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Norway July 2015: Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Tucson land with a splash

August 4th, 2015 3 comments

Mazda CX-3 Norway July 2015. Picture courtesy aftenposten.noThe Mazda CX-3 is inside the Norwegian Top 25 in July.

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After surging 24% in June, the Norwegian new car market returns to more reasonable gains in July at +6% to 12.394 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 3% to 86.786 units. Volkswagen continues to run alone with 17% of the market thanks to 2.415 sales (+10%), above Toyota at 10.3% (+15%), Volvo at 5.8% (-11%) and Nissan (+12%) and Audi (+24%) both at 5.3% share. Mercedes gains 28% in 6th place, Subaru is up 85% to #13, Tesla is up 95% to #16 and Lexus is up 130% thanks to the success of the NX specially in remote areas of the north of the country as we’ve seen in our Special Feature on the Tromsø market last month.

Hyundai Tucson Norway July 2015. Picture courtesy itempo.noThe all-new Hyundai Tucson lands directly at #39 for its first month on sale.

In the models ranking, the Top 5 best-sellers all spectacularly post gains of at least 20% year-on-year: the VW Golf is up 36%, the Toyota Yaris up 39%, Nissan Qashqai up 49%, Toyota RAV4 up 20% and the VW Passat is up 89%. The Audi A3 (+45%), Mercedes B-Class (+338%) and Toyota Avensis (+159%) also display outstanding results inside the Top 10. If the Tesla Model S is down 12 spots on June to #14 it is up 95% year-on-year and remains 2nd year-to-date. The Ford Mondeo is up 211% to #15, the Mazda CX-3 up 34 spots on last month to #23 and the Hyundai Tucson lands directly at #39.

Renault Zoe Norway June 2015Not so electrifying after all: the Renault Zoe.

Star of last month when it led the overall ranking during the last week of June, the Renault Zoe implodes in July: down 89 spots and 94% to #93 with just 24 units sold. A trend is emerging of Renault artificially stuffing its June sales all across Europe and paying the price this month.

Previous post: Special Feature: The best-selling cars of Tromsø, Norway

Previous month: Norway June 2015: Renault Zoe takes off to 4th place overall

One year ago: Norway July 2014: VW Golf at 10% share, VW Up on podium

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Special Feature: The best-selling cars of Tromsø, Norway

July 5th, 2015 No comments

Lexus NX Tromsø June 2015The Lexus NX ranks 15th in Tromsø.

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Today I can share with you a special feature: the best-selling cars in Tromsø in Norway, one of the northernmost communities in the world, located 350 km north of the Arctic Circle. This is thanks to BSCB reader Jan, himself living in this town. Very long and harsh winters as well as deteriorated roads in some parts of the region coupled with the complete lack of congestion reducing the attractiveness of the parking and circulation benefits allocated to green cars combine to show a drastically different sales charts than in Norway overall. As could be expected, Tromsø displays a much higher SUV/Crossover and 4WD penetration – over 50% of the sales there.

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If the VW Golf still dominates the ranking thanks to sales up 69% year-on-year over the first 6 months of 2015 and 8.8% market share, it is followed by the Skoda Octavia (+69%) and Mazda CX-5 (-25%) while the Mitsubishi Outlander (-13%) takes the 4th spot ahead of the Toyota Yaris (+24%) and Volvo V40 at #6 vs. #21 in Norway over the same period.

Image: The aurora borealis, or northern lights, are seen on the sky above the village of Ersfjordbotn near Tromso in northern NorwayNorthern lights near Tromsø, Norway.

Other models performing particularly well in Tromsø include the Mercedes C-Class at #10 vs. #20 in Norway, the VW Tiguan at #11 vs. #26, BMW 3 Series at #12 vs. #33, Honda CR-V at #13 vs. #38, the Lexus NX at a splendid 15th place with 1.7% share vs. #56 in Norway overall, the Suzuki SX4 at #17 vs. #23, Subaru Forester at #22 vs. #32, Subaru Outback at #24 vs. #36 and the Audi A6 at #29 vs. #47.

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Norway June 2015: Renault Zoe takes off to 4th place overall

July 3rd, 2015 No comments

Renault Zoe Norway June 2015Renault Zoe

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After displaying lukewarm results up to now this year, Norwegian new car sales surge 24% year-on-year in June to 14.207 registrations, the best June score in 20 years – since the 16.064 hit in 1986! This is enough to single-handedly bring the year-to-date total into positive territory at 74.392 units halfway through the year, up 3% on 2014. Volkswagen continues its one-man show with sales up a gargantuan 54% to 17.6% share above Toyota (+8%), Volvo (+29%), BMW (+32%) and Nissan (+18%) while Ford drops 17% at #6. Notice also Mitsubishi up 60%, Mercedes up 37%, Renault up 313% and Subaru up 115%.

