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Sweden November 2014: Dacia Duster breaks into Top 20

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

Dacia DusterSweden November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Duster

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As always Sweden is the first cab off the rank for new monthly sales, and this month Swedish new car sales slow down their growth to 5% YOY at 25,916 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 276,804 units, up a splendid 14% on 2013. Brand-wise, both Volvo (21.2%) and Volkswagen (15.4%) are above their YTD levels, while Audi is up 19% year-on-year to third place at 7.7%, BMW is up 22% to #4, Kia up 27% to #6, Peugeot up 25% to #8, Ford up 22% to #10 and Dacia up 109% to #15.

Smart Forfour Sweden November 2014Smart is back in Sweden.

The Top 7 best-selling models are identical to the YTD ranking, with the Audi A6 performing way above its traditional level this year at #8 and 2.2% and the Toyota Yaris up to #10 vs. #14 YTD. Further down, the Peugeot 208 is up 21 spots on October to #13, the Kia Sportage up one further rank to #15, the Dacia Duster breaks into the Swedish Top 20 for the very first time, up 10 spots on last month to #20 and the Citroen C4 Cactus lodges its first Top 50 ranking at #50, up 18 ranks on October. Notice also the Smart Fortwo/Forfour up to #58 and the Lexus NX up two spots on its inaugural ranking last month to #65.

Previous month: Sweden October 2014: Lexus NX shines, Saab 9-3 reborn

One year ago: Sweden November 2013: Suzuki SX4 and Toyota RAV4 shine

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

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Sweden October 2014: Lexus NX shines, Saab 9-3 reborn

November 3rd, 2014 No comments

Lexus NX Sweden October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Lexus NX lands directly inside the Swedish Top 70

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Another very satisfying month of sales for the Swedish new car market: up 12% year-on-year in September to 28,252 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 250,888 units, up 15% on 2013. Volvo is particularly strong at 22.3% share thanks to 6,310 sales vs. 19.7% year-to-date, ahead of Volkswagen very consistent at 14.6% vs. 14.8% YTD. Excellent performance of Audi up 3 spots on September to round the podium #3 and 6.7% share, up 32% on October 2013. Notice also Mercedes up 20%, Peugeot up 132% on a particularly weak October 2013, Mitsubishi up 128%, Fiat up 62%, Dacia up 61%, Seat up 60% and Lexus up 80% on the sole strength of the NX SUV landing directly at #67 with 108 units or almost 70% of sales of the entire brand in Sweden this month!

Volvo V70 Sweden October 2014Particularly strong month for the market leader the Volvo V70

Now looking at the models ranking in detail, let’s note the Top 4 best-sellers all over performing on their YTD levels: the Volvo V70 leads the way as usual at 8.6% share vs. 7.5% followed by the VW Golf at 6.7% vs. 5.4%, the Volvo S/V60 at 6.2% vs. 4.7% and the Volvo V40 at 3.8% vs. 3.2%. Reversely, the VW Passat in the midst of a generation changeover is down to #5 and 3.6% and drops one rank YTD to #4, overtaken by the Volvo S/V60. The Audi A6 shines at #9 vs. #14 YTD, as do the Kia Sportage at #16, Mitsubishi Outlander at #19, Audi A1 at #31, Suzuki SX4 at #35 and Citroen C4 Cactus at #68.

Saab 9-3 Sweden Octrober 2014The Saab 9-3 is at its best since 2011.

Onto some great news for the Swedish car industry: the Saab 9-3 is reborn this month, jumping to #69 with 105 sales and adding up to 255 units year-to-date. This is the nameplate’s best monthly ranking since Saab Automobile applied for bankruptcy back in 2011, and it comes at the same time Saab parent company National Electric Vehicle Sweden managed to secure an extension on its reorganisation until November 29. NEVS also claims they are “finalising negotiations with two Asian automotive manufacturers,” and Mahindra is rumoured to be involved. The reorganisation plan was initially denied by the Swedish court but then approved a day later. As part of it, NEVS laid off factory employees because the company didn’t expect production to restart for a while and hadn’t built a car since May. October sales are thus models manufactured prior to May and not the reflection of a reboot of the production line.

Previous month: Sweden September 2014: Volvo V60 on podium

One year ago: Sweden October 2013: Toyota Auris hits record thanks to Touring

Full October 2014 Top 80 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden September 2014: Volvo V60 on podium

October 2nd, 2014 2 comments

Volvo V60 Sweden September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo V60

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New car sales in Sweden are up another very satisfying 7% year-on-year in September to 26.142 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 222.636 units, up 15% on 2013. Brand-wise, after a month of August traditionally disrupted by Summer holidays, Volvo reclaims its perennial pole position, overcompensating for lost time at 20.9% share and 5,464 sales vs. 13.8% and 3,595 for Volkswagen. Toyota is back up two spots to #3 as is Kia up to #4, overtaking BMW and Audi. Mercedes is up a splendid 27% in 8th place as is Nissan at #12, Citroen is up 52%, Mitsubishi is up 98%, Mazda up 57%, Dacia up 50% and Jeep up 528%.

Hyundai i30 Sweden September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Hyundai i30 is among Sweden’s Top 10 most popular vehicles.

