Sweden May 2017: Volvo XC60 outsells S/V90

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The Swedish new car market evolves at record levels in May with the highest ever May tally recorded at 35.326 (+2.5%) and a record year-to-date tally at 155.206, up 2.6% on the same period last year which was the previous record. Bertil Moldén, managing director of BIL Sweden, explains sales could have been even higher this month but deliveries were limited by freight forwarders’ transport capacity just as several general agents have full order books. Local behemoth Volvo beats the market with a 10% increase to 20.3% share, well ahead of Volkswagen struggling at -6%. Kia confirms the third spot it held last month thanks to stable sales, distancing BMW (+2%), Toyota (-6%) and Mercedes up 21%. Renault (+50%) and Peugeot (+21%) lodge the other two double-digit gains inside the Top 10 whereas outside, Citroen (+46%), Seat (+37%), Mitsubishi (+36%), Tesla (+263%) and Alfa Romeo (+500%) shine.

Model-wise, the Volvo XC60 surprises once again with a third ever pole position after last December and last month, and sales more than doubling at +110%. The XC60 outsells the S/V90 for the month even though the S/V90 keeps the year-to-date lead for 483 units. It appears the discontinuation of the V70 has triggered a strong sales transfer towards the XC60, equivalent to the trading up to the new S/V90. An additional explanation for the good health of the XC60 could be the fact that the new generation will soon arrive and Volvo dealers are offering generous discounts to clear stock. Historic leader over the Full Year 2016, the VW Golf tumbles down 34% this month and is now out of reach of the year-to-date pole position which will return to Volvo this year, The VW Tiguan Tiguan is still benefiting from the new generation launch with sales up 5-fold year-on-year this month, as is also the case for the Citroen C3 (+323%) and Peugeot 3008 (+580%). Just outside the Top 10, notice the Renault Clio (+46%), Mercedes E Class (+41%) and Renault Captur (+91%) posting very solid year-on-year gains.

Previous month: Sweden April 2017: Volvo XC60 snaps top spot in market down 9%

One year ago: Sweden April 2016: Volvo above 20% share in record pace market

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Sweden April 2017: Volvo XC60 snaps top spot in market down 9%

volvo-xc60-sweden-november-2016Second monthly pole position ever for the Volvo XC60.

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The Swedish new car market hits the brakes in April at -9.2% year-on-year to 30.476 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally is still up 2.6% to a robust 119.880 units. Homegrown market leader Volvo improves its share to 21.2% thanks to a smaller-than-market 5% drop, whereas Volkswagen tumbles down 14% to 13% share. Kia (-2%) jumps three spots on March to #3 overall while Mercedes (+11%), Skoda (+7%) and Peugeot (+10%) go against the grain in the Top 10 with sales increases. Further down, notice also Citroen (+4%), Mini (+9%), Honda (+33%), Tesla (+71%) and Alfa Romeo (+638%) deliveries year-on-year sales improvements.

Over in the models ranking, after a couple of months of domination by the all-new Volvo S/V90, there is a surprise in the April lead: the Volvo XC60 snaps the top spot for only the second time ever after last December thanks to sales surging 123% on April last year to 2.270. The Volvo S/V90 is knocked down to 2nd place at 1.914 while the VW Golf (-23%), Volvo S/V60 (-15%) and VW Passat (-30%) all struggle. The Fiat Ducato is up 10 spots on March and 1% year-on-year to #6 overall for the annual run of summer campervans, the VW Tiguan is up 97% to #8, the Kia Rio up 83%, the Peugeot 3008 up 467% thanks to the new model and the Mercedes C-Class up 47%. Among recent launches, the Toyota C-HR is stable at #25, the Kia Niro is up 11 spots on last month to #45 and the Skoda Kodiaq is up 40 to #50.

Previous month: Sweden February-March 2017: Volvo S/V90 takes control

One year ago: Sweden April 2016: Volvo above 20% share in record pace market

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Sweden February-March 2017: Volvo S/V90 takes control

With the Cross Country variants, the Volvo S/V90 has now taken control of its home market. 

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We update two months at once in Sweden today. February is up 3.2% year-on-year to 27.735 registrations, the second highest February score on record below February 1970 which was boosted by in impending VAT hike. Market leaders Volvo (+6%), Volkswagen (+7%), BMW (+10%) and Toyota (-5%) all outpace the overall growth, resulting in increased market shares. Further down, Citroen (+46%), Suzuki (+50%), Mini (+82%), Tesla (+103%) and Mitsubishi (+143%) all post spectacular gains.

