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Growth in the European Car Market Reaches Highest Level in Six Months

26th November 2014

Four of the European 'Big Five' car markets grew in the month of October to the highest levels since March this year making this year's overall growth in new car sales reach record levels. The four big countries that saw the highest level of growth were Germany which saw sales grow by 3.7%, Spain up a massive 31.1% and Italy also saw a rise of 9.6%. In Britain where the car market has being growing considerably, October saw a growth of 14.2% year-on-year to date, France was the only country out of the top five to see a decline, with new car sales dropping 3.8% , although it remains ahead of 2013 year-to-date by 1.4%.

The research carried out by JATO Dynamics, the world's leading provider of automotive intelligence revealed that 24 out of the 29 countries saw considerable growth in new car sales. The research also showed that countries that faced the full brunt of the recession are now beginning to see their economy grow thanks to new car sales. Ireland was one of the biggest winners as they saw their new car sales grow an astonishing 29.8% while Greece who were also hit extremely hard by the recession saw theirs grow by 21.5%.

The car brands that had the highest growth for October where Romanian manufacturers Dacia who saw a gain of 34.6% and BMW owned Mini who gained 21.4%. Ford and Renault two of the biggest brands saw their growth continue, while German car manufacturer Volkswagen continued to come out on top.

Top 10 Brands


Make Oct_14 Oct_13 % change Oct Oct YtD_14 Oct YtD_13 % change YtD
VOLKSWAGEN 142,963 135,002 +5.9% 1,355,429 1,297,694 +4.4%
FORD 79,876 76,967 +3.8% 827,644 785,434 +5.4%
RENAULT 78,735 74,078 +6.3% 735,602 667,525 +10.2%
OPEL/VAUXHALL 70,350 62,951 +11.8% 753,945 696,630 +8.2%
PEUGEOT 68,192 67,134 +1.6% 667,495 629,432 +6.0%
AUDI 63,767 58,923 +8.2% 620,547 593,340 +4.6%
MERCEDES 56,297 51,356 +9.6% 553,348 529,156 +4.6%
BMW 55,297 51,780 +6.8% 561,619 538,425 +4.3%
CITROEN 54,202 53,588 +1.1% 524,097 512,101 +2.3%
SKODA 51,508 48,608 +6.0% 491,840 423,044 +16.3%


Volkswagen also saw an increase in sales of their most popular models, the upgraded Volkswagen Polo increased year-on-year sales by 27.7% pushing it into second position behind the Volkswagen Golf which remains the best seller. The iconic Renault Clio saw sales increase 8.1% taking it into a respective third place, while the UK's bestselling car the Ford Fiesta saw sales of 4.1% taking it into fourth position.

Top 10 Models


Make & Model Oct_14 Oct_13 % change Oct Oct YtD_14 Oct YtD_13 % change YtD
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 45,522 43,282 +5.2% 443,939 390,329 +13.7%
VOLKSWAGEN POLO 27,456 21,499 +27.7% 235,358 222,973 +5.6%
RENAULT CLIO 26,496 24,512 +8.1% 254,521 241,465 +5.4%
FORD FIESTA 24,937 23,962 +4.1% 268,753 245,979 +9.3%
OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA 20,418 16,583 +23.1% 215,286 205,176 +4.9%
SKODA OCTAVIA 18,993 19,225 -1.2% 173,376 135,057 +28.4%
FORD FOCUS 18,317 17,599 +4.1% 192,994 193,963 -0.5%
AUDI A3/S3/RS3 18,139 15,888 +14.2% 172,358 140,769 +22.4%
NISSAN QASHQAI 17,077 16,296 +4.8% 173,668 177,186 -2.0%
PEUGEOT 208 16,057 18,124 -11.4% 186,133 207,732 -10.4%


By Jenna Niblock