Netherlands July 2016: VW Polo, Golf and Up on podium

VW Polo Netherlands July 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe VW Polo is the best-selling car in the Netherlands in July. 

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The Dutch new car market is back into negative territory in July with deliveries down 8% to 31.261, leading yo a year-to-date tally down 4% to 225.223. After being outpaced by Renault in June, Volkswagen resumes its implacable Dutch reign with sales up 11% to 5.167 for a 16.5% market share vs. 11.7% year-to-date. Renault is down to #2 despite sales up 25% with Opel rounding up the podium at +31%. Peugeot (-32%), Ford (-12%), Toyota (-13%), Kia (-14%) and BMW (-13%) follow but all lose ground. Hyundai (+10%), Skoda (+7%), Suzuki (+13%) and Seat (+51%) are the only other Top 20 marques posting year-on-year gains. Jaguar (+14%), Honda (+23%), Dacia (+68%) and Land Rover (+91%) impress. Model-wise, it’s a Volkswagen hegemony, with the Polo (4.5%), Golf (3.7%) and Up (3.5%) in the lead ahead of the Renault Clio, Opel Astra and Hyundai i10. Notice also the Volvo V40 at #12, the Renault Kadjar at #20, Toyota Auris at #25 and VW Tiguan at #26.

Previous month: Netherlands June 2016: Renault triumphs, up 58% in market up 7%

One year ago: Netherlands July 2015: Peugeot 308, VW Golf and Renault Clio win

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Netherlands June 2016: Renault triumphs, up 58% in market up 7%

Renault Clio Netherlands June 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Clio helps Renault up 58% in the Netherlands in June.

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The Dutch new car market is slowly but surely reshuffling its eco car incentive-free self in 2016 with June volumes up 7% to 39.241 units but year-to-date tallies down 4% to 193.983. It’s Renault’s month in the Netherlands: the French carmaker gains a stunning 58% to take the lead of the brands ranking with 4.281 sales and 10.9% share, diustancing Volkswagen at 9.4% (-8%), Opel at 8.3% (+8%), Peugeot at 6.8% (-8%) and Ford at 5.2% (-13%). BMW (+19%), Nissan (+47%), Toyota (+18%), Hyundai (+40%), Skoda (+19%) and Suzuki (+30%) shine in the Top 20 while beyond, Land Rover (+21%), Dacia (+38%) and Jaguar (+148%) make themselves noticed. Model-wise, the Renault Clio triumphs with 1.426 sales and 3.6% share, leaping from #8 to #3 year-to-date in the space of one month. The French supermini distances the Opel Astra (1.112), Hyundai i10 (996), VW Polo (971) and Renault Captur (912). The VW Golf, #6 in June, retains the YTD pole position at 5.557 units. Notice also the Nissan Qashqai up to #7, the Renault Twingo up to #11, Volvo V40 up to #12 and Renault Megane up to #21.

Previous month: Netherlands May 2016: Opel back to former glory

One year ago: Netherlands June 2016: Peugeot 308 leads, VW Golf overtakes Renault Clio YTD

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Netherlands May 2016: Opel back to former glory

Opel is the best-selling brand in the Netherlands in May… 

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The Dutch new car market is back on track: up 5% year-on-year in May to 29.083 registrations, but the year-to-date tally is still in negative at -6% to 155.025 units. Thanks to sales shooting up 83% year-on-year, Opel splendidly takes the helm of the brands ranking, a position it held in the Netherlands for 36 consecutive years between 1969 and 2005… Renault is also in great shape in 2nd place with volumes up 29%, but Volkswagen (-15%), Peugeot (-8%) and Ford (-19%) all pull a sad face. BMW (+23%), Fiat (+46%), Mini (+50%) and Toyota (+122%) all post flamboyant year-on-year improvements.

Volkswagen Golf TSI BlueMotion…but Volkswagen monopolises the YTD podium with the Golf, Polo and Up. 

The Renault Clio is the best-selling nameplate in the country in May thanks to 1.058 sales, but the Opel Astra is catching up fast: up 5 spots on April to #2 overall with 913 units while the VW Golf rounds up the podium at 841 deliveries but remains on top year-to-date (4.679) above its lil sisters the VW Polo (4.227) and Up (4.055). Among recent launches, the Opel Karl is back inside the Top 10 (#9), the Renault Kadjar remains very solid at #25, the Renault Talisman breaks into the Top 100 (#94), the Jaguar F-Pace is up 70 spots on April to #157. Finally, we welcome three new nameplates in the Netherlands this month: the Suzuki Baleno landing directly at #81, the Kia Niro (#205) and the Ford Edge (#251).

