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Netherlands March 2018: Opel Karl tops the charts for the 2nd time

The Opel Karl is the best-selling vehicle in the Netherlands for the 2nd time ever.

* See the Top 40 best-selling brands and Top 275 All-models by clicking on the title *

The Dutch new car market is once again in excellent shape in March, up a very robust 15.3% year-on-year to 42.194, leading to a year-to-date tally up 13.6% to 136.023. In spite of going against the grain with a 2% decline, Opel remains the best-selling carmaker in the country for the 2nd month running at 9.2% share, distancing Volkswagen up 55% to 8.4% and still #1 YTD at 11.8% thanks to an exceptional January score. Renault (-15%) drops one spot on last month to #3 and the remaining 7 carmakers in the Top 10 all beat the market, the best performing being Toyota (+51%), ahead of Skoda (+46%), BMW (+32%), Mercedes (+25%), Peugeot (+24%), Ford (+22%) and Kia (+17%). Further down, Tesla (+139%), Jeep (+54%), Mitsubishi (+50%), Mini (+42%), Dacia (+28%) and Mazda (+26%) also do extremely well. Over in the models ranking, the Opel Karl is the overall best-seller for the second time only after August 2016 even though its 5% year-on-year gain isn’t particularly impressive. It was a close finish for the pole position: its advantage over the the Ford Fiesta (+27%) is only 12 sales while it grows to 71 with the VW Polo (+117%) remaining #1 YTD. The Opel Astra (-10%) and Kia Picanto (+15%) round up the Top 5 while the Opel Crossland X tops recent launches at #36.

Previous month: Netherlands February 2018: Opel leads, Kia Picanto best-seller

One year ago: Netherlands Full Year 2017: Clio second Renault to rank #1 in 36 years

Full March 2018 Top 40 brands and Top 275 models below.

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