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Netherlands September 2014: Peugeot 308, Opel Corsa & Volvo V40 fight hard

October 6th, 2014 9 comments

Peugeot 308 Netherlands September 2014The Peugeot 308 tops the Dutch charts for the third time in 4 months.

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The Dutch new car market is stuck in negative territory this year: down another 4% year-on-year in September to 30,214 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 284,486 units, down 6% on 2013. For the second time in the last 4 months, Peugeot overtakes Volkswagen to become the most popular manufacturer in the country, and this time it was really close with a 17-unit advantage at 3,362 sales vs. 3,345, both carmakers accounting for 11.1% of the market. Volvo is up 4 spots to #4, Citroen up 3 to #7 and Mercedes up to #10 vs. #15 year-to-date.

Opel Corsa Netherlands September 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deOpel Corsa

The fight for the #1 model is equally tight this month: the Peugeot 308 takes the highest honours for the third time in the last 4 months thanks to 1,252 sales and 4.1% share, a mere two units above the Opel Corsa (up 22 spots on August) and 26 ahead of the Volvo V40 up 5 ranks to # vs, #14 year-to-date. The performance of the Corsa means Opel jumps to third manufacturer overall with 9.1% share vs. 6.4% so far in 2014, in a country which used to be an Opel stranglehold for decades: the Kadett led the models charts from 1982 to 1991 and the Astra from 1992 to 2000! Could this new generation Corsa actually mark the start of the much hoped-for renaissance of Opel in Europe? Many an executive at General Motors are certainly hoping so.

Tesla Model S Netherlands September 2014Tesla Model S

Another brand that makes itself noticed this month in the Netherlands is US luxury electric car manufacturer Tesla. After beginning its conquest of Europe in Norway where the Model S topped the overall sales charts not once but 3 times in the past 12 months, Tesla comes back to a level it reached last November in the Netherlands: the symbolic 1% market share here thanks to 289 units sold in September, making it the #22 brand below Hyundai and Mini and selling almost twice what Lexus sold, 2.3x Honda and 4.2x Land Rover. Understandable somewhat given the very significant tax reductions offered to electric car buyers. In the same vein, the Model S is up 53 spots on August to land at #31 vs. #78 year-to-date.

Peugeot 108 Netherlands September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 108 already breaks into the Dutch Top 5 this month.

In other models charts news, only a few weeks after its original launch the Peugeot 108 is now inside the Top 5 of a second country in the world after Denmark thaks to 1,137 sales and 3.8%, also playing a big part in lifting Peugeot to #1 brand this month. Its twin (kind of – they do look different now) the Toyota Aygo is also up significantly, going from #27 in August to #11 in September at 1.8% share, the Renault Twingo also benefits from its new generation, up 40 spots to #18, the Mercedes C-Class is up 12 to #19 and the Citroen C4 Cactus is up 28 to break into the Dutch Top 50 for the first time at #44. Sales of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (#114) are now separate from the 2 Series (#165) and we welcome two newbies in the ranking: the Lexus NX at #149 and the Nissan Pulsar at #166.

Previous month: Netherlands August 2014: Peugeot 308 leads, 108 up to #6

One year ago: Netherlands September 2013: VW Golf leads, Volvo V60 up to #4

Full September 2014 Top 170 models and Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Netherlands August 2014: Peugeot 308 leads, 108 up to #6

September 4th, 2014 3 comments

Peugeot 308 Netherlands August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 308

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New car sales in the Netherlands are down a worrying 9% year-on-year to 25,722 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 254,450 units, down 6% on 2013. Volkswagen remains the most popular manufacturer in the country in August with 3,170 sales and 12.3% share, but the star of the month is Peugeot, placing the 308 in pole position for the 2nd time in the past 3 months with 1,140 sales and 4.4% and the 108 shooting up to #6 at 706 units and 2.7%. All-in-all, the French carmaker sells 2,874 cars in the country for a 11.2% share, enabling it to overtake Renault in the year-to-date charts and also rank #2 below Volkswagen there. Before reading further, it’s worth keeping in mind the Dutch new car market is shaped by preferential pricing attributed to the most eco-friendly variants of some models. This pricing impacts the amount of tax the car buyer is paying and can mean a model goes from no sale one month to #1 the next as one variant entered the preferential pricing list.

