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Full Year 2017/H1 2018: New data for Italy, Belgium and Philippines

We learn that the Kia Stonic ranks inside the Italian Top 70 over H1 2018.

Today we are doing a bit of Summer cleaning here at BSCB, adding more complete Full Year 2017 models data for three significant worldwide markets: Italy, Belgium and the Philippines.

In Italy, there is now a Top 215 models ranking (instead of Top 50) for the Full Year 2017 and a Top 180 models ranking for H1 2018, also instead of Top 50, both with comparative data for FY2016 and H1 2017, as well as exclusive Light Commercial Vehicle sales data: a Top 35 LCV brands ranking and Top 10 LCV models for the Full Year 2017. Plus, we have also added a Top 40 LCV brands and complete Top 140 LCV models rankings for the Full Year 2016.

Belgium, a notoriously selfish market that only shares a monthly Top 10 models, now has a Full Year 2017 Top 320 All-models ranking also featuring Full Year 2016 data.

For the Philippines, we now have an exclusive Full Year 2017 Top 220 All-models ranking including all premium brands such as Audi, Bentley, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche – that’s extremely rare data.

Italy July 2018: Jeep (+103%), Alfa Romeo (+45%) stir FCA up despite Fiat (-10%), Lancia (-19%)

The Jeep Compass breaks into the Italian Top 5 for the first time in July.

* See the Top 45 brands and Top 50 models by clicking on the title *

The H1 2018 post has now been updated with a Top 180 models.

New car sales in Italy manage their third year-on-year gain of the year in July after January (+3.4%) and April (+6.4%) at +4.2% to 153.447 registrations. However the year-to-date volume remains in negative at -0.8% to 1.282.078 units. Local organisation UNRAE predicts an annual Italian market at -0.6% to 1.960.000 in 2018, with 2019 up 1% to 1.980.000 and 2020 up 1.4% to return above 2 million units for the first time since 2009 at 2.008.000. Meanwhile July sales were mainly propped up artificially with rental sales up a whopping 13.3% to 27.158 and 17.7% share vs. 16.3% in July 2017, solely pulled up by long term leases up 20.4% to 21.045 whereas short term rentals are down 35.9% to 2.765 and “other rentals” up 53.9% to 3.348. Company sales roughly match the market at +4.6% to 38.905 with self-registrations up 8.5% to 30.752 or a very worrying 20% share of the total market for the month. Private sales are the weakest at +1.5% to 87.384 or 56.9% share vs. 58.5% in July 2017. Year-to-date, private sales sink 4.3% to 693.480 and 54.1% share vs. 56.1% a year ago, company sales are up 0.6% to 262.872 or a stable 20.5% share including 199.044 self-registrations (+1%), and rental sales are the only engine of growth at +6.4% to 325.726 or 25.4% share vs. 23.7%, short-term down 7.8% to 113.129, long-term up 11.4% to 183.985 and “others” up 57.7% to 28.612.

The Giulietta (+53%) and Stelvio (+34%) pull Alfa Romeo up to its highest ranking in 6 years.

Diesel sales continue to refrain from freefalling in Italy: down just 5.2% year-on-year in July at 6.2% year-to-date to 78.303 and 686.766 respectively, all the while petrol sales gain 11.3% this month and 2.8% so far in 2018 to 50.810 and 428.609. This means diesel still represents 51% of the Italian market in July and 53.6% year-to-date vs. 53.6% and 56.6% last year, and petrol sales are at a low 33.1% in July and 31% so far in 2018 vs. 33.4% and 32.3% in 2017. GPL sales are strong in July at +8.5% to 12.460 but weak YTD at -2.8% to 81.405, Hybrid and Plug-in hybrid sales surge 47% to 7.911 in July and are up 33.1% to 52.418 this year, but pure EVs, although up a spectacular 342.1% this month only amount to 641 units and 2.906 year-to-date (+152.7%). Looking at segment sales, no surprises here: crossovers soar 43% to 47.815 and 31.2% share vs. 22.7% in July 2017 and 32.5% year-to-date to 359.563 and 28% share vs. 21% over the same period in 2017. 4WDs are the only other main segment in positive at +10.6% to 14.791 and +18.9% to 120.665 YTD with berlines (sedans and hatches) down 6.7% to 72.084 and down 10.6% to 620.095 YTD, station wagons down 17.4% to 7.966 and down 14.5% to 80.972 YTD, small MPVs down 20.3% to 3.213 this month and down 35.9% to 33.837 YTD and compact MPVs down 32.2% to 3.082 in July and down 17.9% to 32.554 YTD.

The Fiat 500X is up 64% to #2 in July.

The momentum shift out of Fiat towards Jeep continues in Italy and catastrophic results pile up again for Fiat, recording an 8th consecutive double-digit drop at -10% to 17.4% share – albeit an improvement on the ghastly 16% hit last month – . and now down 18% YTD. In contrast Jeep once again doubles its sales YoY at +103% to 4.7% in 7th place only 20 units below Opel, the marque’s second highest ever market share below the 5% hit last May. With Alfa Romeo (+45%) up to its highest ranking in over 6 years at #12 and Lancia (-19%) headed for discontinuation, the big question is: are Jeep gains enough to offset Fiat’s deep decline at FCA? The answer is: not really. Including Ferrari (+12%) and Maserati (-4%), the Fiat Group is up 3.4% in July to 42.463 sales, that’s less than the market resulting in a share down to 27.9% vs. 28.1% a year ago, but the year-to-date picture is much worse: -7.7% to 347.094 and 27.2% share, more than two percentage points below the 29.3% hit over the same period in 2017. Solely focusing on Jeep and Alfa Romeo and neglecting Fiat even at home (no Punto replacement!) was a terrible idea indeed.

Italian Renault Clio sales are up 49% year-on-year this month.

