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Dutch new car sales are down 6% year-on-year in March to 28,479 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 135,542 units, down 7% on 2013. Before reading this analysis you have to keep in mind the Netherlands is potentially the market in the world that is the most influenced by preferential pricing attributed to specific eco-friendly variants of some models. This pricing also influences the amount of tax the buyer is paying and can mean a model goes from no sale one month to #1 the next. Case in point: the Suzuki Alto, #1 in February, hasn’t had a single sale this month!
The Mitsubishi Outlander is back in the lead for the first time since last December with 1,600 units sold for a 5.6% market share, over 50% of its 2014 total so far. The Renault Clio remains very solid at #2 both this month and year-to-date, while the VW Golf, leader last month and so far in 2014 still, is down to #3 with 4.2% share. The VW Up is back… well up to #5 which earns it a 3rd spot year-to-date (vs. #1 in 2013) while the Renault Captur is down just one rank to a beautiful 6th place and 2.8% share.
The Clio and Captur enable Renault to take the lead of the brands ranking in the Netherlands this month with 2,760 sales and 9.7% share vs. 2,752 for Volkswagen while the Outlander single-handedly pushes Mitsubishi up from #11 last month to #3. The Captur’s archenemy, the Peugeot 2008, for its part breaks into the Top 10 for the first time outside of France to #8 with 620 sales and 2.2% vs. #19 and 1.5% for the 208. Notice also the Seat Leon up 22 spots to #11, the Mercedes C-Class up 20 to #39 and the Porsche Macan already the brand’s best-seller for its first full month of sales at #124 with 38 units.
Previous month: Netherlands March 2014: Renault Captur breaks into Top 5
One year ago: Netherlands April 2013: Renault Megane back in charge
Full April 2014 Top 170 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.