March 2017 is the highest score for the month in the history of automobile in Sweden at 38.387 units, up 10.6% on March 2016 and the 39th consecutive month of year-on-year gains. The net increase is much lower though as this month has benefited from two additional selling days which translate in a 10% increase already. Year-to-date after three month, the Swedish new car market is now up 7.4% to 89.404 registrations. Once again the market leaders outpace the overall growth with Volvo up 17%, Volkswagen up 13% and Toyota up 21%. Notice also Mazda up 23%, Ford up 24%, Citroen up 42%, Porsche up 55%, Tesla up 81%, Jeep up 82% and Alfa Romeo up 310%.

But the big event in Sweden across these two months is the surge in sales of the Volvo S/V90 combination, now that the Cross Country variants are available. These were the missing link that allowed the VW Golf to become the first non-Volvo nameplate in 54 years to lead the annual Swedish sales charts last year all the while the Volvo V70, leader for the previous 19 years (19972015), was being discontinued and the S/V90 was only gearing up with no 4WD variants. In February, the S/V90 sells an explosive 1.909 units for a 6.9% market share vs. 1.546 for the Volvo XC60, 1.374 for the VW Golf and 1.343 for the Volvo S/V60. In March, the S/V90 confirm it is the new market favourite at home with 2.416 sales vs. 2.024 for the VW Golf, 1.999 for the Volvo XC60 and 1.921 for the Volvo S/V60. Year-to-date, the S/V90 dominates at 6.4% share vs. 5.4% for the VW Golf (+10%), 5.3% for the Volvo XC60 (+88%) and 5% for the Volvo S/V60 (+47%)

Other models news include the VW Tiguan up 241% in February and up 148% in March, the BMW 5 Series up 96% to #6 in February and 69% to #10 in March and the Toyota C-HR up 56 ranks on January to a splendid 14th place but down 11 in March to #25. The Kia Niro (#31 then #56) and Audi Q2 (#70 then #71) are the next best-sellers as far as recent launches are concerned, with the Skoda Kodiaq breaking into the Top 100 for the first time in March at #90. Whereas there were no newcomers in February, we welcome the Ford Ecosport (#148) and Renault Scenic (#173) in the Swedish sales charts in March.

Previous post: Sweden January 2017: Volvo S/V90 now has VW Golf in sight

One year ago: Sweden March 2016: Hyundai i30 breaks into Top 10 in market up 10%

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Sweden January 2017: Volvo S/V90 now has VW Golf in sight

The Volvo S/V90 posts its highest monthly volume so far at home and ranks #2.

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The Swedish new car market is riding on the back of two additional selling days to gain 8% year-on-year in January to 23.282 registrations, a new record for the month and the 37th consecutive month of year-on-year gains. Market leader Volvo outpaces its home market at +15% to 4.732 sales but in 2nd place Volkswagen does even better at +21% to 4.288. BMW (-0.4%) and Kia (+3%) are more discreet, ahead of Mercedes surging 37% to 5th place and Audi crashing down 17% to #6. Seat (+15%), Mini (+29%), Ford (+61%), Porsche (+61%), Mitsubishi (+110%), Fiat (+126%) and Tesla (+458%) stand out with impressive gains.

The VW Golf is #1 in Sweden for the 5th time in the past 7 months. 

Now that the leader of the past two decades, the Volvo V70, has been discontinued, the Swedish models ranking brings its lot of surprises each month. The VW Golf led for four consecutive months from July to October – and was the first non-Volvo in 54 years to snap the pole position in FY16. Meanwhile Volvo is scrambling to find itself a new best-seller: the S/V60 took the overall lead for the first time ever in November, and in December it was the turn of the XC60. This month we have yet another picture: the VW Golf reclaims the top spot with 1.453 sales (+18%), and Volvo now separates sales of the defunct V70 (only 2 this month) from the all-new S/V90 tandem, up to 1.392: by a large margin its highest monthly volume so far and placing it at a close 2nd to the Golf. The recent arrival of the V90 Cross Country variant may well have been the key to unlock the nameplate’s sales potential at home. If the S/V90 continues to rises and manages the #1 spot in 2017, 2016 would just be a small bump in the road for Volvo.

