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Netherlands June 2015: Peugeot 308 leads, Golf overtakes Clio YTD

Peugeot 308 VW Golf Netherlands June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Golf is #1 year-to-date in the Netherlands, the Peugeot 308 #1 in June.

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Dutch new car sales are back to a rosy outlook: up a robust 13% year-on-year in June to 36.999 registrations, bringing back the year-to-date total into positive territory halfway through 2015 at 201.582 units, up 1% on 2014. Volkswagen is up a splendid 45% year-to-date to lead the brands ranking by far at 3.974 sales and 10.7% above Opel up 3 spots on May, Peugeot (-1) and Renault (-1). Ford (+41%), Citroen (+36%), Kia (+23%), Volvo (+22%) and Mercedes (+30%) all lodge spectacular year-on-year gains inside the Top 10, while outside Porsche (+114%), Hyundai (+122%), Suzuki (+136%) impress and Smart is up 15-fold on June 2014 thanks to the arrival of the Forfour.

Mazda2 Netherlands June 2015. Picture courtesy Mazda2 breaks into the Dutch Top 30 in June.

New car sales in the Netherlands are heavily skewed by the government attributing preferential pricing to eco-friendly trims, which impacts not just the car’s price but also the overall amount of tax the car buyer is paying. This has had such a drastic impact on the models sold in the Netherlands that some nameplates (e.g. the Mitsubishi Outlander) sell over half their European totals here. There is now talk of ending these practices in 2016. In this context, the Peugeot 308 remains the best-selling nameplate in the country in June thanks to 1.609 sales ahead of the VW Golf at 1.338 units and the Renault Clio at 1.175. This score enables the Golf to overtake the Clio to lead year-to-date at 7.531 units vs. 7.452.

Opel Karl Netherlands June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Opel Karl is already approaching the Top 50 in the Netherlands.

Other great performers in the June Dutch market include the Opel Corsa up 8 spots on May to #5, the Volvo V40 up 30 to #6, the Toyota Auris up 74 to #14, Opel Mokka up 30 to #20, Mazda2 up 53 to #30 and the Tesla Model S up 21 to #45 vs. #71 year-to-date. Among recent launches, notice the Opel Karl up 159 ranks on May to #66 and 172 sales for its first full month in market, the Renault Kadjar up 109 spots to #94 and the Jaguar XE up 67 to #144.

Previous month: Netherlands May 2015: Peugeot 308 and VW Golf on top

One year ago: Netherlands June 2014: Peugeot 308 triumphs

Full June 2015 Top 40 All-brands and Top 255 All-models below.

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