Finland March 2016: Toyota overtakes Volkswagen to rank #1 YTD

Toyota Avensis Finland March 2016The Avensis (+34%) helped Toyota jump in the lead in March. 

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The Finnish new car market is up 5% year-on-year in March to 11.495 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 13% to 32.795 units for the first quarter of 2016. Toyota is up 2% to 1.420 sales and 12.4%, that’s enough to bypass Volkswagen (+14%) in the year-to-date ranking with Nissan (-19%) rounding up the March podium. Ford (+13%), Honda (+24%), Mercedes (+30%) and Opel (+26%) frankly outperform the market in the Top 10, with Renault (+56%), Mazda (+49%), Land Rover (+89%), Fiat (+400%) and Jaguar (+767%) also impressive below. In the models ranking, the Nissan Qashqai (-26%) overtakes the Skoda Octavia (-24%) but the latter remains #1 year-to-date, yet both nameplates fall heavily in March. The Toyota Auris (+3%), Avensis (+34%) and VW Golf (+29%) on the other hand are in good shape, so is the Opel Astra (+164%) boosted by the new generation. The Nissan Note leaps up to #13, the Audi A4 is up 53% to #14, the Skoda Superb up 131% to #16 and Volvo V60 up 45% to #17.

Previous post: Finland January-February 2016: Octavia and Qashqai hold tight

One year ago: Finland March 2015: Nissan Qashqai and Micra shoot up

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Finland January-February 2016: Octavia and Qashqai hold tight

Opel Astra Finland February 2016The new generation boosts Finnish Opel Astra sales up 231% so far in 2016.

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It’s a flamboyant stat of the year for new car registrations in Finland: up 15% in January to 11.722 units and up a further 21% in February to 9.567 to lift the year-to-date total to 21.294 sales after two months, up 17% on the same period in 2015. Volkswagen is once again the favourite marque in Finland but it fares slightly worse than the market at +16% to 11.4% share, while Skoda (+26%) and Toyota (+24%) are catching up, both at 10.4%. Opel (+58%), Honda (+75%), Seat (+45%), Mazda (+43%) and Suzuki (+232%) lodge the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 20. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (-15%) and Nissan Qashqai (+6%) hold tight on top just as the Toyota Auris (+40%), Ford Focus (+89%) and Toyota Avensis (+42%) make great progress. The new gen Opel Astra (+231%) and Skoda Superb (+201%) get a welcome boost as does the runout Audi A4 (+121%).

Previous post: Finland Full Year 2015: Skoda Octavia remains #1, VW Golf down 27%

One year ago (Jan): Finland January 2015: BMW 5 Series and VW Golf Sportsvan shine

One year ago (Feb): Finland February 2015: Toyota Avensis back on podium

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Finland Full Year 2015: Skoda Octavia remains #1, VW Golf down 27%

Skoda Octavia Finland 2015. Picture courtesy autobild.deSkoda Octavia. Picture autobild.de

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Lifted by a robust December score (+12%), the Finnish new car market ends 2015 on a positive note with sales up 2% on a year ago to 107.769 registrations. Both Volkswagen (-1%) and Toyota (-4%) retain the Top two spots but lose ground. Skoda (+2%) follows the market in third position and 9.2% share, with Ford (+15%), Nissan (+13%) and Opel (+20%) the most dynamic carmakers in the Top 10. Subaru (+19%), Hyundai (+23%), Fiat (+25%), Land Rover (+37%) and Renault (+63%) post the largest year-on-year gains among mass manufacturers. Over in the models ranking, the Skoda Octavia is the most popular nameplate in Finland for the second year running and the third time ever after 2011 despite sales down 1% to 5.832 and 5.4% share.

VW Passat Finland 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Passat is up to 4th place overall in Finland in 2015. Picture largus.fr 

The Nissan Qashqai (+3%) is up one spot to #2 and 4% share, just as the VW Golf is freefalling down 27% to 3.852 units and 3.6% in third position, partly due to cannibalisation from the Sportsvan variant (up 58% to #25) but not to dieselgate – occurring too late in the year to have a real impact. On the other hand the VW Passat benefits fully from the landing of the new model with sales up an outstanding 61% on 2014 to 3.543 at #4. The Toyota Auris is up 21% at #6, the Ford Mondeo up 50% to #12, the Opel Corsa up 248% to #16, the Renault Clio up 71% to #19 (#2 in December!) and the Skoda Fabia up 255% to #22.

Previous month: Finland November 2015: Toyota Yaris and Auris lead, Volkswagen down 6% in market up 24%

One year ago: Finland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia overtakes VW Golf to #1

Two years ago: Finland Full Year 2013: VW Golf back in charge

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Finland November 2015: Toyota Yaris & Auris lead, Volkswagen down 6% in market up 24%

Toyota Yaris Finland November 2015. Picture courtesy automobile-magazine.frToyota Yaris sales are up 90% year-on-year in Finland this month.

