European sales 2016 compact car segment

Compact_car-segment-European-sales-2016-Volkswagen_Golf-Opel_Astra-Skoda_OctaviaThe compact car segment in Europe has grown by 3% in 2016, half the growth of the overall market at +6,2% and equal to the subcompact car segment, which remains Europe’s largest segment ahead of this one. Expectedly, the dominant leader of the segment Volkswagen Golf drops back below half a million sales after two years, due to increasing pressure of fresh rivals. The main culprit to the Golf’s demise is the Opel/Vauxhall Astra, movin up from fifth place to #2 for the first time since 2011 thanks to a 30% sales increase on last year, topping a quarter million sales also for the first time since 2011. The bang-for-your-bucks Skoda Octavia holds on to its third place with sales up 5%, helped by the 9% loss for the Ford Focus, dropping from 2nd place to #4. The Peugeot 308 loses a similar share of 9% and drops a place to #5 after topping 200.000 sales for only one year.

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European sales 2016 Subcompact car segment

Subcompact_car-segment-European-sales-2016-Renault_Clio-Volkswagen_Polo-Ford_FiestaThe subcompact car segment grew by 3% in 2016, about half the overall market growth of 6,2%, but it remains the largest segment in Europe by a large margin. At the top of the ranking, we have a change of guard. For only the second time since 2009 the Ford Fiesta is not Europe’s best selling subcompact car and for the first time in a decade the Renault Clio is the segment leader.  We’ve had three different leaders in three quarters, with the Fiesta in the lead after the first quarter, but the Clio took over in Q3, while the Volkswagen Polo became the segment best seller in Q3. By year end, the Clio ended up on top with sales up 3% to just 3.500 ahead of the Polo, while the Fiesta lost 5% of its volume to drop below 300.000 annual sales for only the second time since 2002. The Clio has just been slightly facelifted and the Polo will be updated soon, but there will be an all-new generation of the Fiesta later this year, which should help the nameplate recover some of the lost ground.

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European sales 2016 Minicar segment

Minicar-segment-European-sales-2016_Q2-Fiat_Panda-Fiat_500-Volkswagen_UpWith a bit of a delay we’ll start with the European segment analyses for 2016, starting of course with the minicar segment. Sales of minicars in Europe were stable in 2016 with 1,33 million units sold, compared to an overall market growth of 6,2%. Fiat still holds the top 2 spots of the podium and grows its share of the segment to over 28%, but after 3 years of Fiat 500 reign the Fiat Panda has reclaimed leadership of the segment it led from 2004 until 2012. The Volkswagen Up! holds on to its third place but loses 8% of its volume. The Renault Twingo, leader of the segment between 1999 and 2003, is knocked down into 5th place by the Hyundai i10 and feels the Toyota Aygo breathing down its neck. All three models lose volume in 2016. The Smart Fortwo is the biggest winner in the top-10 with sales up 21%, jumping four places on 2015 and two places on Q3 of 2016. The small two seater even outsold the Aygo in Q4.… Continue Reading …

Cadillac sold more cars in China than in the US last month

Auto-sales-statistics-China-Cadillac_XT5-SUVIn January, China has overtaken the United States to become the largest global market for Cadillac, the luxury brand of General Motors. Cadillac reported a sales increase of 116% to 18.011 sales in China, of which 16.216 were locally produced (+160%). In comparison, the brand’s US sales in January were down 4,1% to 10.298 units. Worldwide Cadillac sales were 28.764 units in January, which means the US luxury brand sold just 455 cars outside of its two largest markets, just 1,6% of its total volume.

Until 2016, the United States has been Cadillac’s largest market with 170.006 deliveries last year, a loss of 3% on the previous year, while its 2016 sales in China surged 46% to 116.406 units, of which 111.532 were locally produced, more than double the year before.… Continue Reading …

PSA may buy Opel/Vauxhall, but does it make sense? [w/poll]

Peugeot-Opel-logoThis week it became apparent that PSA Peugeot-Citroën and General Motors are having talks about the possible takeover of GM’s European division by the French automaker. This includes the Opel and Vauxhall brands, which have been a decade-long money drain on General Motors. The two automakers have been working together closely on the development of a handful of models and are looking for opportunities to boost each company’s profitability, which includes a sale of the two brands. GM has had a stake in PSA until 2013 when it became apparent that projected savings from their cooperation and platform sharing would fall short of expectations. After this breakup, the French company had to be bailed out by the French government and its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor, which each control 14% of the shares.

Would a new, more intense cooperation bring the promised synergies? And does this mark the start of a much-needed wave of consolidations in the European car market? Or will it only cause PSA to lose focus on its own financial recovery and resurrection of its brands? Let’s look a the pros and cons for both parties involved:

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Poll: how well will the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid do in the US?

