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

August 13th, 2014 2 comments

VW e-up Norway July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe e-Up electric variant pushes the VW Up onto the Norwegian podium this month.

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The Norwegian new car market is up 3% both in July to 11,690 registrations and year-to-date at 84,075 units. Tremendous month for Volkswagen up to 18.8% share thanks to 2,197 sales vs. 14.1% year-to-date. The German brand now has an almost unassailable advantage over Toyota at 10.9% in July and 11.4% year-to-date. Swedish manufacturer Volvo remains third at 8% above Nissan, BMW, Ford and Skoda. Mazda jumps up to #9, Mitsubishi up to #11, Subaru up to #17 while Tesla continues its seesaw career: down to just 1% share this month vs. 3.9% year-to-date.

BMW i3 Norway July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe i3 amazingly remains BMW’s best-seller in Norway so far in 2014.

Model-wise, the VW Golf is up to almost 10% share this month at 9.7% and 1.136 sales, by far the nameplate’s strongest market share in the country in at least 4 years (previous best: 7.7% in November 2010)! The Toyota Auris is strong in 2nd place and 3.9% while the VW Up, boosted by the success of its electric variant the e-Up, is up 7 spots on June to round up the podium with 338 units and 2.9%. Notice also the Mazda CX-5 up 3 ranks to #5, the Audi A3 up to #12 and Peugeot 308 up 8 to #17. The BMW i3 remains the brand’s best-seller in the country so far in spite of a weak month of July at just 124 sales (#27).

Previous month: Norway June 2014: Tesla Model S back to 2nd place

One year ago: Norway July 2013: Mazda CX-5 back up to #2, Toyota RAV4 #4

Full July 2014 Top 100 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Norway June 2014: Tesla Model S back up to 2nd place

July 3rd, 2014 3 comments

Tesla Model S Norway June 2014Tesla Model S

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New car sales in Norway are up 4.5% year-on-year in June to 11,441 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 72,385 units, up 2.5% on 2013. While the VW Golf reigns supreme at 6.3%, the Tesla Model S is back to the world-best 2nd spot it also holds year-to-date with 536 units and 4.7% this month and 3,134 and 4.3% so far in 2014. Out-of-this-world results for the American prestige electric car. The Nissan Leaf for its part is back up 4 spots to #6, the Volvo V40 up 3 to #9, Ford Focus up 8 to #11 and the BMW i3 back up 6 ranks to #22.

Previous month: Norway May 2014: VW Up up to best-ever #2 spot

One year ago: Norway June 2013: Toyota RAV4 up to 2nd place

Full June 2014 Top 100 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Norway May 2014: VW Up up to best-ever 2nd place

June 3rd, 2014 2 comments

VW e-up Norway May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe e-Up accounts for 78% of total Up sales in Norway in May.

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The Norwegian new car market is up 3% year-on-year in May to 12,337 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 60,944 units, up 2% on 2013. The VW Golf holds onto the pole position thanks to 565 sales and 4.5% share, reinforcing its year-to-date top spot at 2,908 units and 4.8% vs. 2,598 and 4.3% for the Tesla Model S back up 13 spots on April to 6th place this month with 3% share. The event of the month is the 2nd place of the VW Up, its best-ever ranking in the country, with 465 sales and 3.8%. The Up is up 222% year-to-date to #6 overall, and this newfound success is almost entirely due to the electric version, the e-up, accounting for 78% of Up sales in May and 77% year-to-date.

Other great performers this month in Norway include the Skoda Octavia up to #3, the Audi A3 up to #13, Citroen C4 up 46 spots on April to #29 and the Mazda3 up 27 to #31. Finally, notice the BMW i3 down 13 ranks to a still very satisfying #28 spot.

Previous month: Norway April 2014: VW Golf reclaims #1 spot off Tesla Model S

One year ago: Norway May 2013: Volvo V40 up to world-best #2

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

May 5th, 2014 5 comments

VW Golf Norway April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf is back to the year-to-date pole position in Norway 

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Whereas the European market is slowly waking up from 6 years of lethargy, new car sales in Norway are down a surprisingly harsh 13% year-on-year to 12,115 registrations in March, bringing the year-to-date total to 48,607 units, still up 2% on 2013. Brand-wise, Volkswagen is now frankly above Toyota at 15.6% share vs. 10.1% this month and 13.1% vs. 11.4% year-to-date. BMW is up one spot on March to land at an outstanding third position, a ranking it also holds year-to-date. Notice also Skoda back up 3 ranks to #8, Mercedes up to #9 and Peugeot up to #10.

