Norway car sales rose 2% in August 2012. Nissan Leaf was 8th.

Focus2move.com projection for this year is 142.000 units, up 3% from last year, breaking the all-time record for the second year in a row.

The market is leaded by Volkswagen which sold 1.873 units in August with a share of 15.9%, down 1.1 points of share from July. However, last month was the best since years and the first half was closed with a share of 14.2%, declining from the 15.1% posted in the 2011. Volkswagen holds three models in the top 5.

Toyota was 2nd, with 1.547 sales and a share of 13.1%, recovering from the 11.3% of July, the worst of the year. The first half ended with 11.712 sales and a share of 12.7%, up 1.7 points from last year.

Ford was 3rd, with 911 sales and a share of 7.7%, up 0.6 points of share from previous month, but down 0.7 points from the first half. In the 2012 Ford is losing share from the 9.4% achieved last year.

Audi was 4rd in the month (5th year-to-date) with 767 units and a share of 6.5%, down 0.5 from previous month and up 0.3 points from the first half. This year Audi is growing from the 5.3% of share performed in the 2011.

Peugeot was 5th in the month (9th year-to-date) with 657 units and 5.6% of share, followed by Skoda, at 5.5% and Volvo. The Swedish brand is struggling and in August with 609 units and 5.2%, posted the worst share of the year. Year-to-date August, Volvo share was 7.8%, declining from the 8.7% posted in the 2011.

In the table below, the top 10 brands, ranked by year-to-date position:

Rank

Brand

Aug

Ytd Aug

2011

Q1

Q2

I Half

Jul

Aug

Ytd Aug

1

Volkswagen

1.873

13.770

15,1%

13,1%

15,3%

14,2%

17,0%

15,9%

14,8%

2

Toyota

1.547

11.712

11,0%

13,5%

12,0%

12,7%

11,3%

13,1%

12,6%

3

Ford

911

7.577

9,4%

8,5%

8,3%

8,4%

7,1%

7,7%

8,1%

4

Volvo

609

7.281

8,7%

8,2%

8,4%

8,3%

7,7%

5,2%

7,8%

5

Audi

767

5.886

5,3%

6,3%

6,1%

6,2%

7,0%

6,5%

6,3%

6

Bmw

579

5.023

4,5%

5,7%

5,5%

5,6%

4,5%

4,9%

5,4%

7

Skoda

643

4.622

5,5%

4,3%

4,9%

4,6%

6,6%

5,5%

5,0%

8

Nissan

553

4.606

4,2%

5,6%

4,3%

5,0%

5,0%

4,7%

4,9%

9

Peugeot

657

4.235

5,4%

4,3%

4,5%

4,4%

4,3%

5,6%

4,6%

10

Hyundai

432

3.906

3,7%

3,8%

4,8%

4,3%

4,0%

3,7%

4,2%

Looking at single model performance, the Volkswagen Golf was the leader with 566 sales and 4.(% of share, bringing the YTD sales at 4.253 units and 4.6% of share.

The Toyota Yaris was 2nd in the month (7th year-to-date) with 453 sales and 3.8% of share, ahead of Volkswagen Passat, Ford Focus and Toyota Avensis.

The Subaru XV was 6th in the month (17th year-to-date) posting a formidable month.

The electric vehicle, Nissan Leaf sold 213 units bringing its year-to-date at 1.420 units and achieving the 8th position in the month (16th year-to-date).

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

Rank

Model

Aug

Ytd Aug

2011

Q2

I Half

July

Aug

Ytd Aug

1

Volkswagen Golf

566

4.253

5,3%

4,7%

4,4%

5,1%

4,8%

4,6%

2

Ford Focus

337

2.994

3,2%

3,6%

3,3%

3,1%

2,9%

3,2%

3

Toyota Avensis

280

2.827

2,7%

3,0%

3,1%

3,2%

2,4%

3,0%

4

Volkswagen Passat

340

2.797

3,3%

3,4%

2,9%

3,5%

2,9%

3,0%

5

Volkswagen Tiguan

227

2.644

1,9%

3,0%

3,0%

3,0%

1,9%

2,8%

6

Volvo V70

181

2.481

2,9%

2,7%

2,8%

2,9%

1,5%

2,7%

7

Toyota Yaris

453

2.481

1,4%

2,2%

2,6%

1,8%

3,8%

2,7%

8

Nissan Qashqai

232

2.040

2,6%

2,0%

2,2%

2,3%

2,0%

2,2%

9

Skoda Octavia

217

1.950

2,4%

2,3%

2,0%

3,0%

1,8%

2,1%

10

Toyota Auris

174

1.800

2,3%

2,1%

2,0%

2,1%

1,5%

1,9%

11

Volvo V60

199

1.718

1,9%

1,9%

1,8%

2,0%

1,7%

1,8%

12

Ford Mondeo

231

1.662

2,3%

1,6%

1,7%

1,8%

2,0%

1,8%

13

Mitsubishi ASX

185

1.578

3,0%

1,8%

1,7%

1,5%

1,6%

1,7%

14

BMW X3

166

1.532

0,9%

1,9%

1,7%

1,4%

1,4%

1,6%

15

Volkswagen Polo

236

1.433

2,2%

1,4%

1,4%

1,7%

2,0%

1,5%

16

Nissan Leaf

213

1.420

0,3%

1,2%

1,5%

1,5%

1,8%

1,5%

17

Subaru XV

272

1.412

0,0%

1,5%

1,3%

2,2%

2,3%

1,5%

18

Volvo V50

120

1.400

1,6%

2,0%

1,7%

0,9%

1,0%

1,5%

19

Volvo XC60

157

1.301

1,5%

1,3%

1,4%

1,5%

1,3%

1,4%

20

Audi A4

185

1.293

0,0%

1,5%

1,3%

1,8%

1,6%

1,4%

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