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