Renault brand had the biggest increase in registrations in July -- up 24 percent, followed by BMW and Mini, both close to a 20 percent. Kia was up 13 percent and Volvo sales rose 9 percent.
PSA Group had the worst performance among automotive groups. Its sales fell 16 percent. Peugeot brand’s 1.5 percent increase in sales was not enough to offset Opel/Vauxhall’s 35 percent plunge and Citroen’s 17 percent decline.
Volkswagen Group registrations dropped by 4.4 percent, with Skoda up 7 percent, Audi down 7.7 percent, Seat down 17 percent and VW brand down 6 percent.
Fiat Chrysler group sales fell 6 percent. Fiat brand sales were flat, while Alfa Romeo registrations fell 25 percent, Lancia 16 percent and Jeep 18 percent.
Among other brands, Ford Motor’s registrations were down 5 percent and Dacia sales dropped by 13 percent.
Several luxury automakers posted sales gains in July. BMW’s brand 19 percent increase to 72,000 registrations meant the automaker sold more cars than Audi, whose volume decreased 7.7 percent to 64,000. Mercedes-Benz brand was the top-selling premium brand with sales up 4.2 percent to 79,000. Land Rover sales increased by 5.8 percent while Jaguar’s volume fell 22 percent. Lexus increased sales by 3 percent.
Among Asian brands, Kia up by 13 percent again outsold sister brand Hyundai, which was down by 7.2 percent. Toyota registrations were flat. Nissan, Suzuki, Honda and Mazda all posted declines, with Suzuki falling most at 36 percent slump. Nissan was down 8.7 percent, Honda fell 2.6 percent and Mazda by 16 percent. Mitsubishi was up by 4.1 percent
Through July, overall European sales fell 34 percent to 6.44 million, according to JATO.
Registrations for the full year are forecast by ACEA to decrease by 25 percent, which would represent the lowest number of new cars sold since 2013, when the industry had come through six consecutive years of decline in the aftermath of the 2008-2009 financial crisis.
ACEA forecasts registrations in the European Union to fall by more than 3 million vehicles to 9.6 million this year. The bleak outlook represents the sharpest drop ever witnessed by Europe’s automobile sector, ACEA said in June.