Figures released today by Acea – the European carmakers’ association – put the 2001 West European car market at 14,833,735 units in 2001, 0.6% ahead of 2000. It is the second largest European market on record (the record was 1999). The gain confounds gloomier forecasts for 2001 at the beginning of last year, with car demand in the second half being stimulated by low interest rates and competitive market conditions across Europe.


The UK was the best performing market in 2001 (+10.7%) and has become the second largest market in the EU with 2,458,769 unit registrations of passenger cars. The French car market expanded by 5.7% to 2,254,733 units and the Italian new car market was marginally up (+0.1%) to 2,425,300 units.


Europe’s largest national market, Germany, showed a 1.1% decline to 3,340,544 new registrations. The German car market continues to be constrained by low consumer confidence and concerns over the sluggish performance of the German economy.


Volkswagen Group was again the market leader with a share of 18.9% (Audi being the best-performing of its brands, boosted by the new A4 and the impact of the A2). Ford gained share in 2001 (up by 0.3% to 11.1%), while GM saw no change at 10.8%.  


Of the volume makers, PSA (Peugeot-Citroen) emerges as the main winner with sales up by 12.6% to 119,616 units. PSA was helped by market geography and the impact of fresh models, particularly the Peugeot 307 and the Citroen C5.


BMW was a significant gainer in 2001, with group sales in Europe up by over 20% to 37,576 units. BMW was boosted by the new 3-series and the addition of the new Mini.


Market analysts expect the European car market to decline in 2002, as the European economy slows, although most expect a decline to be of the order of 5-8%.




























































































































































































Dec


Dec


% Chg


Jan-Dec


Jan-Dec


% Chg


’01


’00


00/01


’01


’00


00/01


AUSTRIA**


12,360


13,281


-6.9


294,233


309,427


-4.9


BELGIUM


21,205


20,196


+5.0


488,683


515,204


-5.1


DENMARK


7,497


9,380


-20.1


95,789


112,690


-15.0


FINLAND


5,137


6,740


-23.8


109,441


134,646


-18.7


FRANCE


160,248


151,492


+5.8


2,254,733


2,133,884


+5.7


GERMANY


225,000


240,861


-6.6


3,340,544


3,378,343


-1.1


GREECE


12,478


14,231


-12.3


280,214


290,222


-3.4


IRELAND


886


1,148


-22.8


164,744


230,795


-28.6


ITALY


131,900


123,239


+7.0


2,425,300


2,423,084


+0.1


LUXEMBOURG**


2,045


2,032


+0.6


42,857


41,896


+2.3


NETHERLANDS


8,677


16,857


-48.5


530,302


597,625


-11.3


PORTUGAL


17,430


17,635


-1.2


248,553


257,836


-3.6


SPAIN


107,058


96,617


+10.8


1,436,880


1,381,256


+4.0


SWEDEN


21,673


28,517


-24.0


246,581


290,529


-15.1


UNITED KINGDOM


126,471


107,803


+17.3


2,458,769


2,221,647


+10.7


EUROPEAN UNION


860,065


850,029


+1.2


14,417,623


14,319,084


+0.7


ICELAND**


300


550


-45.5


7,273


13,569


-46.4


NORWAY


5,822


6,245


-6.8


91,916


97,376


-5.6


SWITZERLAND**


20,410


23,443


-12.9


316,923


316,519


+0.1


EFTA


26,532


30,238


-12.3


416,112


427,464


-2.7


WEST. EUROPE*


886,597


880,267


+0.7


14,833,735


14,746,548


+0.6



  • ACEA estimates

  • (**) The figures for these countries are provisional. 































































































































































































































































































































December

 

 

    %Share

 

Units


Units


% Chg

 

’01


’00


’01


’00


00/01


ALL BRANDS

   

