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Netherlands October 2018: Jaguar and Volvo defy market down 19%

The Jaguar i-Pace is closing up on the Dutch Top 50 at #53 this month.

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New car sales in the Netherlands are still reeling from post-WLTP hangover at -19% in October to 30.079 units, meaning the year-to-date volume is now up 8% at 389.444. Volkswagen (-27%) rallies back up 7 spots on last month to reclaim the top spot it holds year-to-date despite falling faster than the market, with Peugeot (-14%) and Opel (-19%) rounding up the podium. Only Volvo (+26%), BMW (+14%) and Skoda (+0.3%) manage to gain ground year-on-year in the Top 10, while Renault (-55%), Ford (-21%) and Toyota (-18%) are hit hard. Further down, Tesla (+99%), Jaguar (+94%), Honda (+59%), Seat (+16%), Mini (+10%), Mitsubishi (+9%) and Nissan (+8%) stand out. Model-wise, the Kia Picanto (+34%) snaps the top spot for the 2nd time this year after last February, distancing the Ford Fiesta (+18%) and Peugeot 108 (+56%) meaning the entire podium is going well agains the grain with double-digit gains. The VW Golf (-23%) is back up 37 spots on September to #4, while the VW Polo (+156%) and Opel Karl (+45%) also shine just below. In contrast, the VW Up (-57%), Renault Clio (-41%) and Ford Focus (-35%) all dive. The Volvo XC40 (#19) is the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) ahead of the Skoda Karoq (#42) and Jaguar i-Pace (#53) up 106 spots on last month.

Previous month: Netherlands September 2018: Opel and Karl #1, Tesla up 197% to #6

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

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Netherlands September 2018: Opel and Karl #1, Tesla up 197% to #6

The Opel Karl is the best-selling vehicle in the Netherlands in September.

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Feeling the after-effects of a pre-WLTP registration push (+39.8% in August), the Dutch new car market dives 16.7% year-on-year in September to 29.527 units, but the year-to-date volume remains comfortably in positive at +11.3% to 359.581. Opel (-17%) matches the market which earns it its first brands pole position since last March at 10.5% share vs. 8.5% so far this year. BMW (+21%) jumps up six spots on August to a brilliant 2nd place vs. #8 year-to-date, while Peugeot (-34%) tumbles down but Kia (-4%) and Toyota (-3%) resist. The hero of the month is Tesla up 3-fold (+197%) on September 2017, in fact pulled forward sales due to an impending tax hike on green cars worth more than 50.000€ shooting up to 22% on 1 January 2019. Other carmakers that now take full advantage of their preparedness to new WLTP testing regulations include Volvo (+60%) while Mitsubishi (+75%), Jeep (+65%) and Lexus (+57%) also shine.

The Tesla Model S shoots up to #2 overall.

The Opel Karl (+19%) is up 17 spots on last month to snap the models lead for the third time ever after August 2016 and March 2018, while the Tesla Model S (+239%) shoots up 24 ranks to a new record 2nd place, smashing its previous best of #7 established last December. The Kia Picanto (+21%), Peugeot 108 (+8%) and Toyota Aygo (+12%) make sure there are four microcars in the September Top 6, while the Tesla Model X (+143%), Ford Fiesta (+50%) and Hyundai i10 (+34%) also shine in the remainder of the Top 10. The Nissan Leaf (+496%), BMW 3 Series (+102%), Volvo V60 (+85%), Toyota C-HR (+76%) post spectacular gains further down just as the Volvo XC40 leaps up 46 spots to lead all recent launches (<12 months) at #24, distancing the Hyundai Kona (#38), VW T-Roc (#65) and Citroen C3 Aircross (#72).

Previous month: Netherlands August 2018: Renault, VW boosted by pre-WLTP clearances

One year ago: Netherlands September 2017: Volkswagen up 29% in market up 7.9%

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Netherlands August 2018: Renault, VW boosted by pre-WLTP clearances

Renault had a large stock of non WLTP-compliant Twingos to register in August (+271%). 

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The Netherlands is another market whose August sales are completely biased by stock-clearing of non-compliant models to the new WLTP emissions standards put in place on September 1. As a reminder, these models virtually won’t be able to be sold after that date so had to be registered in August at the latest. The result is a completely artificial 39.8% year-on-year surge of registrations this month at 41.355, lifting the year-to-date tally up 14.7% to 330.471. The usual suspects we have seen play the system the most in other European markets are also hard at work here: Nissan (+127%), Volkswagen (+119%), Audi (+108%) and Renault (+102%) in the Top 10, Dacia (+171%) and Porsche (+132%) further down with Tesla (+133%) posting a “true” gain as it remains unaffected as its models don’t emit anything. The Top 6 best-selling nameplates all post extravagant and artificial triple-digit year-on-year gains, led by the Renault Clio (+162%), VW Up (+186%), Polo (+229%), Renault Captur (+108%), Nissan Qashqai (+155%) and Renault Twingo (+271%). Notice also the Suzuki Swift (+340%), Volvo V60 (+227%), Opel Crossland X (+182%), Audi A4 (+170%), VW Tiguan (+125%), Renault Kadjar (+119%), Audi A1 (+111%) and Peugeot 2008 (+103%) in the remainder of the Top 50.

