Car sales data for February shows that Volkswagen really isn’t feeling the effects too badly from the emissions scandal.
The European new car registration data shows an impressive 13.8% jump in new vehicles taking to the streets of European nations in February. Sales, compared to the same month last year, increased across all nations, except Greece (-32%), Netherlands (-17%), Portugal (-3%) and Switzerland (-1%).
But the real talking point is Volkswagen. The German brand remained the leading car manufacturer in Europe with 124,300 sales, or growth of about 4%, the only worrying point being that the figure was well down against the overall growth in the market.
Regardless, Volkswagen still had the top selling models – Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Polo, followed by the Renault Clio. While SUV sales also climbed steadily with February SUV registrations up by 31% compared to February 2015, and counting for 24.4% of the total European market.
February 2016 Top Selling Cars in Europe:
- Volkswagen Golf – 36,117
- Volkswagen Polo – 22,854
- Renault Clio – 21,713
- Peugeot 208 – 20,575
- Ford Fiesta – 20,522
- Opel/Vauxhall Corsa – 19,167
- Fiat Panda – 18,942
- Skoda Octavia – 18,189
- Nissan QASHQAI – 17,054
- Peugeot 308 – 19,991
Felipe Munoz, Global Automotive Analyst at JATO Dynamics, says despite Volkswagen’s top placings, the manufacturer still has some ground to make up.
“Despite the strong growth seen in most of the big markets, Volkswagen wasn’t able to tap into growing consumer demand to the same extent as its rivals, who took advantage to claim a bigger share of the market.”