Skoda Rapid Sportback

Skoda Rapid Sportback

Skoda enjoyed a strong month in European sales in November according to European sales data released by JATO which provides manufacturer and model-level detail.

JATO said that within the monthly top 10 brands, Skoda posted the largest monthly increase of 19.1%, as well as growth of 2.4% for the year-to-date. Both the Octavia and Rapid have performed well since their introduction and continue to increase sales volumes, JATO said. Volkswagen continues to dominate the top 10 with a clear advantage over the next closest brand.

Top 10 Brands





Make Nov_13 Nov_12 % Change Nov Nov YtD_13 Nov YtD_12 % Change YtD
VOLKSWAGEN 133179 130636 1.90% 1432056 1513228 -5.40%
FORD 71012 72534 -2.10% 856847 897854 -4.60%
RENAULT 66369 63890 3.90% 734237 759517 -3.30%
OPEL/VAUXHALL 63452 65220 -2.70% 759901 783807 -3.00%
PEUGEOT 58528 57340 2.10% 687053 745076 -7.80%
AUDI 55058 56368 -2.30% 648646 665851 -2.60%
BMW 50965 54736 -6.90% 589476 587813 0.30%
MERCEDES 49453 50567 -2.20% 578929 553417 4.60%
CITROEN 46497 48264 -3.70% 558946 633455 -11.80%
SKODA 45448 38152 19.10% 469884 458714 2.40%

With a clear lead over the market, the Volkswagen Golf retains the title of best-selling car in Europe, with a 65.6% advantage over the next best-selling model, the Ford Fiesta. That said, the top 10 models table continues to be dominated by the high volume selling B-segment models, with half of the top 10 belonging to the B-segment.

Out of the five, the Ford Fiesta ranked highest in second place with 25,807 units sold or registered in November, a 2.2% increase year-on-year. It was followed closely by the Volkswagen Polo in third and the Renault Clio in fourth.

Outside of the top 10, both the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 have made impressive progress since coming to market in 2013, selling 73,196 units and 50,832 units year-to-date respectively.

Gareth Hession, Vice President of Research at JATO Dynamics, commented: "With only one month left in 2013, sales remain strong, with the European new car market increasing monthly volumes for the third consecutive month. Skoda have capitalised on this, posting an increase of 19.1% for the month, driven by the successful introduction of the Rapid and Octavia."

There are several Skoda Rapids in the global range. Europe's Rapid is a C-segment hatchback which slots into the range between the Fabia and Octavia. Skoda builds it alongside its twin, the SEAT Toledo, in Mladá Boleslav. It will also be made in Russia from 2014 in the same plant that makes the closely related VW Polo sedan. SKD assembly in Ukraine commenced in March 2013.  

Top 10 Models





Make & Model Nov_13 Nov_12 % Change Nov Nov YtD_13 Nov YtD_12 % Change YtD
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 42740 35833 19.30% 433452 409131 5.90%
FORD FIESTA 25807 25252 2.20% 271912 289881 -6.20%
VOLKSWAGEN POLO 22436 21576 4.00% 245730 269458 -8.80%
RENAULT CLIO 22416 22192 1.00% 263943 225700 16.90%
SKODA OCTAVIA 17869 12269 45.60% 153619 166389 -7.70%
OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA 16975 20046 -15.30% 222164 249804 -11.10%
PEUGEOT 208 16003 18553 -13.70% 223762 140704 59.00%
BMW 3 SERIES 15266 15834 -3.60% 186933 160141 16.70%
AUDI A3/S3/RS3 14979 10840 38.20% 155765 124378 25.20%
FORD FOCUS 14750 18752 -21.30% 208826 226680 -7.90%

See also: BELGIUM: EU car sales up for third consecutive month

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Third consecutive month of growth

for new car sales in Europe

 

  • European new car market increased by 1.7% during November compared to 2012, reducing the year-to-date deficit to 2.7%

  • Continued sales growth for the majority of markets during November results in overall monthly increase

  • Skoda achieved increases for both the month and year-to-date

 

According to the latest new car sales analysis from JATO Dynamics, the world’s leading provider of automotive intelligence, sales of new cars in Europe have increased for a third consecutive month, with 18 of the 30 markets included achieving growth in November.

