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Portugal September 2018: Mercedes A-Class #1, Nissan Leaf up in atypical month

The Mercedes A-Class is the best-selling vehicle in Portugal in September.

* See the Top 35 All-brands and Top 245 All-models by clicking on the title *

After rising 28.7% in pre-WLTP August frenzy, the Portuguese new car market is logically down 14% in September to 12.783 units, bringing the year-to-date tally up 6.5% to 182.693. Peugeot (+1%) braves the adverse condition to post a year-on-year gain (the only one in the Top 10) and snap the pole position at 11.5% share vs. 9.8% year-to-date, followed by Mercedes (-6%) and BMW (-0.1%) while YTD leader Renault (-34%) tumbles down to #4. Outside the Top 10, Hyundai (+66%), Lexus (+39%), Jaguar (+35%), Volvo (+35%), Jeep (+33%), Seat (+13%), Mazda (+6%) and Mini (+4%) manage a positive result. Model-wise, the Mercedes A-Class (+42%) takes advantage of Renault’s post-WLTP hangover and its own facelift to take the overall lead for the first time in Portuguese history, its previous best performance being #3 in August 2015. It is followed by the Renault Clio (-9%), Peugeot 2008 (+9%), 308 (-9%) and Citroen C3 (-21%) while Peugeot manages to place 4 nameplates in the Top 7, adding the 208 (-16%) and 3008 (+44%). The BMW 5 Series (+20%) is up 31 spots on August to a record #8, the Nissan leaf is up 17-fold on the previous generation to #9 and the Opel Crossland X (+97%) is up 30 ranks on last month to round up the Top 10, all three aforementioned nameplates breaking their ranking record in Portugal. A very atypical month indeed.

Previous month: Portugal August 2018: Pre-WLTP boosted Clio and Megane repeat on top

One year ago: Portugal September 2017: Opel Crossland X in Top 20, market up 6.5%

Full September 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 245 All-models below.

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