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Netherlands March 2015: Renault Clio takes charge, C4 Cactus #11

April 11th, 2015 No comments

Renault Clio Netherlands March 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Clio is now #1 in 2015 year-to-date in the Netherlands.

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The Dutch new car market has been heavily skewed by preferential pricing attributed to the most eco-friendly variants of some models, and this for the past 3 years. This pricing impacts not just the car but also the overall 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. Case in point: the Kia Picanto, Suzuki Alto, Toyota Aygo, Yaris and Renault Twingo, the Top 5 best-selling vehicle in the country in February, are down to #94, #107, #66, #38 and #59 respectively this month! The overall market is stable at -1% year-on-year in March to 29,030 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 110,148 units, up 3% on 2014. Volkswagen is back to its traditional pole position in the brands ranking with 11.1% share, followed by Opel at a particularly strong 9.3% (vs. 5.8% year-to-date), Renault at 8.7%, Peugeot at 7.2% and Nissan up 29% to #5 and 6.7%.

Citroën C4 Cactus Netherlands March 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Citroen C4 Cactus missed out on a Top 10 ranking for just 13 units.

The Renault Clio becomes the most popular nameplate in the Netherlands both in March with 1,245 sales and 4.3% but also year-to-date at 4,112 units and 3.7%. The rest of the year-to-date Top 4 is 100% Volkswagen: the Polo is #2 at 3.6%, the Golf #3 at 3.6% also and the Up is #4 at 3.3%. The Opel Corsa is up a mammoth 23 spots on February to land in 2nd place thanks to the new model, the Nissan Qashqai is up 8 to #6, the Citroen C4 Cactus is up 5 to a record 11th place, missing out on a historical Top 10 ranking for just 14 units and delivering stronger performances than at home in France, the Nissan Note is up 42 ranks to #15, the Opel Mokka up 12 to #18, the Nissan Juke up 13 to #29, Tesla Model S up 71 to #33, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer up 14 to #36, Nissan Pulsar up 38 to #39 and the Fiat 500X breaks into the Dutch Top 50 for the first time at #42 vs. #177 in February.

Previous month: Netherlands February 2015: Kia Picanto and Suzuki Alto shoot to top

One year ago: Netherlands March 2014: Renault Captur breaks into Top 5

Full March 2015 Top 40 All-brands and Top 253 All-models below.

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Netherlands February 2015: Kia Picanto & Suzuki Alto shoot to top

March 6th, 2015 No comments

Kia Picanto Netherlands February 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Kia Picanto is the best-selling nameplate in the Netherlands in February and year-to-date.

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Now in its third year, the Dutch market is skewed by preferential pricing attributed to the most eco-friendly variants of some models. This pricing impacts not just the car but also the overall 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, new car sales in the Netherlands are up year-on-year for the 2nd straight months after a string of 7 months in a row in red at +2% in February to 33,944 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 81,596 units, up 5% on 2014. Volkswagen pays the price of a bumper month in January (19.2% share): it sinks to #5 overall this month with just 7.4% of the market, down 24% on February 2014, but remains #1 year-to-date at 14.3%. Renault leads the way in February thanks to sales up 52% above Peugeot (+18%) and Toyota (+69%). Other great gainers this month include Jeep (+600%), Porsche (+96%), Mini (+76%), Nissan (+40%) and Mitsubishi (+28%).

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

The February Dutch models ranking is faithful to its traditional volatility with a completely new Top 5 compared to January: the Kia Picanto shoots up 5 spots to pole position with a massive 1,998 sales and 5.9% earning it the top spot year-to-date also, the Suzuki Alto is up 30 ranks to #2 and 4.6%, the Toyota Aygo up 5 to #3, Toyota Yaris up 5 to #4 and Renault Twingo up 6 to #5, kicking down the Renault Clio and Peugeot 108 two ranks to #6 and #7 respectively. Leader in 2014 but #4 so far in 2015, the VW Golf is down to #8 in February. Finally, notice the Seat Mii up 16 spots to #13, the Citroen C4 Cactus and Mitsubishi Space Star both holding up well at #16 and #18 respectively, the Peugeot 2008 up to #19 and the Suzuki Celerio up to a best-ever #34.

