2013 (Q3) Europe: Best-Selling Car Manufacturers and Brands

Volkswagen remained the strongest car manufacturer and brand in Europe during the first nine months of 2013. VW Golf is still Europe’s favorite car model.

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Europe’s strongest car manufacturing groups during the first nine months of 2013 remained Volkswagen, PSA, Renault and the GM Groups. The strongest car brands in Europe remained Volkswagen, Ford, Opel / Vauxhall, Renault and Peugeot. The overall car market in Europe contracted by 4% year to date in 2013 – significantly less than feared earlier in the year. The Volkswagen Golf remained the top-selling car model in Europe between January and September 2013.

Best-Selling Car Manufacturers in Europe in 2013 (Q3)

The top-selling car manufacturing groups in the European Union (EU) and EFTA countries during the first three quarters of 2013 according to car sales statistics released by the ACEA were as follows:

  % Market Share Cars Sold Q1- Q3  Change
  2013 2012 2013 2012 %
ALL BRANDS     9,338,897 9,723,371 -4.0
VW Group 24.9 24.8 2,321,328 2,409,119 -3.6
VOLKSWAGEN 12.4 12.8 1,159,174 1,243,969 -6.8
AUDI 5.7 5.6 533,867 549,085 -2.8
SEAT 2.4 2.1 219,561 199,887 +9.8
SKODA 4.0 3.9 372,812 378,451 -1.5
Others (1) 0.4 0.4 35,914 37,727 -4.8
PSA Group 10.9 11.8 1,017,649 1,147,449 -11.3
PEUGEOT 6.0 6.4 560,059 619,599 -9.6
CITROEN 4.9 5.4 457,590 527,850 -13.3
RENAULT Group 8.7 8.3 807,982 807,098 +0.1
RENAULT 6.3 6.5 592,416 627,770 -5.6
DACIA 2.3 1.8 215,566 179,328 +20.2
GM Group 8.0 8.2 748,026 800,862 -6.6
OPEL/VAUXHALL 6.8 6.8 634,040 659,508 -3.9
CHEVROLET 1.2 1.4 113,667 140,968 -19.4
GM (US) 0.0 0.0 319 386 -17.4
FORD 7.4 7.6 693,936 735,680 -5.7
BMW Group 6.5 6.2 603,544 602,019 +0.3
BMW 5.2 5.0 486,736 482,073 +1.0
MINI 1.3 1.2 116,808 119,946 -2.6
FIAT Group 6.1 6.4 572,676 624,149 -8.2
FIAT 4.8 4.7 444,079 452,219 -1.8
LANCIA/CHRYSLER 0.6 0.8 57,253 74,474 -23.1
ALFA ROMEO 0.5 0.7 50,766 72,184 -29.7
JEEP 0.2 0.2 17,193 21,243 -19.1
Others (2) 0.0 0.0 3,385 4,029 -16.0
DAIMLER 5.6 5.1 523,165 499,293 +4.8
MERCEDES 5.1 4.6 473,879 444,721 +6.6
SMART 0.5 0.6 49,286 54,572 -9.7
TOYOTA Group 4.4 4.4 407,072 423,289 -3.8
TOYOTA 4.2 4.1 389,897 401,498 -2.9
LEXUS 0.2 0.2 17,175 21,791 -21.2
HYUNDAI 3.5 3.4 327,907 333,103 -1.6
NISSAN 3.5 3.5 327,315 340,232 -3.8
KIA 2.8 2.7 258,545 257,760 +0.3
VOLVO CAR CORP. 1.7 1.8 162,750 171,451 -5.1
MAZDA 1.2 1.0 114,004 100,419 +13.5
SUZUKI 1.2 1.3 113,194 123,056 -8.0
HONDA 1.2 1.1 110,975 111,349 -0.3
JAGUAR LAND ROVER Group 1.1 1.0 105,427 95,763 +10.1
LAND ROVER 0.9 0.8 83,468 77,240 +8.1
JAGUAR 0.2 0.2 21,959 18,523 +18.5
MITSUBISHI 0.6 0.6 56,528 60,887 -7.2
OTHER 0.7 0.8 66,874 80,393 -16.8

Source: ACEA – Figures for Malta not available
(1) VW Group: VW ‘other’ include Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and since Aug ’12 Porsche
(2) FIAT Group: FIAT ‘other’ include Dodge, Ferrari, Maserati

Top Car Manufacturers in Europe in 2013 (Q3)

The Volkswagen Group easily remained Europe’s largest carmaker during the first three quarters of 2013. Despite a weak performance by the Volkswagen marque, the group narrowly outperformed the broader market and increased market share to just 0.1% shy of a quarter of the total European new car market.

