VW ID.3, bestseller in the Netherlands, gets 5 star EuroNCAP rating
In October, the best-selling car in the Netherlands was the fully electric Volkswagen ID.3. Last month, the ID.3 launch model represented just by itself more than 8% of the market. Slightly more than all the other VW models together.
Nevertheless, the ID.3 helped Volkswagen be the car market leader, with some 16% of total sales. In October, with 31 988 registered cars, these sales were still 5,3% less than in October 2019.
In total, the Dutch car market is 23,1% down on last year for the first ten months, and sector organizations reckon that some 350 000 new cars will be sold in the Netherlands in 2020. That’s a good 100 000 less than in 2019.
The Dutch car market is a big second-hand market, and corona is even accentuating this. Last month, 116 343 cars changed owner, and that’s the fifth consecutive month that the sales of second-hand cars surpass those of last year.
It is also notable that these sales are mostly made at (second-hand) dealers and that sales between individuals are shrinking. Since the beginning of the year, some 1,1 million second-hand vehicles were already sold in the Netherlands.
Even in the second-hand market, electric cars have become more important. From the 1,1 million sold, almost 1% or 11 000 cars were pure electric. More than cars on gas (LPG) and diesel cars are getting less popular too.
Five stars EuroNCAP
The Volkswagen ID.3 has also been tested by EuroNCAP on its crash behavior and safety and came out with the 5-star maximum score. It was credited with good results in all areas of assessment.
Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, said: “The ID.3 represents the direction of travel for the car industry in recent years.”
“The climate crisis means that we all must adapt to a cleaner future, and electric cars will become the norm in the years to come,” he added. “Euro NCAP will continue to ensure that saving the planet does not come at the cost of safety, and I am glad to see that the ID.3 does not compromise in this regard.”