BMW i3 Norway March 2014BMW i3

In the models ranking, the Tesla Model S continues its seesaw career: #1 last month, it is down to #19 in April and loses the year-to-date pole position to the VW Golf which, in spite of sales down 15% year-on-year, leads the way in April at 766 units and 6.3%. The Nissan Leaf is up two ranks on March to a fantastic 2nd place with 451 sales and 3.7% share, the Skoda Octavia is up 58% year-on-year at #4, the VW Up up 178% to #5 and the Suzuki SX4 up 206% to #22, while the BMW i3 continues to impress at #15 with 236 units and 1.9% of the market. Further down, the Peugeot 308 up 1033% to #26, the BMW X5 up 425% to #69 and the Porsche Macan lands at #83.

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

One year ago: Norway April 2013: Nissan Leaf up to second place!

Full April 2014 Top 100 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Norway March 2014: Tesla Model S above 10% share, #1 YTD, BMW i3 #10!

April 4th, 2014 9 comments

Tesla Model S Norway March 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Tesla Model S sold as much as the VW Golf, Up and Toyota Auris combined.

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New car sales in Norway are up a massive 29% year-on-year in March to 13,861 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total after one quarter to 36,492 units, up 8% on 2013. And the first relevant piece of information about the Norwegian new car market this month is that it continues to behave like it’s on another planet, or at least 10 years ahead of any other market in the world… If you thought the Tesla Model S had exhausted all its potential after its incredible run over the past few months (#1 last September and December#2 last November), well you were wrong. Very wrong. In March the Model S delivers no less than its best performance yet, and by far. Thanks to an incredible 1,493 sales, it grabs 10.8% of the Norwegian car market, the first time an all-electric model manages that feat anywhere in the world.

Tesla Model S Norway March 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.com P2Tesla Model S

This means the Model S sold as much as its 3 followers in the ranking combined: the VW Golf (624), Toyota Auris (472) and VW Up (444), and is now #1 year-to-date with 2,056 sales and 5.6% ahead of the VW Golf (1,577) and Nissan Leaf (1,522). It also means only one brand managed to sell more cars than the Tesla Model S in Norway this month: Volkswagen at 1,772 units. With just one model, Tesla is indeed the #2 brand in the country this month ahead of Toyota (1,441), BMW (1,016) and Nissan (924). I could go on and on with more records but I think by now you get the picture. Tesla is literally making history in Norway right now, and rewriting the rules of what sales level a car this size, let alone an all-electric one, can achieve.

BMW i3 Norway March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe BMW i3 breaks into a country’s Top 10 for the very first time.

But wait there’s more all-electric records this month in Norway… First let’s salute the exceptional performances of the VW Up at an all-time high 4th position, up 327% year-on-year due to the success of the e-Up. Then we have the out-of-this-world 10th place of the BMW i3 with 336 sales and 2.4%, whereas I had not seen this model break into any country’s Top 50 so far! Norway definitely confirms this month its position as the electric car heaven of the world… Finally let’s notice the Toyota RAV4 up 148% to #8, the Volvo XC60 up 68% to #15, BMW 3 Series up 66% to #16 and the Audi A3 up 105% to #17.

Previous month: Norway February 2014: VW Golf edges past Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S #4

One year ago:  Norway March 2013: Mazda CX-5 threatens VW Golf

Full March 2014 Top 130 models and Top 32 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Norway February 2014: Golf edges past Leaf, Tesla Model S #4

March 6th, 2014 No comments

Tesla Model S Norway February 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comTesla Model S

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The Norwegian new car market is down 1% year-on-year both in February at 11,246 registrations and year-to-date at 22,631 units, but remains by far the most electric European market: if the VW Golf reclaims the pole position this month thanks to 488 sales and 4.3% share, it is only 4 units above the Nissan Leaf which remains the best-seller so far in 2014 at 1,134 units and 5% share (+105% on 2013!) vs. 1,016 and 4.5% for the Toyota Auris and 953 and 4.2% for the Golf.