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Excellent month for new car sales in Finland with November volumes up 24% year-on-year to 8.952 units, lifting the year-to-date total to 99.871, up 2% on the same period a year ago. Toyota holds onto the top spot it snapped away from Volkswagen last month with strong sales at 1.211 units and 13.5% share vs. 11.3% year-to-date and 10.6% for VW, down 6% on November 2014 and showing some potential negative effects from dieselgate. Toyota manages to place the Yaris (+90%) in pole position and the Auris (-8%) at #2. Subaru (+84%), Renault (+93%), Honda (+99%), Hyundai (+103%) and Opel (+111%) all post spectacular year-on-year gains this month. Leader year-to-date, the Skoda Octavia is knocked out to third place this month, while the VW Polo (+121%), Ford Focus (+50%) and Fiesta (+65%) all post brilliant gains. The Renault Clio breaks into the Finnish Top 10 for the first time since BSCB was born five years ago, and new generations send sales rocketing up for the Opel Corsa (+1770%), Skoda Fabia (+591%), Ford Mondeo (+162%) and Mercedes C-Class (+103%).

Previous month: Finland October 2015: Toyota shoots up to 14.3% share

One year ago: Finland November 2014: Toyota Auris leads, VW Golf Sportsvan #7

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Finland October 2015: Toyota shoots up to 14.3% share

Toyota Auris Finland October 2015The Toyota Auris ranks #2 in Finland this month.

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The Finnish new car market is up 4% year-on-year in October to 9.081 registrations, meaning the year-to-date total is now down a minuscule 0.1% to 90.919 units after 10 months. Toyota improves by a splendid 16% to hit 14.3% market share vs. 9.8% for Volkswagen, the traditional Finnish leader. Toyota places the Auris at #2, the Avensis at #4 (+58%) and the Yaris at #5 (+64%) while Volkswagen has the Passat at #8 (+88%) and the Golf at #9 (-24%). Below, Skoda (+13%), Ford (+15%) and Nissan (+13%) all outperform the market, with Hyundai (+28%), Renault (+34%), Opel (+58%), Subaru (+102%), Jeep (+120%) and Land Rover (+320%) posting the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 30. Model-wise, while the Skoda Octavia cements its domination further with a 5.1% market share, new generations push both the Skoda Fabia and Opel Corsa up 8-fold on October 2014.

Previous month: Finland September 2015: Toyota Avensis on podium

One year ago: Finland October 2014: Mercedes A-Class shoots up to #8

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Finland September 2015: Toyota Avensis on podium

Toyota Avensis Finland September 2015

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The Finnish new car market is up 1% year-on-year in September to 8.449 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still in negative territory at -0.6% and 81.836 units. Toyota is the most popular manufacturer in the country for the 2nd month running thanks to sales up 5% to 1.059 and 12.5% market share, distancing traditional leader Volkswagen at 867 deliveries and 10.3%. Toyota places the Avensis at #3 (+90%), Auris at #4 (-18%) and Yaris at #7 (+7%), while Volkswagen has the Golf at #5 (+4%) and the Passat at #6 (+51%). Nissan posts a strong performance at +19% with the Qashqai at #2 (+20%), Skoda is down 10% but still places the Octavia on top. Notice also Opel up 28%, BMW up 25%, Mazda up 26%, Renault up 110% and Dacia up 126%.

Previous month: Finland August 2015: Toyota Avensis back in the game

One year ago: Finland September 2014: Kia Rio strong again in 6th place

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Finland August 2015: Toyota Avensis back in the game

Toyota Avensis Finland August 2015Toyota Avensis sales are up 129% in Finland thanks to the new model.

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An excellent month for the Finnish new car market: up 12% year-on-year in August to 8.338 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still down 0.8% to 73.387 units. Brand-wise, Toyota jumps on top thanks to sales up 19% to 1.051 and 12.6% share vs. 932 and 11.2% (+9%) for Volkswagen, still leader year-to-date. Skoda (+1%), Ford (+38%) and Kia (+42%) follow, with Opel (+24%) and Nissan (+19%) also out-performing the market in the Top 10. Renault (+115%) and Fiat (+138%) also impress. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia keeps the lead with 5.6% share above the Toyota Yaris (+37%), VW Passat (+108%) and Toyota Avensis (+129%), the latter two taking off thanks to their new generation. The Kia Rio (+47%), Ford Mondeo (+137%), Kia Cee’d (+83%), Opel Corsa (+127%) and Skoda Fabia (+440%) also lodge spectacular gains.

