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Best Value New Car – The new European car market is booming, with the first six months of 2018 representing the best half-year performance of the century. Figures released by JATO revealed there were 8.66 million registered cars between January and June, a year-on-year increase of 2.7 percent, with SUV sales up 24 percent.
Here, we run through the top 25 in reverse order.
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25. Audi A3 – 84,171 registrations
Audi A3 crept into the top 25, although year-on-year sales fell 7 percent. “This is definitely a good first half for the European market and this is because of the choices consumers now have,” said Felipe Munoz, global analyst at JATO.
“Automakers are constantly updating and modernizing their traditional models, while the various SUVs on offer continue to grow and attract all types of budgets and needs.”
24. Ford Kuga – 86.794
Compare the A3 decline with an 11 percent increase recorded by Ford Kuga’s compact SUV. Not bad for a vehicle even Ford describes it as “aging”.
There are 2.92 million registered SUVs in the first half of this year, making it the best performance for the segment in Europe. SUV sales not only grew 24 percent in the first six months, they also rose 30 percent in June.
23. Peugeot 308 – 89.025
Peugeot 308 is down 4 percent, conventional family car buyers avoid SUV cars: in contrast to the performance of its 3008 sister car, which you will find more places in the top 25.
Regarding the issue of diesel, Felipe Munoz said: “The diesel crisis certainly affects the speed of growth in the market, but consumers overcome this by switching to gasoline solutions and AFV (alternative fuel vehicles) more attractive.”
22. Vauxhall Astra – 89.938
Vauxhall and the PSA Group may want to turn now, as Astra sales fell 33 percent – the biggest slump in the top 25.
To rub salt into the wound, JATO has listed the market share of ‘winners and losers’, with four out of five cars wearing the Vauxhall / Opel badge. Astra, Corsa, Meriva, and Mokka joined Yeti, who was released due to the fact that it is now extinct.
21. Fiat Panda – 91,592
Despite the launch of seven years ago, Fiat Panda remains very popular in its native Italy, but this is not enough to halt a 17 percent slump in the first half of the year. Overall, FCA Group is listed by JATO as one of the market share ‘losers’ in 2018.
20. Volkswagen Passat – 93.252
Volkswagen Passat flew the flag for the sedan, although registrations fell 2 percent. Not that Volkswagen will be too worried, because the SUV sales make it a winner in the first round.
Felipe Munoz said: “VW Group utilizes the positive landscape created by SUVs. Although the VW brand came late to the segment, the impressive and large SUVs that they offer the market are paying off. ”
19. Skoda Fabia – 96356
The Fabia is one of two Skodas above 25, with a supermini flatline in the first half of the year. Overall, Skoda registration rose 8 percent in the first half of this year, with a total of only 400,000.
18. Dacia Duster – 97.286
Tilt registration rose 31 percent to 97,286, as Dacia posted a 16 percent increase to 280,410 overall. Given the new Duster launch, we will not be surprised to see SUVs with limited budgets perform better in the second half of the year.
17. Peugeot 2008 – 100,602
There are four Peugeot in the top 25, contributing to the total registration 542,433, up 9 percent year on year. The compact crossover of 2008 successfully broke through 100,000 barriers, but registrations fell by 4 percent.
16. Fiat 500 – 110,585
The evergreen 500 remains one of the most fashionable small cars in Europe, making it a shining light in an uncomfortable period for Fiat. Registration is up 2 percent, in contrast to the overall Fiat registration which is down 10 percent.
15. Peugeot 3008 – 111,990
Sticking to the outdated MPV styling of the old 3008 that supports the funky SUV looks has become a very successful move. Registration was up 43 percent, making this the biggest increase in the top 25. It’s much faster than Peugeot 308 way back in 23 places.
14. Toyota Yaris – 115.262
Toyota Yaris is a popular supermini, hardly helped by the availability of hybrid versions. Yaris registrations rose 13 percent, while Toyota itself rose 5 percent, with 383,827 sales putting it outside the top 10.
13. Dacia Sandero – 115.276
Europeans should like to bargain, as Dacia Sandero is the 13th best-selling car by 2018. In the UK, Access-level Sandero access is available for £ 6.995, an increase of £ 1,000 from the launch price, but still worth the value.
12. Citroen C3 – 116,513
The C3 is the only Citroen that appears in the top 25, with registrations staying static at 116,513. Citroen will expect C3 Aircross and C4 C4 revision to give a shot in the arm in the second half of this year.
11. Ford Focus – 117.692
Focus registration dropped 1 percent, but Ford will not lose too much sleep. A new and better Focus is on the way and Ford will have a vision set at the top 10 finish, if not this year, then surely by 2019.
10. Vauxhall Corsa – 117.981
Vauxhall Corsa managed to keep the top 10 with his teeth, with registrations down 15 percent. This is not bad news for Vauxhall / Opel, with Insignia and Crossland X performing well, but finishing out of the top 25.
9. Renault Captur – 121.235
Spend a few days in France and you will see how very popular Renault Captur on this continent. Registration is up 8 percent, helping Renault to strengthen its position as Europe’s second-largest carmaker.
8. Skoda Octavia – 123,710
Skoda might invest heavily in SUVs, but Octavia leads Kodiaq and Karoq in registrations, which are up 3 percent. That said, JATO listed Karoq as one of the market share ‘winners’.
7. Volkswagen Tiguan – 129.237
Volkswagen Tiguan made top 10 positions, but T-Roc has attracted the attention of JATO analysts. “As expected, T-Roc is very successful and quickly became one of the best-selling cars in Europe. Other VW brands are also performing well because of their SUV range, which means SUVs save the VW Group from the diesel crisis, “said Munoz.
6. Peugeot 208 – 132,764
The 208 is a Peugeot star player, but the supermini languished away behind arch-rivals Renault Clio. On the plus side, registrations rose 1 percent.
5. Nissan Qashqai – 134,547
Nissan Qashqai remains the most popular crossover in Europe, but its registrations are down 1 percent as manufacturers launch an ever-increasing series of competitors. Tiguan is only 5,000 registrations behind – can VW drop Nissan by the end of this year?
4. Ford Fiesta – 157,286
It may be the best-selling car in Britain, but should be satisfied with fourth place in Europe as a whole. Registration is up one percent, but the Fiesta is 6,500 units from the top three positions.
3. Volkswagen Polo – 163,924
Volkswagen Polo registrations fell 4 percent due to a supermini offer with the effect of launching a new model. Volkswagen’s registrations rose 9 percent, with the German brand finishing just a shame of a million units.
2. Renault Clio – 185,234
Cementing the position of second position with a comfortable margin, Renault Clio is the most popular supermini in Europe. No prizes to guess what’s on the top of the tree …
1. Volkswagen Golf – 257,550
Yep, that is the Volkswagen Golf that controls everything. If the total figure is not quite remarkable, the overall enrollment rose 8 percent year-on-year.
Despite a 26 percent drop in Golf diesel registration, this is offset by a 29 percent increase in gasoline registration. It also notes more registration of alternative fuel types, which account for 6 percent of its total volume.
Golf is the best selling car in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Latvia and Belgium. Not bad for the model that is now entering the seventh year.