The Volkswagen Group's sales volume dropped by 42% in October, as it lost the top spot for monthly registrations for only the second time this century.
The number-one position was taken by Stellantis, which outsold the German giant for the first time since its formation, thanks largely to the continued success of the Peugeot 2008 and Peugeot 208.
Stellantis recorded a 21.0% market share for the month, compared with the Volkswagen Group’s 20.7% share. The Volkswagen Golf was also knocked out of the top 10 models for October.
Total registrations dropped by 30% to 790,652 units, according to Jato Dynamics, which has once again attributed the drop to the continued shortages of semiconductors and new cars.
“The shortage of semiconductors is proving to be as severe as the Covid lockdowns of last year,” said Felipe Muñoz, global analyst at Jato.
“We've seen factories shut down across the continent, and at present the industry is struggling to find a solution to the supply-chain crisis.”
Elsewhere, electrified vehicle ownership continued to grow in Europe, setting a new monthly record, with a total of 181,300 BEV and PHEVs registered for a 22.9% total market share.
Diesels again suffered, now with just 19% of the overall market share in Europe.
Muñoz added: “As we saw during the pandemic, the current crisis has proved to be more of an opportunity than a threat to the developing EV market."
“COP26 marked a significant turning point for the industry, as 24 countries and 11 OEMs committed to no longer producing ICE vehicles by 2040, and so the shift towards EVs will only accelerate further in the coming years."
The 2008 took the top spot for the first time in October, as five Stellantis models appeared in the top 10, followed by the Renault Group with two models and the Volkswagen Group, Ford and Hyundai each with one model.
You can read the full top 10 below.
The best-selling cars in Europe in June 2021:
1 Peugeot 2008: 18,836, +9%