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Netherlands August 2019: VW T-Cross up to world record #4 in market down -17.2%

The VW T-Cross is up to a world-best 4th place in the Netherlands.

A logical clawback from an artificially boosted August 2018, new car sales in the Netherlands fall -17.2% to 34.230 units this month but are up 15.7% on August 2017, a more realistic comparison base. All-in-all, the YTD volume is now down -11.1% to 293.646. Volkswagen (-15.5%) almost matches the market but easily remains the #1 brand in the country at 14.4% share vs 9% for Opel (+0.6%) managing a shy uptick and cementing the 2nd spot it also holds YTD. Toyota (+41.6%) posts an impressive gain, stepping up two spots on July to #3 and 6.5% share. However Mercedes (+42.3%) does better at #7, up 4 ranks on last month, while Skoda (+20.5%) and Ford (+15.5%) also swim upstream with fantastic gains in the remainder of the Top 10. Reversely, Audi (-39.8%), Peugeot (-31%) and BMW (-19.8%) struggle while Renault (-79.5%) literally implodes at #12 vs. #7 YTD and #2 over the Full Year 2018. Jeep (+235.2%), Tesla (+107.8%), Lexus (+67.2%), Seat (+53.7%), Land Rover (+18.8%), Citroen (+17.6%), Alfa Romeo (+15.4%) and Mitsubishi (+13%) also impress further down.

Model-wise, the VW Polo (+5.3%) manages to hold off the rest of there market to remain in the pole position it holds YTD, while the Tesla Model 3 is back up 7 spots on July to #2 with just under 1.200 sales and the Opel Karl (+86.8%) almost doubles its sales year-on-year to gain 11 spots on July and land on the third step of the podium. The VW T-Cross is the revelation of the month: after cracking the Top 5 last month in neighbouring Denmark as well as Austria and Slovenia, it goes one step further in the Netherlands, hitting a world record #4. The Opel Crossland X (+124.2%) is down 3 spots on last month to a still outstanding 5th place vs. #13 YTD. The VW T-Roc (+26.6%) and Toyota Aygo (+24.1%) also shine in the Top 10.

Previous month: Netherlands July 2019: Opel Crossland X up to record #2 in market down -6.8%

One year ago: Netherlands August 2018: Renault, VW boosted by pre-WLTP stock clearances

Full August 2019 Top 42 brands and Top 280 models below.

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