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Portugal August 2021: BMW and Dacia Sandero top market off -35.8%

The Dacia Sandero is the best-selling vehicle in Portugal in August.

The Portuguese new car market implodes -35.8% year-on-year in August to 7.971 units, leading to a year-to-date volume now up 10% to 101.739. BMW (-2.4%) resists much better than the market and snap the monthly top spot for only the second time in Portuguese history after January 2014. At 10.3% share, BMW crosses the symbolic 10% milestone for the second time this year, after last January (11.3%). Mercedes (-53.7%), Renault (-64.7%) and Peugeot (-62.7%) all fall apart below while Volkswagen (-6.7%), Hyundai (-5.3%) and Toyota (-5.2%) contain their losses to the single digits. Dacia (+22.7%) and Kia (+20.3%) are the only year-on-year gainers in the Top 10, while further down DS (+44.2%), Lexus (+21.1%), Audi (+20.8%) and Mini (+10.2%) also improve.

Over in the models ranking, the Dacia Sandero (+65.2%) signs its first ever victory in Portugal with 3.9% share, its previous best being #3 in January 2018. The Renault Captur (-35.7%) matches the market evolution but rallies back up 10 spots on July to #2 overall, cementing its YTD lead. The VW T-Roc (+316.2%) is up 4-fold year-on-year to remain in third place overall above the Mercedes A Class (-65.2%) and last month’s leader the Peugeot 2008 (+5.8%). The BMW 1 Series (-24.2%) and 3 Series (+63.1%) follow while the Kia Stonic (+93.5%) is up 19 ranks on July to break into the Portuguese Top 10 for the first time at #10. The Renault Clio (-85.1%) is down 16 spots on last month to #18 and the Peugeot 208 (-73.7%) down to #34. The Citroen C4 (#25) tops recent launches above the BMW iX3 (#48), Opel Mokka (#53), Hyundai Ioniq 5 (#55) and Tesla Model Y (#62) new for the month.

Previous month: Portugal July 2021: Peugeot 2008 returns to #1 in market down -19%

One year ago: Portugal August 2020: Renault (+56.1%) and Hyundai (+74.8%) impress in stabilised market (-0.1%)

Full August 2021 Top 40 All-brands and Top 230 All-models below.

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