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European car sales analysis June 2018 – brands

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In June 2018, sales of passenger cars in Europe increased by 5,5% after an almost flat May. A total of just over 1,6 million vehicles were sold in this period. The major EU markets showed very diverse results, with positive scores for France (+9,2%), Spain (+8%) and Germany (+4,2%), but losses for United Kingdom (-3,5%) and Italy (-7,3%). Sweden is the fastest growing market with an increase of 72,9% as consumers have pulled forward their car purchases in anticipation of a tax change which has gone in effect July 1st. This change benefits green vehicles but makes gas guzzlers more expensive, with an overall increase expected. This makes the 66.244 vehicles sold the biggest month in history for the Swedish car market and makes Sweden the #6 market in Europe this month. Other fast growing markets in June were Romania (+52,4%), Hungary (+30,6%), Croatia (+24,3%) and Greece (+24%). In the negative were most notably the tiny markets of Cyprus (-25,4%) and Iceland (-17,4%), as well as Ireland (-10,6%).

Crossover and SUVs were once again the only segment to grow (+28,7%) with their share up to a new record of 34,8% of the overall European market, while car models (hatchbacks, sedans, station wagons, coupes and convertibles) were down 2% to 56,5% of the market, a new low once more and MPVs continued their decline at -15,7%% to 8,7% of the market.

BMW_X3-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeAmong manufacturers, Volkswagen Group is clearly the big winner with more than 45.000 additional sales while none of the other manufacturers grow by more than 10.000 sales. BMW Group and Geely are in second and third place among gainers, followed closely by PSA and Hyundai-Kia. Most notable losers are Ford Motor Company, Daimler AG and FCA as the only major manufacturers to lose volume in June, joined by only three small manufacturers: Mahindra & Mahindra (down by 126 sales), General Motors (down by 15 sales) and Aston Martin (down by 5 sales). That makes M&M the biggest loser in relative terms at -7,5%, while SAIC with its MG brand is the only manufacturer to more than double up. Tesla Motors and Subaru Corp each grow by more than a third.

At brand level, Volkswagen is the clear winner with Dacia and BMW at a distance, and Volvo not far behind them. Fiat is the big loser again, followed by Nissan and Mercedes-Benz. In relative terms, small brands Dodge and Bugatti are the fastest growing, with the former up almost fourfold and the latter up from 1 sale in June 2017 to 3 sales now. Mahindra also more than doubles up as it has introduces the small crossover KUV100 in the few European markets in which it is present. Infiniti is once again the biggest declining brand and struggling to remain relevant.

June winners and losers

Manufacturer biggest volume increase Volkswagen Group 45.540   Manufacturer biggest volume lost Ford Motor Comp. -4.397
BMW Group 9.218 Daimler AG -4.194
Geely Group 8.390 Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles -2.934
Manufacturer biggest % increase SAIC 177,4% Manufacturer biggest % lost Mahindra & Mahindra -7,5%
Tesla Motors 35,9% Ford Motor Comp. -4,5%
Subaru Corp. 35,6% Daimler AG -4,4%
             
Brand biggest volume increase Volkswagen 26.888   Brand biggest volume lost Fiat -8.351
Dacia 9.153 Nissan -6.975
BMW 9.120 Mercedes-Benz -5.619
Brand biggest % increase Dodge 260,7% Brand biggest % lost Infiniti -58,9%
Bugatti 200,0% Lotus -45,3%
Mahindra  178,8% Geely -27,8%

 

Volvo_XC40-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeMarket leader Volkswagen is the biggest winner in the brands top-12 with a 16,5% gain with BMW as the only other double-digit gainer. Peugeot outsells Ford for the second time this year (after February when the American brand is traditionally weak), and Opel/Vauxhall is not that far behind either. BMW is the best selling luxury brand ahead of Mercedes-Benz and Audi, with Mercedes down a painful 6,5% while Audi grows by a similar percentage. Volvo is still at less than half of Audi‘s volume but grows an impressive 28,8% this month, helped by its strong home market Sweden where its sales almost doubled but since these are merely pulled forward sales instead of additional sales, the brand will surely struggle in the second half. Fiat is the only double-digit loser in the top-15 and barely outsells Skoda for 9th place. Unlike last month, the continued success of Jeep can’t make up for the losses of the Italian brand. Dacia continues to impress as the biggest winner in the top-17 and outselling Hyundai for the fourth time in six months, including the last three. Seat is also in a winning streak with double-digit increases in each of the past six months thanks to its new crossovers. Nissan on the other hand has lost sales in five of the last six months as the Juke is getting old and the Qashqai and X-Trail are no longer growing to make up for losses of the other models. Among smaller brands, Mitsubishi is on a roll with a 22,9% increase, Jaguar and DS each add more than a quarter to their volumes, both helped by their recently launched compact crossovers, E-Pace and DS7 Crossback respectively.