 

JATO’s headline market analysis:

  • A third month of consecutive growth has reduced the year-to-date deficit to 2.7%, the smallest amount seen so far this year

  • Great Britain posted the largest year-to-date increase in Europe, with registrations up 9.9% compared with 2012

  • Monthly sales in Greece rose by 31.3% to reduce their year-to-date deficit to just 0.4%

 

Following last month’s trend, Spain posted the largest increase for the month out of the ‘Big Five’, with new car volumes up by 12.6% in November. The increase is in part the result of customers taking advantage of government incentives, but also reflects lower sales volumes during this period in 2012 which were dampened by a VAT increase.

 

Out of the ‘Big Five’, Great Britain was the only other country to post an increase for the month, up 7.0%, and the year-to-date, up 9.9%, the largest increase in Europe. Italy, Germany and France, however, were all down for both monthly and year-to-date new car volumes, with Italy the most significant; down 4.7% in November and 7.8% year-to-date.

 

The Netherlands had another strong month, with November sales increasing by 34.8% on last year, helping to reduce the year-to-date deficit to 21.2%, as company car drivers continue to place orders ahead of taxation changes planned for January 2014.

 

Sales by Market

Country

Nov_13

Nov_12

% Change Nov

Nov

YtD_13

Nov

YtD_12

% Change YtD

Austria

23,350

24,377

-4.2%

298,204

317,589

-6.1%

Belgium

39,263

35,834

+9.6%

468,224

464,413

+0.8%

Croatia

1,956

1,635

+19.6%

26,125

30,010

-12.9%

Cyprus

571

699

-18.3%

5,711

9,529

-40.1%

Czech Republic

14,697

14,203

+3.5%

150,194

161,204

-6.8%

Denmark

15,891

16,329

-2.7%

167,855

159,928

+5.0%

Estonia

1,577

1,560

+1.1%

18,692

18,381

+1.7%

Finland

7,439

7,725

-3.7%

97,399

104,756

-7.0%

France

138,829

144,602

-4.0%

1,615,137

1,738,457

-7.1%

Germany

254,651

259,846

-2.0%

2,737,111

2,878,173

-4.9%

Great Britain

159,581

149,191

+7.0%

2,111,819

1,921,052

+9.9%

Greece

5,464

4,162

+31.3%

54,414

54,655

-0.4%

Hungary

4,971

4,662

+6.6%

51,380

48,388

+6.2%

Iceland

299

496

-39.7%

6,984

7,386

-5.4%

Ireland

702

883

-20.5%

74,097

79,182

-6.4%

Italy

102,758

107,877

-4.7%

1,220,274

1,322,878

-7.8%

Latvia

894

873

+2.4%

9,818

9,869

-0.5%

Lithuania

1,139

958

+18.9%

11,234

11,323

-0.8%

Luxembourg

3,544

3,782

-6.3%

44,069

47,326

-6.9%

Norway

12,109

12,001

+0.9%

132,516

129,996

+1.9%

Poland

24,092

23,147

+4.1%

263,611

251,572

+4.8%

Portugal*

9,095

7,136

+27.5%

97,625

89,004

+9.7%

Romania

7,696

6,388

+20.5%

63,094

66,832

-5.6%

Serbia*

1,663

1,613

+3.1%

18,802

20,371

-7.7%

Slovakia

5,590

5,542

+0.9%

58,677

62,875

-6.7%

Slovenia

3,926

3,714

+5.7%

48,279

46,159

+4.6%

Spain

54,539

48,430

+12.6%

664,433

648,493

+2.5%

Sweden

24,779

25,052

-1.1%

243,176

252,791

-3.8%

Switzerland

24,390

26,669

-8.5%

275,589

297,366

-7.3%

The Netherlands

40,778

30,254

+34.8%

381,565

484,208

-21.2%

Grand Total

986,233

969,640

+1.7%

11,416,108

11,734,166

-2.7%

NOTE: * denotes estimated volumes for November 2013

 

Within the monthly top 10 brands, Skoda posted the largest monthly increase of 19.1%, as well as growth of 2.4% for the year-to-date. Both the Octavia and Rapid have performed well since their introduction and continue to increase sales volumes. Volkswagen continues to dominate the top 10 with a clear advantage over the next closest brand.

