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If anyone is hoping for a bottom in the European car market, then it’s nowhere to be seen. In the contrary, the decline appears to be accelerating. European passenger car registrations were down 10.2 percent in March, data published by the European manufacturers association ACEA show. That would be a decline for the 18th consecutive month.

Germany, which used to be an island of stability, was down a whopping 17.1 percent in March. Italy was down 4.9 percent, Spain lost 3.9 percent in sales, France decreased 16.2 percent. Only the UK, up 5.9 percent, saw increased sales.

For the first three months of the year, the European passenger car market declined by 9.8 percent, compared to the same period a year earlier.

New Passenger Registrations EU & EFTA By Manufacturer
March January – March
    %Share Units Units % Chg     %Share Units Units % Chg
’13 ’12 ’13 ’12 13/12 ’13 ’12 ’13 ’12 13/12
ALL BRANDS** 1,346,889 1,500,880 -10.3 3,096,266 3,428,926 -9.7
VW Group 23.7 23.5 319,662 352,533 -9.3 24.3 23.7 751,340 813,394 -7.6
VOLKSWAGEN 11.6 12.3 156,487 184,080 -15.0 12.2 12.6 377,549 431,262 -12.5
AUDI 5.7 5.6 76,401 83,630 -8.6 5.5 5.2 169,871 179,885 -5.6
SEAT 2.3 2.1 31,156 30,856 +1.0 2.3 2.0 69,959 69,541 +0.6
SKODA 3.7 3.6 50,465 53,641 -5.9 4.0 3.8 122,435 132,008 -7.3
Others (1) 0.4 0.0 5,153 326 +1480.7 0.4 0.0 11,526 698 +1551.3
PSA Group 10.3 11.0 138,173 164,998 -16.3 11.2 11.9 345,258 407,606 -15.3
PEUGEOT 5.7 5.9 76,697 88,906 -13.7 6.1 6.3 189,082 217,457 -13.0
CITROEN 4.6 5.1 61,476 76,092 -19.2 5.0 5.5 156,176 190,149 -17.9
RENAULT Grp 7.6 7.5 101,962 112,903 -9.7 8.3 8.2 258,311 281,800 -8.3
RENAULT 5.8 6.2 78,085 93,033 -16.1 6.2 6.6 193,413 225,170 -14.1
DACIA 1.8 1.3 23,877 19,870 +20.2 2.1 1.7 64,898 56,630 +14.6
GM Group 8.4 8.6 112,918 129,402 -12.7 7.8 8.1 241,944 277,129 -12.7
OPEL/VAUXHALL 7.4 7.4 99,595 110,833 -10.1 6.7 6.6 208,994 226,991 -7.9
CHEVROLET 1.0 1.2 13,306 18,530 -28.2 1.1 1.5 32,864 49,989 -34.3
GM (US) 0.0 0.0 17 39 -56.4 0.0 0.0 86 149 -42.3
FORD 8.2 8.7 110,243 131,128 -15.9 7.3 8.2 224,883 281,594 -20.1
FIAT Group 6.0 5.4 80,703 81,658 -1.2 6.4 6.3 197,806 217,712 -9.1
FIAT 4.7 3.9 63,149 58,607 +7.7 5.0 4.5 153,807 154,287 -0.3
LANCIA/CHRY 0.6 0.6 7,652 9,302 -17.7 0.6 0.8 19,336 27,255 -29.1
ALFA ROMEO 0.5 0.7 7,180 10,185 -29.5 0.6 0.8 17,545 27,220 -35.5
JEEP 0.2 0.2 2,176 2,907 -25.1 0.2 0.2 6,092 7,501 -18.8
Others (2) 0.0 0.0 546 657 -16.9 0.0 0.0 1,026 1,449 -29.2
BMW Group 6.6 6.2 88,934 93,320 -4.7 6.3 5.7 194,920 196,738 -0.9
BMW 5.2 4.9 70,592 73,890 -4.5 5.1 4.6 158,462 157,587 +0.6
MINI 1.4 1.3 18,342 19,430 -5.6 1.2 1.1 36,458 39,151 -6.9
DAIMLER 5.4 4.9 73,187 73,899 -1.0 5.4 4.9 168,331 168,003 +0.2
MERCEDES 4.9 4.4 66,352 65,814 +0.8 4.9 4.3 150,739 148,940 +1.2
SMART 0.5 0.5 6,835 8,085 -15.5 0.6 0.6 17,592 19,063 -7.7
TOYOTA Grp 4.5 4.8 60,022 71,976 -16.6 4.4 4.8 135,097 163,474 -17.4
TOYOTA 4.3 4.6 57,382 68,295 -16.0 4.2 4.5 129,662 154,838 -16.3
LEXUS 0.2 0.2 2,640 3,681 -28.3 0.2 0.3 5,435 8,636 -37.1
NISSAN 4.3 4.3 57,370 63,935 -10.3 3.9 3.9 121,330 132,198 -8.2
HYUNDAI 3.4 3.3 45,193 50,230 -10.0 3.5 3.4 109,693 115,057 -4.7
KIA 2.7 2.3 36,592 35,262 +3.8 2.7 2.3 82,751 79,974 +3.5
VOLVO CAR 1.7 1.7 22,770 26,148 -12.9 1.8 1.9 54,368 63,849 -14.8
HONDA 1.8 1.3 23,625 19,892 +18.8 1.4 1.1 43,693 36,759 +18.9
JLR 1.8 1.4 23,998 21,321 +12.6 1.4 1.1 43,401 38,285 +13.4
LAND ROVER 1.4 1.1 18,803 17,096 +10.0 1.1 0.9 34,803 31,384 +10.9
JAGUAR 0.4 0.3 5,195 4,225 +23.0 0.3 0.2 8,598 6,901 +24.6
MAZDA 1.3 1.4 18,082 21,187 -14.7 1.3 1.1 39,804 39,125 +1.7
SUZUKI 1.3 1.3 17,320 20,060 -13.7 1.2 1.3 38,636 44,185 -12.6
MITSUBISHI 0.6 0.7 8,572 9,843 -12.9 0.6 0.7 18,911 24,056 -21.4
OTHER** 0.6 1.4 7,563 21,185 -64.3 0.8 1.4 25,788 47,988 -46.3

The list of manufacturers resembles a MASH unit after a major battle: Blood and severed limbs everywhere. Volkswagen ended its walk on water and is down 9.3 percent in March. GM is down12.7 percent, Ford 15.9 percent. PSA lost 16.3 percent in sales and is down 15.3 percent for the first quarter.

Renault is down only 9.7 percent, saved by its low cost Dacia brand which is up a remarkable 20.2 percent. We have been telling you to keep an eye on the low cost segment, to which Europeans increasingly flock in those trying times.

Looking at the first quarter of the GM Group, prospects of producing itself out of the crisis look like a pipe dream. Interestingly, GM’s big hope, Chevrolet, is down 34.3 percent in the first quarter while Opel lost only 7.9 percent in the first three months. Imports from the U.S. are as good as non-existent. Only 86 GM units have been imported from the U.S. and sold in the EU, strangely without anyone complaining about a closed European market.

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