europe.

Boosted by very strong results towards the end of the Semester, the VW Group vastly outperforms the European market with a 7.5% uplift to just under 2.1m units. Note the VW Group is now also the European leader in the SUV segment for the first time thanks to sales up a stunning 42% (while their passenger cars only edge up 3%), toppling Renault-Nissan thanks to the strength of the Tiguan and the arrivals of the VW T-Roc, Skoda Kodiaq, Karoq and Seat Arona. The best-selling brands (not groups) in the SUV segment are Peugeot (257.200 units), Volkswagen (222.600), Nissan (201.200), Renault (191.700) and Opel/Vauxhall (165.100). The PSA Group edges up 1.8% to 1.39m units, keeping its distance over Renault-Nissan up just 0.9% to 1.26m. FCA (2.5%) and Ford Motor (-2.6%), both in difficulty, mean the Top 5 groups are in the same order as last year. Hyundai-Kia (+8.4%), the Geely Group (+7%) and Toyota Motor (+5.2%) are the best performing groups in the remainder of the Top 10.

The Peugeot 3008 is up another 31.9% two years after launch.

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen surges 9.1% to just under 980.000 units, its highest European H1 score in 20 years. According to JATO Dynamics, Volkswagen is the most popular marque in 11 out of 27 European markets: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland. Its highest market share is logically in Germany at 19.7%, followed by Austria (18.2%), Slovenia (16.8%), Sweden (15.2%) and Latvia (14.5%). Portugal (6.0%) and France (6.1%) give VW its lowest market shares. Renault edges up 0.1% in remain in 2nd place overall ahead of Ford (-2.6%) meaning the European podium is unchanged on H1 and FY 2017. Stangely, only two other carmakers are in positive inside the Top 10: Peugeot soars 8.5% to step up to #4, bypassing fellow PSA member Opel (-6.4%) and Skoda gains 8.3% to return among Europe’s ten favourite brands, dislodging Toyota (+4.9%).

The VW Golf is headed towards an 11th consecutive year at #1 in Europe.

Mercedes (-2.8%), Audi (-1.8%) and BMW (-1.2%) all lose ground but the premium order is intact. Finally Fiat (-9.6%) posts the largest decline, handicapped by record low sales at home in Italy. If the top sellers are on average weak, the rest of the Top 25 is filled with great-performing brands. The most dynamic are Chinese MG (+114.9%) operating almost solely in the UK and boosted by the new ZS crossover, as well as Jeep, up a stunning 67.1% year-on-year to a record 89.500 units (vs. just 15.800 four years ago in 2014) thanks to the arrival of the Compass, now outselling the Renegade to become Jeep’s best-seller in Europe. Seat (+18.8%), Dacia (+16.3%), Mitsubishi (+12.3%), Kia (+9.7%), Suzuki (+7.3%), Hyundai (+7.2%) and Volvo (+7.1%) also post very strong results, while among smaller brands Dodge (+197.2%), Bugatti (+150%), DR Motor (+85.7%), Lamborghini (+66.5%), Mahindra (+34.1%), Tesla (+10.2%) and Subaru (+10%) shine, while Alpine (#46) revives.

The Renault Clio remains the 2nd best-selling vehicle in Europe.

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf (+8.1%) benefits from last year’s facelift to stay well ahead of the competition just under 255.000 sales. Although its diesel sales drop 26%, they are offset by petrol sales up 29% and alternative fuel variants now representing 6% of its H1 volume. The Renault Clio (+1%), VW Polo (-4.8%) down despite a new generation and Ford Fiesta (+0.6%) complete a Top 4 unchanged on H1 and FY2017. In 5th place, the VW Tiguan soars 14.7% (the largest gain in the Top 14), outpacing the Nissan Qashqai (-1.8%) to become Europe’s best-selling SUV for the first time. This result is achieved thanks to the arrival of the All Space 7-seater variant representing 11.5% of its H1 sales. Note that by the same logic, adding sales of the Peugeot 3008 (5-seater) and 5008 (7-seater) leads to a higher volume than the Tiguan. The Peugeot 208 (+0.2%) and Skoda Octavia (+2.6%) benefit from the freefall of the Opel Corsa (-14.9%) and Astra (-33.3%) to advance to #7 and #8 respectively, while the Renault Captur (+7.5%) brilliantly breaks into the Top 10 at #9 – if held until the end of the year, this would be the Captur’s second annual Top 10 ranking after 2016 (#10).

The Nissan Leaf is the new best-selling EV in Europe.

The largest progression in the Top 25 is delivered by the Dacia Duster (+34.2%) boosted by the second generation which Renault says is the most successful model launch for the Group since the original Twingo of 1992! The Peugeot 3008 (+31.9%) continues to stun despite its launch now being two years ago. The Toyota Yaris (+13.3%), Ford Kuga (+10.3%) and Dacia Sandero (+9,3%) also push strong, the latter ending H1 just 563 sales off a historical Top 10 ranking. Looking at AFV sales by model, Toyota completely dominates the hybrid charts with the Yaris, C-HR, Auris and RAV4 in the lead above the Kia Niro, the Nissan Leaf edges past the Renault Zoe to become the best-selling EV on the continent thanks to the new model particularly successful in Norway while the VW Golf, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S complete the Top 5. The Mitsubishi Outlander holds onto the top spot of plug-in hybrid sales ahead of the VW Passat, Volvo XC60, VW Golf and BMW 5 Series.

The Lamborghini Urus has landed in Europe.

