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Finland March 2014: Kia Rio up to 4th place

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Kia Rio Finland March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frKia Rio

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Shy increase in Finland this month: up 1.6% year-on-year to 9,549 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 30,316 units, up 11% on 2013. For the 8th time in the last 10 months, the Skoda Octavia is the best-selling vehicle in Finland thanks to 559 sales and 5.9%, up 83% year-on-year and reinforcing its lead in the year-to-date charts. The VW Golf remains #2, up an impressive 36% on March 2013, while the Nissan Qashqai rounds up the podium. The star of the month is the Kia Rio, up 4 spots on February and 110% year-on-year to #4 with 341 sales and 3.6% share. Notice also the Honda Civic up 11 ranks to #16 and the Opel Mokka up 138% to #22.

Previous month: Finland February 2014: BMW 5 Series in Top 10

One year ago: Finland March 2013: Nissan Qashqai tells VW Golf who’s Boss

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Finland February 2014: BMW 5 Series in Top 10

March 6th, 2014 No comments

BMW 5 Series Finland February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW 5 Series

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New car sales in Finland are up 4% year-on-year in February to 8,121 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 20,876 units, up 15% on 2013. The Skoda Octavia continues to impress, up 128% on February 2013 to 552 sales and 6.8% share, adding up to 1,353 and 6.5% year-to-date, up 180% on 2013. The VW Golf is just around the corner however with 544 sales in February and 1,301 year-to-date, while the Nissan Qashqai is back up 6 spots on January to #3 now that the new generation is available. Further down, the Audi A3 lodges another extremely satisfying month at #7, the Kia Rio is up 21 ranks on last month to #8, the BMW 5 Series is up an incredible 85% year-on-year to break into the Finnish Top 10 at #9, the Ford Mondeo is up to #15 and the Opel Mokka up to #17.

Previous month: Finland January 2014: Skoda Octavia leads, Audi A3 up to #5

One year ago: Finland February 2013: VW Golf back on top

Full February 2014 Top 30 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Finland January 2014: Skoda Octavia leads, Audi A3 up to #5

February 5th, 2014 3 comments

Audi A3 Finland January 2014. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusAudi A3

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The Finnish new car market starts the year all guns blazing: up 24% on January 2013 to 12,644 registrations. Toyota takes the lead of the brands ranking this month with 1,568 sales and 12.4%, passing Volkswagen at 1,511 units and 12% with Skoda (9%) and Volvo (8.2%) following. Audi is up to #5 vs. #8 over the Full Year 2013, BMW up to #6 vs. #10 and Mercedes up to #8 vs. #9. The Skoda Octavia is the best-selling car in the country for the 6th time in the last 8 months thanks to 801 sales and 6.3%, up a whopping 232% year-on-year. It is followed by the VW Golf, leader over the Full Year 2013, at 757 units and 6% and the Toyota Auris up 15 spots on December and 180% year-on-year to 424 sales and 3.4%.

Seat Leon Finland January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSeat Leon

Below the BMW 3 Series also in splendid form up 60% at #4, the Audi A3 is the star of the month: it gains an out-of-this-world 759% over January 2013 to land at a best-ever 5th position with 395 sales and 3.1% share. Other great performers this month include the Toyota Corolla up 294% year-on-year to reappear inside the Top 30 directly at #11 thanks to the new generation, the BMW 5 Series up 59% to #12 vs. #24 over the Full Year 2013, the Volvo V60 up 91% to #16, Volvo XC60 up 122% to #17, Mercedes C-Class up 65% to #19, Audi A6 up 78% to #23 and the Honda Civic up 179% to #24. Finally, we welcome 3 new entrants in the ranking this month: the Mazda3 up 840% year-on-year to #27, the Nissan Note up 292% to #28 and the Seat Leon up 271% to #31.

Previous post: Finland Full Year 2013: VW Golf back in charge

Previous month: Finland December 2013: Volvo V40 on podium for the first time

One year ago: Finland January 2013: Opel Mokka up to world-best #18!

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Finland Full Year 2013: VW Golf back in charge

January 3rd, 2014 No comments

VW Golf Finland 2013VW Golf

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For the first time since 2010 and the 4th time overall after 2008-2010, the VW Golf is the most popular car in Finland this year. The 7th generation of the model has clearly struck a chord with Finnish consumers, with Volkswgaen’s legendary nameplate up 20% on 2012 to 5,063 sales and 5% share. The fight with the new generation Skoda Octavia was intense however, with the Czech sedan topping the monthly sales charts 5 times in the last 7 months of the year and finishing at #2 with 4,779 units and 4.7%, up 5% on 2012. Surprise leader last year, the Nissan Qashqai is down 18% to #3 but the new model, just launched, should reverse the trend in 2014.

