Norway stands along a vast cold territory, covered by mountains for about two-thirds and with some 50.000 islands off its much-indented coastline, one of most rugged and longest in the world. The country is rich of natural resources, fish, petroleum, hydropower, minerals and forests. It is the world's second gas exporter and 7th largest oil exporter. Norway is not a Member of European Community, but is deeply economically length with all the European countries. The country economy is correlated to the global economic trends due to high impact of energy sector exports over GDP. However, during recent crisis, the economy slowed the growth but the government budget remained in surplus. The impressive Pro capita income is stable at $ 53.300 (p.p.p.), the world's 1st among countries with more than 1 million citizens.
November 2013 was flat as total market sales while was full of sensations for the Norwegian car market, the global center of innovation for low emission vehicles. Tesla S Model boomed sales again, the Hybrid Auris was stable and Leaf was in short supply.
October 2013 was again surprisingly in Norway and the small Scandinavian market posted a new milestone in the recent history of car industry. Following the Tesla S September sales boom, Nissan placed the Leaf on top of all vehicles list.
Although the data was influenced by long order bank accumulated in several months, Tesla S leadership in the Norwegian car market represented a little milestone for the entire global sector. It was first time for an EV produced by an only EV car manufacturer.
Nissan Leaf further progressed in August 2013, achieving the best place ever in the World, with an outstanding market share, pushing up Nissan performance. The market was down 1.1%, losing year-on year for the fourth month in a row.
In June 2013, the Norwegian car market was flat from the previous year confirming a calm pace in a turbulent Europe. Nissan Leaf, the pure electric city car, further improved its ranking, surging in fourth place with a share of 2.8%, the World's best ever for an EV.
In May the car market in Norway was slightly positive, growing 4.8% from last year with cumulated sales increased by 2.4%. Pushed by two models in the Top five, Toyota conquered the market leadership, outpacing Volkswagen.
Recovering from a negative March performance, the Norwegian car market boomed 28.6% in April 2013 with year-to-date sales again positive, by 4.4%. Nissan Leaf further advanced in the model ranking, being second behind the unachievable Golf.
Following a positive start of the year, one of the few among European markets, the Norwegian car market in March reported a sharp slowdown; with sales fell 17.7% from last year. Consequently the first quarter sales were negative by 3.2%
Norwegian car market was far from the rest of Europe in February as sales were up 3.6% and year-to-date were up 5.5%. Nissan Leaf surged in 5th place taking the best rank ever in the world for an electric vehicle. Volvo confirmed its decline in share.
Pushed by new models demand and confirming an almost positive trend, the Norwegian car market started the year with a 7.4% increase. Following a weak Q4 2012, Volkswagen recovered share, while Audi started slow. Mazda CX-5 jumped in 2nd place.
Due to the December 19% decline, the Norwegian car market fails the achievement of the new all-time record. However, 2012 was only 0.3% below the 2011 record. Volkswagen beat Toyota doubling sales from last year.
Far from the European turbulences and pushed by the strong green vehicle incentive program, the car market in Norway was stable with November sales down 3.0% from last year and year-to-date sales up 1.4%. Volkswagen reinforced the leadership on the market with a share at 17%.
The Norway car market recovered in October posting a 7.5% sales increase over last year. Year-to-date sales were up 1.6% running for the all-time volume record. The Nissan Leaf entered the Top 10 ranking.
The Norway car market declined in September with 11.134 sales, down 5.1% from last year. Year-to-date September sales at 104.199 were up 1.3%. Toyota is growing and this month was only 0.5 points of share behind VW, thanks to Prius.