After exploring the May 2015 auto brands sales, we’ll take a closer look at the most successful car models in Europe. The market leaders are surprisingly stable, with the only change in the top-7 done by the facelifted Ford Focus overtaking the Nissan Qashqai. The Renault Clio is down from its high last month, but still in a comfortable third place, although as the months pass it will become more and more difficult to challenge the ageing Ford Fiesta for its traditional #2 spot by the end of the year.
The fastest gaining model in the top-10 is the new generation Volkswagen Passat, clear leader of the midsize segment, with its closest mainstream rival the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia at #43 and the all-new Ford Mondeo up 75% but from such a low base that it’s still only in 54th place. In the premium midsized segment, the soon-to-be-replaced Audi A4 at #29 is actually threatening the 28th ranked BMW 3-series thanks to huge sell-out discounts and perhaps because nobody will notice you’re driving the old one since it looks exactly the same…..
The new generation Skoda Fabia enjoys a second straight in the top-20 and ahead of the Toyota Yaris, which outsold it by 8.000 units in March, while the new Mini at #24 more than doubles its sales from last year’s may. [Read more…]