Netherlands 2016. The lowest sales level in 21st century

Dutch Cars Market

Dutch Cars Market 2016 dropped at the lowest level in the twenty-first century, below the 0.4 million units for the third time in the last twenty years, hit by “green” incentives pull ahead of previous year.

Market Outlook

The latest monthly indicators suggest that the economic momentum has carried over into the final quarter of the year. FocusEconomics panelists see the economy expanding 1.7% in 2017, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. In 2018, the panel sees GDP growing 1.6%.

Meantime, the domestic cars market in 2016 dropped down in double-digit, due to the sharp slowdown recorded throughout the second semester, falling at the lowest level in the last twenty years, below the 400.000 units as only others two times in the 21st century.

According to data released by the RAI vereninging, the Dutch Association of Car Manufacturers, December was particularly negative with sales dropping 48.1% at 35.723, due to the comparison with December 2015, boosted by ends of “green” incentives.

Different trend reported for the light commercial vehicles, with sales at the best since 2008 with 70.340 units (+21.9%) with total light vehicles at 455.388 sales ranking 28th at global level, down 1 spot.

Competitive Arena

Volkswagen dominated the market with 43.819 units (-22.1%) ahead of Renault with 35.037 sales and Opel with 32.500 (+27.7%). Among the highest increases of the year there were Honda, Jaguar, Mini, Tesla and Hyundai, while the best performer was Infiniti (+151.3%).

The worst performance was reported for Mitsubishi (-61.0%) followed by Porsche, Peugeot, Volvo, DS and Citroen.

The best-selling model was the Volkswagen Golf with 10.780 units (-40.1%) followed by the Renault Clio with 10.730 (-36.8%) and the Volkswagen Polo with 9.945 (-17.8%).

To see full data on the best-selling car in the year, please see the dedicated report here.

Tables with sales figures

In the tables below we report sales for all Brands, top 10 Manufacturers Group and top 10 Models

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