The PSA Group continues to struggle while the Renault Group saw flat sales mostly helped by the budget brand Dacia. The GM Group and Ford continue to loose market share in Europe although at a much slower pace than in recent years.

BMW Group sales were positive allowing the German luxury carmaker to move ahead of Fiat, which continue to struggle, especially with its smaller brands. Daimler also saw strong growth despite losses at Smart, which is due for a new model imminently.

Nissan slipped behind Hyundai while Mazda and Jaguar Land Rover had strong increases.

Best-Selling Car Brands in Europe in 2013 (Q3)

The top 20 best-selling car marques in Europe during the first three quarters of 2013 according to ACEA passenger vehicle registrations data were:

Market Share % Car Sales Q1 , Q2, Q3  Change
    2013 2012 2013 2012 %
  ALL BRANDS     9,338,897 9,723,371 -4.0
1 VOLKSWAGEN 12.4 12.8 1,159,174 1,243,969 -6.8
2 FORD 7.4 7.6 693,936 735,680 -5.7
3 OPEL/VAUXHALL 6.8 6.8 634,040 659,508 -3.9
4 RENAULT 6.3 6.5 592,416 627,770 -5.6
5 PEUGEOT 6.0 6.4 560,059 619,599 -9.6
6 AUDI 5.7 5.6 533,867 549,085 -2.8
7 BMW 5.2 5.0 486,736 482,073 +1.0
8 MERCEDES 5.1 4.6 473,879 444,721 +6.6
9 CITROEN 4.9 5.4 457,590 527,850 -13.3
10 FIAT 4.8 4.7 444,079 452,219 -1.8
11 TOYOTA 4.2 4.1 389,897 401,498 -2.9
12 SKODA 4.0 3.9 372,812 378,451 -1.5
13 HYUNDAI 3.5 3.4 327,907 333,103 -1.6
14 NISSAN 3.5 3.5 327,315 340,232 -3.8
15 KIA 2.8 2.7 258,545 257,760 +0.3
16 SEAT 2.4 2.1 219,561 199,887 +9.8
17 DACIA 2.3 1.8 215,566 179,328 +20.2
18 VOLVO CAR CORP. 1.7 1.8 162,750 171,451 -5.1
19 MINI 1.3 1.2 116,808 119,946 -2.6
20 MAZDA 1.2 1.0 114,004 100,419 +13.5

Source: ACEA – Figures for Malta not available.

Top Car Marques in Europe in 2013 (Q3)

There were no changes in the relative order of the top six best-selling car marques in Europe during the first nine months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. However, of the top five brands, only Opel managed to outperform the general market and only narrowly too.

Volkswagen brand sales were sharply down while Peugeot and Citroen weakened faster. Ford, Opel / Vauxhall, and Renault maintained their positions – although sales were down more than the broader market, all three brands saw the decline in sales much less dramatic than a year ago.

German premium brands Audi , BMW, and Mercedes-Benz all increased market share in Europe during the first nine months of 2013. Mercedes enjoyed strong sales.

Citroen slipped from seventh a year ago and Fiat from ninth while Nissan slipped behind Hyundai. Dacia, the budget brand of Renault, was the most-improved marque in 2013. Mini and Mazda entered the top-20 list of best-selling car makes in Europe at the expense of Chevrolet and Suzuki.

Top-Selling Car Models in Europe in 2013 (Q3)

Europe’s favorite car models during the first nine months of 2013 were as follows according to JATO:

Car Sales % Change
1 VW Golf 347,405 2.1
2 Ford Fiesta 222,184 -6.8
3 Renault Clio 216,761 20.2
4 Volkswagen Polo 201,929 -10.3
5 Peugeot 208 189,654 new
6 Opel Corsa 188,705 -10.7
7 Ford Focus 176,507 -7.3
8 Nissan Qashqai 161,054 -0.4
9 BMW 3 Series 155,335 20.1
10 Opel Astra 153,281 -14.7

The Volkswagen Golf easily remains the most popular car model in Europe during the first nine months to 2013. Ford and Opel / Vauxhall models are generally weaker with the Renault Clio and BMW 3-Series performing strongly.