Europe In July 2012: Down, And Out Of The Country

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
europe in july 2012 down and out of the country

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Every year around this time, the two automotive editors that do not vacation say: “Where are July’s European sales numbers? Weren’t they supposed to be here a week ago?”

No. They will be he here in September. ACEA, the trade group that tallies these things, is closed, and it tans its industry body at Europe’s and the world’s beaches. Only in Europe does the employee’s right to month long holidays stand in the way of timely data.

This is the time of year when the private research company JATO can shine. Into the void created by a vacationing European manufacturers association, Jato comes with the news that according to its tally, the European new car market declined by 8.2 percent in July. Of the Big Five European volume markets, only Great Britain recorded increased sales. Only Audi was able to recorded a July sales increase among the top ten brands. With numbers like these, no wonder people leave the country.

Sales by Market, July 2012CountryJul’12Jul’11YoYYTD’12YTD’11YoYAustria28,26829,307-3.5%215,227216,900-0.8%Belgium36,70134,8865.2%321,817361,331-10.9%Croatia2,6703,616-26.2%22,92826,849-14.6%Cyprus879923-4.8%6,6728,124-17.9%Czech Republic11,14012,118-8.1%105,373100,4025.0%Denmark16,70713,04628.1%100,902100,7690.1%Estonia1,7941,29139.0%12,1259,75424.3%Finland6,4438,604-25.1%73,30679,882-8.2%France148,924160,199-7.0%1,197,9171,385,283-13.5%Germany247,860260,907-5.0%1,882,2611,883,486-0.1%Great Britain143,884131,6349.3%1,201,5641,161,2723.5%Greece5,7439,936-42.2%38,06665,096-41.5%Hungary4,4773,73819.8%32,47227,05020.0%Iceland57444429.3%5,4283,50055.1%Ireland4,4314,0728.8%71,08881,172-12.4%Italy109,421139,548-21.6%1,074,5561,158,707-7.3%Latvia895913-2.0%6,3575,9956.0%Lithuania1,0511,072-2.0%7,2457,695-5.8%Luxembourg4,1954,529-7.4%32,85133,125-0.8%Norway12,13311,4176.3%82,39480,7942.0%Poland20,83023,008-9.5%169,501159,6776.2%Portugal*11,41114,275-20.1%64,852106,181-38.9%Romania6,0058,501-29.4%39,34840,257-2.3%Serbia1,8792,077-9.5%13,73218,932-27.5%Slovakia6,2525,58911.9%40,59039,8072.0%Slovenia4,1054,743-13.5%32,43237,685-13.9%Spain58,52779,147-26.1%460,729521,525-11.7%Sweden18,07419,621-7.9%160,707176,663-9.0%Switzerland23,92125,464-6.1%199,953183,6948.9%The Netherlands31,07742,089-26.2%363,046370,404-2.0%Total970,2711,056,714-8.2%8,035,4398,452,011-4.9%Top 10 Brands, July 2012MakeJul’12Jul’11YoYYTD’12YTD’11YoYVOLKSWAGEN133,465138,164-3.4%1,024,2041,026,748-0.2%FORD69,85182,177-15.0%633,863682,585-7.1%PEUGEOT62,84673,161-14.1%510,079595,406-14.3%OPEL/VAUXHALL62,35973,412-15.1%547,184626,054-12.6%RENAULT62,14877,575-19.9%534,563649,512-17.7%AUDI59,16154,1069.3%442,201414,7136.6%CITROEN53,59058,816-8.9%440,342497,560-11.5%FIAT46,23653,260-13.2%407,014452,264-10.0%MERCEDES45,52851,403-11.4%363,415353,7692.7%BMW43,22848,910-11.60%383,591386,632-0.8% Top 10 Models, July 2012Make & ModelJul’12Jul’11YoYYTD’12YTD’11YoYVOLKSWAGEN GOLF32,40338,903-16.7%278,470294,376-5.4%VOLKSWAGEN POLO23,51230,597-23.2%192,469220,962-12.9%FORD FIESTA21,90224,729-11.4%204,247221,301-7.7%OPEL/VAUXHALL ASTRA18,12422,584-19.7%153,342186,676-17.9%PEUGEOT 20817,9860–55,5980–OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA17,73921,742-18.4%176,153193,939-9.2%NISSAN QASHQAI16,75017,881-6.3%134,166131,1842.3%FORD FOCUS16,71124,512-31.8%160,225175,394-8.6%RENAULT CLIO16,49021,552-23.5%150,413185,197-18.8%RENAULT MEGANE16,28718,976-14.2%130,219149,259-12.8%
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  • Acuraandy Acuraandy on Sep 01, 2012

    'Of the Big Five European volume markets, only Great Britain recorded increased sales.' The Brits (rather wisely) decided against adopting the Euro. Coincidence? I think not. And the Eurozone WONDERS why it is bankrupt? Vacation for a month? Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot...

  • Polka King Polka King on Mar 07, 2021

    I wonder how it came to be that Rocket 88 was elected the first rock and roll song. Louis Jordan was playing stuff like that in the mid-Forties.

  • Dawn Maple They haven't even fixed the airbag issues and recalls completely, so why waste more time and money on another "safety feature" that removes choices from the driver? We would be safer getting in a car driven by Helen Keller. Oh wait with driver assist, all she has to do is find her car and turn it on.
  • Lorenzo I'm out. I'd never find it in the dark.
  • VoGhost Minivans don't sell well, and the market has been declining. And while the entire 'range anxiety' myth is mostly a big oil propaganda designed to scare the weak minded, minivans are often how families travel to grandma's house, so that will be a concern, unless VW can gain access to the Supercharger network. I could see 50K units at peak, declining to 25K/year after a couple of years, unless VW can price competitively with Tesla.
  • VoGhost Glad you're healthy, Tim
  • VoGhost 20 years ago, Sportage was the bottom of the barrel, a joke. Kia's come a long way.