Yesterday Hyundai announced that the Ioniq Hybrid will cost around $23,000 when it goes on sale in the US, which makes it some $2,000 cheaper than its main competitor, Toyota Prius. In addition, the Hyundai can claim to be considerably more efficient than the Toyota, at least on paper, promising 58 mpg combined to the latter’s 52 mpg. So far things look promising for the Hyundai, but can it really succeed where the likes of Honda Insight failed?

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Upcoming DS7 Crossback [w/ poll]

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This post is a bit unusual in that it is a “3 in 1”. First, it’s a scoop of the new upcoming mid-sized SUV from the DS brand, rumored to be called the DS7 Crossback. Second, I thought it would be a good opportunity to ask our readers about whether they think the carmaker is on the right track, both with this model and more broadly for the DS brand as a whole. And finally, I just could not help thinking the car reminds me two others that have come before it…

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European car sales analysis Full Year 2016 – models

Car-sales-Europe-2016As predicted last year, market leader Volkswagen Golf drops below half a million sales in 2016, under increased pressure from the Opel/Vauxhall Astra (+29,8% in 6th place) and Renault Megane (+20,4% in 25th place but in the December top-7). The Ford Fiesta loses the second place it held in 6 of the last 7 years as it prepares for a new generation. That means the Renault Clio is the new #2  and the Volkswagen Polo is the second VW on the podium. The Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208 make it five subcompact cars in the top-7. The Nissan Qashqai celebrates a 7th consecutive year of 200.000+ sales and the 9th year as Europe’s best selling crossover/SUV. It is however being challenged for that title by both the Renault Captur, entering the top-10 for the first time, and the Volkswagen Tiguan, up 20% to #18 but in the top-10 for the last 5 months of the year. The Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat drop out of the top-10. Even though it’s by no means the freshest model in its segment, the Toyota Yaris has enjoyed 3 years of stable growth and moves back up one more place into 14th. After being outsold by its sibling Fiat 500 for 3 years, the Fiat Panda hits back to enter the top-15 again.… Continue Reading …

Look-a-like: Hyundai i30 / Elantra GT and…

When the latest Hyundai i30 / Elantra Sport was revealed at the Paris Auto Show in the fall of 2016, I was more than a little bit disappointed. After all, the previous generation marked a big improvement over what came before, bringing a confident, dynamic style that made it one of the most attractive hatchbacks on the market. The latest model goes for a completely different look, trying to be sophisticated and solid-looking in a bid to emulate the VW Golf’s appeal, but to these eyes at least it falls quite short of achieving that. That said, even I have to admit that from the rear the car is rather attractive, in that it reminds me of one of my favorite designs, even if the similarity is more in concept than the detailed execution.

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US sales 2016: all reports

In case you missed any of them, here is the complete list of the reports we recently on sales in the US in 2016:

US-sales-minicar-segment-2016-Chevrolet_Spark-Mitsubishi_MirageMinicar segment  Subcompact segment US-sales-compact_car-segment-2016-Chevrolet_Cruze-Honda_Civic-Nissan_Sentra-Hyundai_Elantra-Mazda3Compact segment
US-sales-midsized_car-segment-2016-Toyota_Camry-Chevrolet_Malibu-Honda_Accord-Mazda6Mid-sized segment Large segment  US-sales-minivan-segment-2016-Honda_Odyssey-Toyota_Sienna-Kia_Sedona-Nissan_Quest-Dodge_Grand_CaravanMinivan segment
US-car-sales-subcompact-crossover-segment-2016-Q1Subcompact SUV segment US-sales-compact_SUV-segment-2016-Subaru_Forester-Nissan_Rogue-Chevrolet_Equinox-Mazda_CX5-Honda_CRV-Toyota_RAV4-GMC_TerrainCompact SUV segment US-sales-midsized_SUV-segment-2016-Kia_Sorento-Chevrolet_Traverse-Ford_Explorer-Dodge_Durango-Nissan_Pathfinder-Honda_Pilot-Toyota_HighlanderMid-sized SUV segment
US SUV LargeLarge SUV segment US-sales-small_pickup_truck-segment-2016-Chevrolet_Colorado-Nissan_Frontier-Toyota_TacomaSmall Pickup segment US Large PickupLarge Pick-up segment
US premium compactPremium Compact segment Premium Mid-sized segment Premium Large segment
US limousine segmentLimousine segment US premium compact SUV 2Premium Compact SUV segment US premium mid-sized SUVPremium Mid-sized SUV segment
US Large Premium SUVPremium Large SUV segment US small van segmentSmall Commercial Vans segment US large van segmentLarge Commercial Vans segment
Alternative Power segment US Small SportsSmall Sports segment  US_sales-premium-small-sports_car-segmentPremium Small Sports segment
  US large sportsSports Large and Exotics segment