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Europe October 2022: Audi (+59.4%), Toyota (+47.4%), VW (+40%) shine in market up 14.1%

Audi is up to #3 brand across Europe in October.

28/11 update: Now with Top 72 all brands and Top 407 all models.

25/11 update: Now with Top 10 models.

According to data by ACEA, new car sales in Europe (EU+EFTA+UK) gain 14.1% year-on-year in October to 910,753 units. This strong result is tempered by the fact October 2021 was down a drastic -29.3% on the year prior, so we are still evolving at historical lows. The year-to-date tally remains in negative at -7.8% and 9,181,660 sales. Among the Top 5 European markets, the UK fares best at +26.4%, followed by Germany at +16.6%, Italy at +14.6%, Spain at +11.7% and France at +5.5%. Overall, the biggest gainers are Latvia (+61.1%), Bulgaria (+32.3%), Slovakia (+30.5%) and Czech Republic (+28.5%).

In the groups ranking, the Volkswagen Group soars 39.9% on a low year-ago basis. Stellantis (-1.8%) can’t catch up with the market growth but comfortably remains in 2nd place. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi only edges up 1.6% ahead of Hyundai-Kia (-4.9%) in difficulty. The Toyota Group is euphoric at +41.7% ahead of the BMW Group (+5.7%) and Daimler (-3.1%) both underperforming. Ford Motor (+37.8%) also has a great month while the Geely Group (+2.4%) and Mazda (+13.2%) close out the Top 10.

Brand-wise and according to JATO Dynamics, the 3 of the Top 4 vastly outpace the market: Volkswagen is up 40% at #1, Toyota gains 47.4% to stay in 2nd place and Audi (+59.4%) is up four spots on September to land on the fourth step. In third place, Mercedes (+12.5%) trails the market slightly but overtakes BMW (+6.8%) in the year-to-date ladder to come in at #4. Peugeot (-2.4%), Kia (-5.1%) and Renault (-6%) can’t capitalise on the market growth whereas Skoda (+48.4%) and Ford (+38.9%) both  post splendid upticks. Note that in the year-to-date charts, only Toyota (+4.6%) and Kia (+6.3%) are up among the Top 10 brands. Below, MG (+152.2%), Cupra (+142.4%) and Tesla (+89.3%) stand out.

Model-wise, the Peugeot 208 (+22.9%) reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date for just 37 units above a reinvigorated VW Golf (+97%). The Dacia Sandero (+17.9%) remains in third place above the Toyota Yaris (+141.2%) up spectacularly. The Fiat 500 (+27.7%) is back inside the Top 10 at #5 ahead of the VW Tiguan (+181.2%) catching up on a drab year-ago result. The T-Roc (+12%) falls to third best-selling Volkswagen model for the month with the Renault Clio (-7.9%) going against the market with a year-on-year loss as does the Peugeot 2008 (-35%) at #10. The Citroen C3 (+6.5%) is up 9 ranks on last month to #9 while the Toyota Yaris Cross (+166.4%) is up 11 to #11. The Audi A3 (+105.5%) and Peugeot 308 (+315.5%) shine below.

Previous month: Europe September 2022: Skoda, Mercedes, Ford lift market up 7.9%, Tesla Model Y #1

One year ago: Europe October 2021: Stellantis topples VW Group, Hyundai up 11%, Peugeot 2008 #1 in market falling -29.3%

Full October 2022 Top 10 groups, Top 72 all brands and Top 407 all models below.

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