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Europe December 2012: Peugeot 208 up to #2

Peugeot 208

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The European new car market finishes 2012 on a very dark note: down 15% year-on-year in December to 847,366 registrations, which brings the Full Year 2012 total to 12,573,842 units, down 8% on 2011. Germany, down 16% in December, pulled Europe with it this month while France , Italy and Spain all delivered heavy drops over the Full Year at -14%, -20% and -13% respectively. The VW Golf suffers from the transition between the 6th and 7th generations of the model and sees its sales fall by 32% year-on-year in December to 22,698 units, still #1 however. Boosted by a strong performance in France, the Peugeot 208 is up 6 spots on last month to hit a best-ever 2nd place with 19,407 sales.

BMW 3 Series

The Renault Clio, helped by the arrival of the 4th generation, stays on the European podium for the 2nd month in a row and only the third time since February 2011 at 18,758 sales, down just 7% year-on-year. The VW Polo (-29%) and Ford Fiesta (-33%) are kicked down to #4 and #5 respectively. The BMW 3 Series manages to climb into the Top 10 for the third time this year after April and June but only the 4th time in the last 4 years after December 2008, up 21% year-on-year to #8 at 15,171 units, its highest ranking since September 2007

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Full December 2012 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

Europe December 2012 – models:

PosModelDec/11Nov2012/11Pos2011
1VW Golf22,698-32%1431,742-11%11
2Peugeot 20819,407new8159,945new15 –
3Renault Clio18,758-7%3244,280-17%55
4VW Polo18,532-29%4287,828-20%32
5Ford Fiesta16,497-33%2306,405-13%23
6Opel Astra16,021-23%6232,645-20%76
7Opel Corsa15,481-35%5265,297-16%44
8BMW 3 Series15,17121%n/a175,3088%1217
9Ford Focus15,033-19%7241,862-15%67
10Renault Megane14,391-19%n/a199,167-17%99

Europe December 2012 – brands:

PosBrandDec/11Nov2012/11Pos
1Volkswagen101,360-19%11,613,913-4%1
2Renault57,590-25%4816,933-22%4
3Ford55,038-28%2953,174-13%2
4Opel/Vauxhall53,883-26%3838,206-16%3
5BMW53,6175%7641,3780%8
6Peugeot51,270-15%5795,839-13%5
7Mercedes44,885-6%8598,3011%9
8Citroen41,405-22%9674,688-13%7
9Audi40,034-17%6705,7393%6
10Fiat37,937-14%10582,995-15%10

Source: www.jato.com

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