Though Europe’s top five new car markets all posted growth in a month traditionally slow due to continental summer holidays, this cannot be regarded as market recovery, JATO Dynamics analysts said in their monthly review.


Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Spain all saw higher August sales than in the same month of 2008. Of the ‘big five’, Spain was the last eventually to post growth this year, with its marginal 0.7% improvement year on year.


“We are not by any means seeing a complete market recovery, but with the five biggest markets now all heading in the right direction, we can certainly feel very encouraged”, said JATO Consult head David Di Girolamo.


“The holiday period during August always sees lower volumes sold, but at least the August figures continue the European trend towards improved sales, and although the overall year-to-date figure remains down by 7.3%, we have seen a 1.2% improvement over July.”


Models


Volkswagen was the top brand and its Golf remained Europe’s best-selling car after its fifth consecutive month at the top of the charts, with volume up 17.3% YTD and 39.5% in August.


Ford’s Fiesta remained runner-up, with sales up 36.9% YTD and 33.3% in August.


The Opel/Vauxhall Corsa rose from fifth in July to third last month (up 15.9% for the month) while the Peugeot 207 slipped from third to fourth (up 1.2%) and the Renault Clio climbed from ninth to fifth (up 2.5%).


The Ford Focus remained sixth (down 5.3%), the Fiat Punto slid from fourth to seventh (despite volume up 45.7%), the Skoda Fabia re-entered the top ten at eighth position (up 3.9%), the Panda dropped from eighth to ninth (up 37.2%) and the outgoing Opel/Vauxhall Astra dropped from seventh to 10th (down 1.1%).


National Trends


August is a traditionally quiet month for car sales thanks to the established holiday period across the continent, so sales volumes were substantially less in many markets in the region. With the five major European markets performing well, the YTD decline fell by a further 1.2% over that recorded up to July, although many markets were still significantly down on their 2008 figures.


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Make & Model

Aug_09


Aug_08


% Change Aug


Aug YtD_09


Aug YtD_08


% Change YtD


VOLKSWAGEN GOLF


37,662


26,999


+39.5%


376,013


320,668


+17.3%


FORD FIESTA


21,648


16,246


+33.3%


304,274


222,321


+36.9%


OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA


19,818


17,101


+15.9%


231,187


255,796


-9.6%


PEUGEOT 207


18,753


18,536


+1.2%


245,444


298,626


-17.8%


RENAULT CLIO


17,618


17,188


+2.5%


187,672


243,812


-23.0%


FORD FOCUS


16,613


17,550


-5.3%


205,582


260,212


-21.0%


FIAT PUNTO


16,458


11,292


+45.7%


218,214


207,244


+5.3%


SKODA FABIA


14,842


14,279


+3.9%


148,337


144,731


+2.5%


FIAT PANDA


14,354


10,460


+37.2%


200,407


150,569


+33.1%


OPEL/VAUXHALL ASTRA


13,858


14,017


-1.1%


177,594


233,620


-24.0%


 


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Make

 Aug_09


Aug_08


 % Change Aug


Aug YtD_09


Aug YtD_08


% Change YtD


VOLKSWAGEN


104,589


91,031


+14.9%


1,086,496


1,063,897


+2.1%


FORD


62,762


59,850


+4.9%


835,198


845,257


-1.2%


OPEL/VAUXHALL


56,894


54,590


+4.2%


709,796


812,088


-12.6%


RENAULT


56,661


56,006


+1.2%


672,632


782,520


-14.0%


PEUGEOT


55,769


47,032


+18.6%


651,450


715,493


-9.0%


FIAT


48,983


43,640


+12.2%


681,426


672,849


+1.3%


CITROEN


48,522


43,681


+11.1%


569,126


606,808


-6.2%


TOYOTA


45,176


42,743


+5.7%


468,579


535,461


-12.5%


AUDI


36,965


41,917


-11.8%


421,025


442,508


-4.9%


BMW


33,217


34,506


-3.7%


370,647


468,374


-20.9%


 


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Country

Aug_09


Aug_08


% Change Aug


Aug
YtD_09


Aug YtD_08


% Change YtD


Austria


22,423


18,285


+22.6%


221,134


209,648


+5.5%


Belgium


30,085


32,954


-8.7%


339,196


402,893


-15.8%


Cyprus


740


1,422


-48.0%


10,711


15,437


-30.6%


Czech Republic


9,289


10,264


-9.5%


84,087


95,659


-12.1%


Denmark


7,501


11,361


-34.0%


70,578


109,847


-35.7%


Estonia


599


1,596


-62.5%


7,038


19,139


-63.2%


Finland


5,916


9,446


-37.4%


64,595


108,707


-40.6%


France


110,542


103,350


+7.0%


1,430,391


1,415,200


+1.1%


Germany


275,219


214,386


+28.4%


2,674,600


2,110,089


+26.8%


Great Britain


67,006


63,225


+6.0%


1,149,110


1,464,124

-21.5%


Greece


22,843


19,759


+15.6%


168,765


207,115


-18.5%


Hungary


2,518


11,132


-77.4%


45,937


107,079


-57.1%


Iceland


136


429


-68.3%


1,796


8,148


-78.0%


Ireland


2,414


5,240


-53.9%


52,945


145,574


-63.6%


Italy


85,051


78,456


+8.4%


1,426,268


1,542,579


-7.5%


Latvia


387


1,555


-75.1%


3,951


15,252


-74.1%


Lithuania


530


1,406


-62.3%


5,402


16,892


-68.0%


Luxembourg


2,579


1,462


+76.4%


31,289


36,177


-13.5%


Norway


7,967


7,833


+1.7%


59,108


79,003


-25.2%


Poland*


22,069


20,408


+8.1%


215,626


212,513


+1.5%


Portugal*


10,509


12,349


-14.9%


100,751


148,310


-32.1%


Slovakia


7,024


6,486


+8.3%


63,470


59,322


+7.0%


Slovenia


3,883


4,374


-11.2%


38,412


49,934


-23.1%


Spain


58,981


58,552


+0.7%


600,909


882,274


-31.9%


Sweden


15,542


17,721


-12.3%


132,887


172,507


-23.0%


Switzerland*


19,541


18,487


+5.7%


176,946


195,434


-9.5%


The Netherlands


27,881


39,375


-29.2%


281,510


378,038


-25.5%


Grand Total


819,175


771,313


+6.2%


9,457,412


10,206,894


-7.3%