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Europe June 2012: Opel Corsa #2 for the first time in 18 months, Nissan Qashqai & BMW 3 Series back in Top 10

Vauxhall Corsa

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The European new car market is down 2% year-on-year in June to 1,258,035 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 6,918,643 units halfway through the year, down 7% on 2011. While the VW Golf keeps the pole position by far with 39,811 sales it is down 4% on June 2011. The Opel Corsa is up to #2 overall for the first time since December 2010 despite sales down 12% year-on-year to 29,490 units. It leads its category ahead of the VW Polo (-12%) and Ford Fiesta (-21%).

BMW 3 Series

Thanks to its outstanding performance in the Netherlands, the Renault Megane is up 3% to 5th place with 23,692 sales, its highest ranking since July 2010. The Opel Astra (-22%), Renault Clio (-15%) and Ford Focus (-30%) all fall heavily year-on-year. Reversely, the Nissan Qashqai is back in the European Top 10 for the third time this year after January (#9) and March (#7) with 21,682 sales, up a shiny 16% year-on-year. It is only the 5th time ever the Qashqai ranks in the Top 10 after July 2010 and September 2011. The BMW 3 Series is also back in the Top 10 for the second time in the last 3 months at #10 with 20,112 units, up 12%.

Previous month: Europe May 2012: Renault Megane back into Top 10

One year ago: Europe June 2011: Ford Focus back in Top 5 after 21 months

Full June 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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  1. Steam
    July 29th, 2012 at 00:03 | #1

    Surprise: VW Passat is out of top ten and Fiesta is behind Polo and Corsa.

  2. July 21st, 2012 at 00:27 | #2

    @Rick
    correct, that´s the point! Vw have huge profits in huge important markets like China, Brazil, South Africa… and the Golf monopolises Europe sales beeing number one. No wonder the golf is the best selling car in europe with more than 20.000 example sales in Germany each month.

  3. Rick
    July 20th, 2012 at 18:45 | #3

    I read stories how VW is able to offer signifcant discounts in France, Italie and the UK. Well, with the ultra strong home market and the incredible hig sales in f.i. China, VAG is making so much money they can conquer sales at any price.

  4. July 20th, 2012 at 17:19 | #4

    I´m amazed with the Mégane… I drove a rented one in Madeira island last March when I was in holidays and honestly, I did not like it at all!
    What concern to the Focus, it deserves a better place… it´s a quite competent car
    The Corsa is cute but getting old and the polo is getting old too and is ugly. the majority of its sales are to rent a car.

  5. July 20th, 2012 at 15:55 | #5

    Only the Qashqai and 3 Series have managed to increase their sales, the Focus deserves to do better, the Corsa is a fairly old design but is still doing well, it will be interesting to see how the 208 and Up! will do

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