European car sales analysis January 2017 – models

Volkswagen_Tiguan-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeAfter discussing European car sales for January 2017 by brand, let’s check out what the model ranking looks like in the first month of 2017. The leader Volkswagen Golf has stabilized its decline and stays firmly in control, no surprises there. Behind it, the three subcompact cars are within 1.400 units of each other with the Ford Fiesta still ahead of the Renault Clio while the Volkswagen Polo is in fourth place this year. VW makes it 3 models in the top-5 thanks to the Tiguan, which is only 3.000 units off the #2 spot, the closest any crossover has ever been. The Opel/Vauxhall Astra is in 6th place ahead of the Peugeot 208, while the Nissan Qashqai remains the #2 crossover in Europe with its best January ever. That leaves the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and Skoda Octavia to round up the top-10.

Peugeot_2008-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeThat means the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Focus are no longer in the top-10, even though the latter has gained 12% despite being in increasing need of replacement. The Citroën C3 makes a surprising entry in the top-15 thanks to the new generation, which outsells the Toyota Yaris and Dacia Sandero, the latter of which is also up an impressive 25%. In the segment of small crossovers, the Peugeot 2008 (#18) has taken the lead as the Renault Captur (#23) is due for a facelift and drops even below the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka X (#22). One segment bigger, behind the two behemoths in the top-10, the Hyundai Tucson (#25) is threatened by the Peugeot 3008 (#26) with just 500 units between them. The Toyota C-HR (#34) is not far behind the Ford Kuga (#32) to become Toyota’s best selling crossover, while the Renault Kadjar (#56) loses a painful 20% to fall between the Toyota RAV4 and Seat Ateca. The BMW X1 becomes the brand’s best seller for the first time in the nameplate’s history, underscoring the growing importance of crossovers in Europe. Another point to support that fact: for the first time ever we find 10 crossovers in the top-30.

Fiat-Tipo-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeThe Renault Megane is still far behind its rival Astra in 33rd place, as Renault always tends to start the new quarter slowly, as it backlogs fleet and demo registrations to the end of each quarter. The Fiat Tipo (#35) continues to improve at over 9.500 sales, a figure its predecessor Bravo has never even come close to. The Volvo XC60 (#60) gains 21% but is falling behind on its rivals Mercedes-Benz GLC (#41) and Audi Q5 (#48) as its replacement has just been revealed in Geneva. The next generation Opel/Vauxhall Insignia has also just been revealed and the current version is down 30% to #104, far behind the Ford Mondeo in 87th place. Fortunately for the Insignia, the Renault Talisman suffers after a record month of December to drop to #145. The Alfa Romeo Giulia (#155) outsells the Jaguar XE (#160) for the first third month in a row, and so does the Hyundai Ioniq (#163) against the Toyota Prius (#171), although the Ioniq is distanced by its sibling Kia Niro (#115). Best selling EV by a large margin is the Renault Zoe in 123rd place ahead of the Nissan Leaf at #164 and the Tesla Model S at #203, while the Model X is not far behind at #211.

Highest ranking newcomer is obviously the C-HR at #34, followed by the Ateca at #57 and the Ford Ka+, entering the top-100 at #98. The Niro gains 46 spots to #115, closely followed by the Suzuki Ignis (#118) and the Jaguar F-Pace at #125.

