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Netherlands April 2018: VW Polo cements YTD lead, market up 16.8%

The VW Polo confirms it is the most popular choice for Dutch buyers this year.

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New car sales in the Netherlands are up for the 4th month out of 4 this year with April volumes up 16.8% to 34.290 units, lifting the YTD tally up 14% to 169.996. Volkswagen cements its leadership in the brand ladder, doubling the market growth with a 35% year-on-year surge to 11.4% share, ahead of Renault (+11%), Peugeot (+15%) and Opel (+12%) all under-performing while Nissan (+75%), Skoda (+36%), Kia (+28%) and Ford (+24%) outpace the market in the remainder of the Top 10. Further down, Jeep (+185%), Mitsubishi (+153%), DS (+114%), Smart (+92%), Subaru (+55%), Lexus (+38%) and Mini (+33%) also shine.

Boosted by the new generation, the VW Polo soars 89% year-on-year and two spots on March to return to the Dutch pole position it also holds YTD (+52%) with a comfortable 1.172-unit lead over the Ford Fiesta (+35%), down to #3 this month despite a 42% year-on-year gain. The Renault Clio (-11%) is up six ranks on March to #2, the Peugeot 108 (+42%) up five to #4 and the Renault Captur (+11%) up 7 to #12. The Kia Niro (+133%), Toyota Yaris (+99%), Ford Focus (+51%) and Renault Twingo (+35%) also post sizeable gains in the Top 20 while the VW T-Roc leads all recent launches (<12 months) at #25 (+24) ahead of the Opel Crossland X at #27 (+9), Kia Stonic at #43 (+32), Citroen C3 Aircross at #46 (+13) and Skoda Karoq at #47 (+40).

Previous month: Netherlands March 2018: Opel Karl tops the charts for the 2nd time

One year ago: Netherlands April 2017: Renault and Clio dominate

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Netherlands March 2018: Opel Karl tops the charts for the 2nd time

The Opel Karl is the best-selling vehicle in the Netherlands for the 2nd time ever.

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The Dutch new car market is once again in excellent shape in March, up a very robust 15.3% year-on-year to 42.194, leading to a year-to-date tally up 13.6% to 136.023. In spite of going against the grain with a 2% decline, Opel remains the best-selling carmaker in the country for the 2nd month running at 9.2% share, distancing Volkswagen up 55% to 8.4% and still #1 YTD at 11.8% thanks to an exceptional January score. Renault (-15%) drops one spot on last month to #3 and the remaining 7 carmakers in the Top 10 all beat the market, the best performing being Toyota (+51%), ahead of Skoda (+46%), BMW (+32%), Mercedes (+25%), Peugeot (+24%), Ford (+22%) and Kia (+17%). Further down, Tesla (+139%), Jeep (+54%), Mitsubishi (+50%), Mini (+42%), Dacia (+28%) and Mazda (+26%) also do extremely well. Over in the models ranking, the Opel Karl is the overall best-seller for the second time only after August 2016 even though its 5% year-on-year gain isn’t particularly impressive. It was a close finish for the pole position: its advantage over the the Ford Fiesta (+27%) is only 12 sales while it grows to 71 with the VW Polo (+117%) remaining #1 YTD. The Opel Astra (-10%) and Kia Picanto (+15%) round up the Top 5 while the Opel Crossland X tops recent launches at #36.

Previous month: Netherlands February 2018: Opel leads, Kia Picanto best-seller

One year ago: Netherlands Full Year 2017: Clio second Renault to rank #1 in 36 years

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Netherlands February 2018: Opel leads, Kia Picanto best-seller

Opel is #1 in the Netherlands for the first time since September 2016.

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New car sales in the Netherlands are up 9.5% year-on-year in February to 35.410 units, meaning the year-to-date volume is up 12.3% to 94.220 sales. Surprise in the brands pole position: after a month of January obliterated by Volkswagen (17.7% share), Opel takes the lead thanks to a 34% year-on-year surge to 8.8% share. It is the first time since September 2016 that Opel is the most popular carmaker in the Netherlands, a market it dominated from 1969 to 2004. In fact, the entire January Top 6 is up one spot while Volkswagen drops 5 ranks to #6: Renault (+1%) is up one spot to #2 followed by Peugeot (+7%), Kia (+20%) and Ford (+18%). Skoda (+48%) posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 while below, Jeep (+109%), Mitsubishi (+64%), Seat (+38%), Volvo (+23%) and Tesla (+22%) shine.

The Kia Picanto has been the best-seller in the Netherlands every February since 2015.

