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

April 9th, 2015 No comments

Tesla Model S Norway February 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.com P2Tesla Model S

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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

Tesla Model S Norway 2014Tesla Model S

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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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Norway October 2014: Lexus NX in Top 50

November 5th, 2014 No comments

Lexus NX Norway October 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comLexus NX (US model pictured)

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The Norwegian new car market is up a shy 0.5% year-on-year in October to 12,963 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 120,067 units, up an equally shy 1% on 2013. Brand-wise, Volkswagen (15.9%), Toyota (11.2%) and Volvo (8%) dominate as they did in FY2013 and YTD, Nissan is up to #4 and 6.7%, Skoda up to #5 and 6.1% and Mercedes up to #8 and 4.8%. The VW Golf dominates the models ranking more than ever at 8% share and sees the part of its electric variant the e-Golf climb from 23% in September to 31% this month at 324 units. This makes the e-Golf the 2nd most successful electric vehicle in Norway in October below only the Nissan Leaf (372 sales) and as the Tesla Model S tumbles down to just 36 units. No, Tesla is not dead in Norway. Model S sales have always evolved in waves a new shipments reached Norwegian shores so expect it to climb back the ladder very soon.

VW e-Golf Norway October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frAlmost one in 3 VW Golf sold in Norway this month is electric!

Other great performers in Norway this month include the Volvo V70 at #6, Volvo V40 at #7, the Peugeot 308 up 9 spots to #12, Mercedes C-Class up to #22 vs. #37 YTD, BMW X3 up to #24, Renault Clio up to #32 vs. #69 YTD, Kia Soul up to #33 vs. #85 thanks to the electric variant (83% of sales) and the Citroen C1 up to #39 vs. #119 YTD. Finally, we welcome the Lexus NX directly into the Norwegian Top 50 at #43 with 89 sales and 0.7%. Logical, the only available variant here for now is the NX300h hybrid benefitting from a whole range of government subsidies and other parking/traffic lane advantages. Still, Norway is already the third country to feature an impressive performance by Lexus’s new SUV along with Taiwan (#17) and Sweden (#67).

Previous post: Norway September 2014: Now with Top 12 electric cars

Previous month: Norway September 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander back up to #5

One year ago: Norway October 2013: Nissan Leaf new leader!

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Norway September 2014: Now with Top 12 electric cars

October 27th, 2014 1 comment

Kia Soul Electric Norway September 2014The Kia Soul Electric already sells better than the Tesla Model S in Norway…

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For the first time on BSCB I can share with you detailed data for electric cars in Norway, the country in the world with the highest share of this type of vehicles. In September 1.298 new electric cars found a home in Norway, that’s 11% of the overall passenger car market, bringing the year-to-date total to 13,737 units, a 13% share. The Nissan Leaf is the best-seller this month with 367 sales, enabling it to reclaim the year-to-date lead off the Tesla Model S at 3,745 units vs. 3,535. The VW e-Golf lands in 2nd place with 220 sales or 1 in every 4 new Golf sold in Norway, and the VW e-Up rounds up the podium with 214 units or 74% of all Up sold. A newcomer this month: the Kia Soul Electric takes off at 105 sales or 88% of all Soul registered in September and one unit above the Tesla Model S…

Previous post: Norway September 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander back up to #5

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Norway September 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander back up to #5

October 6th, 2014 No comments

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Norway September 2014. Picture courtesy of autoweek.nlMitsubishi Outlander *

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The Norwegian new car market is down 5% year-on-year in September to 11,585 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 107,104, still in positive at +1% on 2013. Volkswagen is king of the Norway castle once again thanks to 1,707 sales and 14.7% (very close to its year-to-date level) while Toyota claws its way back up at 12.6% share in 2nd position, over one percentage point above its 2014 level. Volvo gets a boost at 7.8% in third place as do Mazda at #7 vs. #10 so far in 2014 and Subaru at #14 vs. #19. The e-Golf continues to significantly lift the nameplate’s sales in Norway: now standing at 8.1% share thanks to 939 sales, well above the 6.3% it commands year-to-date.

The Toyota Auris and Nissan Leaf are faithful to the #2 and #3 respective spots they hold year-to-date (+1 for the Leaf) while the Mitsubishi Outlander takes advantage of its PHEV variant to break back into the Top 5 for the first time since May 2013. Other great performers this month in Norway include the Volvo S60 up to #14, the Kia Sportage up to #15, Mazda3 up to #18, Mercedes C-Class up to #25, Kia Soul up to #27, Peugeot 508 up to #33 and Nissan X-Trail up to #39. Reversely the Tesla Model S is starting to pant a little, down 17 spots on August to #32 vs. #4  year-to-date.

Previous month: Norway August 2014: VW Golf above 9%, BMW i3 in Top 10 again

One year ago: Norway September 2013: Tesla Model S in pole position!

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Norway August 2014: VW Golf above 9%, BMW i3 in Top 10 again

September 8th, 2014 6 comments

BMW i3 Norway August 2014Norway 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 Norway August 2014VW 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.

BMW X4 Norway August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe 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

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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

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