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Sales of New Cars In Netherlands

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Sales of New Cars In Netherlands – Data, Trends, Charts & Analysis

Here you will find annual car sales figures for The Netherlands. These statistics are Total Market Volumes, which include passenger cars as well as light commercial vehicles (LCVs).

Since the late 1990s, the Dutch car market has fluctuated between 430,000 and 700,000 annual sales. The market dipped to a low of under 440,000 sales in 2009 before recovering sharply by 40% in 2 years time, but then dropped back to the 2009 level by 2014 again. In 2016 The Netherlands was one of only 2 countries in Europe to lose volume, together with Switzerland, due to changes in the taxation of company cars. The market recovered in 2017 and 2018 and stabilized in 2019. LCV sales typically make up just over 10% of total car sales in The Netherlands, but their share peaked at over 15% in 2004 and, 2016 to 2019.

Netherlands Automotive Sales Data & Recent Highlights

As you can see, the Dutch car sales market has been fluctuating in recent years. There was a sharp decline in sales in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the market has not yet fully recovered.

There are a number of factors that have contributed to the volatility of the Dutch car sales market. These include:

  • The economic slowdown: The Dutch economy has been struggling in recent years, which has led to a decrease in disposable income.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the supply chain, making it difficult to import cars.
  • The chip shortage: The chip shortage has affected the production of new cars.
  • The shift towards electric vehicles: The Dutch government is encouraging people to buy electric vehicles, which has led to a decline in sales of traditional gasoline and diesel cars.

Despite the volatility, the Dutch car sales market is expected to grow in the coming years. The economy is expected to recover, and the government is taking steps to address the challenges facing the market, such as reducing import duties and improving the road infrastructure.

Here are some of the trends in the Dutch car sales market:

  • The increasing popularity of electric vehicles: Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular in the Netherlands, as the government offers incentives to encourage people to buy them. In 2022, electric vehicles accounted for 11.0% of new car registrations in the Netherlands. This is up from 7.7% in 2021.
  • The decline of diesel cars: Diesel cars were once very popular in the Netherlands, but their popularity has declined in recent years due to concerns about their environmental impact. In 2022, diesel cars accounted for only 17.6% of new car registrations in the Netherlands. This is down from 27.1% in 2021.
  • The increasing popularity of SUVs: SUVs are becoming increasingly popular in the Netherlands, as they are seen as more practical and comfortable than sedans. In 2022, SUVs accounted for 42.3% of new car registrations in the Netherlands. This is up from 39.6% in 2021.
  • The growing popularity of online car buying: More and more people are buying cars online in the Netherlands. In 2022, 15% of new car purchases were made online. This is up from 12% in 2021. The convenience and flexibility of online car buying are driving its popularity.

These are just some of the trends in the Dutch car sales market. The market is constantly evolving, so it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends.

Interesting Netherlands New Car Sales Stats

  • Best Sales Year Volume: 611,486 units sold
  • Worst Sales Year Volume: 313,609 units sold
  • Average Sales Per Year: 463,437.8 units sold
  • Total Sales Units (since 1990): 15,293,446 units sold

Netherlands New Motor Vehicle Sales Table

Year Sales Growth
1990 502,627
1991 490,755 -2.36
1992 491,970 0.25
1993 391,904 -20.34
1994 434,004 10.74
1995 447,942 3.21
1996 471,989 5.37
1997 478,290 1.33
1998 542,978 13.52
1999 611,486 12.62
2000 597,625 -2.27
2001 530,231 -11.28
2002 510,702 -3.68
2003 488,841 -4.28
2004 483,745 -1.04
2005 465,196 -3.83
2006 483,999 4.04
2007 504,300 4.19
2008 499,980 -0.86
2009 387,699 -22.46
2010 482,531 24.46
2011 555,812 15.19
2012 502,544 -9.58
2013 416,717 -17.08
2014 387,569 -6.99
2015 449,350 15.94
2016 382,825 -14.80
2017 414,306 8.22
2018 443,531 7.05
2019 446,057 0.57
2020 357,996 -19.74
2021 324,336 -9.40
2022 313,609 -3.31

Netherlandsa New Motor Vehicle Sales Chart

Sources: Manufacturers, ANDC, JATO Dynamics.