Peugeot, Mercedes, Dacia help market up 3.4%, VW T-Roc #1 again – Best Selling Cars Blog

Peugeot, Mercedes, Dacia help market up 3.4%, VW T-Roc #1 again – Best Selling Cars BlogPeugeot sales are up 23.1% year-on-year in Europe in August.

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 (+5.1%) and Toyota (+7.6%) dominate head and shoulders, with BMW (-1.4%), Mercedes (+18.6%), Audi (+3%) and Skoda (+11.8%) all lifted by a European market skewed towards Germany this month. Peugeot (+23.1%) brilliantly scores the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10, with Dacia (+16.8%) outselling Renault (-23.1%) for the second time in a row and ever. Note Renault is well outside the Top 10 at #13. Ford (+12.6%) also beats the market and rounds out the Top 10. Below, MG (+111%), Cupra (+34.4%), Mini (+28%), and Citroen (+20.9%) 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 Fiat 500 (+34.2%) and Toyota Yaris (+7.8%) 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 Hyundai Tucson (+11.6%) complete the Top 10 in very dynamic fashion.

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 and Top 25 brands below.

Europe August 2022 – groups (Source ACEA):

Pos Group Aug-22 /21 2022 /21 Pos FY21
1 Volkswagen Group 198,443 6.3% 1,777,990 -20.3% 1 1
2 Stellantis 136,721 11.0% 1,390,088 -17.6% 2 2
3 Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi 80,880 -6.5% 853,652 -8.0% 3 3
4 Hyundai-Kia 72,565 -0.3% 720,914 8.8% 4 4
5 Toyota Group 55,611 4.8% 521,412 -2.5% 6 6
6 BMW Group 53,911 3.4% 519,309 -12.4% 5 5
7 Daimler 43,303 16.0% 419,553 -9.1% 7 7
8 Ford Motor 35,736 12.6% 327,266 -13.3% 8 8
9 Geely Group/Volvo 10,656 -13.7% 146,090 -27.0% 9 9
10 Mazda 9,831 -17.5% 82,207 -22.8% n/a n/a

Europe August 2022 – brands (Source ACEA):

Pos Brand Aug-22 /21 2022 /21 Pos FY21
1 Volkswagen 90,437 5.1% 753,925 -20.3% 1 1
2 Toyota 53,501 7.6% 498,773 -0.7% 2 3
3 BMW 42,952 -1.4% 412,416 -13.4% 4 4
4 Mercedes 42,899 18.6% 405,802 -7.9% 5 6
5 Audi 41,568 3.0% 386,515 -11.9% 6 7
6 Skoda 40,809 11.8% 346,016 -20.5% 10 8
7 Peugeot 40,185 23.1% 421,389 -17.3% 3 2
8 Hyundai 38,438 1.6% 348,185 5.2% 9 10
9 Dacia 36,456 16.8% 306,664 17.3% 12 15
10 Ford   35,736 12.6% 327,266 -13.3% 11 9
11 Kia 34,127 -2.3% 372,729 12.4% 7 11
12 Opel/Vauxhall 30,957 12.9% 293,889 -13.9% 13 12
13 Renault   28,429 -23.1% 362,333 -19.1% 8 5
14 Citroën 27,874 20.9% 256,237 -19.3% 15 14
15 Fiat 25,209 -3.5% 267,728 -22.4% 14 13
16 Seat 12,774 -36.1% 149,268 -41.3% 16 16
17 Nissan 12,418 -1.6% 145,228 -13.7% 18 18
18 Mini 10,959 28.0% 106,893 -8.6% 19 20
19 Volvo 10,656 -13.7% 146,090 -27.0% 17 17
20 Mazda 9,831 -17.5% 82,207 -22.8% 23 22
21 Tesla (est) 8,972 -22.0% 95,478 20.3% 20 21
22 Cupra (est) 8,168 34.4% 83,566 80.7% 21 n/a
23 Suzuki (est) 7,449 -50.0% 82,997 -38.9% 22 19
24 MG (est) 7,175 111.0% 59,913 146.4% 26 28
25 Land Rover 5,168 15.4% 63,074 -23.6% 25 24

Source: ACEA