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Sweden February 2015: VW Passat above 7% market share at #2

VW Passat Sweden February 2015. Picture courtesy vibilagare.seVW Passat

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A combination of low interest rates, rising stock market and housing prices, strong consumer confidence and a string of attractive new models lifts the Swedish new car market to great heights in this start of 2015: up 10% both in February to 23.735 registrations (the 4th biggest February score in history) and year-to-date at 44.143 units. Volvo and Volkswagen are both up a splendid 18% year-on-year to reach 20.1% and 16.2% share respectively, with Toyota and BMW (+7%), Audi (+10%), Kia (+11%) and Mercedes (+47%) following and all outperforming the market. Nissan is up 55%, Opel up 34%, Honda up 39%, Seat up 54%, Mitsubishi up 45%, Jeep up 159% and Porsche up 78%.

Peugeot 308 Sweden February 2015. Picture courtesy vibilagare.sePeugeot 308

In the models ranking, below the Volvo V70 still sovereign at 9.1% share, the VW Passat is boosted by the new generation to its best market share in Sweden in two years at 7.1% thanks to 1,697 units. The Station Wagon variant is particularity appreciated here and could nudge the V70 for the first place in the coming months. The Passat also upgrades to #2 year-to-date, dislodging the VW Golf down to #3 in both rankings. The Volvo XC60 lodges another very strong month at #4 and 1,005 sales, as do the Skoda Octavia at #8, Peugeot 308 at #11, Mercedes C-Class at #18, Opel Astra at #22, Mercedes B-Class at #23 and Nissan Micra at #25.

Previous month: Sweden January 2015: VW Passat back on podium, BMW 5 Series up to #7

One year ago: Sweden February 2014: BMW 5 Series and Peugeot 308 shine

Full February 2015 Top 32 All-brands and Top 100 models below.

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