Tesla, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Skoda and Volvo were among the automakers that beat the overall European market, which plunged 74 percent in April, as sales were stalled by lockdowns that shut factories and showrooms in sweeping effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Europe sales by model, April and 4 months; Tesla, Ferrari, Skoda beat the market
Tesla's April sales dipped 26 percent, Ferrari's fell 44 percent, Lamborghini's slipped 51 percent, Skoda was down 61 percent and Volvo's volume decreased by 62 percent, according to figures from market researcher JATO Dynamics.
The other brands that beat the market were BMW (-64 percent), Porsche (-64 percent), Bentley (-68 percent), Mini (-69 percent) Rolls-Royce (-69 percent), Toyota (-71 percent) and Volkswagen (-72 percent).
There were a small number of models that increased sales despite the pandemic, including the full-electric Porsche Taycan, which rose 880 percent to 463 sales from a very low base during the same month in 2019.
For the same reason, the Skoda Scala compact was up 185 percent to 2,003 sales and the battery-powered Audi e-tron increased sales 43 percent to 1,378.
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The Volkswagen Golf was Europe's No. 1 seller in April with a volume of 9,234, which was a decrease of 74 percent compared with April 2019.
All other models in Europe's top 10 also suffered double-digit sales declines led by the VW T-Roc and Renault Captur (-75 percent for each). The best performer in the top 10 was the Toyota Corolla, with a decline of 59 percent.
For the first quarter, the Golf was No. 1 with 83,597 sales, a decline of 43 percent, followed by the Renault Clio (67,144, -43 percent); Ford Focus (57,346, -35 percent); Peugeot 208 (55,776, -34 percent) and the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa (54,144, -34 percent).