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Italy March 2011: Fiat Punto and Panda up vs. February UPDATED

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Fiat Punto

* Now updated with the Top 50 best selling models over Q1 2011. See ‘Read more’ below *

Italian car sales are down a worrying 28% year-on-year in March at 187,774 units. First Quarter figures are down 23% at 513,794 registrations.

Both the Fiat Punto at 7.5% (14.035 sales) and the Fiat Panda at 6.7% (12,640 sales) improve their market shares compared to last month and continue to dominate the Italian market. The Ford Fiesta jumps onto the podium for the 2nd time in 3 months at 8,082 units and 4.3%, followed by the VW Golf at 3.3% and the Lancia Ypsilon at 2.8%.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta confirms its outstanding popularity once again and places 8th, its third month in a row in the Top 10. It sells 4,166 units for a 2.2% market share this month. Notice also the Audi A1 in the Top 30 at #29.

Full March and Q1 2011 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.

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Italy February 2011: Alfa Giulietta confirms Top 10 spot

March 5, 2011 3 comments

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The Italian car market struggles in February at -21% with 161,147 registrations. Fiat monopolises the podium this month, with the Fiat Punto #1 at 6.7%, the Fiat Panda #2 at 5.8% and the Fiat 500 #3 at 3.8%. The Ford Fiesta and VW Golf follow.

Excellent hold of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which confirms last month’s 6th spot wasn’t a fluke: it is #8 in February with 3,701 sales and 2.3%, well above its sisters the Fiat Bravo (#12) and Lancia Delta (#25). Notice the Opel Astra back in the Top 10 (#9) and the Ford C-Max at #16 (1.6%).

Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Italy January 2011: Alfa Romeo Giulietta #6!

February 3, 2011 1 comment

The Italian car market is off to a slow start this year with 165,302 registrations in January, down 21% on last year. The Fiat Punto stays strong at 13,173 sales and 8% share, but the Panda drops to 6.1%. The VW Golf has a good month in 4th place and 3.5%, ahead of the Fiat 500.

The performance of the month goes to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time at a formidable 6th place with 4,053 sales and 2.5% of the market. Other strong performances include the Dacia Duster at #21 (+37 spots on December!), the Nissan Juke at #22 (+9 spots) and the Hyundai ix35 at #32 (+22 spots).

Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Italy December 2010: Mini in Top 10, Punto #1 for 17th year

January 15, 2011 1 comment

December car sales are down 22% in Italy at 131,202 units, bringing the 2010 total to 1,972,617, down 9% on 2009. The Fiat Punto is the best selling car in Italy for the 17th year in a row (the 1st gen Punto launched in Nov 93) with sales down 15% at 155,301 (7.9%).

The Top 6 is unchanged this year: the Fiat Panda is #2 for the 9th year in a row, down 19% at 7% share, ahead of the Ford Fiesta (-8% at 5%), Fiat 500 (-15% at 3.5%), VW Golf (-8% at 2.6%) and Opel Corsa (-2% at 2.6%). The VW Polo is up 69% and 12 spots in 7th and the Renault Clio is up 34% and 5 spots in 10th.

In December, the Mini breaks into the Top 10 for the first time since its reintroduction in 2001: it is 10th with 2,440 sales, the new Ford C-Max is #17 and the Fiat Doblo reaches its best at #21.

More commentaries, December and Full Year Top 50 below.

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Italy November 2010: Panda #1

December 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Hard times for the Italian car market, down 21% in November with 146,307 registrations. The Year-to-date figure is down 8% at 1,840,511.

The Fiat Panda is #1 in Italy for the first time since May with 10,736 sales and 7.3%, ahead of the Punto at 10,066 (6.9%). The Punto’s 1st place year-to-date is safe though at 7.9% market share vs. 7% for the Panda.

More commentaries including Nissan Juke’s performance and Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Italy October 2010: Polo #4

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Steep drop for the Italian market in October: it is 28% below Oct 09 at 140,944 sales. The year-to-date score is 1,692,472 registrations, -8% over 2009.

The Fiat Punto still leads the way at 7.3% vs 7% in September, ahead of the Fiat Panda at 6.6%. The Punto sales include the Punto Evo, Grande Punto and Punto Classic versions so it safe to say that in actual fact the Fiat Panda has been leading the Italian car sales for most of the last 3 years.

This month’s best performance goes to the VW Polo in 4th at 3%, the highest score so far for this new generation in Italy. Among foreign models, only the Ford Fiesta does better, still sliding down though at 3.6% (3.9% in Sept). The Fiat 500 is down to 5th.

There are a couple of other very strong performers this month: the Nissan Qashqai storms back into the Top 10 in 9th with 3,022 registrations and 2.1%, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta has another fantastic month in 12th with 2,636 units sold, and the Mini is up again in 14th with 2,070 sales and 1.5%, the incremental sales coming fairly and squarely from the Countryman version at 954 registrations alone.

Full Top 30 Ranking table and more commentaries below. Read more…

Italy September 2010

October 30, 2010 Leave a comment

In a market losing 19% vs. 2009, Fiat manages a 1-2-3 this month with the Fiat Punto leading the way at 7% market share (8% over 9 months 2010), ahead of the Fiat Panda at 6.5% (7%) and the Fiat 500 at 4.2% (Vs. 3.6% over 2010). A good performance for the Italian manufacturer.

The Ford Fiesta confirmed it cannot hold the very high sales level it achieved earlier in the year and dropped one place to 4th with 3.9% of the market, compared to its 5.2% market share over 2010.

The VW Golf stays strong in Italy and confirms a 5th place (2.6%) it holds over 2010 too (2.7%). Less than a hundred sales behind, the little sister VW Polo performs well (2.5%) and is slightly ahead of its 2010 market share (2.4%). Even though it will be replaced in a few months, the Lancia Ypsilon stays strong in 7th, ahead of the Citroen C3, surprisingly weak given its recent relaunch.

Full Top 30 ranking table, Mini’s performance and more details below.

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