January 2017 Models ranking

  Model Jan-17 Jan-16 change
1 Volkswagen Golf 37.405 37.613 -0,6%
2 Ford Fiesta 24.894 21.525 15,7%
3 Renault Clio 24.371 21.126 15,4%
4 Volkswagen Polo 23.560 25.292 -6,8%
5 Volkswagen Tiguan 21.960 11.138 97,2%
6 Opel/Vauxhall Astra 20.704 16.873 22,7%
7 Peugeot 208 20.057 19.419 3,3%
8 Nissan Qashqai 19.430 18.259 6,4%
9 Opel/Vauxhall Corsa 19.292 17.914 7,7%
10 Skoda Octavia 18.802 17.195 9,3%
11 Fiat Panda 17.908 16.848 6,3%
12 Volkswagen Passat 16.912 15.498 9,1%
13 Ford Focus 16.817 15.003 12,1%
14 Citroën C3 16.298 10.151 60,6%
15 Toyota Yaris 15.855 15.879 -0,2%
16 Fiat 500 15.623 14.012 11,5%
17 Dacia Sandero 15.440 12.360 24,9%
18 Peugeot 2008 15.180 11.970 26,8%
19 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 15.104 12.319 22,6%
20 Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 14.235 15.734 -9,5%
21 Skoda Fabia 13.833 12.047 14,8%
22 Opel/Vauxhall Mokka 13.417 12.069 11,2%
23 Renault Captur 13.202 14.736 -10,4%
24 Peugeot 308 13.146 15.229 -13,7%
25 Hyundai Tucson 12.424 11.224 10,7%
26 Peugeot 3008 11.940 4.902 143,6%
27 BMW X1 11.869 6.242 90,1%
28 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 11.866 9.335 27,1%
29 Kia Sportage 11.375 10.296 10,5%
30 Dacia Duster 10.349 10.507 -1,5%
31 BMW 1-series 10.185 8.883 14,7%
32 Ford Kuga 9.939 8.167 21,7%
33 Renault Megane 9.753 6.540 49,1%
34 Toyota C-HR 9.595   New
35 Fiat Tipo 9.580 1.339 615,5%
36 Seat Leon 9.161 10.108 -9,4%
37 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 9.139 9.086 0,6%
38 Toyota Auris 9.073 11.159 -18,7%
39 Volkswagen Touran 8.959 8.730 2,6%
40 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 8.913 5.599 59,2%
41 Mercedes-Benz GLC 8.865 5.563 59,4%
42 Seat Ibiza 8.674 8.295 4,6%
43 Nissan Juke 8.542 8.130 5,1%
44 BMW 3-series 8.423 9.092 -7,4%
45 Mini 8.307 6.640 25,1%
46 Volkswagen Up! 8.112 8.429 -3,8%
47 Toyota Aygo 7.516 6.186 21,5%
48 Audi Q5 7.479 4.253 75,9%
49 Skoda Superb 7.410 6.372 16,3%
50 Citroën C4 (Grand) Picasso 7.321 8.219 -10,9%
51 Fiat 500X 7.305 7.782 -6,1%
52 Hyundai i10 7.149 6.115 16,9%
53 BMW 2-series Active/Gran Tourer 7.124 7.121 0,0%
54 Hyundai i20 7.008 6.223 12,6%
55 Toyota RAV4 6.821 5.461 24,9%
56 Renault Kadjar 6.659 8.333 -20,1%
57 Seat Ateca 6.657   New
58 Ford (Grand) C-Max 6.578 7.037 -6,5%
59 Audi Q3 6.230 8.083 -22,9%
60 Volvo XC60 6.203 5.128 21,0%
61 Renault (Grand) Scenic 6.186 4.853 27,5%
62 Kia Rio 5.947 5.183 14,7%
63 Volkswagen Sportsvan 5.846 6.584 -11,2%