Apart from Jeep and Alfa Romeo, Renault (+39%) and Volkswagen (+37%) are the other heroes of the month in Italy, ranking 3rd and 2nd respectively with only Toyota (+7%) and Citroen (+2%) managing a year-on-year gain in the Top 10 and Audi (-0.4%), Ford (-3%), Opel (-4%) and Peugeot (-5%) in negative. More surprising is the 16% drop by Dacia, a brand that has got us used to strong uplifts. Subaru (+94%), Mitsubishi (+78%), Lexus (+73%), Jaguar (+68%), Porsche (+55%), Volvo (+26%), Smart (+25%), Ssangyong (+23%) and Hyundai (+15%) defy the challenging conditions to post very robust gains, while among smaller brands Lada (+1100%), Mahindra (+500%), DR Motor (+289%) and Lamborghini (+217%) stand out.

The VW Tiguan (+81%) misses out on a first Italian Top 10 ranking for just 74 sales.

In the models ranking, despite still being comfortably in the lead the Fiat Panda (-17%) endures an 8th double-digit drop in the past 9 months whereas the Fiat 500X gives the brand a (rare) big smile with a 64% surge to 2nd place, the nameplate’s 4th ever such ranking after last December, January and March. The Renault Clio (+49%) is also in excellent shape in third place which means the podium is identical to the YTD order. In 4th place, the Fiat Tipo (+4%) posts its first gain since February despite station wagons only representing 36.6% of its July sales vs 41.4% YTD. But the real performer of the month is just below: after cracking the Italian monthly Top 10 for the first time last May (#7) and repeating this feat in June (#10), the Jeep Compass gains 429% on its launching score a year ago to break into the Top 5 for the very first time, outselling the Jeep Renegade (+23% to #9) for the third time after last January and February. This also means Jeep places two nameplates in the Italian Top 10 for the third consecutive month – and ever.

Adding a crossover-looking variant (the Rock) boosts Opel Karl sales up 108% in July.

The Toyota Yaris (+22%) and VW Polo (+14%) also shine below while the Fiat Punto (-31%) although in steep decline and on the death row, returns to its home Top 10 for the first time since August 2017 (#8) after falling to a lowest-ever ranking of #31 in February. The VW Tiguan (+81%) misses out on a first ever Top 10 finish by just 74 sales but hits a new record at #11 (previous best: #13 in August 2017). The Opel Karl (+108%), Ford Ecosport (+86%), Renault Kadjar (+72%), Kia Picanto (+62%), Audi Q2 (+61%), Alfa Romeo Giulietta (+53%), VW Up (+50%), Renault Captur (+44%), Fiat 500L (+42%), Peugeot 3008 (+37%) and Alfa Romeo Stelvio (+34%) all post outstanding results. There are 3 new launches in the Top 50: the VW T-Roc (#25), Citroen C3 Aircross (#36) and for the first time the Hyundai Kona (#50).

Previous post: Italy First Half 2018: Fiat and Lancia sink, Jeep doubles sales

Previous month: Italy June 2018: Fiat skids to lowest ever share at 16%?

One year ago: Italy July 2017: Fiat 500 and Punto on podium

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

Italy First Half 2018: Fiat and Lancia sink, Jeep doubles sales

The 500X (+16%) is the only Fiat posting a year-on-year gain in Italy so far in 2018.

* Now updated with the Top 45 brands and Top 180 models – click on title to see *

The Italian new car market is one of only a handful of European market to suffer negative growth over the First Semester of 2018 – the UK being the other notable one – with registrations down 1.4% to 1.128.037. This puts an end to a streak of 8 consecutive semesters of growth in Italy and means 2018 could mark the first year of decline since 2013. A year ago, we noted that the market growth was very unhealthy, with artificial channels such as rental sales proposing up overall sales where “true” market indicators such as private sales already in negative then. The market decline then shouldn’t come as a surprise as it solidifies underlying trends that had been apparent for a while.

The Fiat Punto (-34%), Panda (-23%), Tipo (-23%), 500 (-19%) and 500L (-20%) all implode.

In 2018 the picture is very similar, with private sales faring the worst at -5.1% to 605.714 units, losing two percentage points of market share at 53.7% vs. 55.8% a year ago. Company sales are stable at -0.2% to 223.823 units and 19.8% share vs. 19.6% in 2017. Instead, rental sales once again keep the overall market from falling too brutally with deliveries up 5.8% to 298.500 and 26.5% share vs. 24.6% in 2017. One piece of good news is the “ultimate” artificial channel, short-term rentals, is actually down 7.4% to 109.865 and 9.7% share while leases soar 10.3% to 162.900 and 14.4% share. Compared to the rest of Europe, diesel sales resist fantastically well in Italy, dropping just 6.3% over the period to a still ultra-dominant 608.103 units and 53.9% share vs. 56.7% a year ago just as petrol sales gain just 1.7% to 377.700 and 33.5% share vs. 32.5%.

DR Motor sales are up 151% so far in 2018. The dr4 is a Chinese JAC S3 assembled locally. 

2018 is turning out to be an annus horribilus for market leader Fiat posting year-on-year declines each month so far and ending the First Half down an abysmal 19% to just 17.9% share vs. 21.7% over the same period in 2017, the carmaker’s lowest half-year share this decade and century. In June, Fiat fell to 16% share which could be its lowest ever. Illustrating a voluntary global trend by FCA, Jeep, the Group’s most profitable brand, storms into the H1 Top 10 all guns blazing with deliveries more than doubling on 2017 (in a declining market) at +101% to 4.3% share.

The Jeep Renegade historically leaped onto the podium in May.

Jeep broke its ranking, volume and share records all at once in May. In parallel, Lancia (-27%) is now positively dying off, diving from #10 brand a year ago to #17 now. Strikingly, Volkswagen (+16%) at #2 and Citroen (+12%) at #7 are the only two other manufacturers posting a double-digit gain in the Top 20. Peugeot (+8%), Toyota (+1%) and Audi (+1%) are the only ones in positive in the remainder of the Top 10, with Opel (-6%), Renault (-5%) and Ford (-3%) all struggling. Further down, DR Motor (+151%), Jaguar (+66%), Lada (+53%), Mahindra (+50%), Seat (+29%), Mitsubishi (+18%), Skoda (+14%), Lamborghini (+13%) and Ferrari (+12%) shine.

The Renault Clio climbs onto the Italian podium over H1.

