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golfNEW figures released by a leading auto intelligence firm continues to paint a healthy picture of European new-car sales.

JATO Dynamics reported that Volkswagen, Renault and Ford were the best-selling brands in February and says another month of growth means the market is already 7.1 per cent ahead of 2014, year on year.

Volkswagen remains the market-leading brand, with Renault overtaking Ford for second position for both February and the year-to-date, with sales increases coming from the new Twingo and the Captur.


All the top 10 brands saw their volumes increase for the month, with BMW posting the strongest growth at 14.8 per cent, driven by the new 2-Series Active Tourer.

Outside the top 10, growth was also driven primarily by new models, with Nissan volumes up 26.8 per cent for the month, Seat up 20.9 per cent, Mini up 33.4 per cent, Mitsubishi up 45.1 per cent, Smart up 44.3 per cent and Jeep up 186.2 per cent.


Top 10 brands

Make

Feb_15

Feb_14

% change

Feb

Feb

YtD_15

Feb

YtD_14

% change

YtD

VOLKSWAGEN

118,781

105,737

+12.3%

251,932

228,432

+10.3%

RENAULT

69,617

60,488

+15.1%

135,840

119,837

+13.4%

FORD

63,049

59,128

+6.6%

133,885

127,048

+5.4%

PEUGEOT

61,993

59,573

+4.1%

125,689

121,499

+3.4%

OPEL/VAUXHALL

59,658

56,861

+4.9%

123,236

112,238

+9.8%

AUDI

49,490

48,274

+2.5%

104,078

102,521

+1.5%

FIAT

48,306

46,304

+4.3%

95,958

92,140

+4.1%

BMW

48,278

42,069

+14.8%

99,972

90,918

+10.0%

MERCEDES

45,087

40,257

+12.0%

97,478

86,031

+13.3%

SKODA

43,548

40,215

+8.3%

87,960

83,572

+5.3%

The Volkswagen Golf remains the market-leading model, with a 5.8 per cent increase in February sales, followed by the Polo in second place with 7.2 per cent more units sold following last year’s facelift.


The Renault Clio (up 1.9 per cent) took third place, ahead of the Ford Fiesta (down 1.5 per cent) and Peugeot 208 (down 2.7 per cent).

Volkswagen’s new Passat increased sales by 63.8 per cent year-on-year compared to its predecessor last February, to record a year-to-date increase of 44  per cent, making it the most improved performer across both measures among the top 10 models.

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Outside the top 10, the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka recorded a 66.6 per cent increase because of the growing demand for small crossovers, while the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class increased sales by 53.4  per cent compared to February 2014 the new Renault Twingo sold 132  per cent more units than its predecessor managed in February 2014. However, sales increases for the month were not limited to new or facelifted models, as demonstrated by the Fiat 500 (up 12.8  per cent) and SEAT Ibiza (up 22.4  per cent).

Top 10 Models

Make & Model

Feb_15

Feb_14

% change

Feb

Feb

YtD_15

Feb

YtD_14

% change

YtD

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

36,292

34,292

+5.8%

77,414

73,463

+5.4%

VOLKSWAGEN POLO

21,495

20,059

+7.2%

45,102

42,808

+5.4%

RENAULT CLIO

21,406

21,005

+1.9%

43,355

42,049

+3.1%

FORD FIESTA

18,452

18,732

-1.5%

40,338

41,144

-2.0%

PEUGEOT 208

17,053

17,533

-2.7%

33,057

36,012

-8.2%

OPEL/VAUXHALL CORSA

16,719

16,816

-0.6%

37,970

31,030

+22.4%

SKODA OCTAVIA

16,407

14,700

+11.6%

33,701

31,631

+6.5%

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT

15,711

9,590

+63.8%

30,639

21,278

+44.0%

NISSAN QASHQAI

15,682

13,100

+19.7%

33,903

25,885

+31.0%

AUDI A3/S3/RS3

14,036

12,690

+10.6%

29,507

28,328

+4.2%

Brian Walters, the vice-president of data at JATO Dynamics, said: ‘Car buyer confidence has remained strong across Europe through February. New models have brought customers into showrooms, and attractive offers have maintained demand for many existing models. We wait to see if this momentum can be maintained in the months to come, following a successful Geneva Motor Show and the prospective launch of new models.’

Colin Channon's avatar

Colin is a former editor of Car Dealer. He left the magazine in August 2015.

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