After exploring the April 2015 auto brands sales, we’ll take a closer look at the most successful car models in Europe. Naturally, the Volkswagen Golf is still Europe’s best selling model, but its sales are down year-on-year for the first time in 20 months, as the new 7th generation Golf is starting to mature. An amazing performance of the Renault Clio in second place, outselling its rivals Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Opel/Vauxhall Corsa by a large margin thanks to sales up 15,5%. This moves the Clio not far behind the Fiesta in the year-to-date ranking, giving it a shot at the #2 position by year-end, especially considering the Fiesta is starting to show its age. The Clio is in no way cannibalized by the introduction of the Captur small crossover two years ago, which continues its winning streak, improving another 20% on last year.
The Ford Focus hold on to the sixth place it already held last month, confirming the facelift is well-accepted by European car buyers. The Focus should be able to move into that same position by the end of the year, passing the Nissan Qashqai. Behind the compact Ford, the Volkswagen Passat returns to the top-10 for the first time since November 2012, while the Passat’s main rival the all-new Ford Mondeo is starting to gain traction, closing in on the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, but still a long way from threatening the Passat, which sells almost triple its volume. [Read more…]