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UK stands alone as Europe's new car sales continue to decline

The European new car market was still down with declining sales in March and during the first quarter of 2013.

Automotive intelligence provider JATO’s key findings for Q1:

  • New car sales in the European new car market declined by 10.2% in March and 9.8% year-to-date compared to the same quarter in 2012
  • The UK was the only ‘big five’ market (UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy) to see any growth during the month (sales up 5.9%) and in Q1 (sales up 7.4% on Q1 2012)
  • Of the ‘big five’ markets Germany experienced the largest drop in new car sales; almost 100,000 units in March (17.1%).
  • Fiat was the only brand in the top 10 to record an increase in new car sales in March and BMW was the only brand in the top 10 to see an increase at the end of Q1 compared to 2012
  • Three of the top ten models recorded an increase in March and Q1 new car sales: Renault’s Clio, Peugeot’s 208 and the BMW 3-Series.

Gareth Hession, vice president, research at JATO, said: “With the majority of the ‘big five’ markets struggling, most of the top ten brands are finding it difficult to increase sales, even with the introduction of new models.”
















Sales by brand (top 10)

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  • Watkin - 18/04/2013 21:25

    VMs are offering improved terms on 1 yr old cars in exchange to sell new vehicles. My question is how many cars taken in part exchange are back on the road? We're getting false data - the UK is not in as good a shape as registrations suggest. Its spin in my v iew

    • maverick - 19/04/2013 15:44

      @Watkin - The 13 plate cars that I have seen have been on transporters. Dealer's forecourts don't seem to show an influx of recent part ex's!

    • Watkin - 19/04/2013 18:48

      @maverick - check out offers in your local dealers trade a 12 for 13 and save monthly repayment- French brand - does not sound sensible to me except they keep cars inndealership.

  • derek - 19/04/2013 18:45

    The same old story, manufacturers pushing dealer groups, to pre reg cars. If the true figures were published for true retail sales, we would be bottom of the league. Price the new cars correctly, THEN YOU MAY SEE RETAIL SALES GROW.!!!!.