Car sales in Belgium are up 8% year-on-year in January at 53,236 registrations. No surprises on top, the VW Golf leads the way ahead of the VW Polo, exactly like in October 2010 (date of my last figures), however with weaker market shares at 3.3% and 2.8% respectively.
The Renault Megane/Fluence (sales of the two models are not separated) jumps onto the podium with 1,436 sales and 2.7%, followed by the Ford Fiesta and Opel Astra. The Opel Insignia is in the Top 10 and seems to get better with age… Notice the strong showings of the BMW 5 Series (#13), Volvo S60/V60 (#16) and Dacia Duster (#22).
Full Top 23 Ranking Table below.
The Belgian car market is up a healthy 10% in October with 43,570 registrations. Like in Germany, Volkswagen pulls a 1-2 this month with the Golf/Jetta #1 at 3.8% followed by the Polo at 3%.
The French influence is also being felt in Belgium with the Renault Clio, Megane/Fluence and Scenic in 3rd, 4th and 6th respectively and the Peugeot 207 at #7. Very solid performances of the Opel Insignia in #13 and the Dacia Sandero in #14 (both at 1.3%).
Full Top 15 Ranking table below.
The Belgian car market is up a healthy 17% during the first semester 2010 with 320,203 registrations.
The VW Golf is #1 by a large margin with nearly 12,000 units sold and a strong 3.7% market share, up from 2.9% in 2009. The Ford Fiesta is #2 like in 2009 with 2.8%. 3rd and Belgium’s performer of the year is the Citroen C3 with 2.7% of the Belgian market. It is however unclear whether this figure includes the C3 Picasso.
In spite of a slight market share improvement at 2.6%, the Peugeot 207 drops to 4th, ahead of the Renault Clio at 2,4%.
Interesting to notice the Citroen Berlingo in 9th and the Peugeot Partner in 17th, whereas the Renault Kangoo is nowhere to be seen… Also, the Peugeot 3008 breaks into the Top 20, just: it is 20th with 4,398 units sold for a 1.4% market share.
Full Top 20 ranking table below.
The Belgian car market suffers from the GFC in 2009, down 12% at 476,194 registrations. The market fragments further, with no model above 2.9% share… It’s a close fight between the VW Golf, #1 at 13,983 sales , and the Ford Fiesta at 13,728 (+71%), both helped by their new generations launched in late 2008.
The Peugeot 207 is relegated in 3rd place at 2.5%, then no less than 11 cars fit within 1,300 sales (0.3%), from the VW Polo at #4 at 10,527 sales to the Peugeot 308 at #14 with 9,202 sales. The Citroen Berlingo shines at #8 with 9,926 sales.
Full Year 2009 Top 20: click on ‘Read more’ below.
After the Peugeot 206 from 2003 to 2005, the Peugeot 207 reigns over the Belgian market in 2007 and 2008 with 16,779 sales (3.2%) and 18,316 sales (3.4%) respectively. Both years it is followed by the VW Golf, also progressing from 15,960 sales (3%) to 16,922 (3.1%).
The 3rd position goes to the Opel Astra in 2007 (2.7%) then the Ford Focus, which gained 4 spots in 2008 even though its share didn’t move at 2.3%. Note the excellent performance of the BMW 3 Series, 5th in 2007 at 12,779 sales (2.4%) and 4th in 2008 at 12,688 sales (2.3%), missing the podium for only 10 units…
Full Year 2007 and 2008 Top 20: click on ‘Read more’ below.
The replacement of the Peugeot 206 by the 207 this year throws the Belgian models ranking into disarray, with no car above 2.8% share and the 4 best selling models all within 1,000 sales (in a 526,000-unit market!). The Opel Astra is #1 with 14,950 sales and 2.8%, ahead of the Renault Clio (14,551), Peugeot 307 (14,116) and Opel Corsa (14,042).
The #1 position changed hands many time throughout the year: the Citroen C3 (5th overall) ranked #1 for the first time in the country in January, then the 206 came back up in February & March, the Renault Clio led the way in April & May before being passed by the Opel Astra, #1 until the end of the year. Full Year 2006 Top 20 below.
The Peugeot 206 seems to be more successful in Belgium than in its native France. While the fight with the Clio for the #1 spot is raging in France, the 206 enjoys a rather comfortable ride in Belgium, being the best selling car there in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Peugeot even manages a double win during the first Quarter of 2005, placing the Peugeot 307 in 2nd position. The VW Golf and Opel Astra follow, ahead of another French car, the Renault Megane. 1st Quarter 2005 Top 5 below.