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Sweden June 2018: Upcoming tax hike spurs biggest month in history

The Volvo S/V60 is #1 in Sweden for the second time ever.

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In effect July 1, car prices in Sweden are now regulated by a bonus and malus system inspired from France, applying steep taxes to polluting vehicles and rebates to green ones. The price of most cars in the country is expected to rise sharply as a result of this system being put in place, and accordingly car buyers have pulled their purchase forward to June in order to avoid it. So much so that June 2018 figures up a whopping 72.9% year-on-year to 66.244, not only smash the June record of 38.324 established last year but also represent the biggest monthly car sales volume in Swedish history. Year-to-date sales are now up 16.5% to 225.543 units. 5 of the 7 best-selling carmakers in the country manage to outpace the galloping market in June: home-grown leader Volvo (+95%), Volkswagen (+86%), BMW (+83%), Fiat (+186%) leaping up to 5th place vs. #12 YTD and Nissan (+254%) up to #7 vs. #10 so far in 2018. Audi (+63%), Renault (+58%) and Toyota (+44%) trail the market.Further down, Alfa Romeo (+258%), Mitsubishi (+130%), Subaru (+125%), Mazda (+124%), Jeep (+121%), Opel (+89%), Dacia (+88%) and Peugeot (+88%) are among the best performers.

Bought in bulk to avoid the tax hike then transformed into campervans for summer: the Fiat Ducato.

In the models aisle, the combination of the impending tax rise, generous discounts on the outgoing generation and demo sales of the new model propel Volvo S/V60 sales up 6-fold (+490%) on June 2017 to 4.545 units and 6.9% share, snapping the monthly pole position for only the second time ever after November 2016 and overtaking the Volvo XC60 (+19% this month) to earn the #2 spot YTD. Still the uncontested leader YTD with a 6.800 sales advantage, the Volvo S/V90 is up “just” 52% in June to 6.4% share vs. 7.9% so far in 2018. The Fiat Ducato (+249%) has gone all guns blazing in avoiding the tax hike, reaching new volume (2.862), share (4.3%) and ranking (#4) records, meaning the #1 foreigner isn’t a Volkswagen for the first time since BSCB started following Sweden monthly here in 2010. The Nissan Qashqai (+399%), VW Passat (+133%) and VW Tiguan (+107%) also shine in the Top 10 while the VW T-Roc is up 20 spots to a record #16, overtaking the Volvo XC40 (#18) to become the best-selling recent launch in Sweden (<12 months).

Previous month: Sweden May 2018: Volvo V90 unbeatable in record market

One year ago: Sweden June 2017: Volvo S/V90 #1, Hyundai up 94, places i20 in Top 10

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Sweden May 2018: Volvo V90 unbeatable in record market

The Volvo V90 is the undisputed leader at home in 2018.

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The Swedish new car market gains 6.7% year-on-year to post a new all-time record for May at 37.687 units, lifting the year-to-date volume up 2.6% to 159.299, also a record. Homegrown brand leader Volvo is in difficulty this month at -9% to 17.4%, a full 4 percentage points below its YTD level of 21.4% (+7%). In contrast its immediate followers Volkswagen (+18%), Kia (+16%) and Toyota (+18%) all vastly outperform the market, with Fiat (+26%), Skoda (+21%), Renault (+12%), BMW (+9%) and Mercedes (+9%) also outpacing the overall growth in the remainder of the Top 10. Further down, Alfa Romeo (+646%), Ssangyong (+350%), Lamborghini (+233%), Jaguar (+135%), Ferrari (+100%), Jeep (+64%), Seat (+40%), Dacia (+35%), Mini (+27%), Porsche (+21%), Mazda (+20%) and Subaru (+17%) also impress.

Over in the models ranking, the Volvo S/V90 (+18%) posts a 7th consecutive month in pole position, widening the gap with the #2, the VW Golf (+11%) to an unsurmountable 6.280 at 13.596 (+39%) vs. 7.316 (-4%). The Volvo XC60 (-34%) is hot hard at #3 while Volkswagen also places the Passat (+10%) and Tiguan (+39%) inside the May Top 5, relegating the Volvo S/V60 (-5%), about to be renewed, to #6. In the lead-up to summer, the Fiat Ducato (+16%) fills up on campervan-ready sales at an impressive 7th place while the Toyota C-HR (+90%), Skoda Octavia (+48%), Toyota Yaris (+39%) and Renault Clio (+17%) also score generous year-on-year gains inside the Top 15. It’s not a good month for new launches, with the Volvo XC40 down 7 spots on April to #16 (taking down the Volvo V40 with it at -51%) and the VW T-Roc down 9 to #36 while the Seat Arona is up 9 to #45.