Model-wise, as it was the case in February 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Kia Picanto is the best-selling nameplate in the country in February 2018, up 15% year-on-year and distancing the Renault Clio (+7%), Ford Fiesta (+25%) and Peugeot 108 (-3%). The Opel Corsa (+198%), VW Polo (+82%) and Hyundai i10 (+45%) lodge the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10 while beyond, the Mazda CX-5 (+206%), Seat Ibiza (+103%), Skoda Octavia (+85%) and Peugeot 3008 (+57%) are the best performers in the Top 10. The Opel Crossland X (#29) tops recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Opel Grandland X (#39), Kia Stonic (#59), VW T-Roc (#61), Seat Arona (#67) and Hyundai Kona (#70).

Previous month: Netherlands January 2018: VW places Polo, Golf, Up and Tiguan in Top 4

Previous year: Netherlands Full Year 2017: Clio second Renault to rank #1 in 36 years

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Netherlands January 2018: VW places Polo, Golf, Up and Tiguan in Top 4

The VW Polo is the best-selling vehicle in the Netherlands in January.

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Dutch new car sales shoot up 15.2% year-on-year in January to 59.367 units but the Top 4 best-selling carmakers all beat the market: Volkswagen is up 24% to 17.7% share vs. 10.4% over the FY2017, Opel and Renault are both up 22% and Peugeot is up 23%. In the Top 10, Hyundai (+54%), Skoda (+45%), Audi (+23%) and Ford (+20%) also outpace the market while below, Jeep (+165%), Mitsubishi (+33%), Seat (+32%), Smart (+31%) and Ferrari (+25%) shine whereas Infiniti (-92%), Aston Martin (-91%), DS (-33%), Tesla (-33%), Land Rover (-26%), Alfa Romeo (-25%) and Fiat (-25%) implode. Traditionally very strong in January after paltry results in December, Volkswagen once again places four nameplates in the Top 4 in the Netherlands this month: the Polo (+20%) wins above the Golf (+43%), Up! (-0.4%) and Tiguan (+19%) with the Ford Fiesta up 45% to #5 and 2017 leader the Renault Clio down to #6 but up 29% year-on-year. The Hyundai i10 (+66%) and Opel Karl (+49%) also shine in the Top 10 while the VW T-Roc shoots up 119 spots on December to end January only 9 sales off its very first Top 20 ranking. Among recent launches, the Opel Crossland X (#32), Kia Stonic (#60), Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (#62) and Seat Arona (#67) also make themselves noticed.

Previous post: Netherlands Full Year 2017: Clio second Renault to rank #1 in 36 years

One year ago: Netherlands January 2017: Volkswagen monopolises Top 4

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Netherlands Full Year 2017: Clio second Renault to rank #1 in 36 years

The Renault Clio signs its first annual win in the Netherlands. Picture autokopen.nl 

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After freefalling 15% in 2016 as the tax cuts for low-emission vehicles were abandoned, the Dutch new car market rallies back up 8.4% in 2017 to 414.538 units. Volkswagen is the most popular carmaker in the country for an incredible 18th year in a row despite going against the grain with a 2% drop to 10.4% share, almost one percentage point below its 2016 level. Renault on the other hand doubles the market growth at +16% to hit 9.8% share, a comfortable distance above Opel (+7%) and Peugeot (+11%) in a Top 4 unchanged on last year. Toyota advances 30% to #5, the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 20, with Kia (+24%) and Ford (+11%) also posting double-digit progressions in the Top 10. Below, Jeep (+23%), Porsche (+23%), Suzuki (+28%), Bentley (+37%), Maserati (+53%), Tesla (+55%), Alfa Romeo (+72%) and Aston Martin (+182%) impress.

The Up helps Volkswagen achieve an 18th consecutive year atop the Dutch brands ranking.

Over in the models ranking, after missing out on the 2016 pole position for 50 meagre units, the Renault Clio achieves its first ever annual win in the Netherlands thanks to deliveries up 10% to 2.8% share. It is only the second Renault to top the Dutch year-end sales charts since 1982, after the Renault Megane did so in 2012. After being victorious in 2013, the VW Up! had fallen to #5 in 2016 but leaps up to 2nd place this year with sales up 26%. Reversely, the VW Golf (-7%) gets knocked from its 2016 pedestal down to #3. Outstanding performance of the Opel Karl up 8 spots and 32% to #4, with the Kia Picanto (+17%) also strong at #5.

The Opel Karl soars 32% to #4 overall. Picture autokopen.nl 

The Renault Megane is boosted 87% by the new generation to #10, the Nissan Qashqai is up 17% to #14, the Ford Focus up 26% to #18, the Citroen C3 up 66% to #19, the VW Tiguan up 214% to #21 and the Peugeot 3008 up 740% to #23, the latter three thanks to new models. The Toyota C-HR is up 518% to #27 for its first full year in market. The most popular new launch for 2017 in the Netherlands is the Opel Crossland X landing at #82, followed by the Skoda Kodiaq (#92), Kia Stonic (#163) and Opel Grandland X (#165).