Previous month: Netherlands April 2016: Volkswagen and Golf back in control

One year ago: Netherlands May 2015: Peugeot 308 and VW Golf on top

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Netherlands April 2016: VW and Golf back in control, market up

VW Golf Netherlands April 2016VW Golf

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April marks the 2nd consecutive month of year-on-year gains in the Netherlands at +3% to 27.783 units, after the end of income tax subsidies to eco-friendly cars sent the market down 15% over the first two months of the year. Volkswagen is back in charge despite sales down 3% to 3.210 and 11.6% share. Volkswagen distances Renault at 9.1% (+14%), Peugeot at 8.5% (-2%), Opel at 6.7% (+5%) and Ford at 5.9% (-15%). Skoda (+21%), Volvo (+37%) and most impressively Toyota (+134%) deliver the best performances in the Top 10. Below, Suzuki (+32%), Fiat (+41%), Mini (+52%), Honda (+138%), Tesla (+85%) and Jaguar (+81%) shine. The VW Golf returns to the #1 spot it holds year-to-date in the models rankings, followed by the Renault Clio and Peugeot 108. The Volvo XC90 (#19), Suzuki Vitara (#33) and Mini Clubman (#48) get themselves noticed.

Previous month: Netherlands March 2016: Nissan Qashqai leads in market up 4%

One year ago: Netherlands April 2016: Renault Clio confirms leadership

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Netherlands March 2016: Nissan Qashqai leads in market up 4%

Nissan Qashqai Netherlands March 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling nameplate in the Netherlands in March

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After dropping 15% over the first two months of 2016, the Dutch new car market is still in a reshuffling process after income tax subsidies to eco-friendly cars were drop at the end of last year. Encouragingly, March sales are up 4% to 29.869 units yet first quarter volumes are still down by a large margin at -10% to 98.558 sales. Opel leads the brands asking this month thanks to deliveries up 14% to 3.062 for a very strong 10.3% market share, followed by Peugeot also very vigorous at +20% while Volkswagen tumbles down 26% to 2.376 sales and 8% share. Ford (+36%), BMW (+12%), Mercedes (+19%), Skoda (+40%) and most impressively Toyota (+110%) also shine inside the Top 10. Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai leaps 16 spots on February to takes the lead ahead of the Ford Fiesta (+2), Peugeot 208 (+6) and 108 (-2) while Opel places the Corsa at #5 (+7) and the Karl at an excellent 6th place with 713 sales and 2.4% (+8). Still leader year-to-date, the Kia Picanto sinks to #47 this month.

Previous post: Netherlands Jan-Feb 2016: Kia Picanto #1 in market rid of income tax bias

One year ago: Netherlands March 2015: Renault Clio takes charge, Citroen C4 Cactus #11

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Netherlands January-February 2016: Kia Picanto #1 in market rid of income tax bias

Kia Picanto Netherlands February 2016The Kia Picanto is the best-selling car in the Netherlands so far in 2016. 

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Shaky start of the year for the new car market in the Netherlands, down 14% in January to 40.776 registrations and another -15% in February to 28.408, bringing the year-to-date total to 68.980 units, down 15% on the same period in 2015 at a time where almost every single European market is in frank positive territory. The explanation is simple: up until December 2015 the Dutch new car sales landscape was entirely shaped by preferential tax cuts granted to low-emission vehicles. The announced tightening of the aforementioned tax cuts on January 1, 2016 brought forward a significant amount of sales in the last two months of 2015: December was an all-tome record at 69.159 sales. In 2016 and for the first time since 2012, the Dutch market should come back to a composition closer to the real tastes of customers.

VW Polo Netherlands January 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukNumber One in January: the VW Polo. 

The brands ranking is akin to shifting sands so far this year: the January podium (1. Volkswagen 2. Renault 3. Kia) gets completely reshuffled in February to crown Peugeot (-6%) ahead of Kia (-3%) and Opel (+31%) with Renault down 46% to #4 and Volkswagen down 37% to #6. Hyundai is up 79%, Toyota down 52%… So far in 2016 after two months Volkswagen is in the lead despite sales down 21% to 9.240 for a 13.4% market share, followed by Kia (+3%) and Peugeot (-17%). Hyundai (+85%), Mazda (+82%), Honda (+107%) and Jaguar (+131%) make themselves noticed.

Renault Kadjar Netherlands February 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Kadjar is inside the Dutch Top 20 in February.

In the models ranking, in January Volkswagen manages an impressive 1-2-3, placing the Polo in the lead with 2.201 sales above the Up (2.028) and the Golf (1.949) with the Kia Picanto (1.084) and Renault Captur (1.057) rounding up the Top 5 and the Opel Karl at an outstanding 7th place. In February the cards are completely redistributed: this time the Kia Picanto is sovereign with 1.738 sales, earning it the year-to-date top spot (2.822), followed by the Peugeot 108 (939) and Hyundai i10 (881), the Dutch market taking an air of Denmark with a podium 100% microcars. The Ford Fiesta and Toyota Aygo round up the Top 5 while the Renault Kadjar breaks into the Top 20.

