Counted separately from the Golf, the VW e-Golf is the #1 nameplate in Norway in August.
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The Norwegian new car market is up a timid 1.4% year-on-year in August to 13.415 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up an equally shy 0.8% to 102.874. Norway remains the world’s greenest market, with hybrid cars representing 32.8% of the total market in August at 4.390 sales, up 19.4% year-on-year, and no emissions cars (electric or hydrogen) up 38.3% to 2.784 including just four hydrogen cars. Overtaken by Toyota in July, Volkswagen spectacularly reclaims the brands top spot it holds year-to-date with sales up 2% to 18% share vs. 11.4% (-16%) for Toyota. BMW (+13%) and Mercedes (+15%) are the only other manufacturers posting a four-digit sales figure in August. Volvo (+54%), Skoda (+30%) and Peugeot (+18%) also impress with double-digit gains inside the Top 10 whereas Nissan (-25%) and Ford (-26%) struggle. Further down, notice Hyundai (+88%), Renault (+78%), Porsche (+76%), Mini (+39%), Land Rover (+34%) and Suzuki (+33%) all posting spectacular gains.
Over in the models ranking, after plunging 35% in July, the VW Golf returns to positive territory with a 15% year-on-year surge to 10.4% share, the nameplate’s highest and first time above 10% since April 2016. In August, the Golf sells over three times as much as the 2nd best-seller, the VW Passat (+21%). The main culprit is the new e-Golf with an improved 300 km range: at 996 deliveries, the e-Golf in isolation would be Norway’s best-seller in August with twice as many sales as the Passat… The Toyota Yaris rounds up the podium with 98% of its sales going for the hybrid variant, the BMW i3 is up 33% to #4, the Mitsubishi Outlander down 7% to #5 (95% PHEV) ahead of the Toyota RAV4 (99% hybrid) and C-HR (96% hybrid). The Peugeot 3008, up 13-fold on August 2016 to #8 thanks to the new model, is the only nameplate to break into the Top 10 without the help of a green variant. Notice also the BMW 5 Series up 8-fold to #20 and the Suzuki Swift up 25% to #34.
Previous month: Norway July 2017: Toyota takes the lead in market up 3.9%
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