YTD market share of selected car manufacturers in Europe 2019

The Volkswagen Group accounted for 24.3 percent of new car registrations in the 28 European markets between in 2019. The automaker sold some 372,445 units more year-to-date than the company's two closest rivals combined: PSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). These two manufacturers reached an agreement over a merger in December 2019.

German and French carmakers dominate

Second-placed PSA Group is headquartered in Paris, France. Along with fellow French car manufacturer Renault, PSA has a strong presence Europe: The two French automakers account for a joint European auto market share of roughly 26.5 percent. PSA acquired GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands in 2017 and is to merge with FCA in 2020. At the same time, German manufacturers sold one in three passenger cars in the EU: Volkswagen and peer automakers Daimler and BMW held approximately 37 percent of the market.

Emissions tests spike sales

August 2018 saw a sharp increase in car registrations in the EU. Consumers hurried to buy new cars before new EU emissions regulations became active in September 2018. Some manufacturers anticipated higher costs due to the harsher standards and new testing procedures. This encouraged a wave of buyersin August who aimed to avoid higher prices in September. Consequently, September 2018 saw significantly lower registrations of new passenger cars in the EU. The European Union recorded about 15 million new-car registrations in 2018. Europe was one of the leading regional markets for passenger car sales in 2018. Between January and December 2019, passenger car sales in the European Union had increased 1.2 percent to roughly 15.2 million units.

Selected passenger car manufacturers' EU market share between January and December 2019, based on new registrations

Share of total sales
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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

January to December 2019

Supplementary notes

PSA and FCA are expected to merge in 2020.

The figures refer to the countries within the EU-28 region and the EFTA; all values are ACEA estimations based on total by market.
The abbreviation ACEA stands for Association des Constructeurs Européens d'Automobiles.

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