Further down the overall ranking, the Peugeot 5008 (+232.6%), Skoda Kodiaq (+97.2%), Ford Ecosport (+57.2%), Opel Insignia (+37.9%), Mazda CX-5 (+33.9%), Mercedes GLC (+28.8%), Audi Q5 (+25.1%), Renault Twingo (+14.5%), BMW 5 Series (+14.4%) and Toyota C-HR (+13.7%) also impress. Launched just over a year ago, the Opel Crossland X (#53), Jeep Compass (#68) and Opel Grandland X (#77) make themselves noticed but the most successful recent launch in Europe (<12 months) is the VW T-Roc at #33 overall with 70.000 sales, eclipsing the Citroen C3 Aircross (#48), Seat Arona (#61), Skoda Karoq (#70), Kia Stonic (#96) and Hyundai Kona (#101). Notice as the arrival of the Volvo XC40 (#147) European Car of the Year 2018, Jaguar E-Pace (#150), DS 7 Crossback (#197), Alpine A110 (#294), DR Motor DR4 (#312) and Lamborghini Urus (#345).

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One year ago: Europe First Half 2017: Best result in a decade but growth slows to 4.2%

Full H1 2018 Top 10 groups, Top 55 brands and Top 405 models vs. Full H1 2017 figures below.

Full H1 2018 Top 5 hybrid, EV and PHEV models below.

Europe June 2018: Volkswagen, BMW lift market up 4.8%

The VW T-Roc breaks into the European Top 25 for the first time, the Golf drops 2.5%.

* See the Top 10 best-selling groups, Top 55 brands and Top 365 models by clicking on the title *

There was no June preliminary figures update by our partner JATO Dynamics at the end of July, so we jump straight to the complete groups, brands and models rankings for the month. The final July registrations figure for Europe 27 markets ex-Russia and Turkey is up 4.8% to 1.603.290 units. The Volkswagen Group vastly outpaces the European market with a 12.9% surge to just under 400.000 sales this month with the rest of the podium filled by French carmakers that however can’t match the market growth: the PSA Group is up 3.2% to remain in 2nd place at 256.000 units while Renault-Nissan is up 2.3% to just under 253.000 including Mitsubishi and Lada deliveries. But the most impressive this month is the BMW Group (+9%), up 4 spots on May to #4 and almost 112.000 units, an almost 10.000 unit-margin above FCA (-2.8%). Hyundai-Kia (+8.9%) also post a strong uplift, distancing Ford Motor (-4.5%) and Daimler AG (-4.4%) while Toyota Motor (+8.6%) and Geely Group (+29%) both soar in the tail end of the Top 10.

The X1 (+72.4%) helps BMW European sales rise 11.6% in June.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen (+16.5%) does even better than its namesake Group to solidly cement its European domination, leaving in its wake Renault (+1.2%) and Peugeot (+6.9%) up one spot. Ford (-4.5%) and Opel (-3.9%), both in difficulty, round up the Top 5 with BMW (+11.6%) the only other Top 10 marque to score a double-digit gain this month. Toyota (+8.6%), Skoda (+7.9%), Citroen (+6.9%) and Audi (+6.5%) also outpace the market near the top but it’s Volvo (+28.8%), Dacia (+19.3%), Seat (+18.3%) and Kia (+12.2%) that impress the most in the Top 20. Further down, MG (+177.4%), Jeep (+70.8%), Tesla (+35.9%), Subaru (+35.6%), DS (+27.2%), Ferrari (+27.1%), Jaguar (+26.8%), Mitsubishi (+22.9%), Lada (+15.4%), Smart (+15.3%) and Porsche (+13.4%) make themselves noticed.

The Tiguan (+43.2%) makes it 3 VWs in the Top 4 for only the 4th time in history.

Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf (-2.5%) stays on top but records its second consecutive decline after posting 7 months of double-digit gains in the previous 8. Worse, its gap over the #2, the Renault Clio (+10.2%), has thawed to just 4.000 units, that’s the smallest level since the Golf was trumped by the Ford Fiesta for the European top spot in March 2017. The VW Polo (+10%) and most strikingly the Tiguan (+43.2%) make it three VWs in the Top 4 for the second consecutive month and only the fourth time in history after August 2015 (Golf, Polo, Passat) and April 2017 (Golf, Polo, Tiguan). Note that Tiguan sales include the Allspace 7-seater variant, and as is the case for H1 (see our H1 report), adding sales of the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 leads to a higher volume, labelling the Peugeot tandem as the unofficial #1 SUV in Europe. As for the Renault Captur (+11.2%), it breaks into the European Top 5 for only the third time ever after June 2017 (#5) and December 2017 (#3), while the Dacia Sandero (+3.8%) brilliantly manages a third consecutive month inside the Top 10 at #8.

The Dacia Duster shoots up 48.7% year-on-year across Europe in July.

The Peugeot 208 (-5.4%), now that German rental deals are off, is knocked out of the Top 10 for the first time in almost 3 years (since July 2015). The Dacia Duster (+48.7%), Peugeot 3008 (+13.5%) and Toyota Yaris (+12%) post the only other double-digit gains in the Top 20. Further down, the Opel Crossland X (+132.2%), Ford Ecosport (+102.7%), BMW X1 (+72.4%), BMW X3 (+55.8%), Kia Picanto (+36.4%), VW Transporter (+34.7%) and Mercedes GLC (+31.6%) shine.  Among recent launches, the VW T-Roc (#24) breaks into the European Top 25 for the first time, the Citroen C3 Aircross (#41) improves its best ranking by two spots, the Seat Arona (#49) scores its first ever Top 50 finish, with the Skoda Karoq (#59), BMW X2 (#117), Alpine A110 (#272) and Jaguar i-Pace (#284) also posting new ranking records.

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One year ago: Europe June 2017: First Top 5 ranking for the Renault Captur

Full June 2018 Top 10 groups, Top 55 brands and Top 365 models below.

Europe Q1 2018: A rare look at the Light Commercial Vehicle market

The Ford Transit Custom is the best-selling LCV in Europe so far in 2018.

