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European new car sales back to pre-crisis levels
 

It has taken almost a decade, but sales of new cars across the EU are back to levels last seen before the credit crisis in 2007, according to results from European automotive industry association, ACEA, for the first half of this year.

In the six months from January to June, European new car sales rose 4.7% with more than 8.2m new cars registered. This compared with 7.84m in the first half of 2016 and was the highest number since June 2007.

The positive result showed that confidence had remained robust, said ACEA, with a strong performance from the new EU member states where sales were up by 12% and which made a significant contribution to the region’s results. 

In Germany, the EU's biggest market, half-year sales were up 3.1% to 1.787m, while demand in France increased by 3.0% to 1.135m. In Italy, sales were up by 8.9% to 1.136m and in Spain they rose by 7.1% to 667,000.

Of the major markets, only the UK witnessed a decline in sales, and here they fell by 1.3% from January to June, finishing 19,000 units down at 1.4m.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warned that the UK's new car market could contract by as much as 5% this year and 1.8% in 2018 as carmakers raise prices in the wake of the Brexit vote and the UK economy slows down.

Top Ten EU new car markets in Jan-Jun 2017

Country

June 2017

June 2016

% change

Jan-Jun 2017

Jan-Jun 2016

% change

Germany

327,693

339,563

-3.5

1,787,026

1,733,839

+3.1

UK

242,454

255,766

-4.8

1,401,811

1,420,636

-1.3

France

230,926

227,353

+1.6

1,135,267

1,102,429

+3.0

Italy

187,642

166,232

+12.9

1,136,331

1,043,388

+8.9

Spain

131,797

123,790

+6.5

667,494

623,234

+7.1

Belgium

55,119

55,272

-0.3

322,302

309,606

+4.1

Poland

41,890

38,555

+8.6

247,014

210,728

+17.2

Netherlands

41,309

39,249

+9.2

226,690

193,915

+16.9

Sweden

38,324

36,307

+5.6

193,530

187,591

+3.2

Austria

35,441

33,751

+5.0

186,561

171,770

+8.6

 

The Volkswagen Group was again the leading European vehicle manufacturer and registered 1,911,302 new units in the first half of 2017, up 3.2% on the same period in 2016, although its overall market share fell from 23.6% in 2016 to 23.3% in 2017.

 
The Group’s main VW brand was up slightly, rising by 0.9% to 882,090 new cars registered. And, with the exception of Audi which was down 0.5%, all its other brands saw growth, with Skoda up 6.2%, SEAT up 16.6% and Porsche up 7.2%.

 
In second place was the Renault Group, comprising the Renault and Dacia brands, which saw its overall market share rise to 10.5% with sales of 863,670 new units, a 6.9% year-on-year rise.


Just behind Renault, was the PSA Group of Peugeot, Citroen and DS which had total six month sales of 834,771, an increase of 2.3% year-on-year. There were mixed results across the Group, with Peugeot volumes up 4.2%, Citroen up 4.3% but DS down 36.5%.


Next was the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group, which had a 10.2% increase in its volume to 599,461 (544,210). The main Fiat brand was up 10.9% to 460,230 new units.


Ford Motor Company was in fifth place with six monthly sales of 570,664, a 3.4% increase year-on-year. Just behind Ford was the BMW Group, which saw a 1.8% increase in volumes across the Group to 521,850 new units and a slight market share decline from 6.5% to 6.4%.

 

Leading EU car manufacturers: Jan-Jun 2017

Manufacturer

% share 2017

% share 2016

Units 2017

Units 2016

% change

VW Group

23.3

23.6

1,911,302

1,1852300

+3.2

Volkswagen

10.7

11.1

882.090

874.071

+0.9

Audi

5.2

5.5

427,774

429,816

-0.5

Skoda

4.3

4.3

354,631

333,902

+6.2

SEAT

2.5

2.3

206,507

177,099

+16.6

Porsche

0.5

0.5

37,842

35,304

+7.2

Renault Group

10.5

10.3

863,670

807,701

+6.9

Renault

7.5

7.5

618,291

586,652

+5.4

Dacia

3.0

2.8

242,878

219,240

+10.8

PSA Group

10.2

10.4

834,771

815,886

+2.3

Peugeot

6.0

6.0

491,807

471,915

+4.2

Citroen

3.9

3.9

318.299

305,134

+4.3

DS

0.3

0.5

64,092

73,394

-36.5

FCA Group

7.3

6.9

599,461

544,210

+10.2

Fiat

5.6

5.3

460,230

414,876

+10.9

Jeep

0.6

0.7

52,234

53,617

-2.4

Alfa Romeo

0.5

0.4

44,400

32,482

+36.7

Lancia/Chrysler

0.5

0.5

37,445

40,190

-6.8

Ford

7.0

7.0

570,664

552086

+3.4

BMW Group

6.4

6.5

521,850

512,458

+1.8

BMW

5.0

5.2

414,628

408,268

+1.6

MINI

1.3

1.3

107,222

104,280

+2.8


Dr Jörg Löffler, CEO at Fleet Logistics, said:”New car demand has recovered to pre-crisis levels, despite the political uncertainty caused by Brexit and the political upheaval we have seen during the last 12 months.


“Manufacturers will continue to try and gain market share and will be very competitive on pricing, so fleet operators should be on the look-out for the best acquisition prices. One of our key roles is to help our fleet customers in this aim, using methodology like our multi-bidding solution and this will be one of our key objectives for the remainder of the year.”

If you require any further information or advice on the above, please get in touch with one of the key contacts whose details are shown on the front page of this newsletter; email info@fleetlogistics.com  or visit www.fleetlogistics.com