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Sweden June 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander in Top10, market up 26%

July 1st, 2014 2 comments

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sweden June 2014. Picture courtesy of autoweek.nlMitsubishi Outlander

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It’s looking like a very hot summer indeed for new car sales in Sweden: up an extremely impressive 26% year-on-year in May to 28,749 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 151,747 units, up a gargantuan 18% on 2013. Interestingly this growth is fuelled by private demand: over the first half of 2014, private sales accounted for 36% of the new car market in Sweden vs. 32% over the same period last year. Volvo (+34%) and Volkswagen (+33%) lead and both outperform the market while Audi (+14%) reclaims the third spot it held over the Full Year 2013. Toyota (+34%), Mercedes (+71%), Mitsubishi (+288%) and Dacia (+110%) also shine in the Top 10.

Peugeot 308 SW VW Golf Sweden June 2014. Picture by largus.frThe new Station Wagon pushes the Peugeot 308 up to #13.

In the models ranking, the podium is unchanged on last month with the Volvo V70 reigning supreme at 7.2% share ahead of the VW Passat (5.4%) and Golf (4.9%) both above their year-to-date levels once again. Let’s salute the Audi A4 up 8 spots on May to #9, the Mitsubishi Outlander up 11 to break into the Top 10 at #10, the Renault Clio up to #12, Peugeot 308 up 20 to #13, Renault Mégane up 9 to #19, Dacia Duster up 17 to #25, Hyundai i20 up 12 to #26, the Nissan Note up to #36 vs. #71 year-to-date and the BMW X3 up to #47 vs. #67.

Previous month: Sweden May 2014: Volvo strong in market up 7%

One year ago: Sweden June 2013: Volvo V70 and VW Passat dominate stable ranking

Full June 2014 Top 75 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden May 2014: Volvo strong in market up 7%

June 2nd, 2014 4 comments

Volvo V70 Sweden April 2014Regular on top at home: the Volvo V70

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May data is now available, with the first country off the starting blocks being Sweden. New car sales are up another smooth 7% year-on-year in May to 27,652 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 122,998 units, up a flamboyant 16% on 2013. Local carmaker Volvo is particularly strong at home this month, grabbing 21.5% of the market thanks to 5,946 sales vs. 19.9% year-to-date. Indeed, the V70, #1 at 8% share, XC60 at #4 and 4.5%, S/V60 at #5 and 4.4% and the V40 at #6 and 3.8% all deliver market shares above their year-to-date levels! Reversely, Volkswagen (14.6%), Toyota (6.2%) and BMW (5.3%) are below their YTD shares. Notice also Kia up to #5 and Renault up to #8.

Toyota Auris Sweden May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frToyota Auris

In the models ranking, the VW Passat reclaims the #2 spot it held over the Full Year 2013 off its little sister the VW Golf, both very solid at 4.8% and 4.6% respectively. The Toyota Auris is up 5 spots on April to land in 7th place, the Fiat Ducato impressively remains inside the Swedish Top 10 at #9, the Renault Clio is up 4 ranks to #14, Audi A4 up 7 to #17 and VW Tiguan up 7 to #26. Finally, let’s salute the Fiat 500 up to #35 vs. #65 year-to-date and the Volvo XC90 at #43 vs. #62.

Previous month: Sweden April 2014: Volvo XC60 strong again

One year ago: Sweden May 2013: Volvo XC60 hits highest share ever

Full May 2014 Top 50 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden April 2014: Volvo XC60 strong again

May 5th, 2014 8 comments

VOLVO XC60 D4 163ch AWDVolvo XC60

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New car sales in Sweden continue at full steam ahead: up another 14% year-on-year in April to 27,543 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 95,346 units, up 19% on 2013. Volvo and Volkswagen monopolise the Top 7 this month, with the Volvo V70 unsurprisingly in the lead at a strong 8.2% share followed by the VW Golf (5.1%) and Passat (4.6%).