Tesla Model S Norway June 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Tesla Model S is still going strong in Norway: #2 in June and year-to-date.

The models ranking once again shows clearly how significant subsidies towards electric and PHEV cars can reshuffle an entire market. The VW Golf more than doubles its sales year-on-year to 1.626 units and a giant 11.4% market share, 68% of its sales going to the electric and PHEV variant, the Tesla Model S lodges another outstanding month in 2nd place with 566 units sold for a world-best 4% market share and the Mitsubishi Outlander is up to third place overall with 487 sales and 3.4% share, boosted by its PHEV variant accounting for a whopping 86% of its total.

Volvo XC90 Norway June 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Volvo XC90 is more popular in Norway than at home in Sweden.

But the biggest surprise this month in Norway is the coming of age of the Renault Zoe, up a fantastic 30 spots on May to land at a record-breaking 4th place overall with 431 units and 3% share. The Zoe even led the market overall during the last week of June with 10.8% share above the VW Golf at 5.2%! The French manufacturer will look at this performance with a warm heart as the Zoe has failed to impress so far at home. Other great gainers in the Norwegian June Top 20 include the Nissan Qashqai (+48%), Audi A3 (+49%), Volvo V70 (+50%), VW Passat (+58%), Toyota Avensis (+88%), Ford Mondeo (+140%) and Mercedes B-Class (+740%). The new generation Volvo XC90 shoots up to #14 and 1.9% (vs. #26 and 1% at home in Sweden) while the Mazda CX-3 is up 16 spots to #57.

Previous month: Norway May 2015: PHEV tax cut pushes Mitsubishi Outlander up to #2

One year ago: Norway June 2014: Tesla Model S back to 2nd place

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Norway May 2015: PHEV tax cut pushes Outlander up to #2

June 4th, 2015 No comments

Mitsubishi Outlander Norway May 2015Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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The Norwegian new car market continues to evolve at slightly lower levels than a year ago: down 2% in May to 12.036 registrations and down 1% year-to-date to 60.185 units. Once neck to neck in Norway, Volkswagen and Toyota behave in diametrically opposite ways in 2015: the German carmaker is up 21% in May to 17.2% share and up 36% year-to-date to 18.2% whereas the Japanese manufacturer is down 20% this month to 9.6% and at -3% so far this year at 11.2% share. Volvo is up 10% to #3, Ford up 19% to #4, Mercedes up 22% to #6, Mitsubishi up 31% to #13 and Subaru more than doubling its sales year-on-year to #15. The models ranking is more than ever influenced by tax breaks towards eco-friendly vehicles, with a recent tax cut for plug-in hybrids adding another category that will see a sales boost in the coming months.

Volvo XC90 Norway May 2015The new Volvo XC90 ranks higher in Norway than in Sweden this month.

The living proof is the VW Golf: out of the 1.323 sales allowing it a gargantuan 11% market share in May, 606 (46%) are the electric e-Golf and 221 (17%) are the plug-in hybrid. The Mitsubishi Outlander leaps up to 2nd place overall thanks to its PHEV variant representing 86% of its Norwegian sales and the all-electric Tesla Model S is back up 5 spots to #5 with 346 deliveries and 2.9% share, remaining #2 year-to-date at 2.108 units and 3.5%. Further down, notice the Audi A3 spending a 2nd consecutive month at #7 thanks to its plug-in hybrid variant (58% of sales), the Suzuki Vitara up 44 spots to #22, the new generation Volvo XC90 shooting up to #25 (better than at home in Sweden) and the Mazda CX-3 landing at #73 for its first month of sales in Norway.

Previous month: Norway April 2015: VW Golf stuck at all-time high levels

One year ago: Norway May 2014: VW Up up to best-ever #2 spot

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Norway April 2015: VW Golf stuck at all-time high levels

May 7th, 2015 No comments

VW Golf GTE Norway April 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frVW Golf

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The Norwegian new car market is up 5.5% year-on-year in April to 12.782 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still in negative at -0.9% and 48.149 deliveries. Boosted by a Golf itself boosted by its electric variant accounting for 50.4% of its April sales, Volkswagen is sovereign in the brands ranking at 20.9% share and 2.667 units, more than double any other manufacturer. Toyota comes 2nd with a round 10% share above BMW, Volvo and Skoda all at 5.7%. Audi is up 3 spots on March to #6, Mercedes up 4 to #7, Mazda up 3 to #9, Subaru up 5 to #13 and Citroen up 6 to #15.

