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Sweden April 2022: Kia Sportage, EV6 sport brilliant scores in stable market (+0.3%)

The Kia Sportage hits its best Swedish ranking in over 6 years. picture

The Swedish new car market edges up 0.3% year-on-year to 21,942 sales, leading to a year-to-date volume down -18.7% to 91,681. Rechargeable cars progress 11.6% year-on-year to 10,567 units and 48.1% share vs. 43.1% a year ago, including 5,146 PHEV (+12.8%) and 5,421 BEV (+11.3%). Volvo (+28%) retains the brands top spot albeit with a weak 15.1% share vs. 17.2% year-to-date. Kia (+29.8%) returns to the 2nd spot it holds year-to-date with a strong 12.5% share, leaving freefalling Volkswagen (-37.1%) at #3. Toyota (+2.3%) also beats the market to #4 ahead of BMW (+18.1%) in great shape as well. Renault (+90.8%) and Nissan (+66%) score the largest upticks in the Top 10, while below, Cupra (+724.2%) – outselling sister brand Seat (-73.2%) for the first time, Mazda (+139.7%). Polestar (+77.9%), Honda (+72.5%), Ford (+71.9%), Dacia (+68.3%) and Subaru (+57.4%) stand out. Chinese newcomers MG (#16) and Lynk & Co (#22) are also strong and we welcome Xpeng in the Swedish charts at #40 after launching in neighbouring Norway.

Over in the models ranking, the Volvo XC40 (+61.2%) surges ahead to cement its YTD leadership with 5.2% share for the month and 5.5% so far this year. In fact, the April Top 5 is identical to the YTD one, with the Kia Niro (+13.8%), Volvo XC60 (+15.7%), Volvo S/V60 (-6.7%) and Kia Ceed (+0.7%) in tow. The Polestar 2 (+77.1%) breaks its ranking record at #9, with the VW Passat (+66%) and Toyota Corolla (+48.2%) also in excellent shape in the remainder of the Top 10. But the biggest performer is the Kia Sportage going from zero sales in April 2021 to 519 and #8 this month thanks to the new generation and its PHEV variant. This is the nameplate’s best ranking in Sweden in over 6 years: since February 2016 (#7). The new Kia EV6 hits an all-time high #11 this month, up 15 spots on March. The BMW i3 (+338.8%), Skoda Enyaq (+72.7%), Nissan Leaf (+67.1%) and Volvo S/V90 (+65.7%) also shine further down.

Previous month: Sweden March 2022: Volvo XC40 and Tesla Model Y top market off -39.5% on high year-ago base

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

Full April 2022 Top 50 All-brands and Top 250 All-models below.

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