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Belgium August 2019: Dacia (+74.2%) soars to #5 in market down -11.9%

Dacia is inside the Belgian Top 5 brands for the 2nd time in history. Picture

Like most of the European Union this month, the Belgian new car market pays the price of artificial pre-WLTP stock clearances a year ago and dives -11.9% in August to 47.936 units, yet is up a splendid 35% on August 2017, a more realistic comparison base. The year-to-date tally is now down -5.8% to 403.535 registrations but, again, up 2.3% on the same period in 2017. The brands podium is unchanged on July and composed of Volkswagen (+6.9%) up to a sturdy 10.4% share above Mercedes (-11%) at 8.6% vs. 7.1% YTD and Renault (-40.3%) freefalling to 7.3% of the Belgian market vs. 8.8% YTD now that pre-WLTP sales aren’t here. The standout hero of the month is Dacia surging 74.2% year-on-year and four spots on July to break into the Belgium Top 5 for the second time in history at #5 (also hit in December 2017) and breaking its all-time market share record at 6.2% (previous best 6% in December 2017). Apart from Audi (+1.1%), the remainder of the Top 11 is entirely in negative, with Nissan (-39.8%), Citroen (-38.9%), Hyundai (-24.8%) and BMW (-24.5%) hit the hardest. Further down, notice Tesla (+395.2%), Honda (+117.8%), Alpine (+71.4%), Smart (+62.4%), Suzuki (+48%), DS (+43.8%), Maserati (+41.7%), Seat (+33.9%), Lexus (+21.1%) and Toyota (+16.5%) all posting spectacular gains.

Previous month: Belgium July 2019: Mercedes (+59.9%) shoots up to #2 brand in strong market (+5.5%)

One year ago: Belgium August 2018: Renault (+106%), Nissan (+177%) artificially boost market up 53% with pre-WLTP stock clearances

Full August 2019 Top 55 All-brands ranking below.

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