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Portugal January-February 2019: Mercedes A-Class and Nissan Leaf post outstanding starts

The Mercedes A-Class was the best-selling vehicle in Portugal in January.

This article has been updated with complete Top 40 All-brands and Top 250 All-models for January and February.

In January, the market gains a sturdy 8.3% year-on-year to 15.684 registrations while in February it recedes at -9.3% to 18.861, tilting the year-to-date tally into negative territory at -2.1% to 34.545 units. Renault (-26.5%) reclaims the brands lead in February despite a ghastly year-on-year fall, but Peugeot (+3.1%) remains in the YTD pole position for now. Citroen (+14.2%) makes the podium 100% French, posting the largest gain in the Top 7. Seat (+22.1%) and Opel (+11.6%) also impress in the Top 10 whereas Volkswagen (-41.2%), Nissan (-29.9%), BMW (-24.7%) and Fiat (-14.4%) are in dire straits. Further down, Jeep (+202%), Mitsubishi (+62.1%), Suzuki (+61.5%) and Hyundai (+50.9%) stand out while Tesla lands at #25 thanks to the arrival of the Model 3.

After the Mercedes A-Class (+79.9%) spectacularly took the models pole position in January, the Renault Clio (-43.6%) reclaims the #1 spot it has held for the past 6 consecutive years both in February and YTD despite losing almost half of its February 2018 volume. The Renault Captur (-9.5%) is up 7 spots to #2 and the Peugeot 208 (+9%) completes a podium 100% French. The Mercedes A-Class (+25%) is relegated to #4 but still ranks #2 so far in 2019. Excellent performance of the Opel Crossland X (+173.5%) knocking at the Top 10’s door and the Nissan Leaf (+2155.6%) which ranked in the Portuguese Top 10 in January. The Tesla Model 3 lands at #58 in February.

Previous post: Portugal Full Year 2018: Renault Clio tightens grip on market at highest in 15 years

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One year ago (February): Portugal February 2018: Clio and Captur on top, BMW 1 Series up to #3

Full January and February 2019 Top 40 All-brands and Top 250 All-models below.

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