Car selling in Europe fell down to the minimum of 1993
In May, in the 27 countries of the European Union sales of new cars fell by 5.9% up to 1043 million vehicles compared with the same month in 2012. As a result, the figure was the lowest for any May since 1993, reported industry association ACEA.
Among the major markets of the EU last month, the sales growth was registrated in the UK (+11%).
In Spain, sales fell by 2.6%, Italy – by 8%, Germany – 9.9%, France – 10.4%.
From January to May this year, there were 5.071 million new vehicles, that was less last year by 6.8%.
For the first five months of this year, the sales growth is also registered in the UK (+9.3%). In Spain and Germany, a decrease was 5.8% and 8.8% respectively, in Italy and France a cut in sales was 11.3% and 11.9% since the beginning of the year.
Germany remained the largest car market in Europe - in May there were sold 216.316 thousand cars.
In the UK, taking the second place, 180.111 thousand vehicles were sold last month, there were sold 148.490 thousand cars in France, which took the third place.
In Greece, in May car sales fell by 1.4%, Cyprus – by 41.4%.
In EU countries, plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, new car sales fell to 1.083 million by 5.9% last month.
The Volkswagen Group kept its leading position of the European car market. In May, the company's sales fell by 2.8% - up to 264.768 thousand cars, but Volkswagen's market share rose from 24.6% to 25.4%.
Volkswagen cars sells actually fell by 7.3%, Audi – by 3.2%, Skoda – by 5%, Seat – increased by 12.2%.
PSA Group, whose share in the European market fell from 12% to 11% compared with May of last year, reduced the production sales by 13.2% - up to 115.191 thousand cars last month. Peugeot car sales fell by 11.3%, Citroen – by 15.4%.
Renault decreased sales by 10% in Europe, the market share of the French automaker dropped from 8.5% to 8.2%.
GM Group sales on the European market fell by 11.3% last month, Ford – by 0.3%, Fiat – on 10.8%, BMW – on 7.2%, Toyota – on 4.9%, Honda – by 3.5%, Volvo – by 3.5%.
In May the sales growth was showed by the German Daimler (0,7%), the Japanese Nissan (5,8%) and Mazda (29,8%), the South Korean Hyundai (1,9%), as well as Jaguar Land Rover (9,8% ).
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