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Norway October 2018: Jaguar i-Pace up to world-best 5th place

The Jaguar i-Pace is the 5th best-selling vehicle in Norway in October.

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Even though Norway isn’t part of the European Union, it remains affected by the post-WLTP slump due to the lack of availability of compliant vehicles. October sales drop 6.6% year-on-year to 11.655 units, leading to a year-to-date tally down 4.4% to 123.155. Volkswagen (-32%) climbs back up 5 spots on September to reclaim the pole position it holds year-to-date, this despite another ghastly fall. Nissan (+173%) at 11.7% continues to surf on the success of the new generation Leaf that accounts for 11.1% share alone and is back to the model pole position in October. Toyota (-26%), Volvo (+11%) and BMW (-4%) round up the Top 5.

But the event this month is the 20-fold year-on-year surge of Jaguar up 11 spots on last month to brilliantly break into the Top 10 at #8 overall, which is most probably the highest ranking reached by the premium English brand in any major European (and world) market. The culprit: the electric i-Pace leaping to an astounding 5th place in October with 441 sales and 3.8% share. Renault (+426%) thanks to the Zoe up 23-fold, Alfa Romeo (+208%), Hyundai (+46%), Mazda (+29%) and Porsche (+27%) also show outstanding health. In the models ranking, the Kia Soul (+189%), Mazda CX-5 (+123%), Ford Focus (+73%), Volvo XC60 (+64%), BMW i3 (+26%) and Hyundai Ioniq (+26%) also shine while last month’s leader, the Tesla Model X, falls back down to #21.

Previous month: Norway September 2018: Tesla leads, breaks record share at 19%

One year ago: Norway October 2017: VW Golf up 87%, Volvo XC60 up 133%

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Norway September 2018: Tesla leads, breaks record share at 19%

The Tesla Model X is the best-selling vehicle in Norway in September with 11.6% share.

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Although not part of the European Union, the Norwegian new car market is still impacted by the WLTP changeover due to the lack of available stock of compliant vehicles then sold in the country. As a result September sales plunge 21.2% to 10.620, pulling the year-to-date tally down 4.2% to 111.500 units. A new record is beaten this month in Norway: electric vehicles surge 24.7% year-on-year to 4.802 units, hitting an all-time high 45.3% share of the total market. Add 1.585 plug-in hybrid and the share of EV/PHEV shoots up to 60.1%, also a record.

The Tesla Model S ranks 3rd this month.

Traditionally a lot stronger in end-of-quarters (albeit artificially as it pushes deliveries to March, June, September and December), Tesla (+1%) replicates its performance of September 2017 with a third ever 2.000+ monthly volume in Norway, snapping its 2nd largest volume in the country below the 2.455 sales of December 2017 and snapping the overall brand leadership for the 2nd time ever since, again, last December. This month Tesla holds 19% of the Norwegian market, a new record for the brand in any country in the world, almost double Nissan (+223%) at 10.9% and Toyota (-18%) at 10.5%. Volvo (+0.4%) and BMW (-17%) also overtake YTD leader Volkswagen (-74%) with Audi (-76%), Honda (-66%), Skoda (-57%), Mercedes (-51%), Lexus (-49%), Ford (-46%), Opel (-39%) and Suzuki (-31%) also freefalling. In contrast, Jaguar (+381%), Smart (+141%), Hyundai (+63%) and Renault (+46%) all post spectacular gains.

Jaguar is up 381% year-on-year thanks to the arrival of the electric i-Pace.

Model-wise, the Tesla Model X (+24%) takes the lead for the 2nd time ever in Norway after last December, breaking the symbolic 10% share milestone for the first time at 11.6%. The Model X now ranks #4 year-to-date. It distances the Nissan Leaf (+865%) at a strong 10.1% share vs. 8.1% so far in 2018, and the Tesla Model S (-22%) at 7.4% vs. 2.5% year-to-date. The BMW i3 (+46%) and Volvo XC60 (+70%) round up the Top 5 with the Renault Zoe (+224%), Hyundai Ioniq (+95%) and Mazda CX-5 (+77%) also in outstanding shape in the Top 10 whereas the VW Golf (-80%), Audi A3 (+78%), VW Passat (-76%), Volvo V90 (-67%), Mercedes GLC (-65%) and Skoda Octavia (-55%) all implode.

