French manufacturers and Ford are hardest hit in 2013, while JLR and Mercedes buck the trend

New car sales in the 27 EU countries slumped to a 20-year low in May, according to figures from the ACEA, the European automobile manufacturers’ association.

Just 1,042,742 new cars were sold in May, the lowest since May 1993, when just under a million units were sold.

The ACEA revealed that sales across the EU 27 fell by an average of 6.8 per cent year on year in the first five months of 2013. Italy’s new car market fell by 11.3 per cent and France’s by 11.9 per cent. The UK was one of 
the few positive markets, up 9.3 per cent over the same period.

Although some of the car makers facing significant sales falls are in the middle of model changeovers, the mainstream makers’ sales are continuing to fall dramatically, with the French manufacturers and Ford all suffering double-digit falls. Honda, which has seen sales in Europe drop dramatically, saw a healthy 11 per cent gain thanks to a new Civic and CR-V.

Even premium brands are suffering, with BMW falling by 1.6 per cent on the same period last year and Audi by 2.5 per cent. Volvo’s 10 per cent drop is worrying for the Swedish firm, given that both the S/V60 and V40 are still relatively young.

JLR and Mercedes were the only premium brands that made gains, with Mercedes buoyed by its new A-class range. Ailing Seat’s sales also recovered with the launch of the new Leon. 

Jaguar’s global sales leapt by 63 per cent in May, driven by the F-type and niche cars such as the XF Sportbrake, but Land Rover sales fell by six per cent in the same month.

Of all the European mass-market brands, Citroën continues to be hit hardest. 
Sales slid by 17 per cent in the first five months of the year.

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27 June 2013

If you actually read the figures, as opposed to the sensationalist headline the worst sufferers are Japanese, Italian or (nominally) American. Ford and the French makes have real cause to be annoyed with you. One is always puzzled by the motivation for things of this kind.

27 June 2013

You don't think that JLR actually DO make good cars as Autocar has been telling us, do you?! Nah. Can't be. 

Poor old BMW and Audi. Even Mercedes is comparison.

27 June 2013

I dont think anyone doubts that JLR make good cars, they clearly do. What they doubt is that they are all top of their respective classes. And whilst JLR have clearly done very well in terms of yearly percentage sales increase, they have done so from a much lower starting point, Merc, BMW & Audi sell many times more vehicles than JLR do.

27 June 2013

Ray6O wrote:

You don't think that JLR actually DO make good cars as Autocar has been telling us, do you?! Nah. Can't be. 

Poor old BMW and Audi. Even Mercedes is comparison.

Good on JLR...they definitely making much better product than they ever have. But are these figures not % increase on previosu year. looking at the brands that had negative sales increaases I can see that these brands haven't really produced intresting or new products  in a while.. Look at BMW be honest what product in there range excites you! Audi all look exactly the same aprt from the size differnces.. Great technically I am sure but really just bland. The one German brand that tries to produce intresting or differnet models is Mercedes. CLS shooting brake, A-class, CLA etc...

I believe this I why your are seeing JLR sale sincrease, new RR, Evoque, Jag F-type etc...all new and intresting. Not the biggeest Jag fan but I applaud them for making want product not same same. Love the RR though- tech and design masterpiece!

27 June 2013

No mention of Dacia's success ... Any particular reason??

27 June 2013

Suzuki QT wrote:

No mention of Dacia's success ... Any particular reason??

I'm guessing, but despite a very impressive year on year increase Dacia's total volume sold is still very low when compared to the other brands that get name checked in the article.

27 June 2013

Suzuki QT wrote:

No mention of Dacia's success ... Any particular reason??

I'm seeing lot's of 13 plate cars here in Central Scotland, one of the most popular being those Dacias. I wouldn't put my money in to one but admit they have a certain trendy appeal.

27 June 2013

well, I am sure the susal trolls will be in shortly stating that these figures have been manipulated by JLR and in fact they made no cars at all this year, and have sacked everyoneon its payroll, and no long even own anything at all in the UK.

 

But hey, let the little trolls have their thoughts....

27 June 2013

I think it's the drop Citreon have suffered that's surprised me the most. Going by the cars I see on a daily basis, the DS range seems to be selling very well.

The JLR news is excellent. I hope their success continues. 

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

27 June 2013

Rich_uk wrote:

I think it's the drop Citreon have suffered that's surprised me the most. Going by the cars I see on a daily basis, the DS range seems to be selling very well.

Shut up you troll.

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