Year-to-date, the total market also fell, by 1.2% or 83,234 units to 6,834,243 units.
Peugeot’s new 207 was Europe’s best-selling car in May, with 40,446 units registered. The Ford Focus jumped three places into the second slot with 39,996 units and the Volkswagen Golf remains in third position with 36,471 units.
Volkswagen continues to be Europe’s top-selling car brand in May, ahead of Ford and Opel/Vauxhall, which is up 12.3% thanks to strong sales of the Corsa. Year-to-date, the top five brands are Volkswagen, Opel/Vauxhall, Ford, Renault and Peugeot.
Nasir Shah, JATO’s international sales and marketing director, said: “Today’s European car market is a challenging environment. We continue to see the importance of new products in the fight for market share. The product lifecycles for cars are getting progressively shorter as manufacturers clamour to win the attention of consumers with new models, and those manufacturers with aggressive product development strategies continue to reap the rewards.
“In recent months, the strong sales performances posted by the new Peugeot 207, Vauxhall Corsa and Fiat Grande Punto are testament to this.”
|Model||May 07||May 06||Difference|
|1. Peugeot 207||40,446||16,822||+23,624|
|2. Ford Focus||39,996||44,831||-4,835|
|3. Volkswagen Golf||36,471||41,287||-4,816|
|4. Fiat Punto||35,850||37,200||-1,350|
|5. Vauxhall Astra||34,301||41,928||-7,627|
|6. Ford Fiesta||33,253||30,715||+2,538|
|7. Vauxhall Corsa||32,779||25,610||+7,169|
|8. BMW 3 Series||31,630||27,057||+4,573|
|9. Renault Clio||31,575||38,045||-6,470|
|10. Volkswagen Passat||28,851||29,789||-938|