The car market in Europe has not yet returned to normal and it will probably take months to get there. But there are signs of recovery, and the Sandero and Duster models from Dacia are still good.
The car market was turned upside down due to the pandemic, after quite long periods in the spring, when most of the factories were closed. Subsequently, Europeans were cautious and did not rush to spend money on new cars, even if, perhaps, before the pandemic they had this in mind.
This can be seen in the balance sheets of all major manufacturers. Surprisingly, however, the Sandero and Duster models from Dacia somehow managed to stay in the top, even if the volumes were decreasing everywhere. Sandero, for example, is in 6th place in Europe, according to August data.
And Duster is part of a highly sought-after category anyway. SUVs have reached a share of 40% of the total market.
Dacia Sandero and Duster models, still preferred
In August, the European car market fell by 18%. The top shows that the best-selling models were VW Golf, Renault Clio and Peugeot 208. On the hybrid market, the top is led by Ford Kuga, and Tesla leads in the case of electrics. The Americans, therefore, still dominate Europe, although the builders on the continent also come with electric models.
In numbers, 880,000 new cars were registered in August, down from 1.07 million in August 2019. The best month of August in the last decade was in 2018, when the total approached 1.2 million. cars, and the minimum was in 2013 (below 700,000).
Volkswagen Golf was the best-selling model, with over 22,000 units, and four models exceeded 15,000 units: Renault Clio, Peugeot 208, Opel Corsa and Skoda Octavia. Sandero was on six, with 13,800 units, and the top ten was completed by Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Mercedes A-Class and Volkswagen Polo.
SUVs accounted for 40% of the total. Models such as Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Volkswagen T-Roc or Dacia Duster were imposed. The share of cars with alternative propulsion (mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full-electric) reached 21% of total sales, well compared to August 2019 when the share was 8 percent. In terms of 100% electric cars, it drives the Tesla Model 3, with almost 7,000 units, and Renault Zoe has exceeded 6,000.
Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro, Volkswagen e-Golf and Audi e-Tron also had good sales.