By on June 22, 2012

Europe’s car market is slowly swirling down the drain. Sales in May were down by 8.7 percent. Five months into the year, the market is down 7.7 percent.

Europe’s best-selling cars are impacted disproportionately. Eight out of ten suffered double-digit percentage losses. Only one car managed a slight increase in May.


 Europe’s Top 10 Models, May 2012



Make & Model



May_12



May_11



%  YoY



May YtD_12



May YtD_11



% YtD


VOLKSWAGEN GOLF


41,420


47,904


-13.5%


200,640


213,986


-6.2%


FORD FIESTA


28,611


32,660


-12.4%


145,616


163,033


-10.7%


OPEL CORSA


26,771


30,126


-11.1%


120,310


138,839


-13.3%


VOLKSWAGEN POLO


24,087


32,463


-25.8%


135,428


157,992


-14.3%


OPEL  ASTRA


23,149


29,341


-21.1%


106,786


133,697


-20.1%


FORD FOCUS


22,611


26,983


-16.2%


117,247


119,662


-2.0%


RENAULT MEGANE


21,817


21,258


+2.6%


87,885


107,396


-18.2%


RENAULT CLIO


21,244


25,386


-16.3%


108,012


136,745


-21.0%


FIAT PANDA


19,300


19,402


-0.5%


84,890


91,688


-7.4%


VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT


17,836


23,902


-25.4%


89,635


99,744


-10.1%

According to data released by Yato Dynamics, Volkswagen’s Golf (-13.5%), and Ford’s Fiesta (12.4%) retain their first and second places, despite double digit losses. The only gainer is the Renault Megane. Up 2.6%, it managed a place in the Top 10.

Outside the Top Ten, Toyota Yaris, Audi A6 and Mercedes B-Class recorded significant increases in sales during May. New models such as the Volkswagen Up, Audi Q3 and Peugeot 208 also had solid sales last month.

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4 Comments on “Europe’s Top Ten In May 2012...”


  • avatar
    tuffjuff

    I didn’t realize Europe loved the Golf as much as they do until I started reading TGM and CAR.

    MAN they love the Golf.

  • avatar
    86SN2001

    Focus sales are down for one reason. It’s looks are just horrible.

    The car is a design disaster.

    • 0 avatar
      tuffjuff

      Except the looks have nothing to do with it.

      The European Focus has looked this way since 2008.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      SilvyZ71, glad to see you got a new name. Nothing positive to say about any Ford product ever. Your bias and ignorance is refreshingly consistent. All you are is an irritant to us who are not GM fanbois. TTAC Editors, all this guy ever says is “Ford sucks”. Opinions are one thing, but read above for why I find him offensive.

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