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Finland June 2013: Skoda Octavia #1 for the 1st time in 18 months

July 25th, 2013 16 comments

Skoda Octavia Finland June 2013Skoda Octavia

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For the first time on BSCB I can share with you an All-models ranking for Finland! Thanks Alex for the tip.

New car sales in Finland are up 15% year-on-year in June to 8,665 registrations, still biased by the tax change from one year ago which made the June 2012 market a little more depressed than usual. Year-to-date, the Finnish car market is down 15% to 55,846 units. For the first time since December 2011, the Skoda Octavia manages to take the lead of the models ranking thanks to the new generation of the model now in full swing with 456 sales and 5.3%. That’s more than one percentage point better than the 2013 year-to-date leader the VW Golf, #2 this month at 362 units and 4.2%.

BMW 3 Series Finland June 2013BMW 3 Series

The Nissan Qashqai rounds up the podium with 275 sales and 3.2% while the BMW 3 Series continues on its fantastic run, up two further spots to #4 at 255 units and 2.9%. It is now #9 year-to-date vs. #30 in 2012! Other great performers this month in Finland include the Hyundai i20 up 16 ranks on last month to #10, the VW Polo up 8 to #11, Opel Astra up 7 to #13, Mercedes A-Class up 7 to #18 and the Hyundai i30 up to #19.

Previous month: Finland May 2013: Skoda Octavia back in the game

One year ago: Finland June 2012: VW Golf, Polo and Kia Cee’d impress

Full 6 months 2013 All-models and June 2013 Top 30 Ranking Tables below.

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Finland May 2013: Skoda Octavia back in the game

June 4th, 2013 No comments

Skoda Octavia Finland May 2013Skoda Octavia

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The Finnish new car market continues to evolve way above its level from a year ago in May, up 41% to 10,070 registrations, however this is biased by the fact that car tax rise implemented on April 1, 2012 artificially boosted sales before its implementation and slowed them afterwards. As a result the year-to-date total is still down 19% year-on-year at 47,169 units. The VW Golf is in the lead for the third time in the last 4 months thanks to 528 sales and 5.2% share. Now clearly boosted by the new generation, the Skoda Octavia is back up a massive 10 spots on April to land in second position at 434 units and 4.3%, bringing it up to #4 and 3% year-to-date vs. #2 in 2012.

Mercedes E Class Finland May 2013Mercedes E-Class

Other great performers this month include the BMW 3 Series stable at #6 vs. #30 over the Full Year 2012 with 272 sales and 2.7%, the Kia Rio up 7 ranks on last month to #9, the Ford Mondeo up from outside the Top 30 to #12, the Mercedes E-Class up to #17, Mazda6 up to #18 and the Skoda Rapid at #23.

Previous month: Finland April 2013: VW Golf shows Nissan Qashqai who’s Boss

One year ago: Finland May 2012: Kia Rio and Honda Civic shine

Full May 2013 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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Finland April 2013: VW Golf shows Qashqai who’s Boss

May 2nd, 2013 4 comments

VW Golf 2013. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusVW Golf

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Once again this month’s year-on-year evolution of the Finnish car market is biased by the fact that at the same time last year the market was artificially slowed down as a result of a car tax raise implemented on April 1, 2012. As a results sales are up a huge 148% in April to a somewhat mundane 9,706 registrations, with the year-to-date total still significantly down at -28% to 37,091 units. If last month the Nissan Qashqai showed the VW Golf who was Boss by leading the market by far, this time the reverse happens: the VW Golf is way ahead with 490 sales and 5% and reclaims the year-to-date leadership at 1,798 units and 4.8% while the Qashqai falls back to #4 this month and #2 year-to-date.

Other great performers in Finland in April include the Toyota Yaris up 5 ranks to #3, the BMW 3 Series up 4 to #6 and now #10 so far in 2013 vs. #20 in 2012, the Hyundai i20 up 7 to #11, the Mercedes A-Class up 5 to #18 and the Skoda Rapid maintaining itself within the Finnish Top 20 for the 2nd month in a row at #19.

