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Renault Clio overtakes VW Golf to become Europe’s best-selling car

The Renault Clio overtook the Volkswagen Golfing to develop into Europe’s ideal-marketing car or truck...

The Renault Clio overtook the Volkswagen Golfing to develop into Europe’s ideal-marketing car or truck in February 2020, in accordance to the newest European car or truck registration figures for the month.

New variations of both these models have not long ago released, but the newest Clio has been accessible to purchase longer than the new Golfing. As a result, some 24,914 Mk5 Clios were registered during February, whilst the Mk8 Golfing was narrowly driving with 24,735.

The two nameplates saw an general reduction in registrations very last month, in accordance to data from JATO Dynamics. There was a 4 for each cent 12 months-on-12 months reduction in Clio registrations, whilst the Golfing was down 21 for each cent 12 months-on-12 months.

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Other noteworthy figures in the every month figures incorporate a10 for each cent strengthen in sales for the Fiat Panda, bringing it up to fifth place, and the absence of any SUVs from the leading 10 rating.

Total, it was yet another month of decline for the European car or truck current market. Registrations fell 7 for each cent 12 months-on-12 months, from one,143,852 in February 2019 to one,063,264 in February 2020.

Electric powered car or truck registrations doubled in France and Germany – these motor vehicles now make up 14 for each cent and eleven for each cent respectively of the countries’ every month car or truck registration figures. The Uk has an EV penetration level of thirteen for each cent – the next-optimum of the 5 greatest European car or truck markets – but even France’s determine pales in comparison to Norway, in which 75 for each cent of all new cars and trucks marketed are electric.

Felipe Munoz, world-wide analyst at JATO Dynamics, commented: “The circumstance is swiftly deteriorating in Europe because of to complex regulation, deficiency of accessible homologated cars and trucks, and increasing tension on the overall economy. All of these things are possessing a detrimental impact on buyer self confidence.”

JATO Dynamics additional that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has nonetheless to strike the European car or truck current market.

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