The Fiat Panda is comfortably headed towards a 7th consecutive annual win at home, and this despite a harsh 23% freefall compared to H1 2017. But at 6% share, the Panda still sells more than double any other nameplate in the market. The Fiat 500X surges 16% to 2nd place overall and is now almost assured to smash its annual ranking record (#5) established in 2016. The Renault Clio steps up one spot to land on the podium at #3 despite dropping 13%, and here too if this ranking is held until the end of the year it will be a new record for the Clio, with its current annual best being #4 in 1992 and 2016. There next three cars are freefalling Italians: the Fiat Tipo (-23%) with station wagons (+2.2%) now accounting for 42% of its sales vs. 32% a year ago, Lancia Ypsilon (-27%) and Fiat 500 (-19%).

The Compass cracked the Top 10 in May and is propelling Jeep up 101%.

The Jeep Renegade (+15%) snapped a historical third position overall in May and is looking at its first annual Top 10 finish after ranking #13 in 2016 and #12 in 2017. Meanwhile the Jeep Compass is the most impressive performer so far in 2018,  landing at #13 and peaking at #7 in May, with the VW T-Roc (#26) and Citroen C3 Aircross (#30) the best-selling recent launches (<12 months). Other solid performers include the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (+169%), Peugeot 3008 (+58%), Opel Karl (+44%), Ford Ecosport (+42%) cracking the monthly Top 20 for the first time this year in January, March and May), Dacia Duster (+19%), VW Golf (+19%), Nissan Micra (+18%), Renault Kadjar (+13%) and VW Tiguan (+10%). Outside the Top 50, notice newcomers such as the Kia Stonic (#68), Opel Grandland X (#70), Hyundai Kona (#77), Seat Arona (#93) and Jaguar E-Pace (#97).

Previous post: Italy June 2018: Fiat skids to lowest ever share at 16%?

One year ago: Italy First Half 2017: Fiat Tipo lands in third place, teases Ypsilon for #2

Full H1 2018 Top 45 brands and Top 180 models below.

Italy June 2018: Fiat skids to lowest ever share at 16%?

Fiat 500 sales are down 43% year-on-year in June.

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New car sales in Italy endure a fourth year-on-year drop in the past five months in June at a painful -7.4% to 175.785 units, pulling the year-to-date tally further into negative at -1.4% to 1.128.037. This time private sales perform best, edging down just 0.5% to 97.381 units and gaining almost four percentage points of market share at 55.4% vs. 51.5% in June 2017. Rental sales on the other hand sink 11% to 40.163 registrations with short-term rentals freefalling down 34.7% to 9.827 but leases up 5.2% to 25.489 – the difference (“other rentals” as per the UNRAE classification) is down 17.1% to 4.847. Finally company sales fare the worst at -17.1% to 38.241 as the tax advantage they benefitted from last year has been discontinued. Diesel sales drop 17% but still remain well above petrol sales (up 3.5%) at 92.763 vs. 58.099. Hybrid sales soar 21.6% to 7.234 and plug-in hybrids are up 70.3% to 695.

Mahindra sales are up 300% year-on-year in June thanks to the arrival of the KUV.

The horizon is getting darker and darker for homegrown hero Fiat: at -30%, June marks its steepest fall this decade, its 9th consecutive year-on-year drop and the 7th double-digit fall in the past 8 months. Moreover, its 16% share for the month is the lowest this decade, this century and possibly in many decades as we don’t have any record of Fiat ever falling below that level. As per FCA’s new worldwide strategy, it looks like Fiat is progressively passing the relay to more profitable Jeep even at home, the American brand once again posting an extravagant 92% year-on-year surge in 7th place overall. Volkswagen is the other outstanding performer in Italy (as it has been so far in every country we have covered for June) with a 22% uplift to 9.2% share. In a lukewarm market, only Smart (+30%), Seat (+20%) and Peugeot (+11%) post double-digit gains in the Top 25 whereas smaller brands are more successful, such as Mahindra (+300%), DR Motor (+163%), Jaguar (+89%), Subaru (+61%), Ferrari (+50%), Mitsubishi (+41%), Lamborghini (+40%), Tesla (+36%), Porsche (+34%) and DS (+17%).

The Ford Ecosport lifts its Italian ranking record up to #16 in June.

Model-wise, the Fiat Panda hits the wall again, diving 21% on its June 2017 score – this is however a much better hold than the Tipo (-47%), Punto (-46%), 500 (-43%) and 500L (-38%). The Panda remains comfortably in the lead with 5.5% share vs. 2.8% for the Renault Clio, managing a third consecutive – and ever – stint in 2nd place. The Fiat 500X (+9%) is back up six spots on May to #3 ahead of the Lancia Ypsilon (-13%). After a record podium ranking last month, the Jeep Renegade (+9%) ends June in 5th place, only its 2nd ever appearance in the Italian monthly Top 5. The Toyota Yaris (+24%) and VW Golf (+10%) also perform strongly in the Top 10 where Jeep places two nameplates for the 2nd month running (and ever) as the Compass drops three ranks on May to #10. Below, the Ford Ecosport rises 102% to break its ranking record at #16 (previous best: #19 last February and March), with the Opel Karl (+70%), Mercedes B-Class (+60%), Peugeot 3008 (+48%), Audi A3 (+43%), Renault Kadjar (+43%), VW Up (+29%), Peugeot 2008 (+28%), Renault Captur (+28%), VW Tiguan (+21%)

Previous month: Italy May 2018: Jeep breaks records – Renegade on podium, Compass #7

One year ago: Italy June 2017: Dacia Sandero breaks into Top 10, market up 12.9%

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

Italy May 2018: Jeep breaks records – Renegade on podium, Compass #7

The Jeep Renegade lifts its ranking record from #7 to #3 in May.

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The Italian new car market goes against most of the rest of Europe in 2018, positing a third year-on-year decline in the past four months at -2.8% to 200.157 registrations. This pulls the YTD volume back into negative territory at -0.3% to 951.734. A piece of good news though: private sales resist much better at +0.6% to 112.731 units and 56.3% share vs. 54.4% YTD. In contrast rental sales are down 1.9% to 50.978 and 25.5% share with short-term rentals sinking the segment at -15.5% to 17.356 and 8.7% share vs. 10% a year ago while long-term rentals (leases) are down 4.7% to 27.859 and 13.9% share. This does not add up, with Unrae creating a new “other rentals” category for the month, up 163.4% year-on-year to 5.763. Finally company sales dive 13.1% to 36.448 and 18.2% share vs. 20.4% a year ago.