BMW 2 Series Netherlands August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW 2 Series

In this context, other great performers this month include the VW Polo up 4 spots on July to #2 and 4% share vs. #11 and 2.1% year-to-date, the Seat Leon up 8 ranks to #13, the Renault Mégane back up 20 spots to #23 vs. #60 year-to-date but #4 in 2013, the BMW 2 Series up to #32 with 225 sales vs. #127 and 352 units so far in 2014, the VW Golf Sportsvan at #35, Citroen C4 Cactus at #72 and the Mercedes GLA at #80. Year-to-date, the VW Golf dominates with 10,611 sales and 4.2% above the Renault Clio at 9,920 units and 3.9% and the Skoda Octavia at 7,693 sales and 3%.

Previous month: Netherlands July 2014: Volvo V40 and Peugeot 308 on top

One year ago: Netherlands August 2013: Renault Clio #1, Chevrolet Volt takes off

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Netherlands July 2014: Volvo V40 and Peugeot 308 on top

August 7th, 2014 4 comments

Volvo V40 Netherlands July 2014 . Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo V40

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Another month in negative for the Dutch new car market, down 2% year-on-year in July to 29,867 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 228,856 units, down 5% on 2013. Down to #3 in June, Volkswagen reclaims the brands crown this month thanks to 3,502 sales and 11.7%, ahead of Peugeot (10.3%), Volvo (8.5%) and Renault (7.4%). Before reading further, keep in mind the Dutch new car market is shaped by preferential pricing attributed to the most eco-friendly variants of some models. This pricing impacts the amount of tax the car buyer is paying and can mean a model goes from no sale one month to #1 the next as one variant entered the preferential pricing list. In this context, this month the Volvo V40 takes the lead of the models sales charts like July last year with 1,623 sales and 5.4% whereas it only ranked #20 in June.

Peugeot 308 Netherlands July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 308

Spectacularly landing in pole position last month, the Peugeot 308 lodges another extremely solid score in July in 2nd place overall with 1,324 units and 4.4% share, earning it a spot inside the year-to-date Top 10. The Renault Clio, Skoda Octavia and VW Golf – the 3 best-sellers year-to-date in a different order – follow this month above the VW Polo up 6 ranks on June to #6. Other great July performers in the Netherlands include the Toyota Aygo up 42 spots to #20, the Peugeot 108 making its very first appearance in the ranking at #26, the VW Golf Sportsvan up 64 to #34, Dacia Duster up 41 to #47, Citroen C4 Cactus up 38 to #58 and the Porsche Macan up 15 to #117.

Previous month: Netherlands June 2014: Peugeot 308 triumphs

One year ago: Netherlands July 2013: Volvo V40 tops a country’s ranking for the first time!

Full July 2014 Top 150 models and Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Netherlands June 2014: Peugeot 308 triumphs

July 2nd, 2014 2 comments

Peugeot 308 SW VW Golf Netherlands. Picture automobile-magazine.frPeugeot 308 SW and VW Golf

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New car sales in the Netherlands are down 6% year-on-year in May to 32,950 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 199,221 units, down 6% also on 2013. Before reading this analysis you have to keep in mind that the Dutch new car market is potentially the market in the world that is the most influenced by preferential pricing attributed to specific eco-friendly variants of some models. This pricing also influences the amount of tax the buyer is paying and can mean a model goes from no sale one month to #1 the next. In this context, this month Peugeot spectacularly takes the lead of the brands ranking with 9.5% share above Opel at 9.1% and Volkswagen and Renault both at 8.3%.