Previous month: Norway August 2018: Nissan Leaf reigns in market up 8.3%

One year ago: Norway September 2017: Tesla snaps staggering 15% share

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Norway August 2018: Nissan Leaf reigns in market up 8.3%

The Nissan Leaf cements its domination in Norway.

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New car sales in Norway gain 8.3% year-on-year in August to 14.523 registrations, meaning the year-to-date tally is now down 1.9% to 100.880 units. Volkswagen (+7%) remains comfortably in the lead of the brands ranking with 17.7% share vs. 14.1% YTD, ahead of Nissan (+265%) surging up to 11.9% share vs. 9.6% so far this year thanks to the success of the new generation Leaf. Toyota (-3%) rounds up the podium above Skoda (+46%), BMW (-15%) and Audi (-2%). Carmakers that look suspiciously strong (pre-WLTP stock clearance anyone?) include Dacia (+342%), Porsche (+197%), Alfa Romeo (+173%), Smart (+164%), Renault (+150%), Jaguar (+141%), Hyundai (+54%) and Opel (+44%). The Nissan Leaf (+370%) reigns supreme over the Norwegian models ranking with 8.5% share, distancing the VW Golf (-28%) and BMW i3 (+21%) which replicates the YTD podium. The Skoda Octavia (+99%) soars up to #4, the VW T-Roc is up one spot on July to a new record #6 and the Renault Zoe is up 174% to #7, its highest ranking since last January.

Previous month: Norway July 2018: Nissan Leaf leads, VW T-Roc breaks into Top 10 at #7

One year ago: Norway August 2017: e-Golf pushes Golf sales above 10% share

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Norway July 2018: Nissan Leaf leads, VW T-Roc breaks into Top 10 at #7

The VW T-Roc is up to a record 7th place in Norway in July.

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The Norwegian new car market sinks a steep 16.3% year-on-year in July to just 9.611 units, bringing the year-to-date tally  down 3.5% to 86.356 registrations. Brand leader Volkswagen (+5%) goes against the grain to post a positive result but it’s Nissan, up 111%, that tops all year-on-year gains in the Top 30 – only Jeep does better in the entire market at +200% but to just 6 units – thanks to the new Leaf (see further down). Apart from Audi (+7%), the remainder of the Top 11 is all in negative with Ford (-43%), Volvo (-36%), Toyota (-31%), BMW (-23%), Mazda (-22%) and Peugeot (-22%) hit the hardest. Skoda (-7%) and Mitsubishi (-14%) limit their fall. Below, Fiat (+100%), Land Rover (+92%), Dacia (+62%), Jaguar (+62%), Subaru (+33%), Alfa Romeo (+28%), Hyundai (+17%), Porsche (+9%), Smart (+8%) and Lexus (+1%) shine. Model-wise, the Nissan Leaf (+193%) enjoys its 5th monthly win in the past 6 at a stunning 10.2% market share, frankly outpacing the VW Golf (-16%) at 5.6% and Toyota Yaris (-32%) at 3.5%. The BMW i3 (+3%) rallies back up 8 spots on June to #4, the Skoda Octavia (-1%) is up 12 to #5 and the VW T-Roc breaks into the Norwegian Top 10 for the first time at #7. Notice also the Audi A3 (+44%), Q7 (+100%) and Peugeot 5008 (+8900%).

Previous month: Norway June 2018: Nissan Leaf back in charge, BMW X5 up to #7

One year ago: Norway July 2017: Toyota takes the lead in market up 3.9%

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Norway June 2018: Nissan Leaf back in charge, BMW X5 up to #7

The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling vehicle in Norway both in June and YTD.

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New car sales in Norway rally back up 11.4% year-on-year in June to 15.845 units, yet because of a difficult start of the year, H1 registrations are down 1.6% to 76.745. Volkswagen vastly underperforms – contrary to most European markets this month – at +1% to 14.1% share, however one percentage point above its YTD level at 13.2%. Toyota is up 13% to 9.9% in second place ahead of four great performers: BMW (+40%), Nissan (+103%), Tesla (+31%) and Volvo (+49%). Year-to-date, Nissan (+75%) and Tesla (+71%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. In June, Jeep (+450%), Alfa Romeo (+252%), Dacia (+167%), Mini (+82%), Smart (+60%), Mitsubishi (+54%) and Citroen (+41%) impress whereas Renault (-40%), Opel (-39%), Honda (-31%) and Skoda (-26%) disappoint.

