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Europe Full Year 2013: First podium in 7 years for Renault Clio

Renault Clio Europe 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Clio

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The European new car market is in decline for the 5th year in a row in 2013, down 2% to 12,358,239 registrations, a loss of 220,000 units over 2012 (Read also Europe: Will the new car market ever grow again?). However the decline reached 7% at mid-year and the last 4 months of the year were all in positive, peaking at +13% in December, so there could be a light at the end of the tunnel in 2014… Volkswagen unsurprisingly remains atop the brands ranking by far thanks to 1,554,915 sales (-4%) and in fact the Top 6 is unchanged on 2012 with Ford at #2 (-3%) followed by Opel/Vauxhall (-1%), Renault (-2%), Peugeot (-7%) and Audi (-2%). BMW (stable) and Mercedes (+4%) both pass Citroen (-11%) to rank 7th and 8th respectively.

VW Golf Europe 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.fr26th year at #1 in Europe for the VW Golf.

Model-wise, the VW Golf dominates for the 6th year in a row and the 26th time ever (starting in 1983) with 470,229 sales, up 9% year-on-year. The Golf was #1 each and every month of the year, in fact the last time it did not top the monthly European ranking was in March 2010! The Ford Fiesta remains #2 in spite of sales down 4% to 293,663 units and in spite of trailing the #3, the Renault Clio up 2 spots and 18% to 287,111 sales, after 8 months. Pushed by the broad success of its 4th generation, the Clio is on the European podium for the first time since 2006. The VW Polo (-7%) and Opel Corsa (-9%) follow, both down one rank on 2012.

Nissan Qashqai Europe 2013Can the Nissan Qashqai progress even further in 2014?

For its first full year of sales, the Peugeot 208 lands at #6 with 239,102 sales, a relatively disappointing result compared to the previous performances of the Peugeot 206 (#1 in 2003) and  Peugeot 207 (#1 in 2007). It never reiterated the #2 spot it reached back in December 2012, peaking at #3 in May and not ranking in the Top 5 after then. The Nissan Qashqai holds onto the 8th spot it hit last year (still the best-ever year-end ranking reached by a Japanese model in Europe) down just 3% to 202,593 sales but hitting an all-time record 5th position in February and March.

BMW 3 Series Europe 2013. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe BMW 3 Series is back inside the year-end Top 10 for the first time since 2008.

Other models reaching their best-ever monthly ranking in Europe this year are the BMW 3 Series, Skoda Octavia and Audi A3. The BMW 3 Series finishes the year at #9 with 201,224 units (its first time in the year-end European Top 10 since 2008), up 15% and 3 ranks on 2012, peaking at #4 in August, the Skoda Octavia lodged no less than 4 months inside the monthly Top 10 this year whereas it had only managed that feat once before in the nameplate's 17 year-career, peaking at an aout of this world 5th place in October and November. Finally the Audi A3 became the 2nd Audi to ever break into the monthly European Top 10 in April, beating that record again in August when it ranked #6. The last two model finished the year just outside the Top 10.

Previous post: Europe December 2013: VW Golf up 64%, Skoda Octavia up 53%

One year ago: Europe Full Year 2012: Nissan Qashqai in Top 10 for the first time

One year ago (also):  Europe Full Year 2012: Top 350 All-models and Top 60 All-brands ranking now available

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  1. Ian
    January 27th, 2014 at 18:10 | #1

    @SlumLord

    Lorinzo, this is not only shocking but dishonest and is cheating the customer

  2. J77
    January 26th, 2014 at 05:30 | #2

    ToJa :
    @J77
    Not really. Most (over 90%) of Clio III is LCV, so not counted by JATO.
    Clio IV is winning against Peugeot 208 in almost all markets

    Mmmm… Peugeot 207 and 207 is also LCV. Peugeot 208+207 more sales than Clios.

  3. SlumLord
    January 25th, 2014 at 20:56 | #3

    @Lorinzo

    A lot of cunsumers starts to think that the german car press is not the bullet worth.
    these scumbags

  4. ToJa
    January 22nd, 2014 at 22:08 | #4

    @J77

    Not really. Most (over 90%) of Clio III is LCV, so not counted by JATO.

    Clio IV is winning against Peugeot 208 in almost all markets

  5. Todor
    January 22nd, 2014 at 21:39 | #5

    It is important to note that Ford Fiesta with over 16 000 000 sales outsold Ford Model T about 15 500 000 and became 3rd bestselling Ford model after F-series with over 33 million and Escort with over 20 million

  6. J77
    January 22nd, 2014 at 06:45 | #6

    STAC :
    Salut,
    La Clio IV doit être 6ème si on décompte les chiffres des 3 générations.

    Ok.

    So: Clio= Clio3+Clio4. Peugeot 208 without 207.

  7. Jimmy
    January 22nd, 2014 at 05:56 | #7

    When will be available total stats of sales all over the world (2013)?

  8. Lorinzo
    January 22nd, 2014 at 01:46 | #8

    What about the ADAC scandal? cheating for 10 years to the benefit of VW…

  9. STAC
    January 22nd, 2014 at 01:46 | #9

    Salut,

    La Clio IV doit être 6ème si on décompte les chiffres des 3 générations.

  10. ToJa
    January 21st, 2014 at 19:58 | #10

    JATO sales are incomplete. They are without LCV cars.

    Full sales are:
    1. VW
    2. Renault
    3. Ford
    4. Opel
    5. Peugeot
    6. Mercedes

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