• Europe’s new car sales declined by 4.6% in October, and 7.2% year to date compared to last year 
  • Sales were up 12.1% in Great Britain last month and 0.5% in Germany but declined in the other big five markets 
  • Volkswagen’s Golf maintained its lead despite transition to seventh generation model

According to the latest analysis from JATO Dynamics, the overall European new car market continues to fall in 2012 but at a slower rate.

Continuing low consumer confidence and high unemployment compounded by the recent increase in VAT have contributed to the continuous decline in the Netherlands.

Among the top 10 brands, only Audi and Mercedes recorded a sales increase in October.

Peugeot’s new 208 performed well as it climbed into the top three behind Volkswagen’s Golf and Ford’s Fiesta.

Audi, up 9.8% in October and 5.5% YTD, and Mercedes-Benz, up 3.7% in October and 1.0% YTD, were the only brands in the top 10 recording increasing sales. Just outside the top 10, sales of Toyota, Hyundai, Kia and Volvo cars are also growing.

The new Peugeot 208 is proving popular with customers across the region, selling in greater numbers than its predecessor, the 207, did a year ago, despite tougher market conditions. Meanwhile the new Fiat Panda is defying market trends in Italy, leading to a 23.9% increase in sales in Europe in October. Sales of the Fiat 500, while outside the top 10, also rose in October, by 15.4%.

The Nissan Qashqai continues to prove that older models can still post strong sales given the right marketing and product improvements with volumes in October 15.7% higher than a year ago, and a place in the top 10.

Outside the top 10, it was mostly new or recently revised models, such as the BMW 3-Series, Toyota Yaris, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen Up and BMW 1-Series that saw improved sales compared to October 2011.

Gareth Hession, research head at JATO said: “The rising sales in Great Britain and Germany show some signs of hope for the European car industry but the industry must not be complacent. Market conditions are still tough, particularly in southern Europe and the Golf’s dominance remains evident for its competitors.”

Sales by Market

Country

Oct_12

Oct_11

% Change Oct

Oct YtD_12

Oct YtD_11

% Change YtD

Austria

26,322

28,909

-8.9%

293,212

302,448

-3.1%

Belgium*

41,103

42,462

-3.2%

427,836

483,008

-11.4%

Croatia

1,985

3,124

-36.5%

28,364

35,950

-21.1%

Cyprus

775

1,158

-33.1%

8,830

11,152

-20.8%

Czech Republic

15,689

14,858

+5.6%

146,559

142,343

+3.0%

Denmark

15,208

12,394

+22.7%

143,587

139,492

+2.9%

Estonia

1,630

1,523

+7.0%

16,821

14,245

+18.1%

Finland

8,190

10,055

-18.5%

97,031

110,074

-11.8%

France

162,335

176,103

-7.8%

1,593,855

1,837,374

-13.3%

Germany

259,529

258,253

+0.5%

2,618,327

2,659,989

-1.6%

Great Britain

151,252

134,944

+12.1%

1,771,861

1,688,038

+5.0%

Greece

5,101

5,021

+1.6%

50,493

84,115

-40.0%

Hungary

4,078

3,557

+14.6%

43,677

37,614

+16.1%

Iceland

519

319

+62.7%

6,890

4,401

+56.6%

Ireland

1,661

1,568

+5.9%

78,291

88,747

-11.8%

Italy

117,936

134,504

-12.3%

1,210,195

1,512,424

-20.0%

Latvia

1,001

974

+2.8%

8,996

8,751

+2.8%

Lithuania

1,188

1,180

+0.7%

10,365

11,147

-7.0%

Luxembourg

4,454

3,923

+13.5%

43,544

43,532

+0.0%

Norway

12,457

11,594

+7.4%

117,995

115,740

+1.9%

Poland

22,108

22,436

-1.5%

228,425

222,667

+2.6%

Portugal*

8,663

9,144

-5.3%

83,171

132,669

-37.3%

Romania

6,782

7,828

-13.4%

55,910

63,707

-12.2%

Serbia

1,653

1,885

-12.3%

18,756

24,939

-24.8%

Slovakia

4,796

5,755

-16.7%

58,531

55,758

+5.0%

Slovenia

3,738

4,547

-17.8%

42,445

50,925

-16.7%

Spain

45,146

57,321

-21.2%

587,540

681,581

-13.8%

Sweden

24,028

25,052

-4.1%

227,739

252,688

-9.9%

Switzerland

25,944

26,799

-3.2%

269,714

258,633

+4.3%

The Netherlands

26,896

43,635

-38.4%

454,245

497,487

-8.7%

Grand Total

1,002,167

1,050,825

-4.6%

10,743,205

11,571,638

-7.2%

* denotes estimated data used for October 2012

Top 10 Brands

Make

Oct_12

Oct_11

% Change Oct

Oct YtD_12

Oct YtD_11

% Change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN

133,319

133,929

-0.5%

1,381,193

1,426,550

-3.2%

FORD

76,669

82,553

-7.1%

823,663

937,691

-12.2%

RENAULT

65,965

86,667

-23.9%

695,010

883,434

-21.3%

PEUGEOT

65,683

68,854

-4.6%

685,781

787,780

-12.9%

OPEL/VAUXHALL

59,605

68,108

-12.5%

718,404

847,107

-15.2%

AUDI

58,868

53,621

+9.8%

608,427

576,587

+5.5%

CITROEN

55,609

58,969

-5.7%

583,847

660,165

-11.6%

BMW

51,061

51,524

-0.9%

532,374

538,039

-1.1%

FIAT

48,195

49,755

-3.1%

500,050

594,829

-15.9%

MERCEDES

47,441

45,756

+3.7%

501,805

496,800

+1.0%

Top 10 Models

Make & Model

Oct_12

Oct_11

% Change Oct

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

33,156

37,714

-12.1%

FORD FIESTA

26,145

26,431

-1.1%

PEUGEOT 208

23,352

0

-

RENAULT CLIO

23,301

23,773

-2.0%

VOLKSWAGEN POLO

22,817

29,110

-21.6%

OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA

18,649

22,587

-17.4%

OPEL/VAUXHALL ASTRA

18,079

20,314

-11.0%

FORD FOCUS

17,779

19,762

-10.0%

FIAT PANDA

17,377

14,023

+23.9%

NISSAN QASHQAI

16,720

14,452

+15.7%


Top 10 Models YtD

Make & Model

Oct YtD_12

Oct YtD_11

% Change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

373,036

414,626

-10.0%

FORD FIESTA

264,122

301,850

-12.5%

VOLKSWAGEN POLO

247,519

303,733

-18.5%

OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA

229,563

268,146

-14.4%

FORD FOCUS

207,715

245,201

-15.3%

RENAULT CLIO

203,388

252,602

-19.5%

OPEL/VAUXHALL ASTRA

200,865

251,252

-20.1%

NISSAN QASHQAI

177,795

177,123

+0.4%

RENAULT MEGANE

169,356

204,061

-17.0%

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT

166,297

198,672

-16.3%