The Compass lifts its record from #11 to #7, helping Jeep up 130%. Picture

The year-to-date picture is a lot different, with private sales pulling the entire market down at -6% to 507.959 and 53.4% share vs. 56.6% over the same period a year ago whereas rental sales gain 9% to 258.310 and 27.1% share vs. 24.8% (short-term down 3.7% to 99.460, long-term up 11.3% to 137.375 and others up 111.6% to 21.475) and company sales are up 4.6% to 185.465 and 19.5% share vs. 18.6% in 2017. Contrary to the majority of the rest of Europe, diesel sales remain dominant in Italy even though they drop 10.1% in May to 103.527 units and 51.7% share vs. 55.8% in May 2017, down 4.2% YTD to 515.005 and 54.1% vs. 56.3%. Petrol sales are up 3.1% to 70.508 and 35.2% share vs. 33.2% this month, but up just 1.3% to 319.537 and 33.6% YTD. GPL sales, particularly strong in Italy, are down 3.5% in May to 12.366 and 6.2% share and 3.7% YTD to 57.319. Hybrid sales gain 12.3% to 7.756 vs. +31.8% YTD to 36.415 and pure electrics are up 298.7% to a still tiny 594, up 121.5% YTD to 1.794.

The Renault Clio posts a second consecutive month at a record 2nd place.

Over in the brands ranking, market leader Fiat continues its descent to hell, lodging an 8th year-on-year decline in a row and the 6th double-digit drop in the past 7 months at a ghastly -23% to 17.7% share, the 6th time in the past 8 months that it falls below 18%. Volkswagen on the other hand is up a splendid 21% to 9% share (+16% YTD) to cement its 2nd place, ahead of Renault (+5%) but Ford (-8%), Peugeot (-1%) and Opel (-4%) all lose ground. Jeep is however the hero of the month, breaking its ranking (#7), volume (9.885) and share (5%) all-time records in Italy thanks to deliveries up a whopping 130% on May 2017 when it only held 2.1% of the market. The rest of the Top 16 is all in negative. Further down, notice DR Motor (+342%), Mahindra (+170%), Lexus (+70%), Jaguar (+43%), Mitsubishi (+28%), Volvo (+28%), Seat (+27%), Ferrari (+15%) and Suzuki (+13%).

First Italian Top 50 for the Kia Stonic.

There’s quite a few record performances in the Italian models ranking this month. Below the untouchable Fiat Panda (-7%), the Renault Clio manages a second consecutive month – and ever, according to our files – in 2nd place despite dropping 10% year-on-year. The Jeep Renegade surges 33% to brilliantly climb onto the monthly podium for the first time ever, smashing its previous best of #7 hit last month and in December 2017. The Renegade also breaks its share (2.9%) and volume (5.101) records. Same outstanding performance for the Jeep Compass breaking into the monthly Italian Top 10 for the very first time at #7 (previous best #11 last January) with a record 4.493 sales (pb 3.879 last March) and 2.2% share (pb 2.1% last January).

The VW T-Roc is up to a best-ever #21 this month in Italy.

In contrast the Fiat Tipo (-43%), 500 (-42%), 500X (-15%) and 500L (-13%) all falter. Further down, the Renault Twingo (+91%), Renault Captur (+66%), Audi Q3 (+54%), Toyota Aygo (+48%), Alfa Romeo Giulietta (+40%), Ford Focus (+40%), Peugeot 3008 (+34%), Peugeot 308 (+32%), Ford Ecosport (+24%), Opel Karl (+23%) and VW Tiguan (+22%) all post spectacular gains. Among recent launches (<12 months), the VW T-Roc is up 5 spots on April to a new record #21, the Citroen C3 Aircross is stuck at #29, the Opel Crossland X is down 4 to #36 and the Kia Stonic breaks into the Top 50 for the first time at #50.

Previous month: Italy April 2018: Renault Clio hits highest ever #2 in market up 6.4%

One year ago: Italy May 2017: Fiat Tipo settles in 2nd place

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

Italy April 2018: Renault Clio hits highest ever #2 in market up 6.4%

The Renault Clio is up to 2nd place overall in Italy in April – its highest ever monthly ranking.

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New car sales in Italy are up 6.4% year-on-year in April to 172.181 registrations, meaning the YTD volume is back in positive territory at +0.3% to 750.829 units. For once private sales are solid this month: up 5.4% to 91.985 and 53.4% share vs. 53.9 a year ago, but they remain down YTD at -7.8% to 394.755 and 52.6% share vs. 57.2% over the same period last year. Sales to rental car companies continue to flourish at +11.8% to 46.259 and 26.9% share vs. 25.6% in April 2017, with YTD volumes up 12% to 207.260 and 27.6% share vs. 24.7% a year ago. In the detail, short-term rentals are up just 1.5% to 21.931 while leases single-handedly pull the channel up at +23.1% to 24.328. YTD, short-terms are up 7.8% to 97.792 and leases are up 16.1% to 109.468. Company sales are the weakest channel this month at just +2.3% to 33.937 units and 19.7% share vs. 20.5% a year ago but they are up 10% YTD to 148.814 and 19.8% share vs. 18.1%. Diesel sales are down 3.7% in April but remain ultra-dominant at 90.901 units and 52.8% share (58.4% a year ago) and 411.089 YTD (-2.7%) for a 54.8% share vs. 56.4% in 2017. Petrol sales surge 16.2% to 59.017 and 34.3% share (31.4% a year ago), now in positive YTD up 0.8% to at 248.917. GPL sales are up 9.8% to 10.684, Hybrids up 53% to 7.218 and Pure electrics up 96% to 243.

