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Portugal November 2012: VW Golf 7 in pole position straight away!

VW Golf 7

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 40 all-brands ranking! *

* See the Top 20 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to José *

After falling by 30% in September and 5% in October, the Portuguese new car market is down 25% year-on-year in November to 7,217 registrations. The year-to-date total now stands at 88,945 units, still down a horrid 37% on 2011. Detailed models rankings for Portugal are likely to become rarer now that car magazine Guia de Automóvel has stopped publishing, one of the consequences of the economic crisis that is still hitting the country.

Audi A3

For their last issue they have published a models ranking that thanks to José I am able to share with you here, and it has the particularity of splitting sales of Golf 6 and 7. Surprise: the Golf 7 directly shoots up to pole position for its first month with 281 units sold and 3.9% share! It is ahead of the Renault Megane, still leader year-to-date with 4,246 units and 4.8% (-46%), by just one unit... An oddity: the Peugeot 208, #1 in September, is not in the Top 20 this month!

Renault Clio IV

Another model to make its first appearance in the Portuguese Top 20 this month is the Renault Clio IV at #7 and 171 units, just below its older sister the Clio III at #6 and 175. What is true in Europe currently is especially the case in Portugal: in tough times, premium brands do better - at least with fleet sales. Audi and BMW both place 3 models in the Top 20 again this month: the Audi A3 is up to a fantastic 5th position with 228 sales, followed by the BMW 1 Series at #6 and 203 units, with the 3 Series at #10, A4 at #17, 5 Series at #19 and A1 at #20.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen is ahead in November at 11.8% share ahead of Renault at 10.2% and Peugeot at 9.1% but Renault remains in the top spot year-to-date with 9,510 sales and 10.7% (-38%) with Volkswagen at #2 with 9,137 units and 10.3% (-35%). This month only BMW (+3%), Mercedes (+9%), Skoda (+19%), Land Rover (+9%) and Lancia (+8%) gain ground year-on-year, while year-to-date absolutely no brand in the Top 20 is in positive, with Audi (-8%), BMW (-13%) and Mercedes (-19%) the best performers.

Previous post: Portugal September 2012: Peugeot 208 #1, BMW 1 Series up to #4

Previous historical post: Portugal 1989-2011: More detailed Historical Data now available!

One year ago: Portugal November 2011: VW Passat and Audi A4 shine

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  1. the rocker
    January 20th, 2013 at 16:43 | #1

    NismoBoy: Volte para Portugal. Somos para vocês o que os EUA são para a Inglaterra. A colônia que deu certo. Vc está indo aos lugares errados e mente quando fala q vê Porsches de 15 em 15 min. Conheço países bem mais ricos que Portugal na Europa e isso não acontece. Só vi isso na California. Get Back, NismoBoy !!!

  2. NismoBoy
    January 18th, 2013 at 01:03 | #2

    Infelizmente os Tugas não conseguem passar sem discutir! Portugal é País maravilhoso para viver e nós temos 1 grande parque automóvel! Ao contrario do Brasil onde vivo, q só circulam carroças! E qd Miguel diz que os carros premium são comprados sobretudo por “frotas” é falso! E também não acredito que a média de idade dos carros em circulação seja de 12 anos!!!

    A cidade onde nasci – Leiria, tem 1 parque automóvel invejavel! Consegues ver 1 porche de 15 em 15 minutos! Aqui no Brasil passa semanas q não vejo 1!

  3. tuga
    January 6th, 2013 at 07:27 | #3

    @Miguel
    People like me, who believe in my country, should go away, so that people like you, who don’t like Portugal nor Portuguese people, can stay. Yes, that makes perfect sense. Thank you so much Miguel, i now see the light. Maybe you should run for office.

  4. January 6th, 2013 at 06:07 | #4

    @Miguel
    Your Prime – Minister said that you must emmigrate. Please go and do not come back again!!!!!!!!

  5. January 6th, 2013 at 06:05 | #5

    @tuga
    Is due to people like you that the country is sinking.

  6. tuga
    January 5th, 2013 at 04:58 | #6

    @Miguel
    Portugal is a great country, with great people, that is going through a very rough patch. If you don’t like it, leave.

    Oh, and i’ve said it before, will say it again: As long as you keep making stuff up about my country, i will keep on coming here and call you out on it.

  7. January 4th, 2013 at 19:36 | #7

    @tuga
    Every time you write something here it´s a disaster! Keep away from here. You´re a quite strange person as all the Portuguese!

  8. tuga
    January 4th, 2013 at 08:44 | #8

    Miguel :@Pedro It´s a quite strange country with quite strange people!!!!!!!!!!

    Please refrain from insulting my country and my people.

    Ford doesn’t sell well in Portugal because their current crop of cars are either near replacement/renewal ( Fiesta, Kuga, Mondeo ), or not up to par with the competition and the cars they replaced ( Focus, C Max ). It’s not a Portuguese problem; Their sales are down pretty much everywhere.

  9. January 3rd, 2013 at 19:29 | #9

    @Jose
    Ford models are not so cheap as in other countries. The Kuga is so high priced that few can reach. The Focus Tdci diesel is as expensive as a Bmw Serie 1. The Fiesta is not a cheap segment B car. The fine Mondeo is eclipsed by the Serie 3, A4, C Klass…

  10. January 3rd, 2013 at 19:26 | #10

    @Pedro
    The majority of the Portuguese companies buy Mercedes, BMW and Audis to their fleet simply because this country is already in the consumer level and people are quite vain and do not know to handle with money, that´s why the country is in an economical and social chaos. People who drive Mercedes, BMW and Audis feel like kings even if they drive those cars with 20 years old!!!! They give more importance to a car than to them place to live! Believe it or not! It´s a quite strange country with quite strange people!!!!!!!!!!

  11. January 3rd, 2013 at 06:12 | #11

    Josh :
    Why are Ford performing so badly in Portugal? Compared to other European countries, both the Focus and Fiesta are not performing to their full potential. Is Ford dropping the ball in Portugal?

    Ford is not as popular in Portugal as Renault, Opel or VW, but the Fiesta usually stands higher in the ranking, maybe people are waiting for the restyled version with the Ecoboost engines.

  12. Josh
    January 2nd, 2013 at 18:25 | #12

    Why are Ford performing so badly in Portugal? Compared to other European countries, both the Focus and Fiesta are not performing to their full potential. Is Ford dropping the ball in Portugal?

  13. Pedro
    January 2nd, 2013 at 04:50 | #13

    Miguel :
    BMW Mercedes and Audi sell these numbers due to fleet ( company) sales

    That’s no problem because the companies pay normal money for the cars like private customers.

  14. Bryan
    January 2nd, 2013 at 01:45 | #14

    Where’s Peugeot 208 ??? No Peugeots in November Top 20 ?

  15. Miguel
    January 1st, 2013 at 03:36 | #15

    BMW Mercedes and Audi sell these numbers due to fleet ( company) sales and the best selling models are al entry – level ones – BMW Serie 1, the cheapest one, Mercedes A Class gasoline and Audi A1!!!! Average age of cars in Portugal are about 12 years old. A recent study shows that 80% of the cars in circulation have more than 10 years old. Only very rich and corrupt people with tricky business have money to buy a BMW serie 7 for instance. Only 1 Serie 7 was sold between March and November 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. January 1st, 2013 at 02:45 | #16

    Those premium sales are mostly thanks to fleet sales, which are still holding sales numbers.

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