The Peugeot 2008 secures its first ever Top 10 finish in Europe.
31/07 update: Now with Top 56 All-brands and Top 352 All-models.
30/07 update: Now with Top 100 models.
29/07 update: Now with Top 10 models, Top 10 EV, hybrid and PHEV models.
It should come as no surprise if you have followed our COVID-19 Live Dashboard closely over the past couple of weeks: the European new car market is down -24.1% year-on-year in June to 1.131.843 units (EU+EFTA+UK). That’s much better than March (-51.9%), April (-78.2%) or May (-56.8%) and clearly indicates new car sales on the continent are on the mend. However this overall declines hides many disparities between countries. Thanks to efficient government incentives, France (+1.2%) is the only European market to have managed a spectacular return to positive in June and distances Germany to #1 market in Europe for the first time in over 30 years: since January 1990.
Major 5 European markets January-June 2020. Source UNRAE
Belgium (-1.8%), the Czech Republic (-5.2%) and Slovenia (-5.8%) the only ones keeping their loss to the single-digits. For their part Luxembourg (-10.5%), Denmark (-13.4%), Switzerland (-13.8%), Austria (-18%0 and Cyprus (-19.9%) hold back their decline to below -20%. Among major markets, Italy (-23.3%) fares much better than Germany (-32.2%), the UK (-34.9%) and Spain (-36.7%). Portugal (-56.2%) is the only European country still losing more than half its sales vs. June 2019, with Croatia (-49.4%), Lithuania (-40.8%), Iceland (-39.4%), the Netherlands (-39.2%) and Greece (-37.2%) also struggling.
Volvo is the only Top 25 brand to gain ground year-on-year in June.
Among the Top 5 most popular carmaker groups in Europe in June, only Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (-18.6%) manages to outpace the market – and quite significantly. In contrast, the VW Group (-25.9%), BMW Group (-26.3%), Hyundai-Kia (-26.7%) and PSA Group (-29.6%) all lose share vs. June 2019. But it’s the Toyota Group (-13.5%) that fares best among major groups, with Daimler AG (-19.2%) also resisting very well. Geely Group (+0.2%), in essence Volvo, edges up which is a phenomenal performance in the current context.
Porsche European sales are up 9.1% year-on-year in June.
Brand-wise, Volkswagen (-28.2%) struggles with the steepest year-on-year fall in the Top 12 and sees its advantage over #2 Renault (-15.1%) thaw to just 11.384 units. Reversely, Mercedes (-11%), Skoda (-11.9%), Toyota (-15.2%), Peugeot (-16.5%) and Dacia (-19.4%) all vastly outpace the market in the remainder of the Top 10. Naughty kids: Audi (-27%), BMW (-26.3%) and Ford (-24.6%) but naughtiest of all is Opel/Vauxhall (-48%) losing almost half its June 2019 volume as the Adam, Karl and Mokka got discontinued in the interval. Below, Porsche (+9.1%) and Volvo (+2.8%) secure the only year-on-year gain in the Top 30, with Lexus (-1.6%) drastically containing its fall and Great Wall (+2150%), MG (+112%), Mahindra (+20.4%), Bentley (+10.7%) and Ferrari (+6.3%) standing out further down.
It’s a European triumph for the Renault Clio in June.
This month the European models ranking definitely has a French accent due to the over-performing of this market. The Renault Clio (+3.2%) bucks the negative trend to lodge a third win in the past 5 months, and this time it is actually a triumph with a 12.645-unit advantage over the VW Golf (-34.9%). It is now the 7th time in the nameplate’s 30-year history that the Clio is #1 across Europe after September 1991, April, June and October 2006 and February and May 2020. The Clio is the overall best-seller in France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Slovenia and Croatia, with the 5th generation accounting for 79% of its June European sales whereas the Golf is still handicapped by a slow expansion of its 8th generation which only accounts for 28% of its total. The Renault Captur (-20.9%) is also boosted by the new model to become the best-selling SUV across Europe in June, cracking the podium for the third time ever after December 2017 and June 2019.
The Renault Captur scores a third ever European podium finish.
The Dacia Sandero (-10.6%) remains at #4, meaning the Renault Group places 3 models in the June Top 4, and the Toyota Yaris (-1%) soars 8 spots on May to land at #5, its highest European ranking since October 2018 even though the new generation only represents 6% of its June total. In the remainder of the Top 10, the Peugeot 208 (-8.2%), Ford Focus (-10.4%), Dacia Duster (-19.7%) and VW Tiguan (-22.3%) all outpace the market but the hero of the month is the Peugeot 2008 (+10.2%) scoring the only double-digit gain atop the charts and breaking into the European Top 10 for the very first time at #10 (previous best #12 achieved just last month), even though the EV variant is still gearing up. The Renault Zoe (+118%), Volvo XC40 (+55.9%), Mercedes GLC (+14.7%), Hyundai Kona (+14.5%), Renault Twingo (+8.5%) and VW T-Cross (+0.9%) sign the only additional gains in the Top 50.
First appearance of the Mazda MX-30 in the European charts.
Among recent launches (<12 months), the Ford Puma (#27) breaks into the European Top 30 for the first time, with the Skoda Kamiq (#47) remaining in the Top 50. They distance the Mazda CX-30 (#95), Audi Q3 Sportback (#99), Kia Xceed (#107) and the new Land Rover Defender up 78 spots on May to #156. We welcome the Honda E at #252, the Mazda MX-30 at #296 and the Polestar 2 at #303. The Renault Zoe is the #1 EV above the Tesla Model 3, VW Golf and a surging Peugeot 208 (up 4 to #4), the Toyota C-HR, Corolla, Yaris and RAV4 are the best-selling hybrids while in the PHEV charts the Ford Kuga and Mitsubishi Outlander are followed by the Volvo XC40, XC60 and V60.
Full June 2020 Top 10 groups, Top 56 All-brands, Top 352 All-models, EV, hybrid and PHEV models below.