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Europe August 2022: Peugeot, Mercedes, Dacia help market up 3.4%, VW T-Roc #1 again

Peugeot sales are up 23.6% year-on-year in Europe in August.

05/10 update: Now with Top 75 all-brands and Top 407 all-models.

According to data by ACEA, new car sales in Europe (EU+EFTA+UK) mark their first year-on-year progression since June 2021, edge up 3.4% year-on-year in August to 748,941, leading to a year-to-date off -11.8% to 7,221,379. All Top 5 markets are in positive, with Italy up 9.9%, Spain up 9.1%, France up 3.8%, Germany up 3% and the UK up 1.2%. The best performing markets are Portugal (+42.4%), Greece (+39.7%), Ireland (+36.4%) and Bulgaria (+30.2%) while at the other end of the scale Norway (-24.7%), Romania (-22.3%), Denmark (-19.5%) and Finland (-10%) fare worst.

In the groups ranking, the Volkswagen Group (+6.3%) beats the market for once to easily remain in first place with just under 200,000 registrations. Stellantis (+11%) does even better in 2nd place whereas Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (-6.5%) struggles in third position. After positing stellar gains when the market was in negative, Hyundai-Kia (-0.3%) is panting a little this month but stays at #4. It is followed by the Toyota Group (+4.8%) and BMW Group (+3.4%). Daimler (+16%) and Ford Motor (+12.6%) shine below.

The VW T-Roc is the best-selling vehicle in Europe for the second month running.

Brand-wise, Volkswagen (+5.7%) and Toyota (+7.4%) dominate head and shoulders, with Mercedes (+21.5%), BMW (-0.5%), Audi (+2.9%) and Skoda (+13.9%) all lifted by a European market skewed towards Germany this month. Peugeot (+23.6%) brilliantly scores the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10, with Dacia (+17.2%) outselling Renault (-22.8%) for the second time in a row and ever. Note Renault is well outside the Top 10 at #13. Ford (+11.6%) also beats the market and rounds out the Top 10. Below, Cupra (+56.7%), MG (+40.9%), Mini (+28.5%), and Citroen (+21.3%) stand out.

In the models ranking, the VW T-Roc (+42.7%), helped by a historical victory in Germany, surges ahead to rank #1 for the second consecutive month and ever. It still ranks #3 year-to-date. The Peugeot 208 (+91.9%) makes an even bigger year-on-year leap and cements its YTD pole position. In third place we have the Dacia Sandero (-0.9%) which ranked #1 a year ago. The Toyota Yaris (+7.8%) and Fiat 500 (+34.2%) round out the Top 5. The VW Golf (-10.2%) is in difficulty once again at #6, the years of European domination up until 2021 are well and truly over as it ranks #4 year-to-date. The Citroen C3 (+76.1%), Opel Corsa (+60.1%), Skoda Octavia (+37.9%) and VW Tiguan (+33.7%) complete the Top 10 in very dynamic fashion. The VW Taigo (#36) is the best-selling recent launch above the Dacia Jogger (#44).

Previous month: Europe July 2022: VW T-Roc #1 for the first time in market down -10.5%

One year ago: Europe August 2021: Toyota at #2, Hyundai at #5, market off -18.1%, Sandero repeats at #1

Full August 2022 Top 10 groups, Top 75 all-brands and Top 407 all-models below.

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