Number of sold passenger cars in Norway 2008-2018

In recent years, the number of passenger cars sold in Norway generally increased, peaking in 2017 at more than 158 thousand units. 2009 saw the lowest figure, with a sales amount of only roughly 99 thousand. In 2018, nearly 148 thousand cars were newly registered in the country. Most of the cars were sold in the county Akershus, followed by Norway’s capital Oslo.

Which car models are the most sold ones in Norway?

The electric car model Nissan Leaf was most popular in Norway in 2018, with over 12 thousand units sold. Volkswagen Golf came second in the ranking of the most sold car models. BMW i3, also an electric car, ranked third.

The popularity of electric cars in Norway

In fact, electric cars are becoming increasingly important in Norway. The market share of battery and plug-in hybrid cars in the country highly grew in recent years, reaching almost 50 percent as of 2018. By contrast, the market share stood at 0.22 percent ten years earlier. The reason for the growing popularity of electric cars in Norway is that the government for example reduced taxes and increased subsidies for electric car owners.

Number of sold passenger cars in Norway from 2008 to 2018

Number of sold cars
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Release date

December 2018



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

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