MUNICH – Toyota's Europe sales took a hit in the first full month following its announcement that it would recall more up to 1.8 million cars here, including its top-selling Auris, Avensis, Aygo, Yaris and Prius model lines.
The world's largest automaker saw its February European sales decline 20 percent to 43,531 cars, according to data from European automakers association ACEA.
The sharp drop followed a 12 percent sales rise in January. Through February, Toyota's European volume is down 7 percent to 97,767 units. (Click on chart, right)
Toyota announced its safety recall in Europe in late January, Globally, Toyota has recalled more than 8.5 million cars to check for: a potentially sticky accelerator pedal; the potential entrapment of the accelerator pedal under the floor mat; and braking issues with the Prius.
Italy up, Germany down
Italy was Europe's sales leader in February with a volume of 200,560 units. The 21 percent rise is attributed mostly to orders made in late-2009 as the country's new-car orders are falling sharply.
Germany was second in sales with a volume of 194,846 units, a 30 percent decline on February 2009. Meanwhile France, the UK, Spain and the Netherlands reported double-digit percentage increases with Spain's sales up 47 percent. (Click on chart, above)