By on January 14, 2011

Europe’s car manufacturer association ACEA finally got around to tallying-up the car sales in all 27 EU states, and while they were at it, those of the EFTA (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland) as well. Overall, the EU market is down 5.5 percent – compared to 2009. In 2009 many EU states had pushed up the market with generous cash for clunker money. Most of these programs came to an end in 2010, just not at the same time everywhere. The picture tells it best.

From country to country, it’s a mixed bag. The countries that had clunker programs look bad in comparison, but keep in mind, some of them had been on such an uncle sugar high in 2009 that one could scratch them from the ceiling. The countries that didn’t have programs suffered in 2009, and look peachy this year.

Actually, Europe’s “volume markets”, Germany, Italy, France, UK, are responsible for most of the drop.  All had cash for clunker programs. Germany had the most massive program. Germans usually buy 3 million cars a year. During 2009, with the program in effect until late summer, Germans bought 3.8 million cars. In 2010, they were back to 2.9 million. Without that 890,000 unit difference, Europe would report a gain. Italy also discontinued a program to the tune of 200,000 units less in 2010.  France showed expertise with addictive substances and weened its populace off slowly. The UK actually shows a small gain.

All in all, the cash for clunker programs were a success. Europe survived carmageddon with minor bruises. In  2008, 14.3 million new cars were sold in the EU27. In 2009, it was 14.1 million. In 2010, it was 13.4 million. Keeping in mind that many had predicted that the EU would fall apart, that’s not a bad series of numbers.

New Car sales EU 27 2010
Country Sales 2010 Percent change
AUSTRIA 328,563 +2.9
BELGIUM 547,347 +14.9
BULGARIA 16,257 -28.9
CZECH REPUBLIC 169,236 +4.7
DENMARK 151,550 +34.8
ESTONIA 8,848 +7.5
FINLAND 111,968 +23.6
FRANCE 2,251,669 -2.2
GERMANY 2,916,260 -23.4
GREECE 141,499 -35.8
HUNGARY 45,081 -25.1
IRELAND 88,373 +54.7
ITALY 1,960,282 -9.2
LATVIA 4,976 +32.9
LITHUANIA 7,970 +13.8
LUXEMBURG 49,726 +5.2
NETHERLANDS 483,619 +24.9
POLAND 333,539 +4.1
PORTUGAL 223,491 +38.8
ROMANIA 94,541 -18.5
SLOVAKIA 64,033 -14.3
SLOVENIA 59,226 +6.3
SPAIN 982,015 +3.1
SWEDEN 289,684 +35.7
UNITED KINGDOM 2,030,846 +1.8
EU 27 13,360,599 -5.5

On the manufacturer front, not much has changed. VW remains the unassailable king of the hill. Considering that Opel had been pronounced as good as dead, GM performed well and increased its market share from 8.4 percent to 10, putting Ford into 5th place. Fiat is hurting. BMW is recovering. Daimler is treading water.

All data can be found here as PDF and here as Excel spreadsheet.

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3 Comments on “New Car Sales Europe 2010: Down A Bit After Uncle Sugar High...”


  • avatar
    mike978

    Good to see the data. Also interesting that cash for clunkers did seem to work – maybe some Government intervention isn`t always bad/evil!

    Interesting that GM grew well even with the loss of Saab (admittedly only 0.1% loss from Saab). Also surprised to see Lexus only sold 17000 vehicles in the whole of Europe in the whole of 2010 – so much for the much vaunted brand.

    Hyundai/Kia now easily outsell Toyota/Lexus and Honda is an also ran with 1.3%. I am surprised though by Ford’s drop especially as they have a pretty good line up of cars.

    • 0 avatar
      kamiller42

      Government intervention isn’t always bad/evil depending on what is taking place, at what cost, and in what land. Gov intervention may work better in lands where the people are more apt to do something when government gets involved. And, given its structure, they are more willing and able to accept the costs.
       
      Lastly, don’t forget this part…
      “The countries that had clunker programs look bad in comparison, but keep in mind, some of them had been on such an uncle sugar high in 2009 that one could scratch them from the ceiling. The countries that didn’t have programs suffered in 2009, and look peachy this year.”

  • avatar
    NN

    Great data…it’s always interesting to see this kind of info
     


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