Over in the brands ranking, Fiat sadly posts a seventh consecutive year-on-year decline and a fifth double-digit drop in the past 6 months at -12% to 17.3% share, also its fifth month below 18% of the market in the past seven. In contrast, Volkswagen soars 30% to 8.4% share in second place, bring its YTD uplift to +14% to 8.3% of the market. Renault (+1%) overtakes Ford (+8%) to snap the third step of the podium just as Toyota (+13%), Peugeot (+15%), Citroen (+21%) and most startlingly Jeep (+125%!) all manage very robust improvements inside the Top 10. Outside, Kia (+47%) is up 7 spots on March to #11, with DR Motor (+172%), Jaguar (+146%), Ferrari (+95%), Seat (+50%), Tesla (+42%), Lexus (+41%), Lamborghini (+36%), Skoda (+31%), Mitsubishi (+28%), Nissan (+26%), Suzuki (+24%) and Mini (+13%) also in great shape.

The Renegade hits its highest ever share and helps Jeep up 125% year-on-year in April. Picture

No surprise atop the Italian models charts: the Fiat Panda reigns supreme even though it sinks 26% year-on-year this month (-27% YTD). The Renault Clio rallies back up 6 spots on March to land at #2 despite a 5% year-on-year drop. According to our records, this is the Clio’s best-ever monthly ranking in Italy. We could find four occurrences where the Clio ranked #3 (April 1993, Sept 2002, Oct 2002 and March 2003) but none at #2, although our monthly coverage of Italy during the nineties is a little patchy. If you have info showing the Clio ranked #2 monthly in Italy at any stage since the launch of the nameplate in 1990, please get in touch. The Clio distances the Fiat 500X (+33%), Lancia Ypsilon continuing its descent to hell (-25%), the Fiat 500 (+8%) and Fiat Tipo already panting at -23%. 52.8% of Tipo sales go to the station wagon variant in April vs. 41.9% YTD.

The Jeep Renegade hits its largest ever market share in Italy at 2.35% (previous best 2.27% in August 2016), its highest ever ranking at #7 (also hit last December) and its second largest monthly volume at 4.046 (record is 4.281 March 2017). Its big brother the Jeep Compass continues to shine at #13, with the Toyota C-HR (+75%), Nissan Micra (+70%), VW Golf (+70%), Alfa Romeo Stelvio (+63%), Kia Picanto (+59%), Ford Ecosport (+56%), Kia Sportage (+49%), Audi A4 (+35%), Nissan Qashqai (+30%) and VW Tiguan (+27%) all lodging spectacular gains in the Top 50. Among recent launches, below the Jeep Compass the VW T-Roc is down 2 spots on March to #26, the Citroen C3 Aircross is up 3 to #29 and the Opel Crossland X up 11 to a record #32, outselling the Opel Mokka for the first time to become the brand’s best-selling crossover.

Previous month: Italy March 2018: Fiat (-20%), Lancia (-37%) dive, Jeep (+77%) soars

One year ago: Italy March-April 2017: Fiat Tipo steps up

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

Italy March 2018: Fiat (-20%), Lancia (-37%) dive, Jeep (+77%) soars

Jeep sales are up 77% but that doesn’t compensate for Fiat and Lancia drops.

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The Italian new car market drops 5.7% year-on-year in March to 214.774 units, the second yoy decline in a row after 9 consecutive months of gains. The year-to-date volume switches to negative at -1.5% to 578.113 registrations after three months. Once again it is private sales that darken the overall picture significantly: they fall heavily at -14.8% to 107.108 units and 49.9% share vs. 55.2% in March 2017, leading to a year-to-date tally down 11.3% to 302.408 and 52.3% share vs. 58.1% over the same period a year ago. In contest, rental sales are up 5.1% to 65.772 and 30.6% share vs. 27.5% in March 2017, with short term rentals down 0.4% to 33.154 and long term rentals, or leases, up 11.4% to 32.618. Year-to-date, rental sales are up a blooming 12.1% to 160.972 (27.8% share vs. 24.5% in 2017), with short terms up 9.8% to 75.863 and long terms up 14.3% to 85.109. Company sales also shine in March at +5.9% to 41.895 (19.5% share vs. 17.4%), leading to a year-to-date volume up 12.3% to 114.733 (19.8% share vs. 17.4%).

DR Motor sales are up 81% in March. The dr4 is a Chinese JAC S3 assembled locally. 

This time diesel sales fall faster than petrol but remain dominant at -9% to 116.994 (54.5% share vs. 56.4%) with petrol sales down 3.9% to 72.876 (33.9% share vs. 33.3%). Year-to-date, diesel is down 2.5% to 319.826 (55.3% vs. 55.9%) and petrol down 3.2% to 189.843 (32.8% vs. 33.4%). Hybrid sales are up 28.5% to 7.516 this month and up 33.1% to 21.292 so far in 2018. Looking at body types, sedans/hatches crumble 12.6% to 107.699 (50.1% share vs. 54.1% in 2017) and station wagons drop 15.6% to 14.117 but crossovers gain 13.1% to 54.770 (25.5% vs. 21.3%) and 4WDs surge 25.6% to 21.022 (9.8% vs. 7.3%).

The Fiat 500X ranks #2 at home for the third time in the past 4 months, and ever.

It’s another painful month for brands leader Fiat, crumbling down 20% year-on-year to just 18.8% share. This is Fiat’s 6th consecutive year-on-year decline, 4th double-digit decline in the past 5 months and 8th month in a row below 20% share. Year-to-date, Fiat is now down a heavy 15% to 18.7% share. In contrast like last month, #2 Volkswagen is the healthiest in the Top 6 with a 9% gain leading to 8.5% share. The German carmaker is up 10% to 8.3% so far in 2018. Ford (-8%) remains third while Renault reclaims the 4th spot overall off compatriot Peugeot (-0.2%) despite dropping a harsh 16%. Similarly, Opel (-10%) is back above Citroen (+19%) despite a heavy loss. Up 2 spots on February to #8, Jeep tries to compensate for Fiat’s disappointing results by surging 77% on March 2017 to a round 4% share – but FCA is down 13% overall to 28% share vs. 30.3% in March 2017. Other great performers include Jaguar (+88%), DR Motor (+81%) and Seat (+33%) but steep drops are a lot more frequent, such as Infiniti (-74%), Ferrari (-40%), Lancia (-37%), Porsche (-32%), Lamborghini (-30%), Mahindra (-26%), Subaru (-25%), Maserati (-23%) and Mini (-23%).

