Duster finished August in second place in the overall sales chart as WLTP-related disruption continues to affect the market
26 September 2019

Europe's new car market dipped by 8.7% in August compared with the same month last year, despite successes for brands such as Dacia

The figure reflects the havoc wreaked on the industry by the WLTP emissions standards rolled out in September 2018 more than it suggests motorists are no longer interested in buying new cars, analysts reckon.

Companies did their best to get rid of non-WLTP-compliant models before the new norms came into effect, according to JATO Dynamics, hence the unusual spike in sales. More tellingly, August's results were still the second-highest for the month over the past 10 years – a sign that the market remains healthy.

Car makers collectively sold 1,070,276 new cars in the 27 countries that make up the European region. The Volkswagen Golf remained on top, shifting 26,411 units (-23.6%), despite being just weeks away from the end of its seventh generation.

The rugged Dacia Duster also posted surprising results: it was the second-best-selling car in Europe, with 19,451 units shifted (+10.8%), and the most popular SUV.

Third place overall and second in the SUV segment went to the Volkswagen T-Roc, which nipped at the Duster's heels with 18,282 sales (+27.8%).

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European buyers may have caught SUV fever, but relatively small, city-friendly cars remain hugely popular. The Dacia Sandero and the Volkswagen Polo took fourth and fifth place respectively, with 17,764 (+2.5%) and 16,692 (-21.2%) units. The Opel/Vauxhall Corsa also illustrates this trend: sales increased by 21% to 14,301, pelting it to the ninth spot on the chart. This bodes well for the all-new model that made its public debut at the recent Frankfurt motor show.

Conversely, not every nameplate benefited from the market's insatiable appetite for high-riding models. The Nissan Qashqai finished August in 11th place after falling 45.5% to 13,308 units, while sales of the Peugeot 3008, the 23rd car on the list, dropped by 17.5% to 10,402.

Mainstream brands rule the chart, with two notable exceptions. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class was in 19th place, with 12,201 units sold (+30.1%), while the bigger C-Class stood in the 22nd spot with 10,512 sales (-1.5%).

Volkswagen remained the best-selling brand in Europe, although its sales of 128,882 cars represented a 13.1% decrease on 2018. Ford was in a distant second, with 63,043 sales (+1.8%), followed by Mercedes-Benz on 62,916 (+10.3%).

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26 September 2019

Mercedes came third while selling 127 less cars then Ford. What does that say about the exclusivity of Mercedes brand. You get more exclusivity buying a Vauxhall LMFAO let alone a a BMW/Audi

26 September 2019

I guess you're right.

26 September 2019

Does the success of the current Corsa "bode well" for the new model?  Around my way, the 3-door model accounts for a lot of sales and even features prominently in the Vauxhall ads: There's nothing in the new model's range to appeal to younger drivers in the same way.

27 September 2019
catnip wrote:

Does the success of the current Corsa "bode well" for the new model?  Around my way, the 3-door model accounts for a lot of sales and even features prominently in the Vauxhall ads: There's nothing in the new model's range to appeal to younger drivers in the same way.

I agree completely and the lack of any new three door cars because, apparently, no-one buys them might just be promoting panic buying. The only reason I'm not buying a 3 door Corsa Griffin is because all the Vauxhall dealers where I live are all part of huge companies and I've had my fill of service which leaves a lot to be desired. I may just have to go with CarWow and hope for the best!

27 September 2019

What a success for them. Shows there is a significant market for cars that have enough tech, at a sensible price. Surely other European brands must see that the relentless charge to try and become premium is leaving gaps in the market . The Chinese will fill those gaps if nobody else bothers.

27 September 2019
Don't know where you get your numbers but I couldn't find any other site to confirm this. Second best selling car apears to be Clio.

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