Volvo XC90 Sweden April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frIt’s runout time for the Volvo XC90 before the new generation arrives later this year.

In 4th position the Volvo XC60 delivers another very strong month at 1,196 sales and 4.3% which is its third best-ever market share at home below December 2013 (4.8%) and January 2014 (4.6%), and its 2nd best-ever ranking: only in December last year has it ranked higher (#2). Notice also the VW Polo up 7 spots on March to #7, the Fiat Ducato up 15 to #8 (the mobile-home effect?), the Mitsubishi Outlander also up 15 to #21, the Kia Picanto up from outside the Top 70 in March to #27 this month, the Skoda Rapid up 19 to #36 and the Volvo XC90 up 25 to #42.

Saab 9-3 Sweden 2013Like a phoenix, the Saab 9-3 is reborn from its ashes.

Brand-wise, below Volvo (20.7% share) and Volkswagen (15.4%), BMW is up one spot on March to a fantastic third position with 6.1% share, followed by Audi up two ranks to #4 and Toyota down two to #5. Skoda is up 4 spots to #6 and 4.9% share, Fiat up two to #11 and 3.3% share vs. 2% year-to-date, Saab continues its slow rebuild at #29 with 47 new gen 9-3 sold, up 683% on March while Chevrolet has officially died in Sweden: down 98% year-on-year to just 3 units sold this month.

Previous month: Sweden March 2014: VW Golf back to 2nd place

One year ago: Sweden April 2013: Market back in positive

Full April 2014 Top 35 All-brands and Top 50 models Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden March 2014: VW Golf back up to 2nd place

April 1st, 2014 No comments

VW Golf Sweden February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Golf

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Full March 2014 data is starting to trickle through and first off we have Sweden. And the Swedish new car market continues on its extraordinary run this year, up another 23% year-on-year in March to 27,605 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 67,803 units, up 21% on 2013. Below the Volvo V70 traditional leader with 2,007 sales and 7.3% share, the VW Golf is up 2 spots on February to #2, its highest ranking in the country since last October, thanks to 1,514 units and 5.5% while the Volvo S/V60 rounds up the podium like in the year-to-date ranking at 1,223 sales and 4.4%.

Toyota Avensis Sweden February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Toyota Avensis is back in the race in Sweden.

Other great performers in Sweden this month include the Toyota Avensis brilliantly back inside the Top 50 at #16 with 394 units and 1.4%, the Mercedes C-Class enjoying the effects of cut prices prior to the new generation coming out at #20 vs. #38 over the FY2013, the Fiat Ducato up to #23 now that campervans are getting purchased in preparation for summer, the Renault Captur up 4 to #24, Ford Kuga up to #31, Mazda CX-5 up 26 spots to #32 and the Honda Civic up 19 to #37

Previous month: Sweden February 2014: BMW 5 Series and Peugeot 308 shine

One year ago: Sweden March 2013: Volvo V40 now in the race

Full March 2014 Top 70 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden February 2014: BMW 5 Series and Peugeot 308 shine

March 6th, 2014 3 comments

Peugeot 308 Sweden February 2014. Picture courtesy of automotorsport.sePeugeot 308

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The Swedish new car market continues on its euphoric run this year: up 21% in February to 21,525 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 40,198 units, up 20% on 2013! The Volvo V70 remains the most popular vehicle in the country and improves its market share to 8% this month thanks to 1,719 sales. It is followed by the VW Passat up 2 spots on January to #2 and 1,112 units, while the Volvo S/V60 rounds up the podium with 949 sales. The VW Golf and Volvo XC60 follow but the hero of the month is the BMW 5 Series (like in Finland): up 4 spots on last month to land at a brilliant 7th spot with 463 units and 2.2% share, just above its lil sis the BMW 3 Series.