Over in the models ranking, after being outsold by the VW Golf in May, the Nissan Leaf reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date with deliveries up 3-fold on June 2017 thanks to the new model. The Leaf has now topped the Norwegian charts for four of the past five months. Golf sales are down a steep 30% year-on-year with the electric variant representing 70% of its June volume. The Tesla Model X is up 11 spots on May to land on the third step of the podium for June, with Tesla scores always at their highest at end-of-quarters. The Mitsubishi Outlander soars 68% year-on-year to #4 (98% PHEV), distancing the Mercedes GLC up 65% (75% PHEV), the Tesla Model S up 93%, the BMW X5 up a flamboyant 367% (99% PHEV) with the Volvo XC60 up 254% to #9 (92% PHEV) and the Toyota C-HR up 47% to #11 (100% hybrid). The VW T-Roc is up 10 spots on May to break its Norwegian ranking record at #14.

Previous month: Norway May 2018: VW Golf back above Nissan Leaf in market down 8%

One year ago: Norway June 2017: Tesla Model X shoots up to 2nd place overall

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Norway May 2018: VW Golf back above Nissan Leaf in market down 8%

The VW Golf and Nissan Leaf add up to 14% of the Norwegian market so far in 2018. Picture motor.no

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The Norwegian new car market drops a stiff 8% year-on-year in May to 13.046 registrations, sending the year-to-date volume down 4.5% to 60.900 units. Volkswagen (-13%), Toyota (-14%) and BMW (-13%) top the brands ranking this month but all drop even faster than the market. Volvo limits its fall to -4% but drops one spot to #4 while Nissan, also down one rank on April to #5, surges 43% to 6.3%, however well below its YTD level of 8.9% (+69%). Peugeot (+24%) also shines inside the Top 10 whereas Skoda (-38%), Mercedes (-26%) and Audi (-21%) are all hit full frontal. Further down, Jeep (+1200%), Dacia (+167%), Tesla (+130%), Alfa Romeo (+129%), DS (+100%), Kia (+40%), Renault (+34%) and Lexus (+25%) all go against the grain, posting spectacular gains.

Model-wise, the VW Golf (-19%) manages to end two months of spectacular domination by the Nissan Leaf (+137%) despite dropping painfully itself to 7% share, 68% of which is the e-Golf electric variant. The Leaf is related to #2 and 4.9% but remains in the YTD pole position at 7.6% (+155%) vs. 6.5% (-4%). The Toyota Yaris (+15%) is up four spots on April to #3 with 458 of its 459 May sales being hybrid, knocking the BMW i3 (-1%) down to #4. The Mercedes GLC soars 54% to brilliantly break into the Top 5 for the 2nd time after July 2017, this month 77% of sales are the PHEV variant. Notice also the Tesla Model X (+209%), BMW X5 (+85%), Tesla Model X (+79%), Renault Zoe (+55%) and Volvo XC60 (+51%) posting large gains.

Previous month: Norway April 2018: Nissan Leaf triumphs once again

One year ago: Norway May 2017: Opel Ampera-e up to #15

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Norway April 2018: Nissan Leaf triumphs once again

The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling model in Norway for the third straight month.

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New car sales in Norway soar 24% year-on-year in April to 14.055 registrations, yet the YTD tally remains in negative at -3.5% to 47.854 units. After a March ladder heavily impacted by the Japanese end-of-financial year and US end of quarter (for Tesla), the brands ranking returns to normal with Volkswagen (-0.2%) on top at 14% share above Toyota (+9%) at 10.2% and Volvo (+32%) at 9.3%. Nissan surges 130% to 8.2% thanks to the Leaf accounting for 87% of the brand’s April sales with BMW (+3%) rounding up the Top 5 ahead of Skoda (+6%) and Mercedes (-2%). Tesla stuns once again with a 855% year-on-year gain to #8 with Dacia (+520%), Jaguar (+383%), Mini (+181%), Renault (+135%), Kia (+98%), Peugeot (+59%), Opel (+47%), Subaru (+41%), Lexus (+26%) and Ford (+20%) all posting spectacular improvements.