Nissan Leaf Norway February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan remains the best-seller in Norway so far in 2014.

Fallen outside the Top 20 in January, the Tesla Model S is back with a vengeance in an extraordinary 4th position thanks to 431 sales for a 3.8% share. Other great performers this month in Norway include the Toyota RAV4 up 185% on February 2013 to #5, the Nissan Qashqai up from outside the Top 20 last month to #8, the VW Up! up 132% to #9, Suzuki SX4 up 302% to #13 and the Peugeot 2008 at #17 with 184 sales and 1.6% share.

Previous month: Norway January 2014: Nissan Leaf leads, Suzuki SX4 up to #7

One year ago: Norway February 2013: Nissan Leaf up to world-best 5th place

Full February 2014 Top 20 models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

February 5th, 2014 1 comment

Nissan Leaf Norway January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Leaf

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New car sales in Norway are down 2% year-on-year in January to 11,385 registrations. And it’s another milestone month for electric cars in Norway: the Nissan Leaf is the best-seller this month and for the 2nd time ever after last October thanks to 650 sales and 5.7%, a new market share record for the nameplate in the country.With the Tesla Model S topping the Norwegian sales charts in September and December (but outside the Top 20 this month), an electric car was the best-selling model in the country for 4 of the last 5 months! Can the Leaf maintain its leadership to be the first all-electric car to finish a year at #1 in any country in the world? Answer in a bit less than 12 months… This is going to be a great year indeed!

Suzuki SX4 Norway January 2014Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

Excellent score of the Toyota Auris up 233% year-on-year to #2 and of the Suzuki SX4 making its very first appearance inside the Norwegian Top 10 thanks to the S-Cross model at #7 with 314 sales and 2.8%. The other models making it into this month’s Top 20 whereas they weren’t in last year’s are the BMW 3 Series up to #9, the VW Up! up to #11, BMW X3 up to #13, Peugeot 2008 up to #14, Peugeot 308 up to #18 and the Ford Kuga up to #19. Brand-wise, Toyota leads with 13.2% share above Volkswagen at 11.9% while BMW shoots up to #3 and 8.1% vs. #8 and 4.8% over the Full Year 2013. Notice also Peugeot up 11 spots on December to #5 and Suzuki up to #12 vs. #19 in 2013.

Previous post: Norway Full Year 2013: VW Golf #1, Nissan Leaf on podium!

Previous month: Norway December 2013: Tesla Model S best-seller again!

One year ago: Norway January 2013: Mazda CX-5 at world-best 2nd place!

Full January 2014 Top 20 models and Top 32 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

January 5th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Leaf Norway 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Leaf

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New car sales in Norway gain 3% year-on-year in 2013 to 142,151 registrations. If the VW Golf manages a 6th consecutive year atop the models ranking thanks to sales up a fantastic 17% to 7,366 units and 5.2% share, the rest of the ranking has gone mad, making Norway one of the most interesting countries to follow this year. Half of the models ranking inside the Top 10 this year are new to this level, but let’s get straight to the point: the big event this year in Norway is the incredible success of two electric-powered cars. Firstly the Tesla Model S, which created a proper earthquake in September when it simply took the lead of the Norwegian models ranking, but far from being a one-hit wonder it went on to rank #2 in November and #1 again in December! In spite of being in market for only four month, the Model S managed to slip inside the year-end Top 20 at #20 with 1,983 sales and 1.4%, by far its best performance worldwide.

Tesla Model S Norway 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comNo one could have predicted the Tesla Model S would top the Norwegian rankings twice this year…

The second electric superstar this year in Norway is the Nissan Leaf, which also managed the unheard-of feat of topping the monthly sales charts (in October) in what was also a world-first. The Leaf stayed consistent all year long, ranking inside the Top 5 for 7 out of 12 months, and finishes 2013 in a brilliant third position with 4,604 units and 3.4% share, exactly doubling its 2012 sales.

Mazda CX-5 Norway 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Mazda CX-5 ranks at a world-best #4 this year in Norway.