 

Also up in November are third place Renault, with an increase of 3.9% for the month, and fifth place Peugeot with a 2.1% monthly increase.

 

The other brands posting increases for the year-to-date were BMW, who finished the month in seventh with a 0.3% increase, and were closely followed by Mercedes in eighth with a 4.6% increase.

Top 10 Brands

Make

Nov_13

Nov_12

% Change Nov

Nov YtD_13

Nov YtD_12

% Change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN

133,179

130,636

+1.9%

1,432,056

1,513,228

-5.4%

FORD

71,012

72,534

-2.1%

856,847

897,854

-4.6%

RENAULT

66,369

63,890

+3.9%

734,237

759,517

-3.3%

OPEL/VAUXHALL

63,452

65,220

-2.7%

759,901

783,807

-3.0%

PEUGEOT

58,528

57,340

+2.1%

687,053

745,076

-7.8%

AUDI

55,058

56,368

-2.3%

648,646

665,851

-2.6%

BMW

50,965

54,736

-6.9%

589,476

587,813

+0.3%

MERCEDES

49,453

50,567

-2.2%

578,929

553,417

+4.6%

CITROEN

46,497

48,264

-3.7%

558,946

633,455

-11.8%

SKODA

45,448

38,152

+19.1%

469,884

458,714

+2.4%

 

With a clear lead over the market, the Volkswagen Golf retains the title of best-selling car in Europe, with a 65.6% advantage over the next best-selling model, the Ford Fiesta. That said, the top 10 models table continues to be dominated by the high volume selling B-segment models, with half of the top 10 belonging to the B-segment.

 

Out of the five, the Ford Fiesta ranked highest in second place with 25,807 units sold or registered in November, a 2.2% increase year-on-year. It was followed closely by the Volkswagen Polo in third and the Renault Clio in fourth.

 

Outside of the top 10, both the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 have made impressive progress since coming to market in 2013, selling 73,196 units and 50,832 units year-to-date respectively.

 

Gareth Hession, Vice President of Research at JATO Dynamics, commented: “With only one month left in 2013, sales remain strong, with the European new car market increasing monthly volumes for the third consecutive month. Skoda have capitalised on this, posting an increase of 19.1% for the month, driven by the successful introduction of the Rapid and Octavia.”

 

Top 10 Models

Make & Model

Nov_13

Nov_12

% Change Nov

Nov YtD_13

Nov YtD_12

% Change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

42,740

35,833

+19.3%

433,452

409,131

+5.9%

FORD FIESTA

25,807

25,252

+2.2%

271,912

289,881

-6.2%

VOLKSWAGEN POLO

22,436

21,576

+4.0%

245,730

269,458

-8.8%

RENAULT CLIO

22,416

22,192

+1.0%

263,943

225,700

+16.9%

SKODA OCTAVIA

17,869

12,269

+45.6%

153,619

166,389

-7.7%

OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA

16,975

20,046

-15.3%

222,164

249,804

-11.1%

PEUGEOT 208

16,003

18,553

-13.7%

223,762

140,704

+59.0%

BMW 3 SERIES

15,266

15,834

-3.6%

186,933

160,141

+16.7%

AUDI A3/S3/RS3

14,979

10,840

+38.2%

155,765

124,378

+25.2%

FORD FOCUS

14,750

18,752

-21.3%

208,826

226,680

-7.9%

 

 

Original source: JATO Dynamics