Archives for December 2014

European car sales analysis October 2014 – models

After discussing the October 2014 brands ranking, we will take a deeper look into which car models are selling well in the last quarter of 2014.

auto-sales-statistics-Europe-october-2014-Volkswagen_GolfAs usual, the big events happen below the first place, where the VW Golf remains firmly into its pedestal, and just to put its sales figures in perspective: Volkswagen has sold almost as many units of the Golf by itself, as Toyota sells of all its models combined in Europe. With the introduction of the e-Golf pure electric car and the Plug-in Hybrid Golf GTE, the Golf offers the broadest selection of powertrains of all models, with gasoline, diesel, CNG (natural gas), electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains available.

As expected after its excellent performance in September, the Ford Fiesta is pushed down into fourth place by the recently facelifted Volkswagen Polo and the Renault Clio. The fourth subcompact car in a row is the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, which is up a healthy 22,8% on sell-out pricing of the current generation, as the facelifted version has already been introduced. The Corsa’s larger sibling Astra fares much worse, and has fallen to a record-low 17th place and has been passed by the Fiat 500 year-to-date.… Continue Reading …

European car sales analysis October 2014 – brands


Car sales in Europe have shown year-over-year growth for the 14th consecutive month in October, and with an increase of 6,3% to 1.110.857 sales, the growth rate seems to increase as well. The year-to-date growth of the car market after 10 months stands at 6,1% with almost 11 million units.

Auto-sales-statistics-Europe-October-2014-Hyundai-KiaThe manufacturers to add the most sales in October, and year-to-date are still the Volkswagen Group and Renault-Nissan, each helped by strong sales of all of their volume brands, with no exception. Interestingly in third place for adding the most volume last month is Hyundai-Kia, with the gains evenly spread between the two brands. Thanks to a strong month of October, the Hyundai brand is now in positive territory year-to-date for the first time in 2014.

General Motors continues to struggle as the 95% drop in Chevrolet sales isn’t offset by the impressive gains of Opel/Vauxhall in October. Toyota Motor Corporation is also down for the third time in 10 months, but still in the black year-to-date. Tata Motors is down slightly as a small increase of Jaguar sales couldn’t make up for the loss at Land Rover.… Continue Reading …

European sales 2014 January – September EV and PHEV segment

From now on I will also have PHEV sales in Europe available, every quarter. These sales will be published separately from EV sales. Since the BMW i3 is available with an optional range extending internal combustion engine, and most buyers opt for the more expensive PHEV version instead of for the full-EV version, the i3 will be featured in the PHEV ranking.

Volkswagen-e_Golf-e_Up-EV-sales-EuropeSales of full electric cars in Europe continue their impressive increase, up 57% on the first nine months of 2013, as new models are introduced onto the market. The arrival of the Volkswagen e-Up! and e-Golf haven’t hurt sales of the existing top-3 players, as those models continue to grow as well. With more EVs from several brands available on the market, awareness and acceptance of Zero Emission vehicles will rise, helping the segment as a whole.

The Nissan Leaf grows almost as fast as the market, with sales up 47% on last year, which already was a record year both for the Leaf and for any EV. In September, the Leaf broke the 2.000 monthly units threshold for the first time ever, underscoring the increasing interest in the car. … Continue Reading …