* See the Top 10 groups, Top 40 brands and Top 105 models by clicking on the title *

In Europe 27 markets ex-Russia and Turkey, Light Commercial Vehicles are separated from Passenger Cars (unlike in the US) and get very little coverage. Not anymore, as we can share with you today detailed groups, brands and models ranking over the First Quarter of 2018. 517.915 LCVs found a new employer over the period, a 2.2% year-on-year gain. PSA (4%) dominates the groups ranking with 26.1% share, almost one percentage point above its level of a year ago, and distances another French company, Renault-Nissan (+2%) at 20.4%. Ford Motor (+3%) rounds up the podium at 16.4% ahead of the VW Group (12.3%) and FCA (10.8%), with Daimler (8.8%) the only other truly mass LCV maker. Brand-wise, it’s Ford (+3%) that takes the lead, slightly outpacing the market to improve its market share, with Renault (+5%) also up. In fact, only Volkswagen (-3%) and Fiat (-5%) lose ground in the Top 7, with Citroen (+9%) and Peugeot (+7%) the most dynamic. Further down, Mahindra (+120%), Audi (+100%), Ram (+79%), Jeep (+28%), Dacia (+15%) and Iveco (+11%) make themselves noticed.

The Citroen Berlingo is up 13% to snap the 2nd spot overall.

Model-wise, the Ford Transit Custom (-5%) is the best-seller despite losing ground, but is now threatened by the two twin car-derived vans from PSA. Even though their current generation is being replaced, the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner both gain 13% and two spots to rank #2 and #3 respectively over the period, and should enjoy a particularly strong remainder of 2018 as completely new models hit dealerships. The VW Transporter (-4%) is knocked down two spots to #4 but its deliveries were disturbed by a stop-sale on diesel models at the start of the year so its volume should improve greatly later in the year. The Ford Transit (+15%) and Renault Master (+11%) also shine in the Top 10, while the Toyota Proace (+34%), VW Crafter (+32%), Fiat Talento (+25%) and Dacia Dokker (+23%) are the most impressive further down.

The Ram 1500 is up 106% but remains anecdotal at just 815 sales.

Omni-present in the U.S., South America, Australasia and South Africa, pickup trucks are a lot rarer in Europe but this is changing slowly. Sales doubled between 2010 and 2017 to reach 169.545, and are up 8.7% so far in 2018 to 46.387, the fastest-growing LCV segment on the continent. The Ford Ranger (+14%) is #1, extending its lead over the Toyota Hilux (-13%), Nissan Navara (-14%) and Mitsubishi L200 (-4%) just as the VW Amarok (+7%) and Isuzu D-Max (+29%) gear up. New for 2018, the Mercedes X-Class (#7) and Renault Alaskan (#9) remain shy for now. Notice also the U.S. full-size Ram 1500 more than doubling its sales YoY to… 815, that’s about the same amount in 3 months that is sold in one day in the U.S. The Ford F-Series (157 sales) and Toyota Tundra (5 sales) also surprisingly appear in the European LCV charts.

Full Q1 2018 LCV Top 10 groups, Top 40 brands and Top 105 models vs. Full Q1 2017 figures below.

Europe May 2018: Discover the Top 364 models and Top 54 brands

This month we welcome the Peugeot Rafter in the European charts…

* See the Top 10 best-selling groups, Top 54 brands and Top 364 models by clicking on the title *

After preliminary figures we published last week, final sales data for Europe 27 countries is now available thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics. The market edges up 0.4% to 1.426.676 units, leading to a year-to-date volume up 2.1% or almost 150.000 deliveries to 7.017.762. Group-wise, the Volkswagen Group is the best performer in the Top 5 with a 4.1% uplift leading to a 6.4% jump YTD whereas Renault-Nissan (+0.1%), FCA (-0.2%), Ford Motor (-0.9%) and the PSA Group (-1.5%) all underperform. Below, Hyundai-Kia (+4.7%) shines and Toyota Motor (+1.4%) is solid but Daimler (-7%), the BMW Group (-5.6%) and the Geely Group (-1.6%) tumble down.

Over in the brands ranking, the entire Top 25 displayed in our preliminary figures published last week is confirmed. Further down, DR Motor (+287.1%), Mahindra (+123.3%), MG (+105.3%), Rolls-Royce (+50%), Lamborghini (+39%) and Ferrari (+38.8%) are among the best performers while DS (+17.7%), Subaru (+16.7%), Lexus (+16.1%), Jaguar (+15.6%), Tesla (+11%) and Alfa Romeo (+10.8%) all post double-digit gains.

as well as the Citroen C5 Aircross. Pictures largus.fr

Model-wise, below a podium unchanged on preliminary figures (Golf/Clio/Polo), the VW Tiguan (+18.6%) does even better than expected as it seems final figures now include the 7-seat variant, propelling the nameplate above 25.000 sales for the month at #4, equalling its record ranking also hit in April 2017, August 2017 and January 2018. This means there are three VWs in the European Top 4 this month. The Nissan Qashqai (-8.1%) is now above the Peugeot 208 (-8.3%) at #9 and the Opel Corsa (-11.1%) now ahead of the Skoda Octavia (-8%) at #11. The Fiat Panda (-2.9%) now ranks 15th above the Citroen C3 (-12.6%), the Dacia Duster (+36.6%) is now above the Toyota Yaris (-3.1%) at #17, the Audi A3 (-2.6%) ahead of the Seat Leon (+11.1%) at #22 and the Renault Megane (-10.8%) now distances its archenemy the Peugeot 308 (-5.6%) at #24.