Previous month: Netherlands January 2015: VW Up, Polo and Golf on top

One year ago: Netherlands February 2014: Suzuki Alto leads wild ranking

Full February 2015 Top 250 All-models and Top 38 All-brands below.

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Netherlands January 2015: VW Up, Polo and Golf on top

February 5th, 2015 No comments

VW Up Netherlands January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Up is the best-selling nameplate in the Netherlands in January.

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After 7 consecutive months of year-on-year decline, the Dutch new car market is up an encouraging 8% in January to 47,946 registrations. It’s a bumper month for Volkswagen: thanks to sales up 41% to 9,197 units, the German brand holds a massive 19.2% market share, more than double any other marque in the country in January. Renault is up 28% to #2 ahead of Peugeot (+4%), Toyota (+5%) and Ford (-10%). BMW is up 24% to 8th place vs. #12 in 2014, Mitsubishi triples its sales compared to a year ago, Nissan is up 50%, Smart up 1259% and Tesla up 1471%.

Peugeot 108 Netherlands January 2015. Picture courtesy of autoexpress.co.ukThe Peugeot 108 is up to #5 in the Netherlands this month.

Entering its third year as such now, it is important to keep in mind the Dutch market is skewed by preferential pricing attributed to the most eco-friendly variants of some models. This pricing impacts not just the car but also the overall 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, Volkswagen justifies its bumper month by placing 3 models on the podium: the Up triumphs for the first time sine May 2013 with 2,979 sales and 6.2% share above the Polo at 5.3% and the Golf at 4.5%.

Renault Twingo Netherlands January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Twingo

The Renault Clio holds the same market share as over the Full year 2014 (3.8%) but that earns it a 4th spot in January vs. #2 in 2014, the Peugeot 108 shoots back up to a best-ever #5, a ranking it also held last October, the Renault Captur is up to #7, the Toyota Aygo up to #8 and the Toyota Yaris up 17 spots on December to #9. Other great performers in the Netherlands in January include the Renault Twingo up to #11, the Citroen C4 Cactus up to a record #13 (vs. #20 at home in France), the VW Passat up to #15 and the Mini up to #20. Reversely, #1 during 6 of the last 7 months of 2014, the Peugeot 308 tumbles down to #27 this month.

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

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

Full January 2015 Top 40 All-brands and Top 268 All-models below.

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

January 4th, 2015 1 comment

VW Golf Netherlands 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frAfter 2001 and 2009, this is the third time the VW Golf is #1 in the Netherlands.

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2014 is a year to forget for Dutch new car sales, down 7% to 387,835 registrations. It would appear that the government subsidising green cars through preferential pricing and tax rebates hasn’t had any kind of positive effect. In fact it has been turning the entire Dutch market upside down for two years with nameplates artificially boosted to the top of the ranking only to disappear from it months later. Volkswagen loses one percentage point of share market vs. 2013 but remains in the brands lead with 12%, Peugeot is up by a brilliant 22% to 2nd place and 9.5% ahead of Renault (-18%), Opel (-1%), Volvo (-10%) and Ford (-35%). Outstanding performers include Skoda, Nissan (both at +63%), Dacia (+46%) and Tesla (+23%).

Peugeot 308 Netherlands 20142014 Peugeot 308 sales are up 1053% year-on-year in the Netherlands.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf overtakes its stablemate the Up to take the lead of the Dutch sales charts for only the third time since the nameplate launched back in 1974 after 2001 and 2009 thanks to sales up 13% to 16,397 units and 4.2% share – this has a lot to do with the popularity of the station wagon variant. The Renault Clio is up 21% and 4 spots on 2013 to land at an excellent 2nd place with 14,684 deliveries but the award for most impressive progression goes without contest to the Peugeot 308 up a gargantuan 1053% and 80 spots year-on-year to #3 and 14,360 sales. It ranked #1 during 6 of the last 7 months of the year. The Skoda Octavia also impresses, up 182% and 20 ranks to #4.

Peugeot 108 Netherlands 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 108 is the most successful newcomer in 2014.