Subaru Outback Norway April 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frSubaru Outback

Below the Golf single-handedly holding 12.5% of the Norwegian market this month, the Toyota Auris leaps to 2nd place with 4% share ahead of the Skoda Octavia (3.6%) while the Mazda CX-5 is back up 15 spots on March to #4 and the VW Passat is up 8 ranks to #5 as is the Mitsubishi Outlander at #9. The Tesla Model S is back down 8 ranks to #10 with the new 4WD variant now accounting for 97% of its sales (!), the Mercedes B-Class is up 26 spots to #18, the Subaru Outback up a further 11 to #24 and the Citroen C4 Cactus up 42 to #34.

Previous month: Norway March 2015: Tesla Model S back up to #2 and 8.1% share

One year ago: Norway April 2014: VW Golf reclaims #1 spot off Tesla Model S

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Norway March 2015: Tesla Model S back up to #2 and 8.1% share

April 9th, 2015 No comments

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Norwegian new car sales are back into positive territory in March at +2% and 14,159 registrations, reducing the year-to-date drop to -3% at 35,367 deliveries. Below Volkswagen at 16.1% share and Toyota at 10.7%, Tesla climbs onto the brands podium this month with 1,140 Model S sold for a 8.1% market share, earning the nameplate a 2nd spot overall behind the VW Golf now that the 4WD variant is widely available.

Renault Zoe Norway March 2015The Renault Zoe is up to a record #14 in Norway this month.

The Nissan Leaf jumps up to third place with 526 sales and now ranks 5th year-to-date, the Ford Mondeo is up 8 to #8, the Volvo XC60 up 10 to #11 and the Volvo V70 up 13 to #12. Further down, the Renault Zoe breaks into the Norwegian Top 20 for the very first time, up 41 spots on February to a record #14 thanks to 228 sales and 1.6% share, the BMW X3 is up 25 to #23 and the Subaru Outback up a further two ranks to #35.

Previous month: Norway February 2015: VW Golf stays at stratospheric heights

One year ago: Norway March 2014: Tesla Model S above 10% share, now #1 year-to-date

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Norway February 2015: VW Golf stays at stratospheric heights

March 5th, 2015 No comments

VW Golf GTE Norway February 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frVW Golf GTE Plug-in

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Grey sky for the Norwegian new car market: down another 5% year-on-year in February to 10,685 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 21,208 units, down 6% on 2014. Volkswagen dominates the brands ranking with 1,895 sales and 17.7% above Toyota at 13.6% and Nissan at 7.1%. This is partly due to a Golf remaining at stratospheric heights (11.4% share this month) thanks to its e-Golf and GTE Plug-in variants accounting for 70% of the nameplate’s sales.

Tesla Model S Norway February 2015. Picture courtesy don.vn.czTesla Model S sales are boosted by the arrival of the 4WD variant.

The Toyota RAV4 delivers a second month in a row in 2nd place thanks to 450 units sold, the Toyota Auris is up 3 spots on January to #3, the Skoda Octavia up 4 to #4 and the Tesla Model S returns to olympic shape at #6 with 321 sales and 3.1% share vs. #43 last month, thanks to the arrival of the 4WD variant, already accounting for 70% of its February sales. The Suzuki SX4 (#12) and Nissan X-Trail (#15) also impress.

Previous month: Norway January 2015: VW Golf up to 12.5% share thanks to e-Golf

One year ago: Norway February 2014: VW Golf edges past Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S #4

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Norway January 2015: VW Golf up to 12.5% share thanks to e-Golf

February 8th, 2015 No comments

VW e-Golf Norway January 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe e-Golf represents 67% of total Golf sales and would be #1 on its own.

