By on May 17, 2013

As predicted by TTAC, European car sales were up slightly in April. Car sales in the EU rose by 1.7 percent in the month, Europe’s car manufacturer association ACEA says. We warned you before not to read too much into it, and we warn you again.

According to the ACEA, “the region counted on average two more working days compared to the same month last year, which would account for the increase.” Actually, what happened was that the Easter week fell into March this year, last year, it was in April. March and April, taken together, shows sales down 5 percent.  In the first four months of the year, the EU new car market was down 7.1 percent. A week ago, we expected the market to be “down around 7 percent for the first four months of the year.”

April
    %Share Units Units % Chg
’13 ’12 ’13 ’12 13/12
ALL BRANDS** 1,038,343 1,021,358 +1.7
VW Group 26.5 24.5 274,925 250,102 +9.9
VOLKSWAGEN 13.5 12.9 140,010 131,682 +6.3
AUDI 6.2 5.8 63,939 58,925 +8.5
SEAT 2.6 1.9 27,127 19,731 +37.5
SKODA 3.8 3.9 39,451 39,551 -0.3
Others 0.4 0.0 4,398 213 +1964.8
PSA Group 11.2 12.7 116,197 129,272 -10.1
PEUGEOT 6.2 6.8 63,885 69,292 -7.8
CITROEN 5.0 5.9 52,312 59,980 -12.8
RENAULT Group 8.9 8.6 92,635 87,942 +5.3
RENAULT 6.5 6.7 67,849 68,613 -1.1
DACIA 2.4 1.9 24,786 19,329 +28.2
GM Group 7.7 8.2 79,686 83,483 -4.5
OPEL/VAUXHALL 6.5 6.5 67,264 66,037 +1.9
CHEVROLET 1.2 1.7 12,409 17,420 -28.8
GM (US) 0.0 0.0 13 26 -50.0
FORD 7.3 7.5 75,831 76,256 -0.6
FIAT Group 6.4 7.2 66,643 74,011 -10.0
FIAT 5.0 5.3 51,442 53,809 -4.4
LANCIA/CHRYSLER 0.7 0.9 7,529 9,266 -18.7
ALFA ROMEO 0.5 0.8 5,661 8,457 -33.1
JEEP 0.2 0.2 1,584 2,077 -23.7
Others (2) 0.0 0.0 427 402 +6.2
BMW Group 6.1 6.4 63,373 65,833 -3.7
BMW 5.0 5.2 51,553 53,576 -3.8
MINI 1.1 1.2 11,820 12,257 -3.6
DAIMLER 5.8 5.3 60,377 54,525 +10.7
MERCEDES 5.2 4.7 53,859 47,774 +12.7
SMART 0.6 0.7 6,518 6,751 -3.5
TOYOTA Group 3.9 3.8 40,616 38,572 +5.3
TOYOTA 3.8 3.6 39,205 36,711 +6.8
LEXUS 0.1 0.2 1,411 1,861 -24.2
NISSAN 2.9 2.8 30,260 28,614 +5.8
HYUNDAI 3.4 3.4 35,106 34,350 +2.2
KIA 2.8 2.7 29,490 27,517 +7.2
VOLVO CAR CORP. 1.7 1.8 17,557 18,594 -5.6
JAGUAR LAND ROVER Group 0.8 0.7 8,710 7,486 +16.4
LAND ROVER 0.7 0.6 7,065 5,978 +18.2
JAGUAR 0.2 0.1 1,645 1,508 +9.1
HONDA 1.0 0.9 10,092 9,591 +5.2
SUZUKI 1.1 1.2 11,633 11,784 -1.3
MAZDA 0.9 0.8 9,257 8,441 +9.7
MITSUBISHI 0.6 0.6 6,388 5,646 +13.1
OTHER** 0.9 0.9 9,567 9,339 +2.4

On a manufacturer basis, the Volkswagen Group (+9.9 percent in April) continues to outpace the market. So does Daimler (+ 10.7 percent.) Not all carmakers were able to profit from the favorable alignment of the calendars. PSA is down 10.1 percent, Fiat is down 10 percent, BMW lost 3.7 percent. GM Group is down 4.5 percent with a very strong drop for Chevrolet and a slight gain for Opel. Ford is down 0.6 percent.

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3 Comments on “Europe In April 2013: Up A Tad...”


  • avatar
    thelaine

    Maybe if Mistusbishi combined their US and Euro operations, they could sell more cars than Tesla.

  • avatar
    spw

    Mitsubishi Motors sold around 1 million cars worldwide in 2012… but ok, 20k per year for Tesla is awesome after a billion in US Gov aid.

    :-)

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Lord forgive me spw if I accidentally implied a compliment to Tesla when I was really just trying to slam Mitsu USA, which I have turned into sort of a hobby.

      Musk has enough money without getting welfare transfer payments from me.


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