European new-car sales rose 5.8 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day with Peugeot, Toyota, Dacia and Kia posting strong gains while Fiat and BMW brands saw their sales slide.
Registrations rose to 1.26 million cars last month in the EU and EFTA countries, industry body ACEA said on Thursday, from 1.19 million a year earlier. Eleven-months sales were up 4 percent to 14.5 million autos.
Sales by PSA soared 83 percent, as registrations of the newly acquired Opel-Vauxhall division were not included in year-earlier records. Peugeot brand sales jumped 20 percent, boosted by demand for its new 3008 and 5008 SUVs while volume at Citroen, which began deliveries of the C3 Aircross SUV in recent months, rose 15 percent. DS sales fell 9 percent. Opel-Vauxhall sales were 71,953, down from 73,377 in November last year.
Volkswagen Group reported a 5 percent increase, led by Seat and Skoda, which both posted 12 percent gains. Skoda’s volume was helped by the new Kodiak SUV, while the Ateca SUV boosted Seat’s result. Audi ‘s volume rose 3.6 percent, VW brand was up 1.5 percent and Porsche 1 percent.
Renault Group sales grew 10 percent with Renault brand registrations up 5 percent and Dacia’s volume surging 25 percent.
Fiat Chrysler slipped 1 percent, weighed down by declines of over 20 percent each at its Jeep and Alfa Romeo brands. Fiat brand sales fell 6.8 percent.
Ford sales rose 4.3 percent.
Among Asian brands, Kia’s volume was up 13 percent after the brand introduced the Stonic SUV. Hyundai sales grew 6 percent. Toyota registrations increased 12 percent with Toyota brand’s volume up 12 percent, helped by C-HR sales, and Lexus sales rising 14 percent on demand for the NX and CT models. Nissan’s registrations dropped by 5 percent.
Mercedes-Benz brand’s volume rose 2.1 percent while BMW brand sales fell 2 percent.