64 Lancia Ypsilon 5.831 5.658 3,1%
65 Jeep Renegade 5.792 5.683 1,9%
66 Audi A6 / S6 / RS6 / Allroad 5.730 7.046 -18,7%
67 Suzuki Vitara 5.694 5.752 -1,0%
68 Kia Cee’d 5.662 5.859 -3,4%
69 Nissan X-Trail 5.490 4.089 34,3%
70 Skoda Rapid 5.420 4.757 13,9%
71 Hyundai i30 5.361 5.302 1,1%
72 Kia Picanto 5.233 4.602 13,7%
73 Range Rover Evoque 5.098 4.931 3,4%
74 Ford Ecosport 5.073 4.398 15,3%
75 Peugeot 108 5.022 5.437 -7,6%
76 Volkswagen Caddy Life 4.954 3.982 24,4%
77 Citroën C4 Cactus 4.943 6.164 -19,8%
78 Mercedes-Benz CLA 4.941 4.957 -0,3%
79 Audi A1 4.916 7.997 -38,5%
80 Fiat 500L 4.845 6.177 -21,6%
81 Volkswagen Transporter / Multivan 4.817 5.196 -7,3%
82 Smart Fortwo 4.793 4.206 14,0%
83 BMW 5-series 4.792 5.198 -7,8%
84 Volvo V40 4.755 4.708 1,0%
85 Citroën C1 4.753 5.365 -11,4%
86 Fiat Punto 4.737 4.692 1,0%
87 Ford Mondeo 4.681 6.508 -28,1%
88 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 4.511 4.340 3,9%
89 Opel Karl / Vauxhall Viva 4.483 5.971 -24,9%
90 Renault Twingo 4.425 5.322 -16,9%
91 Opel/Vauxhall Zafira 4.388 3.658 20,0%
92 Mercedes-Benz GLA 4.201 4.535 -7,4%
93 BMW 4-series 4.194 4.019 4,4%
94 Mazda CX-5 4.177 4.958 -15,8%
95 Mazda3 4.129 3.789 9,0%
96 Opel/Vauxhall Meriva 4.108 4.037 1,8%
97 Mazda CX-3 4.078 4.155 -1,9%
98 Ford Ka+ 3.996   New
99 Skoda Yeti 3.889 4.154 -6,4%
100 Land Rover Discovery Sport 3.728 3.383 10,2%
101 Dacia Logan 3.652 3.917 -6,8%
102 Audi A5 / S5 / RS5 3.629 3.488 4,0%
103 Honda CR-V 3.616 3.989 -9,4%
104 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia 3.615 5.225 -30,8%
105 Mitsubishi ASX 3.504 3.510 -0,2%
106 Volvo V60 3.496 2.749 27,2%
107 Nissan Micra 3.471 4.797 -27,6%
108 Opel/Vauxhall Adam 3.341 3.942 -15,2%
109 Dacia Dokker 3.284 2.496 31,6%
110 Volvo XC90 3.169 2.517 25,9%
111 Citroën Berlingo Multispace 3.126 2.721 14,9%
112 BMW X5 3.100 2.738 13,2%
113 Citroën C4 3.066 4.004 -23,4%
114 BMW X3 2.916 3.648 -20,1%
115 Kia Niro 2.898   New
116 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.846 3.725 -23,6%
117 Honda HR-V 2.829 1.985 42,5%
118 Suzuki Ignis 2.797 0 New
119 Honda Jazz 2.778 3.459 -19,7%
120 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.713 2.457 10,4%
121 Peugeot 508 2.661 3.208 -17,1%
122 Ford B-Max 2.641 3.062 -13,7%
123 Renault Zoe 2.611 1.422 83,6%
124 Mini Clubman 2.579 1.954 32,0%
125 Jaguar F-Pace 2.566   New
126 Ford S-Max 2.552 3.399 -24,9%
127 Audi Q7 2.512 2.872 -12,5%
128 Seat Alhambra 2.504 2.066 21,2%
