Europe In October 2012: Down Some More

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
europe in october 2012 down some more

The battered European new car market continues its drive into the netherworld, but the speed of descent has lowered a little. According to data compiled and released by the European manufacturers association ACEA, 959,412 passenger vehicles were registered in October, 4.8% less than in October last year. It looks like the year will end with some 12 million cars sold, a level the EU 27 hasn’t seen since it existed.

January through October, new car registrations stand at 10,327,276 units, 7.3% less in than in the first ten months of 2011.

Passenger Car Registrations EU October 2012Oct’12Oct’11YoYYTD 12YTD 11YoYAUSTRIA26,32228,909-8.9293,212302,448-3.1BELGIUM41,84642,462-1.5428,579483,008-11.3BULGARIA1,5121,729-12.615,76416,083-2.0CYPRUS7951,168-31.99,68712,194-20.6CZECH REPUBLIC15,96314,858+7.4147,022142,343+3.3DENMARK15,21612,400+22.7143,715139,630+2.9ESTONIA1,4741,335+10.414,78812,740+16.1FINLAND8,18210,070-18.797,115110,179-11.9FRANCE162,335176,103-7.81,593,8441,837,374-13.3GERMANY259,529258,253+0.52,618,3272,659,989-1.6GREECE5,1115,023+1.850,64684,254-39.9HUNGARY4,0473,511+15.343,36937,326+16.2IRELAND1,6611,566+6.178,28688,729-11.8ITALY116,875133,411-12.41,207,8601,504,528-19.7LATVIA1,001974+2.88,9968,751+2.8LITHUANIA1,1901,180+0.810,38011,136-6.8LUXEMBURG4,4543,923+13.543,54443,532+0.0NETHERLANDS26,89643,635-38.4454,273497,520-8.7POLAND22,14622,650-2.2229,209225,194+1.8PORTUGAL7,3889,137-19.181,827132,601-38.3ROMANIA6,7827,828-13.455,91063,709-12.2SLOVAKIA4,7965,751-16.658,64155,705+5.3SLOVENIA3,7384,547-17.842,44550,925-16.7SPAIN44,87357,278-21.7600,237681,199-11.9SWEDEN24,02825,052-4.1227,739252,688-9.9UNITED KINGDOM151,252134,944+12.11,771,8611,688,038+5.0EU 27959,4121,007,697-4.810,327,27611,141,823-7.3

Again, there is the story of the two Europes, with the UK and some eastern countries up solidly, with Germany flat, and problem states in the south down hard. Greece is up a bit, it looks like it can’t fall much harder than a 5,000 unit month. Greece is down nearly 40 percent for the year.