BMW 3 Series Finland 2013The BMW 3 Series is among the 10 most popular cars in Finland in 2013.

The other great performer in the Finnish Top 10 in 2013 is the Toyota Auris thanks to the new model with its attractive hybrid and station wagon variants: it is up 94% and 8 ranks on last year to land at #4 with 3,274 sales and 3.2%, meaning both its big and small sisters suffer: the Avensis is down 27% to #5 and the Yaris down 19% to #6. Third superstar of the Top 10: the BMW 3 Series up a fantastic 111% and 21 spots to land in 9th position at 2,248 units and 2.2%. Notice also the Volvo V40 up 183% to #12 for its first full year of sales, the Honda CR-V up 29% and 10 ranks to #15, Audi A3 up 67% to #16, Mercedes A-Class up 126% to #28 and the Mazda6 up 50% to #30.

Previous post: Finland December 2013: Volvo V40 on podium for the first time

Previous year: Finland Full Year 2012: Nissan Qashqai #1 for the first time

Two years ago: Finland Full Year 2011: Skoda Octavia new best-seller

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Finland December 2013: Volvo V40 on podium for the first time

January 3rd, 2014 No comments

Volvo V40 Finland December 2013Volvo V40

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New car sales in Finland finish the year on a paltry -11% in December at 5,685 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 102,064 units, down 7% on 2012. Just as I described the lukewarm performance of the Volvo V40 at home in Sweden, it climbs onto the Finnish podium for the first time ever, beating its previous best of #5 reached last January and September. It does look like Sweden is one of the least adequate markets for the V40 after all! In the meantime, the VW Golf reclaims its traditional pole position this month thanks to an excellent 381 sales and 6.7% vs. 5% in 2013, ahead of the Skoda Octavia at 347 units and 6.1% vs. 4.7% this year. Other great performers in Finland this month include the BMW 3 Series up 11 spots on November to a splendid 5th place, the Kia Cee’d up 3 ranks to #6 vs. #11 over the Full Year, Kia Rio up 21 to #7 vs. #14 and Audi A3 up 5 to #8 vs. 16 in 2013.

Previous month: Finland November 2013: Skoda Octavia above 7% market share

One year ago: Finland December 2012: Skoda Fabia and BMW 3 Series shoot up

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Finland November 2013: Skoda Octavia above 7% market share

December 2nd, 2013 1 comment

Skoda Octavia Finland November 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deSkoda Octavia

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New car sales in Finland are down 3% year-on-year in November to 7,390 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 96,379 units, down 7% on 2012. The Skoda Octavia tops Finnish sales for the 5th time in the last 6 months with a splendid 7.2% market share and 532 sales. However this is still not enough to topple the VW Golf from its pedestal, as the German compact also lodges an excellent month at 464 units and 6.3%, adding up to 4,682 sales and 4.9% year-to-date vs. 4,432 and 4.6% for the Octavia. This performance enables Volkswagen to reclaim the #1 brand spot over Toyota year-to-date at 11,861 sales vs. 11,831. Other great performers this month include the Ford Fiesta up to #5, Volvo V40 up to #7, Ford Mondeo up to #11, Audi A3 up to #13 and the Mercedes A-Class up to #15.

Previous month: Finland October 2013: Skoda Octavia #1, now #2 year-to-date

One year ago: Finland November 2012: Hyundai i30 and Honda CR-V impress

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Finland October 2013: Skoda Octavia #1, now #2 year-to-date

November 2nd, 2013 No comments

Skoda Octavia Finland October 2013Skoda Octavia

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Full October data is starting to drip through and Finland is the first cab off the rank this month. New car sales in Finland are up a very satisfying 11% year-on-year in October to 8,985 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 88,989 units, now down just 7% on 2012. The Skoda Octavia is the best-selling model in the country for the 4th time in the last 5 months thanks to 611 sales and an excellent 6.8% share, and gains one spot year-to-date to now rank #2 at 3,900 units and 4.4%, behind only the VW Golf at 4,218 sales and 4.7%. There is still a slim possibility the Octavia could take the overall lead by the time 2013 comes to an end but it will be a challenge as the Golf is still selling very well, #2 this month at 521 units and 5.8%.

Volvo V60 Finland October 2013Volvo V60

The Toyota Auris also shines, up one spot on September to land on the podium with 482 sales and 5.4%, it also gains one rank year-to-date, passing its big brother the Avensis to become Toyota’s best-seller so far in 2013 at #4 with 2,924 units and 3.3%. In the process Toyota reclaims the title of best-selling manufacturer so far in 2013 from Volkswagen. In Spite of a strong 4.8% market share this month, the Nissan Qashqai is down to #4 and slips to #3 year-to-date at 4.3%. Volvo displays excellent health in Finland: it places the V40 at #8 vs. #12 year-to-date, the V60 at #11 vs. #22, the V70 at #14 vs. #19 and the XC60 at #19 vs. #26.

