Portugal February 2012: VW Up! lands directly in 14th place
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The tough times continue for the Portuguese car market, down 48% year-on-year in February to 6,932 registrations, the slowest month of February in 26 years! The Renault Clio reclaim a pole position it used to hold in 2008 with 329 sales and 4.7% share, but not year-to-date: #2 for the 2nd month in a row, the Renault Megane is rewarded with the first place year-to-date at 543 units and 3.9%. Up 12 spots on January, the VW Polo rounds up the podium with 251 sales and 3.6%.
Only #10 in 2011, the Fiat Punto Evo enjoys a much better 2012 so far, #4 in February and #3 year-to-date. Other excellent performers in the Top 20 include the Smart Fortwo up to #7, the Nissan Qashqai up to #8, Mercedes C-Class up to #10, Audi A3 up to #13, Chevrolet Aveo up to #15 and BMW 1 Series up to #18.
But the hero of the month in Portugal is the VW Up! For its very first month of sales in the country the mini Volkswagen finds 127 Portuguese buyers, boosting it up to 14th position. This means Portugal is now the Up!'s highest performing country in the world, beating the 15th place it reached in Denmark...
Previous month: Portugal January 2012: Worst January in 24 years
Full February 2012 Top 20 Ranking Table below.