After discussing the European brand sales ranking for February 2016, let’s look at the model rankings. For the second month in a row Volkswagen monopolizes the top-2 with the Golf and the Polo. After losing volume in January, the Golf shows a slight increase last month. The Renault Clio benefits from a traditionally weak month of February as UK buyers, who buy more than 40% of all European Fiestas, are waiting for the new license plates in March. I expect sales of about 50.000 units for the little Ford in March, helping it move past the Polo in the YTD ranking. The Peugeot 208 also shows a nice improvement thanks to its recent facelift, while the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa makes it 5 subcompact cars in the top-6. The Corsa will also rebound next month on strong UK volume.
The Fiat Panda keeps the incredible pace it showed in January, proving it wasn’t a freak performance, even though it’s disproportionately dependent on its home market Italy. The Panda’s 7th place is its best ranking since at least 2009, when it ranked 8th for the full year. The little Fiat’s performance is even more impressive when you see that almost all other minicars are either stable or lose sales, with the exception of the renewed Smart Fortwo and the all-new Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva. The Skoda Octavia holds on to the 8th place it held in January, while the Peugeot 308 kicks its fresher rival Opel/Vauxhall Astra back out of the top-10. [Read more…]