We’ve looked at the September 2016 European car brand sales ranking, now let’s zoom in on how sales of individual models compared in Europe. Keep in mind, just like the brand ranking, the models that are popular in the UK are taking advantage of the traditionally inflated September sales figures in that market. The UK top-10 in September looked like this:
The Ford Fiesta, Britain’s best selling model, sold almost 20.000 units in the UK only. It sold just over 14.000 units in all of Europe (including the UK) in August. Similarly, the Vauxhall Corsa sold more units in Great Britain in September than it did with its Opel sibling combined in all of Europe the month before and so did the Ford Focus and the Mini.
In that light, the Volkswagen Golf remains unthreatened in its #1 position, even though at -14,7% it sees its second biggest drop in sales since January 2013, after last July. Its closes rival Ford Fiesta drops with just about half that figure as the new generation is ready for its launch. The Volkswagen Polo, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and Renault Clio make it 4 subcompact cars in the top-5 for the 7th time this year after the Opel/Vauxhall Astra spoiled that party for the past two months. Of those four subcompacts, the Clio is obviously suffering from its relatively low dependence on the other side of the Canal. In contrast, the Nissan Qashqai is back as Europe’s best selling crossover and scores its highest ranking since March when it was also boosted by its home market. In August, the Qashqai was only 15th as UK buyers postponed deliveries of their new car to wait for the new 66 license plate instead of the “old” 16. As mentioned above, the Astra is unable to make it 3 consecutive months inside the top-5. The Volkswagen Tiguan outsells the Passat for the second straight month and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes its first-ever appearance in the European car sales top-10.
The Audi A3 is the best selling Audi again for the first time since May, and the Fiat 500 (#15) outsells its sibling Fiat Panda (#26) for only the third time this year. The Opel/Vauxhall Mokka (#23) has a higher dependence on the British market than the Peugeot 2008 (#21), but the latter still manages to outsell its rival for the sixth time this year as well as the Peugeot 308 (#22) for the first time since April 2014. Now that the new generation is fully available, the Renault Megane (#29) is starting its recovery, outselling the Toyota Auris (#33) for only the third time in the past 15 months. For only the fourth time ever and the first time this year, the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer (#45) is the best selling midsized MPV, ahead of the Volkswagen Touran (#47), while the Renault Scenic is preparing for the changeover to the new generation, down 43,3% and just outside the top-100. For only the second time ever, the Mercedes-Benz GLA (#64) outsells the Audi Q3 (#65), although both are behind the all-new BMW X1 in 59th place.
The Fiat Tipo is once again the highest ranking newcomer in 81st place, followed by the Jaguar F-Pace in 118th place and best selling Jaguar for the fourth consecutive month, and the Seat Ateca in 120th place.
We welcome only one new model to the ranking this month, the Toyota Proace as the third member of the PSA-Toyota commercial vans with 204 sales in 266th place, compared to 229 sales (#260) for the Citroën Spacetourer and 357 sales (#247) for the Peugeot Traveller.
Year-to-date, the Fiesta has moved past the Clio to claim 3rd place, but that’s unlikely to last through the fourth quarter as the little Ford will be replaced by the new generation soon. The Panda has lost two spots to the Yaris and A3, and is now in 16th place, just over 600 units ahead of its sibling Fiat 500. Thanks to its excellent top-10 finish, the C-Class has moved up places into 18th and distances the surging all-new Audi A4, stuck in 22nd place for now. The Hyundai Tucson leapfrogs its twin Kia Sportage to take 26th place, while the Megane is now back ahead of the Renault Kadjar again. As expected, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (#46) takes control of the premium large car segment by moving ahead of the Audi A6 (#48), while the X1 is sneaking up on the Q3 in 50th and 51st. The Scenic drops behind the Ford C-Max in 58th place and the Twingo (#56) is overtaken by the Hyundai i10 (#54). Staying with the French brand, the Renault Talisman moves up to 144th and passes the Espace, down to 146th. The F-Pace surges 16 places to 172nd, and the Ateca jumps 26 spots to 212th.
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