The BMW 5 Series soars 112% to #8. 

The Top 7 is a VW-Volvo affair, with the Volvo S/V60 (#3), XC60 (#4), V40 (#7) and VW Passat (#5) and Tiguan (#6) up 202%. The BMW 5 Series soars 112% to #8, the Mercedes E-Class is up an ever more robust 183% to #11, with thePeugeot 3008 (+470%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+277%), Toyota Prius (+256%) and Fiat 500 (+2267%) also taking off. Among recent launches, the Kia Niro is in the clear lead at #29 above the  Seat Ateca (#58), Audi Q2 (#69) and Toyota C-HR (#70), so far more timid here than in the rest of Europe.

Previous post: Sweden Full Year 2016: #1 car not a Volvo for the first time in 54 years

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Sweden Full Year 2016: #1 car not a Volvo for the first time in 54 years

VW Golf Alltrack Sweden September 2016. Picture courtesy mullersvarld.seThe Alltrack variant helped the VW Golf to a historical win. Picture mullersvarld.se 

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The Swedish new car market breaks an all-time volume record in 2016 thanks to deliveries up 8% to 372.296. Local carmaker Volvo retains the brands pole position but loses 1.5 point of market share due to stable sales, up just 17 units to 71.238. Reversely, both Volkswagen (15.5% share) and Audi (6.1%) gain 11% and complete the podium above Toyota (+9%), BMW (+13%), Kia (+20%) and Mercedes (+21%). Seat (+34%), Renault (+27%), Opel (+23%), Dacia (+18%), Mazda (+18%) and Peugeot (+14%) also make themselves noticed inside the Top 20. Further down, notice Tesla (+16%) Jaguar (+136%), Ssangyong (+635%) and DS (+173%).

sweden-1960-2017Swedish new car sales: 1960-2016 with 2017 projection

But the big event of 2016 is to be found in the models ranking. This year Volvo has decided to discontinue the V70, the #1 vehicle in Sweden for the past 19 years (19972015). Despite combining V70 sales with its replacement, the S90/V90, the superstar Volvo lost the top spot during the second half of December, ending 2016 with 21.321 sales (-25%). That’s 763 less than the VW Golf, the new Swedish best-seller thanks to the arrival of an instant blockbuster variant: the Alltrack 4WD station wagon and despite deliveries down 3%. This is the first time in 54 years that there is no Volvo in the pole position in Sweden, the last time was in 1962 – the last year of reign of the VW Beetle.

VW Beetle Sweden 1962The last time Volvo didn’t have a car at #1 in Sweden was in 1962 with the VW Beetle.

2017 will be a fascinating year to follow the evolution of the Swedish models ranking as Volvo buyers target different models and Volkswagen doubles the pressure to attract Volvo owners onto the Alltrack variants of its Golf and Passat. A testimony of how uncertain the 2017 outcome will be is the redistribution of cards in the models charts during the last quarter of 2016: the VW Golf led the way for four consecutive months between July and October, then the Volvo S/V60 soared to #1 for the first time in its career in November and finally the Volvo XC60 became the first SUV to ever hit #1 in Sweden in December, just as the XC90 surged into the Top 10…

volvo-xc60-sweden-november-2016The Volvo XC60 ranked #1 in Sweden in December.

Other great performers atop the 2016 Swedish models ranking include the Volvo V40 up 23% to #6, the VW Polo up 55% to #8, the Audi A4 up 19% to #11, BMW 5 Series up 22% to #14, Kia Sportage up 41% to #18, VW Tiguan up 30% to #19 and Mercedes E-Class up 52% to #21. Further down, notice the Peugeot 2008 (+109%), Renault Kadjar (+158%), Mazda CX-3 (+113%), BMW X1 (+120%), Hyundai Tucson (+139%) and Mercedes GLC (+194%) all fitting within the Top 60. The Renault Talisman (#113) is the most popular all-new nameplate for the year ahead of the Kia Niro (#132) and Seat Ateca (#140).

Previous month: Sweden November 2016: Volvo S/V60 best-seller for the first time

Previous year: Sweden Full Year 2015: Volvo XC60 snaps first podium, record market

Two years ago: Sweden Full Year 2014: Volvo V70 celebrates 18 years on top

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Sweden November 2016: Volvo S/V60 best-seller for the first time

volvo-v60-sweden-november-2016The Volvo S/V60 is the best-selling nameplate at home for the first time in history.

