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Norway October 2016: BMW i3 surges to world-best 2nd place

BMW i3 Norway October 2016Only the VW Golf manages to outsell the BMW i3 in Norway this month.

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New car sales in Norway uncharacteristically drop 10% year-on-year in October to 11.932 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally remains in positive territory at +2% to 127.807 units. Volkswagen remains at a very strong level with 18.1% share, decelerating slower than the market at -2% and distancing Toyota down 8% to 11.1% and BMW up a cool 9% to an outstanding 9.2% market share. Mercedes surges 29% to equal 4th place with Volvo (-23%), Audi is up 10% to #8 but Nissan (-15%), Skoda (-12%), Ford (-24%) and Mazda (-17%) all underperform in the Top 10. Beyond, notice Lexus (+23%), Hyundai (+25%), Dacia (+75%) and Jaguar (+113%) going against the grain and posting spectacular year-on-year gains.

Volvo V90 Norway October 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe Volvo V90 lands inside the Norwegian Top 20. 

In the models ranking, the VW Golf retains the top spot despite sales freefalling 37% to 858, with 68% of sales going to either the hybrid or PHEV variants. Each of the four following nameplates sign incredible scores: the BMW i3 is up 54% to hit a world-best 2nd place with 503 sales and 4.2% share, the VW Passat is up 70% to #3 (69% sales for the PHEV), the VW Tiguan up exactly 6-fold on October 2015 and the Toyota RAV4 is up 66% to #5  with 383 PHEV and only 2 “traditional” propulsions sold. Other great performers near the top of the ranking include the Volvo V40 (+48%), Mercedes B-Class (+73%), the Volvo V90 landing directly at #17 for its first full month of sales in the country, the Toyota Prius up 84%, Renault Zoe up 109%, Suzuki S-Cross up 162%, Opel Astra up 556% and the Hyundai Ioniq up 16 spots on September to #29. Among recent launches (<12 months), the Kia Niro ranks #37 (-10 on last month), the Tesla Model X at #41 (-39), the Ford Edge at #71 (+24), the Volvo S90 at #86 (+91) and the Audi Q2 at #87 (+113).

Previous month: Norway September 2016: Tesla Model X soars to 2nd place

One year ago: Norway October 2015: Mitsubishi Outlander on podium

Full October 2016 Top 35 All-brands and Top 202 All-models below.

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