First Top 25 ranking for the VW T-Roc in Italy…

Over in the models ranking, the Fiat Panda signs a 5th consecutive double-digit year-on-year decline at -23% to 6.3% share, yet this is still more than double its nearest competitor: the Fiat 500X going against the grain at +11% to a best-ever 2nd place overall, also hit last December and January. The Fiat Tipo tumbles down 31% to #3 with 43% of its March sales going to the station wagon selling 2.5 times the #2 in the segment, the Ford Focus. The Fiat 500 is down 10% to #4, meaning Fiat monopolises the podium for the 2nd straight month, doing so YTD also, in the same order. The Ford Fiesta rallies back up 5 spots on February and is the best-selling foreigner for the 2nd time in the past 3 months despite a 10% year-on-year drop. The Lancia Ypsilon continues to disintegrate at -37% but gains 3 ranks on last month to #6.

…and first Top 30 ranking for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Picture

The VW Golf surges 70% to #7, distancing the Renault Clio (-17%) and Citroen C3 (+17%) while the Jeep Renegade (+4%) climbs back into the Top 10 for the first time this year. The Jeep Compass is up two spots on February to #14, clearing dominating recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the VW T-Roc, again improving on its record ranking by a sizeable 9 steps on February to #24, the Citroen C3 Aircross down two to #32 and the Opel Crossland X down 1 to #42. Other heroes of the Top 50 include the Toyota Yaris (+21%), Ford Ecosport (+33%) equalling last month’s all-time record #19, its second ever Top 20 ranking in Italy, the Dacia Sandero (+67%), Peugeot 3008 (+83%), the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (+327%) breaking into its home Top 30 for the first time at #30, and the Opel Karl (+79%).

Previous month: Italy February 2018: VW up 20%, Fiat (-17%) and Lancia (-42%) sink

One year ago: Italy March-April 2017: Fiat Tipo steps up

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

Italy February 2018: VW up 20%, Fiat (-17%) and Lancia (-42%) sink

Fiat Tipo sales are up 39% but Fiat as a whole drops 17% at home in February. Picture

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The Italian new car market marks a pause in February with sales down 1.4% to 183.147, the first year-on-year decline in the country since April 2017, yet the YTD volume remains in positive at +1.1% to 362.735. But the picture would have been much worse without the efforts, again, of rental and company sales. Rental deliveries surges 18.9% to 54.216 or 29.6% share vs. 24.6% a year ago with short-term rentals up 15.1% to 26.283 and long-term/leases up 22.7% to 27.933. Company sales gain 7.8% to 36.501 or 19.9% share vs. 18.2% in February 2017 but for private sales, it’s a hell month: down an abysmal 13% to 92.430 units or 50.5% share vs. 57.2% a year ago. Year-to-date, private sales are down 9.5% to 194.888 (53.7% share vs. 60% in 2017), rental sales are up 17.4% to 95.137 (26.2% vs. 22.6%) and company sales up 16.1% to 72.710 (20% vs. 17.4%). Once again diesel sales resist better than petrol at -0.9% to 103.177 and 56.3% share with petrol sales down 5.4% to 58.459 and 31.9% share. Gpl sales are down 10.1% two 10.484, methane sales up 62.6% to 4.287, hybrid sales are up 18.6% to 6.249, plug-in hybrids up 65.5% to 245 and electric sales up 105% to 246. In terms of body types, sedans/hatches tumble down 12.4% to 89.070 units or 48.6% share vs. 54.8% a year ago whereas crossovers surge 34.1% to 51.110 or 27.9% share vs. 20.5% in February 2017, 4WDs are up 19.5% to 16.549 and station wagons are down 11.1% to 11.442.

Imminent death? The Lancia Ypsilon falls 42% to its lowest ranking in over 5 years.

In the brands ranking, leader Fiat once again posts very disappointing results at -17% to just 17.8% share, its 5th straight year-on-year decline and 7th consecutive month below 20%. Volkswagen on the other hand is very healthy at +20% to 8.9%, the brand’s highest share since August 2014 and its largest year-on-year gain since December 2016. Ford (-1%) rounds up the podium above Peugeot (+13%) and Renault (-4%). In the remainder of the Top 10, Jeep surges 80%, Dacia soars 49% to #9 (highest ranking since last July) and Citroen is up 24%. Further down, notice Jaguar (+38%), Seat (+34%), Alfa Romeo (+19%), Skoda (+15%), Maserati (+14%) and among smaller brands DR Motor (+97%), Lamborghini (+78%) and Lada (+50%). Reversely quite a few carmakers register steep declines, the highest profile being Lancia down a harsh 42%. Sold exclusively in Italy since 2015 and with just the Ypsilon to show for a lineup (we reported on this back in May 2014), the days of this once majestic brand founded in 1906 now truly look like they are counted, with Lancia to be added to Fiat’s atrocious track record at keeping marques alive after the deaths of Autobianchi in 1995 and Innocenti in 1996 after just 6 years of Fiat ownership. In 2013 we reported on rumours of an Autobianchi revival as Fiat’s low-cost brand in Europe but this never came to fruition. Other brands hit hard in Italy in February include Infiniti (-75%), Tesla (-63%), Smart (-32%), Mahindra (-30%), Volvo (-30%), DS (-27%) and Honda (-24%).

The VW T-Roc improves its best ranking to #33 while the Golf (+22%) and Polo (+14%) shine.

Atop the Italian models ranking, the Fiat Panda endures another difficult month at -35% to 5.6% share, yet that’s still double any other nameplate in market. With the Tipo up 39% to #2 (35% for the station wagon leader in its segment), the 500 up 2% to #3 and the 500X up 8% to #4, Fiat monopolises its home Top 4 for the first time since last June and also does so YTD. The VW Golf soars 22% to #5, becoming the best-selling foreign nameplate in Italy for the 2nd time in the past 4 months (it ranked #2 in November) above the Citroen C3 (+25%) and VW Polo (+14%) all very dynamic. As detailed above, the Lancia Ypsilon is down 42% to #9, its lowest ranking since December 2012, while last month’s foreign leader the Ford Fiesta (-13%) is down to #10 and last 4 years’ foreign leader the Renault Clio (-15%) is down to #11.

