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Europe May 2013: Worst May in 20 years

Dacia Logan Europe May 2013. Picture courtesy of autoevolution.comDacia Logan. Dacia is the best-performing major brand in Europe so far in 2013.

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(Note models data will be added as soon as available) New car sales in Europe are not getting better, and far from it. In May, sales are down 6% year-on-year to 1,083,930 registrations which is the lowest May figure since 1993 when the market was below 1 million units... Dark times indeed, with only a bunch of country in positive vs. May 2012: by order of size, the UK (+11%), Belgium (+9%), Sweden (+0.1%), Finland (+40%), Slovenia (+5%). Hungary (+9%) and Estonia (+18%). All others drop, with Germany and France at -10%, Italy at -8%, Bulgaria and Ireland at -23%, the Netherlands at -37% and Romania at -47%...

Mercedes E-Class Europe May 2013Mercedes is the only brand in the European Top 10 to gain ground year-on-year!

Brand-wise, the horizon is equally clouded. Volkswagen logically leads the way but sees its sales drop by 7% to 137,521 units, ahead of Ford (-0.5%), Opel (-8%) and Peugeot, up 2 spots on April to #4 thanks to the 208 and 2008 which has started like a rocket in France. Audi shines at #5 while Fiat is up 3 spots to #7. Mercedes is the only manufacturer in the Top 10 to gain ground year-year both in May at +3% to 54,496 sales and year-to-date at +4%.

Further down, Hyundai is up a nudge at +0.4% to #13, Nissan is up 6% to #14, Seat up 13% to #16 and Dacia up 16% to #17, the best-performing major brand on the continent and also up 17% to #17 year-to-date. Notice also Honda up 12% YTD, Land Rover up 11% and Jaguar up 20%.

Previous month: Europe April 2013: Audi A3 breaks into Top 10 for the first time!

One year ago: Europe May 2012: Renault Megane back into Top 10

Full May 2013 Top 30 brands Ranking Table below.

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  1. Max
    June 21st, 2013 at 03:27 | #1

    Lexus is definitely not interested in a decadent market like the european one, just a couple of years again and the whole Europe will be in default just like Greece, by the way: Audi -4% and in Italy -23%.

  2. Max
    June 21st, 2013 at 03:25 | #2

    Lexus rocks in the U.S, audi sux@Pedro

  3. Pedro
    June 20th, 2013 at 19:53 | #3

    Audi rocks. Lexus almost dead.

  4. Steam
    June 20th, 2013 at 19:30 | #4

    Model-ranking?

  5. Sonico
    June 20th, 2013 at 18:44 | #5

    Weird detailing at the ACEA website: you can see the 43 units for GM USA (as part of the General Motors), but not bigger names such as Subaru, or Daihatsu, or Porsche which is included in the “others VW Group”.

  6. tengil
    June 20th, 2013 at 06:00 | #6

    @kia!
    . . . in holiday!

  7. AndyT
    June 20th, 2013 at 05:27 | #7

    Well done SEAT & Dacia!

  8. kia!
    June 20th, 2013 at 04:31 | #8

    Where ia Subaru?

  9. kia!
    June 20th, 2013 at 04:26 | #9

    Ai, Mitsubishi is very weak

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