Passenger Car Registrations EU October 2012OctoberJanuary – October %ShareUnitsUnits% Chg %ShareUnitsUnits% ChgOct’12Oct’11Oct’12Oct’11YoYOct’12Oct’11Oct’12Oct’11YoYALL BRANDS959,4121,007,697-4.810,327,27611,141,823-7.3VW Group25.523.9244,595240,628+1.624.723.22,553,8412,580,242-1.0VOLKSWAGEN13.312.7127,793128,481-0.512.812.31,323,8451,372,950-3.6AUDI5.95.156,51751,093+,528553,454+5.3SEAT2.12.219,86422,074-,028254,293-16.2SKODA3.93.937,15638,845-,722397,864-0.5Others (1)0.30.03,265135+2318.50.40.038,7181,681PSA Group12.312.3118,143124,435-,238,6801,411,805-12.3PEUGEOT6.76.663,99766,978-,932767,632-12.9CITROEN5.65.754,14657,457-,748644,173-11.6RENAULT Grp8.810.784,783108,090-,9271,068,954-18.2RENAULT6.68.563,69085,451-,663866,434-21.7DACIA2.22.221,09322,639-,264202,520-3.1GM Group7.17.968,48179,951-,761970,668-12.7OPEL/VXH6.06.657,75866,274-,422825,590-15.2CHEVROLET1.11.410,70413,645-,078144,678+1.7GM (US)0.00.01932-,33078,861-,989898,767-12.4FIAT Group6.66.663,25667,009-,458803,187-16.3FIAT4.94.847,14848,309-,926583,172-15.8LANCIA/CHRY0.70.86,8788,109-,40686,109-6.6ALFA ROMEO0.70.86,8448,243-,528110,183-30.5JEEP0.20.22,1102,038+,32418,382+16.0Others (2)0.00.0276310-,2745,341-38.7BMW Group6.46.261,10762,148-,165654,013-2.1BMW5.14.948,78549,248-,792518,554-1.3MINI1.31.312,32212,900-,373135,459-5.2DAIMLER5.45.051,33049,987+,894547,528-2.7MERCEDES4.74.345,24643,823+,657481,303-1.6SMART0.60.66,0846,164-,23766,225-10.6TOYOTA Grp4.03.838,44238,007+,863435,997-0.5TOYOTA3.83.636,80536,195+,804415,350-0.9LEXUS0.20.21,6371,812-,05920,647+6.8NISSAN3.43.232,19732,136+,602380,240-5.2HYUNDAI3.42.932,35529,162+,608321,491+9.1KIA2.82.827,10728,639-,999237,646+17.0VOLVO2.01.919,22018,758+,930198,380-10.8SUZUKI1.11.210,52712,200-,757141,349-11.0HONDA1.01.29,97012,215-,615122,217-5.4JLR Group0.90.88,6567,734+,41978,549+29.1LAND ROVER0.80.67,2586,206+,82259,266+38.1JAGUAR0.10.21,3981,528-,59719,283+1.6MAZDA0.70.86,3658,037-,912114,203-13.4MITSUBISHI0.60.75,2817,117-,84087,859-33.0OTHER0.50.35,2672,583+,01688,727-10.9

On the OEM side, Volkswagen Group continues to win the war of attrition. Its sales are up 1.6 percent for the month, and down only 1 percent for the year. More than a quarter of all cars sold in the EU in October came from the Volkswagen Group. After that, a bloodbath. Renault down 21.6 percent, GM down 14.3 percent Ford lost 8.3 percent, Fiat down 5.6 percent in October, an all of them down double digits for the year.

Continuing to drive Europeans crazy: Hyundai, up 10.9 percent in October. Sergio Marchionne implores the EU to keep the Koreans out, Hyundai smiles, knowing that most of its cars sold in Europe are made in Europe.

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  • El scotto El scotto on Nov 16, 2012

    Yep, Europe is in a recession and the Euro squabbling doesn't help any.

  • Tstag Tstag on Nov 16, 2012

    JLR would be up by more than 30% if it wasn't for the fact they are running out of capacity

    • El scotto El scotto on Nov 16, 2012

      But what percentage head from the factory to the roll on/roll off ship?

  • Inside Looking Out You should care. With GM will die America. All signs are there. How about the Arsenal of Democracy? Toyota?
  • DenverMike What else did anyone think, when GM was losing tens of billions a year, year after year?
  • Bill Wade GM says they're killing Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Any company that makes decisions like that is doomed to die.
  • Jeff S I don't believe gm will die but that it will continue to shrink in product and market share and it will probably be acquired by a foreign manufacturer. I doubt gm lacks funds as it did in 2008 and that they have more than enough cash at hand but gm will not expand as it did in the past and the emphasis is more on profitability and cutting costs to the bone. Making gm a more attractive takeover target and cut costs at the expense of more desirable and reliable products. At the time of Farago's article I was in favor of the Government bailout more to save jobs and suppliers but today I would not be in favor of the bailout. My opinions on gm have changed since 2008 and 2009 and now I really don't care if gm survives or not.
  • Kwik_Shift I was a GM fan boy until it ended in 2013 when I traded in my Avalanche to go over to Nissan.