Previous month: Sweden April 2018: Volvo XC40 breaks into Top 10

One year ago: Sweden May 2017: Volvo XC60 outsells S/V90

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Sweden April 2018: Volvo XC40 breaks into Top 10

First Top 10 ranking at home – and in the world – for the Volvo XC40.

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New car sales in Sweden shoot up 12.3% year-on-year in April to 34.215 registrations, enabling the YTD volume to get back into positive and record territory, up 1.4% to 121.612 units. Homegrown brand leader Volvo follows the market with a 13% again to 21.4% share vs. 22.6% so far in 2018, ahead of Volkswagen (+35%), Kia (+5%), Toyota (+36%) and Mercedes (+18%). In the remainder of the Top 10, only Nissan (+41%) outpaces the market while BMW (-9%) and Audi (-6%) post the steepest declines. Further down, Ssangyong (+305%), Jeep (+107%), Jaguar (+69%), Porsche (+46%), Subaru (+38%), Seat (+33%) and Mazda (+23%) are among the best performers.

Model-wise, the Volvo S/V90 surges 36% to tighten the iron grip it now holds on its home market, reaching 7.6% share vs. 9.1% (+45%) so far in 2018. The Volvo XC60 drops 30% year-on-year but is up one spot on March to #2 ahead of the VW Passat shooting up 70%, the Golf up 7% and the Tiguan up 58%. But the main event of the month is in 9th place: the Volvo XC40, recently elected 2018 Car of the Year, breaks into its home Top 10 for the first time thanks to 702 sales for a 2.1% share. It will be interesting to see whether the small crossover can go much higher in a market typically more fond of larger vehicles. For comparison the Volvo V40, launched in 2012, never managed a monthly podium ranking, with an all-time best of #4 hit in February 2013, March 2013, October 2014, February 2016 and December 2016, and peaked at an annual high of #5 in 2013 for its first full year of sales.

Notice also the Fiat Ducato (+10%) filling up on campervans before the Summer season, the Nissan Qashqai (+67%), Toyota Auris (+69%), Toyota C-HR (+38%), Mercedes A-Class (+120%), Toyota RAV4 (+44%), Mercedes GLC (+44%), Kia Optima (+232%), Kia Niro (+76%), Volvo XC90 (+38%) and Skoda Kodiaq (+40%) in order of ranking, all posting sizeable gains inside the Top 50, Alongside the Volvo XC40, other successful new launches include the VW T-Roc up 50 spots on March to #27, the Skoda Karoq up 20 to #42, the Kia Stonic up 10 to #47 and the Seat Arona up 38 to #54.

Previous month: Sweden March 2018: Volvo XC40 misses out on Top 10 for 5 sales

One year ago: Sweden April 2017: Volvo XC60 snaps top spot in market down 9%

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Sweden March 2018: Volvo XC40 misses out on Top 10 for 5 sales

The Volvo XC40 ranks #11 at home in Sweden in March.

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The Swedish new car market retracts by 3.1% year-on-year in March to 37.206 registrations, bringing the year-to-date volume down 2.2% to 87.397 units. Homegrown brand leader Volvo bucks the trend with a splendid 15% gain leading to a 23.4% market share vs. 23.1% so far in 2018 (+11%). Volkswagen also posts a healthy 3% improvement to 14.4% share but Toyota falls 13% to 6.4%, yet overtakes Kia (+9%) for third place. Skoda (+10%), Mercedes (+7%) and Hyundai (+1%) also beat the market but Audi (-19%), BMW (-8%) and Nissan (-5%) all underperform. Outside the Top 10, notice Ssangyong (+830%), Lamborghini (+500%), Seat (+29%) and Mini (+11%) but the heavy losses are a lot more common, with the hardest hit including Land Rover (-65%), Renault (-43%), Ford (-34%), Jeep (-33%), Mazda (-28%), Jaguar (-26%), Fiat (-24%) and Tesla (-23%).

