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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

Full March 2014 Top 175 models and Top 42 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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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

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

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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

Full January 2014 Top 200 models and Top 42 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

January 5th, 2014 1 comment

VW Up! Netherlands 2013VW Up

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As the models and versions benefitting from preferential pricing evolved on a monthly basis this year, the Dutch new car market has become one of the most unpredictable from one year to another. It is down a harsh 17% on 2012 to 417,036 registrations, the slowest year since 2009. We welcome a brand new leader in the models sales charts in 2013: the VW Up is up 27% year-on-year to reach 16,187 sales for a solid 3.9% market share, meaning Volkswagen has placed one of its model in the Dutch pole position for 4 of the last 5 years: the Golf in 2009, Polo in 2010 and 2011 and Up in 2013, whereas it had managed that feat only once between 1982 and 2008 (the Golf was #1 in 2001).

VW Golf Netherlands 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frWith the Golf at #2, Volkswagen delivers a 1-2 for the first time ever in the Netherlands.

This is the biggest market the Up has managed to top so far, with the second and only other one for now being Denmark. In fact, this year the long term shift away from Opel (leader in the Netherlands from 1969 to 2005) and Peugeot (placing a model in the top spot 6 times between 2002 and 2008) towards Volkswagen and Renault is more than ever obvious. Volkswagen evolves like the market (-17%) to remain at 12% share and Renault stays #2 at 8.9%, while Peugeot is down 25% to #4 and Opel down 33% to #7… 2013 even marks the first year in the history of automobile in the Netherlands that Volkswagen delivers a 1-2, with the Golf up a splendid 50% on 2012 to rank #2 with 14,521 sales and 3.5%. The Ford Focus rounds up the podium at 3.2% share, up 14%.

Volvo V40 Netherlands 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo V40

While last year’s winner the Renault Megane is down 41% to #4, the main benefiters from preferential pricing allocated to eco-friendly cars this year are the Volvo V40 up 314% to #5, the Renault Clio up 140% to #6 mainly thanks to the success of the station wagon variant, the Mitsubishi Outlander up 752% to #11 and peaking at 12.7% share in December, Volvo V60 up 230% to #14, Toyota Auris up 98% to #17 and the Audi A3 up 52% to #21. There are 3 all-new models inside the 2013 Top 50: the Renault Captur at #31, Peugeot 2008 at #47 and Mitsubishi Space Star at #48.

Previous post: Netherlands December 2013: Mitsubishi Outlander at 12.7% share, Volvo V40 and V60 on podium

Previous year: Netherlands Full Year 2012: Renault Megane up 164% to pole position

Two years ago:  Netherlands Full Year 2011: VW Polo and Renault Twingo on top

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Netherlands December 2013: Mitsubishi Outlander at 12.7% share, Volvo V40 and V60 on podium

January 3rd, 2014 6 comments

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SE ExteriorMitsubishi Outlander

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The Dutch new car market is up a huge 115% year-on-year to deliver the best December in history at 39,163 registrations, bringing the final 2013 total to 417,036 units, still down a harsh 17% on 2012. The monthly Dutch models ranking is extremely volatile (and entertaining) as it is heavily impacted by preferential pricing of eco-friendly cars. Case in point: the Mitsubishi Outlander flies up to an out-of-this-world 12.7% market share thanks to almost 5,000 PHEV models that had to be delivered before 2014. This means the Outlander sells more units than any brand in the country this month, single-handedly pushing Mitsubishi to #1 with 13.3% share vs. 11.3% for Volkswagen and 11% for Volvo. In fact, the Outlander sells frankly more in one month that what Mitsubishi sold in the Netherlands over the entire year 2012 (3,583)…

Tesla Model S Netherlands December 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Tesla Model S is now among the 20 most popular cars in the Netherlands…

… Another case in point: both the Volvo V40 and V60 rank inside the podium like in October with 2,158 sales and 5.5% and 2,082 and 5.3% respectively, performances that are as good if not better than at home in Sweden. This pushes Volvo to 11% share this month in third place of the brands ranking vs. 5.9% and #6 in 2013 and #13 and 3.4% in 2012…

BMW i3 Netherlands December 2013BMW i3

But wait there are more surprises, many more! While the VW Up! remains #4 and lodges its first ever Full Year in pole position in the country, the Skoda Octavia is up 10 spots on November to #6, the Audi A3 up 12 to #10, Toyota Prius also up 12 to #13 vs. #33 in 2013, VW Jetta up 28 to #14, Opel Ampera up 16 to #16 vs. #57 in the Full Year, Seat Leon up 9 to #19 vs. #45 and the Tesla Model S breaks into the Dutch Top 20 for the very first time at #20 with 578 sales and 1.5% share! Finally, notice the BMW i3 up to a world-best 40th place thanks to 225 sales.

Previous month: Netherlands November 2013: Mitsubishi Outlander shoots up to pole position!

One year ago: Netherlands December 2012: Opel Ampera and Citroen DS5 at world best

Full December 2013 Top 140 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

December 4th, 2013 8 comments

Mitsubishi Outlander Netherlands November 2013. Picture courtesy of conceptcarz.comMitsubishi Outlander

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New car sales in the Netherlands are making up for a horrendous start of the year: up 34% year-on-year in November to 40,659 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 378,372 units, down 22% on 2012. For a little more than a year now, government-led preferential pricing for eco-friendly vehicles have shaped the Dutch models ranking, and this month we have another great illustration of this trend: with the PHEV version now widely available, the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 23 spots on October to astonishingly take the lead of the sales charts with 2,766 sales and 6.8% share, undoubtedly the model’s best performance in the world and almost double any other vehicle this month. The Outlander single-handedly pushes Mitsubishi up from #15 brand in October to #5 this month…

Tesla Model S Netherlands November 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Tesla Model S breaks into the Dutch Top 30 this month.

