Volkswagen’s Golf remained Europe’s best-selling car in July, ahead of the Polo and Ford Fiesta.

The total market fell 1.0% in July and by 1.7% year to date.

Of the big five European markets, only Germany saw an increase in sales during July.

JATO Dynamics said Golf sales rose 2.9% year on year in July although year to date sales fell 6.1%. Polo sales rose 0.7% in July to regain second place from the Fiesta but the Ford remained second year to date.

Of the top 10 models, six recorded increased sales in July, whereas only two models achieved this in June.

Only three of the top 10 brands recorded increased sales in July.

Reduced sales in France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom contributed to a slight decline across the region.

Volkswagen’s recently revised Passat continued to perform well with an increase of 22.6% in July and 27.0% year to date while Ford’s new third generation Focus performed strongly with sales 18.6% higher than its predecessor recorded in July 2010.

Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes recorded improved sales in July with all three also recording sales increases for the year to date, along with Opel/Vauxhall and BMW.

JATO rsearch chief Gareth Hession said: “While the new car market has been strong in Germany, low sales performances in July for the rest of the big five markets continue to impact the region as a whole. Continued economic uncertainty in the region is likely to have an impact on consumer confidence which could influence sales on the forecourt.”

Sales by Market

Country

Jul_11

Jul_10

% change Jul

Jul YtD_11

Jul YtD_10

% change YtD

Austria

29,307

28,977

+1.1%

216,900

198,653

+9.2%

Belgium*

42,286

39,309

+7.6%

368,731

359,512

+2.6%

Cyprus*

1,319

1,189

+10.9%

8,520

8,502

+0.2%

Czech Republic

12,118

11,365

+6.6%

100,402

100,325

+0.1%

Denmark

9,673

11,659

-17.0%

97,361

85,337

+14.1%

Estonia

1,291

891

+44.9%

9,754

5,744

+69.8%

Finland

8,604

7,309

+17.7%

79,882

69,745

+14.5%

France

160,199

169,944

-5.7%

1,385,283

1,382,380

+0.2%

Germany

260,907

237,428

+9.9%

1,883,486

1,706,219

+10.4%

Great Britain

131,634

136,446

-3.5%

1,161,272

1,245,108

-6.7%

Greece

9,936

11,527

-13.8%

65,096

109,259

-40.4%

Hungary

3,739

4,390

-14.8%

27,102

26,070

+4.0%

Iceland

444

435

+2.1%

3,500

2,360

+48.3%

Ireland

4,076

6,307

-35.4%

81,210

73,848

+10.0%

Italy

138,504

155,018

-10.7%

1,155,892

1,326,437

-12.9%

Latvia

913

614

+48.7%

5,995

3,248

+84.6%

Lithuania

1,072

709

+51.2%

7,695

3,986

+93.1%

Luxembourg

4,529

4,434

+2.1%

33,125

34,111

-2.9%

Norway

11,417

11,507

-0.8%

80,794

73,476

+10.0%

Poland

23,309

24,605

-5.3%

175,186

183,409

-4.5%

Portugal*

17,780

20,299

-12.4%

109,695

135,544

-19.1%

Slovakia

7,357

5,641

+30.4%

41,575

35,163

+18.2%

Slovenia

4,743

5,165

-8.2%

37,685

37,568

+0.3%

Spain

79,147

82,676

-4.3%

521,526

687,998

-24.2%

Sweden

19,621

20,375

-3.7%

176,663

158,454

+11.5%

Switzerland

25,127

25,278

-0.6%

180,394

172,643

+4.5%

The Netherlands

42,280

38,482

+9.9%

370,793

308,573

+20.2%

Grand Total

1,051,332

1,061,979

-1.0%

8,385,517

8,533,672

-1.7%

* Denotes estimated data used for July 2011

Top 10 Brands

Make

Jul_11

Jul_10

% change Jul

Jul YtD_11

Jul YtD_10

% change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN

136,516

120,051

+13.7%

1,019,504

956,679

+6.6%

FORD

81,272

84,945

-4.3%

677,923

721,470

-6.0%

RENAULT

77,546

85,826

-9.6%

644,537

724,518

-11.0%

PEUGEOT

73,586

78,844

-6.7%

593,426

639,123

-7.1%

OPEL/VAUXHALL

73,057

74,077

-1.4%

620,078

608,311

+1.9%

CITROEN

59,465

66,817

-11.0%

496,442

535,280

-7.3%

AUDI

54,414

50,487

+7.8%

413,632

381,623

+8.4%

FIAT

52,670

62,260

-15.4%

447,519

551,133

-18.8%

MERCEDES

51,101

50,533

+1.1%

352,299

350,588

+0.5%

BMW

49,276

50,347

-2.1%

386,165

362,444

+6.5%

Top 10 Models

Make & Model

Jul_11

Jul_10

% change Jul

Jul YtD_11

Jul YtD_10

% change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

37,847

36,770

+2.9%

292,241

311,285

-6.1%

VOLKSWAGEN POLO

30,144

29,947

+0.7%

219,118

221,700

-1.2%

FORD FIESTA

25,659

29,051

-11.7%

220,555

267,794

-17.6%

FORD FOCUS

23,089

19,464

+18.6%

172,650

167,307

+3.2%

RENAULT CLIO

21,986

23,104

-4.8%

184,800

217,713

-15.1%

OPEL/VAUXHALL ASTRA

21,864

21,292

+2.7%

180,996

186,751

-3.1%

OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA

21,669

21,541

+0.6%

192,042

199,702

-3.8%

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT

21,589

17,608

+22.6%

153,651

120,975

+27.0%

RENAULT MEGANE

19,024

22,702

-16.2%

148,047

166,997

-11.3%

PEUGEOT 207

18,938

22,506

-15.9%

159,893

197,525

-19.1%

All data: JATO Dynamics