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Austria September 2012: VW Tiguan only 45 units from #1 spot!

VW Tiguan

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New car sales in Austria are down 12% year-on-year in September to 27,094 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 266,890 units, down 3% on 2011. We nearly witnessed a massive event this month in Austria: had the VW Tiguan sold 45 more units, it would have snapped the Austrian models pole position away from the VW Golf, a feat that no model has achieved in the country since the Seat Ibiza ranked #1 in June 2009

VW Golf 7. Transitions between Golf generations are always interesting times in Austria…

The Tiguan sells 943 units for a 3.5% market share, ranking #2 for the 4th time in Austria after December 2011, June and July 2012. The Golf is at 987 sales and 3.6%, its weakest share in over 2 years. With the Golf 6 winding down and the 7 arriving in dealerships at the end of the year, there is still going to be a couple more wobbly months where it could be toppled…

Audi A3. Picture by L’Argus, all rights reserved.

The Austrian models ranking is traditionally very volatile and this month is no exception. Below the Skoda Octavia up 3 spots to #3, the Skoda Fabia is up 10 to #4, followed by the Renault Scenic up 19 to #5, the Hyundai i20 down one to a still amazing #6, the Kia Cee’d up 10 to #7, the Seat Ibiza down 4 to #8, the Skoda Yeti up 14 to #9, the Audi A3 up one to #10 – its first time in the Austrian Top 10 in over 2 years – and the Audi A4 down 4 to #11. This makes it 8 VAG models in the Top 11 vs. 10 in the Top 11 last month and 7 in the Top 8 in July

Mercedes A-Class. Picture by L’Argus, all rights reserved.

Other great performers this month include the Ford Galaxy up 25 ranks to #18, the Fiat 500 up 19 to #20, the BMW 3 Series up 16 to #25, the BMW X1 up 14 to #31 vs. #56 year-to-date, the Mercedes A-Class up to #35 vs. #81 ytd, the Mitsubishi Colt up to #38 vs. #64 ytd and the Ford Ka up to #40 vs. #83 ytd. Outside the Top 50, notice the Dacia Lodgy at #77, VW Beetle at #100, Volvo V40 at #105, Citroen C4 Aircross at #134, Peugeot 4008 at #142, Opel Mokka at #162 and Ford B-Max at #170.

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