Volkswagen's EU share: new-car registrations in 2019

In December 2019, the VW brand's share of new-car registrations in the European Union stood at around 10.7 percent, 0.8 points less than the share in December 2018.

Many brands see upward trend

Despite an increase in December sales for many brands, Volkswagen and other marques lost their market shares. The VW group saw monthly sales increase 21 percent but its market share dropped by 0.1 percent. Overall, new passenger car registrations in the EU increased by 21.7 percent in December 2019, compared with the previous year. Although it was a good month in many of the EU's markets, the increase in sales is magnified by low figures from December 2018.

Sales soar on the back of tougher regulations

There was an increase of 31 percent in new passenger car registrations in August 2018, compared with the year before. In the face of new EU emissions standards, consumers rushed to buy new vehicles before the new tests would be implemented. There was an increase of over 30 percent in new passenger car registrations in August 2018, compared with August 2017.

The new WTLP test was created in response to the diesel emissions scandal of 2015, in which the Volkswagen Group played a central role. New test conditions aim to replicate real world driving conditions to get a more accurate picture of the emissions produced on Europe’s roads. Following the test’s introduction, September sales of passenger cars fell by 23.5 percent. Passenger vehicle sales in the EU show strong seasonal trends with new cars typically being bought more often between March and June.

Volkswagen's share of new car registrations in the EU from August 2018 to December 2019

Market share
Dec
19
10.7%
Nov
19
12.3%
Oct
19
12.1%
Sep
19
9.2%
Aug
19
11.9%
Jul
19
11.8%
Jun
19
11.3%
May
19
11%
Apr
19
11.3%
Mar
19
10.5%
Feb
19
11.4%
Jan
19
11.5%
Dec
18
11.5%
Nov
18
11.8%
Oct
18
10.2%
Sep
18
6.6%
Aug
18
12.7%
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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

EU

Survey time period

August 2018 to December 2019

Supplementary notes

All values are estimates; figures for Malta unavailable.
The figures for September 2018 through November 2019 were taken from previous editions of the publication.
The figures are for VW brand only.

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