Dacia Duster Sweden February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Duster

Further down, the other great performer of the month is the Peugeot 308 boosted by the new generation of the model and up 8 ranks to #17 with 295 sales and 1.4% share. Notice also the Kia Sportage up 6 spots to #18, the Toyota RAV4 stable at #20 vs. #33 over the Full Year 2013 and the Mercedes C-Class up 16 ranks to #22. The Dacia Duster smashes its record ranking for the 2nd month in a row at #24 (vs. #28 in January), the Renault Captur is up 18 to #28, the Subaru Forester is up to #32, the BMW 1 Series up to #33, Skoda Rapid up to #43, Fiat Freemont up to #48, Chevrolet Trax up to #60 and the Peugeot 2008 is up to #61.

Previous month: Sweden January 2014: Volvo XC60 up to record 2nd place

One year ago: Sweden February 2013: Volvo V40 up to best-ever #4

Full February 2014 Top 60 models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden January 2014: Volvo XC60 up to record 2nd place

February 3rd, 2014 No comments

Volvo XC60 Sweden January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo XC60

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Outstanding start of the year for the Swedish car market: up an explosive 19% year-on-year to 18,673 registrations, bringing this January’s tally back to its 2012 level. In the brand ranking, Volvo leads the way with 19.9% share ahead of Volkswagen at 16% while BMW is up to #3 with 7.2%, passing Audi (6.6%) and Toyota (6.5%), and Mercedes is up to #7 vs. #11 over the Full Year 2013. Model-wise, there are no surprises at #1: the Volvo V70 is the only model to sell more than 1,000 units this month at 1,203 and 6.4%.

BMW 3 Series Sweden January 2014BMW 3 Series

But the big event is the record 2nd place of the Volvo XC60 thanks to 862 sales and 4.6% share, which are nevertheless not its volume nor share records – these were reached last month although the XC60 only ranked #4 then. The XC60′s previous best ranking was #4 which it reached for the first time exactly one year ago in January 2013. The S/V60 completes a podium 100% Volvo for the first time in… years. The BMW 3 Series is up 6 spots on December to land at a strong 7th place with 3% share vs. 2.2% over the Full Year 2013 and the VW Polo remains at a very high level at #8 and 2.9% vs. #18 and 1.3% in 2013.

Dacia Duster Sweden January 2014. Picture courtesy of teknikensvarld.seDacia Duster

Beyond the Top 10, the VW Tiguan is up 9 ranks to #15, the Audi A3 up 3 to #16, the Toyota RAV4 up a splendid 10 spots to #20, the Mazda3 is up to a flamboyant 27th spot vs. #105 in 2013 and the Ford Kuga up to #30 vs. #52. Finally, notice two Dacias literally smashing the personal best this month: the Dacia Duster up to #28 vs. #78 in 2013 and a PB of #39,  and the Dacia Sandero up to #35 vs. #82 in 2013 and a PB of #57… In fact Dacia is up to #17 brand and 1.8% share in January vs. #24 and 0.8% in 2013.

Full Year 2013 Report: Sweden Full Year 2013: Volvo V40 lands at #5 – lukewarm

Previous month: Sweden December 2013: Volvo XC60 breaks records

One year ago:  Sweden January 2013: 4 Volvos in Top 5!

Full January 2014 Top 50 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden Full Year 2013: Volvo V40 lands in 5th place – lukewarm

January 3rd, 2014 1 comment

Volvo V40 Sweden Full Year 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo V40

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The Swedish new car market is down 4% in 2013 to 269,363 registrations, the weakest annual result since 2009 which saw only 213,408 new cars changing hands in the country. And BIL Sweden only predicts a very shy improvement of 2% to 274,000 sales for 2014… In pole position we have a familiar face: thanks to 20,252 sales and 7.5% (-7%), the Volvo V70 tops Swedish sales charts for the 17th year in a row (since 1997), the longest reign of any nameplate in the history of automobile in Sweden! It is followed like in 2012 by the VW Passat (-12%), Volvo S/V60 (-1%) and VW Golf (stable). The Volvo V40 invites itself inside the Top 5 for its first full year of sales at #5 with 9,133 units and 3.4% but it seems to have plateaued during the year and has not managed to take the advantage over the VW Golf, potentially because the Golf does have a ‘true’ station wagon in its range, Swedish consumers remaining extremely fond of this format (the V70 and V60 are full station wagons).