Previous month: Netherlands November 2017: Renault and Clio in control

Previous year: Netherlands Full Year 2016: VW Golf holds off Renault Clio by 50 sales

Two years ago: Netherlands Full Year 2015: Peugeot 308 sovereign (17.4% share in December)

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Netherlands November 2017: Renault and Clio in control

The Renault Clio is the best-selling car in the Netherlands in November.

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New car sales in the Netherlands are up another 17.6% year-on-year in November to 37.713 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 14.5% to 397.258 units. Renault frankly outpaces the market to snap the brands lead with sales up 29% to 12.1% share vs. 9.6% year-to-date, overtaking the YTD leader Volkswagen itself up 23% to 10.5%, in line with it YTD level of 10.6%. Opel is the only carmaker in the Top 12 to lose ground year-on-year at -1% to 9%, distancing Peugeot (+16%), Ford (+40%) and Toyota (+13%). Both Volvo (+22%) and Skoda (+29%) also improve their market share year-on-year inside the Top 10. Below, Mazda (+25%), Audi (+26%), Citroen (+28%), Jaguar (+36%) Alfa Romeo (+37%), Honda (+48%), Mitsubishi (+64%), Smart (+75%) Land Rover (+88%), Dacia (+94%), Tesla (+97%) and Mini (+134%) all post spectacular gains.

Ford Fiesta sales are up 90% year-on-year this month. 

The Renault Clio reclaims the top of the models ranking it holds year-to-date but only manages a slim 9% year-on-year gain whereas the next six best-selling nameplates all beat the market: the VW Up and Golf are both up 66%, the Ford Fiesta is up 90%, the Renault Captur up 83%, Megane up 29% and Toyota Aygo up 22%. Other great performers near the top of the charts include the Volvo V40 up 38%, Ford Focus up 52%, Renault Twingo up 52%, Skoda Citigo up 273% and Peugeot 3008 up 288%. The Opel Crossland X tops recent launches (<12 months) at #33, followed by the Kia Stonic (#72), Skoda Kodiaq (#83), Opel Grandland X (#92), Hyundai Kona (snapping its first Dutch Top 100 at #96) and Citroen C3 Aircross (#98). The VW T-Roc is up 46 spots to #153.

Previous month: Netherlands October 2017: VW Up and Golf top market up 24.5%

One year ago: Netherlands November 2016: Renault Clio snaps YTD lead

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Netherlands October 2017: VW Up and Golf top market up 24.5%

The VW Up is up 80% to snap the Dutch top spot. 

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New car sales in the Netherlands are up a flamboyant 24.5% year-on-year to 37.130 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 14.4% to 360.423 units. Market leader Volkswagen trails the overall growth significantly, up just 8% to end the month one lonely unit above Renault (+28%), while followers Peugeot (+31%), Opel (+29%), Ford (+40%), Kia (+46%) and Toyota (+32%) all outpace the market and gain market share. Further down, notice Mercedes (+32%), Hyundai (+38%), Mini (+43%), Dacia (+52%), Alfa Romeo (+53%), Suzuki (+86%), Jeep (+102%) and Tesla (+133%) among the best performers this month. In the models ranking, the VW Up shoots up 80% to snap the pole position for the second time this year after last May, distancing the VW Golf (+32%), Renault Clio (+17%) and Ford Focus, up a staggering 173%. The Opel Astra (-7%) rounds up the Top 5 and is the only nameplate in negative in the Top 15. The Renault Megane (+51%), Captur (+31%) and Skoda Octavia also shine inside the Top[ 10, while below the Toyota Yaris (+52%), Nissan Qashqai (+86%), Peugeot 3008 (+387%), Opel Karl +45%), Citroen C3 (+48%), Hyundai Tucson (+95%) and Renault Scenic (+4588%) make themselves noticed. The Opel Crossland X (#30) leads recent launches ahead of the Suzuki Ignis (#41), Toyota C-HR (#59), Skoda Kodiaq (#76), Citroen C3 Aircross (#96) and Kia Stonic (#98)

Previous month: Netherlands September 2017: Volkswagen up 29% in market up 7.9%

One year ago: Netherlands October 2016: Opel Astra takes charge in market down 22%

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Netherlands September 2017: Volkswagen up 29% in market up 7.9%

The VW Up is up 145% year-on-year in the Netherlands in September. 