Previous month: Finland September 2013: Skoda Octavia leads, Volvo V40 up to #5

One year ago: Finland October 2012: Nissan Qashqai asserts domination

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Finland September 2013: Skoda Octavia leads, Volvo V40 up to #5

October 2nd, 2013 4 comments

Skoda Octavia Finland September 2013Skoda Octavia

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Finnish new car sales are up 3% year-on-year in September to 8,139 registrations, reducing the year-to-date fall to 9% at 79,999 units. For the third time in the last 4 months, the Skoda Octavia is the most successful model in Finland thanks to 515 sales and 6.3% share, however it is stuck in third place year-to-date at 3,289 units and 4.1% vs. 3,697 and 4.6% for the VW Golf and 3,376 and 4.2% for the Nissan Qashqai, respectively #3 and #2 in September. Other great performers in Finland this month include the Volvo V40 up a massive 12 spots to #5 and the Audi A3 up 3 to #8 vs. #18 year-to-date.

Previous month: Finland August 2013: Toyota Auris and Skoda Octavia dominate

One year ago: Finland September 2012: Nissan Qashqai now #1 year-to-date!

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Finland August 2013: Toyota Auris and Skoda Octavia dominate

September 2nd, 2013 2 comments

Toyota Auris Finland August 2013Toyota Auris Touring Sports

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The Finnish new car market has a smile on its face this month: up 3% year-on-year to 7,643 registrations, however the year-to-date is still 10% below 2012 at 71,846 units. Big event atop the models ranking this month: for the first time since November 2010, the Toyota Auris is the most popular model in Finland thanks to 404 sales and 5.3%. I had the privilege to speak with Heikki Freund, Marketing Manager at Toyota Finland, who confirmed the success of the Auris has been strengthened further by the arrival of the Touring Sports station wagon variant (unavailable for the previous generation) which accounted for 75% of all Auris sold in Finland in August! Interestingly, 40% of Auris Touring Sports sold this month in Finland are hybrid. As a result, the Auris is now #5 year-to-date vs. #12 in 2012.

Mercedes E Class Finland August 2013The Mercedes E-Class manages to rank inside the Finnish Top 10 this month.

Leader the last 2 months, the Skoda Octavia continues to perform really well at #2 with 392 units and 5.1% share but remains #3 year-to-date below the VW Golf, #4 this month, and the Nissan Qashqai, #3. Excellent performances of the Kia Rio up 7 spots on July to #6, the Kia Cee’d up 2 to #7, Mercedes E-Class up 5 to land inside the Finnish Top 10 this month at #10 (vs. #20 year-to-date), and the Audi A3 up 7 to #11 vs. #19 so far in 2013. Finally, notice the Opel Mokka knocking at the Top 20′s door at #21 with 91 sales and 1.2% share and now inside the year-to-date Top 30 at #29.

Previous month: Finland July 2013: Skoda Octavia confirms pole position

One year ago: Finland August 2012: Nissan Qashqai #1 for the third time ever

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Finland July 2013: Skoda Octavia confirms pole position

August 2nd, 2013 No comments

Skoda Octavia Finland July 2013Skoda Octavia

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The Finnish new car market is up a very robust 32% year-on-year in July to 8,344 registrations, but that doesn’t stop the year-to-date total from still being in negative at 64,196 units, down 11% on 2012. Whereas it had not topped the Finish sales charts for 18 months before June, the Skoda Octavia strikes twice and is the most popular vehicle in the country for the 2nd month running thanks to the new generation of the model and 488 sales and 5.8%. It is now up to #3 year-to-date at 2,382 units and 3.7%.

Mercedes E-Class Finland July 2013Mercedes E-Class

The Nissan Qashqai is up one spot to #2 with 350 sales and 4.2%, it is also #2 year-to-date. Excellent month for the Toyota Auris, up 9 ranks to #3 at 4% share vs. 2.7% year-to-date, and the Ford Fiesta up 4 to #5 with 3.3% vs. 2.1% year-to-date. The VW Golf is weak in Finland in July, down to #4 and 3.9%, but remains the most popular model in the country year-to-date by far with 3,013 sales and 4.7%. Other great performers include the Kia Cee’d up 6 spots to #9, the Volvo V40 up 3 to #11 and the Mercedes E-Class up 6 to #15.

Previous month: Finland June 2013: Skoda Octavia #1 for the first time in 18 months

One year ago: Finland July 2012: Nissan Qashqai #1 for the second time ever

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