The new model propels the Ford Ecosport into its very first Italian Top 20. Picture

The Dacia Duster surges 89% to #12, its highest ranking since August 2014, and ranks #2 outright in diesel sales (+159%) below the Fiat 500X, the Ford Ecosport is up 68% to a record #19, the nameplate’s first incursion inside Italy’s Top 20, the Peugeot 3008 is up 150% to #22, also a record, the Ford Kuga is up 40% to an all-time high #23 also hit in August 2017, the Nissan Micra is up 49% and the Mercedes GLA up 102%. The Citroen C3 Aircross improves its best ranking by 8 spots to #30 and the VW T-Roc by 13 to #33.

Previous month: Italy January 2018: Fiat 500X repeats at #2, Jeep Compass soars to #11

One year ago: Italy February 2017: Market up 6.2%, Suzuki Ignis breaks into Top 50

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

Italy January 2018: Fiat 500X repeats at #2, Jeep Compass soars to #11

The Fiat 500X is the 2nd best-seller at home for the 2nd month running.

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The Italian new car market is up 3.4% to 179.167 registrations in January, with company and rental sales the sole responsible for the year-on-year gain: private sales plunge 6.3% to 102.168 and 57% share vs. 63% a year ago whereas business sales shoot up 25.7% to 36.126 and 20.2% share vs. 16.6% in January 2017 and rental sales leap up 15.5% to 40.873 and 22.8% share vs. 20.4%. Short term rentals are up 26.2% to 16.379 and 9.1% share vs. 7.5% in 2017 while long term rentals, or leases, are up 9.3% to 24.494 and 13.7% share vs. 12.9%. Continuing a trend that goes against the rest of Europe, diesel sales are on the up in Italy at +3.8% to 98.988 units and 55.2% share whereas petrol sales are down 0.2% to 58.353 and 32.6% share. GPL is down 2% to 11.203, hybrids are up 51.1% to 7.154, methane sales are up 3.5% to 3.209 and electric vehicles are up 38.3% to a meagre 260 units. Sedans+hatches drop a harsh 8.1% to 88.885 and fall below 50% of the market at 49.6% vs. 55.8% a year ago whereas crossovers soar 39.7% to 48.988 and 27.3% share vs. 20.2% a year ago. 4x4s are up 21.8% to 17.185 and station wagons down 4.4% to 10.942.

The Jeep Compass ends January just 51 sales off a first Top 10 ranking in Italy.

Brand-wise, homegrown market leader Fiat records a 6th consecutive month below 20% share at 19.4% and a fourth year-on-year decline in a row at -8%. Volkswagen (+1%) and Ford (-1%) hang onto their FY2017 positions at #2 and #3 respectively, both lodging stronger market shares. Peugeot nudges up one spot to #4 thanks to sales up a very robust 15% on January 2017, distancing Renault (-5%) while Jeep (+108%), Citroen (+24%) and Audi (+17%) also post very impressive gains inside the Top 10. Below, Porsche (+55%), Suzuki (+45%), Tesla (+45%), Nissan (+34%), Skoda (+34%), Mazda (+33%), Alfa Romeo (+28%), DR Motor (+24%), Land Rover (+23%), Jaguar (+20%) are among the most dynamic brands for January but Infiniti (-66%), Lancia (-27%), DS (-26%), Honda (-25%), Maserati (-21%), Subaru (-21%) and Smart (-19%) are the hardest hit.

The Ford Fiesta and Citroen C3 are the best-selling foreign nameplates in Italy in January.

The Fiat Panda remains the best-seller at home but drops a steep 25% year-on-year to 6.3% share. The Fiat 500X surges 83% on January 2017 and manages to stay at a record 2nd place overall for the second month running and ever. In third position, the Ford Fiesta (+28%) reclaims the title of best-selling foreigner it used to hold annually until 2012. It is the first time since October 2016 that the Fiesta is the #1 foreign nameplate in Italy. It distances the Citroen C3 (+40%), itself outselling the foreign leader of the past 4 years, the Renault Clio (-27%), for the 4th consecutive month. The Fiat Tipo (+16%) ranks 5th overall thanks mainly to its station wagon variant representing 39% of its January deliveries.

First Italian Top 50 ranking for the VW T-Roc. All pictures 

After four months outside the Top 20, the Jeep Compass surges 22 spots to end January a mere 51 sales off a historical Top 10 outing at #11, distancing the Renegae (#13) for the first time. The Nissan Micra (+565%), Renault Kadjar (+102%), Dacia Duster (+65%), Peugeot 3008 (+61%), Ford Ka+ (+46%) and Opel Karl (+46%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 50, while the Toyota C-HR breaks its ranking record at #26, the Opel Crossland X equals its highest ranking at #35 (also hit last October), the Alfa Romeo Stelvio records a third Top 50 ranking ever (after last July and November) and both the Citroen C3 Aircross (#38) and VW T-Roc (#46) break into the monthly Italian Top 50 for the very first time.

Previous post: Italy Full Year 2017: Fiat Tipo on podium in largest market this decade

One year ago: Italy January 2017: Fiat 500 up to 2nd place, Toyota and Citroen shine

Full January 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 50 models below.

Italy Full Year 2017: Fiat Tipo on podium in largest market this decade

The Fiat Tipo nameplate is on the year-end Italian podium for the first time in 27 years.

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New car sales in Italy register their fourth consecutive year of gains at +7.5% to 1.988.470 units, the largest annual volume since 2009 (2.157.791) and up 52% on the low of 1.310.949 hit in 2013. However under this stellar results hide pretty unhealthy evolutions. Private sales are actually down this year at -1.8% to 1.121.085 registrations, seeing their market share tumble down from 61.8% in 2016 to a record-low 56.4% this year. In fact, the Italian market is artificially pulled up in 2017 by both company sales and rental sales. Company sales shoot up 27.5% to 434.483 units or 21.9% share vs. 18.4% last year while rental sales surge 18.2% to 432.902 and 21.8% share vs. 19.8% a year ago. In the detail, short term rentals (one of the most artificial way to boost registrations) are up 20.9% to 173.840 deliveries while long term rentals are up 16.5% to 259.062.