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The Swedish new car market gains 1.4% year-on-year to snap its 35th consecutive month in positive territory and the highest ever November score at 31.801 deliveries, pushing the year-to-date tally up 7.5% to a record-breaking 335.037 units. Bertil Molden, CEO of BIL Sweden, says there is no reason for this euphoric situation to end anytime soon: “NIER’s Business Tendency Survey, published last week, shows a bright mood in the Swedish economy. Consumer confidence in the economy rose further in November, and the perception of their own finances are now more optimistic than in the past nine years. All these are positive signs for continued strong auto market.” Homegrown Volvo slides 3 but remains in the lead with 20.8% share ahead of Volkswagen up 10% to 16.9%. BMW is up 3 spots on October to jump onto the podium at #3 and 6.1% share, overtaking Toyota for the 4th spot year-to-date and now threatening Kia for #3 at 20.099 sales vs. 20.154. Opel (+17%), Dacia (+29%), Renault (+29%), Ford (+47%) and Porsche (+111%) are the other success stories of the month.

VW Golf Alltrack Sweden November 2016. Picture courtesy mullersvarld.seThe VW Golf should be the first non-Volvo to finish 2016 at #1 since 1960! Picture mullersvarld.se 

As we have witnessed in the past few months, the Swedish models ranking is currently in the middle of a once-in-two-decades reshuffle. The 19-year domination of the Volvo V70 has come to an end with the discontinuation of the nameplate, replaced by the more expensive S/V90 and resulting in a sales slump even when combining the V70 with the S/V90: down 72% to #6 this month. The VW Golf, helped by the new Alltrack 4WD station wagon variant, led the sales charts for four consecutive months until October and is now standing a mere 219 sales below the V70-S/V90 year-to-date, meaning it should snap the Swedish annual pole position in a month-time, becoming the first non-Sweden nameplate to do so in almost 60 years! (since the VW Beetle in 1960).

volvo-xc60-sweden-november-2016The Volvo XC60 is also recuperating sales from the defunct V70.

Yet another twist and turn is clouding this picture in November: the Volvo S/V60 (in fact almost all sales are the V60) surges 55% year-on-year to 2.414 sales to take the lead of the Swedish charts for the first time ever. Although this score enables the nameplate to pass the VW Passat year-to-date to rank #3, it is coming too late in the year for Volvo to hope retaining the annual top spot with the V60 instead of the V70/V90 combo. The Volvo XC60 is also recuperating V70 sales with deliveries up 26% in third position. Other great performers this month include the VW Polo up 127% to #7, the Toyota Avensis up 114% to #16, the Audi A3 up 46%, Ford Focus up 55%, Kia Rio up 57%, BMW 2 Series up 113%, Citroen C3 up 117% and Renault Megane up 138%. Among recent launches, the Hyundai Ioniq is up 151 spots on October to break into the Top 100 at #92 and the Audi Q2 is up 91 to #112.

Previous month: Sweden October 2016: VW Golf takes root in pole position

One year ago: Sweden November 2015: Volvo XC60 hits highest share in record market

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Sweden October 2016: VW Golf takes root in pole position

VW Golf Alltrack Sweden October 2016. Picture courtesy mullersvarld.seVW Golf Alltrack. Picture mullersvarld.se 

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Despite one less selling day, new car sales in Sweden are up 0.9% year-on-year to 31.840 sales, the highest ever October score, leading to a year-to-date tally up 8% to 303.236 units, on track to beat an all-time record in 2016. Homegrown Volvo remains the most popular brand in Sweden despite sales down 3% to 6.723 with a strong 21.1% share vs. 18.7% year-to-date. In 2nd place, Volkswagen beats the market at +9% to 15.7% share, ahead of Audi (+4%), Kia (+8%), Toyota (-5%) and BMW (-9%). Mercedes (+25%), Renault (+27%), Opel (+44%) and Seat (+64%) post the largest year-on-year gains inside the Top 20 while further down Jaguar (+260%), Ssangyong (+167%) and Alfa Romeo (+113%) shine. Lexus (-27%), Mitsubishi (-28%) and Hyundai (-41%) struggle.

