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Selected passenger car manufacturers' EU market share in September 2019, based on new registrations
YTD market share of selected car manufacturers in Europe 2019
The Volkswagen Group accounted for 24.3 percent of new car registrations in the 28 European markets between January and September 2019. The automaker had a monthly market share of 20 percent in September 2019.

Emissions tests spike sales

August 2018 saw a sharp increase in car registrations in the EU. Consumers hurried to buy new cars before new EU emissions regulations became active in September 2018. Some manufacturers anticipated higher costs due to the harsher standards and new testing procedures. This encouraged a wave of buyersin August who aimed to avoid higher prices in September. Consequently, September 2018 saw significantly lower registrations of new passenger cars in the EU.

German and French carmakers dominate

Second-placed PSA Group is headquartered in Paris, France. Along with fellow French car manufacturer Renault, PSA has a strong presence Europe: The two French automakers account for a joint European auto market share of roughly 27 percent. PSA acquired GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands in 2017. At the same time, German manufacturers sold one in three passenger cars in the EU: Volkswagen and peer automakers Daimler and BMW held approximately 37 percent of the market.

Car sales in the EU

The European Union recorded about 15 million new-car registrations in 2018. Europe was one of the leading regional markets for passenger car sales in 2018. In 2019, it is projected that passenger car sales in Western Europe will remain flat at around 14.2 million units.
Selected passenger car manufacturers' EU market share in September 2019, based on new registrations
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YTD market share of selected car manufacturers in Europe 2019
The Volkswagen Group accounted for 24.3 percent of new car registrations in the 28 European markets between January and September 2019. The automaker had a monthly market share of 20 percent in September 2019.

Emissions tests spike sales

August 2018 saw a sharp increase in car registrations in the EU. Consumers hurried to buy new cars before new EU emissions regulations became active in September 2018. Some manufacturers anticipated higher costs due to the harsher standards and new testing procedures. This encouraged a wave of buyersin August who aimed to avoid higher prices in September. Consequently, September 2018 saw significantly lower registrations of new passenger cars in the EU.

German and French carmakers dominate

Second-placed PSA Group is headquartered in Paris, France. Along with fellow French car manufacturer Renault, PSA has a strong presence Europe: The two French automakers account for a joint European auto market share of roughly 27 percent. PSA acquired GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands in 2017. At the same time, German manufacturers sold one in three passenger cars in the EU: Volkswagen and peer automakers Daimler and BMW held approximately 37 percent of the market.

Car sales in the EU

The European Union recorded about 15 million new-car registrations in 2018. Europe was one of the leading regional markets for passenger car sales in 2018. In 2019, it is projected that passenger car sales in Western Europe will remain flat at around 14.2 million units.
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