2013 Europe Auto Sales Figures – By Brand (Brand Rankings)
2013 European Automotive Sales by Brand – The Best-Selling Automotive Brands By Sales Volume
Car sales in Europe are down 1.8% in 2013, the fourth consecutive annual loss and down almost 16% on 2009 and down more than 21% on 2007. The bright spot is that December marked the largest monthly year-on-year increase of 2013 and that growth was shared among all major markets. Over the full year 2013, the UK recorded a double-digit growth of +10.8%, while Spain posted a more moderate upturn at +3.3%, while Germany at -4.2%, France at -5.7% and Italy at -7.1% saw their demand for new cars decline, each losing 100,000 sales or more.
Unfortunately, the sales increases in the UK and Spain are not due to sustainable factors, as the British banks paid billions of pounds in compensation to consumers for past insurance mis-selling, and because of the artificially low interest rates in the UK, most people used that compensation of 3,000 pounds on average as a deposit for a loan on a new car. In Spain, the government provided incentives to boost new-car sales.