By on June 17, 2011

Europeans are either tired of their old cars, or the effects of the cash for clunkers largesse are finally getting digested, or both. Whatever the reason, new passenger car registrations increased by 7.1 percent in the EU in May, as data released by the European Auto Manufacturers Association ACEA shows.

Year to date, registrations are now only 0.8 percent below the same period in 2010. If this trend continues, then 2011 can close with a slight increase. Which is needed, because 2010 was not a good year in Europe.

In May, a total of 1,208,583 new cars were registered in the EU. Registrations were up in Germany (+22.0 percent), France (+6.1 percent) and Italy (+3.6 percent), while the market contracted by 23.3 percent in Spain and 1.7 percent in the UK. Overall, most countries saw their demand for cars increase.

January – May
%Share Units Units % Chg
’11 ’10 ’11 ’10 11/10
ALL BRANDS** 5,885,631 5,933,738 -0.8
VW Group 22.7 21.0 1,336,027 1,246,813 +7.2
VOLKSWAGEN 12.1 11.2 713,333 663,399 +7.5
AUDI 4.8 4.4 284,371 262,236 +8.4
SEAT 2.3 2.2 132,435 131,200 +0.9
SKODA 3.5 3.2 205,053 189,148 +8.4
Others (1) 0.0 0.0 835 830 +0.6
PSA Group 13.2 13.9 776,357 826,461 -6.1
PEUGEOT 7.2 7.6 420,964 450,588 -6.6
CITROEN 6.0 6.3 355,393 375,873 -5.4
RENAULT Group 9.7 10.5 571,272 623,971 -8.4
RENAULT 7.9 8.7 466,199 515,504 -9.6
DACIA 1.8 1.8 105,073 108,467 -3.1
GM Group 8.7 8.2 510,968 488,008 +4.7
OPEL/VAUXHALL 7.4 7.0 437,709 413,026 +6.0
CHEVROLET 1.2 1.3 73,061 74,413 -1.8
GM (US) 0.0 0.0 198 569 -65.2
FORD 8.1 8.7 476,851 517,148 -7.8
FIAT Group 7.3 8.4 430,443 498,264 -13.6
FIAT 5.5 6.8 321,288 402,957 -20.3
LANCIA 0.7 0.9 42,965 51,399 -16.4
ALFA ROMEO 1.1 0.7 63,483 41,137 +54.3
Others (2) 0.0 0.0 2,707 2,771 -2.3
BMW Group 5.6 4.9 329,138 292,456 +12.5
BMW 4.5 4.0 263,874 238,738 +10.5
MINI 1.1 0.9 65,264 53,718 +21.5
DAIMLER 4.6 4.5 271,722 264,364 +2.8
MERCEDES 4.0 3.9 236,609 229,420 +3.1
SMART 0.6 0.6 35,113 34,944 +0.5
TOYOTA Group 4.1 4.3 243,525 254,599 -4.3
TOYOTA 4.0 4.2 232,507 246,578 -5.7
LEXUS 0.2 0.1 11,018 8,021 +37.4
NISSAN 3.4 2.8 199,879 164,724 +21.3
HYUNDAI 2.8 2.6 165,460 153,244 +8.0
KIA 1.9 1.9 109,263 112,825 -3.2
VOLVO CAR CORP. 1.8 1.5 103,947 90,955 +14.3
SUZUKI 1.3 1.4 77,892 83,288 -6.5
HONDA 1.1 1.4 65,892 81,835 -19.5
MAZDA 1.1 1.3 61,974 79,906 -22.4
MITSUBISHI 0.8 0.6 49,146 35,571 +38.2
JAGUAR LAND ROVER Group 0.7 0.7 40,642 41,921 -3.0
LAND ROVER 0.5 0.5 31,391 30,653 +2.4
JAGUAR 0.2 0.2 9,251 11,268 -17.9
CHRYSLER (3) 0.2 0.3 11,785 17,242 -31.6
OTHER** 0.9 1.0 53,447 60,143 -11.1

All quiet on the manufacturer front, except for two skirmishes: The Volkswagen Group gained 1.7 percent market share in the first five months, further cementing its domination of the crumbling fortress Europe.  The Fiat Group lost 1.1 percent share. The Japanese are holding their own with only minor losses YTD. Nissan even gained 0.6 percent of share.

Full data are here as PDF and here as Excel file.

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