The European new car market continued to improve over the first six months of the year although sales were still significantly down on 2008. At the end of June the market was down 10.3% YTD, a 15.7% improvement on the January figure of 26.0% demonstrating a slow but progressive improvement each month, UK analysts Jato Dynamics said on Thursday.


The Volkswagen Golf continued to dominate with sales up 32.8% year on year while VW itself remained the biggest selling brand in Europe.


“Mid-way through the year is a perfect point to take stock of the overall market and to look for established trends rather than short-term peaks and troughs in the market”, said JATO Consult chief David Di Girolamo.


“With localised scrappage incentives now working consistently to improve sales, we can see steady and progressive improvements in new car registrations. It’s impossible to be conclusive, but with the continued roll out of incentive schemes and the possibility of some renewed consumer confidence, it would seem likely that by the end of the year the European car market could more or less recover to 2008 levels.”


Models


The Golf dominated in five of the six months of H1 2009 with only the second placed Ford Fiesta having borrowed its crown for a single month. The top four places did not change in June with the Peugeot 207 and Opel/Vauxhall Corsa holding their positions. The lower half of the chart saw some reshuffling, with the Peugeot 308 a new entry in 10th position at the expense of the Volkswagen Polo which has now dropped out of the top 10 as the old model is discontinued and the redesigned car is introduced.


Brands


Volkswagen was once again Europe’s top-selling car brand in June, up 12.9% year on year and up a marginal 0.7% YTD. Ford was second while Renault improved considerably from sixth to take third place. Opel/Vauxhall and Fiat rounded off the top five.


Countries


Germany once again was the leading market in June, up 40.5% year on year and 26.1% YTD. France, Poland and Slovakia were the only other markets to be up YTD. However, many countries across Europe are progressively reducing their market deficits, and as such the overall volumes have improved by 2.8% since last month.


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Make & Model


Jun_09


Jun_08


% Change Jun


Jun YtD_09


Jun YtD_08


% Change YtD


VOLKSWAGEN GOLF


59,628


44,912


+32.8%


286,243


254,023


+12.7%


FORD FIESTA


43,338


30,394


+42.6%


243,340


181,285


+34.2%


PEUGEOT 207


37,361


39,584


-5.6%


193,778


244,078


-20.6%


OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA


34,540


36,442


-5.2%


181,751


211,578


-14.1%


RENAULT CLIO


32,314


37,571


-14.0%


144,512


200,768


-28.0%


FIAT PUNTO


32,269


26,502


+21.8%


170,641


174,612


-2.3%


FORD FOCUS


31,744


35,082


-9.5%


160,800


212,144


-24.2%


FIAT PANDA


30,346


21,178


+43.3%


159,976


122,563


+30.5%


OPEL/VAUXHALL ASTRA


28,903


32,700


-11.6%


137,832


193,666


-28.8%


PEUGEOT 308


23,786


23,927


-0.6%


118,654


124,052


-4.4%



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Make


Jun_09


Jun_08


% Change Jun


Jun YtD_09


Jun YtD_08


% Change YtD


VOLKSWAGEN


165,636


146,692


+12.9%


842,787


836,921


+0.7%


FORD


126,919


118,889


+6.8%


666,548


691,698


-3.6%


RENAULT


112,714


117,528


-4.1%


520,763


637,846


-18.4%


OPEL/VAUXHALL


109,140


118,266


-7.7%


557,739


670,149


-16.8%


FIAT


100,446


88,852


+13.0%


542,115


550,070


-1.4%


PEUGEOT


100,418


96,902


+3.6%


502,721


583,109


-13.8%


CITROEN


90,837


84,385


+7.6%


440,243


485,990


-9.4%


MERCEDES


64,174


62,024


+3.5%


301,283


376,761


-20.0%


TOYOTA


63,621


65,719


-3.2%


361,066


426,651


-15.4%


AUDI


63,027


58,965


+6.9%


327,037


341,767


-4.3%



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Country


Jun_09


Jun_08


% Change Jun


Jun YtD_09


Jun YtD_08


% Change YtD


Austria


36,091


34,713


+4.0%


166,017


168,668


-1.6%


Belgium


43,736


50,689


-13.7%


273,205


330,697


-17.4%


Cyprus


1,366


2,109


-35.2%


8,478


11,801


-28.2%


Czech Republic


16,404


17,246


-4.9%


85,549


93,765


-8.8%


Denmark


9,025


15,386


-41.3%


51,334


85,469


-39.9%


Estonia


982


2,271


-56.8%


5,725


15,206


-62.4%


Finland


7,877


12,142


-35.1%


51,943


88,084


-41.0%


France


235,137


219,754


+7.0%


1,131,315


1,128,896


+0.2%


Germany


427,111


304,036


+40.5%


2,059,405


1,633,169


+26.1%


Great Britain


176,264


209,190


-15.7%


924,955


1,247,479


-25.9%


Greece


23,167


26,499


-12.6%


112,508


158,317


-28.9%


Hungary


5,945


14,619


-59.3%


39,613


82,003


-51.7%


Iceland


725


1,991


-63.6%


1,275


7,141


-82.1%


Ireland


4,828


7,884


-38.8%


46,858


123,991


-62.2%


Italy


209,975


187,210


+12.2%


1,132,462


1,270,122


-10.8%


Latvia


592


1,756


-66.3%


3,083


11,847


-74.0%


Lithuania


889


1,911


-53.5%


4,312


13,416


-67.9%


Luxembourg


4,028


4,902


-17.8%


24,393


29,904


-18.4%


Norway


7,581


9,670


-21.6%


41,747


61,565


-32.2%


Poland*


27,787


27,507


+1.0%


169,817


168,645


+0.7%


Portugal*


12,195


20,979


-41.9%


69,277


114,393


-39.4%


Slovakia


11,103


8,337


+33.2%


45,737


44,118


+3.7%


Slovenia


5,180


6,250


-17.1%


29,446


39,070


-24.6%


Spain


96,668


115,017


-16.0%


432,986


702,239


-38.3%


Sweden


22,393


23,959


-6.5%


102,794


137,884


-25.4%


Switzerland*


27,017


28,861


-6.4%


133,619


150,913


-11.5%


The Netherlands


35,582


47,952


-25.8%


220,884


298,879


-26.1%


Grand Total


1,449,648


1,402,840


+3.3%


7,368,737


8,217,681


-10.3%


* denotes estimated data for June 2009