Fewer new passenger cars were sold last year than in 2021, sectoral organizations BOVAG, RAI and RDC that specialize in data reported Sunday. In total, more than 312,000 vehicles were sold in 2022, 3.2 percent less than the previous year. Kia cars were the most popular.
In December, 31,000 new cars were sold in the Netherlands. This is down 12.3 percent from the previous year. According to industry associations, the decline was caused by supply problems due to a global shortage of computer chips and other auto parts. Earlier this year, they also caused delivery delays.
BOVAG and the RAI Association expect more new passenger cars to be sold this year: about 340,000. This is because dealers can start delivering ordered cars earlier, as deliveries from manufacturers begin again.
Last year, for the first time since 2005, Volkswagen was no longer the best-selling car brand in the Netherlands. So this place was taken by the auto manufacturer Kia, which took second place last year.
In total, more than 30,000 vehicles of the Korean auto brand were sold last year, which is a market share of nearly 10 percent. The best selling model is from Peugeot. Almost ten thousand Peugeot 208s have been sold in the Netherlands.
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