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Portugal October 2018: Toyota, BMW, Peugeot shine in market down 12.2%

Peugeot is up 6% year-on-year to hold onto the brands top spot.

New car sales in Portugal drop 12.2% year-on-year in October to 13.951 units, still bearing the post-WLTP negative impact that has affected most EU markets this month. The year-to-date tally however remains in positive at +4.9% to 196.647 sales. Peugeot (+6%) continues to ignore the surrounding gloom and remains the best-selling carmaker in the country for the second month running with 12% share vs. 10% so far this year, whereas Renault (-32%) is in dire straits at 9.7% vs. 13.2%. Mercedes (-3%) is once again very strong at 8.3% share vs. 7% YTD, as are Toyota (+19%), Ford (+15%), BMW (+10%) and Citroen (+4%) in the remainder of the Top 10. Reversely Volkswagen (-44%), Opel (-31%) and Nissan (-16%) all struggle. Further down, notice Mini (+48%), Lexus (+28%), Hyundai (+27%), Seat (+26%), Volvo (+19%) and Smart (+10%).

Model-wise, the Renault Clio (-21%) is back in charge despite another double-digit gain, knocking the Mercedes A-Class (+45%) down to a still extremely impressive 2nd place, with the Peugeot 2008 (+18%), 308 (-10%) and 208 (-7%) rounding up the Top 5. The Peugeot 3008 (+53%) and VW Polo (+28%) also post stunning gains in the remainder of the Top 10 whereas the Nissan Qashqai (-38%) and Renault Captur (-37%) freefall. The Nissan Leaf (+1518%), Seat Arona (+323%), Renault Kadjar (+103%), Ford Fiesta (+85%), Toyota C-HR (+83%) also lodge spectacular improvements, the Volvo XC40 (#36) tops recent launches (<12 months) above the Hyundai Kauai (#40), Kia Stonic (#65) and BMW X2 (#87).

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

One year ago: Portugal October 2018: Opel Crossland X in Top 20, market up 6.5%

Full October 2018 Top 37 All-brands and Top 250 All-models below.

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