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UK: Volkswagen models top Europe chart

By just-auto.com editorial team | 17 February 2011

The January new car market in Europe may have been off just under 1% year on year but Volkswagen should be happy enough with its one-two perches at the top of the sales charts for the Golf and Polo, respectively.

"Despite signs of a recovery in the industry in many markets, particularly in central and eastern Europe, the continuing financial problems in markets such as Greece and the ending of many scrappage schemes in early 2010 means the total European new car market remains at a level below that of a year ago," UK analysts Jato said. 

It said there were three key trends last month: European sales off 0.9% year on year; negative growth in Denmark, Great Britain, Greece, Italy and Spain and good results in central and eastern Europe.

Negative growth in Italy, Spain and Great Britain was due to the success of scrappage schemes in early 2010.

Jato researcher Gareth Hession said: “Despite entering 2011 with widespread economic uncertainty still prevailing, France has posted its best January figures since 2002 and Germany has bounced back to pre-scrappage levels.”

Sales by Market

Country

Jan_11

Jan_10

% Change Jan

Jan YtD_11

Jan YtD_10

% Change YtD

Austria

25,584

20,882

+22.5%

25,584

20,882

+22.5%

Belgium

53,236

49,376

+7.8%

53,236

49,376

+7.8%

Cyprus*

1,228

1,068

+15.0%

1,228

1,068

+15.0%

Czech Republic

11,678

10,813

+8.0%

11,678

10,813

+8.0%

Denmark

9,199

10,668

-13.8%

9,199

10,668

-13.8%

Estonia

1,323

759

+74.3%

1,323

759

+74.3%

Finland

13,786

12,339

+11.7%

13,786

12,339

+11.7%

France

185,521

171,478

+8.2%

185,521

171,478

+8.2%

Germany

211,056

181,189

+16.5%

211,056

181,189

+16.5%

Great Britain

128,811

145,479

-11.5%

128,811

145,479

-11.5%

Greece

9,736

26,585

-63.4%

9,736

26,585

-63.4%

Hungary

3,502

2,791

+25.5%

3,502

2,791

+25.5%

Iceland

197

88

+123.9%

197

88

+123.9%

Ireland

21,078

16,376

+28.7%

21,078

16,376

+28.7%

Italy*

165,311

208,424

-20.7%

165,311

208,424

-20.7%

Latvia

733

269

+172.5%

733

269

+172.5%

Lithuania

846

439

+92.7%

846

439

+92.7%

Luxembourg

3,353

3,536

-5.2%

3,353

3,536

-5.2%

Norway

10,372

9,697

+7.0%

10,372

9,697

+7.0%

Poland*

18,703

17,032

+9.8%

18,703

17,032

+9.8%

Portugal*

16,728

14,558

+14.9%

16,728

14,558

+14.9%

Slovakia

4,424

3,600

+22.9%

4,424

3,600

+22.9%

Slovenia

5,427

5,050

+7.5%

5,427

5,050

+7.5%

Spain

53,806

70,339

-23.5%

53,806

70,339

-23.5%

Sweden

19,244

15,523

+24.0%

19,244

15,523

+24.0%

Switzerland

20,177

18,734

+7.7%

20,177

18,734

+7.7%

The Netherlands

75,172

62,747

+19.8%

75,172

62,747

+19.8%

Grand Total

1,070,231

1,079,839

-0.9%

1,070,231

1,079,839

-0.9%

* Denotes estimated data used for Jan_11

 

Top 10 Brands

Make

Jan_11

Jan_10

% Change Jan

Jan YtD_11

Jan YtD_10

% Change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN

127,885

121,794

+5.0%

127,885

121,794

+5.0%

RENAULT

88,406

97,692

-9.5%

88,406

97,692

-9.5%

FORD

86,438

94,385

-8.4%

86,438

94,385

-8.4%

PEUGEOT

79,377

80,694

-1.6%

79,377

80,694

-1.6%

OPEL/VAUXHALL

72,902

68,286

+6.8%

72,902

68,286

+6.8%

CITROEN

66,068

68,750

-3.9%

66,068

68,750

-3.9%

FIAT

60,471

80,535

-24.9%

60,471

80,535

-24.9%

TOYOTA

50,274

57,294

-12.3%

50,274

57,294

-12.3%

BMW

46,995

37,507

+25.3%

46,995

37,507

+25.3%

AUDI

46,905

46,172

+1.6%

46,905

46,172

+1.6%

 

Top 10 Models

Make & Model

Jan_11

Jan_10

% Change Jan

Jan YtD_11

Jan YtD_10

% Change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

38,860

39,602

-1.9%

38,860

39,602

-1.9%

VOLKSWAGEN POLO

28,882

31,744

-9.0%

28,882

31,744

-9.0%

FORD FIESTA

27,012

39,324

-31.3%

27,012

39,324

-31.3%

RENAULT CLIO

25,525

32,164

-20.6%

25,525

32,164

-20.6%

OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA

22,608

23,036

-1.9%

22,608

23,036

-1.9%

OPEL/VAUXHALL ASTRA

21,603

20,242

+6.7%

21,603

20,242

+6.7%

PEUGEOT 207

20,742

24,924

-16.8%

20,742

24,924

-16.8%

FIAT PUNTO

20,718

27,915

-25.8%

20,718

27,915

-25.8%

FORD FOCUS

20,673

20,489

+0.9%

20,673

20,489

+0.9%

RENAULT MEGANE

19,369

20,531

-5.7%

19,369

20,531

-5.7%

Source: Jato