Belgium Auto Market in Q1 2016 reported in feeble recover

Belgium Auto Market in Q1 2016

Belgium Auto Market in Q1 2016 reported in feeble recover following three years of steady decline. Renault kept challenging the leadership ending the quarter with less than 100 units gap from Volkswagen.

Economic Outlook

The coordinated terrorist attacks carried out by the Islamic State (ISIL) in Belgium on 22 March are not expected to have any long-term economic consequences, although a short-term impact on private consumption and certain sectors of the economy, such as tourism, is expected. The terrorist attacks have, however, put greater pressure on the government to increase spending on security and surveillance.

The prospect of higher public spending comes amid a warning issued by the European Commission (EC) in early March that Belgium’s current budgetary plans fall short of meeting EU fiscal responsibility rules and that the country will not be able to balance its budget in 2018 as the EC requires. This sets the stage for fierce debate among the four-party government coalition.

Market Outlook

In the last three years the Belgium market reported a sliding trend towards the rest of Europe, declining steady and scoring in the 2015 the lowest volume out of the last sixth years. The start of the 2016 looks finally better, albeit January was reported down again and the first quarter left a positive outlook for the remaining part of the year.

As reported by the FEBIAC  (Federation Belgie de L’automobile et du cycle) the total new passengers cars sold in January had been 44.326 (-6.3%), followed by a double-digit recovery in February with 49.707 sales (+11.7%) and a steady growth in March with 56.423 sales (+2.6%).

The first quarter sales had been 150.456 (+2.3%) projecting a year stable but not declining.

Competitive Arena

After the assault to the leadership by Renault during Q4 of last year, the battle for the leadership was in place for the entire first quarter with, at the moment, Volkswagen able t0 defend the leadership with a narrow gap over the French rival. Indeed, Q1 sales for Volkswagen had been 12.909 (-4.3%) while Renault did 12.864 (+4.2%).

In third place arrived Peugeot with 11.716 (-3.4%) followed by Opel with 11.232 (+11.5%), BMW with 10.805 (+3.7%), Ford with 3.673 (+16.6%) and Audi with 3.602 (-1.0%).

Volkswagen dominated the performance by group with 29.547 sales in the first quarter (-0.2%), followed by Renault-Nissan with 22.667 (-4.0%) and PSA with 2.180 (-4.7%).

To see the best-selling cars ranking, please see the dedicated report.

Research, Consulting, Data & Forecast Store

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Market Researches in PDF are immediately available for download with study on the market since 2005 and with forecast up to the 2020.

Auto Data in EXCEL are immediately downloadable with annual sales volume, split by month, for all brands and all models distributed in the market. This year data are released year to date, but you will receive a monthly update until the year-end.

All these and more within our Belgium Store.

Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will report year to date data updated.

Rank MarRank Q1BrandMarQ1Mar VarQ1 VarMar%Q1%
11Volkswagen5.44212.909-4,3%-2,7%9,6%8,6%
22Renault4.85912.8644,2%1,0%8,6%8,5%
33Peugeot4.26211.716-6,6%-3,4%7,5%7,8%
44Opel4.06111.2324,4%11,5%7,2%7,5%
55BMW3.97810.8053,7%2,3%7,0%7,2%
68Ford3.6738.02616,6%10,7%6,5%5,3%
76Audi3.6028.308-1,0%-6,7%6,4%5,5%
87Mercedes3.0418.3059,3%5,7%5,4%5,5%
99Citroen2.7047.746-18,6%-14,4%4,8%5,1%
1010Hyundai2.3166.85517,0%6,8%4,1%4,6%
1113Skoda2.1675.47418,2%18,6%3,8%3,6%
1211Nissan2.0495.569-2,1%-6,9%3,6%3,7%
1312Volvo1.8825.5154,3%7,9%3,3%3,7%
1414Toyota1.8615.450-10,4%-6,9%3,3%3,6%
1515Fiat1.7254.5279,1%22,2%3,1%3,0%
1617Kia1.3453.9482,1%-9,8%2,4%2,6%
1716Dacia1.2944.198-23,1%-14,1%2,3%2,8%
1818Mazda7702.22277,0%65,3%1,4%1,5%
1919Seat7271.980-12,0%1,0%1,3%1,3%
2021Mini6841.84715,5%1,6%1,2%1,2%
2022Land Rover6841.84639,6%37,9%1,2%1,2%
2120Suzuki6571.9708,6%4,2%1,2%1,3%
2223Honda5481.1881,5%14,3%1,0%0,8%
2324Porsche33985530,9%2,5%0,6%0,6%
2425Mitsubishi3088264,8%-8,8%0,5%0,5%
2526DS2767180,5%0,5%
2629Jaguar18147192,6%100,4%0,3%0,3%
2727Jeep179669-24,5%0,9%0,3%0,4%
2828Alfa Romeo152545-45,3%-7,5%0,3%0,4%
2933Tesla1492387,2%19,0%0,3%0,2%
3030Smart1384574,5%44,6%0,2%0,3%
3031Lexus1384514,5%20,6%0,2%0,3%
3132SsangYong11935813,3%35,1%0,2%0,2%
3234Subaru561651,8%-0,6%0,1%0,1%
3335Lancia3372-29,8%-41,0%0,1%0,0%
3437Infiniti2136162,5%100,0%0,0%0,0%
3536Maserati2058-53,5%-44,2%0,0%0,0%
3638Ferrari1223100,0%4,5%0,0%0,0%
3740Morgan71340,0%85,7%0,0%0,0%
3739Bentley71916,7%11,8%0,0%0,0%
3844Rolls-Royce34200,0%33,3%0,0%0,0%
3841Lotus39-57,1%-30,8%0,0%0,0%
3843Aston Martin35-50,0%-44,4%0,0%0,0%
3946Cadillac110,0%0,0%
3944Alpina140,0%0,0%0,0%0,0%
3945Lamborghini12-71,4%0,0%0,0%
Rank MarRank Q1GroupMarQ1Mar VarQ1 VarMar%Q1%
11Volkswagen12.28529.5470,3%-0,2%21,8%19,6%
22Renault-Nissan8.22322.667-2,6%-4,0%14,6%15,1%
33PSA7.24220.180-8,2%-4,7%12,8%13,4%
44BMW4.66612.6605,4%2,2%8,3%8,4%
55General Motors4.06211.2394,3%11,4%7,2%7,5%
68Ford3.6738.02616,6%10,7%6,5%5,3%
76Hyundai-Kia3.66110.80311,1%0,1%6,5%7,2%
87Mercedes Daimler3.1798.7629,1%7,2%5,6%5,8%
910FCA2.1215.894-3,2%13,2%3,8%3,9%
109Toyota1.9995.901-9,5%-5,3%3,5%3,9%

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