SOURCE: AutowiredPeugeot 207 was Europe's best-seller in April
ALTHOUGH Volkswagen remains at the top of the table as Europe's best selling car brand during 2007, the Peugeot 207 took the lead as Europe's best-selling car in April.
Sales of the Peugeot 207 increased dramatically during April, recording a 373.2% increase on the same month last year, from 7,874 units to 37,260 in 2007. The increase is partly due to the limited availability of the model during 2006, its introductory year.
The Renault Clio also marked a significant hike from eighth position to second, Volkswagen Golf from seventh to third, Fiat Punto from sixth to fourth, Ford Focus from first to fifth, Volkswagen Passat from tenth up to ninth.
The arrival of the Renault Scenic / Grand Scenic at tenth position pushes BMW's 3 Series out of the top 10.
The Opel/Vauxhall Astra, moves down four places to sixth position and the Corsa down from fourth to seventh. Ford's Fiesta also lost ground, dropping from third down to eighth in the table.
Other new models performing well in the European market during April include the Toyota Auris, Citroen C4 Picasso, Fiat Bravo, Ford S-Max, Nissan Qashqai, Kia Cee'd, Skoda Roomster, Volkswagen Eos, Volvo C30, Chevrolet Captiva, Suzuki SX4, Fiat Sedici, Opel Antara, Dodge Caliber and Audi Q7.
Volkswagen remains at the top of the table as Europe's best-selling car brand during 2007, although new car sales of 133,857 units in April represent a 3,301 unit decrease on the same month last year for the brand. Renault also remains in second position, followed by Opel/Vauxhall and Ford, which recorded a 0.6% rise during April and increase of 1.8% year-to-date.
Amongst the brands, Peugeot is in fifth place in Europe up to the end of April.
Other brands that recorded a rise in sales last month were Fiat, Toyota, Audi, Skoda, Honda, Suzuki, Volvo and Kia, largely due to new model variants entering the market.
GB was Europe's fourth largest market in April
Despite the slump in its new car market, Germany recorded the highest sales in April with 264,871 units sold. This is a significant change in fortunes for a market which has suffered in recent months. Italy took second place with 206,743 units, France in third place with 172,754, Great Britain in fourth place with 170,163 and Spain in fifth position with 121,359 new car units sold.