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Europe’s new-car market continues to grow during July

By Kyle Linsay
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 12:00

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JATO Dynamics, the world’s leading provider of automotive intelligence, reports that the European new-car market grew by 9.1% in July compared to a year earlier, just above the 8.6% growth so far in 2015.

JATO’s headline market analysis:

  • The total new-car market in Europe has now recorded 23 consecutive months of growth
  • Ireland car registrations were up by 47.6% compared to July 2014, while growth in Spain and Czech Republic exceeded 20%
  • All of the top ten models and top ten brands recorded higher year-to-date sales than the year before

The European new-car market entered the second half of 2015 in good health, with total volume across the continent 9.1% higher in July than a year ago, marking 23 consecutive months of growth. Year-to-date, the market has grown by 8.6% compared to the same period a year earlier.

Ireland, Spain and the Czech Republic performed well in July, with Ireland recording a 47.6% increase in July registrations due to a strong economic recovery (registrations are up by 30.3% year-to-date) and the mid-year registration-plate change introduced in 2013 becoming more established, rivalling the longer-running January spike in purchases. Most European markets are performing well, with 25 of the 29 included in JATO’s registration data reporting sales growth compared to 2014. Of the remaining four markets, Luxembourg is the only country to see sales fall by more than 2%.

Brian Walters, Vice President of Data at JATO Dynamics, commented “The markets that suffered most at the height of the economic downturn a few years ago, such as Ireland, Spain and Portugal, are now among the fastest growing markets in Europe as consumer confidence has returned.”

European Monthly Sales Volumes Year-on-Year Comparison

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The Volkswagen brand maintained its lead of the European car market, with a 7.7% increase in volume, during July, almost matching the overall market growth, and its 8.9% year-to-date growth beating the market average. Ford took second position in overall sales, ahead of Opel/Vauxhall, Renault and Peugeot. All of the top ten brands have increased sales year-to-date.

Top Ten Brands

Make Jul_15 Jul_14 % change Jul Jul YtD_15 Jul YtD_14 % change YtD
VOLKSWAGEN 152,160 141,297 +7.7% 1,052,218 965,865 +8.9%
FORD 84,450 78,919 +7.0% 633,845 594,148 +6.7%
OPEL/VAUXHALL 74,736 72,320 +3.3% 573,558 545,542 +5.1%
RENAULT 70,831 67,525 +4.9% 586,859 535,532 +9.6%
PEUGEOT 70,223 63,498 +10.6% 519,931 484,084 +7.4%
AUDI 69,567 63,976 +8.7% 469,595 447,457 +4.9%
MERCEDES 62,920 56,171 +12.0% 433,799 389,760 +11.3%
BMW 57,539 53,680 +7.2% 429,442 399,007 +7.6%
FIAT 56,535 50,508 +11.9% 410,433 374,775 +9.5%
SKODA 54,799 52,045 +5.3% 374,498 351,346 +6.6%

Outside the top ten, Toyota and Nissan saw their July sales increase by over 5,000 units. Toyota’s new-look Yaris, latest Aygo and RAV4 models each recorded strong sales, while Nissan’s new Pulsar continued to increase sales in the mainstream C-segment. Tesla’s July sales were more than triple compared to those registered a year ago, led by sales of its all-electric Model S in Scandinavian markets, Germany and the Netherlands.

Volkswagen continued its dominance within the top ten models, with the best-selling Volkswagen Golf being joined by the brand’s recently revised Polo in second place and new Passat in fifth. The Passat recorded sales 49.9% higher than in July 2014 to move from tenth place to fifth in one month. The Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio took third and fourth places respectively.

Top Ten Models

Make & Model Jul_15 Jul_14 % change Jul Jul YtD_15 Jul YtD_14 % change YtD
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 46,567 41,623 +11.9% 322,517 311,682 +3.5%
VOLKSWAGEN POLO 25,960 22,650 +14.6% 184,963 163,171 +13.4%
FORD FIESTA 22,855 23,802 -4.0% 197,344 191,692 +2.9%
RENAULT CLIO 22,851 23,593 -3.1% 188,945 186,221 +1.5%
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 21,972 14,653 +49.9% 133,208 94,542 +40.9%
SKODA OCTAVIA 19,928 18,136 +9.9% 131,632 124,207 +6.0%
FORD FOCUS 19,902 17,731 +12.2% 148,111 139,223 +6.4%
NISSAN QASHQAI 19,797 18,505 +7.0% 144,898 128,880 +12.4%
OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA 17,769 19,932 -10.9% 169,004 153,685 +10.0%
PEUGEOT 208 17,644 16,676 +5.8% 138,877 135,874 +2.2%

Beyond the top ten, new and updated models such as the Skoda Fabia and Mercedes-Benz C-Class recorded significantly increased sales in July, along with more established models such as the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka (up 44.5%), Hyundai i10 (up 16.0%) and Volvo XC60 (up 34.9%).

Brian Walters concluded “Aided by high consumer confidence across much of the continent, the European new-car market continues to grow at a healthy pace, with both new and well established models performing well.”

For more information email jatoteam@firstlightpr.com, visit www.jato.com and follow JATO on LinkedIn & Twitter.

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