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Even though Norway isn’t part of the European Union, it remains affected by the post-WLTP slump due to the lack of availability of compliant vehicles. October sales drop 6.6% year-on-year to 11.655 units, leading to a year-to-date tally down 4.4% to 123.155. Volkswagen (-32%) climbs back up 5 spots on September to reclaim the pole position it holds year-to-date, this despite another ghastly fall. Nissan (+173%) at 11.7% continues to surf on the success of the new generation Leaf that accounts for 11.1% share alone and is back to the model pole position in October. Toyota (-26%), Volvo (+11%) and BMW (-4%) round up the Top 5.
But the event this month is the 20-fold year-on-year surge of Jaguar up 11 spots on last month to brilliantly break into the Top 10 at #8 overall, which is most probably the highest ranking reached by the premium English brand in any major European (and world) market. The culprit: the electric i-Pace leaping to an astounding 5th place in October with 441 sales and 3.8% share. Renault (+426%) thanks to the Zoe up 23-fold, Alfa Romeo (+208%), Hyundai (+46%), Mazda (+29%) and Porsche (+27%) also show outstanding health. In the models ranking, the Kia Soul (+189%), Mazda CX-5 (+123%), Ford Focus (+73%), Volvo XC60 (+64%), BMW i3 (+26%) and Hyundai Ioniq (+26%) also shine while last month’s leader, the Tesla Model X, falls back down to #21.
Previous month: Norway September 2018: Tesla leads, breaks record share at 19%
One year ago: Norway October 2017: VW Golf up 87%, Volvo XC60 up 133%
Full October 2018 Top 40 All-brands and Top 20 models below.