Renault was among the manufacturers who saw an uplift in volume in Europe in September according to data released by JATO Dynamics. 

Renault, who finished fourth in both the monthly and year-to-date top ten brands, recorded the largest increase in volume, up by 10,444 (+16.8%) for the month. The successful launch of the new Captur crossover and strong sales of the Clio have contributed to this result, JATO said.

It was a less happy story at Renault rival PSA, with Peugeot and Citroen the only two of Europe’s top ten who did not increase sales in September, year-on-year. 

Premium makers Mercedes-Benz and BMW also notched a good result that left them as the only monthly top ten brands to have seen an increase in sales year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2012. 

Volkswagen continued to dominate European sales figures, increasing monthly performance by 1.6% on September 2012. So far this year, the manufacturer has sold 1,164,131 vehicles, down 6.8% on the same period in 2012, but still selling 64.2% more volume than the next closest brand.

The total market numbers issued by JATO are consistent with those issued earlier this month by ACEA and LMC.  JATO said that the European new car market made 'impressive progress' in September with an overall increase in registrations of new cars of 5.6% for the month compared with September 2012 - the largest single monthly increase seen so far in 2013. 

The Volkswagen Golf also continues to lead the monthly top ten models table, with increases of 17.4% for the month and 2.1% year-to-date compared with 2012, securing the model’s strong lead.

Behind the Golf are three B-segment models, including the Renault Clio, finishing third year-to-date and fourth in monthly top ten.

JATO said it was also a strong September for the BMW 3 Series. Finishing the month in seventh for the month and ninth for year-to-date, it was the only model outside the volume B- and C-segments to appear in the top ten.

Gareth Hession, Vice President of Research at JATO Dynamics, said: “September’s results should be something for the European car market to celebrate. The fact that the deficit in year-to-date figures is the smallest we’ve seen this year is encouraging. Similarly, September saw the largest single monthly increase of 2013 so far. Although it is still too early to tell whether this signals the start of long-term improvement for the industry, our latest analysis shows there are certainly grounds for optimism.”

See also: COMMENT: Europe's recovery comes into view

Top 10 Brands





Make Sept_13 Sept_12 % Change Sept Sept YtD_13 Sept YtD_12 % Change YtD
VOLKSWAGEN 137202 135091 1.60% 1164131 1249533 -6.80%
FORD 98497 93518 5.30% 708932 748575 -5.30%
OPEL/VAUXHALL 88088 83453 5.60% 633769 659324 -3.90%
RENAULT 72757 62313 16.80% 593467 630319 -5.80%
BMW 70604 65488 7.80% 486682 481991 1.00%
PEUGEOT 66855 68279 -2.10% 561581 621739 -9.70%
AUDI 66623 64857 2.70% 534605 550280 -2.80%
MERCEDES 63387 55920 13.40% 478008 454956 5.10%
TOYOTA 52530 49645 5.80% 390587 403321 -3.20%
CITROEN 51715 53959 -4.20% 458892 529686 -13.40%
Top 10 Models





Make & Model Sept_13 Sept_12 % Change Sept Sept YtD_13 Sept YtD_12 % Change YtD
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 45212 38506 17.40% 347405 340212 2.10%
FORD FIESTA 33561 31445 6.70% 222184 238440 -6.80%
OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA 28347 30607 -7.40% 188705 211203 -10.70%
RENAULT CLIO 25851 20074 28.80% 216761 180391 20.20%
FORD FOCUS 24872 24127 3.10% 176507 190350 -7.30%
PEUGEOT 208 22398 23424 -4.40% 189654 98309 -*
BMW 3 SERIES 22054 17875 23.40% 155335 129317 20.10%
VOLKSWAGEN POLO 21625 20613 4.90% 201929 225119 -10.30%
OPEL/VAUXHALL ASTRA 21055 21996 -4.30% 153281 179660 -14.70%
NISSAN QASHQAI 18993 19061 -0.40% 161054 161699 -0.40%
Sales by Market





Country Sept_13 Sept_12 % Change Sept Sept YtD_13 Sept YtD_12 % Change YtD
Austria 25301 27094 -6.60% 248111 266890 -7.00%
Belgium 34890 33660 3.70% 389471 386733 0.70%
Croatia 1805 1698 6.30% 21920 26381 -16.90%
Cyprus 497 692 -28.20% 4642 8055 -42.40%
Czech Republic 13208 12475 5.90% 120151 131038 -8.30%
Denmark 14578 13914 4.80% 135096 128390 5.20%
Estonia 1569 1548 1.40% 15317 15191 0.80%
Finland 8226 7990 3.00% 80863 88841 -9.00%
France 142166 137536 3.40% 1309813 1431520 -8.50%
Germany 247199 250082 -1.20% 2217019 2358798 -6.00%
Great Britain 403136 359612 12.10% 1794924 1620609 10.80%
Greece 3816 3454 10.50% 43981 45392 -3.10%
Hungary 4680 3544 32.10% 41260 39650 4.10%
Iceland 350 470 -25.50% 6218 6371 -2.40%
Ireland 3175 2481 28.00% 71719 76642 -6.40%
Italy 107186 110601 -3.10% 1004711 1096639 -8.40%
Latvia 940 744 26.30% 7763 7995 -2.90%
Lithuania 986 980 0.60% 8899 9177 -3.00%
Luxembourg 3158 3340 -5.40% 36026 39090 -7.80%
Norway 12275 11212 9.50% 107438 105538 1.80%
Poland 21628 18842 14.80% 213120 206317 3.30%
Portugal* 8235 6359 29.50% 80283 74478 7.80%
Romania* 7418 6759 9.70% 48909 53580 -8.70%
Serbia 1574 1605 -1.90% 15507 17105 -9.30%
Slovakia 4935 7201 -31.50% 46562 52560 -11.40%
Slovenia 3990 3203 24.60% 39821 38707 2.90%
Spain 45918 35139 30.70% 548783 554921 -1.10%
Sweden 24388 21937 11.20% 193065 203711 -5.20%
Switzerland 22176 21063 5.30% 224493 244340 -8.10%
The Netherlands 31627 31945 -1.00% 303824 427190 -28.90%
Grand Total 1204102 1137180 5.60% 9379709 9761849 -3.90%
NOTE: * denotes estimated volumes for September 2013





All data sourrce JATO