Previous post: Netherlands Full Year 2015: Peugeot 308 sovereign (17.4% share in Dec)

One year ago (Jan): Netherlands January 2015: VW Up, Polo and Golf on top

One year ago (Feb): Netherlands February 2015: Kia Picanto and Suzuki Alto shoot to top

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Netherlands Full Year 2015: Peugeot 308 sovereign (17.4% share in Dec)

Peugeot 308 Netherlands 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Peugeot 308 holds 17.4% of the Dutch market in December. Picture largus.fr

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Like in 2013 and 2014, in 2015 the Dutch new car sales landscape was entirely shaped by preferential tax cuts granted to low-emission vehicles. The intricacies of this system unique in the world have meant some nameplates are among the best-sellers one month only to disappear completely from the ranking the next month. In 2015, the large 16% year-on-year improvement to 449.350 registrations also finds its root in another market distortion: sales brought forward to the last quarter of the year due to the tightening of the aforementioned tax cuts on January 1, 2016. As a result December was the highest ever recorded in the country, up 91% year-on-year to 69.159 registrations. According to local organisations BOVAG, RAI and RDC, leasing companies have registered vast amounts of cars over the past few months, this way and through another loophole of the system, the future drivers of these cars will benefit from the original tax cuts for the next five years…

BMW X1 Netherlands 2015BMW is up 27% year-on-year in the Netherlands. 

The Top four most popular brands are unchanged compared to 2014: Volkswagen (+32%) and Peugeot (+33%) lead again and improve twice as fast as the market, followed by Renault (+15%) and Opel (+9%). Ford (+21%) overtakes Volvo (+14%) while BMW (+27%) gains four spots to break into the Top 10 at #8. Notice also Mercedes (+30%), Hyundai (+38%), Mazda (+51%), Porsche (+111%) and Jaguar (+226%) all posting spectacular gains over their Full Year 2014 scores. Tesla ranks 25th with 1.805 sales, up 23% on last year.

Opel Karl Netherlands 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Opel Karl is the most successful new launch of 2015 in the Netherlands. 

Model-wise, the Peugeot 308 delivers a historical month in December at 12.052 sales and an incredible 17.4% market share, lifting its FY 2015 total to 28.950 sales and 6.4% share, exactly double its 2014 score… The 308 realised 55% of its annual tally in November and December alone! This is the first ever annual win for the 308 nameplate in the Netherlands, but Peugeot’s 7th victory in the past 14 years and its first since 2008 when the 207 led the sales charts. Peugeot also placed the 206 in Dutch pole position in 2002, and the 307 from 2003 to 2005 while the 207 also finished tops in 2007. The 308 bypasses the VW Golf (+10%) and Renault Clio (+16%) while the VW Polo jumps 33% to #4 and the Volvo V40 rounds up the Top 5 like in 2014.

Volvo XC90 Netherlands 2015The Volvo XC90 breaks into the annual Top 50 thanks to outstanding Nov and Dec sales. 

Outstanding performance by the VW Passat up 7-fold on 2014 to #6 and 10.834 sales, a logical result given the lease-focus nature of the Dutch market. Notice also the Peugeot 108 up 10 spots to #14 and now outselling the 208, the Citroen C4 Cactus up to #16 for its first full year in market and the Mercedes C-Class up 124% to break into the Top 20 – registering 35% of its annual sales in the last two months of the year. The Opel Karl is the most successful new launch for 2015, landing at #39, above the Suzuki Vitara (#76), Mazda CX-3 (#81), Renault Kadjar (#88) and Hyundai Tucson (#105). Finally, notice the Volvo XC90 breaking into the Top 50 (#247 in 2014) thanks to the new generation ranking #12 in November and #11 in December.

Previous month: Netherlands November 2015: Peugeot 308 jumps to #1 year-to-date

Previous year: Netherlands Full Year 2014: VW Golf #1 for third time ever

Two years ago: Netherlands Full Year 2013: VW Up snaps up biggest market so far

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Netherlands November 2015: Peugeot 308 jumps to #1 year-to-date

Peugeot 308 Netherlands October 2015The Peugeot 308 is headed towards its first ever Dutch annual win.