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The Dutch new car market is up 7.9% year-on-year in September to 35.964 units, leading the year-to-date total to 323.797 registrations, up 13.6% on the same period a year ago. Market leader Volkswagen frankly outpaces the general growth at +29% to 10.7% share, followed by Opel at 10.4% (-8%) while the next five best-selling carmakers post double-digit gains: Renault (+14%), Peugeot (+17%), Kia (+19%), Toyota (+34%) and Skoda (+23%). Outside the Top 10, Hyundai (+21%), Land Rover (+24%), Suzuki (+82%), Alfa Romeo (+97%) and Smart (+112%) shine. Both the September and YTD models ranking are completely reshuffled this month in the Netherlands. The VW Golf is up 41% year-on-year and 12 spots on August to snap the #1 rank, distancing the Opel Karl up 23% and now also #2 YTD, the Renault Clio up 24% and holding onto its #1 YTD spot, the VW Up up 145% and now #3 YTD and the Peugeot 108 up 1%. The Kia Picanto (+19%) is the only other Top 10 model to post a double-digit gain. The VW Polo, down 42% to #28 in September, falls from #2 to #7 YTD in the space of one month. Notice also the Skoda Octavia up 35%, the Toyota Yaris up 43%, the Peugeot 3008 up 940% and the BMW 5 Series up 211%. The Opel Crossland X (#29) lead recent launches above the Toyota C-HR (#45) and Suzuki Ignis (#46).

Previous month: Netherlands August 2017: Renault Clio reclaims YTD lead off VW Polo

One year ago: Netherlands September 2016: Opel up 41%, monopolises podium

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Netherlands August 2017: Renault Clio reclaims YTD lead off VW Polo

The Renault Clio is back to #1 year-to-date in the Netherlands. 

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The Dutch new car market is up 10.2% year-on-year in August to 29.584 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally up 14.4% to 288.165 units. Renault leaps up three spots on July and 18% year-on-year to take the lead of the brands ranking with 10.3% share, distancing Volkswagen at 9% (+2%) and Peugeot at 7.9% (+4%). Opel plunges 30% to just 6.9% share vs. 8.3% year-to-date. Reversely, Toyota surges 44% to remains in 5th place, while Kia (+18%), Skoda (+39%) and Hyundai (+61%) also impress inside the Top 10. Further down, notice Mazda (+28%), Seat (+28%), Suzuki (+31%), Mitsubishi (+41%), Land Rover (+64%), Tesla (+67%), Alfa Romeo (+89%) and Smart (+96%) as the most dynamic carmakers. Model-wise, the Renault Clio (+30%) rallies back up 8 spots on July to snap the pole position both in August and YTD off the VW Polo, down 32% to a paltry #19 this month. The Kia Picanto (-5%) remains in 2nd place, the Peugeot 108 is up a whopping 27 ranks on last month to #3, the Opel Karl drops 37% but is up two ranks on July to #4, the Toyota Aygo soars 48% to #5 and the Renault Megane is up 6-fold on August 2016 to land in 6th place. Notice also the VW Transporter up 8-fold to #15, the Toyota C-HR up 9 spots to #17, the Peugeot 3008 up 27-fold to #18, the Hyundai Tucson up 161% to #20 and the Kia Niro up 108% to #21.

Previous month: Netherlands July 2017: VW Polo takes control

One year ago: Netherlands August 2016: First ever country win for Opel Karl

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Netherlands July 2017: VW Polo takes control

Discounts on the outgoing generation (pictured) have boosted the VW Polo to #1. 

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New car sales in the Netherlands are up 4.7% year-on-year in July to 32.735 units, bringing the year-to-date tally up 15% to 258.912 registrations. Market leader Volkswagen goes against the grain with a harsh 22% year-on-year drop yet this was on a particularly high base in July 2016 and the German carmaker sports a still splendid 12.4% share as a result vs. 10.7% year-to-date. Opel (+20%) and Peugeot (+26%) both overtake Renault (-26%) while Toyota (+39%), Kia (+33%) and Mercedes (+30%) post the largest gains in the Top 10. Below, Mini (+23%), Citroen (+26%), Mazda (+27%), Alfa Romeo (+28%), Fiat (+28%), Nissan (+33%) and Tesla (+66%) all impress. Model-wise, the VW Polo takes control of both the July sales charts and the YTD ones thanks to a strong 1.189 sales and despite a 16% year-on-year drop. Leader up to last month, the Renault Clio is down 33% to #9 in July and now ranks #2 year-to-date. The Kia Picanto is up 13% YoY and 12 spots on June to #2, the VW Golf drops 24%, the Opel Astra is down 3% and the VW Up down 25%. In contrast the Opel Karl is yup 52%, the Toyota Yaris up 54%, the Ford Focus up 53% and the Peugeot 3008 up 27-fold on the previous model to #14.

Previous month: Netherlands June 2017: Nissan Qashqai surprise leader

One year ago: Netherlands July 2016: VW Polo, Golf and Up on podium

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