January 23, 2022

Europe April 2021: Market up 255.9% on 2020 but off -22.7% on 2019, Toyota, Land Rover and Mini stand out

Land Rover sales are up 26.1% on two years ago in a market down -22.7%.

Preliminary data from ACEA show new car sales in Europe (EU+EFTA+UK) up 255.9% year-on-year in April to 1.039.810 registrations, but down -22.7% vs. two years ago in April 2019. The year-to-date tally is now up 23.1% year-on-year at 4.120.443 but remains off -25% on the same period in 2019. Only Norway (+17%) manages a gain vs. April 2019, with Denmark (-4%), Estonia (-5.5%), Finland (-9.3%) and the UK (-12.1%) the least affected. At the other end of the scale, Croatia (-52.1%), Cyprus (-37.3%), Iceland (-34.7%) and Spain (-34.2%) are the worst hit. Year-to-date and again vs. 2019, Sweden (+8.3%) is the only market in positive, with Norway (-0.5%), Finland (-5.2%), Estonia (-6.7%), Hungary (-8.6%) and Greece (-12.8%) faring the best. In contrast, Portugal (-43.1%), Spain (-39.3%), Romania (-38%), the UK (-34.2%) and Slovakia (-32.3%) are struggling.

All evolutions below are vs. April 2019. In the groups ranking, the Volkswagen Group (-16.5%) drops slower than the market to retain the top spot above Stellantis (-26.5%) in difficulty while Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (-41.9%) sinks. The Toyota Group (-2.7%), BMW Group (-9.5%) and Hyundai-Kia (-13.9%) resist well, Daimler (-21.5%) roughly matches the market and Ford Motor (-38.1%) posts a steep decline. Rounding out the Top 10, Volvo (-11.8%) is in good shape and Jaguar Land Rover (+13.7%) snaps the only gain vs. two years ago, and a double-digit one at that.

The Top 7 brands outpace the market, with Volkswagen (-20.8%), Peugeot (-18.3%) and Mercedes (-16.7%) retuning the podium spots. Toyota (-1.5%) scores the only single-digit loss in the Top 10, with Skoda (-12.1%), Audi (-12.3%) and BMW (-12.9%) also resisting well given the environment. On the other hand, Renault (-39.5%), Ford (-38.1%), Opel/Vauxhall (-35.9%), Fiat (-29.3%) and Citroen (-27.2%) would rather forget the month. Further down, Kia (-3.3%) stands out and we have two gainers in the Top 30: Land Rover (+26.1%) and Mini (+6%) lifted by the UK market recovery. DS (-5.3%), Lancia (-10.3%) and Jaguar (-11.3%) also fare well.

Previous month: Europe March 2021: Peugeot, Fiat, Citroen headline market back up 62.7%

One year ago: Europe April 2020: Lockdown ghost month (-78.2%) sees BMW (-64%), Skoda (-61%) hit record ranking

Full April 2021 Top 10 groups and Top 30 brands below.

Note: Suzuki data is unavailable.

Europe April 2021 – groups (Source ACEA):

Pos Group Apr-21 /20 /19 Mar 2021 /19 Pos FY20
1 Volkswagen Group 280,262 228.4% -16.5% 1 1,051,124 18.3% 1 1
2 Stellantis 226,000 358.2% -26.5% 2 895,328 33.1% 2 2
3 Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi 109,742 195.1% -41.9% 3 464,526 9.2% 3 3
4 Hyundai-Kia 78,495 317.3% -13.9% 5 300,529 24.9% 5 5
5 BMW Group 76,740 197.7% -9.5% 4 303,413 25.0% 4 4
6 Daimler 66,195 274.6% -21.5% 6 256,121 15.0% 7 6
7 Toyota Group 64,818 294.8% -2.7% 7 260,934 29.8% 6 7
8 Ford Motor 50,676 237.0% -38.1% 8 208,721 18.7% 8 8
9 Geely Group/Volvo 24,689 164.5% -11.8% 9 112,770 38.5% 9 9
10 Jaguar Land Rover 18,344 890.5% 13.7% 10 65,435 25.3% 10 n/a

Europe April 2021 – brands (Source ACEA):

Pos Brand Apr-21 /20 /19 Mar 2021 /20 Pos FY20
1 Volkswagen 120,627 226.3% -20.8% 1 451,798 15.8% 1 1
2 Peugeot 70,361 365.9% -18.3% 2 285,537 41.9% 2 3
3 Mercedes 61,809 260.9% -16.7% 3 242,737 11.1% 5 4
4 Toyota 61,128 288.5% -1.5% 5 245,308 31.1% 3 7
5 BMW 60,623 179.8% -12.9% 4 243,141 23.9% 4 5
6 Audi 57,438 276.2% -12.3% 7 212,952 20.9% 8 9
7 Skoda 56,799 159.0% -12.1% 9 218,920 17.6% 7 8
8 Renault 54,994 196.5% -39.5% 6 225,785 11.3% 6 2
9 Ford 50,676 237.0% -38.1% 8 208,721 18.7% 9 6
10 Fiat 45,317 438.0% -29.3% 11 174,320 33.7% 11 10
11 Opel/Vauxhall 45,125 275.9% -35.9% 10 177,741 21.5% 10 11
12 Citroën 42,700 309.4% -27.2% 12 169,666 30.2% 12 12
13 Kia 42,408 338.2% -3.3% 14 156,220 27.3% 13 14
14 Seat incl. Cupra 39,015 356.7% -12.9% 15 141,412 22.1% 15 16
15 Hyundai 36,087 295.3% -23.8% 13 144,309 22.3% 14 13
16 Dacia 28,590 185.0% -46.5% 18 117,484 26.0% 16 15
17 Volvo 24,689 164.5% -11.8% 16 112,770 38.5% 17 18
18 Nissan 19,598 351.8% -38.2% 17 97,221 6.1% 18 17
19 Mini 16,117 292.5% 6.0% 21 60,272 29.6% 19 19
20 Mazda 13,855 343.1% -22.8% 23 47,788 21.6% 21 21
21 Land Rover 13,629 1264.3% 26.1% 20 50,392 37.3% 20 23
22 Jeep 11,791 627.4% -13.8% 24 46,913 67.9% 22 22
23 Mitsubishi 6,228 52.2% -48.1% 26 23,020 -37.3% 26 24
24 Porsche 5,886 143.0% -25.3% 25 24,193 30.5% 25 27
25 Honda 5,532 418.5% -40.2% 27 19,415 -17.4% 27 26
26 Lancia 5,154 4501.8% -10.3% 30 18,169 41.5% 28 30
27 Jaguar 4,715 452.8% -11.3% 28 15,043 -2.9% 30 29
28 Smart 4,386 704.8% -56.7% n/a 13,384 218.4% 31 33
29 Lexus 3,690 438.7% -18.9% 29 15,626 11.2% 29 28
30 DS 3,319 260.4% -5.3% n/a 13,185 -5.8% 32 31

Source: ACEA

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