Europe's largest dealer groups are expanding to the point where the leaders are annually selling new cars at volumes that surpass or nearly equal brands such as Seat, Volvo, Mini, Jeep, Land Rover and Jaguar.
Europe's largest dealer group by revenue is Emil Frey, which sold 450,000 new cars last year. By comparison, Seat sold 452,372 vehicles in Europe in 2018, according to European auto industry association ACEA (see table below).
The Swiss group rose to No. 1 in 2017, passing Penske Automotive, after it bought 261 sites formerly owned by Volkswagen Group's Porsche Holding Salzburg subsidiary, according to data from dealer analyst ICDP, which publishes an annual top 50 based on revenue.
ICDP's figures show that Emil Frey's 2018 revenue rose 22 percent to 13.5 billion euros, which extended its lead over U.S.-owned Penske to 5.58 billion euros compared with an advantage of 3.36 billion euros in 2017.