Model-wise, the Nissan Leaf is the best-seller in Norway for the third consecutive month, posting its second-highest monthly volume ever at 997 units and 7.1% share, up 247% on the previous generation a year ago. The VW Golf drops 8% to #2 with 59% of its sales coming from the electric e-Golf. It is followed by the BMW i3 (+23%), Volvo XC60 (+166%) the best-selling PHEV nameplate in the country accounting for 97% of its April sales, the Tesla Model X (up 13-fold), Mercedes GLC (+91%) at 75% PHEV, Toyota Yaris (+91%) at 99% hybrid, Toyota RAV4 (+8%) at 100% hybrid and Toyota C-HR (-20%) at 99% hybrid. The Tesla Model S (+614%), Renault Zoe (+238%) and Kia Niro (+125%) also shine in the Top 20, the VW T-Roc (#17) tops all recent launches ahead of the Volvo XC40 (#19) making Norway the 2nd country in the world after Sweden to welcome the XC40 in its Top 20.

Previous month: Norway March 2018: Nissan Leaf shoots up to extravagant 15.3% share

One year ago: Norway April 2017: Toyota C-HR, Volvo V90 and Skoda Kodiaq impress

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Norway March 2018: Nissan Leaf shoots up to extravagant 15.3% share

No other nameplate has hit such a high market share in Norway this decade.

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The Norwegian new car market rallies back up 7.5% year-on-year in March to 14.401 units, yet the year-to-date tally remains frankly in negative at -11.6% to 33.799 registrations. Norway is the world’s green car kingdom, and this month confirms this status in an impressive way. Electric cars are up 89.4% to 5.362 (up 38.7% to 9.686 YTD), Plug-in hybrids are up 45.7% to 2.673 (down 0.1% to 6.488 YTD) but Regular hybrids are down 37.8% to 1.178 (down 33.4% to 3.613 YTD). Add 4 hydrogen cars and that’s a total of 9.217 green cars registered in Norway in March, up 40% year-on-year to an incredible 64% market share vs. 49% a year ago and 52.2% over FY2017.

One big event eclipses everything else this month: the confirmed pole position of the Nissan Leaf with an extravagant 15.3% share and 2.172 sales, that’s a staggering 335% improvement on the previous generation a year ago and the highest market share hit by any vehicle in Norway this decade (previous best: 12.9% by the VW Golf last October). It’s also, and by far, the highest ever share hit by the Leaf in Norway, almost doubling its previous record established just last month at 7.7%, and a new volume record, almost 3-fold its previous benchmark of 781 also hit last month. It is the fourth time the Leaf ends the mont at # 1 in Norway after October 2013, January 2014 and February 2018 but judging by this month’s performance we are about to see a lot more of the Leaf atop the Norwegian charts. Adequately, the Leaf leapfrogs the Golf to become #1 YTD with 8.9% share, up 138% on the same period in 2017.

As a result, Nissan brilliantly takes the lead of the brands ranking, up a mammoth 163% year-on-year to 16.2% share, 93% of which going to the Leaf. Tesla has gotten us used to stunning performances in end-of-periods and this March is no exception: the US carmaker is up 89% year-on-year to #2 overall with 9.7% share  outselling Volkswagen (-14% to 9.4%) for the second time in the past four months after last December. Volvo also shines with sales up 31% to 8.6% in 4th place, distancing BMW (+4%), Toyota (-39%) and Mercedes (-30%). Smart (+650%), Jeep (+600%), Alfa Romeo (+200%), Dacia (+164%), Porsche (+64%), Mini (+38%), Mitsubishi (+25%) and Peugeot (+12%) also post very vigorous gains.

Back to the models ranking where the Tesla Model X leaps 63% year-on-year and 50 spots on last month to #2 and 5% share, ahead of the VW Golf up 12% to 4.8%. The Tesla Model S (+128%) is up 72 ranks on February to make it two Teslas in the Top 4. The BMW i3 (+34%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+17%, 95% PHEV), Volvo V90 (+64%) and Volvo XC60 (+169%) also impress in the Top 10. Further down, the VW T-Roc tops all recent launches at #19 (+5) above the Skoda Karoq at #38 (+11), the Volvo XC40 at #61 (-2) and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at #64 (+36).

