Denmark October 2016: Volkswagen (+26%) outpaces record market

vw-up-denmark-october-2016The VW Up is back in the lead in Denmark. 

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Another record-breaking month for the Danish new car market with October sales up 1% year-on-year to 17.064 units, the highest ever October score in the country. This lifts the year-to-date tally up 8% to 185.534. Volkswagen frankly outpaces the market with sales up 26% to 2.489 and 14.6% share, exactly three percentage points above its year-to-date level of 11.6%. Just below, Peugeot (-1%) and Toyota (-6%) struggle, but Opel (+32%) and Renault (+29%) shine. Notice also Audi (+29%), Seat (+25%), Volvo (+32%), Jaguar (+108%), Smart (+100%), Jeep (+100%) and Land Rover (+233%) also impress. In the models ranking, the VW Up reclaims the top spot for the first time since last March thanks to sales up 22% to 879 but this is far from enough to even approach the year-to-date leadership of the Peugeot 208 at 5.902 units vs. 7.807 for the French supermini. Volkswagen even manages a 1-2 with the Polo (+31%) in second place. The Hyundai i10 (+78%), Opel Astra (+538%), Citroen C1 (+94%), VW Passat (+52%) and Kia Picanto (+78%) all post spectacular gains at the top.

Previous month: Denmark September 2016: Volkswagen and Peugeot outpace market up 4%

One year ago: Denmark October 2015: VW Up back in charge

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Denmark September 2016: Volkswagen & Peugeot outpace market up 4%

VW Touran Denmark September 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Touran – up 22-fold year-on-year – helps Volkswagen up 19% in Denmark.

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The Danish new car market continues its record-setting pace in September at +4% year-on-year to a record 18.477 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 8.5% to 168.470. Both market leaders Volkswagen (+19%) and Peugeot (+16%) both beat the market to reach 12.6% and 10.7% market share respectively. Skoda (-15%), Toyota (-6%) and Ford (-5%) on the other hand stumble. Other great performers include Hyundai (+22%), Seat (+34%), Mercedes (+41%), Suzuki (+42%), Dacia (+60%) and  Audi (+69%). The Peugeot 208 cements its best-seller status with sales soaring 31% to 920 and 5% share, distancing the VW Up (4.1%), Polo (3.1%), Toyota Aygo (2.8%) and Peugeot 308 (2.6%). The Kia Rio is up 110% to #9, the Opel Astra up 795% to #12, the Peugeot 2008 up 150% to #25 and the VW Touran up 2138% to #35 thanks to the new generation. The Ford Ka+ makes its very first appearance in the Danish ranking at #75.

Previous month: Denmark August 2016: Opel Karl soars to #3

One year ago: Denmark September 2015: Peugeot 208 keeps VW Up at bay

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Denmark August 2016: Opel Karl soars to #3

Opel Karl Denmark August 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Opel Karl ranks 4th overall in Denmark in August.

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Another record month for Danish new car sales: August is up 8% year-on-year to 17.428 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to a record-breaking 150.183 units after 8 months, up 9% on the same period last year. Volkswagen leaps up 18% to reclaim the #1 brand spot off Peugeot with 2.006 sales vs. 1.914 for the French carmaker. Opel is up 14% to overtake Toyota at #3, while inside the Top 10 Citroen (+26%) and Mercedes (+60%) are the most impressive. Further down, notice Renault (+24%), Audi (+36%), Volvo (+83%), Smart (+125%), Dacia (+158%) and Porsche (+367%) all posting spectacular year-on-year gains.

Model-wise, the Peugeot 208 remains the best-selling nameplate in the country with 4.6% share and the VW Up is back up 35 spots on a particularly paltry July score to rank #2 with 3.6% share. The big event though is the third place overall of the Opel Kark – up from #23 in July and #14 year-to-date – its best ranking so far in Denmark after 15 months in market, beating the #4 it hit one year ago in August 2015. At the time it was a world best for the Karl, it isn’t anymore as the diminutive Opel ranks #1 in the Netherlands this month. The Kia Rio (#8), Skoda Citigo (#11), Citroen C3 (#12) and Skoda Fabia (#14) also make themselves noticed.

Previous month: Denmark July 2016: Peugeot 208 and 308 tighten grip

One year ago: Denmark August 2015: Opel Karl up to world-best 4th place

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Denmark July 2016: Peugeot 208 and 308 tighten grip

Peugeot 308 Denmark July 2016. Picture courtesy whatcar.comThe Peugeot 308 is now #2 year-to-date in Denmark. 