Toyota Auris Touring Sweden 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Toyota Auris ranks inside the Top 10 for the first time in 2013.

Even though it remains in 6th place like last year, the Volvo XC60 has improved greatly in 2013, up 34% to a best-ever 8,591 sales and 3.2%, even reaching a record 4.8% share in December. The Toyota Auris is the second star of the year, exactly doubling its sales over 2012 and up a huge 22 spots to break into the year-end Top 10 for the first time at #9 with 5,141 sales and 1.9%. Two words for this success: station wagon and hybrid, formats that didn’t exist/weren’t successful with the previous generation. Notice also the Skoda Octavia up 7 ranks to #12, the Audi A3 up 5 to #22, Honda CR-V up 67% to #31, Toyota RAV4 up 77% to #33, Mercedes A-Class up 97% to #34 and VW Up! up 82% to #40.

KIA CARENSThe Kia Carens is one of 4 all-new nameplates in the Top 100 in 2013.

Further down, the Subaru Forester is up 66% to #46, Mazda CX-5 up 229% to #51 and the Mazda6 up 210% to #64. Four all-new nameplates find their way into the annual Top 100 this year: the Renault Captur leads the way at #77 with 976 sales and peaking at #24 in December, the Kia Carens lands at #94, Peugeot 2008 at #98 and the Skoda Rapid at #100. The Chevrolet Trax (#114) and Dacia Lodgy (#122) also get noticed. On this point, 2013 is the year Swedish consumers finally fell for low-cost brand Dacia: both the Duster at #78 (+151%) and the Sandero at #82 (+477%!) make their big entrance within the 100 most popular models in the country.

Saab 9-3 Sweden 20132013 Saab 9-3. It will be fascinating to follow Saab’s evolution at home in 2014.

For the first time ever on BestSellingCarsBlog I give you an all-models ranking for Sweden (up to #295!) and this allows us to witness a couple of interesting movements as far as on-again off-again legendary brand Saab. We indeed learn that the just-relaunched Saab 9-3 makes its entrance at #242 with 14 units (all sold in December) while the discontinued Saab 9-5 is down 97% and 97 spots to #272 with 4 sales and the discontinued Saab 9-3 down 100% and 183 ranks to #281 with 2 units sold. Finally, notice the Chevrolet Tahoe, a model only sold in a handful of European countries, down to #264.

December post: Sweden December 2013: Volvo XC60 breaks records

Previous year: Sweden Full Year 2012: Volvo V70 #1, VW Passat at best-ever

Two years ago: Sweden Full Year 2011: Volvo V70 leads for the 15th consecutive year

Full Year 2013 Top 295 All-models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden December 2013: Volvo XC60 breaks records

January 3rd, 2014 2 comments

Volvo XC60 Sweden December 2013Volvo XC60

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Swedish new car sales are down 3% year-on-year in December, bringing the final 2013 total to 269,363 units, down 4% on 2012. In pole position, the Volvo V70 is above 10% share for the first time since December 2010 at 2,707 units and 10.3%, followed by the VW Passat with 1,794 sales and 6.8%, its highest market share since February 2012. Below the Volvo S/V60 also very strong at 6.8% (third highest share ever and best since December 2012), the Volvo XC60 breaks its volume and market share records at #4 with 1,266 sales and 4.8%. All these good results bring Volvo up to a huge 25.9% market share vs. 20% over the Full Year.

VW Polo Sweden December 2013VW Polo

Other great performers this month in Sweden include the VW Polo up 4 spots to #7 with 621 units and 2.4% vs. #18 and 1.3% over the Full Year, the Audi A6 up 8 to #10, Hyundai i30 up 14 to #11, Toyota Avensis up 14 to #12 vs. #26 in 2013, Mercedes C-Class up 5 to #18, Mercedes E-Class up 14 to #20, Renault Captur up one further rank on November to a best-ever #23 with 1% share, the Hyundai i40 up from outside the Top 60 to #29, Seat Ibiza up to #34 vs. #70 this year and the Dacia Duster breaking into the Swedish Top 40 for the very first time at #39.