In the models ranking, the momentous transition from a Volvo leadership towards the VW Golf continues: the Golf signs a fourth consecutive month in the Swedish pole position, and this despite sales freefalling 19% to 2.050 and 6.4% share. The Volvo XC60 surges 42% to 2nd place ahead of the Volvo S/V60 up 16% to #3 and the VW Passat up 24% to #4. Adding up V70, S90 and V90 sales isn’t enough to stay at #1: the nameplates add up to just 1.428 sales, down 51% year-on-year, but remain in the lead for now at 19.134 (-13%) vs. 17.671 (-5%) for the Golf.  The Volvo V40 (+55%), VW Polo (+185%) and Audi A6 (+20%) also post spectacular gains in the Top 20. Below, the Mercedes E-Class (+103%), Opel Astra (+71%) and Kia Optima (+489%) shine with the Audi Q2 making its very first appearance at #203.

Previous month: Sweden September 2016: VW Golf best-seller for third month in a row

One year ago: Sweden October 2015: Volvo XC90 back inside Top 30

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Sweden September 2016: VW Golf best-seller for third month in a row

VW Golf Alltrack Sweden September 2016. Picture courtesy mullersvarld.seThe Alltrack variant is helping the VW Golf to #1 in Sweden. Picture mullersvarld.se 

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The Swedish new car market is up 9% both in September at 32.292 registrations and year-to-date at 271.396. This is Sweden’s 33rd consecutive month of year-on-year gains and the 2nd largest September volume in history, only topped by September 1974 which was impacted by an impending tax cut. After falling to #2 during its summer break, homegrown market leader Volvo reclaims the top spot off Volkswagen but sees its sales drop by a worrying 13% to 5.394 and 16.7% share vs. 18.4% year-to-date. Volkswagen for its part is up 20% to 4.989 and 15.4% share, and the rest of the Top 10 also posts 20%+ gains: Toyota returns to #3 at 7% share (+20%) ahead of Kia (+27%) and BMW (+24%). In fact, only Audi (-6%), Nissan (-8%) and Ford (-14%) decline in the Top 15, all other manufacturers snapping double-digit gains, led by Opel (+40%), Hyundai (+50%), Dacia (+62%) and Renault (+64%).

kia-optima-sportswagon-sweden-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autonytt-seThe all-new Sportswagon variant propels the Kia Optima just outside the Top 20.

The Swedish models ranking is undergoing a once-in-a-decade reshuffling: Volvo adding together of the outgoing V70 with the all-new S90 and V90 doesn’t prevent the combined nameplate to freefall 56% to #6. The VW Golf on the other hand manages a historical third month in a row in pole position despite sales down 18% year-on-year to 1.910 and 5.6% share. This is only the 6th time ever the Golf ranks #1 in Sweden after August 2010, 20142015 and the last 3 months, and the 7th month in the past decade that there isn’t a Volvo at #1 (add the VW Passat in August 2013). The newly launched Alltrack station wagon variant, tapping right into Swedish consumers’ preferences, is helping the Golf remain at the highest level in Sweden.

The XC60 is up 4 spots on August to hit an all-time best 2nd place overall with 1.509 units, distancing the Volvo S/V60 (1.350), VW Passat up 57% (1.318) and Volvo V40 (1.126). The VW Polo (+136%), Kia Ceed (+68%), Peugeot 208 (+60%) and Toyota RAV4 (+65%) shine in the Top 20, while below the Kia Optima is up 14-fold thanks to the arrival of an all-new Sportswagon variant, the Kia Niro is up 166 spots on August to #54 and the Tesla Model X is up 126 to #65.

Previous month: Sweden August 2016: Podium 100% VW during Volvo’s summer break

One year ago: Sweden September 2015: Mini Cooper breaks into Top 10

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Sweden August 2016: Podium 100% VW during Volvo’s summer break

VW Golf Alltrack Sweden August 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe VW Golf is #1 in Sweden this month. 

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Swedish new car sales post a 32nd consecutive month of year-on-year gains and the largest August result ever at +1.6% to 27.316 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 9% to a record-breaking 239.104 units. Diesel cars drop below 50% for the first time in years with deliveries down 12% to just 48.3% share vs. 53.5% so far in 2016, 55.8% in August 2015 and 58.6% over the first 8 months of 2015. As it has now become a tradition, local behemoth Volvo all but shuts down for Summer holidays in August, enabling Volkswagen to take the lead both in the brands ranking and the models charts with the Golf. This year the exchange of roles between the two brands is more marked: VW is up 11% to 5.198 sales and 19% share, almost double Volvo down 26% to 2.816 and 10.3%. It is the fourth time in the past five years that VW is the best-selling brand in Sweden in August after 20122014 and 2015. Year-to-date through, Volvo remains firmly in control with 44.498 sales vs. 36.622 for VW and will return to #1 in September.