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A little dent in the record-breaking pace the Danish new car market had got us used to in the past five years: sales are down 3% year-on-year in July to 15.726 but the year-to-date tally is still up 9% to a record 132.579 units after 7 months. Despite sales down 16% year-on-year, French carmaker Peugeot gains two spots on June to snap the brands pole position with 1.722 sales and 11% share, distancing Volkswagen (10.4%) and Toyota (7.7%) while Opel surges 34% to #4 and 7.5%. Notice also Seat up 52% to #9, Mercedes up 47% to #10, Dacia up 48% to #18 and Volvo up 44% to #19. Model-wise, Peugeot now trusts the Top 2 spots both in July and year-to-date with the 208 at 4.7% and the 308 at 3.9% even though these two nameplates lose significant ground vs. July 2015. The VW Polo is up 38% to #3, ahead of the Kia Picanto (-20%) and Opel Astra (+564%). The VW Passat (+66%) and Golf (+60%) compensate a hellish month by the once-uncontested leader the VW Up, down 77% to #37.

Previous month: Denmark June 2016: Opel Astra advances to #1 in record-breaking market

One year ago: Denmark July 2015: Peugeot 208 and 308 outsell Up

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Denmark June 2016: Opel Astra advances to #1 in record-breaking market

Opel Astra Denmark June 2016The Opel Astra is the best-seller in Denmark in June.

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The Danish car market shows no sign of decelerating in June with sales up 11% to 23.673 registrations, breaking the all-time volume record for any month in the country. Year-to-date sales are up 12% to 117.005 units, now almost assured to break the annual record for the 6th consecutive year by the time 2016 comes to an end. Volkswagen is once again the favourite marque in the country with 2.941 sales and 12.4% share (+38%), followed by Renault at 7.9% (+34%), Peugeot at 7.8% (+19%) and Ford at 7.4% (+17%). Opel (+20%), Mercedes (+27%), BMW (+42%), Seat (+54%), Dacia (+28%) and Honda (+37%) also impress in the Top 20 whereas Kia (-34%) and Fiat (-28%) are struggling. The Opel Astra takes the lead of the models ranking thanks to 754 deliveries, knocking the year-to-date leader, the Peugeot 208, down to #2. The Peugeot 308 soars up to #4 ahead of the VW Up and Polo. The Nissan Qashqai (#6), VW Passat (#7), Renault Kadjar (#19) and Suzuki Baleno (#26) also shine.

Previous month: Denmark May 2016: On track for a 6th consecutive record year

One year ago: Denmark June 2015: VW Up leads, Suzuki Vitara in Top 20

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Denmark May 2016: On track for a 6th consecutive record year

Suzuki Baleno Denmark May 2016The Suzuki Baleno lands directly inside the Danish Top 50. 

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After posting five consecutive all-time record years from 2011 to 2015, the Danish new car market could be forgiven for taking a break this year. Not a chance. May sales are up a whopping 24% to an all-time high 21.141 units, boosting the year-to-date tally up 12% to 93.220 and well on track for a 6th record year in a row. Volkswagen is the best-selling brand in the country, however losing share at 11.1% (+19%) while Peugeot shoots up 61% to 1.863 sales and 9.3% share. Just below, Toyota (+68%) and Opel (+65%) also improve drastically. Seat (+59%), Volvo (+64%), BMW (+76%), Mazda (+85%), Porsche (+283%) and Jaguar (+386%) are the other great performers this month. Model-wise, the Peugeot 208 cements its newfound domination with exactly double the sales of any other nameplate in the country including perennial leader the VW Up. It sells 1.102 units for a 5.2% share vs. 542 and 2.6% for the Up and 522 and 2.5% for the Toyota Aygo on the third step of the podium. In a market obsessed with city cars, the VW Passat delivers an outstanding performance at #5 overall in May, up 20 spots on last month, as does the Skoda Octavia up 7 to #7. The Opel Astra is helped up to #8 by the new generation while the Suzuki Baleno lands directly in the Top 50 at #47 for its first month of sales in Denmark. Promising.

Previous month: Denmark April 2016: Peugeot 208 dominant in record market

One year ago: Denmark May 2015: VW Up leads, Suzuki Vitara in Top 20

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Denmark April 2016: Peugeot 208 dominant in record market

Peugeot 208 Denmark April 2016. Picture courtesy auto-moto.comThe Peugeot 208 is the best-selling nameplate in Denmark by far. 

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Ever resourceful, the Danish new car market gallops further away with April sales up 17% year-on-year to an all-time high 19.886 deliveries, adding up to 72.150 year-to-date (+8%). Volkswagen holds onto the top spot for less than 100 units at 2.077 vs. 1.983 for Peugeot with Toyota up one spot on March to #3, Citroen up three to #4 and Skoda up one to #5. The Peugeot 208 dominates the models ranking head and shoulders thanks to 831 sales and 4.2% share, distancing the VW Up (2.6%), Ford Fiesta (2.5%) and Peugeot 308 (2.4%). Outstanding performers this month also include the Citroen C1 at #5, Opel Astra at #12 and Audi A4 at #20.

Previous month: Denmark March 2016: Volkswagen back in the brands lead

One year ago: Denmark April 2015: VW Up back to #1 YTD, Renault Captur #4

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Denmark March 2016: Volkswagen back in the brands lead

VW Up! Denmark March 2016The VW Up is back to #1 in Denmark in March but still #3 year-to-date. 