Leader over the Full Year 2012, the Renault Megane is up to #2 at 1,505 units and 3.7%, the Volvo V40 remains on the podium at #3 with 1,438 sales and 3.5%. The two Volkswagens leading the year-to-date ranking follow: the Up! ranks 4th and the Golf 5th, but their advantage over the rest of the playing so far in 2013 ensures they will top the charts in a month’s time when 2013 comes to an end. Other great performers in November in the Netherlands include the Renault Captur up one spot to #11, the Peugeot 2008 at #23, Opel Ampera up 18 to #32, Nissan Note up 11 to #36 and the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross up 42 to #37.

Finally, after Norway, the Dutch market is the second one to whole-heartedly embrace the Tesla Model S: it is up from #134 and 32 sales in October to a fantastic 27th place with 408 units sold and 1% market share this month, making Tesla the #21 brand in the country in-between Mazda and Mini…

Previous month: Netherlands October 2013: Volvo V40 and V60 on podium

One year ago: Netherlands November 2012: Renault Megane hits 10% market share!

Full November 2013 Top 150 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Netherlands October 2013: Volvo V40 and V60 on podium

November 2nd, 2013 4 comments

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Even though the Dutch new car market is up a spectacular 37% year-on-year in October to 36,784 registrations, the year-to-date total still lags 26% or 116,000 units behind 2012 at 338,007 sales. The VW Golf manages to keep the models ranking pole position for the second month running and the third time this year after last March thanks to 1,575 sales and 4.3% share, and is getting closer to the VW Up year-to-date with 12,519 sales and 3.7% vs. 13,321 and 3.9%. The performer of the month is Volvo, placing two models inside the Dutch podium in October and up to #4 brand with 8.4% share just below Toyota at 8.6% vs. #8 and 5.1% year-to-date… The Volvo V40 is back up to #2 with 1,374 sales and 3.7% while the V60 is up to #3 at 1,359 units and 3.7% share also, thanks to eco-friendly variants benefitting from preferred pricing.

Mitsubishi Outlander Netherlands October 2013Mitsubishi Outlander

Other great performers in the Netherlands in October include the Renault Captur up one further spot to #12 with 733 sales and 2% share, the Skoda Octavia up to #13 vs. #31 year-to-date, Peugeot 2008 up 10 ranks to #21, the Mitsubishi Outlander starting to see the effects of the preferred pricing on its plugin variant, up 83 spots to #24, the VW Jetta up 22 to #32, Peugeot 308 up 73 to #42, Nissan Note up 58 to #47, Opel Ampera up 2 to break into the Dutch Top 50 at #50, Renault Zoe up 18 to #102 and the BMW 4 Series landing at #120.

Previous month: Netherlands September 2013: VW Golf leads, Volvo V60 up to #4

One year ago: Netherlands October 2012: Renault Mégane #1, Volvo V40 up to #4!

Full October 2013 Top 150 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

October 6th, 2013 6 comments

VW Golf Netherlands September 2013VW Golf

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New car sales in the Netherlands reduce their fall to just 1.4% year-on-year in September at 31,504 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still down a woeful 29% to 301,331 units. With the 7th generation of the model now in full gear, the VW Golf takes the lead of the Dutch sales charts for the first time since last March thanks to 1,265 sales and 4%. It is still #2 year-to-date (vs. #11 in 2012!) at 10,946 units and 3.6% vs. 12,094 and 4% for the VW Up back up to #2 this month. The Renault Clio, leader in August, is down to a still excellent third place with 1,117 sales and 3.5%.

Volvo V60 Netherlands September 2013Volvo V60

We now got used to the on-off performances in the Netherlands of some models in line with the changing price incentives offered to eco-friendly cars, and the winner this month is the Volvo V60 up 16 spots on August to #4 at 967 units and 3.1% vs. #27 year-to-date and #69 in 2012… Last month’s winner, the Chevrolet Volt, is back down outside the Top 150 (at #159 with 14 sales precisely)! The Volvo V40 for its part is down two ranks to #7 while the Renault Captur is up a further 6 spots to #13, the Peugeot 2008 is up one to #31 and the Tesla Model S shoots up to #53 with 170 sales, not as impressive as in Norway but still great for an expensive all-electric car and sending Tesla up to #22 brand in-between Mini and Dacia and ahead of Honda, Lexus and Land Rover…

Previous month: Netherlands August 2013: Renault Clio #1, Chevrolet Volt takes off

One year ago: Netherlands September 2012: VW Up! snaps up top spot!

Full September 2013 Top 150 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Netherlands LCV August 2013: Ford Transit Custom up to #4

September 30th, 2013 No comments

Ford Transit Custom Netherlands August 2013Ford Transit Custom

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Sales of new Light Commercial Vehicles are down a harsh 25% year-on-year in August in the Netherlands to just 3,412 registrations. The year-to-date total looks a little better at 35,871 units, down 16% on 2012. This month the VW Caddy takes off at 13.3% share thanks to 453 sales, ahead of the VW Transporter at 8.4% and Peugeot Partner at 5.9%. The Ford Transit Custom is up 3 spots on July to equal its best-ever ranking in the country at #4 with 196 units and 5.7% share, while the Dacia Dokker continues to progress, up a further 4 ranks to #24.

Previous month: Netherlands LCV July 2013: VW Caddy back in charge

One year ago:  Netherlands LCV August 2012: Podium 100% Volkswagen

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