In the models ranking, the Volvo V70 is also back in the lead with 2,019 sales and 7.7% share but the VW Golf is still way above normal at 6.6% share vs. 5.3% year-to-date. The Volvo S/V60 jumps on the podium for the first time this year thanks to 1,549 sales and 5.8% share, the Volvo XC60 is up 3 ranks on August to #4, the Skoda Fabia up 9 to #9, Hyundai i30 up 18 to #10, Mercedes C-Class up 14 to #11 and the Kia Sportage is up 12 to #14. Further down, the Toyota Aygo breaks into the Top 20 at #19 thanks to the new generation whereas it did not appear in the August Top 60, the VW Up is up 16 spots to #27, the Hyundai i10 up 17 to #40, the BMW 2 Series ranks at #72 and the Mercedes GLA at #77 however the Citroen C4 Cactus is down 13 to #70.

Previous month: Sweden August 2014: VW Golf #1, as popular as in Germany!

One year ago: Sweden September 2013: Volvo back on track, Kia Cee’d shines

Full September 2014 Top 80 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden August 2014: VW Golf #1, as popular as in Germany!

September 1st, 2014 5 comments

VW Golf Sweden August 2013. Picture courtesy of L'Argus2The VW Golf holds 7.1% of the Swedish market in August: like in Germany in July!

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The first cab off the rank for full August 2014 sales in Sweden, and we start with a bang: for only the third time in the past decade, it’s not a Volvo atop the models charts! The VW Golf brilliantly snaps up the pole position thanks to 1,713 sales and 7.1% market share. The previous two occurrences when a foreign model was #1 was in August 2010 (VW Golf) and August 2013 (VW Passat). Before that, we have to go back to the 1950s when the VW Beetle and Opel Olympia/Rekord were best-sellers in Sweden. To grasp the extent of this performance, let’s also notice that the 7.1% market share reached by the VW Golf in Sweden this month is exactly the same as the one it hit at home in Germany in July! With Volkswagen the #1 brand in the country like in August 2012 at 16.3% share, August is definitely shaping up to be a nemesis month for Volvo – but this can be explained by the fact that the local manufacturer all but shuts down for Summer holidays at this time of year, so all should return to ‘normal’ come September.

VW Beetle Sweden 1950Not since the 1950s and the VW Beetle had a foreign model managed to rank #1 more than once in Sweden…

But let’s get back to basics and look at the overall figures for the month now that we have covered the exceptional performance of Volkswagen in Sweden. August 2014 is the third highest August score in the history of automobile in Sweden (since new car sales figures started being tracked in 1946), up 12% year-on-year to 24,274 sales, bringing the year-to-date total to 196,494 units, up a fantastic 16% on 2013. Other brands to shine this month include Audi up to #3 overall with 7.2% share, Skoda up 29% to #7, Mercedes up 42% to #8, Nissan up 39% to #10, Peugeot up 59% to #11, Mitsubishi up 114% to #17, Mazda up 41% to #18, Dacia up 42% to #19, Porsche up 52% to #26 and Jeep up 124% to #27.

Mercedes C Class Sweden July 2014Mercedes C-Class

In the models ranking, the Audi A6 continues to progress: up two spots on July to #8 and 2.4% vs. #17 and 1.4% year-to-date, the Peugeot 208 is up 19 ranks to #16, the Mercedes C-Class up 28 to #25, the Mazda3 up 16 to #39 and the Skoda Rapid up from outside the Top 60 to #40 this month. The Nissan Leaf breaks into the Swedish Top 50 for the very first time, jumping up an unbelievable #36 with 188 sales which is more than half its year-to-date total! Finally let’s salute the landing of the Citroen C4 Cactus directly at #58 with 116 sales for its very first month in market. Promising.

Previous month: Sweden July 2014: Audi A6 back inside Top 10

One year ago: Sweden August 2013: VW Passat beats all Volvos to rank #1!

Full August 2014 Top 60 models Ranking Table below.

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Sweden July 2014: Audi A6 back inside Top 10

August 1st, 2014 1 comment

Audi A6 Sweden June 2014Audi A6

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First cab off the rank for July sales is Sweden, which continues on its impressive run this year: up another 12% year-on-year in July to 20,473 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 172,220 units, up 17% on 2013. Brand-wise, below Volvo (+14%) and Volkswagen (+11%) roughly following the market, Audi is up a gigantic 62% on July 2013 to remain #3 like in June thanks to 1,529 sales and 7.5% share vs. #5 and 5.8% year-to-date. The German premium brand places two models inside the Swedish Top 10 this month: the A4 at #8 and the A6 at #10. Notice also Skoda up 25% to #7, Renault up 41% to #9, Nissan up 22% to #11, Mitsubishi up 201% to #16 and Dacia up 86% to #17.

BMW 4 Series Sweden July 2013First Top 50 ranking in Sweden for the BMW 4 Series.

In the models ranking, the Volvo V70 continues to reign supreme with 1,377 sales and 6.7% above the VW Passat (5.3%) and Golf (4.5%), the Renault Clio is up one further spot to #11 vs. #16 year-to-date, the Fiat Ducato is up to #12 vs. #18, the Opel Astra up 37 ranks to #16 vs. #35, the Kia Sportage up 11 to #17, the Dacia Duster stable at #25 vs. #32 so far in 2014, the BMW X3 up to #38 vs. #65, Kia Venga up to #39 vs. #89, Nissan Juke up to #41 vs. #96 and the BMW 4 Series breaks into the Swedish Top 50 for the first time at #49 with 105 sales.

Previous month: Sweden June 2014: Mitsubishi Outlander in Top 10, market up 26%

One year ago: Sweden July 2013: Peugeot 208 breaks into Top 10 for the first time

Full July 2014 Top 55 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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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