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New car sales in Denmark mark a pause in March at -3% year-on-year to 19.156 registrations, however the 1st Quarter total is still evolving at record levels at 52.214 units, up 6% on the same period on 2015. Thanks to 2.215 sals and 11.6% share, Volkswagen reclaims the brands year-to-date lead off Peugeot (1.722 sales and 9% in March), adding up to 5.752 deliveries in three months for a 11% share vs. 5.698 and 10.9% for the French manufacturer. Ford (8.2%), Toyota (7.7%) and Renault (6.5%) round up the March Top 5. Model-wise, the VW Up – the annual leader in Denmark in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 – manages to snap the top spot for the first time since last October and only the 3rd time in the past ten months with 593 sales, but the Peugeot 308 (578) and 208 (530) follow closely. Year-to-date, the Peugeot 208 remains in the lead above the Up and 308. The VW Golf soars 6 spots on February to #5, the Hyundai i20 is up 13 to #6, the Ford Focus up to #10 and the VW Passat up to #14.

Previous month: Denmark January-February 2016: Peugeot 208 topples VW Up

One year ago: Denmark March 2015: VW Up back in charge, Hyundai i20 up

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Denmark January-February 2016: Peugeot 208 topples VW Up

Peugeot 208 Denmark February 2016The Peugeot 208 is the best-selling car in Denmark so far in 2016.

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It would appear Danish consumers can’t buy enough cars: after five consecutive years at record levels, January volumes are up a further 3% to 16.436 units and February sales are up a spectacular 22% to 16.608, lifting the year-to-date total to 33.043 units, up 12% on the same period last year. Peugeot leads the market so far in 2016 with 3.970 sales and 12% share, overtaking the 2015 leader Volkswagen at 3.536 and 10.7%. Toyota (9.2%), Skoda (6.3%) and Ford (5.5%) follow. Similarly in the models ranking, the Peugeot 208 ranks #1 both in January and February to lead the year-to-date charts by far at 1.622 sales and 4.9% share, well above 2015 leader the VW Up at 1.175 and 3.6%. The Peugeot 308 jumps onto the podium at #3 above the Toyota Aygo and Yaris. The Opel Karl is #9 and the Nissan Qashqai is up to #11 vs. #18 in 2015 thanks to an excellent month of February (#5).

Previous post: Denmark Full Year 2015: 5th straight record year, 1st time above 200.000 sales

One year ago (Jan): Denmark January 2015: Peugeot 108 ends 29 months of VW Up! rule

One year ago (Feb): Denmark February 2015: Peugeot 108 confirms top spot

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Denmark Full Year 2015: 5th straight record year, 1st time above 200.000

VW Up! Denmark 2015The VW Up is the #1 vehicle in Denmark for the 4th straight year…

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The Danish new car market extends its incredible run to five consecutive record years and 2015 is just a little bit more special: it is the first time in the history of automobile in Denmark that over 200.000 new cars found a buyer in a single year, signing a 6th straight year of growth at +10% to 207.717 units. One element that is giving more wind to the market is leasing, with the share of private leasing simply and astonishingly doubling from just 12% in 2013 to 24% this year – and counter-intuitively, many in smaller segments according to Bilimp.dk.

Peugeot 208 Denmark 2015. Picture courtesy largus.fr…but the Peugeot 208 is only nine units below.

Volkswagen and Peugeot remain the two favourite brands in Denmark but the French carmaker is catching up very fast: up 15% to 21.056 and 10.1% share vs. 22.499 and 10.8% (-2%) for VW. Toyota (+12%) is up two spots to #3, overtaking Ford (-12%) and Skoda (+1%). Mercedes (+26%), BMW (+27%), Suzuki (+33%), Opel (+42%) and Mitsubishi (+108%) are the biggest gainers in the Top 20. Tesla creates the surprise in Denmark this year with sales up 6-fold on 2014 to #21 and 2.736 units, including 1.248 in December when the Model S became the very first electric car to lead the models charts outright, driven by the prospect of electric cars no longer being tax-exempt from January 2016.

Tesla Model S Denmark 2015. Picture courtesy don.vn.czThe Tesla Model S is the first ever electric car to top the monthly Danish sales charts.

The VW Up holds onto the pole position for the 4th year in a row by the skin of its teeth and despite sales down 21%: only 9 units separate it from the Peugeot 208 up 39% to 7.946 vs. 7.955. The Toyota Aygo is up 7% and one spot to #3 while the Peugeot 108 is up 87% to #4 and the Peugeot 308 up 89% to #5. Other great performers include the Skoda Fabia up 98% to #15, the Opel Corsa up 52% to #14 and the Hyundai i10 up 30% to #16.

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Previous month: Denmark November 2015: Peugeot 208 back to #1, Tesla Model S up to #4

Previous year: Denmark Full Year 2014: VW Up leads 4th straight record year

Two years ago: Denmark Full Year 2013: VW Up confirms supremacy in record-breaking year

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