Swedes stay true to Volvo with new cars
The Local · 2 Jan 2014, 13:59
Published: 02 Jan 2014 13:59 GMT+01:00
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A new report from motorist association Bil Sverige revealed that a total of 269,000 new cars were bought in the country last year. Top of the list was the Volvo V70 II with 20,252 cars, ahead of the Volkswagen Passat while other Volvo vehicles occupied the third, fifth and sixth spots respectively.
The figures demonstrated that Volvo cornered 20 percent of the new car market in Sweden. Volvo models have been the best selling cars in the country for the past 56 years.
"The current economic situation and the new Swedish car environment meant we prepared ourselves for a tough 2013. So here with the results in hand I can say we produced a top result," said Anders Gustafsson, vice president of Volvo cars in Sweden, in a press release.
A spokesperson for Bil Sweden said that 2013 was a "very good year" for car sales although overall the amount of car purchases had dropped by four percent compared to 2012.
"This is a normal figure seen in a ten-year perspective," said Bertil Moldén of Bil Sweden in a statement.
Swedish and German cars dominated the top ten with only Korea's Kia and Japan's Toyota getting a look in. Bil Sverige, which represents 99 percent of new registrations in Sweden, forecast that 2014 would be an even better year for car sales with 275,000 new vehicles to be sold, citing that "household spending power will increase" in part aided by the latest wave of government tax cuts.
Environmentally friendly green cars with low emissions made up 1,562 of the total vehicles sold with diesel powered motors continuing to dominate with 61.7 percent of new cars bought using the fuel.
Meanwhile, Volvo chiefs said they were looking forward to 2014 after sales were boosted by two percent during the previous year.
"It will be an eventful year for us on many levels. The competition in the car market will become even tougher so it is important for us to try even harder," added Anders Gustafsson.