Previous month: Finland March 2013: Nissan Qashqai tells VW Golf who’s Boss

One year ago: Finland April 2012: Volvo V50 surprise leader

Full April 2013 Top 25 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Finland March 2013: Nissan Qashqai tells Golf who’s Boss

April 4th, 2013 3 comments

Nissan Qashqai Finland March 2013Nissan Qashqai

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This month’s new car sales figures in Finland are a little biased by the fact that in March 2012 the market was artificially boosted in anticipation of a car tax raise. As a result March 2013 is down an abysmal 59% year-on-year to 9,492 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 27,640 units, down an equally embarrassing 42% on 2012. If last month the VW Golf snapped up the pole position thanks to the 7th generation now in full swing, in March the Nissan Qashqai tells the Golf who’s Boss: with 523 sales and 5.5% it is nearly 1.5 percentage point above the Golf and reclaims the year-to-date lead thanks to 1,384 units and 5% vs. 1,308 and 4.7% for the Golf.

Skoda Rapid Finland March 2013Skoda Rapid

The Toyota Avensis is nicely back on the podium at #3, the Toyota Auris lodges another very solid month at #4 with 3.7% share while the Honda CR-V confirms it has Top 10 potential over the Full Year 2012: #6 this month and year-to-date vs. #25 in 2012. Notice also the BMW 3 Series up 10 spots on February to #10, the Skoda Rapid making its very first appearance in the Finnish Top 30 at #16 and the Mercedes A-Class at #23.

Previous month: Finland February 2013: VW Golf back on top

One year ago: Finland March 2012: Toyota Avensis leads in market up 82%!

Full March 2013 Top 25 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Finland February 2013: VW Golf back on top

March 2nd, 2013 No comments

VW Golf Finland February 2013VW Golf

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Still a depressing climate for new car sales in Finland, down 26% year-on-year in February to 7,816 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 17,992 units, down 27% on 2012. After 7 consecutive months of Nissan Qashqai reign, the VW Golf takes advantage of its new generation to regain the top spot for the first time since last June and only the third time in the last 12 months with 449 sales and 5.7% share, also taking the lead year-to-date at 914 units and 5.1%. The Qashqai is down to #2 with 375 sales and 4.8% while the Toyota Auris is up a whopping 13 spots on January to land in third position at 278 units and 3.6%.

Honda CR-V 2013Honda CR-V

The new generation Honda CR-V has definitely struck a chord with Finnish consumers: it is up 3 ranks on last month to reach an outstanding 4th place thanks to 258 sales and 3.3% vs. #25 over the Full Year 2012. Notice also the Mazda6 back within the Finnish Top 30 for the first time in almost a year thanks to the new model, up to a fantastic 12th place at 150 units and 1.9%, the Hyundai i40 up to #19 and the Opel Mokka down 11 to #29.

Previous month: Finland January 2013: Opel Mokka up to world-best #18!

One year ago: Finland February 2012: Toyota Avensis crowned

Full February 2013 Top 30 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Finland January 2013: Opel Mokka at world-best #18!

February 2nd, 2013 4 comments

Opel Mokka

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The Finnish new car market is down a horrid 28% year-on-year in January to 10,167 registrations. The Nissan Qashqai confirms it is the country’s favourite vehicle and amazingly delivers its 7th consecutive month in pole position thanks to 486 sales and 4.8% share. The VW Golf (4.6%), Toyota Avensis (4.3%) and Ford Focus (3%) follow while the Volvo V40 breaks into the Finnish monthly Top 5 for the very first time at #5 with 278 units and 2.7%.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V takes advantage of the new generation to jump up to a fantastic 7th place with 269 sales and 2.6% vs. #25 and 1.1% in the Full Year 2012 and the BMW 3 Series continues its impressive progression, up a further 3 spots on December to #8 at 259 units and 2.5% vs. #30 and 1% in FY2012. But the most noticeable arrival in the Finnish Top 30 this month is the all-new Opel Mokka, up to a promising (and world-best so far) #18 spot thanks to 151 sales for a 1.5% market share.

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

Previous month: Finland December 2012: Skoda Fabia and BMW 3 Series shoot up

One year ago: Finland January 2012: Nissan Qashqai #1 for the first time (yes, same title)

Full January 2013 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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Finland December 2012: Skoda Fabia & BMW 3 Series shoot up

January 7th, 2013 1 comment

BMW 3 Series

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New car sales in Finland are down 6% year-on-year in December to 6,375 registrations, bringing the Full Year 2012 total to 109,856 units, down 12% on 2011. The Nissan Qashqai enjoys its 6th consecutive month atop the models ranking and 7th time overall thanks to 355 sales and 5.6% and thus finishes the year at #1 for the first time. The entire Top 4 best-sellers are unchanged vs. November, with the VW Golf taking the 2nd spot followed by the Skoda Octavia and VW Passat.