Model-wise, the Peugeot 308 shoots up 12 spots on May to pole position with 1,759 sales and 5.3%, dislodging the Renault Clio from its May pedestal into #2 spot at 1,330 units and 4%. Still leader year-to-date, the VW Golf ranks third for the 2nd month running with 1,047 sales and 3.2%, ahead of the Skoda Octavia at 3.1% and the Opel Corsa up 12 ranks to #5. Notice also the Opel Astra up 9 spots to #16, the Volvo V40 up 17 to #20 and the Tesla Model S up 17 to #52.

Previous month: Netherlands May 2014: Renault Clio and Mitsubishi Outlander on top

One year ago: Netherlands June 2013: Renault Megane and Clio on podium

Full June 2014 Top 175 models and Top 42 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Netherlands May 2014: Renault Clio & Mitsubishi Outlander on top

June 6th, 2014 1 comment

Renault Clio Netherlands May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Clio is the best-selling vehicle in the Netherlands this month.

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The Dutch new car market gains ground year-on-year for only the 2nd time so far in 2014 after last February, up 3% to 31,092 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 166,428 units, down 5% on 2013. After spending March and April in 2nd place, the Renault Clio steps up to pole position this month in the Netherlands, its 2nd #1 ranking in the past 10 months, thanks to 1,416 sales and 4.6% share. It also ranks #2 year-to-date below the VW Golf, down to #3 this month like in April. The hero of the past 6 months, the Mitsubishi Outlander, misses out on the top spot for only 8 units, lodging another impressive 2nd spot in May with 1,404 units and 4.5%, now #6 year-to-date.

Mitsubishi Outlander Netherlands May 2014. Picture courtesy of conceptcarz.comThe Mitsubishi Outlander misses out on the top spot for only 8 sales.

The Skoda Octavia confirms it has gone into another dimension in the Netherlands: whereas it ranked only #24 over the Full Year 2013, it remains 4th in May as well as year-to-date in 2014 with 1,113 sales and 3.6% and 4,766 and 2.9% respectively. The Renault Captur confirms it is force to be reckoned with, ranking #6 again and #7 year-to-date. The Seat Leon brilliantly breaks into the Top 10 at #10 vs. #24 year-to-date, the Peugeot 308 is up 30 spots on April to #13, the Volvo V70 up 11 to #23 and Mazda3 up 72 to #46.

Porsche Macan Netherlands May 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.dePorsche Macan

Among recent launches, let’s notice the Mercedes GLA up 6 ranks on last month to #94, the Porsche Macan confirming its status as the brand’s best-seller at #124 and the BMW 2 Series at a relatively disappointing #135. Finally, we welcome two all-new models in the Dutch sales charts in May: the VW Golf Sportsvan lands directly at #154 with 17 sales while the Citroen C4 Cactus arrives at #172 with 11 units. Still small numbers but no doubt they will get bigger over the coming months.

Previous month: Netherlands April 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander leads, Peugeot 2008 in Top 10

One year ago: Netherlands May 2013: VW Up! hits gold

Full May 2014 Top 180 models and Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Netherlands April 2014: Outlander leads, Peugeot 2008 in Top10

May 6th, 2014 6 comments

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Netherlands April 2014. Picture courtesy of autoweek.nlMitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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Dutch new car sales are down 6% year-on-year in March to 28,479 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 135,542 units, down 7% on 2013. Before reading this analysis you have to keep in mind the Netherlands is potentially the market in the world that is the most influenced by preferential pricing attributed to specific eco-friendly variants of some models. This pricing also influences the amount of tax the buyer is paying and can mean a model goes from no sale one month to #1 the next. Case in point: the Suzuki Alto, #1 in February, hasn’t had a single sale this month!