BMW 5 Series Sweden August 2016The BMW 5 Series is up 71% to #9

It would appear Volkswagen was particularly efficient in August at discounting slow-selling stock, distorting the models ranking even further than usual. In the lead despite sales down a harsh 26% to 1.557, the Golf signs its 5th ever Swedish monthly pole position after August 2010, 2014, 2015 and July 2016. It is the 6th month in the past decade that there isn’t a Volvo at #1 in Sweden (add the VW Passat in August 2013) but this time the podium is 100% VW, something that has never happened before in Sweden. The Passat is up 16% to 1.031 sales and 869 Up were passed on vs. just 623 over the first 7 months of the year, just before the facelifted variants hits dealerships in September. BSCB is investigating as we speak whether these Ups are self-registrations, demo cars, rental cars or – the least likely option – “true” sales to private buyers. The Polo (#5) even makes it 4 VWs in the Top 5…

VW Up Sweden August 2016The VW Up is #3 this month in Sweden.

Although it may look like Volkswagen has taken possession of the Swedish car market this month, this situation is solely due to Volvo’s dotted activity in August and does not by any means reflect any longer-term market shift towards VW and away from Volvo. In other brand news, BMW is up 10% to return to the third step of the podium it holds year-to-date, distancing Toyota (+32%) and Kia (+11%). Mercedes (+24%), Seat (+31%), Dacia (+22%), Honda (+19%), Mini (+43%), Lexus (+42%) and, at a smaller scale, Jaguar (+517%) all post robust year-on-year gains. Over in the models aisle, the Volvo V70/S90/V90 ranks 4th (-38%), the XC60 is #6 and the S/V60 #7. let’s single out the BMW 5 Series up 71% to #9, the Toyota Auris up 83% to #11, Toyota RAV4 up 168% to #12, Seat Leon up 50% to #25 and the Kia Rio up 69% to #27. We welcome the Ssangyong Tivoli at #183 and the Alfa Romeo Giulia at #253.

Previous month: Sweden July 2016: VW Golf jumps to #1 as Volvo V70 passes relay

One year ago: Sweden August 2015: VW Golf best-seller for third time ever

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Sweden July 2016: VW Golf jumps to #1 as Volvo V70 passes relay

VW Golf Sweden July 2016The VW Golf is the best-selling nameplate in Sweden in July. 

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The Swedish new car market posts a 31st consecutive month of year-on-year gains in July, but just, with a +0.2% improvement to 24.197 sales leading to a 10% gain year-to-date at a record 211.788 units. Volvo maintains its lead at home by a slim 108 unit-margin with 4.138 sales and 17.1% (-3%) vs. 4.030 and 16.7% (-1%) for Volkswagen, while Kia soars 3 spots on June to land in third position overall with 1.600 sales and 6.6% share, bypassing Audi (-14%), Toyota (+5%) and BMW (+7%). Skoda (+11%), Peugeot (+13%), Mazda (+18%), Mercedes (+23%), Suzuki (+34%), Honda (+39%) and Seat (+70%) all vastly outpace the market.

Model-wise, the VW Golf takes advantage of the changeover between the market leader, the Volvo V70, and its replacement the Volvo S/V90 to end July in pole position with 6.3% share. This is the first time the Golf ranks tops the Swedish sales charts in July, having done so three out of the past four years in August in 20122014 and 2015. In fact, the Volvo XC60, VW Passat, Volvo S/V60 and Volvo V40 all outsell the V70 also, the latter selling just 800 units including a handful of S/V90 in the mix. The Fiat Ducato fuels up on RV sales and is up to #7, the Kia Sportage gains 15 spots on June to #11, the VW Tiguan is up 7 to #14, the Toyota RAV4 up 11 to #23 and the Kia Picanto up 24 to #60. We welcome this month the Seat Ateca at #132, the Rolls-Royce Wraith at #222 and the Tesla Model X at #251.

Previous month: Sweden June 2016: Thirty consecutive months of year-on-year gains

One year ago: Sweden July 2015: VW Golf teases Volvo V70 in record market

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