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All top 5 European markets registered year-on-year gains in September, enabling European sales to grow for the 13th straight month at +6% to 1.272.559 sales, bringing the year-to-date total to 9.9 million units, also up 6% on 2013. In fact, 22 of the 29 countries included in the data are up year-on-year this month, led by the UK up 6%, Germany up 5%, France up 6%, Italy up 3% and Spain up 26%. As usual the mammoth new licence plate month in the UK (426,000 sales this year vs. 260,000 in Germany) skews the models ranking. The two fastest growing models in Europe this month are from Volkswagen: the Golf is up 19% to 53,888 sales in pole position and the Polo is up 32% but down one spot on August to #3 and 28,379 units.
Two generations of Fiat 500
The Ford Fiesta (#2), Opel Corsa (#4) and Opel Astra (back inside the Top 10 at #9) benefit from their strength in the UK market, while the Renault Clio is down to #5 ahead of the Ford Focus and Peugeot 208. Another strong month for the Audi A3 in 8th place with just over 20,000 sales across the continent, while we welcome the Fiat 500 among Europe’s 10 most successful vehicles for only the third time ever after last March, another month boosted by UK sales, and last June. The 500 sells 18,194 units, up 8% on September 2013 and allowing it a brilliant 10th spot this month.
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Full September 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.