Peugeot 2008 Netherlands April 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.dePeugeot 2008

The Mitsubishi Outlander is back in the lead for the first time since last December with 1,600 units sold for a 5.6% market share, over 50% of its 2014 total so far. The Renault Clio remains very solid at #2 both this month and year-to-date, while the VW Golf, leader last month and so far in 2014 still, is down to #3 with 4.2% share. The VW Up is back… well up to #5 which earns it a 3rd spot year-to-date (vs. #1 in 2013) while the Renault Captur is down just one rank to a beautiful 6th place and 2.8% share.

The Clio and Captur enable Renault to take the lead of the brands ranking in the Netherlands this month with 2,760 sales and 9.7% share vs. 2,752 for Volkswagen while the Outlander single-handedly pushes Mitsubishi up from #11 last month to #3. The Captur’s archenemy, the Peugeot 2008, for its part breaks into the Top 10 for the first time outside of France to #8 with 620 sales and 2.2% vs. #19 and 1.5% for the 208. Notice also the Seat Leon up 22 spots to #11, the Mercedes C-Class up 20 to #39 and the Porsche Macan already the brand’s best-seller for its first full month of sales at #124 with 38 units.

Previous month: Netherlands March 2014: Renault Captur breaks into Top 5

One year ago: Netherlands April 2013: Renault Megane back in charge

Full April 2014 Top 170 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Netherlands March 2014: Renault Captur breaks into Top 5

April 2nd, 2014 1 comment

Renault Captur Netherlands March 2014Renault Captur

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The Dutch new car market takes a harsh hit this month: down 17% year-on-year to 29,530 registrations, which means the year-to-date total is now down 7% on 2013 to 107,265 units. Brand-wise, it’s a big surprise on top: dominant for decades until recently, Opel is up from #9 last month to the lead of the sales charts in March thanks to 2,643 sales and 9% share, ahead of Renault (8.4%), Volkswagen (8.3%), Peugeot (7.6%) and Ford (6.4%). In the models ranking, the VW Golf reclaims the top spot its holds year-to-date at at 1,101 units and 3.7%, while the Renault Clio is up 5 spots to #2 and the Skoda Octavia is up 7 to round up the podium.

Dacia Logan Netherlands March 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frDacia Logan MCV

In 4th place, the Mitsubishi Outlander is back up under the spotlight (or at least its PHEV version is), but the hero of the month is the Renault Captur breaking into the Dutch Top 5 for the very first time at #5 with 918 sales and 3.1% which is almost as good as the market share it commands at home in France this month (3.4%). Other great performers this month include the Nissan Qashqai up 20 spots to #7 and now #17 year-to-date vs. #51 in 2013, the Opel Corsa up 21 up #8, Fiat Panda up 7 to #13, Opel Meriva up 38 to #15, Peugeot 2008 up 13 to a best-ever #17, Dacia Logan up 18 to #23 vs. #218 in 2013 and the Nissan Note up 10 to #24 vs #94 in 2013.

Previous month: Netherlands February 2014: Suzuki Alto leads wild ranking

One year ago:  Netherlands March 2013: VW Golf and Up! dominate

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Netherlands February 2014: Suzuki Alto leads wild ranking

March 7th, 2014 1 comment

Suzuki Alto Netherlands February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSuzuki Alto

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The Dutch new car market is up 5% year-on-year in February to 33,625 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 78,002 units, down 2% on 2013. And it’s another wild models ranking for the Netherlands this month, keeping in mind sales of vehicles in the country are less dictated by consumer tastes than government-ruled preferential pricing for eco-friendly variants. In this context, the Suzuki Alto takes off this month: up from #32 over the Full Year 2013 and #18 in January directly into pole position with 2,279 sales and 6.8%! The Kia Picanto is up 5 spots on last month to rank #2 at 1,866 units and 5.5%.

