European car market: in February Renault, Peugeot & Citroen up for a French festival.

In February, all French makers posted good performance, with Renault again in second place, Peugeot at the best share in 18 months and Citroen improving its share as well. Dacia, the low cost Renault subsidiaries, grew as well, posting a remarkable 2.5% of market share.

Fiat confirmed its recovery, started at the new 500 L launch, and further gained share.

Unfortunately, Ford and Opel confirmed the declining trend, losing share, also for the low weight of U.K. market.

Volkswagen increased share, anticipating the European Car Of The Years Members, which in March in Genève elected Golf the Car of the Year.

Looking at the best brands performance:

Volkswagen reinforced its leadership, selling 106.955 units with a share of 12.9%, up 0.6 points of share from the previous month and 0.1 from the last quarter of 2012. Year-to-date February sales were 219.659 with a share of 12.6%.

Renault reconquered the 2nd position (4th in January) selling 58.423 vehicles with a share of 7.0%, up 0.8 points of share from the previous month and down 0.3 points from the Q4. Year-to-date sales were 115.317 with a share of 6.6%.

Peugeot in 3rd, gained the podium (5th in January) selling 55.960 units with a share of 6.7%, up 0.6 points of share from the previous month and 0.5 from the last quarter. Year-to-date sales were 112.339 with a share of 6.4%.

Ford in 4th lost 2 spots from the previous month, selling 53.660 units with a share of 6.5%, down 0.2 points from the previous month and 0.8 from the Q4. Year-to-date sales were 115.204 with a share of 6.6%.

Opel/ Vauxhall fell to the 5th position (3rd in January) selling 49.587 units with a share of 6.0%, down 0.5 points from the previous month and from the last quarter. Year-to-date sales were 109.677 with a share of 6.3%.

Citroen was 7th, up 1 spot from the previous month, selling 46.800 units with a share of 5.6%, up 0.4 points of share from the previous month and from the Q4. Year-to-date sales were 94.712 with a share of 5.4%.

Fiat was 8th, up 1 spot from January, selling 43.689 vehicles with a share of 5.3%, up 0.2 points from the previous month and up 0.7 points from the Q4. Year-to-date sales were 90.587 with a share of 5.2%.

Audi fell to the 8th position (6th in January) selling 43.294 units with a share of 5.2%, down 0.3 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 93.442 with a share of 5.3%.

BMW was 9th, down 1 spot from the previous month, selling 39.522 units with a share of 4.8%, down 0.4 points from the previous month and 0.8 from the last quarter. Year-to-date sales were 87.335 with a share of 5.0%.

Mercedes was 10th selling 38.844 units with a share of 4.7%, down 0.3 points of share from the previous month and 0.2 from the Q4. Year-to-date sales were 84.387 with a share of 4.8%.

In the table below, the Top 30 brands ranking in Europe:

Rank Feb

Rank Jan

Rank 2012

Brand

Feb

Ytd Feb

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Jan

Feb

Ytd Feb

1

1

1

Volkswagen

106.955

219.659

12,6%

12,7%

13,2%

12,8%

12,3%

12,9%

12,6%

2

4

4

Renault

58.423

115.317

6,6%

6,8%

5,9%

7,3%

6,2%

7,0%

6,6%

3

5

5

Peugeot

55.960

112.339

6,3%

6,5%

6,3%

6,2%

6,1%

6,7%

6,4%

4

2

2

Ford

53.660

115.204

8,3%

7,3%

7,3%

7,3%

6,7%

6,5%

6,6%

5

3

3

Opel/Vauxhall

49.578

109.677

6,6%

7,0%

6,7%

6,5%

6,5%

6,0%

6,3%

6

7

7

Citroen

46.800

94.712

5,6%

5,6%

5,1%

5,2%

5,2%

5,6%

5,4%

7

9

10

Fiat

43.698

90.587

4,5%

5,0%

4,4%

4,6%

5,1%

5,3%

5,2%

8

6

6

Audi

43.294

93.422

5,2%

5,7%

6,1%

5,2%

5,5%

5,2%

5,3%

9

8

8

BMW

39.522

87.335

4,6%

5,2%

5,1%

5,6%

5,2%

4,8%

5,0%

10

10

9

Mercedes

38.844

84.387

4,3%

4,6%

4,8%

4,9%

5,0%

4,7%

4,8%

11

11

11

Toyota

33.941

72.381

4,3%

3,8%

4,2%

4,0%

4,2%

4,1%

4,1%

12

12

12

Skoda

33.307

70.863

3,8%

3,9%

3,9%

4,0%

4,1%

4,0%

4,1%

13

14

14

Hyundai

31.753

64.527

3,3%

3,4%

3,5%

3,4%

3,6%

3,8%

3,7%

14

13

13

Nissan

29.354

63.505

3,8%

3,1%

3,5%

3,2%

3,7%

3,5%

3,6%

15

15

15

Kia

22.364

46.159

2,3%

2,7%

3,0%

2,8%

2,6%

2,7%

2,6%

16

16

17

Dacia

20.423

41.103

1,7%

1,9%

2,0%

2,2%

2,3%

2,5%

2,4%

17

17

16

Seat

18.988

39.214

2,0%

2,0%

2,2%

2,2%

2,2%

2,3%

2,2%

18

18

18

Volvo

14.712

31.268

1,9%

1,8%

1,6%

2,1%

1,8%

1,8%

1,8%

19

20

23

Mazda

10.304

20.336

1,1%

0,9%

1,0%

0,9%

1,1%

1,2%

1,2%

20

21

22

Honda

10.167

20.077

1,1%

1,0%

1,4%

1,1%

1,1%

1,2%

1,1%

21

19

21

Suzuki

9.579

20.616

1,3%

1,2%

1,3%

1,2%

1,2%

1,2%

1,2%

22

22

19

Chevrolet

9.473

19.343

1,5%

1,6%

1,2%

1,3%

1,1%

1,1%

1,1%

23

24

20

Mini

8.890

18.087

1,1%

1,3%

1,3%

1,4%

1,0%

1,1%

1,0%

24

23

24

Land Rover

6.235

16.001

0,9%

0,7%

0,8%

0,8%

1,1%

0,8%

0,9%

25

25

25

Lancia/Chrysler

5.477

11.655

0,8%

0,8%

0,6%

0,7%

0,7%

0,7%

0,7%

26

27

28

Smart

5.339

10.757

0,6%

0,6%

0,5%

0,5%

0,6%

0,6%

0,6%

27

28

27

Mitsubishi

5.117

10.253

0,7%

0,6%

0,6%

0,8%

0,6%

0,6%

0,6%

28

26

26

Alfa Romeo

4.718

10.356

0,8%

0,8%

0,6%

0,7%

0,6%

0,6%

0,6%

29

30

29

Jeep

1.905

3.886

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

30

29

31

Jaguar

1.281

3.403

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

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This report was written by Camilla.

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