In the models ranking, the Volvo S/V90 gallops ahead, gaining 45% to a stunning 9.4% share, 72% above the #2, the VW Golf (+0.4%) and comfortably headed towards its first annual win at home. The Volvo XC60 rallies back up two spots to #3, overtaking the VW Passat (+29%) and Volvo S/V60 (-27%). The VW Tiguan (+8%) makes it three Volkswagens in the Top 6 like it is the case so far in 2018, the Toyota Auris (-7%) is up 11 spots on February to #8 ahead of the Volvo V40 (-11%), Nissan Qashqai (-16%) and Skoda Octavia (+5%). The big event is just outside the Top 10: the all-new Volvo XC40 slices its February ranking in two and gains 11 spots to rank #11 with sales up 119% on last month, missing out on a very first Top 10 ranking at home by a mere 5 sales. Notice also the Opel Insignia (+251%), Skoda Kodiaq (+158%), Hyundai i30 (+136%), Kia Niro (+115%), Toyota RAV4 (+113%) and Kia Cee’d (+61%) all posting spectacular gains inside the Top 50.

Previous month: Sweden February 2018: Volvo S/V90 hits 10.8% share, XC40 up to #22

One year ago: Sweden February-March 2017: Volvo S/V90 takes control

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Sweden February 2018: Volvo S/V90 hits 10.8% share, XC40 up to #22

The Volvo S/V90 breaks its volume and share records at home this month.

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New car sales in Sweden are down once again at -1.9% in February to 27.211 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total down 1.6% to 50.191 units. Homegrown brand leader Volvo stuns with a very solid 13% year-on-year gain lifting its market share to 24.6%, four percentage point above its January level. Volkswagen (-3%) struggles at 14.4% share above Kia (+1%), Toyota (-5%), Audi (-1%), BMW (-22%) and Mercedes (-3%), meaning Volvo and Kia are the only carmakers in the Top 7 to post a positive result. Ferrari (+150%), Porsche (+97%), Ssangyong (+58%), Alfa Romeo (+47%), Hyundai (+29%), Jeep (+28%), Seat (+23%) and Fiat (+20%) impress whereas Bentley (-86%), Maserati (-63%), Tesla (-61%), Ford (-40%), Citroen (-37%), Land Rover (-31%), Mitsubishi (-31%), Jaguar (-27%) and Mini (-24%) disappoint.

The Volvo XC40 is knocking at the Top 20’s door.

Over in the models ranking, the Volvo S/V90 continues to progress, up 54% year-on-year to lodge a 6th consecutive #1 ranking, a 3rd consecutive market share record at 10.8%, a new volume record at 2.940 and a 6th consecutive month-on-month market share increase. The Volvo S/V60 (+15%) follows at 5.7% with the VW Golf (-6%), Passat (+27%) and Volvo XC60 (-24%) rounding up the Top 5. The Nissan Qashqai is up 49% to #7, the Audi Q5 is up 5-fold on its February 2017 score to #9 and the Volvo XC40 slices its January ranking in two to advance to #22.

Previous month: Sweden January 2018: Volvo S/V90 triumphs, XC40 lands at #44

One year ago: Sweden February/March 2018: Volvo S/V90 takes control

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Sweden January 2018: Volvo S/V90 triumphs, XC40 lands at #44

The Volvo S/V90 sells double any other nameplate in market in January.

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After two successive record years in 2016 and 2017, the Swedish new car market starts 2018 on the wrong foot: down 1.3% in January to 22.980 units. Homegrown brand leader Volvo manages a meagre 0.3% year-on-year increase to lodge a 20.6% share, symbolically above both the 20% mark and the 19.9% it commended over the Full Year 2017. In contrast Volkswagen plunges 20% to 15% vs. 15.2% in 2017, while Toyota surges 24% to 3rd place, distancing Kia (+8%) that managed to snap the 2017 #3 spot in-extremis. Skoda soars 41% year-on-year and four spots on December to #5, but Peugeot (+15%) is the only other double-digit gainer in the Top 10, with Ford (-13%), BMW (-5%), Mercedes (-4%) and Audi (-4%) all posting declines. Further down, DS (+350%), Ssangyong (+200%), Jaguar (+67%), Dacia (+46%), Suzuki (+43%), Subaru (+35%), Nissan (+30%), Jeep (+19%) and Lexus (+15%) impress whereas Tesla (-82%), Citroen (-42%), Fiat (-27%), Mitsubishi (-26%), Opel (-23%), Renault (-19%), Mazda (-17%), Land Rover (-16%) and Hyundai (-14%) disappoint.

The Octavia (+70%) helps Skoda soar 41% this month.