Further down, strong performers include the Ford Ecosport (+74.1%), Opel Insignia (+73.4%), BMW X3 (+55.9%), Suzuki Swift (+53.1%), VW Transporter (+51%) still catching up on halted sales early in the year, Audi Q5 (+46.6%), Dacia Logan (+35.5%), Toyota Aygo (+26.1%), Toyota C-HR (+23.8%), Skoda Kodiaq (+23.2%) and Mercedes GLC (+15.7%). The VW T-Roc (#26) tops all recent launches above the Citroen C3 Aircross at #43 (+3), Seat Arona at #52 (+2), Skoda Karoq at #64 (-4), Kia Stonic at #90 (+6) and Hyundai Kona at #98 (+2). The BMW X2 is up 16 spots on April to #132 and the DS 7 Crossback up 11 to #169 while we welcome four new arrivals in the charts: the Citroen C5 Aircross at #290, the Peugeot Rifter at #294, the DR Motor DR4 at #297 and the Lamborghini Urus at #355.

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Full May 2018 Top 10 groups, Top 54 brands and Top 364 models below.

Europe May 2018: SUVs soar 24.2%, Volkswagen, Jeep and Dacia strong

The VW Tiguan overtakes the Nissan Qashqai to become Europe’s #1 SUV in 2018. Picture Quattroruote

* See the Top 25 best-selling brands and models, Top 5 Hybrid, PHEV and EV models by clicking on the title *

Balancing out a particularly strong uplift in April (+9.3%) led by additional selling days, May sales in Europe 27 markets (excluding Russia and Turkey) only edge up 0.5% year-on-year to 1.434.000 units mainly because of, this time, less selling days than in May 2017. Far from indicating a cooling of the European market, this month is the second highest May score in history, only 10.000 units or 0.7% below the record of 1.444.000 deliveries set in May 2007. The year-to-date volume is now up 2.5% to 7.031.000, the highest level after five months this century. Among the main European markets, Germany (-5.8%) and Italy (-2.3%) are in negative whereas Spain (+5.9%), the UK (+3.4%) and France (+0.1%) grow. Romania (+43.3%), Lithuania (+33.2%), Hungary (+17.4%), Greece (+16.9%) and Finland (+12.8%) brilliantly manage double-digit gains while on the other end of the scale Norway (-8%), the Czech Republic (-4.8%), Luxembourg (-3.2%), Switzerland (-3%) and Portugal (-1.4%) are the other markets in decline.

The Dacia Duster posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 25 at +30.8%.

 data including 17 markets conform the diesel demise with a 19% year-on-year freefall to just 36% share vs. 45% a year ago in May 2017. Reversely, petrol sales are up 15% to 56% share vs. 49% a year ago. Alternatively fuelled soar 27% to 5.3% share vs. 4.2% in May 2017. Like in May, Toyota monopolises the Top 4 spots in the hybrid models ranking with the C-HR in the lead ahead of the Yaris, Auris and RAV4. The Mitsubishi Outlander reclaims the PHEV pole position it holds year-to-date, distancing the VW Passat, BMW 5 Series and Volvo XC60 with BMW also placing the 3 Series at #5. Finally in the EV models ranking, the Renault Zoe edges back past the Nissan Leaf for just 53 units, but the latter remains in the YTD lead while the Tesla Model S is back in the Top 5. Once again, SUVs are the clear engine of growth in Europe with sales soaring 24.2% year-on-year whereas the rest of the market is down 8.5%. SUVs are the best-selling segment in 23 of 27 markets. Sub-compact SUVs are up 37% to 182.000 while compact SUVs are up 23% to 208.600.

Renault Captur sales are up 25.8% year-on-year.

In the brands ranking, leader Volkswagen vastly outpaces the market to post the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 12 at a stunning +7% to over 170.000 units. Renault (+4.6%), Ford (+1%) and Peugeot (+4.5%) follow and all also beat the market. However the rest of the Top 10 is in negative, with Fiat (-11.5%) once again hit the hardest followed by Mercedes (-7.9%), BMW (-7.4%), Audi (-5.3%), Opel (-3.8%) and Skoda (-0.8%). Jeep doubles its sales year-on-year thanks to the arrival of the Compass and is by far the best performing carmaker in the Top 25 ahead of Seat (+26.5%), Dacia (+14.2%) and Suzuki (+10.3%). Kia (+8.2%), Hyundai (+4.1%), Honda (+3.6%), Toyota (+2.8%) and Mitsubishi (+2.5%) also resist relatively well whereas Nissan (-14.5%), Mazda (-4.2%) and Land Rover (-3.1%) struggle.

The Peugeot 3008 continues to improve at +26.3% this month.

Model-wise, the VW Golf puts an end to 13 consecutive months of year-on-year gains with a 4.3% drop this month but remains comfortably on top, distancing the Renault Clio (+4.7%) whereas the VW Polo (-8%) and Ford Fiesta (-8.4%) post worryingly paltry scores given both nameplates now have an entirely new generation in dealerships across the continent. The VW Tiguan (+4.5%) brilliantly maintains itself in the monthly Top 5, also earning a YTD Top 5 ranking and overtaking the Nissan Qashqai to snap the title of best-selling SUV in Europe so far in 2018. The Dacia Sandero (+5.8%) edges up one spot on April to #6, its second best-ever European ranking below the #5 it hit in August 2017 and its 5th European Top 10 finish – add May 2017 (#10), July 2017 (#7) and April 2018 (#7). The Ford Focus (+27.8%) and Renault Captur (+25.8%) easily lodge the largest gains in the Top 10 while below, the Dacia Duster (+30.8%), Peugeot 3008 (+26.3%) and Seat Leon (+14.4%)

The Lamborghini Urus has landed in Europe.

The VW T-Roc tops recent launches (<12 months) for the third consecutive month but is stuck at #26, its best European ranking so far. The Citroen C3 Aircross follows, once again inside the Top 50. Fast forward to the bottom of the ranking and more “exotic” launches appear, such as the Kia Stinger (394 sales), Alpine A110 (194), Peugeot Rifter (96), Mitsubishi Shogun Sport aka Pajero Sport (30), Jaguar i-Pace (22), Ferrari Portofino (20) and the much anticipated Lamborghini Urus selling its very first two units on the continent this month.

