Volkswagen Golf Europe’s Most Popular

In the monthly survey by JATO Dynamics, Volkswagen’s Golf has continued its reign as Europe’s most popular model of car.

The German favourite actually dropped 4.2 per cent in June’s sales figures, from 41, 567 to 39,811 year-on-year. However, it remains the most popular ride in the 30 European countries surveyed by JATO Dynamics. The Vauxhall Corsa and Golf stablemate, the VW Polo complete the top three.

Amongst the top ten, the Renault Megane has been a real success story. The Megane broke into the top five due to a Dutch tax incentive. The Megane rise in sales is down to the design of 1.5dCi 110 Energy ECO2 Megane, a model which has tax advantages over other MPVs in class due to low 90g/km CO2 emissions.

Gareth Hession, vice-president of research at JATO, said:

“The performance of the Renault Megane demonstrates how CO2 taxation can have a major impact on the customer’s choice of car. With the EU pushing for lower CO2 emissions for 2020, this is a trend that will continue to influence the market.”

Just outside the top ten, the Peugeot 208, Volkswagen Up, new Mercedes-Benz B-class are all performing well.

Top Ten in Europe

Make & Model June 12 June 11 % So far this year Same time period in 2011
VW Golf 39,811 41,567 -4.2% 240,020 255,760
Vauxhall Corsa 29,490 33,427 -11.8% 149,553 172,417
VW Polo 28,407 32,408 -12.3% 163,818 190,718
Ford Fiesta 26,430 33,516 -21.1% 171,605 196,733
Renault Megane 23,692 22,888 +3.5% 111,191 130,398
Vauxhall Astra 23,569 30,278 -22.2% 129,774 163,746
Renault Clio 22,946 26,935 -14.8% 130,638 163,778
Ford Focus 22,068 31,335 -29.6% 139,108 151,096
Nissan Qashqai 21,682 18,700 +15.9% 114,586 113,449
BMW Series 3 20,112 16,949 +18.7% 91,442 87,179
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Manufacturers

Only VW, Audi and BMW recorded increased sales in June. VW’s Up, Tiguan and Beetle, and Audi’s Q3 and A6, have all contributed strongly to the sales increases. Ford and Fiat saw the largest fall in demand year-on-year, both over 17 per cent. A quick look outside the top ten reveals improved sales for Skoda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Kia.

Make June 2012 June 2011 % So far this year Same time period in 2011
VW 155,873 148,939 +4.7% 875,926 889,670
Vauxhall 90,611 103,692 -12.6% 469,686 553,122
Renault 90,305 96,897 -6.8% 461,755 572,481
Ford 87,011 105,094 -17.2% 539,966 601,058
Peugeot 80,480 91,075 -11.6% 443,798 522,910
Citroen 71,593 75,350 -5.0% 385,683 439,013
Audi 69,836 64,603 +8.1% 378,319 360,773
BMW 64,973 64,557 +0.6% 336,985 337,790
Mercedes 58,710 58,776 -0.1% 316,008 302,425
Fiat 58,020 70,938 -18.2% 327,374 399,243

In the big five markets, car sales increased in Germany and the UK last month while France decreased slightly, Spain and Italy decreasing markedly.

However, new cars sold in Europe is decreased less slowly during June, prompting talk of a (albeit very slight) recovery of confidence.

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