Previous month: Sweden November 2013: Suzuki SX4 and Toyota RAV4 shine

One year ago: Sweden December 2012: Volvo S/V60 at highest share ever

Full December 2013 Top 50 models and Top 34 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden November 2013: Toyota RAV4 and Suzuki SX4 shine

December 2nd, 2013 5 comments

Toyota RAV4 Sweden November 2013. Picture courtesy of Autobild.deToyota RAV4

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The Swedish new car market is down a mere 1% year-on-year in October to 24,738 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 243,135 units, down 4% on 2012. The Volvo V70 improves its market share for the third consecutive month to 8.2% thanks to 2,018 sales, its best share at home in almost a year. The Volvo S/V60 is back up to #2 at 1,401 units and 5.7%, just above the VW Golf at 1,398 sales and the VW Passat at 1,157. The Volvo V40 returns to its year-to-date ranking at #5 with 848 units and 3.4% while the Audi A4 is up 10 ranks on last month to #9. All these Volvos performing well put the brand above 20% share at home for the first time in a while.

Suzuki SX4 Sweden November 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deSuzuki SX4

Further down, notice the Renault Megane up 14 spots to #10, the VW Polo up 6 to #11, the Toyota RAV4 up 23 to an all-time high #21, the Mercedes C-Class up 13 to #23 and the Renault Captur up 18 to a record #24 with 1% market share. The new model pushes the Suzuki SX4 up to a fantastic 27th place with 209 sales and 0.8% vs. 0.3% and #84 year-to-date, while the Peugeot 508 is up to #30 vs. #52 year-to-date, the Mazda CX-5 up 15 spots to #31 vs. #53, the Peugeot 2008 breaking into the Swedish Top 50 for the first time at #37, the Mazda3 up to #38 vs. #109 year-to-date and the Citroen C4 Picasso up #54 vs. #141 so far in 2013…

Previous month: Sweden October 2013: Toyota Auris hits record thanks to Touring

One year ago: Sweden November 2012: Kia Cee’d up to #5, Volvo V40 down to #7

Full November 2013 Top 60 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden October 2013: Toyota Auris hits record thanks to Touring

November 2nd, 2013 3 comments

Toyota Auris Touring Sweden October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frToyota Auris Touring

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Good news coming from Sweden: new car sales enjoy their 4th consecutive month of year-on-year gain in October, up 5% to 25,332 registrations and reducing the year-to-date loss to 4% at 218,397 units. The Volvo V70 lodges a very solid month at 7.9% share vs. 7.1% year-to-date, while the VW Golf is up to #2 with a brilliant 1,374 sales and 5.4% share and the Volvo XC60 is up to #5 and 4.1% vs. 3% year-to-date. But the best performer atop the models ranking this month is the Toyota Auris: boosted by the new Touring variant, it is up to a best-ever #6 (also reached last August) with a record 928 sales and 3.7% share, almost double its year-to-date level of 1.9%.

Dacia Sandero Sweden October 2013. Picture courtesy of ltz.seDacia Sandero

The Toyota Yaris is also in great shape, up 13 ranks on September to #9, the VW Tiguan is up a further two spots to #15 vs. #23 year-to-date, the Citroen C3 is up 20 ranks to #29, the Renault Captur breaks into the Swedish Top 50 for the first time at #42 with 146 sales and 0.6%, the Ford B-Max is up to #53 vs. #99 year-to-date and the Dacia Sandero doubles its sales year-on-year to land at #57.

Previous month: Sweden September 2013: Volvo back on track, Kia Cee’d shines

One year ago: Sweden October 2012: Volvo V40 up to #5, XC60 at highest share

Full October 2013 Top 60 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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