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The Dutch new car market is up by a stunning 26% year-on-year in November to 40.516 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 8% to 380.367 units. Once again completely oblivious to its emissions turmoil raging all over the world, Volkswagen sees its sales shoot up 62% to 5.684 units and 14% share, a notch above the 12.7% it commands year-to-date. Peugeot also shines at +31% and 12.7% share vs. 9.2% so far in 2015 but Volvo trumps them all at +70% and 3.300 units and 8.1% share. Notice also Opel up 3 spots on last month to #4, Audi up 49% on November 2014, and outside the Top 10 Mercedes up 36%, Mitsubishi up 38%, Hyundai up 43%, Land Rover up 81%, Dacia up 85%, Mazda up 112% and Porsche up 167%.

Volvo XC90 Netherlands November 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Volvo XC90 is up to #12 in the Netherlands this month.

In the models ranking, as predicted last month the Peugeot 308 races past the Renault Clio and VW Golf to snap the year-to-date pole position thanks to another gargantuan month at 4.011 sales and just under 10% share, lifting its 2015 total to 16.900 vs. 14.609 for the Golf and 14.524 for the Clio. Unless last minute disaster, the 308 should sign its first ever annual win in the Netherlands in a month time. This would be Peugeot’s 7th victory in the past 14 years and its first since 2008 when the 207 led the sales charts. Peugeot also placed the 206 in Dutch pole position in 2002, and the 307 from 2003 to 2005 while the 207 also finished tops in 2007. Other great performers in the models ranking include the VW Passat at #2, the Volvo V40 up to #3, the Mitsubishi Outlander at #7 and the Volvo XC90 up to a splendid 12th place, a much higher ranking than at home in Sweden.

Previous month: Netherlands October 2015: Peugeot 308 and VW Passat superstars

One year ago: Netherlands November 2014: 2 Series Active Tourer BMW’s best-seller

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Netherlands October 2015: Peugeot 308 and VW Passat superstars

Peugeot 308 Netherlands October 2015Its Dutch pole position helps the Peugeot 308 to a European Top 10 in October.

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The Dutch new car market is solid in October with volumes up 11% to 39.006 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 6.5% to 340.057 registrations. Utterly unaffected by the emissions scandal, Volkswagen sees its sales climb 32% year-on-year to reclaim the brands pole position off Peugeot at 5.413 deliveries and 13.9% share vs. 4.410 and 11.3% (+11%) for the French carmaker. Renault is down 6% but up 3 spots on September to #3, Volvo is also up 3 to #4 and Ford is down one to #5 but up 36% on October 2014. Notice also Toyota up 16%, Mercedes up 24%, Hyundai up 90%, Mazda up 110%, Porsche up 176% and Tesla up 437%. The Peugeot 308 remains the best-selling nameplate in the Netherlands for the 2nd month in a row at a spectacular 2.636 sales and 6.8% share, now adding up to 12.916 units year-to-date (+49%). At this pace it will overtake the Renault Clio (13.694) and VW Golf (13.140) and could finish 2015 at #1. The VW Passat also impresses, up 14 spots on September to #3 and up 5-fold on 2014 year-to-date. The VW Polo at #4 makes it three Volkswagen in the October Dutch Top 4. Notice also the Toyota Auris at #6 vs. #23 year-to-date, the Mitsubishi Outlander at #11 vs. #20 and the Volvo XC90 shooting up 120 ranks on last month to #33.

Previous month: Netherlands September 2015: Peugeot 308 reigns supreme

One year ago: Netherlands October 2014: Peugeot 308 & Citroen C4 Cactus stronger than in France

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Netherlands September 2015: Peugeot 308 reigns supreme

Peugeot 308 Netherlands September 2015The Peugeot 308 is the best-selling vehicle in the Netherlands in September.

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It’s a very dynamic month for Dutch new car sales, up 18% year-on-year in September to 35.277 units, lifting the year-to-date total up 6% to 301.338 deliveries. Peugeot (+12%) benefits from a weak month by Volkswagen (10.1% share vs. 12.3% year-to-date) to take the lead of the brands ranking, with Opel rounding up the podium at 8.1% share above Ford (+41%), Toyota (+14%), Renault (-13%) and Volvo (-18%). Notice also Mercedes (+27%), Nissan (+35%), BMW (+51%), Kia (+61%), Mazda (+101%), Hyundai (+109%), Jaguar (+200%) and Jeep (+381%) all in great shape. Model-wise, the Peugeot 308 reigns supreme this month with an outstanding 6.1% share, distancing the VW Golf at 4% and the Ford Fiesta at 3%, while the Renault Clio, down to a paltry #9, remains #1 year-to-date. Excellent performance of the Opel Karl up 15 ranks on August to a shiny 5th place with 895 sales and 2.5%, its highest ranking anywhere on the planet.

Previous month: Netherlands August 2015: Renault Clio soars to year-to-date top spot

One year ago: Netherlands September 2014: Peugeot 308, Opel Corsa and Volvo V40 dominate

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