By on August 20, 2012

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Every year around this time, the two automotive editors that do not vacation say: “Where are July’s European sales numbers? Weren’t they supposed to be here a week ago?”

No. They will be he here in September. ACEA, the trade group that tallies these things, is closed, and it tans its industry body at Europe’s and the world’s beaches. Only in Europe does the employee’s right to month long holidays stand in the way of timely data.

This is the time of year when the private research company JATO can shine. Into the void created by a vacationing European manufacturers association, Jato comes with the news that according to its tally, the European new car market declined by 8.2 percent in July. Of the Big Five European volume markets, only Great Britain recorded increased sales. Only Audi was able to recorded a July sales increase among the top ten brands. With numbers like these, no wonder people leave the country.

Sales by Market, July 2012
Country Jul’12 Jul’11 YoY YTD’12 YTD’11 YoY
Austria 28,268 29,307 -3.5% 215,227 216,900 -0.8%
Belgium 36,701 34,886 5.2% 321,817 361,331 -10.9%
Croatia 2,670 3,616 -26.2% 22,928 26,849 -14.6%
Cyprus 879 923 -4.8% 6,672 8,124 -17.9%
Czech Republic 11,140 12,118 -8.1% 105,373 100,402 5.0%
Denmark 16,707 13,046 28.1% 100,902 100,769 0.1%
Estonia 1,794 1,291 39.0% 12,125 9,754 24.3%
Finland 6,443 8,604 -25.1% 73,306 79,882 -8.2%
France 148,924 160,199 -7.0% 1,197,917 1,385,283 -13.5%
Germany 247,860 260,907 -5.0% 1,882,261 1,883,486 -0.1%
Great Britain 143,884 131,634 9.3% 1,201,564 1,161,272 3.5%
Greece 5,743 9,936 -42.2% 38,066 65,096 -41.5%
Hungary 4,477 3,738 19.8% 32,472 27,050 20.0%
Iceland 574 444 29.3% 5,428 3,500 55.1%
Ireland 4,431 4,072 8.8% 71,088 81,172 -12.4%
Italy 109,421 139,548 -21.6% 1,074,556 1,158,707 -7.3%
Latvia 895 913 -2.0% 6,357 5,995 6.0%
Lithuania 1,051 1,072 -2.0% 7,245 7,695 -5.8%
Luxembourg 4,195 4,529 -7.4% 32,851 33,125 -0.8%
Norway 12,133 11,417 6.3% 82,394 80,794 2.0%
Poland 20,830 23,008 -9.5% 169,501 159,677 6.2%
Portugal* 11,411 14,275 -20.1% 64,852 106,181 -38.9%
Romania 6,005 8,501 -29.4% 39,348 40,257 -2.3%
Serbia 1,879 2,077 -9.5% 13,732 18,932 -27.5%
Slovakia 6,252 5,589 11.9% 40,590 39,807 2.0%
Slovenia 4,105 4,743 -13.5% 32,432 37,685 -13.9%
Spain 58,527 79,147 -26.1% 460,729 521,525 -11.7%
Sweden 18,074 19,621 -7.9% 160,707 176,663 -9.0%
Switzerland 23,921 25,464 -6.1% 199,953 183,694 8.9%
The Netherlands 31,077 42,089 -26.2% 363,046 370,404 -2.0%
Total 970,271 1,056,714 -8.2% 8,035,439 8,452,011 -4.9%
Top 10 Brands, July 2012
Make Jul’12 Jul’11 YoY YTD’12 YTD’11 YoY
VOLKSWAGEN 133,465 138,164 -3.4% 1,024,204 1,026,748 -0.2%
FORD 69,851 82,177 -15.0% 633,863 682,585 -7.1%
PEUGEOT 62,846 73,161 -14.1% 510,079 595,406 -14.3%
OPEL/VAUXHALL 62,359 73,412 -15.1% 547,184 626,054 -12.6%
RENAULT 62,148 77,575 -19.9% 534,563 649,512 -17.7%
AUDI 59,161 54,106 9.3% 442,201 414,713 6.6%
CITROEN 53,590 58,816 -8.9% 440,342 497,560 -11.5%
FIAT 46,236 53,260 -13.2% 407,014 452,264 -10.0%
MERCEDES 45,528 51,403 -11.4% 363,415 353,769 2.7%
BMW 43,228 48,910 -11.60% 383,591 386,632 -0.8%
Top 10 Models, July 2012
Make & Model Jul’12 Jul’11 YoY YTD’12 YTD’11 YoY
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 32,403 38,903 -16.7% 278,470 294,376 -5.4%
VOLKSWAGEN POLO 23,512 30,597 -23.2% 192,469 220,962 -12.9%
FORD FIESTA 21,902 24,729 -11.4% 204,247 221,301 -7.7%
OPEL/VAUXHALL ASTRA 18,124 22,584 -19.7% 153,342 186,676 -17.9%
PEUGEOT 208 17,986 0 - 55,598 0 -
OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA 17,739 21,742 -18.4% 176,153 193,939 -9.2%
NISSAN QASHQAI 16,750 17,881 -6.3% 134,166 131,184 2.3%
FORD FOCUS 16,711 24,512 -31.8% 160,225 175,394 -8.6%
RENAULT CLIO 16,490 21,552 -23.5% 150,413 185,197 -18.8%
RENAULT MEGANE 16,287 18,976 -14.2% 130,219 149,259 -12.8%
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