Further down, the Renault Captur breaks into the annual Dutch Top 10 for its first full year of sales at #10, the Seat Leon is up 147% to #17, the Nissan Qashqai up 120% to #20, the Citroen C4 Picasso up 115% to #32, Mercedes C-Class up 84% to #35, Nissan Note up 163% to #41 and the Dacia Logan up a huge 3097% to #54. The Peugeot 108 is the most popular new nameplate in the country this year – landing directly at #24  and already peaking at #5 in September – ahead of the Citroen C4 Cactus (#58), BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (#91), Mercedes GLA (#118), Porsche Macan (#147), Ford Ecosport (#161), Nissan Pulsar (#166), Lexus NX (#170), BMW X4 (#176) and Jeep Renegade (#181).

Previous month: Netherlands December 2014: Peugeot 308 and Volvo V40 shine

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

Two years ago: Netherlands Full Year 2012: Renault Megane up 164% to pole position

Full Year 2014 Top 334 All-models and Top 46 All-brands vs. Full Year 2013 below.

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Netherlands December 2014: Peugeot 308 & Volvo V40 shine

January 4th, 2015 1 comment

Volvo V40 Netherlands December 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukThe Volvo V40 holds a record 9.1% share of the Dutch market in December…

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New car sales in the Netherlands won’t have managed to turn the corner this year: down another 6% year-on-year in December to 36,424 registrations which brings the final 2014 total to 387,835 units, down 7% on 2013. Brand-wise, Peugeot remains on top with 13.7% share, followed by Volkswagen at 11% and Volvo exceptionally strong at 10.1%. Skoda (#4), Fiat (#6) and Seat (#7) also shine while Tesla is back inside the Top 20 at #20. As it has been the case for two years now, it is important to keep in mind the Dutch market is skewed by preferential pricing attributed to the most eco-friendly variants of some models. This pricing impacts not just the car but also the overall 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.

Peugeot 308 Netherlands December 2014. Picture courtesy of autocar.co.uk… while the Peugeot 308 hits an all-time high 10.2% share.

In this context, the Peugeot 308 not only manages to stay in pole position for the 6th time in the past 7 months but also reaches a record 10.2% market share thanks to a massive 3,704 sales. The Volvo V40 is equally impressive at an all-time high (in any country in the world including Sweden) 9.1% share and 3,331 units, the Skoda Octavia is up to 7.1% share at #3, the VW Golf is two percentage points above its annual market share at 6.2%, the Seat Leon is up 11 spots on November to #5 and 4.5% and the Fiat 500 is up 13 to #6 and 4%. This means the Top 5 December best-sellers each lodge higher market shares than the FY2014 #1 (VW Golf at 4.2%) and the Top 6 add up to a momentous 41.1% of the Dutch market, usually extremely fragmented.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Netherlands December 2014. Picture courtesy of automobilesreview.comThe 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW’s best-seller in the Netherlands again.

Notice also the Peugeot 108 at #13, the Tesla Model S at #22, Citroen C4 Cactus at #24, Lexus CT at #30, Nissan NV200 at #39, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer at #40 – the brand’s best-seller in the country for the 2nd straight month, the BMW X1 at #58, the Nissan Pulsar (#73) Ford Ecosport (#90) and Lexus NX (#99) all breaking into the Dutch Top 100 for the first time and the Jeep Renegade down 5 ranks to #101 but still accounting for 77% of all Jeep sales in the country.

Previous month: Netherlands November 2014: 2 Series Active Tourer BMW’s best

One year ago: Netherlands December 2013: Outlander at 12.7%, Volvo V40 & V60 on podium

Full December 2014 Top 150 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Netherlands November 2014: 2 Series Active Tourer BMW’s best

December 4th, 2014 No comments

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Netherlands November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW 2 Series Active Tourer

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Another forgettable month for Dutch new car sales: down a very harsh 19% year-on-year in November to 32,507 deliveries, bringing the year-to-date total to 351,752 units, down 7% on 2013. Keep in mind new car sales in the Netherlands are biased by preferential pricing attributed to the most eco-friendly variants of some models. This pricing impacts not just the car but also the overall 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, Peugeot lodges an exceptional month in the Netherlands, passing Volkswagen to become the #1 manufacturer in the country with 3,928 sales and 12.1% share vs. 3,512 and 10.8% for VW. This is in large part due to the success of the 308, #1 for the 5th time in the past 6 months and by far at 6.3% share vs. 4.2% and #3 at home in France. The 308 is now #4 YTD.

