After looking at the January 2018 car brand sales in Europe, let’s take a closer look at individual model sales figures. The Volkswagen Golf remains on top of the ranking but is also the fastest growing nameplate in the top-8 with a gain of 14,4% on a weak score a year ago when its facelifted version was not yet in showrooms. Still, this is the best January volume for the Golf since 2011. The Ford Fiesta has reclaimed its second place now that the new generation is well and truly in full strength, and the Renault Clio behind it means the top-3 is unchanged from a year ago. The big surprise is in fourth place, with the Tiguan repeating its highest position from last August and April, outselling the Polo to make it 3 VW models in the top-5. First strike for the Tiguan against the Nissan Qashqai (#8) for the title of best selling crossover in 2018. The Qashqai has held that title for the last decade, since its first full year of sales 2007. The Peugeot 208 continues its strong form of the last few months with its fourth consecutive top-6 score and remaining ahead of its much fresher stablemate Citroën C3, which scores its third-ever top-10 finish, after last April and October. The C3 also makes it 6 subcompact models in the top-10, as the Toyota Yaris is in 9th place with its best non-March volume since 2009 (March is an exceptionally strong month for models that are relatively popular in the UK). In 7th place, the Skoda Octavia continues to improve with a 10,3% gain to its best January ever.
Dacia Duster” width=”400″ height=”217″>Just outside of the top-10, the Ford Focus shows no sign of slowing down despite being replaced later this year. The Focus is up 7,4% and stays in third place of its segment, way ahead of the Opel/Vauxhall Astra, down by more than a third to #23 as PSA has vowed to reduce fleet sales for the German brand. The Peugeot 3008 (#12) is the third-best selling crossover and has its second-best ever volume after last June. Dacia places two models in the top-16 with both the Sandero (#13) and the new generation Duster (#16) scoring their best January ever. The Duster is also the best seller in its class, ahead of the Peugeot 2008 (#17), Renault Captur (#21) and Opel/Vauxhall Mokka (#22). The Opel/Vauxhall Corsa is down by almost a fifth and into 14th place as it too takes a hit in fleet deliveries. Fiat’s two best sellers Panda (#18) and 500 (#20) are both down as the Italian brand has a difficult month, but at least the Tipo is up 13,6% into 32nd place. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class remains the best selling luxury car at #24, despite losing almost 15% of its sales volume.
The Renault Zoe is still the best selling dedicated EV at #165, but it was outsold by the Volkswagen e-Golf which had 1.985 deliveries. The Zoe is suffering from capacity restraints in the production of its batteries. The BMW i3 (#163) is in third place for electric cars, with 75% of its sales now without the range extender, which means almost 1.400 all-electric versions. Deliveries of the second generation Nissan Leaf had only just started in January, which shows in its result: -63% in 233rd place. The Tesla Model S suffers from a backlash after its record month of December, as deliveries in its biggest market Norway were pulled forward in anticipation of a tax hike by January 1st. The Opel Ampera-e (#250) has sold just over 1.000 copies in the last three months as the model is slowly improving after a slow start.
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