2011 (First Half) Best-Selling Car Manufacturers and Brands in Europe

Volkswagen remains the best-selling car manufacturer and brand in Europe for the first six months of 2011. German premium brands Audi, BMW, and Mercedes saw strong new passenger vehicle registrations in Europe in 2011.

VW factory in Osnabruck
漏 Volkswagen Media Services

Volkswagen easily kept its position as the best-selling passenger motor vehicle manufacturer and car brand in Europe during the first half of 2011. Despite weakness, the French PSA and Renault groups remained the second and third strongest car manufacturers in Europe followed by GM and Ford. The strongest selling car brands in Europe from January to June 2011 were Volkswagen, Ford, and Renault.

See also 2011 (First Half) Best-Selling Car Markets by European Countries

Best-Selling Car Manufacturers and Brand in Europe 2011 (First Half)

The best-selling car manufactures and brands in the European Union and EFTA countries during the period January to June 2011 according to ACEA statistics were as follows:

%Share%Share UnitsUnits% Chg
2011201020112010
VW Group22.821.11,673,1441,578,461+6.0
VOLKSWAGEN12.111.2886,122839,041+5.6
AUDI4.94.4359,302330,813+8.6
SEAT2.22.2164,425164,381+0.0
SKODA3.63.2262,131243,140+7.8
Others (1)0.00.01,1641,086+7.2
PSA Group13.013.8958,4691,030,715-7.0
PEUGEOT7.17.5520,953561,573-7.2
CITROEN6.06.3437,516469,142-6.7
RENAULT Group9.510.5700,781782,995-10.5
RENAULT7.88.6570,378643,506-11.4
DACIA1.81.9130,403139,489-6.5
GM Group8.78.4641,519630,221+1.8
OPEL/VAUXHALL7.57.2549,125536,332+2.4
CHEVROLET1.31.292,06193,066-1.1
GM (US)0.00.0333823-59.5
FORD8.08.4591,515630,873-6.2
FIAT Group7.28.1530,228606,967-12.6
FIAT5.46.5395,924489,377-19.1
LANCIA0.70.852,35560,775-13.9
ALFA ROMEO1.10.778,39353,029+47.8
Others (2)0.00.13,5563,786-6.1
BMW Group5.85.1424,200382,461+10.9
BMW4.64.2338,946312,717+8.4
MINI1.20.985,25469,744+22.2
DAIMLER4.74.6346,797340,734+1.8
MERCEDES4.14.0302,906296,384+2.2
SMART0.60.643,89144,350-1.0
TOYOTA Group4.04.3297,437323,909-8.2
TOYOTA3.94.2284,094313,620-9.4
LEXUS0.20.113,34310,289+29.7
NISSAN3.42.8246,565211,575+16.5
HYUNDAI2.82.5208,225190,800+9.1
KIA1.91.8138,163138,357-0.1
VOLVO CAR CORP,1.91.6137,526121,619+13.1
SUZUKI1.31.496,978104,817-7.5
HONDA1.11.480,869105,439-23.3
MAZDA1.11.479,323103,073-23.0
MITSUBISHI0.90.765,41448,968+33.6
JAGUAR LAND ROVER Group0.70.748,89951,601-5.2
LAND ROVER0.50.537,42037,332+0.2
JAGUAR0.20.211,47914,269-19.6
CHRYSLER (3)0.20.315,58422,454-30.6
OTHER**0.91.168,89981,963-15.9
ALL BRANDS**(4)7,350,5347,488,002-1.8
(1)聽聽聽 VW Group: VW ‘other’ includes Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini
(2)聽聽聽 FIAT Group: FIAT ‘other’ includes Ferrari & Maserati
(3)聽聽聽 CHRYSLER includes Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep
(4)聽聽聽 European Union (excluding Malta & Cyprus) plus the EFTA countries.

Best-Selling Car Manufacturers in Europe 2011 (First Half)

The Volkswagen Group easily maintained its position as the best-selling passenger vehicle manufacturer in Europe. In a weak market, Volkswagen managed to increase sales by 6% and to increase market share by 1.7% to 22.8% of the new car market in Europe.

French car manufacturers PSA and Renault both saw weak sales and a decline in market share but maintained their positions as the second and third largest manufacturers in Europe in 2011. GM saw a slight improvement in sales and in market share while Ford (-6%) was weak.聽 Sixth place Fiat (-12.6%) was the worst performer of the major car manufacturers in Europe.

Top Ten Best-Selling Car Brands in Europe (First Half 2011)

Volkswagen (+5.6%) easily remained the strongest selling car brand in Europe. VW increased its market share by more than a percentage point to 12.1% of the new passenger vehicle market in Europe.

Ford became the second strongest selling car brand in Europe despite a decline in sales (-6%) and market share. Renault, the second best-selling car brand in Europe in 2010, slipped to third with very weak sales (-11.4%). This was the only position change on the list of top ten best-selling car brands in Europe in 2011 (first half).

Opel / Vauxhall saw an increase in sales (+2.4%) and market share while both Peugeot and Citroen saw sales slip by around 7%. However, Fiat was the worst performer overall with a decline of 19% in sales.

The list of top ten best-selling car brands in Europe during the first half of 2011 was rounded out by German premium brands Audi (+8.6%), BMW (+8.4%), and Mercedes (+2.2%). These German premium brands also did very well in the important Chinese and USA markets.

Germany easily remained the strongest car market in Europe during the first half of 2011.

About the author:

Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience in online writing. His best-selling cars website has been reporting car sales statistics since 2008 with classic car auction prices focusing on the most expensive automobiles sold at public auctions in the past decade. He also owns the travel websites European-Traveler.com and Lake Geneva Switzerland. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Finance from the University of London.