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Today we update two months at once for Sweden. Building on a record year in 2015, the Swedish new car market starts with a bang and posts its best January ever at 21.648 registrations, up 6% year-on-year. Volvo leads the way at 18.1% share above Volkswagen at 16.4% and Audi up 15% to 6.9%. Kia gains 33% in 5th place, outselling Toyota (-12%) with other great performers including Nissan (+42%), Mazda (+100%), Opel (+56%), Honda (+49%) and Seat (+60%). Model-wise, below the Volvo V70 (7.9% share) and VW Golf (5.7%), the VW Passat (-12%), Volvo S/V60 (-17%) and XC60 (-18%) all take a hit, allowing the Volvo V40 up to #5 and the VW Polo (+63%) up to #6 vs. #16 in 2015. The Toyota Auris (+51%), Nissan Qashqai (+65%) and Kia Cee’d (+26%) also shine inside the Top 10, with the Kia Sportage up 68% at #13. The new generation Volvo XC90 ranks 16th this month, its best ranking so far at home.
February marks the 26th consecutive month of growth for Swedish new car sales, doing even better than in January with a 13% surge to 26.869 registrations, the 2nd best-ever January score. This lifts the year-to-date total up 10% to 48.517 units. Brand-wise, Volvo is up 18% to a strong 20.9% share whereas Volkswagen is down 1% to 14.1%. BMW (+16%) and Kia (+44%) follow, both beating the market. Audi (+29%), Ford (+25%), Renault (+23%), Mazda (+71%) and Seat (+42%) also do so. In the models ranking, the Volvo V70 improves to 9% share, followed by the VW Golf (5%) and Passat (4.6%) with the Volvo V40 gaining one more spot to #4. The Kia Sportage leaps up to #7 overall, Audi places the A4 (#9) and A3 (#10) inside the Top 10, the Skoda Fabia is up 9 ranks to #13 and the Volvo XC90 remains inside the Top 20. The Saab 9-3 makes a timid reappearance in its home charts with two lonely sales.
One year ago (Jan): Sweden January 2015: VW Passat back on podium, BMW 5 Series up to #7
One year ago (Feb): Sweden February 2015: VW Passat above 7% market share at #2
Full January and February 2016 Top 35 brands and Top 230 All-models below.