Norway is the only country in the world to welcome the BMW i3 among its 10 best-sellers.
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Norwegian new car sales are down 2% year-on-year in August to 11,444 registrations, however the year-to-date total remains in positive territory at +2% over 2013 to 95,519 units. Volkswagen is the most popular manufacturer in the country once again with a strong 18% share vs. 14.6% year-to-date, placing the Golf at #1 and 9.4% share, well ahead of its level at home in Germany and the 2nd consecutive month above 9%. This sales boost for the #1 best-seller in the country is to be attributed to the launch of the e-Golf variant here, instantly successful in the kingdom of electric cars.
VW e-Golf at Olso Airport – September 2014.
The Toyota Auris remains at #2 and overtakes the Tesla Model S to now also rank #2 year-to-date, while the Nissan Leaf is up 4 spots on July to jump back onto the Norwegian podium for the first time since last April at #3 and 3.5% share, followed by the VW Up boosted by the e-Up electric variant. Norway confirms its status of electric car paradise with the Mitsubishi Outlander back up 6 spots on July to #8 (thanks to the PHeV variant), the BMW i3 lodging a second ever month inside the monthly Top 10 after last March at #10, the Tesla Model S shyer than usual but still at a world-best #15 and the Renault Zoe at #81.
The BMW X4 is up to #75 in Norway this month.
Notice also the Peugeot 308 up 8 ranks on July to #9, the Mazda3 breaking into the Top 20 at #20, the Citroen C4 Cactus up 53 spots to break into the Norwegian Top 50 for the first time at #32, the Mercedes GLA up a further 4 ranks to #35 vs. #62 year-to-date, the Nissan X-Trail jumping from outside the Top 100 in July directly to #49 vs. #112 year-to-date thanks to the new model, the Peugeot 108 up to #63 and the BMW X4 up 18 spots to #75.
Previous month: Norway July 2014: VW Golf at 10% share, VW Up on podium
One year ago: Norway August 2013: Mazda CX-5 only 8 units below VW Golf
Full August 2014 Top 20 models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.