Model-wise, the race is obliterated by a stellar performance by the Volvo S/V90 up 43% to just under 2.000 sales and a record 8.7% share, the nameplate’s third consecutive month at #1 and 5th consecutive month-on-month market share increase from a low of 3.3% last August. The S/V90 sells double the amount of the #2, the Volvo S/V60 down 9% to 4.8%, with the VW Passat (-6%) rounding up the podium ahead of the VW Golf (-31%) and Volvo XC60 (-41%) both on steep descents. The Volvo V40 (+1%) and VW Tiguan (-14%) replicate their 2017 rankings at #6 and #7 respectively while the Nissan Qashqai (+60%), Skoda Octavia (+70%) and Mercedes E-Class (-7%) close the Top 10.

The Volvo XC40 lands directly at #44 at home.

Notice also the Toyota C-HR (+247%), Kia Optima (+242%), Subaru XV (+194%), Kia Niro (+86%), Peugeot 3008 (+81%), Toyota RAV4 (+58%), BMW 3-Series (+50%) posting spectacular gains and the Skoda Kodiaq up to #22 vs. #49 in FY2017. For its very first month in its home market, the Volvo XC40 lands directly atop of all recent launches (<12 months) at #44. It is followed by the VW T-Roc at #58 (+84 spots on December), the Kia Stonic at #73 (-5), the Skoda Karoq at #100 (+56), Citroen C3 Aircross at #112 (+18) and the Seat Arona at #124 (+28).

Previous post: Sweden Full Year 2017: Volvo reclaims #1 models spot with old gen XC60

One year ago: Sweden January 2017: Volvo S/V90 now has VW Golf in sight

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Sweden Full Year 2017: Volvo reclaims #1 models spot with old gen XC60

The old gen Volvo XC60 pushes the nameplate to a historical win in 2017 at home

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New car sales in Sweden establish an all-time annual volume record for the second consecutive year in 2017 at +1.9% to 379.393 units. Bilsweden’s forecast for 2018 is a a 5% decline to 360.000 units, as a new July 1, 2018 bonus-malus system favourable to low-emissions cars and similar to the one already in place in France will wreak havoc on registrations. In 2017, the diesel sales rate dropped below 50% at 49.1% vs. 52.3% last year. At 65.299 sales, green cars hold 17.2% of the market vs. 16.5% in 2016. Local behemoth Volvo improves its market share by almost one percentage point to just under 20% thanks to deliveries up 6%. It is followed like last year by Volkswagen (-1%) while Kia (+6%), Toyota (+3%) and BMW (-3%) overtake Audi (-9%) to land at #3, #4 and #5 respectively. This is Kia’s first ever Swedish annual podium. Peugeot (+17%), Mercedes (+16%) and Renault (+11%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Below, Ssangyong (+277%), Alfa Romeo (+135%), Chevrolet (+80%), Lotus (+57%), Smart (+30%), Bentley (+27%), Aston Martin (+26%), Land Rover (+17%), Porsche (+16%), Citroen (+12%), Mini (+11%) and Tesla (+11%) make themselves noticed.

The Volvo S/V90 lands at #2 for its first full year in market.

In the models ranking, last year Volvo lost the #1 spot for the first time in 54 years to the VW Golf, but the carmaker reclaims the lead in 2017. There is a twist though: instead of the traditional leading Volvo station wagons, for the first time in Swedish history, a crossover is in the annual position: the XC60 thanks to sales up 48% to 6.3% share. But far from being the result of a smashing success for the introduction of the new generation, the XC60 #1 spot is due to the previous generation remaining in production and sold at discounted prices throughout summer. It topped the monthly rankings in April, May and from July to October, peaking at 8.5% share in September. As of end-November, the old XC60 accounted for 86% of the nameplate’s YTD sales (19.451) with the new gen at a meagre 14% (3.184). Widely expected to be the 2017 winner, the Volvo S/V90 leaps up 438% on 2016 but lands in 2nd place at 6% share for its first full year in market. It ranked #1 in February, March, June, November and December when it peaked at 7.5% share. In all logic it should top the Swedish 2018 annual charts as the XC60 new generation (now that the old one has truly been discontinued) seems too weak to hold the #1 spot on its own.