Previous month: Norway February 2018: Nissan Leaf best-seller in market down 13.5%

One year ago: Norway March 2017: Toyota C-HR up to #3, Tesla Model X up to #4

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Norway February 2018: Nissan Leaf best-seller in market down 13.5%

The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling vehicle in Norway for the first time in over 4 years.

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The Norwegian new car market continues to struggle in this start of 2018 with February sales down a steep 13.5% year-on-year to 10.191 units, leading to a YTD total down 21.9% to 19.398. This sharp decline is due to higher taxes from January 1, 2018 that triggered anticipated sales at the end of 2017. Market leader Volkswagen is hit particularly hard this month at -29% to just 12.5% share vs. 13.7% so far in 2018 and 14.6% over the FY2017. Volvo on the other hand ignores the surrounding gloom with a 25% year-on-year surge to 10.9% in second place, and is accompanied in the Top 10 by Nissan up 41% to #5 and Skoda up 26% to #6. In the remainder of the Top 10, only Peugeot (-3%) and BMW (-12%) post declines smaller than the market but Ford (-36%), Mercedes (-31%), Audi (-29%) and Toyota (-19%) freefall. Dacia (+273%), Porsche (+152%), Alfa Romeo (+50%), Mini (+49%), Hyundai (+37%), Land Rover (+37%) and Subaru (+11%) resist well further down.

We witness a rare change atop the Norwegian models ranking this month: thanks to the new generation now in dealerships, the Nissan Leaf leaps up 57 spots on January and 91% year-on-year to snap the pole position with 781 sales and 7.7% share. This is the third time the Leaf nameplate is the best-selling vehicle in Norway after October 2013 and January 2014 but this month’s performance is a new volume and share record, beating the 716 units of October 2013 and 5.7% share of January 2014. Leader for the past 10 years in a row, the VW Golf (+2%, 72% electric) is knocked down to #2 but remains #1 YTD. The Volvo V90 soars 53% to a record third place (80% PHEV), distancing the BMW i3 (-24%), Toyota Yaris (+9%, 99.7% hybrid), RAV4 (-27%, 98% hybrid) and Mitsubishi Outlander (-40%, 96% PHEV). The Hyundai Ioniq (+163%), Volvo XC60 (+143%, 87% PHEV), BMW 2 Series (+52%, 99% PHEV) and Skoda Octavia (+23%) also impress. The VW T-Roc tops all recent launches at #24 (+4) ahead of the Skoda Karoq at #49 (+88) and Volvo XC40 at #59 (+79).

Previous month: Norway January 2018: Zoe pulls Renault up 19% in market down 29.5%

One year ago: Norway February 2017: Volvo V90 breaks into Top 10

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Norway January 2018: Zoe pulls Renault up 16% in market down 29.5%

The Renault Zoe is up to #3 overall in Norway in January. 

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Just as January 2017 was boosted by delayed sales due to lower taxes in 2017 compared to 2016, this month the opposite is true: higher taxes from January 1, 2018 triggered forward sales in December and a dismal -29.5% year-on-year freefall to 9.207 registrations. The top three carmakers fall slower: Volkswagen (-18%), Toyota (-24%) and BMW (-27%) contain their decline but Volvo (-44%) and Skoda (-42%) implode. Both Ford and Peugeot drop 17% in 5th and 6th places respectively while Renault actually gains 16% and ranks 9th vs. 17th over the Full Year 2017. Notice also Land Rover (+111%), Subaru (+79%), Opel (+12%), Mini (+6%) and Citroen (+3%) also going against the grain and posting year-on-year improvements. Tesla, #1 in December for the first time in history with 15.3% share, drops 41% to #16 in January. Over in the models ranking, the VW Golf reclaims the top spot it has held for 10 consecutive years, even managing a 2% year-on-year gain to 8.2% share, ahead of the BMW i3 (-1%) while the Renault Zoe surges 39% to #3 overall vs. #15 in FY2017. The Volvo V90 (+12%) is the only other Top 10 model to gain ground at #6. The Peugeot 5008 is up 82-fold (!) to #13, just below its smaller brother the 3008 at #11. The VW T-Roc (#28) leads all recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Hyundai Kona (#62), Opel Ampera-e (#73) and Opel Grandland X (#74).

Previous post: Norway Full Year 2017: Green cars hold world-record 52.2%, Tesla #7

One year ago: Norway January 2017: BMW up 41%, threatens VW for 1st place

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