Because it is the third largest automotive market in the world behind China and the United States, we will analyze car sales in Europe during 2018, which remained stable, since there were 15.6 million vehicles sold, only 346 more than in 2017.

This small growth was enough for the European market to see its best result since 2007 when it reached its peak with 16.02 million vehicles.  A very interesting fact, which shows consumer preferences, is that diesel vehicles registered their lowest market share since 2001.

By countries, the solid results of Spain, Poland, and the Netherlands stood out, while the United Kingdom, Italy, and Sweden had a decrease in their car sales. Likewise, Poland, Slovakia, Luxembourg, and Lithuania recorded record volume levels, while it was the best year since 2007 for Spain and Estonia, and the best year since 2008 for Romania, Hungary, Croatia, and Latvia.

It also stands out that most of the registered vehicles were powered by gasoline engines which represented 57 percent of all sales. This result marks an increase of 7 points in the market share in 2017 and an increase of 12 points in the last 10 years.

Regarding alternative energies, electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars registered 944,800 units sold and a market share of 6.1 percent. In particular, most of the growth was driven by pure electric vehicles, which were sold more than hybrid plug-in vehicles.

Despite growing at a slower pace than in previous years, the shift from traditional cars to SUVs continued in 2018. In total, 5.4 million SUVs were registered in Europe throughout the year, 19 percent more than in 2017.

By models, the Volkswagen Golf was once again the best-selling car in Europe, however, it registered a drop of 8 percent, mainly due to a large drop in its sales of diesel cars.

Volkswagen Golf

The table of the most sold cars in Europe during 2018:

2018 Position

2017 Position

Model 2018 Sales Variation
1 1 Volkswagen Golf 502,752 -8.8%
2 2 Renault Clio 365,508 -0.7%
3 3 Volkswagen Polo 313,449 5.3%
4 5 Ford Fiesta 274,455 4.9%
5 7 Volkswagen Tiguan 258,491 4.8%
6 4 Nissan Qashqai 252,705 -7.0%
7 8 Skoda Octavia 240,645 -1.0%
8 6 Peugeot 208 235,357 -5.2%
9 13 Dacia Sandero 225.261 3.7%
10 9 Opel Corsa 222,953 -7.7%
11 15 Citroen C3 222,686 5.0%
12 12 Renault Captur 215,786 -1.4%
13 17 Toyota Yaris 214,499 6.1%
14 23 Peugeot 3008 210,088 19.5%
15 11 Ford Focus 210,083 -11.9%
16 16 Volkswagen Passat 193,049 -8.4%
17 25 Dacia Duster 192.194 15.3%
18 21 Peugeot 2008 179,742 -1.5%
19 19 Skoda Fabia 177,979 -3.7%
21 14 Renault Mégane 176,276 -16.9%
22 18 Fiat Panda 173,152 -9.0%
22 10 Opel Astra 168,070 -30.4%
23 22 Fiat 500 162,604 -7.7%
24 28 Ford Kuga 160,020 1.4%
25 20 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 159,492 -13.6%
Image Gallery

Recent figures from the Road Traffic Information Council for car sales in 2020 show that Toyota continues to differentiate from its competitors in major areas. Toyota...read more

An all-new Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) will join the ranks of law enforcement departments across North America in 2011. It's a modern, full-size, rear-drive sedan...read more

We do not see this every day ... a Lamborghini Huracan worth about 300,000 euros has been abandoned in a ditch after an accident. The car belongs to a wealthy investor specialized...read more

The Volkswagen R GmbH will be the specialist for sporty exclusive models from Volkswagen in the future. Volkswagen AG has bundled the responsibilities and competencies for...read more

In this week at New York International Auto Show, the new 2010 GMC Terrain will be presented, official photos and technical details being already published. "The new Terrain...read more

Winter can be really tough on your car, especially when there’s a lot of ice and snow around. You really need to take care of your car around this time of year, to prevent problems when it comes to...read more

Categories