But wait there are a lot more outstanding performers in the Norwegian Top 10 this year… Boosted by their hybrid versions, the Toyota Auris is up 89% to #2 while the Yaris is up 14% to #5. While in 2011 the Mitsubishi ASX achieved world-best sales figures in Norway, this year the Mazda CX-5 is the ‘SUV du jour’, tripling its 2012 sales to 4,387 and 3.1% at #4 and peaking at a world-best #2 in January, February and March. The Volvo V40 is up 600% to #6 for its first full year, the Toyota RAV4 is up 107% to #8, Mitsubishi Outlander up 116% to #12 and the Mercedes A-Class up 418% to #19.

Previous post: Norway December 2013: Tesla Model S best-seller again!

One year ago: Norway Full Year 2012: VW Tiguan and Nissan Leaf impress

Two years ago: Norway Full Year 2011: VW Golf and Passat lead, Mitsubishi ASX at world best

Full Year 2013 Top 20 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Norway December 2013: Tesla Model S best-seller again!

January 5th, 2014 1 comment

Tesla Model S Norway September 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comSecond month in pole position for the Tesla Model S in Norway.

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In a euphoric Norwegian market up 22% year-on-year to 11,395 registrations in December, Tesla drops another bombshell: the Model S is the most successful vehicle in the country for the second time after making worldwide headlines back in September when it first ranked #1 here. I guess those who thought the Model S surge to pole position that month was a one-off due to the delivery of year-old orders, and I admit I was among them, now have to eat their words, or at least make it a “two-off”. In fact, since September the only month the Model S did not manage to rank within the Top 2 best-sellers in Norway was October as it was back up to #2 in November. 553 units sold in December give it 4.9% market share and allow it to rank among the annual Top 20 at #20 with 1,983 sales and 1.4%. Needless to say 2014 will be a riveting year to follow as it will confirm/infirm the success of this UFO in this part of the world.

Volvo V40 Norway December 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo V40

But the December surprises don’t stop there in Norway. Traditionally strong in December (the V70 was #1 in 2012), neighbour Volvo overdoes it this year: it doubles its market share compared to December 2012 to 16.5% thanks to 1,884 sales, taking the lead of the brand ranking away from Volkswagen (13%)! Illustrating this, Volvo places the V40 and V70 at equal-number 2 with 542 sales and 4.8% each (best-ever ranking in Norway for the former), the V60 up 8 spots to #6 with 3,7% and the XC60 up 6 to #7 and 3.7%. All these extremely strong performances bring the VW Golf down to #5, the Toyota Auris down to #9 and the Nissan Leaf down to #8 but these 3 models still lead the way in the annual ranking, in this order. Finally, at #10 the Mercedes A-Class is up 8 ranks to break into the Top 10 for the 2nd time this year after last February.

Previous month: Norway November 2013: Tesla Model S back up to #2!

One year ago: Norway December 2012: Volvo V70 surprise leader

Full December 2013 Top 20 models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

December 3rd, 2013 8 comments

Tesla Model S Norway October 2013The Tesla Model S is back atop the Norwegian sales charts!

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New car sales in Norway are up by a nudge in November: +0.8% year-on-year to 12,079 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 130,756 units, up 2% on 2012. If like me you thought that the pole position of the Tesla Model S here back in September was a freak event due to the delivery of 2 years-worth of orders, well you were mistaken! After falling out of the Top 20 in October, the Model S is back with a vengeance: up to an unbelievable (once again) 2nd place thanks to 527 sales and 4.4% share! Tesla’s electric sports sedan has now found an astounding 1,433 buyers in Norway alone!

Nissan Leaf Norway November 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Leaf

But wait the electric good news don’t stop there: after leading the market for the first time last month, the Nissan Leaf is down to a more reasonable 5th place with 512 units and 4.2% but up one spot in the year-to-date ranking to climb on the overall podium at #3 with 4,267 sales and 3.3% below only the VW Golf at 6,905 units and 5.3% and the Toyota Auris at 4,507 units and 3.4%. Notice also the Skoda Octavia stable at an excellent 4th place with 524 sales and 4.3% this month, the VW Up! up to #7 thanks to the electric version and the Suzuki SX4 up to #15.

Previous month: Norway October 2013: Nissan Leaf new leader!

One year ago: Norway November 2012: Podium 100% Volkswagen

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