Hyundai i10 Netherlands February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frHyundai i10

Another model to shoot up this month is the Hyundai i10, potentially helped by its new generation, up 11 ranks to #3 with 1,434 sales and 4.3% share whereas it only ranked #30 in 2013… Leader last month, the VW Golf is down to #4 with 1,288 units and 3.8% but remains on top year-to-date at 5% share. Leader in 2013, the VW Up is down 2 spots on January to #5. Notice also the Volvo V60 up 17 ranks to #8, the Renault Captur up one to a best-ever #8, the Hyundai i20 up 39 to #12, Mitsubishi Outlander back up 91 to #17, Nissan Note up 29 to #34, Citroen DS3 up 25 to #35 and the Dacia Logan up 31 to #41.

Previous month: Netherlands January 2014: VW Golf #1, Renault Captur in Top 10

One year ago: Netherlands February 2013: Kia Picanto #1 for the first time

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Netherlands January 2014: VW Golf #1, Renault Captur in Top 10

February 4th, 2014 4 comments

Renault Captur Netherlands January 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frRenault Captur

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New car sales in the Netherlands are down 7% year-on-year in January to 44,568 registrations. Volkswagen takes off to 14.7% share this month compared to 12% over the Full Year 2013, thanks to 6,539 sales which is almost double the amount of the #2, Renault at 3,469 and 7.8% with Peugeot breathing on its neck at 3,438 units and 7.7%. Outstanding performance of Kia up 9 spots on December to a splendid 4th position with 3,126 sales and 7%. Now that the preferrential pricing on the Outlander PHEV is over, Mitsubishi crumbles from #1 and 12.7% in December to #20 and 1.2% this month and the Outlander from #1 to #108!

BMW 3 Series GT Netherlands Janaury 2014BMW 3 Series GT

Model-wise, the VW Golf starts off the year extremely well at #1 with 2,636 sales and 5.9% while the Up, leader over the Full Year 2013, ranks third with 1,714 units and 3.8%. Renault places the Clio at a splendid 2nd place thanks to 1,816 sales and 4.1% and the Captur at a record-breaking 8th position at 1,087 units and 2.4%… Other great performers this month in the Netherlands include the Fiat 500 up 12 spots on December to #10, the Hyundai i10 up 30 to #14, Suzuki Alto up 16 to #18, Citroen C4 Picasso up 34 to #21, Peugeot 2008 up 19 to #23, Peugeot 308 up 18 to #30 vs. #83 over the Full Year 2013, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross up 34 to #32 and the BMW 3 Series GT up 60 to #65.

Previous post: Netherlands Full Year 2013: VW Up snaps up biggest market so far

Previous month: Netherlands December 2013: Mitsubishi Outlander leads at 12.7% share

One year ago: Netherlands January 2013: VW Up! starts with a bang

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Netherlands (lease cars) 2013: Renault Mégane Estate #1

February 1st, 2014 1 comment

Renault Megane Estate Netherlands 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Mégane Estate

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For the first time on BestSellingCarsBlog I can share with you models and brands rankings for lease cars in the Netherlands. The lease market is down 20% year-on-year in the Netherlands in 2013 to 101,256 registrations which represents 24% of the overall Dutch new car market this year. Brand-wise, we have the usual suspects on top: Volkswagen is #1 ahead of Renault, while Volvo jumps onto the podium with a 39% lease rate, kicking Ford down to #4. BMW also excels, up to #5 in the lease ranking vs. #10 overall, as do Audi at #7 vs. #11, Skoda at #10 vs. #13 and Mercedes at #13 vs. #16.

Volvo V40 Netherlands 2013Volvo V40

In the models ranking, the Renault Mégane Estate is the most popular thanks to 6,634 sales, followed by the Volvo V40 at 5,865 units and the Ford Focus Wagon at 5,261. Three Volkswagens follow: the Golf at #4, Up at #5 (vs. #1 overall) and Polo at #6. Notice the BMW 3 Series up to #8, the Audi A3 Sportback up to #9, Volvo V60 up to #10, BMW 3 Series Touring up to #13 and the BMW 1 Series up to #15.

Previous post: Netherlands Full Year 2013: VW Up snaps up biggest market so far

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