Volkswagen's EU share: new-car registrations in 2020

In April 2020, the VW brand's share of new-car registrations in the European Union stood at around 12.6 percent.

Car sales trending downward

Customers in Europe purchased some 34,160 Volkswagen-badged vehicles in April 2020, down from more than 133,000 one year earlier. The Volkswagen brand took a big hit, but still managed to sell more vehicles than any other brand in the EU in April 2020. Overall, EU car sales slumped to just 270,700 units with Germany accounting for about 45 percent of the total.

Introduction of ID3 to comply with tougher regulations

In the face of new EU emissions standards, electric vehicles are projected to fare better than conventional cars. As a result, Volkswagen is expected to launch the new ID3 model in June 2020.

The new WTLP test was created in response to the diesel emissions scandal of 2015, in which the Volkswagen Group played a central role. New test conditions aim to replicate real world driving conditions to get a more accurate picture of the emissions produced on Europe’s roads. Following the test’s introduction, September sales of passenger cars fell by 23.5 percent. Passenger vehicle sales in the EU show strong seasonal trends with new cars typically being bought more often between March and June.

Volkswagen's share of new car registrations in the EU from January to April 2020

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

January to April 2020

Supplementary notes

All values are estimates; figures for Malta unavailable.
The figures through March 2020 were taken from previous editions of the publication.
The figures are for VW brand only.

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