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Portugal Full Year 2021: Peugeot ends 16 years of Renault domination, 2008 topples Clio

The Peugeot 2008 snaps the #1 spot in Portugal off the Renault Clio.

Discover over 30 years of Portugal Historical Data here.

The Portuguese new market edges up 0.8% year-on-year to 146,637 units with December down another -11.5% to 12,608. Let’s keep in mind 2020 volumes were down -35% on the year prior, so it’s another very weak year in Portugal. Peugeot (+11%) manages a double-digit gain to topple Renault (-17.1%) at 12% share vs. 10.5%. We estimate this is the first time Renault is not #1 in Portugal since at least 2005, or 16 years, but it could be longer. Mercedes (-17.2%) is in trouble but remains in third place with 7.8% share vs. 9.5% a year ago. BMW (+7.1%) and Citroen (+4.9%) camp on their 2020 positions at #4 and #5 respectively. Below, Toyota (+26.9%) and Hyundai (+49.3%) break into the Top 10 to land at #6 and #7 respectively, with Volkswagen (+7.8%) up one spot to #8. In contrast Seat (-10.4%) and Nissan (-18.8%) both struggle. Further down, Kia (+62.1%), Skoda (+37.8%), Lexus (+31.5%), Dacia (+25.6%) and DS (+27.2%) impress as newcomer Cupra lands at #28.

The Renault domination is also upended in the models ranking, with the Peugeot 2008 (+33.9%) brilliantly and unequivocally storming into the pole position with 4.4% share. It topples the Renault Clio (-29.9%) which had been the best-selling vehicle in Portugal for the past 8 years. It also ends 14 consecutive years where a Renault led the Portuguese annual charts as the Clio also ranked #1 in 2008 and the Megane won in 2007 and from 2009 to 2012. The Renault Captur (+18.6%) gains one spot to reach the third step of the podium with the Peugeot 208 (+23.9%) in tow. The two models overtake the Mercedes A-Class (-33.1%) down three ranks to #5. The Citroen C3 (+4.7%) stays in 6th place while the Dacia Sandero (+44.3%) scores the largest gain in the Top 10 and climbs up 6 spots to #7. The Toyota Yaris (+36.8%) is up 10 ranks to #9 and the Peugeot 3008 (+29.3%) is up 8 to #10. The Hyundai Bayon (#64) is the most popular 2021 launch above the Opel Mokka (#71) and Mercedes EQA (#85).

Previous month: Portugal November 2021: Kia, Hyundai surge in market off -7.6%

Previous year: Portugal 2020: Renault Clio, Mercedes A-Class & Peugeot 2008 top market off -35%

Two years ago: Portugal 2019: Renault Clio resists Mercedes A-Class and Fiat Tipo assaults

Full December 2021 Top 40 All-brands and Top 245 All-models below.

Full Year 2021 Top 40 All-brands and Top 330 All-models vs. Full Year 2020 figures below.

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