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Difficult start of the year for new car sales in Norway, down 8% year-on-year in January to 10,523 registrations. Outsold by a rebate-boosted Volvo in December, Volkswagen reclaims the brands pole position this month thanks to 2,057 sales and 19.5% share while Volvo plummets down to #11. Toyota is #2 like over the FY2014 with 1,372 units and 13%, ahead of Nissan (8.1%), BMW (6.2%), Ford (5.6%) and Mercedes (5.2%). The VW Golf shoots up to a huge 12.5% share thanks to 1,313 sales including 879 e-Golf that would place the electric variant in pole position on its own: the 2nd best-seller in Norway in January is the Toyota RAV4 at 535, up a cool 14 spots on December. The Mitsubishi Outlander (#5), Nissan Qashqai (#6) and Hyundai i20 (#11) also shine, while the Lexus NX is up to a fantastic 24th place and the BMW X4 up to #60. Notice also the Tesla Model S down to #43 with just 71 units sold this month.

VW Golf GTE Norway January 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe arrival of the Golf GTE Plug-in in February should boost sales even further.

Previous post: Norway Full Year 2014: Tesla Model S doubles sales to land in Top 5

One year ago: Norway January 2014: Nissan Leaf leads, Suzuki SX4 up to #7

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Norway Full Year 2014: Tesla Model S doubles sales to land in Top 5

January 8th, 2015 No comments

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The Norwegian new car market is up a shy 1% year-on-year in 2014 to 144,202 and reinforces its role as leading European country as far as acceptance of electric cars is concerned. The VW Golf is the best-seller in the country for the 7th year in a row and its splendid year-on-year increase (31% or 2.313 sales) is almost entirely the work of its electric variant the e-Golf launched halfway through the year (2.018). The all-electric Nissan Leaf remains on the third step of the podium (a world-best) with sales up 4% to 4.781 and the Tesla Model S is up 104% to 4.040 units for its first full year of sales in the country, earning it a 5th position, another world-best. Add to this the VW Up doubling its sales year-on-year solely thanks to the e-Up (2.971 units or 78% of its total sales), the BMW i3 instantly becoming the brand’s best-seller in the country at #22 and the Kia Soul #2 best-selling all-new nameplate this year with 72% of its customers purchasing the electric version.

VW e-Golf Norway 2014The VW e-Golf already represents 21% of Golf sales in Norway.

Volkswagen remains the most popular manufacturer in Norway thanks to sales up 13% to 21,659 units and 15% share, distancing itself clearly from Toyota down 11% to 11.1% and Volvo down 5% to 7.9%. Outstanding year for BMW up 40% partly thanks to the i3, Nissan is also in great shape at +12% in 5th place. Notice also Peugeot up 25%, Renault up 84% and Lexus up 51%. Model-wise, the Toyota Auris holds onto the #2 spot, the Skoda Octavia is up 17% to #4, the Peugeot 308 takes off 475% to #20, the Mercedes C-Class up 120% to #30 and the Mazda3 up 293% to #33.

Previous month: Norway November 2014: Mazda CX-5 back on podium

One year ago: Norway Full Year 2013: VW Golf #1, Nissan Leaf on podium!

Two years ago: Norway Full Year 2012: VW Tiguan and Nissan Leaf impress

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Norway November 2014: Mazda CX-5 back on podium

December 3rd, 2014 No comments

Mazda CX-5 Norway November 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deMazda CX-5

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New car sales in Norway are down a worrying 5% year-on-year in November to 11,746 registrations, with the year-to-date tally now only 0.6% above 2013 at 131.553 units. Brand-wise, Volkswagen keeps an unassailable lead over Toyota at 16.7% share vs. 10.8% in November, 14.9% vs. 11.4% year-to-date. Volvo, BMW and Nissan follow as per the YTD ranking while Mercedes jumps up to #6. The VW Golf sells more on its own than any brand in the Norwegian market bar Volkswagen, Toyota and Volvo with 870 units and 7.6% share in November, 29% of which are the electric variant e-Golf, ahead of the Toyota Auris (3.3%) and the Mazda CX-5 (3.2%) celebrating its return on the podium for the first time since August 2013.

Lexus NX Norway November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe NX300h accounts for 80% of Lexus sales in Norway this month.

Notice also the Tesla Model S back up 66 spots on a dismal month of October to #17. Other great performers this month in Norway include the VW Polo up 15 spots on October to #13, the Mercedes C-Class up to #19 vs. #33 year-to-date, the Kia Soul up 10 ranks thanks to the new electric variant (78% of sales) to #23 vs. #72 YTD. But the most impressive nameplate this month in Norway is the Lexus NX300h up a further 11 spots on an already stellar October result to #32 with 108 sales and just under 1% market share, equivalent to 80% of the entire Lexus brand’s sales in the country!

Previous month: Norway October 2014: Lexus NX in Top 50

One year ago: Norway November 2013: Tesla Model S back up to #2!

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