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Belgium Full Year 2018: Volkswagen signs first win since 2014, BMW best-seller for two months

Volkswagen is the #1 brand in Belgium, with the Golf topping the models charts.

Consult 30 years of Belgian Historical Data here.

This post has been updated with Top 10 models data.

New car sales in Belgium edge up 0.7% in 2018 to 549.632 registrations. Volkswagen (+4.5%) drives past Renault (-1.4%) to snap its first annual brands win since 2014, topping the monthly ranking 8 times vs. just 2 for Renault. Peugeot (+1.8%) advances one spot to #3, overtaking BMW (-5%) down to #4 even though it historically led the brands charts outright in both September and October, two monthly heavily disrupted by post-WLTP hangover from brands having overused artificial sales during summer (looking at you VW). Strikingly, all remaining Top 10 brands bar Hyundai (+11%) are in negative, with Audi (-13.8%), Opel (-8.3%), Citroen (-5.4%) and Mercedes (-5.1%) hit hard, Ford (-2.6%) less so. Further down, Volvo (+11.8%) gains 3 spots to end the year at #11, with Jeep (+89.8%), Mitsubishi (+29.5%), Seat (+27.7%), Lotus (+25.9%), Aston Martin (+23.9%), Jeep (+22.7%), Alfa Romeo (+15.4%), Mazda (+12.5%) and Kia (+10.1%) among the best performers.

The Belgium models ranking is one of the most fragmented in the world, with the VW Golf (+7.5%) snapping the top spot for the 8th time in the past 9 years and the 23rd in the past 31 despite a particularly low 2.5% share. The Renault Clio (+2.3%) and Hyundai Tucson (+0.1%) complete a podium unchanged on 2017. The Nissan Qashqai (+21.7%) posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 and shoots up 14 spots to #4, with the Renault Scenic (+15.4%) and Skoda Octavia (+1.6%) also breaking into the Top 10, meaning the Peugeot 2008, 208 and Opel Astra are out.

Previous month: Belgium November 2018: Volkswagen back to #1, Skoda shines in market down 14.7%

Previous year: Belgium 2017: VW Golf #1, BMW X1 up to 5th place

Two years ago: Belgium 2016: VW Golf back to #1, Hyundai Tucson on podium

Full Year 2018 Top 65 All-brands and Top 10 models vs. Full Year 2017 figures below.

Full December 2018 Top 45 All-brands and Top 8 models below.

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