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For only the second time in the last 2 years with last April, new car sales in Europe gain ground year-on-year: up 5% in July to 1,023,086 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still down 5% on 2012 at 7,487,561 units. 4 of the 5 biggest markets in the region are up: Germany is up 2%, the UK up 13%, France up 1% and Spain up 16% while Italy is down 2%. No surprises atop the models ranking: the VW Golf celebrates 40 consecutive months in the European pole position and even increases the distance that separates it from all its pursuers thanks to sales up 15% year-on-year to 37,661 units. Its year-to-date total is now in positive as well at 274,984 sales, up 1% on 2012.
For the first time since last August, Volkswagen does a 1-2 this month, with the Polo up one spot on June to land in 2nd place at 23,704 units. It is still #4 year-to-date however. The Ford Fiesta is up 2 to #3 with 22,580 sales and passes the Renault Clio again year-to-date to reclaim the 2nd spot at 176,364 units vs. 176,168 for the Clio, down 2 to #4 this month but up 29% on July 2012. The Ford Focus is back inside the European Top 5 for the first time since last August, up 2 ranks on last month and 13% year-on-year to #5 and 19,106 sales. Notice also the BMW 3 Series up 48% on July 2012 to #10 at 16,652 units.
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Full July 2013 Top 10 Ranking Table below.