Italy 2017 – monthly sales by channel. Source UNRAE

Contrary to most other large European markets, diesel sales actually grow in Italy in 2017 at +6.2% to 1.128.211, yet losing some share at 56.7% of the market vs. 57.4% a year ago. Petrol sales are up 4.8% to 628.996 or 31.6 vs. 32.4%, GPL sales are up 26.5% to 129.812 and 6.5% share vs. 5.6% while hybrid sales are up 71% to 66.760 and 3.4% share vs. 2.1% and electric sales are up 38.6% to 1.945 vs. 1.403 in 2016. Once again crossovers boost overall sales at +30.3% to 444.643 units and 22.4% share vs. 18.5% last year while “berlines” (sedans/hatches) are up just 3.3% to 1.042.368 and 52.4% share vs. 54.6% a year ago and 4×4 sales are up 6.8% to 164.707. Station wagons are up 1.7% to 140.946 and 7.1% share, Cabriolets are up 27.9%, coupes up 16.9%, but Small MPVs are down 11.9% and compact MPVs down 7.8%.

The Fiat Panda has now topped the annual sales charts in Italy for 6 straight years.

Brand-wise, Fiat logically continues to dominate but trails the market at +4% and posts its lower annual share this decade at 20.2%, scoring sub-20% shares for the entire second half of the year and falling to a lowest-in-decades 16.5% in November. Volkswagen also gains 4% to see its share erode to 7.3% just as Ford evolves like the market at +8% to remain at 6.7%, threatened for third place by Renault up 13% to post the same market share for 2017. Peugeot also impresses with a 11% gain allowing it to overtake Opel (+4%) for 5th place overall. Toyota (+18%) and Citroen (+29%) deliver the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10, the latter returning to the Top 10 at #8 for the first time since 2014. Audi reclaims the premium leadership off Mercedes thanks to sales up 5% vs. +2% to the Stuttgart carmaker. BMW comes in third like in 2016, edging up just 2%. Nissan for its part soars 14% and three spots to #11, Skoda is up 18%, Dacia up 21%, Jeep up 22%, Alfa Romeo up 25%, Suzuki up 37%, Lamborghini up 41%, Maserati up 42%, Chevrolet up 43%, Tesla up 100%, Aston Martin up 141% and Lada up 414%.

The Citroen C3 hit a best-ever #3 monthly ranking twice in Italy this year.

In the models ranking, the Fiat Panda is the best-selling vehicle in Italy for the sixth straight year but drops 2% to see its market share thaw from 8% in 2016 to 7.3% this year. For the second year in a row, the Panda outsells all brands in the Italian market bar Fiat and its 2017 volume is still almost 2.5 times the amount of the next best-seller, the Lancia Ypsilon also in difficulty at -8% to just 3% share. Helped by a complete lineup now including hatch, sedan and station wagon, the Fiat Tipo leaps up 77% to #3 for its second full year of sales, even snapping the #2 spot below the Panda five times this year (March, May, June, August and September). It is the first time in 27 years that the Tipo nameplate appears inside the Italian annual podium (since 1990 when it ranked #2). The Tipo obliterates the station wagon segment thanks to 17.936 sales (+380%) and 12.7% share above the Audi A4 (10.594), Renault Megane (9.838) and Skoda Octavia (9.138).

The Renault Clio is the best-selling foreigner in Italy for the fourth time in a row. 

With the Fiat 500 at #4 (+19%), the Fiat 500L at #6 (-15%) and the 500X at #7 (-1%), there are six local nameplates in the Italian annual Top 7 for the second year in a row and only the third time since 1984. The Renault Clio is the best-selling foreign nameplate for the fourth consecutive year, dropping one spot to #5 despite sales up 6%. One of the heroes of the year is the Citroen C3 shooting up 76% to #8 and 2nd best-selling foreigner thanks to the new generation, even snapping its first monthly podium finishes in 13 years in October and December (#3). The Ford Fiesta (-5%) and VW Golf (-7%) round up the Top 10, with the latter hitting its highest monthly position in 24 years at #2 in November. The Peugeot 3008 (+239%), Renault Scenic (+170%), VW Tiguan (+89%), Nissan Micra (+61%), Ford Kuga (+58%), Renault Megane (+50%), VW Up (+33%), BMW 1 Series (+32%), Dacia Sandero (+31%), BMW X1 (+23%) and Mini (+21%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 50 while the Toyota C-HR (#32) and Audi Q2 (#47) both brilliantly manage to end their first full year of sales in Italy well inside the Top 50. The best-selling “new” nameplate is the Jeep Compass (#76) ahead of the Opel Crossland X (#91) and Citroen C3 Aircross (#135).

The Fiat Talento ends its first full year at home as the 7th best-selling LCV.

The Italian Light Commercial Vehicle market evolves in opposite direction this year, down 3.1% to fall back below the symbolic 200.000 annual unit-mark at 194.262. Fiat holds a much larger market share in this segment, even though it is in freefall at 31.4% vs. 36.1% a year ago. Ford (+0.1%) and Renault (-2%) follow like last year while Citroen (+21%) and Peugeot (+8%) swap rankings. Toyota (+38%), Dacia (+26%), Kia (+13%) and Mercedes (+10%) impress. Notice also Chinese Gonow at #31. As it has been the case for at least the past 11 years, the Fiat Ducato is the most popular light commercial in Italy, gaining 5% to sport a 10.2% market share whereas its immediate follower, the Fiat Doblo, drops 7% to 8.4%. The Ford Transit (+221%) storms back into the Top 10 directly on the third step of the podium, followed by the Iveco Daily (+3%) and Fiat Fiorino (-26%) in great difficulty. The Renault Trafic surges 63% and 12 spots to #6 while the Fiat Talento ends its first full year of sales at home directly at #7 with 2.6% share. The Fiat Panda Van implodes 66% from #3 to #8.

Previous month: Italy November 2017: Fiat hits lowest share this decade at 16.5%

Previous year: Italy Full Year 2016: 6 Italian nameplates in the Top 7 for the first time in 32 years

Two years ago: Italy Full Year 2015: Panda leads, Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade superstars

Full Year 2017 Top 45 All-brands, Top 215 models, Top 37 LCV brands and Top 10 LCV models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

Full December 2017 Top 45 All-brands and Top 50 models below.

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