After looking at the Full Year 2017 car brand sales ranking in Europe, let’s take a closer look at which models have sold well in 2017. The top-4 remains unchanged from 2016, with the Volkswagen Golf celebrating 10 consecutive years at the top of the ranking. The last time a different nameplate than the Golf finished in first place in Europe was in 2007 with the Peugeot 207, and before that the Opel/Vauxhall Astra in 2005 and 2006. The 207’s successor 208 is up one spot to 6th place this year, while the Astra is down 4 places to #10. [Read more…]
The European passenger car market grows by 3% in 2017, to nearly 15,5 million sales, making this the fourth consecutive year of growth in Europe, and the highest volume since 2007, before the financial crisis knocked the market on its knees. However, it is the slowest rate of growth of those four years, and we’ve had 3 months of year-over-year [Read more…]
Car sales in Europe increased 9% to 14,1 million units in 2015, which was better than expected, and means 1,2 million additional sales for a market still suffering from overcapacity. However, as both the US and China broke new sales records last year, Europe is still about 2 million sales off its peak of over 16 million sales in 2004 and 2005.
As I mentioned in the December 2015 European car sales analysis, the diesel scandal has had very limited effect on the sales of the Volkswagen Group, as it remains the #1 manufacturer by far and even adds the most volume of all at close to 200.000 additional sales, even though that means a slower than average relative growth of +6%. Renault-Nissan performs almost as good or even better, depending on how you look at it: its 11% growth is pretty impressive, but its 190.000 additional sales mean that the gap between the VW Group and the French-Japanese alliance is still growing. [Read more…]
After discussing he 2015 US car brand ranking, we’ll now explore the model ranking a bit further. To refresh your memory: 2015 was a record year for the US auto dealers, with no less than 17,5 million cars sold, which was an increase of 5,7% compared to 2014. Cheap fuel has helped trucks and crossovers grow faster than the overall market at +7,7% and +11% respectively, while demand for cars has shrunk by 2,3%. The combined crossover segments surpassed 5 million units for the first time ever, and Jeep has had a nice hand in that increase, but also the Nissan Rogue.
The Ford F-series is still King of the Ranking in the US, although General Motors sells more full-sized pick-up trucks than Ford if you combine sales of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The F-series is up just 3,5% as it suffered from weak sales during the summer months when factories were retooled for the new, aluminium-bodied generation. The Silverado gained 13,4% to top 600.000 sales for the first time since 2007. The RAM pick-up remains third to keep the top-3 all full-sized pick-up trucks, while the best selling car is still the Toyota Camry as it has been every year since 2002. The Toyota Corolla passes the Honda Accord to make it two Toyota sedans above all other cars. [Read more…]
After discussing the full year 2014 European car brands ranking, let’s see which models have fueled their respective brands’ success or failure.
In the top-10, the Golf naturally reigns supreme, and with 61.000 additional sales, it adds “a Citroën C4” to its sales volume compared to 2013. It’s still followed by four subcompacts, of which the Fiesta, Clio and Polo have stayed very close together, each adding between 14.700 and 15.900 sales last year, as the Corsa falls behind a bit. But so does the Peugeot 208, the biggest loser in the top-10.
The Skoda Octavia has its best sales in Europe ever and together with the Audi A3 it kicks the Opel/Vauxhall Astra and BMW 3-series out of the top-10, while the Nissan Qashqai enjoys its fifth straight year with over 200.000 sales.
The Astra on the other hand has its worst year ever, down another 9,5% after dipping below 200.000 sales for the first time last year. The Opel/Vauxhall compact is now threatened by the Peugeot 308, which looks set to outsell the Astra for the very first time ever, although its predecessor 307 has done this as well from 2002 till 2004. [Read more…]
December 2014 automobile sales in Europe increased 4,8%, which means car sales have increased every single month in 2014, for the first time in at least a decade. The full year 2014 increase stood at 5,25% to 12,94 million units, making it the best year of the last three years, but also still the third-worst since at least 1997. The UK market has been one of the biggest contributors to this growth, making up about a third of the whole continent’s added volume last year. And as the UK market is showing signs of a slowdown of its growth, and key markets like France and Germany seem unable to pick up speed, I don’t expect 2015 to become a blockbuster year like 2014 has been for North American autodealers.
Only seven major brands saw their sales decrease on 2013, while 22 brands grew faster than the market. Of the 2014 winners, Jeep (+69,5%) is expected to continue its impressive run in 2015, fueled by early signs of success from the small crossover Jeep Renegade, while Lexus will continue to reap the benefits of the NX compact premium SUV and Infiniti (+76%) should take profit from the addition of the Q30 compact premium car and QX30 compact premium SUV in the second half of the year. [Read more…]