The five biggest auto markets in Europe are still recovering from the financial crisis but new statistics show new car registrations there surpassed the 10 million units mark last year.

The five biggest auto markets in Europe are still recovering from the financial crisis but new statistics show new car registrations there surpassed the 10 million units mark last year.

JATO Dynamics is ready with its annual report about new car sales in Europe and it reveals sales in Germany, UK, France, Italy, and Spain have increased by 8.8% in 2015 compared to the previous year. Speaking in numbers, these five countries have a total of 10.39 million new registrations last year.

What’s more important, all five markets posted positive growth with Germany leading the way with 3.2 million units – up by 5.6%. It was followed by the UK, which achieved a 6.3% growth in sales with a total of 2.6 million units sold.

Car registrations in Europe's five biggest countries

Volkswagen was the best-selling brand in these five countries, followed by Ford, Renault, and Opel/Vauxhall. VW Golf, Ford Fiesta, and VW Polo are the three bestsellers in the Big five countries.

Car registrations in Europe's five biggest countries

“Traditionally the five largest markets count for three quarters of total European volume and their positive results are an indicator of how well the car industry performed in 2015,” commented Felipe Munoz, marketing analyst at JATO Dynamics. “The brands that benefited the most from this fact were those that added new SUVs to their product ranges as this was the segment to drive the biggest part of the growth.” 

Source: JATO Dynamics

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