886,597


880,267


+0.7


VW Group


19.3


20.6


171,379


180,977


-5.3


VOLKSWAGEN


10.9


11.4


97,026


100,364


-3.3


AUDI


3.8


3.6


34,129


31,747


+7.5


SEAT


2.7


3.4


23,798


29,976


-20.6


SKODA


1.9


2.1


16,426


18,890


-13.0


PSA Group


15.2


13.6


134,956


119,616


+12.8


PEUGEOT


9.3


8.9


82,423


78,019


+5.6


CITROEN


5.9


4.7


52,534


41,597


+26.3


FORD Group


10.6


10.6


94,050


93,072


+1.1


FORD


7.8


7.7


69,309


67,761


+2.3


VOLVO


1.8


2.1


15,608


18,924


-17.5


LAND ROVER


0.7


0.5


5,782


4,346


+33.0


JAGUAR


0.4


0.2


3,351


2,041


+64.2


GM Group


10.7


10.7


94,847


94,249


+0.6


OPEL/VAUXHALL


9.9


9.9


87,388


87,204


+0.2


SAAB


0.8


0.7


6,804


6,207


+9.6


OTHERS


0.1


0.1


655


838


-21.8


RENAULT


10.7


10.2


96,250


90,471


+6.4


JAPANESE


9.9


10.8


88,046


95,199


-7.5


TOYOTA


3.4


3.6


29,875


31,577


-5.4


NISSAN


2.5


2.6


21,927


22,792


-3.8


MITSUBISHI


1.0


1.1


9,207


9,368


-1.7


MAZDA


1.1


1.1


9,641


10,079


-4.3


HONDA


0.7


0.9


6,628


8,229


-19.5


SUZUKI


0.8


0.9


7,184


7,847


-8.4


OTHERS


0.4


0.6


3,584


5,307


-32.5


Fiat Group


8.5


8.3


75,519


72,728


+3.8


FIAT


6.4


6.1


57,060


53,883


+5.9


LANCIA


0.9


0.9


8,016


7,699


+4.1


ALFA ROMEO


1.2


1.2


10,236


10,991


-6.9


OTHERS

0.0


0.0


207


155


+33.5


DaimlerChrysler


6.4


6.5


56,898


57,583


-1.2


MERCEDES


4.7


4.8


41,735


42,545


-1.9


SMART


0.9


0.9


7,687


8,265


-7.0


CHRYSLER


0.8


0.8


7,476


6,773


+10.4


BMW Group


4.2


3.5


37,576


31,172


+20.5


BMW


3.5


3.5


31,400


31,172


+0.7


Mini


0.7


0.0


6,176

 

+0.0


KOREAN


2.7


3.5


23,937


31,048


-22.9


HYUNDAI


1.6


1.5


14,037


13,117


+7.0


OTHERS


1.1


2.0


9,900


17,931


-44.8


MG ROVER Group


1.3


1.3


11,491


11,229


+2.3


 
































































































































































































































































































































January to December

 

 

     %Share

 

Units


Units


% Chg

 

’01


’00


’01


’00


00/01


ALL BRANDS

   

14,833,735


14,746,548


+0.6


VW Group


18.9


18.7


2,803,996


2,755,060


+1.8


VOLKSWAGEN


10.8


11.0


1,607,648


1,619,352


-0.7


AUDI


3.7


3.3


544,419


488,905


+11.4


SEAT


2.7


2.9


405,020


429,375


-5.7


SKODA


1.7


1.5


246,909


217,428


+13.6


PSA Group


14.4


13.1


2,140,151


1,929,451


+10.9


PEUGEOT


8.6


7.9


1,278,782


1,164,982


+9.8


CITROEN


5.8


5.2


861,370


764,469


+12.7


FORD Group


11.1


10.8


1,649,059


1,590,387


+3.7


FORD


8.8


8.5


1,306,421


1,247,948


+4.7


VOLVO


1.5


1.6


224,660


230,504


-2.5


LAND ROVER


0.5


0.5


75,691


77,689


-2.6


JAGUAR


0.3


0.2


42,287


34,246


+23.5


GM Group


10.8


10.8


1,601,167


1,597,378


+0.2


OPEL/VAUXHALL


10.2


10.2


1,518,021


1,508,238


+0.6


SAAB


0.5


0.5


74,319


78,785


-5.7


OTHERS


0.1


0.1


8,827


10,355


-14.8


RENAULT


10.6


10.6


1,575,720


1,559,462


+1.0


JAPANESE


10.4


11.4


1,540,514


1,676,302


-8.1


TOYOTA


3.7


3.7


547,443


542,054


+1.0


NISSAN


2.5


2.7


365,724


393,736


-7.1


MITSUBISHI


0.9


1.1


130,618


160,281


-18.5


MAZDA


0.9


1.2


138,906


181,710


-23.6


HONDA


1.0


1.2


154,295


181,600


-15.0


SUZUKI


0.9


0.9


137,811


131,587


+4.7


OTHERS


0.4


0.6


65,717


85,334


-23.0


Fiat Group


9.6


10.0


1,422,473


1,475,045


-3.6


FIAT


7.2


7.6


1,067,286


1,122,832


-4.9


LANCIA


1.0


1.2


149,476


173,303


-13.7


ALFA ROMEO


1.4


1.2


202,031


174,956


+15.5


OTHERS


0.0


0.0


3,680


3,954


-6.9


DaimlerChrysler


6.4


6.2


942,927


909,356


+3.7


MERCEDES


5.0


4.8


739,146


709,657


+4.2


SMART


0.7


0.7


104,410


101,853


+2.5


CHRYSLER


0.7


0.7


99,371


97,846


+1.6


BMW Group


3.7


3.4


545,744


499,273


+9.3


BMW


3.5


3.4


520,372


499,273


+4.2


Mini


0.2


0.0


25,372


0


0


KOREAN


2.8


3.4


409,727


507,553


-19.3


HYUNDAI


1.5


1.5


219,782


227,210


-3.3


OTHERS


1.3


1.9


189,945


280,343


-32.2


MG ROVER Group


1.1


1.3


159,961


197,597


-19.0



  • GM Group/Others includes IBC & GM(US)

  • FORD Group/Ford includes Ford(US)

  • FIAT Group: FIAT includes Innocenti/Others includes Ferrari & Maserati

  • ACEA has recalculated some figures due to the difference in the German marekt share. Please, notice these are still provisional figures.