For 1st Time in Half a Century, Volvo Dethroned in Sweden

Volkswagen made up more new car sales in 2016
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2017 3:42 PM CST
For 1st Time in Half a Century, Volvo Dethroned in Sweden
This undated photo provided by Volvo shows the 2016 Volvo V60.   (Volvo via AP)

For the first time in more than 50 years, the best-selling car in Sweden last year was not Sweden's own Volvo. The Volkswagen Golf made up 5.9% of new car sales in the country, per Sweden's carmakers' association. Taken together, the Volvo V70, S90, and V90 made up 5.7% of new car sales. Volvo, which is actually now owned by a Chinese company, does still make up the biggest portion of the overall car market in Sweden; 21.5% of the cars on the country's roads are Volvos, followed by Volkswagens at 15.7%. The last time the Volvo was not at the top of the new car sales list in Sweden was 1962, when Volkswagen's Beetle topped the list, the BBC reports. (Read more Volvo stories.)

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