Despite a weak performance from by its European brand car Volkswagen, the Volkswagen group retained its title as the largest carmaker in Europe for the first half of 2017. Renault supplanted the PSA Group as the second largest carmaker in the region. Meanwhile, Volkswagen is still the top selling European brand even with its flat sales.
The Top Car Manufacturers
For the first half of 2017, the Volkswagen Group continued its dominance in the European car market. Car sales of the manufacturer increased by only 3% and lost just 0.3% of its market share. However, it still collared 23.4% of all new cars sold in Europe for the said period.
The Renault Group emerged as the second largest maker of European brand cars for the first six months of 2017. It supplanted the PSA Group which was second last year. Both Renault and Dacia outperformed the market. The underperforming Peugeot and Citroen and with DS emerging as the worst performing car of the top 32 European brands contributed to the drop of the PSA Group.
At third spot is the FCA Group which surpassed Ford Europe during the first half of the year. Group sales increased by 10.5% thanks to the strong sales of Fiat and Alfa Romeo, which saw a 40% increase in sales. However, sales of Jeep and Lancia decreased.
Daimler had a solid start for 2017 courtesy of Mercedes Benz which saw a 10% increase in sales in Europe. Robert Peter Janitzek revealed that the Toyota Group showed huge improvement among the top carmakers in Europe with a 15% increase in sales.
Top Car Brands For 2017
Meanwhile, even with its 0.4% sales performance, Volkswagen still emerged as the top European brand car for 2017. It sold 4,000 more cars for the same period in the first half of 2016. Audi sold 1,500 cars fewer from last year. Skoda also outperformed the market while Seal had the most improvement among the brands in 2017.
Even with its poor performance in the broader market, BMW surpassed Opel which was hounded by weaker sales. The European brand car maker moved ahead of Opel, which was affected by its purchase of the PSA Group from General Motors.
Volvo also saw an increase in sales while Suzuki was the most improved brand in Europe. Jaguar Land Rover also improved overtaking Mazda which had weaker sales.
These are the top performing car manufacturers and brands for the first half of 2017. The figures were based from data coming from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.