Most brands posted triple-digit increases from March 2020.
Among volume automakers, only VW Group’s Spanish brand, Seat, had a muted performance, with 1.9 percent growth. Sales of the compact Leon and small Ibiza both declined from 2020; the Leon suffered from production cuts announced in December due to a shortage of microchips.
Peugeot was the best-selling brand in March; the 208 small hatchback was the most popular model overall, with a 619 percent increase in sales to 2,898. Stellantis had six of its nameplates among the top 10; the Fiat 500 jumped to fourth place with 2,221 units sold, with its mild hybrid version the most popular among non-rechargeable hybrids.
Fiat brand registrations posted 202 percent growth, with Alfa Romeo rising by 49 percent. Jeep sales rose 229 percent.
Within VW Group, Skoda’s growth was driven by a 644 percent increase in sales of the Kamiq small SUV. VW brand sales increased by 89 percent; Audi sales grew 207 percent and Porsche posted 88 percent growth.
Renault brand sales were up 67 percent for the month, while Dacia sales grew by 126 percent. Ford was up 223 percent.
BMW posted a 182 percent growth, while Mercedes-Benz increased sales by 101 percent.
Among Asian brands, Toyota increased sales by 78 percent and Nissan was up 102 percent. Hyundai sales rose 119 percent, while sibling brand Kia posted a 90 percent growth.