129 Smart Forfour 2.494 2.854 -12,6%
130 Suzuki Celerio 2.471 1.995 23,9%
131 Skoda Citigo 2.458 2.381 3,2%
132 Mazda2 2.418 2.979 -18,8%
133 Hyundai ix20 2.400 2.431 -1,3%
134 Citroën C3 Picasso 2.394 3.235 -26,0%
135 Range Rover Sport 2.385 2.236 6,7%
136 Nissan Note 2.379 2.946 -19,2%
137 Suzuki Swift 2.377 3.545 -32,9%
138 Honda Civic 2.376 3.278 -27,5%
139 Toyota Avensis 2.369 3.575 -33,7%
140 Dacia Lodgy 2.352 2.256 4,3%
141 Volkswagen Sharan 2.349 2.295 2,4%
142 Toyota Corolla 2.304 2.179 5,7%
143 Kia Venga 2.296 2.179 5,4%
144 Mazda6 2.265 2.818 -19,6%
145 Renault Talisman 2.259 1.176 92,1%
146 Mercedes-Benz GLE 2.258 2.280 -1,0%
147 Toyota Verso 2.226 2.211 0,7%
148 Suzuki S-Cross 2.199 1.628 35,1%
149 Mitsubishi Space Star / Mirage 2.179 2.171 0,4%
150 Porsche Macan 2.140 1.437 48,9%
151 Nissan Pulsar 2.093 2.339 -10,5%
152 BMW 2-series Coupe & Convertible 2.089 1.764 18,4%
153 Mercedes-Benz V-Class 2.068 1.965 5,2%
154 DS3 2.061 3.337 -38,2%
155 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1.894   New
156 Peugeot Partner Tepee / Ranch 1.866 2.051 -9,0%
157 BMW X4 1.863 1.818 2,5%
158 BMW i3 1.858 939 97,9%
159 Suzuki Baleno 1.810 2 New
160 Jaguar XE 1.736 2.286 -24,1%
161 Volkswagen Beetle 1.573 1.433 9,8%
162 Renault Kangoo 1.559 1.423 9,6%
163 Hyundai Ioniq 1.540   New
164 Nissan Leaf 1.518 1.024 48,2%
165 Renault Espace 1.509 2.093 -27,9%
166 Lexus NX 1.504 1.204 24,9%
167 Hyundai i40 1.492 1.740 -14,3%
168 Kia Carens 1.422 1.566 -9,2%
169 Citroën C-Elysee 1.341 663 102,3%
170 Hyundai Santa Fe 1.303 1.002 30,0%
171 Toyota Prius 1.272 591 115,2%
172 Range Rover 1.267 1.168 8,5%
173 Mini Countryman / Paceman 1.264 2.617 -51,7%
174 Peugeot 5008 1.222 2.398 -49,0%
175 Volkswagen Touareg 1.217 1.594 -23,7%
176 Kia Optima 1.209 589 105,3%
177 Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.187 798 48,7%
178 Jaguar XF 1.158 1.125 2,9%
179 Kia Sorento 1.135 1.266 -10,3%
180 Porsche Cayenne 1.129 1.104 2,3%
181 DS4 1.126 1.375 -18,1%
182 Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer 1.090 789 38,1%
183 Kia Soul 1.080 919 17,5%
184 Fiat Qubo 1.049 838 25,2%
185 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe 1.026 861 19,2%
186 Seat Mii 1.008 1.321 -23,7%
187 Subaru Forester 988 785 25,9%
188 BMW X6 972 1.039 -6,4%
189 Suzuki Jimny 936 844 10,9%
190 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 927 1.086 -14,6%
191 Ford Mustang 926 1.168 -20,7%
192 Mazda MX-5 925 926 -0,1%
193 Audi TT 913 2.055 -55,6%
