In April 2013, the long decline of the European car market took a rest with a 1.9% increase. German brand benefit by the domestic market recovery and Mercedes grew in 7th place at 5% of share. Renault outpaced Opel and was back in third.
Anticipation of Easter in March was more effective than any economic actions to push up the European car market and finally in April it was up – only by 1% - following 18th declines in a row. Greece and Spain posted a double digit increase.
In March the European car market posted the 18th year-on-year decline losing 10.2% from last year. The first quarter ended down 9.7%. Only 5 countries out of 27 were year-on-year positive. The worst countries are now in central Europe.
In March 2013, the European car market negative momentum was confirmed by a 10.2% drop from last year, in line with expectations. Pushed by strong U.K. sales, Ford surged in second place followed by Opel. All French Makes struggled, penalized by weak domestic market.
February was really negative for the European car market which posted a double digit decline. Looking at the performance of single brands, it should be underlined the positive performance posted by the French Makes and the Volkswagen 0.6 points share increase.
February 2013 sales statistics for the E.U. car market were dramatic, with sales declining 10% from 2011, 20% from 2010 and 35% from 2008. A part U.K., not really part of European vessel crew, all key markets economies are falling down, dragging the car market down.
In 2012 the Top European car models ranking confirmed Volkswagen leadership with Golf as first and Polo as third. However, two Japanese's models were the yearly winners. Nissan Quasqai jumped in 8th place and Toyota Yaris grew by 25%. Fiat Panda outperformed VW Up!.
In January the European car market down was 8.5% due to main countries drop. Volkswagen defended the leadership, while Ford and Opel were back on the podium. Pushed by new 500L success, Fiat surged in 9th place with share up 0.7 points.
Following the 16% decline posted in December, the European car market fell again in January, losing 8.5% from last year. Out of 29 countries, 8 were up and 21 were down. Spain dropped behind Belgium while Germany dropped again.
The ranking of the Top 50 models sold in the European car market in November was leaded by Golf, able to gain 3.6% of market share, to kept leadership and approach the 2013 to be N°1. Ford Fiesta was second, followed by Volkswagen Polo.
In a tough market, BMW in December surged in fourth place, the best ever, behind only to Volkswagen, Renault and Ford. However, the 2012 European Luxury segment leader was Audi, in spite of in December struggled losing 1.1 points of share.
While the whole European Community area was further declining with a gap of 21% from the record volume posted in the 2007, Czech Republic, Denmark and Switzerland hit the new all-time record volume, while Norway was aligned with the record posted in the 2011.
Posting the 15th consecutive y.o.y decline, the European car market collapsed in December with a 16.3% fall, the highest since July 2010. Only sixth countries (Hungary, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Sweden, UK and Iceland) were positive out of the 29 countries.
November was the 14th decline in a row for the European car market and the 10.0% drop was the second deepest since the 2009. So far, this year feel 7.3%, a couple of points more than originally expected. Greece, Portugal and Cyprus the worst countries of the year.
In a market down 10% from last year, the battle among car makers was tough in November. All German brands improved their share with Audi posting the best share of the year and with Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes gaining. Renault and Peugeot had lost share.
Pushed by new Clio launch, Renault recovered the second position following the usual leader, Volkswagen. Ford was third with new B-Max launch results below expectations. In 18th position, Volvo posted a great month surging at 2.0% of share.
In October, the European car market posted 935.455 sales, down 4.6% from last year, the 13th year-on-year decline in a row. Year-to-date sales were 10.086.000, down 7.3%. United Kingdom market was up 12%, the best increase this year.
While the European car market in September dropped 11% posting the 12th year-on-year decline in a row, the competition among players confirmed the good shape of premium brands. BMW surged in 5th position, its best ever performance in Europe, followed by Audi.
Last September was really negative for the car sector in Europe, with sales trend deteriorated in almost all countries. Total car sale were 1.132.000, down 11.0% from last year. Year-to-date sales were 9.716.000, down 5.7%. Germany, France, Italy and Spain dropped.
During the last 6 years, European car market had lost 20% of its volume. The competition become really tough and only the best won. Winners were Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Dacia, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia. Fiat was on top of the flop, followed by Toyota, Renault, Opel and Ford.
The car industry decline continued in August when the sales at 722.500 (29 countries) were down 8.5% from previous month and the YTD August sales were 8.58 million, down 6.6%. In August 19 countries were declining year-on-year and only 10 were growing.
In July, the car market in Europe posted 975.000 units, down 7.6% from last year. The year-to-date sales in July were 7.863.000, down 6.4%. The Great Britain was 9% up, while all the others Top 5 (Germany, France, Italy and Spain) fell.