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Sweden April 2021: VW ID.4 soars to #1 in market up 15.6%

The VW ID.4 is the best-selling vehicle in Sweden in April. Picture

On April 1, the bonus/government rebate for PHEV vehicles decreased by an average of SEK 10.000, whereas the bonus for EVs increased from SEK 60.000 to SEK 70.000.  As a result, EV sales surge 368% year-on-year this month while PHEV still remain sharply up at +41%. The total share of rechargeable cars is 43.1% in April vs. 22.6% a year ago and 37.1% so far in 2021. The overall market is up a timid 15.6% year-on-year in April to 21.873 units, leading to a year-to-date tally up 32.5% to 112.743. Volkswagen (+29.4%) topples traditional leader Volvo (-15.9%) penalised by PHEV sales pulled forward to last month. In contrast Kia (+58.8%), Toyota (+59.4%) and Audi (+51.5%) are all in outstanding shape just below. Peugeot (+46.8%) also shine in the remainder of the Top 10 while Mercedes (+15.9%) matches the market and Seat (+4%), BMW (-2%) and Skoda (-11.9%) underperform. Further down, notice Opel (+267.8%), Citroen (+144.6%) and Hyundai (+54.1%) and Lynk & Co making its first appearance in the Swedish charts at #34.

Model-wise, the new Bonus Manus advantaging EVs means we have an all-new leader in the Swedish charts: after two months of minimal sales the VW ID.4 soars directly to pole position with 6.6% of the market which is almost 3 percentage point above any other car in the market. We anticipate the ID.4 to fall back to more realistic levels in the coming months. The Volvo S/V60 (-39.6%) is knocked down to 2nd place but easily retains the year-to-date top spot, while the Kia Niro (+71%) is up three spots on last month and its YTD ranking to slide in third place. In fact Kia places two nameplates in the Top 4 with the Ceed (+103.1%) also posting a fantastic score at #4. The Volvo XC40 (+55.5%) vastly outpaces the market but drops three ranks to #5 ahead of the Volvo XC60 (+20.1%), Toyota RAV4 (+156%) and Toyota Yaris (+89.1%) all very healthy. The VW ID.3 is up 66 spots on March to round out the Top 10 at #10. Notice also the Polestar 2 up 58 ranks to #19 and the Skoda Enyaq landing directly inside the Top 50 at #46.

Previous month: Sweden March 2021: Upcoming bonus malus change triggers record market (+71.7%), Volvo at highest share in over 7 years

One year ago: Sweden April 2020: Lockdown-free market down -37.5%, rechargeable cars up 38.7%

Full April 2021 Top 50 All-brands and Top 240 All-models below.

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