The A-Class helps Mercedes pass BMW to rank #1 premium brand in 2019.
The Belgian new car market edges up just 0.07% or 377 sales in 2019 to 550.009 units. Volkswagen (+0.7%) roughly follows the market to lodge a second consecutive year as the #1 brand in the country, followed like in 2018 by Renault (-3.6%) and Peugeot (+0.5%). Mercedes (+6.8%) overtakes BMW (-8.6%) to take control of the premium segment while Audi (+8.6%) remains at #7 overall. Citroen (+16.6%) and Dacia (+10.9%) post the only two double-digit gains in the Top 15, advancing to #8 and #10 respectively. Further down, Tesla (+320.3%) lurches 9 spots to #24, peaking at #19 and 1.9% share in December, with Alpine (+217.8%), Rolls Royce (+100%), Lamborghini (+50%), Bentley (+37.1%), Lotus (+32.4%), DS (+27.4%), Ferrari (+27%) and Seat (+12.3%) among the most dynamic further down.
Model-wise, the VW Golf is set to secure a 9th win in the past 10 years ahead of the Renault Clio and Hyundai Tucson, with the Mercedes A-Class making a spectacular push from #18 in 2018 to #4 in 2019, even ranking #1 overall in August, September and November.
Models data will be added to this article when made available.
Two years ago: Belgium 2017: VW Golf #1, BMW X1 up to 5th place
Full Year 2019 Top 65 All-brands ranking vs. Full Year 2018 figures below.
Full December 2019 Top 50 All-brands ranking below.