194 Volkswagen Jetta 907 1.047 -13,4%
195 Porsche 911 902 1.198 -24,7%
196 Jeep Grand Cherokee 875 1.011 -13,5%
197 Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro Tour 852 715 19,2%
198 BMW 7-series 847 845 0,2%
199 Renault Trafic Passenger 840 629 33,5%
200 Fiat Ducato 829 854 -2,9%
201 Ford Galaxy 813 1.578 -48,5%
202 Subaru XV 796 717 11,0%
203 Tesla Model S 787 593 32,7%
204 Infiniti Q30 705 167 322,2%
205 Maserati Levante 693   New
206 Volvo S90/V90 690   New
207 SsangYong Tivoli 689 680 1,3%
208 Fiat Doblo 679 625 8,6%
209 Nissan NV200 Evalia 677 473 43,1%
210 Porsche Panamera 660 227 190,7%
211 Tesla Model X 641   New
212 Citroën C5 637 828 -23,1%
213 Lexus RX 635 711 -10,7%
214 Volvo S60 632 749 -15,6%
215 Fiat 124 Spider 622   New
216 Lexus CT 614 644 -4,7%
217 DS5 580 891 -34,9%
218 Lexus IS 565 505 11,9%
219 Peugeot Traveller 564   New
220 Audi A8 / S8 558 636 -12,3%
221 Seat Toledo 546 889 -38,6%
222 Toyota Prius+ 543 524 3,6%
223 Mercedes-Benz Citan Combi 539 374 44,1%
224 Mercedes-Benz CLS 532 604 -11,9%
225 Volkswagen Scirocco 519 632 -17,9%
226 Audi A7 / S7 / RS7 511 805 -36,5%
227 Subaru Legacy / Outback 508 613 -17,1%
228 Citroën C4 Aircross 502 936 -46,4%
229 Citroën Spacetourer 492   New
230 Mercedes-Benz SLC 460 14 New
231 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Combi 456 614 -25,7%
232 Toyota Land Cruiser 450 540 -16,7%
233 Ford Transit Tourneo 437 234 86,8%
234 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 425 319 33,2%
235 Jeep Cherokee 422 744 -43,3%
236 Porsche Boxster 415 428 -3,0%
237 Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero / Shogun 382 478 -20,1%
238 Mercedes-Benz GLS 378 225 68,0%
239 Jeep Wrangler 307 320 -4,1%
240 Volvo V70 / XC70 298 3.035 -90,2%
241 Peugeot iOn 247 235 5,1%
242 Subaru Levorg 240 316 -24,1%
243 Maserati Ghibli 239 326 -26,7%
244 BMW 6-series 237 371 -36,1%
245 Jaguar F-type 216 302 -28,5%
246 Hyundai Elantra 206 55 274,5%
247 SsangYong Korando 206 289 -28,7%
248 Opel/Vauxhall Cascada 198 175 13,1%
249 SsangYong Rexton 196 134 46,3%
250 Lexus GS 196 239 -18,0%
251 Skoda Kodiaq 184   New
252 Peugeot 301 172 190 -9,5%
253 Aston Martin DB11 170   New
254 Fiat Talento 167   New
255 MG3 161 294 -45,2%
256 Lada Niva 160 117 36,8%
257 SsangYong XLV 158   New
258 Bentley Continental GT / GTC 158 132 19,7%
259 Infiniti Q50 152 181 -16,0%
260 Volkswagen CC 146 593 -75,4%
261 Renault Fluence 135 541 -75,0%
262 Lexus RC 135 212 -36,3%
263 Peugeot 4008 130 231 -43,7%