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One year ago: Europe May 2017: Market up 7.5% to second largest May score

Full May 2018 Top 25 brands, Top 25 models and Top 5 Hybrid, PHEV and EV models below.

Europe April 2018: Discover the Top 357 models and Top 54 brands

The Peugeot 3008/5008 tandem outsells the VW Tiguan to #1 SUV in Europe in April.

* See the Top 10 groups, Top 54 brands and Top 355 models by clicking on the title *

Thanks to our partnership with we can share with you today final April data for Europe 27 countries (ex Russia and Turkey). Final figures have total sales for the month at 1.335.761, up 9.3% year-on-year for the largest April result since 2008, leading to a YTD 2018 volume up 2.6% to 5.596.595, the highest since 2000. Pushed by an outstanding month by Volkswagen (see previous April post), the Volkswagen Group soars 13% to 343.120 sales, whereas on the podium both PSA Group (+7.7%) and Renault-Nissan (+7.9%) trail the market slightly. FCA (+0.5%) is up two spots on March to #4 but underperforms while Ford (+12%) is down one but outpaces the market. Both Hyundai-Kia (+17.9%) and Daimler AG (+0.3%) overtake BMW Group (-1.3%), the only Top 10 group in decline this month. Toyota Motor signs the largest year-on-year gain at +19.8% while Geely Group (+11.3%) is back in the Top 10.

The 7 Crossback helps DS European sales up 42.8% this month.

There are two changes in the Top 25 brands compared to preliminary figures we published in late May: Fiat (-6%) is now above BMW (-3.6%) for #9 and Dacia (+26.2%) is now #13 above Kia (+22.4%) and Hyundai (+14.6%). Outside the Top 25, MG (+278.5%), DR Motor (+118.2%), Rolls-Royce (+95.7%), Lamborghini (+61%), Ferrari (+48.2%), Tesla (+45.1%), DS (+42.8%) and Jaguar (+40.1%) are among the most impressive. Reborn Alpine already ranks 44th in between Aston Martin and Lamborghini. Over in the models ranking, once again it appears preliminary figures didn’t include the Tiguan XL as the nameplate is now #5 with 22.527 sales (+13.9%), over 2.500 more than previously stated, relegating the Peugeot 208 to #6. The Ford Focus (+21.6%) overtaking the Skoda Octavia (+7.8%) to take #9 is the second change in the Top 10. Below, the Peugeot 3008 (+25.1%) is now above the Opel Corsa (-2.1%) for #12 – also meaning the 3008/5008 tandem is the best-selling SUV in Europe at 24.589 sales. Finally the Dacia Duster (+29.4%) is now above the VW Passat for #19.

The Jaguar i-Pace has landed.

The Ford Ecosport (+91.4%), VW Transporter (+70.7%, catching up on diesel stop sales earlier in the year), Mercedes GLC (+55.2%), BMW 5 Series (+37.3%), Toyota C-HR (+30.8%) and Renault Scenic (+25.6%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the remainder of the Top 50. The VW T-Roc is now by far the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) in Europe, up 13 spots on March to #26, followed by the Citroen C3 Aircross at #46 (+7), Seat Arona at #54 (+23), Skoda Karoq at #60 (+15), Jeep Compass at #72 (+19), Opel Grandland X at #78 (-6), Kia Stonic at #96 (+11) and Hyundai Kona at #100 (+13). The Volvo XC40 is up 39 ranks to #120, the Jaguar E-Pace up 8 to #135, the BMW X2 up 19 to #148 and the DS 7 Crossback up 45 to #180. We welcome the MG ZS at #240, the Alpine A110 at #273 and the Jaguar i-Pace at #296.

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Europe April 2018: Volkswagen soars 21.4%, highest market in a decade

The T-Roc helps Volkswagen up 21.4% in Europe in April.

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In April the European new car market (30 countries excluding Russia and Turkey) posts its largest year-on-year gain in the past 13 months at +9.6% to 1.35 million units according to ACEA, the largest volume for the month since 2008. This result is helped by the fact that all main markets lodge significant gains: Germany (+8%), France (+9%), Italy (+6.5%), the UK (+10.4%) and Spain (+12.3%) all evolve markedly above their April 2017 levels, some helped by additional selling days and strong private demand. Hungary (+38.9%), Lithuania (+38.9%), Greece (+24.2%), Norway (+24%), Finland (+17.5%), the Netherlands (+17.5%) and Slovakia (+15.6%) are the overall best performers with only Iceland (-11.8%) and Cyprus (-2.8%) in decline. Year-to-date volumes are now up 2.6% to 5.631.331 units, with Spain (+11%), Germany (+5%), France (+4.4%) and Italy (+0.2%) in positive among the main markets but the UK (-8.8%) in steep negative. Hungary (+32.2%), Greece (+26.1%), Romania (+25.4%), Lithuania (+23.5%), Bulgaria (+23.1%) and Croatia (+22.6%) are the best performers.

The Nissan Leaf is Europe’s best-selling EV in April.

 data including 18 markets show diesel registrations continue to implode in April at -13.2% to 453.500, going from 46% to 36.7% share while petrol sales gain 25% to 692.300 and see their share shift from 49% in April 2017 to 56% this month. Alternative Fuelled Vehicles are up 53.5% to 67.700 units and 5.5% share vs. 3.9% a year ago. The Toyota C-HR overtakes the Yaris to become the best-selling hybrid in Europe this month with the Auris, RAV4 and Kia Niro in tow, the Volvo XC60 outsells the VW Passat and Mitsubishi Outlander to snap the PHEV pole position and the Nissan Leaf passes the Renault Zoe to become the most popular EV with the BMW i3 and VW Golf following. SUVs surge 32% year-on-year and are the best-selling segment in 24 out of 27 markets, with double-digit gains in 25 markets led by a 116% surge in Croatia. They now account for exactly 1 in 3 sales in Europe at 33.3% share vs. 27.5% in April 2017 and 21.4% in April 2015. While compact SUVs gain 27%, the overall segment is being boosted by numerous new models in the small SUV category up 45%.

