Volvo Gets Beaten In Its Home Turf; Overtaken By A German Automaker

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The best selling car for 2016 in Sweden was announced and surprisingly Volvo does not feature after nearly 50 years. The most popular model was rather a German Volkswagen. VW's Golf model was the most sold car with sales of 22,084 units.

After 54 years, a brand other than Volvo tops the list in Volvo's birth country. In 1962 VW's Beetle was the most sold car in Sweden, now the Golf has taken the honour of the best-selling car in Sweden.

The last of Volvo V70 has been Sweden's best-selling car for the last two decades which rolled off the assembly lines earlier this year. The new V90 seems to have not found its place in Swedish hearts.

However, Volvo is not far behind as the company sold 21,321 units of its V70/XC70/S90/V90 which is considered as one model for the statistics in 2016. This sales number reflect that it is second behind Volkswagen Golf.

Volkswagen in Sweden sells different models of the Golf: Golf, GTE, Sportsvan, Sportscombi, All track, GTI, and GTD.

Volkswagen might have the best selling car in Sweden in 2016, Volvo is still one bigger brands in the country with over 20 percent cars are Volvos, compared to just over 15 percent for Volkswagen.

The current owners of Volvo is a Chinese company Zhejiang Geely Holdings since 2010; however, with strong sales in 2016, the Swedish company was speculated to move towards an IPO for Volvo cars.

Despite the diesel gate scandal suffered by Volkswagen, the German company has been performing really well in terms of global sales. The company is being touted to become the largest automaker in the world and might disturb the dominance of Japanese automaker Toyota Motors.

Below is the most popular car model in 2016 for Sweden:

1. VW Golf
2. Volvo V70II, S/V90N
3. Volvo S/V60
4. Volvo XC60
5. VW Passat
6. Volvo V40N
7. Toyota Auris
8. VW Polo
9. Kia Cee'd
10. Skoda Octavia

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Story first published: Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 12:55 [IST]
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