Car sales shift into high gear

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Norwegians are buying new cars at such high speed that even car dealers can feel left in the dust as they try to keep track of new orders. While car sales elsewhere in Europe have hit the skids, the situation is completely different in Norway.

Sales were up by another 2.8 percent in August and overall were nearly 34 percent higher than the average for August over the past 10 years, according to the state automobile council Opplysningsrådet for Veitrafikken.

Norwegians are also buying more electric and hybrid cars than anywhere else in the world, while fully 27.1 percent of new cars are four-wheel-drive models. The single most popular car sold, though, remained the VW Golf. Norwegians bought 566 of them in August, followed by 453 Toyota Yaris cars and 340 VW Passats.

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