After discussing European car sales for February 2017 by brand, let’s check out what the model ranking looks like in the second month of 2017. Traditional leader Volkswagen Golf continues its double digit decline after a stable January. Besides its facelift, which still has to pick up steam, the Golf is hurt by increased competition from the Opel/Vauxhall Astra and Renault Megane, but also by increased internal competition from the new Tiguan and Seat Ateca. The Renault Clio continues to improve and reclaims the 2nd spot it held in 2016, ahead of the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta, two models that are due to be replaced this year. For the first time since last September the Nissan Qashqai is the best selling crossover in Europe again, and for the first time since last August there’s only one crossover in the top-10. The Fiat Panda hits its highest ranking in 7 years with a 6th place, ahead of the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208. The Astra is down into 9th place despite still growing almost 10%, and it remains the #2 compact car ahead of the Skoda Octavia. The Volkswagen Tiguan is out of the top-10 for the first time since last July despite being the fastest growing model in the top-25.
The new generation Citroën C3 hits the highest volume for the nameplate since March 2012 and slowly closes in on a top-10 position which it hasn’t held since 2011. A welcome success for the troubled brand, and hopefully the C3 manages to keep its momentum going for an extended period, something the C4 Cactus was unable to do. In contrast to that, the Toyota Yaris just keeps on improving steadily and is stable in 15th place ahead of the fast-growing Dacia Sandero (#17). For the second month in a row the Peugeot 2008 manages to outsell its rival Renault Captur, which is due for a facelift in the first half of the year. Undoubtedly the Captur will reclaim the segment lead as soon as deliveries of the facelifted version start, but for now Peugeot gets the first strike. The Volkswagen Passat is losing breath and is down to #20, its lowest ranking since 2014. It’s still the best selling midsized model, though, ahead of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (#26) and Audi A4 (#28), and its closest mainstream rival is sister model Skoda Superb in 50th place.
The Hyundai Tucson (#27) manages to stay ahead of the Peugeot 3008 (#31), followed by the Ford Kuga (#33) and Kia Sportage (#36), while the Renault Kadjar remains at a distance (#48) with sales down by almost a quarter. At least it stays well ahead of the Seat Ateca (#59) for now. The Fiat Tipo holds on to the 35th position but is leapfrogged by the Toyota Auris again. The BMW X1 (#38) is no longer the brand’s best selling model but still outsells the 1-Series (#40). The Citroën C4 Picasso (#42) outsells the Volkswagen Touran (#44) for the first time since last June, while the BMW 2-series Active/Gran Tourer (#60) has an off-month at -23,4%. The BMW 5-series (#51) outsells the Audi A6 (#54) for the second time in 3 months, but is still well behind the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (#40). The Audi Q5 drops from #48 in January to #84, far behind the Mercedes-Benz GLC (#52) and Volvo XC60 (#57), the latter almost up by a quarter even though it’s in run-out mode to prepare for the new generation to arrive in the next few months. Further down below, the Alfa Romeo Giulia (#142) sells double the volume of the Jaguar XE (#183), but that might be turned around next month when the UK becomes Europe’s largest market again by a large margin, thanks to the twice annual license plate change, this time to the “17” code.
Highest ranking newcomer is once again the Toyota C-HR, up 2 spots on January to #32, followed by the Seat Ateca, down 2 spots on January to #59, and the Audi Q2, up 23 places on last month to #64. The only other two newcomers in the top-100 are the Volvo S90/V90 in 91st place and the Ford Ka+ at #100. The Suzuki Ignis gains 16 spots but misses the top-100 by 2 places. This month we welcome the new generations of the Land Rover Discovery (#231 with 404 sales), Renault Koleos (#318 with 12 sales) and Honda NSX (#324 with 7 sales) and completely new nameplates Lada Vesta (#282 with 62 sales) and Nissan NV300 (#272 with 94 sales). The latter is the fourth version of the passenger van produced by Renault, together with the Trafic, Vivaro and Fiat Talento.
Year-to-date, the Clio reclaims 2nd place, while the Tiguan holds on to its 5th place and best selling crossover ahead of the Qashqai in 8th place. The Fiat Panda moves into the YTD top-10, and the Citroën C3 moves up 2 spots to #12. Both the 2008 (#14) and Captur (#19) gain 4 spots on January, as the latter moves ahead of the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka (#23). The X1 (#30) stays best selling BMW for the first two months of the year, and the Q5 (#63) is overtaken by the XC60 (#58). The Q2 (#75) closes in on the A1 (#74) and the Volvo S90/V90 enter the top-100. The BMW X5 (#120) remains surprisingly stable versus its fresher rivals Volvo XC90 (#124) and Audi Q7 (#139), which are already down on last year. The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe (#195) manages to stay ahead of its rival BMW X6 (#196) by a single unit.
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