VW Remained King of the European Hill in January
Volkswagen’s (VLKAY.PK) venerable Golf was able to remain Europe’s best-selling vehicle for the month of January, as the nameplate grew 28 percent year-on-year, according to data provided by JATO Dynamics. Strong growth between the Golf and its sibling, the Polo, helped keep VW in the driver’s seat for leading European brands. The Polo grew 9 percent during the month.
The new Skoda Octavia and Audi A3 also performed exceptionally well, the former picking up 33 percent and the A3 making an enormous 84 percent jump thanks to an expanded family of offerings. Both the Octavia and the A3 are built on the same platform as the Golf.
The Ford (NYSE:F) Fiesta, also a potent seller in Europe, grew 8 percent to settle into third place for the month, behind the Golf and the Polo. Both the Renault Clio and the Peugeot 208 — in fourth and fifth place, respectively — saw their volumes decrease during the period.
Automotive News Europe pointed out that models built on VW’s MQB platform (the Golf, Octavia, and A3) accounted for 30 percent of the top ten sellers, and that there were just 1,772 units separating second from fourth place, emphasizing the white-knuckle nature of the sales race on the continent.