Happy New Year 2017 from CarSalesBase.com!

To all our readers, current and future, we’d like to wish a Happy New Year 2017! On our part, we promise to continue to bring you all the good things you’ve come to expect from CarSalesBase.com, as well as do our best to bring new content: new analysis, new ways to view our data, new features, and possibly a new website design. 2017 should be a great year!

Welcome to CarSalesBase.com!

Carsalesbase-viewsAs you may or may not have noticed, the Left-Lane.com logo has been removed off the top of our website for a few weeks, as we had been informed it violated a registered trademark. When I started this blog just over 3 years ago, I simply hadn’t thought about any trademark issues because I could not imagine would take off like this. I just came up with a car-related name and decided to stick with it. Now, 3 years later we’ve accumulated a total of 3 million visits, of which the last million came from just the last 6,5 months. And you come from every country in the world. We like to thank each of you for your visits, comments, likes and shares, they’ve all been a great help to growing our reach.

After asking for your help in coming up with a new name, we were overwhelmed by replies, e-mails and Facebook messages, all with creative suggestions and all usable, because it helped us on the right track to find a suitable new name: CarSalesBase.com. The name refers to our database with car sales data of over 2.200 models in 3 continents, and it also refers to this site as your base for all your interests in automotive industry data, strategy and opinion articles. We hope you like our new name and keep visiting.

Now let’s get to some general notices:

What do you need to do now that we’ve changed our name and our domain?

  • Update your bookmarks, favorites and saved links of Left-Lane.com to Carsalesbase.com. That’s all. For now, they’ll be automatically linked to the corresponding page on the new domain, but that may not be forever, so please make sure you’ll be able to find us again.
  • If you’ve subscribed to our mailinglist (if not, fill in you name and e-mail address in the fields on the right-hand sidebar), the e-mail address that sends the updates with new articles 3x a week will change to info@carsalesbase.com. Make sure mark this address as “safe” to not miss any updates that may end up in your spam-folder otherwise.

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Help us find a new name!

cropped-Left-Lane-icon.pngAs some of you may have noticed at the top of our page, we’ve been informed that our name Left-Lane.com violates a registered trademark. This means we’ve been given a short timeframe to come up with a new name for our website/blog and change the domain. Since it is not easy to come up with a good name, we’ve decided to involve you, our faithful and enthusiastic readers, with this process.

Since its inception just 3 years ago, Left-Lane has evolved from a personal blog about the automotive industry into a leading source of automotive sales data for Europe, the US and China, with two regular editors and the occasional guest writer. We’ve been growing fast and continue to do so, with 180.000 readers in November and over 53.500 last week, from just about every country in the world, and many from within the industry, either at OEM or supplier level, as I can see from the subscribers to our mailing list and the many e-mails I receive each day.

There are two options for a new name:

  1. something generic, that explains what we do: a name that includes words like cars, stats, analysis, data, automotive etc.
  2. something unique, that may or may not be (remotely) related to what we do, but which is easy to remember and, most importantly: not already trademarked.

We, Bart and Kriss, prefer something of the second category, but have been struggling something that really hits the spot.

So be creative and tell us what you think in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Many thanks in advance.

New Ford Fiesta revealed, but can it continue the success of its predecessor? [w/ poll]

Ford Fiesta range

Yesterday Ford revealed the Mk VII Fiesta, a crucial new model for the company as it replaces the much-loved, and still very popular Fiesta Mk VI. … Continue Reading …

European sales 2016 Q1-Q3 Subcompact car segment

Subcompact_car-segment-European-sales-2016_Q3-Volkswagen_Polo-Ford_Fiesta-Renault_ClioSales of subcompact cars in Europe are up just 2% in the first nine months of 2016, and they were flat in Q3. Europe’s biggest segment is in a low point of its product cycle, with a lot of new and updated models due in the coming months, including new generations for the two best sellers and a facelift of the #3. Still, only two models out of the top-12 are down year-on-year, with the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa less than one tenth of a percent. In each of the three quarters we’ve had a different leader this year: we started with the Ford Fiesta on top, then after six months the Renault Clio had taken over, and now in the third quarter the Volkswagen Polo has taken charge, even though the Fiesta outsold it in Q3 despite both being in the final stage of their life cycle. The Peugeot 208 is the big winner in the top-5 and the Dacia Sandero takes those honors for the top-10, even though it was passed by the Skoda Fabia this quarter.

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US is missing out: Citroën brand

Logo CITROEN 05.05 MODIF + REPPROCHESContinuing a series I began last year, I’ll look at different cars sold in worldwide marketplaces that I think US customers would like. This week the focus is on Citroën, one of the oldest and most venerable european car brands, founded in 1919 by André-Gustave Citroën. Over the subsequent almost-century, Citroën acquired a reputation for producing cars that are beautiful and innovative: it built the first unibody car, the first mass-produced front wheel-drive car, the first hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension, the first swiveling headlamps… the list goes on. And while today’s marketplace has eroded some of Citroën’s idiosyncratic spirit, it continues to make cars that are very distinct from it competitors.

Previous US is missing out columns:

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Look-a-like: Audi Q2 and…

“Worthy but bland”. “Same sausage, different sizes”. “Jacked-up Avant models”. Audi’s crossovers have been called many things by their detractors over the years, though it never prevented them from selling very well. Eventually, though, Audi got fed up and said “Enough!”, promising that going forward it would develop a distinct design language for its Q-series models. The Q7 was the first test, and it’s pretty much universally agreed-upon that it was a test that Audi failed. So it was with mixture of anticipation and fear that everyone waited for the new, “adventeruous” Q2 to be revealed. Finally, the curtain fell, leading many to proclaim:… Continue Reading …

Tough act to follow: Audi Q5 [w/ poll]

Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 has proven to be a very important model for Audi. It may not have been Audi’s first SUV (that would be the gargantuan Q7), but it has been its most successful one. Even as it is about to be replaced in 2016 by a completely new model, the current eight-year-old Q5 was the second-best selling car in the Premium Mid-sized SUV segments in Europe and in the US in 2015! Over its lifespan, it has consistently outsold its German competitors, the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK, quite the feat for a first-time effort from Audi. And now, with the second generation Q5 model almost upon us, I wonder if it will be able to its predecessor’s sales success.

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US sales 2015 Limousine segment

Sales in the premium limousine segment fell by 12% compared to 2014, the worst performance from among all premium segments. However, things are definitely looking up for the segment in 2016, with the new BMW 7-series picking up more sales after a late-2015 market debut, and planned market introduction of further two new models: Porsche Panamera and Genesis G90, replacement for the Hyundai Equus.… Continue Reading …

US sales: 2015, brands

European-car-sales-ranking-november-2014-Jeep-Renegade-CherokeeUS car sales in 2015 were up by by 5.7% compared to 2014, and while it was the slowest growth since 2011, it was enough to set a new record of annual sales. The total number of cars sold, 17.5 million, surpassed the record set in 2000, just before the dot-com bubble burst. The drivers in this record year were low gas prices, an ever-stronger economy and intense competition between carmakers that led them to offer ever-better products at good prices. Consumers in the US have never had it this good, and 2016 looks only to build on this further.

Please note: for those of you interested in US auto sales statistics, Bart & Kriss have been working very hard these last couple of months to add US brand- and model specific pages to the already existing European and Chinese car sales data pages. Use the drop-down menu on the top right-hand corner of this site to browse for car sales data of every brand and model sold in the US since 2003.Continue Reading …