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New car sales in Europe enjoy their 27th consecutive month of year-on-year gains with an impressive 13.5% improvement in November – the 2nd-strongest so far this year, helped by particularly strong performances of some of its largest markets such as Spain (+26%), Italy (+24%) and France (+11%) while Germany (+9%) and the UK (+4%) are a notch below. All-in-all, 27 out of the 29 markets composing the region posted year-on-year gains (the two odd ones out being Luxembourg and Estonia) and 21 posted double-digits gains. According to JATO Dynamics, the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rates (SAAR) reached 14.03 million units at 1.127 million sales in November, bringing the year-to-date total to 13.065 million, up 9% or 1.056 million on the same period in 2014.
The scandal the Volkswagen Group is still enduring is clearly showing in the brands ranking: the Volkswagen (+3%) and Audi (+4%) brands are the only ones in the Top 10 posting a single-digit increase. At 59.114 registrations this month, Audi even slips below archenemies Mercedes (+18% to 62.452) and BMW (+10% to 60.613). Audi will win the European luxury race in 2015, but at just +6% so far this year, it will need a very strong result from the new generation A4 to keep its two followers at bay: Mercedes gains 12% after 11 months and BMW is up 10%… Renault (#2), Ford (#3) and Fiat (#9) all top year-on-year gains in the Top 10 at +19%, with Opel/Vauxhall (#4) and Peugeot (#5) following closely at +18% and +16% respectively.
Over in the models ranking, the Top 4 best-sellers are unchanged on October but all underperforms with the VW Golf (+3%) leading the way above the Polo (-1%), Renault Clio (+7%) and Ford Fiesta (+4%). The Opel Corsa (+18%) returns to the 5th place it holds year-to-date, while the VW Passat is solely responsible for keeping Volkswagen in positive territory with sales up a whopping 86% on the previous generation a year ago. The Peugeot 308 manages a second consecutive month at a record 8th place thanks to sales up 22% year-on-year to 18.301. It ranks third in its segment below just the Golf and Skoda Octavia, just as the Ford Focus, Audi A3 and Opel Astra (despite sales up 29%) remain outside the overall Top 10. It is also the 4th time (after November, December 2014 and July 2015) that the 308 is Peugeot’s best-seller above the 208, itself up a very encouraging 23% this month.
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