By on November 16, 2012

The battered European new car market continues its drive into the netherworld, but the speed of descent has lowered a little. According to data compiled and released by the European manufacturers association ACEA, 959,412 passenger vehicles were registered in October, 4.8% less than in October last year. It looks like the year will end with some 12 million cars sold, a level the EU 27 hasn’t seen since it existed.

January through October, new car registrations stand at 10,327,276 units, 7.3% less in than in the first ten months of 2011.

Passenger Car Registrations EU October 2012
Oct’12 Oct’11 YoY YTD 12 YTD 11 YoY
AUSTRIA 26,322 28,909 -8.9 293,212 302,448 -3.1
BELGIUM 41,846 42,462 -1.5 428,579 483,008 -11.3
BULGARIA 1,512 1,729 -12.6 15,764 16,083 -2.0
CYPRUS 795 1,168 -31.9 9,687 12,194 -20.6
CZECH REPUBLIC 15,963 14,858 +7.4 147,022 142,343 +3.3
DENMARK 15,216 12,400 +22.7 143,715 139,630 +2.9
ESTONIA 1,474 1,335 +10.4 14,788 12,740 +16.1
FINLAND 8,182 10,070 -18.7 97,115 110,179 -11.9
FRANCE 162,335 176,103 -7.8 1,593,844 1,837,374 -13.3
GERMANY 259,529 258,253 +0.5 2,618,327 2,659,989 -1.6
GREECE 5,111 5,023 +1.8 50,646 84,254 -39.9
HUNGARY 4,047 3,511 +15.3 43,369 37,326 +16.2
IRELAND 1,661 1,566 +6.1 78,286 88,729 -11.8
ITALY 116,875 133,411 -12.4 1,207,860 1,504,528 -19.7
LATVIA 1,001 974 +2.8 8,996 8,751 +2.8
LITHUANIA 1,190 1,180 +0.8 10,380 11,136 -6.8
LUXEMBURG 4,454 3,923 +13.5 43,544 43,532 +0.0
NETHERLANDS 26,896 43,635 -38.4 454,273 497,520 -8.7
POLAND 22,146 22,650 -2.2 229,209 225,194 +1.8
PORTUGAL 7,388 9,137 -19.1 81,827 132,601 -38.3
ROMANIA 6,782 7,828 -13.4 55,910 63,709 -12.2
SLOVAKIA 4,796 5,751 -16.6 58,641 55,705 +5.3
SLOVENIA 3,738 4,547 -17.8 42,445 50,925 -16.7
SPAIN 44,873 57,278 -21.7 600,237 681,199 -11.9
SWEDEN 24,028 25,052 -4.1 227,739 252,688 -9.9
UNITED KINGDOM 151,252 134,944 +12.1 1,771,861 1,688,038 +5.0
EU 27 959,412 1,007,697 -4.8 10,327,276 11,141,823 -7.3

Again, there is the story of the two Europes, with the UK and some eastern countries up solidly, with Germany flat, and problem states in the south down hard. Greece is up a bit, it looks like it can’t fall much harder than a 5,000 unit month. Greece is down nearly 40 percent for the year.