Previous month: Finland July 2015: Skoda Fabia and Opel Corsa shoot up

One year ago: Finland August 2014: Skoda Octavia master on board

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Finland July 2015: Skoda Fabia and Opel Corsa shoot up

Opel Corsa Finland July 2015Opel Corsa sales are up 5-fold year-on-year in Finland.

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A positive touch for Finnish new car sales in July: up a robust 9% year-on-year to 8.607 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 65.047 units, now down just 2% on 2014. Volkswagen keeps the lead of the brands ranking by far at 13.8% share above Toyota (9.8%) while Skoda posts a 13% gain to 9.4% share in third place. Kia (+35%), Nissan (+22%), Opel (+15%), BMW (+11%) and Hyundai (+52%) also shine but Renault is the most impressive at a whopping +144%. In the models ranking 11 of the 15 best-sellers frankly outpace the market with year-on-year gains of over 20%, shedding light on an intense consolidation of the market around trusted nameplates. If the Skoda Octavia (+1%), back to pole position, and the VW Golf (-1%) are stable, the Nissan Qashqai (+21%), VW Passat (+65%), Toyota Yaris (+26%), Ford Fiesta (+42%), Kia Rio (+59%), Toyota Avensis (+99%), Volvo V40 (+62%), Ford Mondeo (+80%) and Kia Cee’d (+46%) all shoot up. None more so than the Opel Corsa (+419%) and Skoda Fabia (+612%) both boosted by their new generation.

Previous month: Finland June 2015: VW Golf and Skoda Fabia in great shape

One year ago: Finland July 2014: Skoda Octavia back to #1, Volvo V60 shines

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Finland June 2015: VW Golf and Skoda Fabia in great shape

Skoda Fabia Finland June 2015Skoda Fabia

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The Finnish new car market is down 3% year-on-year in June to 8.840 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 56.436 units, down 4% on 2014. Volkswagen bucks the trend with sales up 4% to an outstanding 16% market share vs. 12.2% so far in 2015. Reversely, below VW Toyota is down 11%, Skoda is down 6% and Ford down 7%. Nissan for its part is back up 5 spots on May and 29% year-on-year to #5, and outside the Top 10, BMW, Mitsubishi (+25%), Peugeot (+34%), Hyundai (+49%), Renault (+53%) and Subaru (+57%) all display explosive year-on-year growth.

Toyota Yaris Finland May 2015Toyota Yaris

In the models ranking, the VW Golf is back to a pole position it hasn’t held in one full year (since June 2014), one percentage point above 2015’s leader the Skoda Octavia, while the Nissan Qashqai is back up 4 spots to #3. The Toyota Yaris more than doubles its sales year-on-year to land in 4th place, the VW Passat is up 33% to #5, but the best performer in the Top 10 is without a doubt the Skoda Fabia, lifted by its new generation up from outside the Top 30 in May directly to #8. It is now #25 year-to-date vs. #68 in 2014. Notice also the Opel Corsa solid at #12 and the BMW 3 Series up 34% to #14.

Previous month: Finland May 2015: Ford Focus and Opel Corsa shoot up

One year ago: Finland June 2014: VW Golf teases Skoda Octavia year-to-date

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Finland May 2015: Ford Focus and Opel Corsa shoot up

Ford Focus Finland May 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Ford Focus ranks 5th in Finland in May.

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Finnish new car sales return to negative territory in May at -10% year-on-year to 9.017 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 47.593 units, down 4% on 2014. If Volkswagen stays in the brands ranking lead with 13.5% share vs. 11.5% so far in 2015, Skoda (-7%) snaps the 2nd spot away from Toyota down a worrying 37% to just 851 units this month. Below, Ford (+23%), Volvo (+6%), Kia (+16%) and Opel (+21%) all frankly outpace the market whereas Audi (-31%) and Nissan (-39%) fall flat. Beyond the Top 10, notice Subaru up 22%, Renault up 27% and Hyundai up 63%.

Opel Corsa Finland May 2015. Picture courtesy of autobild.deOpel Corsa

Over on the models side, the Skoda Octavia (6%) maintains a solid advantage over the VW Golf (4.8%) and Toyota Auris (3.4%) while the Nissan Qashqai, #2 year-to-date, crumbles 53% to #7. The Ford Focus jumps back 12 spots on April to #5, the Ford Mondeo (+29%), Kia Rio (+33%), VW Polo (+42%) and Volvo XC60 (+38%) catch up for lost time while the Opel Corsa sees its sales go up 5-fold over May 2014 thanks to the new model hitting Finnish dealerships.

Previous month: Finland April 2015: Ford Mondeo triples sales year-on-year

One year ago: Finland May 2014: VW Golf edges past Skoda Octavia

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