The Volkswagen Golf was again Switzerland’s favorite car in 2012. The Skoda Octavia and VW Polo were also best sellers on the Swiss car market.
In 2012, the Volkswagen Golf maintained its traditional position at the top of the list of best-selling car models in Switzerland. The Skoda Octavia was again the second most popular car in Switzerland with the VW Polo third. Volkswagen models dominated the list of best-selling cars in Switzerland in 2012 even more than in previous years while French and Italian models had a dismal year. Exotic sports cars still sell well in Switzerland.
The Swiss Car Market in 2012
2012 was the second strongest year ever for the Swiss car market with 328,139 (+2.9%) new passenger vehicle registrations. Only in 1989 were more cars sold in Switzerland in a single year.
Particularly noteworthy is the increase in the popularity of SUVs, which made up a third of the Swiss new car market in 2012 vs. 20% in 2011. Several SUV models made it onto the top 30 list of best-selling car models in Switzerland in 2012 with the VW Tiguan taking the fourth spot.
Top 30 Best-Selling Car Models in Switzerland in 2012
The top 30 best-selling car models in Switzerland in 2012 according to new passenger vehicle registration data released by Auto-Schweiz were:
Changes in the Top 30 Best-Selling Models in Switzerland in 2012
The VW Golf maintained its position as Switzerland’s favorite car in 2012. However, for the first time since 1994 the Golf was not the top seller all twelve months of the year. The Golf lost out to the Subaru XV once and twice to second place Skoda Octavia.
However, the launch of the new Volkswagen Golf VII in November saw the Golf firmly in charge of the top-sellers list for the total year. Golf sales in the otherwise very weak December were double that of November.
VW-owned Skoda again had the Octavia as the second best-selling car model in Switzerland in 2012. The Octavia outsold the Golf twice in 2012 and Skoda will no doubt hope for a similar boost in sales when the new Skoda launch early in 2013. The outgoing model is already being discounted heavily.
Despite selling a thousand cars less in 2012, the aging VW Polo still maintained its third place from last year.
From here, the top-sellers list changed drastically from last year. In 2011, four Volkswagen models made it onto the top-ten list of best-selling cars in Switzerland. In 2012, it was five with all in the top six. A further two VW-owned sister cars made it onto the top ten list too.
The VW Tiguan shot up the best-sellers list from 17th to fourth. The Tiguan took advantage of the increased popularity of SUVs in Switzerland in 2012. The VW Passat, which received a model update, maintained its fifth place from last year.
The Mercedes C-Class, helped by special discount offers, shot up from 21st to seventh. The Ford Fiesta slipped one place, as did the Audi A4. The Opel Astra slipped from fourth to ninth while the Renault Clio, which saw a model change, slipped from eighth to eleventh.
The big loser was the Peugeot 207. A model change saw the 207 slipped to fiftieth and no Peugeot model in the top 30. However, the Peugeot 208 is almost certain to return to the top ten in 2013.
Further down the list, noteworthy changes include the Toyota Yaris up from 27th to twelfth and the Honda Jazz slipping off the list from 18 th. The new Subaru XV, a compact SUV, entered the list at 14th. Other SUVs improving included the VW Tiguan, Nissan Qashqai, BMW X3, and Audi Q3.
Expensive, Exotic, and Sports Car Sales in Switzerland in 2012
Switzerland has a hugely competitive car market where a small change in sales numbers can easily make a big difference to the model’s rank position on the list of best-selling cars.
The Golf and Octavia has a comfortable lead but lower down things get more competitive: 9 models are in the 4,000 to 5,000 band, 14 between 3,000 and 4,000, 30 between 2,000 and 3,000, and 50 between 1,000 and 2,000. Swiss car statistics list over 400 car models that sold more than one car each in Switzerland in 2012 plus around 350 more that sold only a single car.
The huge number of models makes for some interesting reading. A few statistics as supplied by Auto-Schweiz:
The Porsche Panamera clearly won the battle of the large sedans in Switzerland in 2012:
Sales of exotic and sport cars in Switzerland in 2012 – some outsold mainstream family sedans (Porsche shifted 21 more 911s than Volvo sold V40s):
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|Aston Martin||V8 Vantage||59|
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