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

October 2nd, 2013 2 comments

Volvo V60 Sweden September 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo V60

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Swedish new car sales seem to have turned around: September is the third consecutive month of year-on-year gain at a very healthy +11% to 24,388 registrations, reducing the year-to-date fall to 5% at 193,065 units. After a hellish month of August that saw it drop to #2 brand in the country and lose the models pole position to the VW Passat, Volvo is back to where it should be in Sweden: at #1. The V70 reclaims the top spot thanks to 1,741 sales and 7.1% while the S/V60 is up to #2 at 1,354 units and 5.6%. In fact it is the first time since last April that the Top 2 spots are held by 2 Volvos.

Kia Cee'd Sweden September 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frKia Cee’d

The VW Golf is stable at #3 but improves its market share to 4.8% vs. 3.9% year-to-date while the VW Passat falls 3 spots on August to #4. The Kia Cee’d is up 2 ranks to a best-ever #5, also reached in July and September 2012, the BMW 5 Series is up 7 to a fantastic 8th place and the Skoda Octavia up 3 to #11. Hyundai has a stellar month: the i30 is up 4 spots to #14, the i20 up 9 to #19, the i40 up 11 to #25 and the ix35 up 27 to #32! Mercedes also shines, placing the E-Class at #18 and the C-Class at #35.

Previous month: Sweden August 2013: VW Passat beats all Volvos to rank #1!

One year ago: Sweden September 2012: Volvo V40 takes off, up to #6

Full September 2013 Top 50 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

September 3rd, 2013 4 comments

VW Passat Sweden August 2013VW Passat

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New car sales in Sweden are up a shy 3% year-on-year in August to 21,616 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 168,677 units, down 7% on 2012. Huge surprise in pole position: for the first time since August 2010 when the VW Golf was #1, it’s not a Volvo at #1: the VW Passat is the most popular vehicle in Sweden this month thanks to 1,270 sales and 5.9% vs. an exceptionally low 1,127 units and 5.2% for the Volvo V70. This is an extremely rare event that I have only seen occur twice in the last decade, including this month. Given Volvo and Saab used to be more dominant at home, these may well be the only two times a Swedish model hasn’t topped the monthly sales charts in Sweden…

VW Golf Sweden August 2013. Picture courtesy of L'Argus2The VW Golf is the only other non-Swedish nameplate to have topped the Swedish charts (ever?).

Volvo is traditionally weaker in August because of summer holidays but this year it even comes down to #2 brand below Volkswagen. Illustrating this move, the VW Golf is up one spot on July to #3 with 992 sales and 4.6% while the Volvo S/V60 is down one to #4 and the Volvo V40 down 3 to #8. Other great performers this month include the BMW 3 Series up to a brilliant 5th position, the Toyota Auris up 8 ranks to #6, the VW Polo up 11 to #10, Renault Clio up 18 to #12, Audi A3 up 11 to #17, Mercedes E Class up 7 to #20, Nissan Micra up to #25 vs. #66 year-to-date, the Kia Rio up 28 to #30, Ford Mondeo up to #38 and the Dacia Duster further up to a best-ever #41.

Previous month: Sweden July 2013: Peugeot 208 breaks into Top 10 for the first time

One year ago: Sweden August 2012: VW Passat threatens Volvo V70, V40 at #23

Full August 2013 Top 60 models and Top 34 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Sweden July 2013: Peugeot 208 breaks into Top 10 for first time

August 2nd, 2013 No comments

Peugeot 208 Sweden July 2013Peugeot 208

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A satisfying month of July for new car registrations in Sweden: up 0.5% year-on-year to 18,161 sales, which brings the year-to-date total to 147,061 units, down 8% on 2012. The entire Top 6 best-selling models is unchanged vs. June: the Volvo V70 leads the way as usual with 6.6% share and is the only model to sell over 1,000 units this month at 1,203. It is followed by the VW Passat (897), Volvo S/V60 (895), VW Golf (756) and Volvo V40 (595). The BMW 3 Series continues to progress and reaches an excellent 3.2% share this month at #6 thanks to 585 sales vs. 2.3% year-to-date.

BMW 3 Series Sweden July 2013. Picture courtesy of Largus.frBMW 3 Series

Notice also the Kia Cee’d stable at #7 but up to 3% share. The best performer of the month is the Peugeot 208, breaking into the Swedish monthly Top 10 for the very first time, up 21 spots on June to #9 at 428 units and 2.4%, its previous best being #15 exactly one year ago in July 2012. Other great performers include the Toyota Avensis up 28 ranks to #17, the Citroen C4 up 24 to #26, BMW X3 up to #32, Mazda CX-5 up to #39 and the Dacia Duster breaking into the Swedish Top 50 for the first time at #43.

Previous month: Sweden June 2013: Volvo V70 and VW Passat dominate stable ranking

One year ago: Sweden July 2012: Kia Cee’d and Volvo V40 up

Full July 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Sweden June 2013: Volvo V70 & VW Passat dominate stable ranking

July 1st, 2013 No comments

Volvo V70 Sweden June 20132013 Volvo V70

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New car sales in Sweden are down 11% year-on-year in June to 22,869 registrations, adding up to 128,900 units so far in 2013, down 10% on 2012. It’s a relatively stable models ranking this month, with the Volvo V70 in the lead once again thanks to 1,688 sales and 7.4% share, ahead of the VW Passat at 1,226 units and 5.4% and the Volvo S/V60 with 1,006 sales and 4.4%. The VW Golf is down one spot on May to #4, the Volvo V40 is stable at #5 but down to 3.3% share while the BMW 3 Series is up two spots to #6. Notice also the Renault Megane up 11 ranks to #9, the Peugeot 308 up 8 to #16 and the Audi Q3 up to #32.

Previous month: Sweden May 2013: Volvo XC60 hits highest share ever

One year ago: Sweden June 2012: Volvo V40 makes its first appearance

Full June 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Sweden May 2013: Volvo XC60 hits highest share ever

June 4th, 2013 1 comment

Volvo XC60 Sweden May 20132013 Volvo XC60

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For the second consecutive month, the Swedish new car market is reassuringly in positive year-on-year territory in May albeit at an extremely shy +0.09% to 25,782 registrations. Year-to-date, sales are sill down by 9% at 106,031 units. The Volvo V70 remains at unattainable levels with 1,831 sales and 7.1% share, ahead of the VW Passat at 1,228 units and 4.8% and the VW Golf with 1,089 sales and 4.2%. The star of the month is the Volvo XC60, up to a best-ever 4th place (it also reached it last January) at 1,059 units and a record 4.1% share, its first time above 4% in its home country, beating the 3.5% it hit last January.

Volvo XC60 Sweden May 2013b2013 Volvo XC60

The XC60’s progression at home is extremely interesting: the model was launched back in 2009 and has kept progressing since. This month’s result is not boosted yet by the facelift which is going on sale later in the year. Just one unit below, the Volvo V40 rounds up the Top 5, up one rank and over one percentage point market share on last month to 4,1%. Notice also the Toyota Yaris back up 14 spots to #9, the Hyundai i30 up 4 to #11 vs. #22 year-to-date, the Fiat Ducato holding at an exceptional 11th place thanks to motorhome orders, the Audi A3 up 8 to #19, Peugeot 508 up 17 to #23, Toyota RAV4 up 6 to #28 and the Chevrolet Cruze up from outside the Top 60 in April to #39.

Previous month: Sweden April 2013: Market back in positive

One year ago: Sweden May 2012: Volvo XC60 and BMW 3 Series excel

Full May 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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