France had a record 204,400 new car registrations in February, the highest since UK based analysts JATO’s records began in 1980. Volkswagen’s Golf remained Europe’s best-selling car and Renault’s Clio was second.

With the majority of European markets experiencing an increase in sales during February, total sales across Europe broke into positive territory for the first time since March 2010. 

The European market increased by 1.4% in February 2011, and by 0.2% YTD – the first YTD increase since June 2010.

Sales across the majority of markets were up, with the exception of Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, down 10.2%, 58.2%, 20.6%, 12.7% and 25.8% YTD respectively.

Renault’s Clio claimed second place in February, helped by a record French market buoyed by deliveries of cars ordered before the ending of the country’s scrappage scheme in December 2010.

JATO research chief Gareth Hession said: “While certain segments of the market remain below their scrappage-funded highs of a year ago, the market is showing some positive signals. The strength in sales of the new [VW] Passat, as well as the face-lifted Opel/Vauxhall Astra and Corsa models, demonstrates the importance of investment in new products.” 

Sales by market

Country

Feb_11

Feb_10

% Change Feb

Feb YtD_11

Feb YtD_10

% Change YtD

Austria

26,412

21,787

+21.2%

51,996

42,669

+21.9%

Belgium*

49,682

47,591

+4.4%

102,918

96,967

+6.1%

Cyprus

1,319

1,310

+0.7%

2,547

2,378

+7.1%

Czech Republic

12,847

11,080

+15.9%

24,525

21,893

+12.0%

Denmark

10,968

8,603

+27.5%

23,314

19,271

+21.0%

Estonia

936

562

+66.5%

2,259

1,321

+71.0%

Finland

9,298

7,630

+21.9%

23,084

19,969

+15.6%

France

204,400

180,535

+13.2%

389,921

352,013

+10.8%

Germany

224,426

194,846

+15.2%

435,482

376,035

+15.8%

Great Britain

63,424

68,686

-7.7%

192,235

214,165

-10.2%

Greece

6,991

13,432

-48.0%

16,727

40,017

-58.2%

Hungary

3,565

3,087

+15.5%

7,067

5,878

+20.2%

Iceland

130

77

+68.8%

327

165

+98.2%

Ireland

12,609

12,085

+4.3%

33,687

28,461

+18.4%

Italy

161,243

202,740

-20.5%

326,579

411,168

-20.6%

Latvia

766

329

+132.8%

1,499

598

+150.7%

Lithuania

925

435

+112.6%

1,771

874

+102.6%

Luxembourg

4,410

4,081

+8.1%

7,763

7,617

+1.9%

Norway

10,543

9,094

+15.9%

20,915

18,791

+11.3%

Poland

21,501

16,709

+28.7%

40,458

33,982

+19.1%

Portugal

13,413

15,357

-12.7%

26,638

29,915

-11.0%

Slovakia

4,810

3,998

+20.3%

9,234

7,598

+21.5%

Slovenia

5,317

4,803

+10.7%

10,744

9,853

+9.0%

Spain

66,250

91,441

-27.5%

120,056

161,780

-25.8%

Sweden

20,993

17,972

+16.8%

40,237

33,495

+20.1%

Switzerland

21,994

18,473

+19.1%

42,171

37,207

+13.3%

The Netherlands

49,340

37,563

+31.4%

124,512

100,310

+24.1%

Grand Total

1,008,512

994,306

+1.4%

2,078,666

2,074,390

+0.2%

* Denotes estimated data used for Feb_11

 

Top Ten Brands

Make

Feb_11

Feb_10

% Change Feb

Feb YtD_11

Feb YtD_10

% Change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN

119,418

109,750

+8.8%

247,546

231,545

+6.9%

RENAULT

94,428

91,522

+3.2%

183,121

189,214

-3.2%

PEUGEOT

76,918

79,292

-3.0%

156,061

159,991

-2.5%

FORD

75,004

82,794

-9.4%

161,662

177,185

-8.8%

OPEL/VAUXHALL

72,718

66,086

+10.0%

144,931

134,375

+7.9%

CITROEN

64,188

68,785

-6.7%

129,594

137,537

-5.8%

FIAT

57,227

73,245

-21.9%

116,603

153,792

-24.2%

AUDI

46,586

40,773

+14.3%

94,414

86,946

+8.6%

TOYOTA

43,097

44,136

-2.4%

93,945

101,520

-7.5%

BMW

40,586

36,113

+12.4%

86,952

73,630

+18.1%

 

Top Ten Models

Make & Model

Feb_11

Feb_10

% Change Feb

Feb YtD_11

Feb YtD_10

% Change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

33,954

36,877

-7.9%

70,625

76,478

-7.7%

RENAULT CLIO

27,293

27,365

-0.3%

53,086

59,529

-10.8%

VOLKSWAGEN POLO

25,444

25,684

-0.9%

54,421

57,428

-5.2%

FORD FIESTA

24,260

32,523

-25.4%

51,481

71,847

-28.3%

OPEL/VAUXHALL ASTRA

21,637

19,834

+9.1%

42,491

40,077

+6.0%

PEUGEOT 207

21,571

25,344

-14.9%

42,514

50,268

-15.4%

OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA

21,557

21,142

+2.0%

44,285

44,177

+0.2%

RENAULT MEGANE

19,931

20,563

-3.1%

39,144

41,094

-4.7%

FIAT PUNTO

18,263

26,494

-31.1%

38,828

54,409

-28.6%

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT

17,748

13,088

+35.6%

35,189

26,902

+30.8%