Euro Sales March Forward
While the headline should be: “Europe 2014 Auto Sales Up 5.3%,” the “when” is more interesting than the “what.”
JATO Dynamics calculated the numbers. It determined that nearly 13-million units (12,995,397) were sold in Europe last year, and the sales were up across in the board in the 29 markets analyzed (even if the increase was only 0.3% in France).
What’s interesting is to look at when the month-by-month sales occur. Although things are improved in 2014, note how when people buy cars track. Clearly, there is habit involved.
Volkswagen was dominant. In 2014 it delivered 1,612,895 units (up 3.9% from ’13).
Ford came in second at 961,844 (up 4.3%), a sizeable 651,051 vehicle difference.
Third? Opel/Vauxhall at 885,714.
As for vehicles, the VW Golf held the number-one spot, with 520,958 units. The Ford Fiesta was second, at 308,999, and the Renault Clio third, at 300,924.
We wonder, however, what is it about car sales and Europe in March?
Often when there are vehicles that have ceased production and are in the process of being completely moved out of the system there are sales numbers that look like this: Honda Insight: June 2016, 9; June 2015, 126; % change: 93.1% Sometimes there is a vehicle that has just gone into production and it catches the sales at just the right time so that there are numbers that look like this: Honda Ridgeline: June 2016, 2,472; June 2015, 7; % change: 33,856% OK.
The previous-generation Hyundai Elantra (2010 to 2015) had the edgy Fluidic Sculpture design forming its sheet metal; it’s bigger brethren, the Sonata, was more visible in this regard, though the smaller size of the Elantra gave the skin a greater tautness than was the case on the Sonata.
To know that 3,000 cars have been delivered since October 2015 would undoubtedly result in a shrug: in 2017 Toyota delivered 387,081 Camrys, so that 3,000 is less than one percent, and this is in one year, not just over two.