Passenger Car Registrations EU October 2012
October January – October
    %Share Units Units % Chg     %Share Units Units % Chg
Oct’12 Oct’11 Oct’12 Oct’11 YoY Oct’12 Oct’11 Oct’12 Oct’11 YoY
ALL BRANDS 959,412 1,007,697 -4.8 10,327,276 11,141,823 -7.3
VW Group 25.5 23.9 244,595 240,628 +1.6 24.7 23.2 2,553,841 2,580,242 -1.0
VOLKSWAGEN 13.3 12.7 127,793 128,481 -0.5 12.8 12.3 1,323,845 1,372,950 -3.6
AUDI 5.9 5.1 56,517 51,093 +10.6 5.6 5.0 582,528 553,454 +5.3
SEAT 2.1 2.2 19,864 22,074 -10.0 2.1 2.3 213,028 254,293 -16.2
SKODA 3.9 3.9 37,156 38,845 -4.3 3.8 3.6 395,722 397,864 -0.5
Others (1) 0.3 0.0 3,265 135 +2318.5 0.4 0.0 38,718 1,681
PSA Group 12.3 12.3 118,143 124,435 -5.1 12.0 12.7 1,238,680 1,411,805 -12.3
PEUGEOT 6.7 6.6 63,997 66,978 -4.5 6.5 6.9 668,932 767,632 -12.9
CITROEN 5.6 5.7 54,146 57,457 -5.8 5.5 5.8 569,748 644,173 -11.6
RENAULT Grp 8.8 10.7 84,783 108,090 -21.6 8.5 9.6 874,927 1,068,954 -18.2
RENAULT 6.6 8.5 63,690 85,451 -25.5 6.6 7.8 678,663 866,434 -21.7
DACIA 2.2 2.2 21,093 22,639 -6.8 1.9 1.8 196,264 202,520 -3.1
GM Group 7.1 7.9 68,481 79,951 -14.3 8.2 8.7 847,761 970,668 -12.7
OPEL/VXH 6.0 6.6 57,758 66,274 -12.8 6.8 7.4 700,422 825,590 -15.2
CHEVROLET 1.1 1.4 10,704 13,645 -21.6 1.4 1.3 147,078 144,678 +1.7
GM (US) 0.0 0.0 19 32 -40.6 0.0 0.0 261 400 -34.8
FORD 7.5 7.8 72,330 78,861 -8.3 7.6 8.1 786,989 898,767 -12.4
FIAT Group 6.6 6.6 63,256 67,009 -5.6 6.5 7.2 672,458 803,187 -16.3
FIAT 4.9 4.8 47,148 48,309 -2.4 4.8 5.2 490,926 583,172 -15.8
LANCIA/CHRY 0.7 0.8 6,878 8,109 -15.2 0.8 0.8 80,406 86,109 -6.6
ALFA ROMEO 0.7 0.8 6,844 8,243 -17.0 0.7 1.0 76,528 110,183 -30.5
JEEP 0.2 0.2 2,110 2,038 +3.5 0.2 0.2 21,324 18,382 +16.0
Others (2) 0.0 0.0 276 310 -11.0 0.0 0.0 3,274 5,341 -38.7
BMW Group 6.4 6.2 61,107 62,148 -1.7 6.2 5.9 640,165 654,013 -2.1
BMW 5.1 4.9 48,785 49,248 -0.9 5.0 4.7 511,792 518,554 -1.3
MINI 1.3 1.3 12,322 12,900 -4.5 1.2 1.2 128,373 135,459 -5.2
DAIMLER 5.4 5.0 51,330 49,987 +2.7 5.2 4.9 532,894 547,528 -2.7
MERCEDES 4.7 4.3 45,246 43,823 +3.2 4.6 4.3 473,657 481,303 -1.6
SMART 0.6 0.6 6,084 6,164 -1.3 0.6 0.6 59,237 66,225 -10.6
TOYOTA Grp 4.0 3.8 38,442 38,007 +1.1 4.2 3.9 433,863 435,997 -0.5
TOYOTA 3.8 3.6 36,805 36,195 +1.7 4.0 3.7 411,804 415,350 -0.9
LEXUS 0.2 0.2 1,637 1,812 -9.7 0.2 0.2 22,059 20,647 +6.8
NISSAN 3.4 3.2 32,197 32,136 +0.2 3.5 3.4 360,602 380,240 -5.2
HYUNDAI 3.4 2.9 32,355 29,162 +10.9 3.4 2.9 350,608 321,491 +9.1
KIA 2.8 2.8 27,107 28,639 -5.3 2.7 2.1 277,999 237,646 +17.0
VOLVO 2.0 1.9 19,220 18,758 +2.5 1.7 1.8 176,930 198,380 -10.8
SUZUKI 1.1 1.2 10,527 12,200 -13.7 1.2 1.3 125,757 141,349 -11.0
HONDA 1.0 1.2 9,970 12,215 -18.4 1.1 1.1 115,615 122,217 -5.4
JLR Group 0.9 0.8 8,656 7,734 +11.9 1.0 0.7 101,419 78,549 +29.1
LAND ROVER 0.8 0.6 7,258 6,206 +17.0 0.8 0.5 81,822 59,266 +38.1
JAGUAR 0.1 0.2 1,398 1,528 -8.5 0.2 0.2 19,597 19,283 +1.6
MAZDA 0.7 0.8 6,365 8,037 -20.8 1.0 1.0 98,912 114,203 -13.4
MITSUBISHI 0.6 0.7 5,281 7,117 -25.8 0.6 0.8 58,840 87,859 -33.0
OTHER 0.5 0.3 5,267 2,583 +103.9 0.8 0.8 79,016 88,727 -10.9

On the OEM side, Volkswagen Group continues to win the war of attrition. Its sales are up 1.6 percent for the month, and down only 1 percent for the year. More than a quarter of all cars sold in the EU in October came from the Volkswagen Group. After that, a bloodbath. Renault down 21.6 percent, GM down 14.3 percent Ford lost 8.3 percent, Fiat down 5.6 percent in October, an all of them down double digits for the year.

Continuing to drive Europeans crazy: Hyundai, up 10.9 percent in October. Sergio Marchionne implores the EU to keep the Koreans out, Hyundai smiles, knowing that  most of its cars sold in Europe are made in Europe.

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4 Comments on “Europe In October 2012: Down Some More...”


  • avatar
    stephenjmcn

    Speaking to representatives from a number of UK dealers, the picture is not as (relatively) rosy as it seems here.

    Sales to private buyers remain worryingly low – the total is being held up by dumping to fleets,and increasingly by manufacturer/dealer pre-registrations. That is, they sell the cars to themselves and sell as delivery mileage used cars.

    Anecdotally, the people I know are for the first time holding on to their 3 and 4 year old cars, with the general feeling being that there are worse economic times ahead.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    Yep, Europe is in a recession and the Euro squabbling doesn’t help any.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    JLR would be up by more than 30% if it wasn’t for the fact they are running out of capacity


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