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2016 (Full Year) Switzerland: Best-Selling Car Brands

by Henk Bekker

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VW T Cross Breeze at Geneva 2016

Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes Benz were the top-selling car marques in Switzerland in 2016. The Swiss car market contracted by 2% to 317,318 new passenger vehicle registrations in 2016. The Skoda Octavia seemed poised to replace the VW Golf as the best-selling car model in Switzerland in 2016.

The Swiss New Car Market in 2016

New passenger vehicle registrations in Switzerland decreased by 2% in 2016 to 317,318 cars. The small contraction in the highly competitive Swiss car market was largely expected after very strong sales in 2015. 2015 was the third best year ever for car sales in Switzerland.

New car sales in Switzerland were as follows in recent years:

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Year

Cars Sold in Switzerland

% Change

2016

317,318

-2

2015

323,783

7.2

2014

301,942

-1.9

2013

307,885

-6.2

2012

328,139

2.9

2011

318,958

8.4

2010

294,239

10.6

2009

266,018

-7.8

Best-Selling Car Brands in Switzerland in 2016 (Full Year)

The best-selling car marques in Switzerland in 2016 according to new passenger vehicle registrations released by Auto Schweiz were:

Brand

2016

2015

% Share

% Change

Total

317,318

323,783

100

-2

1

Volkswagen

42,142

42,212

13.3

-0.2

2

BMW

24,708

24,039

7.8

2.8

3

Mercedes

23,842

22,884

7.5

4.2

4

Skoda

21,060

20,972

6.6

0.4

5

Audi

19,582

22,225

6.2

-11.9

6

Renault

14,301

14,821

4.5

-3.5

7

Opel

13,186

13,769

4.2

-4.2

8

Ford

13,083

13,704

4.1

-4.5

9

Peugeot

10,386

12,587

3.3

-17.5

10

Toyota

10,386

9,881

3.3

5.1

11

Mazda

10,172

9,989

3.2

1.8

12

Seat

10,136

10,451

3.2

-3

13

Hyundai

9,076

9,937

2.9

-8.7

14

Citroën

9,071

11,517

2.9

-21.2

15

Fiat

8,757

9,025

2.8

-3

16

Suzuki

7,646

8,351

2.4

-8.4

17

Dacia

7,422

5,396

2.3

37.5

18

Volvo

7,130

7,251

2.2

-1.7

19

Nissan

6,038

7,968

1.9

-24.2

20

Kia

5,481

5,039

1.7

8.8

21

Subaru

5,419

6,011

1.7

-9.8

22

MINI

5,267

4,861

1.7

8.4

23

Honda

4,773

3,345

1.5

42.7

24

Porsche

4,240

4,305

1.3

-1.5

25

Land-Rover

3,941

3,808

1.2

3.5

26

Mitsubishi

3,873

4,042

1.2

-4.2

27

Jeep

3,269

3,705

1

-11.8

28

Smart

2,770

3,409

0.9

-18.7

29

Jaguar

1,791

980

0.6

82.8

30

Alfa Romeo

1,509

1,249

0.5

20.8

Top-Selling Car Brands in Switzerland in 2016

Volkswagen was again the favorite car brand of the Swiss in 2016. Although VW, and related brands, was harmed by the fall-out from the emission scandal, Volkswagen sales were only marginally down in 2016 compared to a year ago. More newsworthy was that the Golf lost its clear position as the best-selling car model in Switzerland in 2016 to the Skoda Octavia.

BMW was the second most-popular car brand in Switzerland for the third consecutive year in 2016. BMW sales increased by 2.8%

Mercedes Benz was the third most-popular car marque in Switzerland for the second year. Mercedes Benz sales were up 4.2% – the best performance of the top-selling brands.

Skoda moved up to fourth place while Audi slipped to fifth with sales down by 12%. Audi has been moving one sales rank position down per year since reaching second in 2012.

Renault, Opel, Ford and Peugeot maintained their relative sales rank positions from a year ago despite weaker sales. Peugeot was the worst-performer amongst the larger brands in Switzerland in 2016.

Toyota sales increased by 5% in Switzerland in 2016 allowing the Japanese carmaker to reenter the top-ten list after slipping to 14th in 2015. Mazda improved one position with stronger sales while Seat slipped one place.

Citroen sales were down by a fifth. Citroen slipped from 10th to 14th in 2016.

Dacia sales were up by more than a third in Switzerland in 2016 allowing Renault’s budget brand to move up from 20th to 17th – its highest position thus far in Switzerland.

In contrast, Nissan sales were down by a quarter and slipped two positions.

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