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European car sales show signs of recovery in July

According to the latest new car sales analysis from intelligence provider JATO Dynamics, Europe’s new car market experienced a 4.9% increase in sales in July, with 48,202 more new cars sold in July 2013 compared to July 2012. Overall, the market remains behind 2012 performance, down by 5.2% year-to-date.

Out of the ‘Big Five’ markets, Italy was the only country to experience a decrease in sales in July, with a drop of 1.8%. While the other ‘Big Five’ markets were up for the month, Great Britain was the only market to post an increase for year-to-date figures; 124,287 more new cars have been sold in Great Britain than during the same period in 2012, representing a 10.3% increase.

France, Germany and Italy, however, all remain down by a considerable amount on 2012. Year-to-date, France is down 9.7%, Germany 6.7% and Italy 9.3% on the same period in 2012. Combined, these three countries have sold 328,818 fewer cars than in 2012 (the European year-to-date total is down by 412,335 units).

Making a significant improvement in July was Spain, which registered 10,763 more new cars in July 2013 than in July 2012. The 16.5% increase is welcome news and Spain is now just 1.3% down year-to-date 2013 compared to 2012.

Following last month, Ireland’s first ever mid-year number plate change has had the expected result, with sales increasing 163.2% over July 2012.

Country

Jul_13

Jul_12

% Change Jul

Jul YtD_13

Jul YtD_12

% Change YtD

Austria

28,543

28,268

+1.0%

199,747

215,226

-7.2%

Belgium

34,879

36,701

-5.0%

324,752

321,817

+0.9%

Croatia

3,180

2,682

+18.6%

18,563

22,940

-19.1%

Cyprus*

570

879

-35.2%

3,721

6,672

-44.2%

Czech Republic*

10,999

11,158

-1.4%

91,814

105,370

-12.9%

Denmark

14,306

16,709

-14.4%

106,216

100,919

+5.2%

Estonia

1,811

1,794

+0.9%

12,159

12,125

+0.3%

Finland

8,452

6,443

+31.2%

64,912

73,306

-11.5%

France

150,218

148,924

+0.9%

1,081,694

1,197,917

-9.7%

Germany

253,146

247,860

+2.1%

1,755,776

1,882,261

-6.7%

Great Britain

162,228

143,884

+12.7%

1,325,851

1,201,564

+10.3%

Greece

6,459

5,743

+12.5%

36,794

38,066

-3.3%

Hungary

5,054

4,521

+11.8%

32,381

32,521

-0.4%

Iceland*

675

574

+17.6%

5,479

5,428

+0.9%

Ireland

11,640

4,422

+163.2%

64,870

71,069

-8.7%

Italy

108,068

110,072

-1.8%

842,807

928,917

-9.3%

Latvia

934

895

+4.4%

6,071

6,357

-4.5%

Lithuania

1,071

1,051

+1.9%

7,085

7,245

-2.2%

Luxembourg

3,905

4,195

-6.9%

30,314

32,851

-7.7%

Norway

11,633

12,133

-4.1%

83,358

82,394

+1.2%

Poland

24,836

20,820

+19.3%

172,419

169,490

+1.7%

Portugal*

11,060

9,265

+19.4%

66,026

62,677

+5.3%

Romania

7,105

5,603

+26.8%

36,067

41,551

-13.2%

Serbia*

1,711

1,879

-8.9%

12,303

13,736

-10.4%

Slovakia

5,700

5,977

-4.6%

37,383

39,781

-6.0%

Slovenia

4,229

4,105

+3.0%

32,458

32,432

+0.1%

Spain

75,946

65,183

+16.5%

464,900

470,964

-1.3%

Sweden

18,161

18,076

+0.5%

147,055

160,709

-8.5%

Switzerland

25,715

24,151

+6.5%

181,004

201,337

-10.1%

The Netherlands

30,852

30,917

-0.2%

243,582

362,254

-32.8%

Grand Total

1,023,086

974,884

+4.9%

7,487,561

7,899,896

-5.2%

Volkswagen led the top 10 manufacturers table this month, despite recording the largest fall in sales in the top 10 for 2013 year-to-date. Volkswagen sales are down 6.9% (69,872 units) so far this year compared to the same period in 2012.

The largest year-to-date percentage decrease however was reported by Citroen, down by 14.1% (62,219 units) compared to the same period in 2012 and by 2.7% (1,445 units) versus July 2012.

Of the top 10 manufacturers, BMW, Ford and Mercedes all posted increases of over 10% in monthly sales compared to 2012. Ford were up 10.4%, BMW 13.2%, and Mercedes 15.0%. Within the top 10, only Mercedes posted increases for both monthly and year-to-date figures; up by 3.7% (13,341 units) year-to-date.

Make

Jul_13

Jul_12

% Change Jul

Jul YtD_13

Jul YtD_12

% Change YtD

VOLKSWAGEN

130,554

133,745

-2.4%

940,781

1,010,653

-6.9%

FORD

78,126

70,759

+10.4%

566,450

610,696

-7.2%

OPEL/VAUXHALL

66,990

62,380

+7.4%

504,004

532,546

-5.4%

RENAULT

64,358

62,211

+3.5%

476,929

524,394

-9.1%

PEUGEOT

62,957

63,210

-0.4%

456,665

507,176

-10.0%

AUDI

59,011

59,288

-0.5%

423,574

438,032

-3.3%

CITROEN

52,676

54,121

-2.7%

378,022

440,241

-14.1%

MERCEDES

52,398

45,570

+15.0%

375,267

361,926

+3.7%

BMW

49,118

43,400

+13.2%

376,819

380,741

-1.0%

FIAT

47,476

46,389

+2.3%

366,332

374,126

-2.1%

 


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