First annual Top 10 ranking in Sweden for the VW Tiguan. Picture autoweb.com

Historical leader in 2016 and also ranking #1 in January 2017, the VW Golf drops 9% this year to #3 with a still strong 5.3% share and ending the year above 20.000 units for the third consecutive year. The Volvo S/V60 (-10%) drops one spot to #4, the VW Passat (-4%) holds onto its #5 ranking as does the Volvo V40 (-17%) at #6. The VW Tiguan more than doubles its sales on 2016 (+119%) and climbs 12 spots to break into the annual Swedish Top 10 for the first time at #7. The BMW 5 Series (+23%) also impresses and gains 6 ranks to #8. Notice also the Mercedes E-Class up 33% to #12, the Fiat Ducato up 21% to #15, Renault Clio up 16% to #17, the Toyota C-HR (#23) and Kia Niro (#24) landing inside the Top 25 for their first full year in market, the Peugeot 3008 boosted up 294% to #25 by the new model, the Renault Megane up 52% to #27 and the Mercedes GLC up 76% to #31. The Skoda Kodiaq is the best-selling new launch for 2017 at #49 ahead of the Kia Stonic (#136) and VW Arteon (#138).

Sweden 1960-2017 annual sales + 2018 forecast. Source: bilsweden.se

Previous month: Sweden November 2017: Volvo S/V90 back in charge in record market

Previous year: Sweden Full Year 2016: #1 car not a Volvo for the first time in 54 years

Two years ago: Sweden Full Year 2015: First podium ranking for the Volvo XC60

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Sweden November 2017: Volvo S/V90 back in charge in record market

The Volvo S/V90 is the best-selling nameplate at home in November.

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New car sales in Sweden gain 2.1% year-on-year in November to hit a new record for the month at 32.484 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally up 2.8% to an all-time high 344.435 units after eleven months. This month marks the 45th year-on-year gain in the past 48 months – or four years. The Top 2 most popular carmakers go agains the grain though with Volvo down 5% to 19.4% share and Volkswagen down 4% to 15.8%. Kia manages to bypass Toyota to leap to the third step of the podium thanks to deliveries up 22% to 6.8% share, while Renault (+42%), Peugeot (+28%) and Mercedes (+25%) sign the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Further down, Dacia (+17%), Honda (+19%), Lexus (+19%), Jaguar (+24%), Tesla (+40%), Mini (+48%) and Alfa Romeo (+164%) make themselves noticed.

The Kia Cee’d is mostly sold as station wagon in Sweden.

The Volvo S/V90 is the best-selling nameplate at home for the first time since last June with sales up 183% year-on-year (as the model was still gearing up in late 2016) to 6.5% share vs. 5.8% year-to-date. As stock of the previous generation dries up, the Volvo XC60 drops heavily at -38% to #5 this month after topping the Swedish sales charts for six of the past seven months. Its advantage in the 2017 ranking (2.643 sales) seems unsurmountable though, and Volvo has pulled a rare trick this year by managing to pump up sales of the outgoing model by keeping it in production for a further six month and selling top-end variants at discounted prices.

The VW Arteon has found its audience in Sweden.

The VW Golf holds onto the 2nd spot in November despite sales down 14%, ahead of the Volvo S/V60 (-28%) and VW Passat (+5%). Excellent performers near the top include the VW Tiguan (+56%), Kia Cee’d (+53%), Renault Clio (+67%), Megane (+130%) and Peugeot 3008 (+111%). The Kia Niro manages a third consecutive month among Sweden’s Top 20 nameplates (#19) and the Skoda Kodiaq (#29) leads recent launches above the Kia Stonic (#59), VW Arteon (#68) and Citroen C3 Aircross (#90), new for November.

Previous month: Sweden October 2017: Volvo XC60 leads again, old gen outsells new

One year ago: Sweden November 2016: Volvo S/V60 best-seller for the first time

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Sweden October 2017: Volvo XC60 leads again, old gen outsells new

Once again it’s the outgoing generation that allows the XC60 to top Swedish charts in October.

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The Swedish new car market is up 0.9% year-on-year in October to 32.112 units, a record for the month. The year-to-date tally is now up 2.9% to a record-breaking 311.951 registrations in ten months. Homegrown market leader Volvo goes against the grain with a 2% drop but post a 20.5% share well above its YTD level of 19.7%. Volkswagen is up 5% to 16.3% vs. 15.1% so far this year and Toyota leaps there spots on September and 16% year-on-year to 6.6%, overtaking Kia up 2% to 6.3%. Mercedes (+10%), Renault (+11%) and Skoda (+13%) are the other Top 10 carmakers posting a double-digit gain, whereas Audi (-15%) delivers a double-digit decline. Outside the Top 10, notice Fiat (+19%), Seat (+23%), Honda (+30%) and Alfa Romeo (+65%) all in great shape.