264 Jaguar XJ 130 197 -34,0%
265 Infiniti QX30 125   New
266 SsangYong Rodius / Stavic 122 94 29,8%
267 Mercedes-AMG GT 112 199 -43,7%
268 Hyundai H1 / Starex 108 66 63,6%
269 Bentley Bentayga 108   New
270 Mercedes-Benz SL 107 112 -4,5%
271 Ferrari 488 GTB 96 75 28,0%
272 Toyota GT86 96 86 11,6%
273 Citroën C-Zero 90 163 -44,8%
274 Mitsubishi Lancer 87 313 -72,2%
275 BMW i8 84 110 -23,6%
276 Audi R8 84 168 -50,0%
277 Chevrolet Camaro 80 12 566,7%
278 Land Rover Discovery 80 1.136 -93,0%
279 Opel/Vauxhall Antara 78 328 -76,2%
280 Bentley Flying Spur 78 43 81,4%
281 Infiniti Q70 68 29 134,5%
282 Mercedes-Benz SLK 67 639 -89,5%
283 Peugeot Expert Tepee 62 275 -77,5%
284 Citroën Nemo Multispace 58 111 -47,7%
285 Subaru BRZ 58 25 132,0%
286 Suzuki SX4 52 44 18,2%
287 Subaru Impreza 51 50 2,0%
288 BMW Z4 50 143 -65,0%
289 Nissan 370Z 50 57 -12,3%
290 Aston Martin V8/V12 Vantage 49 39 25,6%
291 MG GS 44   New
292 Maserati Quattroporte 43 53 -18,9%
293 Peugeot Bipper Tepee 42 89 -52,8%
294 Alfa Romeo 4C 40 34 17,6%
295 Ford Ka 39 3.163 -98,8%
296 Mitsubishi i-MiEV 39 16 143,8%
297 Hyundai ix35 37 1.930 -98,1%
298 Toyota Proace Verso 36 1 New
299 Infiniti QX70 35 148 -76,4%
300 Lamborghini Huracan 33 28 17,9%
301 Rolls Royce Wraith 30 21 42,9%
302 DR Zero 28 18 55,6%
303 Aston Martin Vanquish 27 19 42,1%
304 Ferrari F12 24 35 -31,4%
305 Ferrari California 23 40 -42,5%
306 Lotus Exige 23 10 130,0%
307 Bentley Mulsanne 23 27 -14,8%
308 Aston Martin Rapide 21 9 133,3%
309 Rolls Royce Ghost 19 22 -13,6%
310 Lamborghini Aventador 19 20 -5,0%
311 Lotus Elise 16 16 0,0%
312 Citroën E-Mehari 16   New
313 Rolls Royce Dawn 14   New
314 DR5 13 17 -23,5%
315 Opel/Vauxhall Ampera 13 1 1200,0%
316 Lotus Evora 12 15 -20,0%
317 Maserati GranTurismo 11 23 -52,2%
318 Hyundai Veloster 11 12 -8,3%
319 Aston Martin DB9 10 36 -72,2%
320 Porsche Cayman 10 384 -97,4%
321 Maserati GranCabrio 8 10 -20,0%
322 Chevrolet Cruze 8 3 166,7%
323 Mitsubishi Attrage 8 17 -52,9%
324 Mercedes-Benz GLK 7 85 -91,8%
325 Chevrolet Trax 7 6 16,7%
326 Ferrari GTC4Lusso 6   New
327 Hyundai Genesis 5 13 -61,5%
328 Lexus LS (est.) 4  7 -42,9%
329 Rolls Royce Phantom 2 8 -75,0%
330 Ferrari FF 2 7 -71,4%
331 Honda Accord 2 11 -81,8%
332 Peugeot RCZ 2 98 -98,0%
333 Land Rover Defender 2 58 -96,6%
334 Fiat Freemont 1 454 -99,8%
335 Ferrari 458 Italia 1 20 -95,0%
336 Lancia Delta 1 0 New
337 Chrysler 300C 1 0 New
338 Volvo S80 1 127 -99,2%
339 Mazda CX-9 1 38 -97,4%
340 Mitsubishi Colt 1 0 New

