Europe September 2013: VW Golf shines in market up 6%
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Some good news coming from Europe for once! The overall market is up 6% year-on-year in September to 1,204,102 registrations, the largest year-on-year increase so far this year and reducing the year-to-date fall to 3.9% at 9,379,709 units, the lowest it's been in 2013. The UK has definitely pushed the overall European market up this month thanks to its 12% increase and the license plate change bringing it past 400,000 registrations or one third of European sales! Within the 'Big Five', Spain (+30%) and France (+3%) are also on the up.
Thanks to strong showings in the UK and Germany, the VW Golf is up a very satisfying 17% on September 2012 to 45,212 sales while the Ford Fiesta is boosted by the UK market to #2 and 33,561 units, reclaiming the #2 spot year-to-date off the Renault Clio in the process. Another UK beneficiary, the Opel Corsa, holds the third spot this month with 28,347 sales but remains #6 year-to-date. Two additional models lodge very impressive year-on-year improvements: the Renault Clio is at +29% to #4 as the 4th generation had just launched one year ago and the BMW 3 Series continues to shine, up 23% to #7 and still #9 year-to-date ahead of the Opel Astra. Brand-wise, there are now 2 manufacturers up year-to-date in the Top 10: BMW at #7 (+1%) and Mercedes at #8 (+5%).
Previous month: Europe August 2013: BMW 3 Series and Audi A3 smash records
Full September 2013 Top 10 Ranking Table below.