Golf retains lead as Europe’s new car market falls in November

According to the latest analysis from JATO Dynamics the Volkswagen Golf remains Europe's best-selling car with sales increasing 1.0% in November compared to a year earlier but down by 1.7% year-to-date.

The Volkswagen Polo, with sales up 1.2% in November, retains second place while Ford’s Fiesta claims third, despite sales decreasing 13.5% in November.

JATO’s key analysis of the market:

  • The European new car market declines by 2.7% in November and by 1.1% year-to-date
  • Half of the top ten models experience an increase in sales during November
  • Only two of the top ten makes increase sales in November
  • Of the five largest car markets in Europe, only Germany records an increase in sales during November and the year-to-date

Within the top ten brands Volkswagen and Audi continue to perform strongly, with sales increases of 13.5% and 8.9% respectively during November. The remainder of the top ten brands experience a decrease during November compared to last year.

Outside the top ten, Lexus posts sales 128.9% higher than November 2010 thanks to the success of its CT200h small premium hybrid model, and Jeep continues to benefit from the Fiat group’s marketing and distribution power, with sales up 77.7%.

Within the top ten models, Volkswagen’s Passat continues to be very popular, experiencing the biggest growth, up 120.3% in November and by 44.1% year-to-date.

Commenting on the findings, Gareth Hession, Vice President, Research at JATO said: ‘The decline in sales during November is further evidence that the new car market continues to be at the mercy of poor European economic conditions. Despite this, however, there are certain makes that continue to appeal to consumers, demonstrated by the strong sales performances of Volkswagen and Audi in November.’

 

Sales by market:

 

 

Country

Nov_11

Nov_10

% Change Nov

Nov YtD_11

Nov YtD_10

% Change YtD

Austria

30,339

28,024

+8.3%

332,787

308,199

+8.0%

Belgium

40,440

40,537

-0.2%

523,448

518,104

+1.0%

Cyprus*

1,131

1,304

-13.3%

12,283

12,928

-5.0%

Czech Republic

15,920

15,228

+4.5%

158,263

154,010

+2.8%

Denmark

13,571

13,965

-2.8%

152,989

138,204

+10.7%

Estonia

1,690

956

+76.8%

15,935

9,531

+67.2%

Finland

9,075

8,189

+10.8%

119,149

105,770

+12.6%

France

179,038

193,913

-7.7%

2,016,412

2,023,353

-0.3%

Germany

269,144

262,262

+2.6%

2,929,133

2,685,889

+9.1%

Great Britain

134,027

139,875

-4.2%

1,822,065

1,907,029

-4.5%

Greece

7,878

6,774

+16.3%

91,993

137,016

-32.9%

Hungary

4,544

3,518

+29.2%

42,208

39,880

+5.8%

Iceland

374

184

+103.3%

4,771

2,881

+65.6%

Ireland

779

1,519

-48.7%

89,522

87,942

+1.8%

Italy

133,371

147,329

-9.5%

1,644,423

1,841,852

-10.7%

Latvia

1,169

650

+79.8%

9,920

5,561

+78.4%

Lithuania

1,054

843

+25.0%

12,201

7,113

+71.5%

Luxembourg

3,707

3,445

+7.6%

47,239

47,223

+0.0%

Norway

12,380

11,908

+4.0%

128,120

117,618

+8.9%

Poland

26,649

33,947

-21.5%

270,841

298,377

-9.2%

Portugal*

14,168

18,606

-23.9%

146,844

195,338

-24.8%

Slovakia

5,904

6,465

-8.7%

61,662

58,309

+5.8%

Slovenia

4,212

4,612

-8.7%

55,137

55,827

-1.2%

Spain

60,318

64,832

-7.0%

741,895

916,102

-19.0%

Sweden

26,894

26,752

+0.5%

279,582

259,914

+7.6%

Switzerland

27,983

24,504

+14.2%

285,979

262,962

+8.8%

The Netherlands

41,264

36,914

+11.8%

539,170

471,144

+14.4%

Grand Total

1,067,023

1,097,055

-2.7%

12,533,971

12,668,076

-1.1%

Top 10 brands:
Make

Nov_11

Nov_10

% Change Nov

Nov YtD_11

Nov YtD_10

% Change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN

135,360

119,310

+13.5%

1,552,482

1,429,691

+8.6%

RENAULT

87,599

89,877

-2.5%

962,458

1,050,353

-8.4%

FORD

81,286

85,647

-5.1%

1,011,514

1,046,535

-3.3%

OPEL/VAUXHALL

74,006

82,071

-9.8%

911,722

913,198

-0.2%

PEUGEOT

65,291

80,193

-18.6%

849,234

925,671

-8.3%

CITROEN

59,920

63,971

-6.3%

717,345

776,242

-7.6%

AUDI

57,352

52,664

+8.9%

631,568

577,110

+9.4%

BMW

52,455

53,849

-2.6%

588,677

557,062

+5.7%

MERCEDES

49,989

53,619

-6.8%

544,304

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