Previous month: Netherlands July 2018: VW Polo leads, Renault Clio and Captur up

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

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Netherlands July 2018: VW Polo leads, Renault Clio and Captur up

The Renault Captur sees its sales jump 122% year-on-year in July.

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New car sales in the Netherlands gain 10.8% year-on-year in July to 36.263 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 11.7% to 289.302 units. Volkswagen surges 30% to 14.5% share, way above the 11.8% it commands YTD, but it’s Renault (+74%) in 2nd place that posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10. Opel (+2%), Peugeot (+6%) and Kia (+20%) round up the Top 5 with Tesla (+205%), Jeep (+148%), Subaru (+141%), Dacia (+82%), Porsche (+82%), Nissan (+81%), Honda (+43%), Volvo (+36%), Jaguar (+32%) and Suzuki (+23%) also impressive further down. Model-wise, the VW Polo (+14%) marks 4 consecutive months in pole position, cementing its YTD leadership at 3.4% share (+46%). The Renault Clio (+56%) and Captur (+122%) complete the podium while the VW Tiguan (+68%), Renault Megane (+61%) also shine in the Top 10 while the Kia Niro (+52%) breaks into the Dutch Top 10 for the very first time at #10. Volkswagen places 4 nameplates in the Top 7, adding the Golf (#5) and Up (#6). The top 4 all-new models all break their ranking record this month: the VW T-Roc hits #16 (previous best #20 last May), the Opel Grandland X is up to #17 (pb #30 last May), the Volvo XC40 leaps to #20 (pb #40 last month) and the Hyundai Kona climbs to #61 (pb #65 last April).

Previous month: Netherlands June 2018: VW Polo 3peats, Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo up

One year ago:: Netherlands July 2017: VW Polo takes control

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Netherlands June 2018: VW Polo 3peats, Peugeot 108 & Toyota Aygo up

The Peugeot 108 is up 83% year-on-year in June in the Netherlands.

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New car sales in the Netherlands soar 14.1% year-on-year in June to 47.117 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 11.9% to 253.410 units. Brand leader Volkswagen (+13%) roughly follows the market but posts a somewhat weaker share at 10.6% vs. 11.4% so far in 2018. In contrast, Renault (+10%) gains less ground but is at 10.3%, a much higher result than YTD (8.6%) showing once again that the French carmaker backloads its quarters in the Netherlands as it does in most of Europe. Opel (+9%) and Peugeot (+2%) are weak but hold onto their YTD positions while Kia (+34%), Skoda (+31%) and Toyota (+30%) score the largest gains in the Top 10. Below, Tesla (+247%), Mitsubishi (+92%), DS (+54%), Lexus (+48%), Hyundai (+48%) and Jeep (+47%) stand out.

Model-wise, the VW Polo (+37%) threepeats at #1 and cements its YTD lead with deliveries up a whopping 53% so far in 2018. The Opel Karl (+14%) is up five spots on May to an outstanding 2nd place, the Netherlands being the only country in the world alongside Denmark where this nameplate is truly successful. The Renault Clio (+38%), Megane (+4%) and Captur (+27%) complete the Top 5 in an impressive show of force by the French carmaker. But it’s the Peugeot 108 (+83%), Toyota Aygo (+82%) and Kia Picanto (+44%) that deliver the largest YoY gains in the Top 10. Notice also the Tesla Model S (+220%), Nissan Micra (+172%) and VW Tiguan (+58%) impressive in the Top 20 while the VW T-Roc tops recent launches at #27 (-7) ahead of the Opel Grandland X at #35 (-4) and the Volvo XC40 at #40 (+13).

Previous month: Netherlands May 2018: VW Polo repeats at #1 in market up 1.3%

One year ago: Netherlands June 2017: Nissan Qashqai surprise leader

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Netherlands May 2018: VW Polo repeats at #1 in market up 1.3%

The VW Polo repeats as the best-selling vehicle in the Netherlands.

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The Dutch new car market edges up 1.3% year-on-year in May to 36.952 registrations, meaning the year-to-date volume is now up 11.4% to 206.506. Volkswagen (+10%) vastly outpaces the market to remain well ahead in the brands ranking at 11.9% share, whereas #2 Renault drops a steep 13% to 8.9% ahead of Opel (+8%), Peugeot (+5%), Kia (+26%) and Ford (+16%) all also frankly beating the market. Further down, Tesla (+85%), Subaru (+65%), Lexus (+49%), Smart (+36%), Seat (+30%), Mitsubishi (+24%) and Porsche (+24%) all impress. Over in the models ranking, the VW Polo is propelled up 75% year-on-year by the new generation to repeat at #1 and cement its YTD leadership further with sales up 56% so far in 2018. The Ford Fiesta (+26%) follows in 2nd place ahead of the Kia Picanto (-8%), Renault Clio (-13%) and VW Up (-27%) all in great difficulty. The Peugeot 108 (+30%) and 208 (+21%) also shine in the Top 10. The VW T-Roc breaks into the Dutch Top 20 for the first time, leading all recent launches ahead of the Opel Grandland X at #31 (+26), Opel Crossland X at #35 (-8) and Skoda Karoq at #42 (+5).

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

One year ago: Netherlands May 2017: VW Up snaps top spot in market up 27%

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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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