Passenger car sales in the Netherlands 2010-2018, by fuel type

As of 2018, most of the passenger cars sold in the Netherlands were petrol fueled vehicles. 75.4 percent of the sales volume of passenger cars had a petrol engine, whereas diesel fueled cars had a share of 12.9 percent. Furthermore, the share of petrol cars that were sold in the Netherlands increased from 2015 onwards, whereas diesel cars decreased between the period from 2015 to 2017. The total number of passenger cars sold amounted to approximately 445,000 in 2018, an increase compared to 2017 when there were 414,306 passenger cars sold in the Netherlands.

Volkswagen is the leading brand in passenger car sales

Volkswagen, a German car manufacturer, was the most selling car brand in the Netherlands in 2018. Approximately 50,000 cars were sold by Volkswagen, whereas the French car manufacturer Renault saw the total sales volume of passenger cars amount to 38,447. Examining the sales volume of passenger cars by model type, the Volkswagen Polo was the leading model in the Netherlands with 14,585 sold units in 2018. Renault sold roughly 12,000 Clio’s, whereas Kia saw the Picanto model nearly reach a sales volume of 11,000.

Increase in electric vehicles

Electric passenger cars became more poplar between the period of 2013 to 2018. In 2013, there were 24,512 Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and 4,161 battery electric vehicles (BEV) to be found in the Netherlands. In 2018, this grew to a total of 98,702 PHEV’s and 44,984 BEV’s.

Distribution of passenger cars sold in the Netherlands from 2010 to 2018, by fuel type

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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The figures have been taken from several publications.

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