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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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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

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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!

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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

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