The Ford Fiesta is up 32.6% in April.

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen more than doubles the continent’s growth with a fantastic 21.4% surge to just under 162.000 sales. That’s the brand’s first double-digit gain since June 2015 (18%) and its largest in at least 4 years. Renault (+4.6%) is back to #2 but trails followers Ford (+13.7%) and Peugeot (+14.2%) when it comes to year-on-year gains. Mercedes (+0.6%) posts its first Top 5 finish since last November, distancing Opel (+2.6%) and Audi (-1%) while BMW drops 3.2% to #9. Skoda (+11.4%) is up four spots on March to #8 but Fiat (-8.8%) is hit hardest in the Top 10. Below, Jeep (+72.4%), Seat (+23.3%), Kia (+22.2%), Suzuki (+20.4%), Toyota (+20.1%), Dacia (+19.7%), Mazda (+16.3%) and Hyundai (+14.5%) shine.

The Dacia Sandero shoots up to 7th place overall in Europe this month.

Over in the models charts, the VW Golf signs a 13th consecutive monthly win and a 4th double-digit gain in a row at +12.3%, distancing the Renault Clio (+6.1%), VW Polo (+7%) and the Ford Fiesta scoring the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at +32.6%. The Peugeot 208 (+7.7%) posts a 5th Top 5 finish in the past 7 months at #5 while at #6 the VW Tiguan (+1.1%) snaps back the title of #1 SUV in Europe ahead of the Renault Captur (+16.3%) at #8 and the Nissan Qashqai (+7.2%) at #11. But it’s the Dacia Sandero that arguably delivers the biggest surprise in the Top 10, up ten spots on March and 20.9% year-on-year to land at #7, the nameplate’s only fourth foray into the European Top 10 – all happening in the past 12 months – after May 2017 (#10), July 2017 (#7) and August 2017 (#5).

Further down, notice the Toyota Yaris (+35.6%), Dacia Duster (+26.1%) and Peugeot 3008 (+25%) while the VW T-Roc soars 13 spots to a new record #26. Among recent launches (<12 months), it distances the Citroen C3 Aircroos (#45), Opel Crossland X (#53), Seat Arona (#54), Opel Grandland X (#77), Kia Stonic (#94) and Hyundai Kona (#99). The Volvo XC40, Jaguar E-Pace, BMW X2, Range Rover Velar and DS 7 Crossback follow.

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The Skoda Karoq beats its European ranking record in March at #75.

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Thanks to our partnership with we can share with you today final March data for Europe 27 countries (ex Russia and Turkey). Final figures have total sales for the month at 1.830.433, down 5.2% year-on-year and leading to a Q1 2018 volume up 0.6% to 4.261.649, the highest since 2000. The three best-selling groups in the continent remain the same vs. February with the Volkswagen Group frankly over-performing at just -0.2%, PSA Group (-7.3%) and Renault-Nissan (-6.8%) in the lead. Ford Motor (-15.7%) is up one spot on last month to #4 despite a steep drop while the BMW Group (-5.7%) is up two to #7 and FCA (-8.1%) down two to #6. Hyundai-Kia is the only Top 10 group in positive at +3.5% whereas Tata Motors posts the largest decline at -19.3% but is back inside the Top 10 thanks to UK sales, knocking the Geely Group (-3.6%) to #11. There is only one minor change in the Top 25 brands vs. preliminary figures we published in late April: Mini (-2.9%) is now above Suzuki (-5.1%) at #20. Further down, notice Geely (+210%), Lamborghini (+116.5%), Dodge (+96.6%), MG (+48.5%), DR Motor (+34.7%), Cadillac (+19.8%) and Tesla (+19.2%) posting double-digit gains whereas Infiniti (-67.5%), Aston Martin (-41.6%), Bentley (-44.5%), Lotus (-39.8%), Lancia (-37.1%) and Maserati (-33.8%) implode.

The VW T-Roc is now the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) in Europe at #39.

Over in the models ranking, one of the main events in the preliminary Top 10 is no more: the VW Tiguan figure is significantly revised up from 25.325 (-3.9%) to 28.114 (+6.6%), propelling the SUV up from #11 to #7 in the final ranking. As a result, the Ford Focus (#8), Opel Corsa (#9), Renault Captur (#10) and Fiat 500 (#11) are all knocked down one spit meaning the 500 did in fact not post its 5th ever European Top 10 ranking. The only other change is the Peugeot 3008 (+30.9%) now above the Dacia Sandero (+11.1%) at #16. The Ford Ecosport (+39.4%), Mercedes GLC (+39.1%) and Dacia Duster (+18.6%) post the largest year-on-year improvements in the remainder of the Top 50. As far as recent launches are concerned (<12 months), the VW T-Roc is up 9 spots on February to break into the European Top 40 for the first time at #39, distancing the Citroen C3 Aircross at #53 (-10) while both the Opel Grandland X at #72 (+17) and Skoda Karoq at #75 (+21) also beat their ranking record.

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Is Germany the new kingdom of electrified vehicles? Not quite, and by a large margin.

