New WLTP emission rules provided serious challenges for carmakers in Europe. Many brands seemed ill prepared for the new rules and were unable to register cars until the testing is completed. The Volkswagen Group suffered particularly allowing the PSA Group to become the leading carmaker in Europe in September 2018 and Opel (!) the leading car brand. Over the first nine months of 2018 – and the full year – Volkswagen and VW should easily maintain their lead.
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