June brands ranking

  Brand June 2018 June 2017 change YTD rank
1 Volkswagen 190.238 163.350 16,5% 1
2 Renault 134.528 132.893 1,2% 2
3 Peugeot 98.744 92.343 6,9% 4
4 Ford 93.435 97.833 -4,5% 3
5 Opel/Vauxhall 89.535 93.339 -4,1% 5
6 BMW 87.698 78.578 11,6% 8
7 Mercedes-Benz 80.388 86.007 -6,5% 6
8 Audi 78.749 73.914 6,5% 7
9 Fiat 72.986 81.337 -10,3% 9
10 Skoda 72.835 67.499 7,9% 10
11 Toyota 66.610 61.332 8,6% 11
12 Citroën 62.278 58.257 6,9% 12
13 Dacia 56.587 47.434 19,3% 13
14 Hyundai 50.594 48.099 5,2% 14
15 Seat 47.430 40.014 18,5% 17
16 Nissan 46.782 53.757 -13,0% 15
17 Kia 45.820 40.452 13,3% 16
18 Volvo 37.672 29.238 28,8% 18
19 Mini 24.094 24.003 0,4% 21
20 Suzuki 23.688 22.295 6,2% 19
21 Mazda 21.730 21.558 0,8% 20
22 Jeep 15.832 9.272 70,8% 22
23 Mitsubishi 13.850 11.270 22,9% 25
24 Land Rover 13.322 14.071 -5,3% 23
25 Honda 12.264 12.248 0,1% 24
26 Smart 10.713 9.288 15,3% 26
27 Alfa Romeo 8.441 9.034 -6,6% 27
28 Porsche 8.197 7.227 13,4% 28
29 Jaguar 7.687 6.064 26,8% 29
30 DS 5.741 4.513 27,2% 31
31 Lexus 4.452 4.101 8,6% 32
32 Subaru 4.074 3.004 35,6% 33
33 Tesla 4.025 2.962 35,9% 34
34 Lancia 3.997 4.621 -13,5% 30
35 SSangYong 1.457 1.642 -11,3% 35
36 SAIC MG 871 314 177,4% 37
37 Maserati 730 885 -17,5% 36
38 Lada 572 495 15,6% 39
39 Infiniti 515 1.253 -58,9% 38
40 Bentley 379 366 3,6% 41
41 Chevrolet 378 358 5,6% 42
42 Ferrari 366 328 11,6% 40
43 Alpine 232 0 New 46
44 Aston Martin 206 211 -2,4% 43
45 Dodge 202 56 260,7% 45
46 Lamborghini 159 93 71,0% 44
47 Mahindra  92 33 178,8% 51
48 Cadillac 90 123 -26,8% 47
49 DR 72 46 56,5% 48
50 Rolls Royce 66 59 11,9% 49
51 Lotus 47 86 -45,3% 50
52 Chrysler 19 9 111,1% 53
53 Geely 13 18 -27,8% 52
54 Bugatti 3 1 200,0% 54
55 Great Wall 1 0 New 55

European car sales statistics are from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. They exclude vehicles registered as commercial vehicles. Source: ANDC, JATO Dynamics

  1. Up top you refer to Geely Group seeing one of the biggest gains but later you refer to Volvo’s growth. I assume you are referring to one and the same – the Volvo brand. It is very confusing to refer to Volvo as Geely Group, and this will become even more confusing once Geely Auto (the listed company) starts selling Lynk & Co. products in Europe. More helpful to keep the brands separate. Thanks.

  2. “Market leader Volkswagen is the biggest winner in June”

    In July too. Why? “Winner”?
    VW massively unloaded pre-WLTP vehicles.

    1. Indeed, VW is clearly not a winner when considering the WLTP implementation. One thing is certain: VW Group wasn’t ready for this change as they stopped selling a lot of (hybrid!) models.
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      When these lists would include all factors (e.g. (local) rules and regulations, incentives, corporate/private sales) the sales numbers would give a very different view on things. Perhaps with the same ranking, but with a more realistic view on which brands/models are popular. Unfortunately, most European automotive media are used to write about VW from a positive perspective, even when external factors determine their policy. It’s an old habit.

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