Fiat Group sales Europe in minor
European sales are down, that’s the news that goes around the world. June is also a month with declining sales numbers, the total sales market went down with 8.7% (1,2 million cars) compared to the same period last year. Italy is the country where sales decreased the most, minus 24.4% (France -0.6%, Spain -12.1%, United Kingdom +3.5% and Germany +2.9%). The Dutch market has moved up on the ranking, it now passed Spain to become the 4th largest market in Europe. In The Netherlands 76,813 cars (3,555 cars more than Spain) were sold in June. This is a plus of 52% compared to the same period last year. In countries like Greece, Ireland and Portugal we see the opposite, sales were halved. FGA achieved a negative result in Italy of -20.12% compared to June 2011. Fiat is one of the car manufacturers feeling the pain as Lingotto depends for most of its sales on the home market. Of course there are a lot of competitors whose sales decrease is comparable or even worse than that of Fiat, but that’s not really a consolidation.
The overall results were not that good for the Italian market, now it seems that the Italian Truck drivers want to strike again in September.
FGA sales result for Europe was -16.7 % in relation to last year. The units involved are down to 79,927 from last years 95,900 units. A reduction in sales can also be seen at PSA, Renault, GM and especially Ford which saw its sales go down by 17.4%. Mitsubishi and Mazda had even larger reductions, more than 30%. Positive sales results were seen by Korean brands and Toyota, which went up more than 20%. Volkswagen had relatively stable sales results over this period.
Alfa Romeo could not keep the high expectations with only two models in their model range, their sales went down with 30.5 % (8,594 cars). Extending the period from January the decline in sales is 31.2% with 52,203 units sold in Europe. Fiat’s decline in sales is 18.7% for June (56,553 cars) and -17.9% from the beginning of the year. This adds up to a total sales amount of 321,760 cars. Lancia was luckily able to be more positive, with just a minor decrease in sales of 0.9% (9,645 cars). These results give Lancia now the honour to be ahead of Alfa Romeo in Italy. Looking at the sales results over the period January till now, Lancia could gain a little with sales up 0.5% (55,347 cars). The main success of Lancia can be linked to the Ypsilon, which impresses buyers in France and Spain. The results of Jeep are up by 8.2% (2298 cars). For the period January-June there is a larger plus of 35.9%, in total 13,651 cars.
Of course the numbers aren’t that great and this is not the first time. So we want to show you some nice amateur footage, which helps ease the pain.