EU's best-selling car brands: new registrations May 2019 & 2020

Volkswagen was the best-selling car brand in May 2020, based on new registrations in the European Union. That said, Volkswagen's car sales declined by more than 50 percent year-on-year.

European car sales in free fall

The European car market contracted significantly between March and May 2020 with car sales in the 27 European markets tumbling to 270,682 units in April before bouncing back to around 580,000 in May. In May 2020, the worst-hit countries include Croatia, Portugal, and Spain, where car sales declined by more than 70 percent year-on-year. Germany customers bought the most cars in May 2020. As the brand with the highest market share in Germany, Volkswagen also managed to remain in its leading position in the EU car market.

Ahead of merger, troubles mount at PSA and FCA

Some marques, including PSA's Opel and Vauxhall brands reported losses north of 60 percent. Among FCA's brands, Lancia took the biggest hit. PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are in talks to merge in 2020.

Best-selling car brands in EU-27 in May 2019 and 2020, based on new-car registrations

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May 2019 and 2020

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