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Austria July 2019: VW Polo leads, T-Cross inside Top 5

The VW T-Cross breaks into the Austrian Top 5 for the first time. Picture meinbezirk.at

The Austrian new car market is almost immobile in July at -0.06% year-on-year to 31.454 registrations, an outstanding performance in itself even July 2018 volume were boosted up 13.5% by pre-WLTP sales. The YTD volume however remains in negative at -7.6% to 207.363 units. Volkswagen (+11.3%) posts a performance that is as excellent as unexpected given how the carmaker abused of artificial pre-WLTP sales a year ago, lifting the brand to 17.6% share vs. 16.8% so far this year. Mercedes (+17.5%), Ford (+13.6%), Skoda (+6%), Audi (+4.3%) and Hyundai (+0.9%) also manage market-defying upticks in the remainder of the Top 10 where Renault (-22.6%) dives and Seat (-4.1%) skids. Below, Mini (+135.7%), Suzuki (+34.4%), Volvo (+26.1%) and Peugeot (+19.9%) shine.

Model-wise, the VW Polo (+39.7%) takes the lead of the Austrian charts for only the third time in the past 10 years after October 2009 and December 2018, dislodging the Skoda Octavia (+12.2%) which remains the YTD leader. The VW Golf (-24.4%) is knocked down to #3, only 6 units above the VW Bus (+7.3%) while the VW T-Cross shoots up 13 spots on June to snap its first Top 5 finish in Austria and third in the world alongside Denmark and Slovenia where it also ranks 5th this month. The VW Group places 9 nameplates in the July Top 10, adding the VW T-Roc (+7.3%) at #6, the Skoda Fabia (+1.2%) at #7, VW Tiguan (-20.1%) at #9 and Seat Arona (-16%) at #10.

Previous month: Austria June 2019: Skoda Octavia (+19%) cements YTD #1, Seat Ibiza (+79.3%), Leon (+35.3%) shine in market down -14.4%

One year ago: Austria July 2018: Seat Arona breaks into Top 10 – a world first

Full July 2019 Top 43 All-brands and Top 295 All-models below.

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