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In the past few days an article has been doing the rounds in the professional automotive press proclaiming . Although correct in terms of volume, nowhere in the articles are market shares mentioned. Given Germany is by far the #1 market in Europe volume-wise, it’s only natural that it also becomes the #1 market for electrified cars. We thought this headline was misleading so we got to work and pulled out the actual market shares for green cars in the main European markets – 26 to be exact. Here is the verdict for Q1 2018:

BEV (Battery Electric Vehicles):

The best-seller in this category is the Renault Zoe (8.128) above the Nissan Leaf (8.069) – please refer to our latest Europe March 2018 update for more details on best-selling green models. A total of 43.585 BEVs were sold in Europe over the First Quarter of 2018, a 35% year-on-year gain but representing only 1% market share. A year ago France was the #1 volume market in this segment, but it is now Norway thanks to sales soaring 38.6% to 9.694. This represents a whopping 28.7% share of the Norwegian market vs. 18.3% a year ago. And this is where we need to pay attention: although Germany did leap up 80.2% year-on-year to 9.127 units at #2, this only amounts to a meagre 1% market share, in line with the European average. France (-1.1%) places third with 7.322 sales but only 1.3% share while the Netherlands does a little better at 2.9% share thanks to deliveries up 136.7% to a still modest 3.945. The UK vastly underperforms with a 0.5% share thanks to just 3.895 sales (-16.3%). No other market sports a BEV share above 2%, with Austria and Switzerland the next best performers at 1.8% each. In the naughty corner: Greece (0.1%), Poland (0.1%), Italy (0.2%), Czech Republic (0.2%), Slovakia (0.2%) and Spain (0.3%).

The Renault Zoe is the best-selling Battery Electric Vehicle in Europe so far in 2018.

PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles):

The most popular nameplate in this segment is the Mitsubishi Outlander (4.524) followed by the VW Passat (3.635). 44.744 PHEVs found a new home in the 26 European markets covered over the First Quarter of 2018, up 46.4% on the same period in 2017 but here again the market share reached remains minimal at 1.1%. Volume-wise, this segment is dominated by the UK with sales up 25.9% year-on-year to 10.267, but this represents a market share only slightly above the European average at 1.4%. Germany is catching up at +60.5% to 8.447 but once again only 1% market share, actually below average for Europe. In third place volume-wise with 6.488 units (-0.1%), Norway however posts the largest PHEV market share of any country in Europe at 19.2%. That’s more than 3 times the level of 2nd-placed and fellow Scandinavian nation Sweden at 5.7% thanks to 4.960 sales (+79.6%). In third position PHEV share-wise we find Finland with deliveries up 175% to 1.309 for a 3.8% share. Lowest shares are scored by Poland (0.1%), Bulgaria (0.1%), Czech Republic (0.1%), Italy (0.2%), Greece (0.2%) and Spain (0.3%).

Electrified Vehicles (BEV+PHEV):

Adding the two above segments we have what is called “Electrified Vehicles”, which is what the article we linked to at the top of this report is referring to. At this little game the Zoe (8.128) and Leaf (8.069) remain on top but the VW Golf comes up third at 7.536. A total of 88.329 electrified vehicles were sold over Q1 2018, up 40.9% year-on-year and accounting for a 2.1% share of total European sales. And indeed, Germany (+70.2%) does overtake Norway (+20%) when taking volumes into account at 17.574 vs. 16.182. But. And this is a big but. Germany electrified vehicle sales only represent 2% of its total market – below the European average – whereas Norway hits an otherworldly 47.9% share. Only two additional markets manage to surpass 4% share: Sweden at 7.1% (+63%) and Finland at 4.3% (+145.3%). The UK and France, ranking #3 and #4 respectively in volume, almost match the European average at 2%, while the Netherlands (3.3%), Switzerland (3.1%), Austria (2.5%), Belgium (2.4%) and Portugal (2.4%) are the only other above-average markets. Removing Norwegian sales brings the European electrified market share down from 2.1% to 1.7%.

We have also decided to look at the other Fuel Type sales in Europe over Q1 2018 for a full comparison set.

The Tesla Model S ranks 5th best-selling BEV in Europe in Q1 2018. Picture autobild.de

HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicles):

Most popular here is the Toyota Yaris (29.536) over the C-HR (24.456). Present for over a decade, this category benefits from a higher penetration at 3.4% of the European market thanks to 145.241 sales over the period, a strong 22.9% above its Q1 2017 tally. Volume-wise, the UK dominates at 22.531 (+9.4%) above France at 21.805 (+12.7%), Italy at 20.230 (+31.7%) and Germany at 19.834, up a vigorous 65.7%. However none of these markets crosses the 4% HEV share barrier. The only nation to sport a double-digit HEV share is, again, Norway at 10.7% despite sales down 33.4% to 3.613. Below we find Finland at 8.7% (+36.1%), Sweden at 5.7% (+8.1%), Ireland at 5.4% (+64.7%) and Estonia at 5% (+13.8%). Two large volume markets, Spain at 4.9% (+31.1%) and the Netherlands at 4.7% (+25.8%) follow, both outpacing the segment’s growth.

Diesel:

It’s the big story of the past couple of years: originally triggered by the VW emissions scandal in 2015, diesel sales are now plummeting all across Europe as countries adopt more stringent policies restricting the circulation of diesel-powered vehicles. Overall diesel sales plunge 17.1% year-on-year in Q1 to 1.603.337 units and 37.8% share vs. 45.8% a year ago. The one country not affected by this descent to hell is Italy with diesel sales down just 2.6% to 316.367 and 55.1% share. As a result it is now the #1 market in Europe for this fuel type, overtaking Germany at 283.766 (-21.3%) and the UK at 240.614 (-33.3%). France at 226.048 (-11.9%) remains 4th above Spain at 130.661 (-17.3%). Further down, the steepest declines are recorded by Norway (-34.7%), Finland (-24%), Slovenia (-23.4%), Sweden (-22.1%) and the Czech Republic (-21.5%). Markets that sport the highest diesel market shares include Bulgaria (57.7%), Ireland (56.3%), Portugal (54.1%), Estonia (47.5%), Slovakia (46.9%) and Romania (46.7%). The Netherlands comes last at 15.5% share and even saw a gain at +6.7%, followed by Norway at 18.6%.

