Denmark car was flat in September 2012. Citroen & Kia up.

Nowadays be flat is really a great performance for a car market in Europe, while almost all markets are negative and in September the Denmark car market was flat, maintaining a positive year-to-date gap over 2011 and still projecting a final year volume at new record or around it.

The market is sustained by a renewal process focused on substituting large with small vehicles. That’s why Denmark is the only country in Europe where city-cars are on top of sales ranking, with the Top 5 models all smaller than 3,4 meters.

Volkswagen in September recovered the leadership in the year-to-date ranking, outpacing Toyota thanks to a phenomenal performance posted by the Up!. Volkswagen sales were 1.935 with a share of 13.9%, down 4.9 points from the exceptional August. The Q3 share at 14.8% was 4.0 points higher than year-to-date. The Up! was market leader

Peugeot was 2rd (3rd year-to-date) with 1.181 units and a share of 8.5%, down 1.2 points of share from previous month. Q3 share at 9.0% was down 0.3 from the first half. The best-selling model was the 107, ranked 5th in the month.

Citroen was 3nd (5th year-to-date) with 1.153 sales and a share of 8.3%, up 1.4 points from previous month, the best share of the year. Q3 share at 7.3% was down 0.8 points from first half. The top model was the C1, ranked 4th this month.

Kia was 4rd (6th year-to-date), only 1 units below Citroen, with 1.153 units and a share of 8.3%, up 1.4 points from previous month. The Picanto was 3rd and the Rio was 9th, in the monthly ranking.

Toyota was only 5nd (2nd year-to-date) with 964 units and a share of 6.9%, down 1.3 points of share from previous month. Q3 share of 10.0% was up 0.7 points from first half. The top model was the Aygo, placed second.

Ford was 6th (4th year-to-date) with 909 sales and a share of 6.5%, slightly recovering after an awful August (5.2% of share). Year-to-date share of 7.9% was 1.4 points below full year 2011.

Looking behind, Skoda was the monthly winner with a share of 5.6%, 1.5 points better than YTD. Audi was winning as well, with a share of 4.0%, up 1.3 from YTD. The losers were Seat, Mazda and Honda.

In the table below, the Top 20 brands, ranked for the year to date position:

Rank

Brand

Sep

Q3

Ytd Sep

2011

I Half

Aug

Sep

Q3

Ytd Sep

1

Volkswagen

1.935

6.543

13.874

10,0%

8,7%

17,8%

13,9%

14,8%

10,8%

2

Toyota

964

4.419

12.976

7,6%

10,2%

8,2%

6,9%

10,0%

10,1%

3

Peugeot

1.181

3.962

11.826

9,8%

9,3%

9,7%

8,5%

9,0%

9,2%

4

Ford

909

3.176

10.159

9,3%

8,3%

5,2%

6,5%

7,2%

7,9%

5

Citroen

1.153

3.213

10.063

7,8%

8,1%

6,9%

8,3%

7,3%

7,8%

6

Kia

1.152

2.936

8.674

3,7%

6,8%

7,2%

8,3%

6,6%

6,8%

7

Hyundai

812

2.101

7.218

5,6%

6,1%

4,5%

5,8%

4,8%

5,6%

8

Renault

617

2.325

6.232

5,1%

4,6%

5,3%

4,4%

5,3%

4,9%

9

Opel

454

1.534

5.888

5,8%

5,2%

3,8%

3,3%

3,5%

4,6%

10

Suzuki

544

1.432

5.426

4,9%

4,7%

3,4%

3,9%

3,2%

4,2%

11

Skoda

785

2.166

5.326

4,1%

3,7%

5,3%

5,6%

4,9%

4,1%

12

Chevrolet

455

1.244

5.316

5,1%

4,8%

2,4%

3,3%

2,8%

4,1%

13

Fiat

634

1.771

5.238

3,8%

4,1%

4,0%

4,6%

4,0%

4,1%

14

Audi

552

1.382

3.478

3,0%

2,5%

2,4%

4,0%

3,1%

2,7%

15

Nissan

391

1.217

3.123

2,2%

2,3%

2,6%

2,8%

2,8%

2,4%

16

Seat

452

1.464

2.520

1,2%

1,3%

4,5%

3,2%

3,3%

2,0%

17

Mazda

124

432

2.394

2,4%

2,3%

1,1%

0,9%

1,0%

1,9%

18

Mercedes

263

783

2.296

1,9%

1,8%

1,5%

1,9%

1,8%

1,8%

19

BMW

231

743

2.117

1,9%

1,6%

1,5%

1,7%

1,7%

1,6%

20

Honda

97

606

1.800

1,0%

1,4%

1,2%

0,7%

1,4%

1,4%

Looking at the best-selling models, the Volkswagen Up! was the market leader with 1.003 sales and 7.2% of share, reinforcing its 2012 leadership. The Toyota Aygo was 2nd with 623 sales and 5.6% of share, followed by the Picanto with 607 units and 4.4% of share.

The Skoda Citigo was 6th (up 2 spots) with 495 units. Other great performances were posted by the Hyundai i20, 8th, the Peugeot 206+ 11th , Ford Ka (14th) and Audi A4 (21th).

In the table below, the best 20 models, ranked for year to date position:

Rank

Model

Sep

Q3

Ytd Sep

I Half 2012

Sep

Q3

Ytd Sep

1

Volkswagen Up!

1.003

3.423

6.522

3,7%

7,2%

7,7%

5,1%

2

Toyota Aygo

623

2.478

5.715

3,8%

4,5%

5,6%

4,4%

3

Kia Picanto

607

1.360

4.238

3,4%

4,4%

3,1%

3,3%

4

Peugeot 107

513

1.448

4.041

3,1%

3,7%

3,3%

3,1%

5

Citroen C1

520

1.347

3.378

2,4%

3,7%

3,0%

2,6%

6

Chevrolet Spark

345

898

3.231

2,8%

2,5%

2,0%

2,5%

7

Toyota Yaris

177

985

3.089

2,5%

1,3%

2,2%

2,4%

8

Kia Rio

360

1.060

2.870

2,1%

2,6%

2,4%

2,2%

9

Toyota Avensis

100

595

2.757

2,6%

0,7%

1,3%

2,1%

10

Opel Corsa

181

643

2.730

2,5%

1,3%

1,5%

2,1%

11

Hyundai i30

205

618

2.548

2,3%

1,5%

1,4%

2,0%

12

Ford Fiesta

209

728

2.527

2,1%

1,5%

1,6%

2,0%

13

Suzuki Swift

244

595

2.347

2,1%

1,8%

1,3%

1,8%

14

Hyundai i10

175

621

2.218

1,9%

1,3%

1,4%

1,7%

15

Volkswagen Polo

410

1.154

2.215

1,3%

2,9%

2,6%

1,7%

16

Citroen C3

180

627

2.138

1,8%

1,3%

1,4%

1,7%

17

Ford Focus

137

529

2.056

1,8%

1,0%

1,2%

1,6%

18

Hyundai i20

365

704

2.001

1,5%

2,6%

1,6%

1,6%

19

Peugeot 206+

315

675

1.936

1,5%

2,3%

1,5%

1,5%

20

Fiat 500

225

600

1.837

1,5%

1,6%

1,4%

1,4%

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