 

Car sales statistics are from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

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Comments

  1. Rick M says:

    Truly amazing: The Panda – almost top 10 in Feb. – sold 16.000 times in homeland Italy.
    Ergo, the rest of Europa only picked up 1900 units!.

  2. Rick M says:

    Cute miss Zoé, #123 in Feb, might enter the Top 100 later this year.
    A milestone due to the fact this EV is available with the upgraded battery pack, and lots of publicity and tax benefits came her way since the beginning of this year

  3. Losange says:

    Golf disappoints, because the facelift is available and many countries in which VW is ‘dominant’ had the traditional first month with high numbers of corporate sales (main reason for Tiguan’s rise). Of course, the competiton (i.e. new Astra/Mégane, Octavia FL, steady Focus) is a factor as well.

    C3 is a great compact car, I think it can enter the Top 10 provided that it doesn’t suffer from the C4 Cactus syndrome (I know, wishful thinking). Story of Citroen’s life in conservative Europa.

    • Some random stuff:
      * In Germany, the VW brand had another dismal February: -18,6% !! I follow the German press, and almost all are fed up with the silly arrogance of the attitude in Wolfsburg. It’s kinda funny to see neighbor Austria is the most PRO VW country in the world. In an average month 6 VW’s in the Top 10.

      * Walked passed the new Citroen C3. That car seems bigger than its sibling 208. Confident stance. Not bad looking either. As to the brand: The long awaited product Blitz at PSA and Citroen in particular is well under way. The much anticipated C3, C4 and C5 Aircross models are not far from their launch. Much needed, because, as Losange rightly mentioned, the life span of the still fairly new Cactus seems very limited: It’s first full year was it’s best. Let’s hope the C3 avoids a similar fate. Guess the Cactus is too funky/strange for mainstream Europa. BTW: have driven it. Great ride, great seats, but a really bizarre location for the gearshift in this semi-automatic: in the most remote spot of the centre-console.

      Tipo sales aren’t bad. If the Turkish sales would be included, 12k in (Jan.17) was the result. No idea if FCA earns a decent buck on that model. Guess it will.

      Megane and 3008 where handicapped b/c of a fire at a supplier’s plant. Megane should easily reach 10k a month this year, the 3008/5008 combined 15k. Curious to see what the superb looking Scenic will achieve this year. Times (the car landscape) have drastically changed since Scenic I, II and III.

  4. After the sales crash of 2008, we now live in an era where the crossover isn’t a trend anymore, it’s here to stay. Peugeot, for example, is loosing sales with the 308 and 508, but the similarly priced 2008 and 3008 are flying of the showrooms, and probably with higher profit margins. Same history at Renault where to me the Megane and the Talisman are disapointments.
    Citroen seems to be doing well with the new C3 but the Picasso and Cactus have reached their peak while the C4 and C5 are dead. They need to come up with crossover-inspired replacements for them quickly.
    Fiat doing ok with their new found “cheap and cheerfull” moto on the Tipo and Panda but why are they letting the Punto die like this? Can’t they come up with a 500 5-door replacement at least?
    The rest is the same, VW and his siblings Skoda and Seat sell beacause they are VW, Premium brands sell beacause everyone wants what is premium (good for Alfa that they are doing well with the Giulia), Fords are all getting old and due for replacements, Opel cars are ok but a bit unispiring and the Japanese and Koreans sell beacause they are considered reliable and their crossovers are fashionable (the Toyota C-HR doesn’t look like a Toyota, good work guys!).

  5. The Tipo almost matched the Mégane in sales??? Now that’s surprising.
    I think the good performance of the Astra, Mégane and Tipo has hindered the growth of Golf sales even after the restyle.

    Now that the italians have a Fiat alternative to the Golf they are buying the Tipo. In Spain the Tipo is a success because it is cheap and roomy (like Skodas are) and Tipo sales have a healthy mix with only around 50% being from Italy (unlike the Panda).
    And this year they introduced the natural gas engine which will only increase sales even further in Europe. And that S-design trim will increase its appeal to younger buyers. I think even Fiat is surprised with the Tipo success.

    Hopefully this will lead to them releasing a Punto successor next year. Citroen has certainly shown with the new C3 that there’s still chance for profits in that segment. That car is a success.

  6. Pedro said: I think even Fiat is surprised with the Tipo success.

    Ha ha ha ha you have to be right. Fiat allowed Turkish engineers to take parts from shelves in Italy and they shoved how to build good but still cheap car. And when sedan started to sell amazingly well they asap make other versions . Even s-design now. Hope there will be much powerfull engine soon.

  7. Not surprised that the C3 is doing so well ( It looks different from the rest of the cars in its segment, and kinda crossover-ish which people seem to like ), VERY surprised that the CH-R is doing well. I like the way it looks on the outside, but it feels very claustrophobic on the inside. I mean, in the backseats especially it makes you feel like you fell in a hole or something. It’s really strange and unpleasant.

    And there’s no way anyone at FIAT expected the Tipo to do so well. But just you wait for it, this year you get that S trim, maybe you’ll get a Cross or Trekking version, and then its nothing else for years and years, like they always do. They’ll just leave it to die, like they did the Bravo or the Punto.

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