After discussing the October 2015 European auto brands sales, let’s look at which models have been selling well this month. Volkswagen places three models in the top-5 for the third time in four months, with the Polo back in 2nd place behind the Golf fir the first time since July. The Renault Clio recovers from its off-month in September to climb back onto the podium ahead of its rival Ford Fiesta, even though both are down 13% or more on October 2014. The Opel/Vauxhall Corsa is under threat from the recently facelifted Peugeot 208, which makes it five subcompact cars in the top-7 for the second time this year, after August.
The Peugeot 308 moves past the Skoda Octavia into #8 to become the best selling compact car behind the unattainable Volkswagen Golf, as the Ford Focus is out of the top-10 for the first time since February. The Peugeot 2008 is back above the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka at #20 vs. #23 for the first time since May, but the Renault Captur still reigns supreme in the small crossover segment in 15th place. The Nissan Juke in 48th place is now threatened by the Fiat 500X (#49). And one place down we find the Fiat Punto making a surprise return to the top-50 with sales up 15%. I’ve been told Fiat dealers have been given incentives of up to € 3.000,- on unsold Punto’s to clear stocks of the outdated model.
The best selling minicar in October is the Fiat Panda in #13, as its sibling Fiat 500 is still suffering from the changeover to the facelifted model, with sales down 14% to 17th place. Their closest rival Volkswagen Up! also suffers this month, with sales down 23,5% into 46th place. The Renault Twingo (#52) has closed in to within 700 units of the Up! Meanwhile, the Smart Fortwo (#61) more than doubles up and closes in on the Toyota Aygo (#57) and has moved past the Hyundai i10 (#65). The Opel Karl / Vauxhall Viva are still stuck in the top end of the top-110 at #93.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is suddenly down 8% and into 21st place, its lowest position since April. As a result, the BMW 3-series moves ahead of its challenger for the first time in 2015, in 19th place. Thankfully for the C-Class, the Audi A4 is at #32, still suffering from the changeover to the new generation. In the limousine segment, the new generation BMW 7-series (#175) has started deliveries, and it is quickly closing in on the Mercedes S-Class at #171, indicating the 7-series is aiming for the lead of the segment in 2016.
Mazda has an excellent month, boosted by the Mazda2 (#128), up 70,4%, the CX-3 moving into the top-100 at #94 and the new generation MX-5 is in 170th place, with sales almost quadrupled on last year. The CX-3’s competitor Honda HR-V keeps Honda afloat at #155, just behind the Renault Zoe, which reclaims the title of best selling EV for the first time since June.
Renault also sees good improvement of the Kadjar, now into the top-40 and ahead of the Kia Sportage and all-new Hyundai Tucson to claim 4th place in the midsized crossover segment. The Toyota RAV4 seems to suffer from these two new competitors, as it’s down 38,5% to #122, just ahead of the Nissan X-Trail. And the new generation Espace also scores its best ranking of the year at #131, not far behind the Seat Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan (#124 and #125), and well ahead of the Ford S-Max at #167. Also in that neighborhood we find the updated large SUVs Audi Q7 (#130) and Volvo XC90 (#133).
We welcome the Renault Talisman to the ranking in 266th place with 126 preregistrations, as customer deliveries in France will start in November and for the rest of Europe in January. Also making its first appearance is the Subaru Levorg at #221 with 516 sales, slotted between the Impreza and Outback to replace the slightly larger Legacy.
The Talisman should be able to score a top-4 position in the midsized segment when it reaches full availability, easily outselling the Peugeot 508 and moving past the Skoda Superb. I expect the Levorg to be able to outsell the Outback, which would give it a top-10 ranking in that same midsized segment, even if it’s slightly smaller than most of its competitors. The Citroën C5 would be a nice target, considering that model is set to continue its decline.
Let me know how you think these two newcomers will do in the next 6 months.
In the year-to-date ranking, the Volkswagen Polo has leapfrogged the Renault Clio to steal third place, while the Renault Captur reclaims its 13th place from the Opel/Vauxhall Astra. The Volkswagen Sportsvan moves up 2 spots to #37, just behind the Renault Scenic and Citroën C4 Picasso.
With the new Hyundai Tucson storming the charts, its predecessor ix35 is starting to fall down the ranking, now overtaken by the Ford Kuga, which moves into 41st spot, or 3rd place for midsized crossovers. In the minicar segment, the Toyota Aygo moves past the Hyundai i10 and into the overall top-50.
The BMW 2-series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer are now ahead of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class into #56 to become the best selling premium-brand MPV in Europe. The Fiat 500X moves up four spots from #72 to #68 and the Smart Fortwo jumps from 86th place to #80, while the Toyota RAV4 tumbles down 5 spots from #80 to #85.
Looking at recent newcomers, the Renault Kadjar jumps from #135 to #122, but the Land Rover Discovery Sport only moves up a single spot to #133. The Opel Karl / Vauxhall Viva move up 6 spots to #146, and the Hyundai Tucson leapfrogs 25 models to grab 147th place. The Mazda CX-3 misses the top-150 for now, but is likely to move up next month.
Get all of the latest sales figures right to your inbox!
Privacy & Cookies Policy
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.