The Kia Niro ranks inside the Swedish Top 20 for the 2nd consecutive month.

Over in the models ranking, the Volvo XC60 remains the best-seller for the 4th consecutive month with sales up 25% to 7.2% share. Its sales are split between 1.314 previous generation (-29%) and 995 new generation, up 43% on September. These detailed figures courtesy of Nils from local publication ViBilagare. As you can see even though the previous generation had its production end in mid-September, it still outsells the new one, probably for the last time ever. Combining two generations has enabled the XC60 to snap the YTD lead at home, with the Volvo S/V90 coming in 2nd place but once again under-performing in October at just 5.1% share (+37%) vs. 5.7% year-to-date.

Excellent start for the Kia Stonic in Sweden. 

The VW Golf is holding strong in 2nd place this month with 6.4% share, one percentage point above its 2017 level, while the VW Passat is up 8% at #4. Below the Volvo S/V60 (-18%) and V40 (-39%) both plummeting down, the VW Tiguan triples its sales year-on-year (+205%) at #7. The Toyota Yaris (+30%), Kia Optima (+128%), Kia Niro (+149%), Mercedes GLC (+76%) and Peugeot 3008 (+196%) also shine in the Top 30. The Skoda Kodiaq (#33) dominates recent launches just as the Kia Stonic gains 38 spots on its inaugural month in September to a cool 62nd place.

Previous month: Sweden September 2017: Outgoing generation holds Volvo XC60 to #1

One year ago: Sweden October 2016: VW Golf takes root in pole position

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Sweden September 2017: Outgoing generation holds Volvo XC60 at #1

The Volvo XC60 “Classic” enables the nameplate to cement its #1 ranking at home.

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New car sales in Sweden mark a pause in September, down 1.9% year-on-year to 31.672 registrations, but the year-to-date total is still up 3.1% to a record-breaking 279.839 units. Homegrown leader Volvo gains a sturdy 8% but remains well below its YTD market share at 18.4% vs. 19.6% while the reverse happens for Volkswagen, up 10% to 17.3% vs. 15% so far in 2017. Kia edges up 2%, a stark contrast with its sister brand Hyundai plummeting down 39%, and also snaps this month the third spot year-to-date off Toyota down 25%. BMW (+0.1%), Mercedes (+16%) and Skoda (+11%) frankly beat the market and are the only other manufacturers in positive in the Top 10, with Audi (-1%), Renault (-5%) and Peugeot (-5%) all down. Beyond, Seat (+36%), Subaru (+20%), Land Rover (+21%) and Ssangyong (+320%) post the largest gains in the Top 30 whereas Citroen (-21%), Lexus (-21%), Mitsubishi (-26%), Ford (-33%), Dacia (-35%) and Tesla (-61%) all struggle.

Kia Niro – Kia is now the third best-selling carmaker in Sweden below Volvo and Volkswagen.

The models ranking continues to see a two-pronged domination by the Volvo XC60, with total sales up 78% to a record 2.683 and 8.5% share ahead of a very dynamic VW Golf up 24% to 2.361 and 7.5% share, its highest scores since November 2015. However, the XC60 score splits into 1.989 “Classic” previous generation (+32% year-on-year) and 694 new generations, double its August score. These detailed figures courtesy of Nils from local publication ViBilagare, who is also reporting that the new XC60 has quickly become a quite usual sight in Stockholm in just the last few weeks. To be noted also is that the XC60 “Classic” currently sold are not stock clearance: the previous generation is still manufactured in Ghent, where it will be replaced by the new XC40 mid-November. All-in-all, it’s fair to say the Volvo XC60 has now secured its first annual pole position at home. Indeed, its closest rival, the new Volvo S/V90, lodges another disappointing month at just 4% share, below the VW Passat (+1%). The VW Tiguan (+116%), Kia Niro (+113%), Mercedes E-Class (+68%) and Kia Optima (+29% to #14 vs. #44 YTD) are the most impressive gainers in the Top 20. Finally, we welcome the Kia Stonic directly inside the Swedish Top 100.

Previous month: Sweden August 2017: Volvo leads, XC60 cements newfound leadership

One year ago: Sweden September 2016: VW Golf best-seller for third month in a row

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