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Europe February 2013: Nissan Qashqai in Top 5 for the first time

Nissan QashqaiNissan Qashqai. Picture courtesy of ernir, all rights reserved.

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It is not getting any better for new car sales in Europe: down another 10% year-on-year in February to 832,998 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 1,754,315 units, down 9% on 2012. Out of the Top 5 markets, once again only the UK registers a year-on-year increase. Shockingly, no brand in the Top 10 gains ground on February 2012: Volkswagen (-10%) leads, followed by Renault (-15%), Peugeot (-9%), Ford (-21%) and Opel (-16%). Year-to-date, only BMW at #9 with 87,761 sales is in positive at +5%...

Renault Clio 4 Europe February 2013Renault Clio 4

Model-wise, the VW Golf continues on its one-car-show with stable sales year-on-year at 32,663 units, over 10,000 above the #2, the Renault Clio very impressive at 22,318 sales, up 17% year-on-year thanks to the success of the new generation, #1 in France. This is the Clio's best European ranking since February 2011 and its third time on the podium in the last 4 months. The Peugeot 208 continues to shine at #4 with 18,867 units.

Fiat Panda Europe February 2013Fiat Panda

But the best performance this month comes from the car that hasn't stopped turning all the traditional European car sales trends on their heads since its introduction in 2007: the Nissan Qashqai. Whereas the model is basically 6 years old with a slight facelift, it hits a record 5th place this month with 15,813 sales, up 4% year-on-year and the best-ever ranking reached by a Japanese model... Notice also the Fiat Panda up to #8, its best ranking since last April and 5th time in the Top 10 in the last 12 months.

Previous month: Europe January 2013: Worst January in 23 years

One year ago: Europe February 2012: Ford Focus on podium, Fiat Panda in Top 10

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  1. Bryan
    March 21st, 2013 at 17:07 | #1

    @Butin

    German cars are so much better than opel. Opel is GM company

  2. March 20th, 2013 at 20:47 | #2

    Sorry to hear that things have been rough in Western Europe. But don’t worry, China, India and other emerging Asian markets will lend some support by buying European cars. :D

  3. Butin
    March 20th, 2013 at 00:33 | #3

    Opel is German

  4. Pedro
    March 20th, 2013 at 00:27 | #4

    Gilly :
    See some poor feeble excuses for Fords poor performance, Ford are not the only car company that have an ageing car or a new car coming soon in its line-up on the planet!
    would have like to have seen a table by company group .i.e VW, Skoda, Audi, Seat & Bentley. Would have been nice to see true picture.
    Thanks Matt you do a great job.

    Detailled group-sales can be found at

    http://www.acea.be/index.php/news/news_detail/passenger_car_registrations_-9.5_over_two_months_-10.5_in_february

  5. Steam
    March 19th, 2013 at 20:44 | #5

    The success of the Quashqai is surprising again and again. Opel lost in the brand-ranking compared to 2012. Astra and Corsa are at the end of the top-ten now. VW Passat seems to be out at the moment, also Renault Megane is missing.

  6. Gilly
    March 19th, 2013 at 17:19 | #6

    See some poor feeble excuses for Fords poor performance, Ford are not the only car company that have an ageing car or a new car coming soon in its line-up on the planet!

    Very pleased to see Europeans buying European cars as well. BMW & Mercedes Benz are doing well. This is a chart for brands only Ford are normally No2 they have slipped a lot, would have like to have seen a table by company group .i.e VW, Skoda, Audi, Seat & Bentley. Would have been nice to see true picture.

    Thanks Matt you do a great job.

  7. jLind
    March 19th, 2013 at 14:41 | #7

    Ford is brand that lost the most maket share. I guess this is a sum of poor sales of Ka and Focus, aging Fiesta, delays in the launch of next generations of Kuga and Mondeo, as for the EcoSport.

  8. Bryan
    March 19th, 2013 at 13:13 | #8

    Europeans are increasingly buying more Europeans cars (VW, Renaut, Peugeot, FIAT) instead of americans (GM-Opel, Ford).
    Well done!

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