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Belgium January 2019: Seat (+15.7%), Ford (+9%) resist in market down 10.2%

Seat sales are up 15.7% in Belgium in January.

This post has now been updated with the Top 10 models.

The Belgian new car market starts 2019 with a harsh 10.2% year-on-year drop in January to 51.074 units. Volkswagen (+0.7%) goes against the grain and posts a slim uptick to reach 9.9% share  while the remainder of the Top 6 brands is entirely in negative, Renault (-21.4%) and BMW (-18%) being hit the hardest and Mercedes (-1.7%), Peugeot (-7.7%) and Opel (-9.6%) resisting better. Seat (+15.7%), Ford (+9%), Citroen (+5.3%) and Kia (+2%) post the only other gains in the Top 20 while among smaller brands Bentley (+233.3%), Ferrari (+140%), DS (+106%), Rolls Royce (+66.7%) and Tesla (+26.9%) shine. Reversely, Porsche (-51.2%), Alfa Romeo (-41.8%), Nissan (-37.1%), Ssangyong (-35%), Audi (-26%), Honda (-23.7%), Suzuki (-22.2%), Hyundai (-21.5%) and Smart (-21.4%) implode. The Top 10 models are all in negative this month, with the VW Golf (-33.3%), Hyundai Tucson (-26.3%) and Peugeot 3008 (-16.6%) on the podium, the BMW 3 Series (-8.7%) and Renault Captur (-11.2%) resisting best but the Renault Clio (-53.3%), Opel Corsa (-41.1%), Skoda Octavia (-38.9%) and Nissan Qashqai (-32.5%) hit the hardest.

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Full January 2019 Top 50 All-brands and Top 10 models below.

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