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Italy is one of the last countries in the world with Sweden and Slovakia where Station Wagons (SW) have remained highly popular which is why there is a monthly update about it on BSCB. However over the last few months their popularity has gone down drastically: in a market down 20% overall, station wagon sales in Italy in August are down 38% year-on-year to 4,159 units, bringing the SW market share down to 7.3% down from 9.4% a year ago. Passed by the Audi A4 and VW Passat last month, the Opel Astra is back in pole position in August with 497 sales however with a SW ratio down to 56%.
The Audi A4 is down to a still fantastic 2nd place with 373 units and 88% SW ratio, ahead of the Ford Focus up one spot to #3 but still #1 year-to-date with 9,097 sales and 61% SW ratio. Other great performers this month include the Renault Megane up to #4 and 72%, the BMW 5 Series up to #6 and 72% also and the Volvo V50 back inside the Top 10 at #7.