By on May 18, 2011

If you are looking for a growth market for cars, don’t look to Europe. In terms of car sales, the Old Country is going sideways with a negative bias. In April, sales of new cars in the EU was down 4.1 percent on the year. New registrations amounted to 1,089,118 units. For the first four months of 2011, registrations totaled 4,674,457 units, or 2.7 percent less than over the same period a year earlier. This according to data released by the European Auto Manufacturers Association ACEA.

With the exception of Germany (+2.6 percent), demand was down in all European volume markets in April. From January to April, growth prevailed in two thirds of the markets but the downturn recorded in the UK (8.5 percent), Italy (-19.0 percent) and Spain (-26.3 percent) resulted in a 2.7 percent decline in the EU demand. In comparison, Germany looks downright healthy with 10.7 percent growth in the first four months of the yea r.

January – April
%Share Units Rank Units Rank % Chg
’11 ’10 ’11 ’11 ’10 ’10 11/10
ALL BRANDS 4,674,457 4,805,297 -2.7
VW Group 22.4 20.8 1,047,825 1 997,663 1 +5.0
PSA Group 13.1 13.9 611,914 2 668,676 2 -8.5
RENAULT Group 9.9 10.5 462,327 3 505,454 3 -8.5
GM Group 8.6 8.2 402,615 4 394,577 6 +2.0
FORD 8.1 8.9 377,340 5 427,750 4 -11.8
FIAT Group 7.3 8.5 340,952 6 409,262 5 -16.7
BMW Group 5.4 4.8 254,522 7 230,843 7 +10.3
DAIMLER 4.5 4.3 209,988 8 205,683 9 +2.1
TOYOTA Group 4.4 4.4 204,470 9 211,169 8 -3.2
NISSAN 3.5 2.8 161,710 10 135,013 10 +19.8
HYUNDAI 2.8 2.6 132,464 11 125,418 11 +5.6
KIA 1.8 1.9 85,826 12 90,943 12 -5.6
VOLVO CAR CORP. 1.8 1.6 83,618 13 75,736 13 +10.4
SUZUKI 1.4 1.4 63,998 14 69,291 14 -7.6
HONDA 1.2 1.4 56,363 15 67,725 15 -16.8
MAZDA 1.1 1.4 52,105 16 65,637 16 -20.6
OTHER 0.9 1.0 43,490 17 47,344 17 -8.1
MITSUBISHI 0.9 0.6 40,032 18 29,159 19 +37.3
JAGUAR LAND ROVER 0.7 0.7 33,669 19 34,091 18 -1.2
CHRYSLER 0.2 0.3 9,229 20 13,863 20 -33.4

Not much change in the manufacturer ranking. Based on first four months of data, Volkswagen remains the king of the hill. Volkswagen added 1.7 percent to its unassailable market share. GM climbed from rank 6 to rank 4 by adding 0.4 percent of share. Ford dropped from #4 to #5. Fiat lost a whopping 1.2 percent of share and dropped to place 6 from 5.

For further analysis, all data can be downloaded as PDF and Excel.

 

 

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