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Sweden November 2020: Volvo XC40 signs first ever win, VW ID.3 up to #6 in market down -12.9%

The new Volvo XC40 EV has landed in Sweden.

In November, the Swedish new car market is down -12.9% year-on-year to 26.571 units, leading to a year-to-date tally down -16.4% to 257.362. This month’s sluggish result is partly to blame on a high comparison comparison base with November 2019. Back then, registrations were pulled forward before the application of new WLTP rules as well as a new bonus malus pricing system. Rechargeable cars (BEV+PHEV) hit another record share at 38.7% vs. just 14% a year ago, outselling both Petrol cars (31.4%) and Diesel cars (16.2%) while HEVs are at 12.8%. Year-to-date, sales of rechargeable cars shoot up 116% to 29.9% share vs. 11.5% a year ago, with PHEV up 158% and BEV up 52%. This places Sweden at #1 in the EU and #3 in Europe below Norway and Iceland.

In the brands ranking, Volvo (-10.9%) just outpaces its home market to keep the pole position at 18.2% share above Volkswagen (-17.7%) at 16.6%. Toyota (+21.7%) and Mercedes (+15.5%) score the only gains in the Top 10 just as BMW (-1.9%) and Peugeot (-3.4%) resist and both Skoda (-37.3%) and Renault (-25.7%) sink. Citroen (+100.7%), DS (+20%) and Opel (+8.1%) also shine further down. Model-wise, the Volvo XC40 (+76.7%) signs its first ever monthly win at home, edging past the XC60 (+15.1%) for just 28 units and the S/V60 (-31.4%) for 33, partly thanks to its PHEV variant accounting for 30% of its November sales just as the new “Recharge” EV, the Volvo brand’s first pure electric model, kick starts its career with 80 registrations. The VW ID.3 lurches up 27 spots on September to crack the Swedish Top 10 for the first time at #6. The Toyota Yaris (+84.8%), RAV4 (+73.5%), BMW 3 Series (+30.9%) and Toyota Corolla (+5%) also impress in the remainder of the Top 10.

Previous month: Sweden October 2020: Rechargeable sales hit record 36.1% in market back down (-5%)

One year ago: Sweden November 2019: VW threatens Volvo for #1, Passat back up to #2 in market up 18.2%

Full November 2020 Top 50 All-brands and Top 240 All-models below.

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