Data released by JATO shows that Renault in Europe enjoyed a strong sales boost from its Clio model in May.

The JATO data for sales by make and model in the EU car market showed that sales of the Renault Clio were up by more than 22.6% for May, as Renault's recovery in 2014 continues.

JATO noted that Renault's impressive progress since the turn of the year shows no signs of slowing down. The fourth best-selling European brand is the only one in the top ten to achieve double-digit growth both for the month (+15.7%) and the year-to-date (+11.7%).

Volkswagen (+4.4%) still holds a healthy lead as Europe's top selling brand despite losing some of its market share, with Ford (-2.4%) and Opel/Vauxhall (+5.7%) taking second and third spots respectively.

JATO's data for overall European new car sales confirms that released earlier in the month by ACEA and LMC Automotive, with recovery continuing. Growth continues to be strengthened by rising sales in the 'big 5' markets, all of which have seen registrations increase year-to-date. This growth has been particularly strong in Spain and Great Britain, up 17.5% and 11.6% respectively. Both countries also performed well in May, with volumes in Spain up 18.1% and sales in Great Britain up 7.7% on 2013. Italy was the only country within the 'big 5' to record a year-on-year fall in sales during May, with volumes down 3.6%. The German market returned to growth, up 5.2% year-on-year, while sales in France also rose slightly, up by 0.3%.

Overall, year-on-year sales increased in 21 of the 30 European markets during May, and 24 markets have recorded growth for the year-to-date. Performance amongst the medium-sized markets was mixed during May. Notable sales increases in countries including Denmark (+14.8%), Poland (+7.3%) and Sweden (+7.3%) were offset by decreases in Belgium (-3.5%), Switzerland (-6.5%) and Austria (-7.2%).

Top 10 Brands





Make May_14 May_13 % change May May YtD_14 May YtD_13 % change YtD
VOLKSWAGEN 144545 138424 4.40% 684527 664388 3.00%
FORD 84996 87116 -2.40% 424317 395663 7.20%
OPEL/VAUXHALL 79840 75565 5.70% 378591 352578 7.40%
RENAULT 71461 61738 15.70% 363363 325222 11.70%
PEUGEOT 68911 65958 4.50% 347110 321725 7.90%
AUDI 66459 63844 4.10% 318980 301121 5.90%
MERCEDES 58073 55151 5.30% 273688 263634 3.80%
BMW 55524 55060 0.80% 280588 268124 4.60%
CITROEN 54657 52626 3.90% 274054 262879 4.30%
FIAT 54606 57468 -5.00% 266344 264353 0.80%
Source: JATO





Top 10 Models





Make & Model May_14 May_13 % change May May YtD_14 May YtD_13 % change YtD
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 47202 40662 16.10% 227166 196336 15.70%
RENAULT CLIO 27205 22195 22.60% 128130 123856 3.50%
FORD FIESTA 26875 26613 1.00% 140958 127836 10.30%
OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA 21507 22466 -4.30% 106837 105778 1.00%
VOLKSWAGEN POLO 20941 21985 -4.70% 117987 116388 1.40%
AUDI A3/S3/RS3 18620 15532 19.90% 87560 65527 33.60%
FORD FOCUS 18522 20362 -9.00% 99852 100282 -0.40%
PEUGEOT 208 18075 23081 -21.70% 100190 114168 -12.20%
SKODA OCTAVIA 17785 11299 57.40% 87698 60925 43.90%
OPEL/VAUXHALL ASTRA 17370 17080 1.70% 78083 84416 -7.50%
Source: JATO