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While other more established manufacturers suffer from poor sales, Dacia leads the pack with volume growth as industry data for the first 11 months of 2013 show strong demand for new cars.

The report shows that Dacia has sold over 20 % more cars in 2013 than it did in the same period last year. At the same time, the brand has increased its market share from 1.9 % in 2012, to 2.4 % in 2013. The report shows that the demand for new cars in Europe has increased for the third month in a row, despite overall volumes being down on the same period in 2012.

Among the brands which have found their volumes contracting is Alfa Romeo, whose sales of 57,964 cars so far in 2013 – versus 81,879 units in the same period last year – means it has shrunk in terms of volume by 29.2 per cent in the EU. Lancia/Chrysler and Chevrolet have also seen their volumes shrink this year, alongside PSA whose volumes are down by almost ten per cent in the EU.

Meanwhile, Seat, Mercedes-Benz and Mazda have all seen sales rise in the first eleven months of the year. As usually, the VW Group remains at the top of the leader board, selling 2.73 million units so far this year. That’s compared to 2.79 million cars sold in the previous year, meaning the group’s volumes have contracted by 2.1 % overall. Also, Volkswagen’s individual volumes are down by over 5%.

In total, 10.9 million cars have been sold in the EU in the first eleven months of the year, a decrease of 2.7 % over the 11.2 million vehicles registered in the same period in 2012.

Via Autocar