European Auto Sales Down 8.2% in July image

The European economic crisis caused a drop in July’s auto sales of 8.2%.

More and more customers begin to stay away from showrooms due to the economic crisis in Europe, which cause a fall in July’s auto sales of 8.2% to 970,271 units. From Europe’s five biggest markets, only the UK reported new car sales up 9.3%, compared with Germany down 5%, France down 7%, Italy down 22% and Spain down 26%.

In July the Peugeot 208 was on the 5th place as the best-selling car in Europe, with 17,986 units sold. The 208 subcompact reached the European market in June and it is the successor of the 207 model, which was the best-selling car in Europe 5 years ago. Although sales of the Volkswagen Golf compact fell 16.7% from July 2011, the model remained Europe’s top-seller. The 2nd and 3rd places were taken by the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta.

“The Peugeot 208’s sales demonstrate once again how a new product can drive demand,” said Gareth Hession, JATO’s head of research, in a statement.

      Europe’s Top 10 Best-Selling Models in July 2012
1. Volkswagen Golf 32,403 -16.7%
2. Volkswagen Polo 23,512 -23.2%
3. Ford Fiesta 21,902 -11.4%
4. Opel/Vauxhall Astra 18,124 -19.7%
5. Peugeot 208 17,986 0%
6. Opel/Vauxhall Corsa 17,739 -18.4%
7. Nissan Qashqai 16,750 -6.3%
8. Ford Focus 16,711 -31.8%
9. Renault Clio 16,490 -23.5%
10. Renault Megane 16,287 -14.2%