Peugeot 308 Netherlands November 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Peugeot 308 is the Dutch best-seller once again this month.

It’s a good month for French carmakers with Renault ranking #3 with 9% share thanks to the Clio up to #2 and 4.3% and now just 375 sales below the VW Golf for the FY2014 pole position – December will be decisive. Finally Citroen jumps up to #4 overall with 6.8% share thanks to the success of the new generation C1 (#10) and C4 Cactus at #15 and 1.9% share vs. #20 and 1.1% in France. Other great performers in the models ranking this month in the Netherlands include the Volvo V40 extremely solid again at #5, the Peugeot 108 at #7, Opel Corsa up 14 spots on October to #8, Renault Twingo up 9 to #17 and Tesla Model S up 80 to #56.

Jeep Renegade Netherlands November 2014The Renegade already represents 90% of Jeep sales in the Netherlands!

Among recent newcomers, the most impressive is without a doubt the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, already up to #31 with 283 sales and just under 1% market share, but more significantly already BMW’s best-seller in the Netherlands above the 3 Series! The Jeep Renegade also reshuffles the Jeep brand’s sales hierarchy in November: for its 2nd month in market, its breaks into the Dutch Top 100 at #96 with a still modest 62 sales – nevertheless an astounding 90% of Jeep sales in the country! Notice also the Smart Forfour reappearing at #109, the Suzuki Celerio landing at #115 and the Lexus NX down 16 spots on October to #117.

Previous month: Netherlands October 2014: Peugeot 308 and Citroen C4 Cactus stronger than in France

One year ago: Netherlands November 2013: Mitsubishi Outlander shoots up to pole position!

Full November 2014 Top 150 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Netherlands October 2014: Peugeot 308 and Citroen C4 Cactus stronger than in France

November 5th, 2014 No comments

Citroën C4 CactusThe Citroen C4 Cactus is now among Netherlands’ 20 most popular vehicles.

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No luck for Dutch new car sales: down year-on-year again at -2% to 35,424 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 319,534 units, down 5% on 2013. Brand-wise, Volkswagen reclaims the pole position off Peugeot but just, at 4,087 sales and 11.5% vs. 3,966 and 11.2%. Renault is back up two spots to #3 and 8.1%, ahead of Volvo strong again at 7%, Citroen at 5.9% and Skoda at 5.8%. In the models ranking, exceptional performance of the Peugeot 308, topping the sales charts for the 4th time in the past 5 months thanks to 1,620 units sold and 4.6% (vs. 4% in France). Its late awakening this year doesn’t allow it any further up than #5 year-to-date for now. The Skoda Octavia is up 5 ranks on September to rank #2 overall while the Renault Clio is up 3 to round up the podium, now threatening the VW Golf for the FY2014 pole position at 12,366 units and 3.9% vs. 12,996 and 4.1% for the Golf.

Peugeot 308 Netherlands October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 308 is the best-seller in the Netherlands for the 4th time in 5 months.

Before reading further, it’s worth keeping in mind Dutch new car sales are shaped by preferential pricing attributed to the most eco-friendly variants of some models. This pricing impacts not just the car price but also the overall 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. The Volvo V40 remains very impressive at #4 and 4.1% share vs. #12 and 2% year-to-date and the Kolin triplets now fit within the Dutch Top 11 thanks to their respective new generations: the Peugeot 108 shines at #7 and 3% share, the Citroen C1 is up 11 spots on September to #10 and the Toyota Aygo is stable at #11. All-in-all, these 3 models add up to 2,495 sales and 7% share which earns them a combined pole position by far. Finally, let’s salute the Citroen C4 Cactus up 25 ranks to break into the Dutch Top 20 at #19 (vs. #22 in France), the VW Golf Sportsvan up 9 to #29 and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer up 75 spots to #39.

Previous month: Netherlands September 2014: Peugeot 308, Opel Corsa and Volvo V40 dominate

One year ago: Netherlands October 2013: Volvo V40 and V60 on podium

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

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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

Full August 2014 Top 175 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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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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