Mercedes E Class

Excellent performances of the Skoda Fabia up to #5, Volvo V40 solid at #7, Volvo V70 up 14 spots on last month to #8 with 156 units and 2.4% vs. #14 in 2012, Audi A4 up 7 to #9 and BMW 3 Series up 6 to #11 vs. #30 in the Full Year. Notice also the BMW 5 Series up 3 spots to #18 and the Mercedes E-Class up 5 to #19.

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

Previous month: Finland November 2012: Hyundai i30 and Honda CR-V impress

One year ago: Finland Full Year 2011: Skoda Octavia new best-seller

Full December 2012 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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

January 4th, 2013 5 comments

Nissan Qashqai

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The Finnish new car market is down 12% in 2012 to 109,856 registrations. This year the pole position is as unexpected as it is impressive: the Nissan Qashqai, which had never ranked #1 even in a monthly ranking in Finland before 2012, lodges an amazing year at 5,103 sales and 4.6%, up 16% on 2011. It topped the ranking for the first time ever in January, and then for 6 consecutive months from July onwards! It is the first time a Japanese model leads the Finnish year-end ranking since the Toyota Corolla in 2007. Leader last year, the Skoda Octavia is down 24% and one spot to #2 at 4,534 units and 4.1%, followed by the Toyota Avensis at 4,263 sales and 3.9%, down 7%.

Kia Rio

Only one additional model gains ground in the Top 10: the Toyota Yaris is up 55% thanks to the new generation to #6 with 3,299 units and 3%. Notice also the Hyundai i20 up 8 spots to #17 and the Volvo V60 up 4 to #22. There are 6 newcomers in the Finnish Top 30 this year: the most impressive is by far the Kia Rio up 341% to #13 and 1,551 sales. The Honda CR-V is up 8% to #25, Audi A6 up 16% to #26, Honda Civic up 72% to #27, Kia Sportage up 29% to #29 and the BMW 3 Series is up 21% to #30.

Previous post: Finland December 2012: Skoda Fabia and BMW 3 Series shoot up

Previous year: Finland Full Year 2011: Skoda Octavia new best-seller

Full Year 2012 Top 30 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Finland November 2012: Nissan Qashqai solid leader, Hyundai i30 and Honda CR-V impress

December 5th, 2012 No comments

Hyundai i30

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The Finnish new car market is down 15% year-on-year in November to 7,657 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 103,476 units, down 12% on 2011. The Nissan Qashqai reinforces its domination over the Finland models ranking even further, ranking #1 for the 5th month in a row and the 6th time ever with 397 sales and 5.2%, bringing its 2012 total to 4,747 units and 4.6%. The VW Golf is up 4 spots on October to #2 with 384 sales and 5%, followed by the Skoda Octavia at 273 units and 3.6% and the VW Passat up 3 ranks to #4 with 260 sales and 3,4%.

Honda CR-V

Other great performers in November in Finland include the Kia Cee’d at #6 and 2.8% vs. 2% YTD, the Hyundai i30 up 5 spots to #10 and 1.8% vs. #20 and 1.2% YTD, the Honda CR-V up 14 ranks to #14 and 1.5% vs. #25 and 1.1% YTD and the BMW 3 Series up to #16.

Previous month: Finland October 2012: Nissan Qashqai asserts domination

One year ago: Finland November 2011: Skoda Octavia reinforces new leadership

Full November 2012 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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Finland October 2012: Nissan Qashqai asserts domination

November 2nd, 2012 No comments

Nissan Qashqai

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New car sales in Finland are down a worrying 19% year-on-year in October to 8,075 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 95,808 units, down 12% on 2011. After climbing into the year-to-date pole position last month, the Nissan Qashqai confirms it is the most popular car in the country in October by selling 395 sales for a 4.9% market share, reinforcing its 2012 leadership further at 4,349 sales and 4.5%. It is the 4th consecutive month the Qashqai leads the Finnish market and the 5th time ever after last JanuaryJulyAugust and September.

Ford Focus

In fact the Top 4 most popular models this month all deliver extremely strong results well above their year-to-date levels: the Ford Focus is up two spots on September to #2 with 370 sales and 4.6% vs #5 and 3.2% year-to-date, the Kia Cee’d is up 6 to #3 at 302 units and 3.7% vs. #10 and 1.9% ytd and the Toyota Auris is up 13 to #4 with 291 sales and 3.6% vs. #12 and 1.5% ytd.

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Previous month: Finland September 2012: Nissan Qashqai now #1 year-to-date!

One year ago: Finland October 2011: Skoda Octavia now #1 year-to-date

Full October 2012 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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