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Netherlands March 2012: VW Up! in Top 10

VW Up!

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Dutch car sales are down 7% year-on-year in March at 52,549 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 166,703 units, down 8% on 2011. For the third time in the last 13 months the Renault Twingo is the best-selling car in the Netherlands with 2,216 sales and 4.2%, ahead of last month's winner the Peugeot 107 at 2,011 units and 3.8%. The Opel Corsa rounds up the podium at 3.6% while the VW Polo ranks #4 at 3.3% but leads the way in the 2012 year-to-date ranking with 6,517 sales and 3.9%.

Mazda CX-5

The big event this month is the arrival in the Top 10 of the VW Up! at #7, up a huge 29 spots on February with 1,249 units and 2.4%, making the Netherlands the first country in the world where the Up! broke into the Top 10. (Since the publication of this article, Danish figures have come through which show the Up! at #1). Dutch consumers are really keen on this year's novelties: the Mazda CX-5 is up a massive 55 ranks to #18 this month with 695 sales and 1.3% share, by far Mazda's best-seller in the country this month and its best ranking in the world so far.

Opel Ampera

The Opel Ampera is the third newcomer to do fantastically well this month in the Netherlands: it is up to #35 thanks to 428 units sold and here too this is the best ranking the model has achieved in any country in the world - with German rankings still pending but the Ampera will doubtfully beat #35 this month in its 'native' country...

Fisker Karma

The other two new models in the Top 100 this month are the Peugeot 208 at #94 with 134 sales and the Citroen DS5 at #96 with 127 units. Notice also the Fisker Karma selling 26 units.

Previous month: Netherlands February 2012: Peugeot 107 in command

One year ago: Netherlands March 2011: Polo, Twingo and Punto on podium

Full March 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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  1. Steam
    April 6th, 2012 at 23:21 | #1

    Up goes up, Polo goes down.

  2. Rutger (D-C)
    April 6th, 2012 at 19:42 | #2

    The CX-5 2.0 is one of the few SUVs which takes advantage of some business car benifits, besides the Qashqai 1.6 and ASX 1.6 for instance, or the 508 1.6 e-HDI, Insignia 1.4T/2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX/BMW 3 series 320i/316d/318d EDE.
    The most economic cars profit of tax preferences (road tax free) and more business car benefits, the Polo BlueMotion, Lexus CT, Toyota Aygo (almost all the city cars except for some automatic or more powerful versions and the Ford Ka) and Fisker Karma e.g. There are even more business car benefits for the Opel Ampera, Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster etc.

    There is a run on new versions of the Renault Mégane 1.5 dCi Energy, Focus 1.0 EcoBoost/1.6 TDCi ECOnetic, Volvo C30 1.6 DRIVe, Peugeot 508 HYbrid4 and yet to be launched Toyota Prius Wagon (Prius+), so you can expect high positions in the upcoming months. Besides, Fiat will launch the 0.9 TwinAir engine in the Punto and Alfa MiTo and even the Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hybrid will profit of the same preferences as the Polo BlueMotion, Prius and Picanto. The upcoming Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi will become the most economic diesel car (in the world).

    However, the Dutch government will tighten the limits on 01/07/2012, 01/01/2013, 01/01/2014. This will have a high impact on the sales of some models: the Daihatsu Cuore, Honda Jazz Hybrid, Opel Agila/Suzuki Splash, Kia Rio 1.2, Renault Twingo 1.2, Toyota Yaris 1.0 and diesel cars Chevrolet Aveo 1.3D, Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX, the Peugeot 508 HYbrid4 and Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost will loose some of their profits in July unless the manufacturers make the cars more economic/cleaner. I think Opel has to, otherwise they will get into trouble here…

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