Petrol:

Taking full advantage of the diesel’s fall of grace, European petrol sales advance 14.3% in Q1 to 2.355.611, seeing their share improve from 48.8% to 55.5%. The Top 8 markets are unchanged and reproduce the overall European order. Germany is up 20.3% to 63% share vs. 54.5% a year ago, the UK is up 3.5% to 61.4% vs. 52%, France is up 16.3% to 53.4% vs 47.2% but Italy is down 3.2% to 33.1% vs. 33.6% (note GPL is very successful in Italy). Romania (+61%), Bulgaria (+54.3%), Hungary (+48.8%), Greece (+48.4%), Spain (+38.4%), Slovenia (+36.1%), Lithuania (+26.2%), Portugal (+25.6%) and Austria (+25.1%) record the largest gains while the highest market shares are reached by Estonia (76.2%), the Netherlands (75.9%), Hungary (71.3%), Poland (71.2%), the Czech Republic (65.2%) and Denmark (64.1%).

Full Q1 2018 sales for 26 markets by BEV, PHEV, Electrified, HEV, Diesel and Petrol sales below.

Europe March 2018: Sales pulled down 5.2% by UK, best Q1 volume in 18 years

The Fiat 500 cracks the European Top 10 for the first time in two years.

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March European volumes (27 countries excluding Russia and Turkey) are always heavily impacted by the UK new licence plates month that market alone represents 26% of European sales this month vs. just 10% over the first two months of the year. This way, the UK’s steep 15.7% fall pulls the entire European market into negative at -5.2% to 1.84 million units according to , with strong Eastern European sales reducing the damage. However sales are up 0.7% over the First Quarter to post the highest score since 2000 at 4.27 million registrations. Over Q1, Hungary (+29.9%), Croatia (+28.4%), Greece (+26.9%), Romania (+25.6%) and Lithuania (+17.3%) lodge the largest gains while once again the UK (-12.4%) signs the steepest decline above Norway (-11.3%), Ireland (-5.3%) and Denmark (-4.8%). Only 8 markets out of 28 are in negative in Q1.

JATO data for 18 markets shows gasoline cars accounting for 55% of total registrations in Q1 vs. 48% a year ago with diesel cars sinking from 46% over the same period in 2017 to 38% now. Alternative Fuelled Vehicles are up 23.4% to 5.4% share vs. 4.3% a year ago. The Toyota Yaris tops the Hybrid segment ahead of the C-HR, Auris, RAV4 and Kia Niro, the Mitsubishi Outlander is tops among PHEVs ahead of the VW Passat and VW Golf while the Renault Zoe edges past the Nissan Leaf in the EV ladder with the Tesla Model S at #5. SUVs once again surge at +13.3% in March and +20% over the First Quarter to 33.5% share vs. 28.1% over Q1 2017, meanwhile Subcompacts drop from 21.6% to 20.7%, Compacts fall from 19.4% to 18.4%, City-cars from 8.3% to 8.7% and Midsize cars from 7.9% to 7% and MPVs from 8.1% to 6.1%, one of its lowest levels in history in Europe.

The Toyota Yaris is up 8.4% in March and tops the Hybrid segment over Q1.

Volkswagen (+4.4%) goes against the trend to cement its domination in the brands ranking, with Ford reclaiming the 2nd place due to the high weight of the UK and despite a steep 14.2% drop. Renault (-6.6%) is back above Peugeot (+2.7%) both in March and YTD, despite the latter being one of only two Top 10 brands in positive. Opel/Vauxhall (-15.5%), Fiat (-14.9%), Audi (-10.4%) and BMW (-7%) all struggle in the remainder of the Top 10. There aren’t many good news further down the ranking: Dacia (+14.2%) and Seat (+11.1%) post the only double-digit gains in the Top 20 while below Jeep (+40.5%) and Mitsubishi (+24.7%) impress. A notch down, Honda (+6.5%), Skoda (+5.4%), Hyundai (+5.2%) and Kia (+4.5%) also post solid gain given the context.

Model-wise, the VW Golf celebrates 12 consecutive months in the European pole position with sales up a gigantic 17.2% year-on-year to its highest monthly volume in two years (since March 2016). Leader a year ago, the Ford Fiesta tumbles down 16.2% but still manages a 2nd spot ahead of the Renault Clio (-3.2%), Nissan Qashqai (-3%) and VW Polo (-19%) in grave difficulty despite the arrival of the new generation. Over Q1, the Nissan Qashqai (-0.1%) graduates to #4 overall: if kept until the end of 2018 this would be its highest ever European ranking. The Opel Corsa (-29%) and Ford Focus (-16.3%) post horrendous scores hampered by weak UK performances, while the Peugeot 208 (+3.1%) and Renault Captur (-0.7%) both resist very well.

Stunning performance of the VW Golf up 17.2% to its highest monthly volume in two years.

Mini event in the Top 10: the Fiat 500 makes a very rare appearance at #10 thanks to deliveries up 1.9% year-on-year. Counter-intuitively, the 500 manages its highest rankings in Europe not thanks to particularly strong results at home in Italy, but tends to do so during UK new license plate months as it is very successful in that market. As such, this is the first time in the past two years and only the 5th time ever this generation of Fiat 500 breaks into the European Top 10 after March 2014 (#10), June 2014 (#10), September 2014 (#9) and March 2016 (#10). Apart from the Golf, there are only two double-digit gainers  in the Top 25 models: the Peugeot 3008 (+29.9%) and Dacia Sandero (+11.5%), with the Toyota Yaris (+8.4%) also strong.

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