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The European car market continues to recover from record lows reached in recent years due to the economic crisis and the austerity policies.
The major European markets, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain managed to increase sales in the first half of 2014 and contributed to the sales growth of 5.8%.
One of the biggest highlights was Spain that registered a growth of 18.8% thanks to the return of tax incentives and slaughter of vehicles. The UK had the highest growth in terms of number of sales, with more than 120,000 units sold in the first half of 2013. In Germany sales grew 2.4%, in France 2.9% and in Italy 3.4%.
Now let's find out which brands were most successful among European drivers. The data is a responsibility of JATO Dynamics.
The tenth most sold brand in Europe so far is Fiat. The Italian brand sold a total of 324,002 units in the first six months of the year which represents a growth of 1,5% compared to the same period of 2013.
Citroën grabbed ninth place in the rankings with 333,666 units sold in the first six months of 2014. Its sales have increased 2,6% compared to same period of 2013.
Mercedes has sold a total of 334,112 cars in the first half of 2014 and is currently lying in eighth place in the ranking of the most sold brands in Europe. With the help of the new compact model range the German brand has managed to increase its sales 3,4%.
BMW has increased its sales by 5,3% in the first six months of 2014, with a total of 345,515 vehicles sold. After the first half of the year the German brand is lying in seventh place.
With 383,675 units Audi is lying in sixth place in the rankings of the most sold models in Europe. It is currently the most sold premium brand and managed to grow its sales by 5,2%.
In fifth place we have Peugeot that sold in the first six months of the year 422,155 vehicles. The new 208 continues to be huge success and helped the French brand to increase its sales by 7,1% compared to last year.
With a nice help from the new Clio and Captur Renault is currently the fourth most sold brand in 2014. Until the end of June the French brand has sold a total of 468,248 units, 13,5% more than in 2013.
In the first half of 2014 Opel has increased its sales by 8,3% compared to the same period last year. With 472,312 it has landed in third place on the rankings of most sold brands so far in 2014. The Opel Corsa and Astra are amongst the most popular models.
Ford is the second most sold brand in Europe after the first six months of the year. The American brand has registered a growth of 5,5% compared to 2013 with a total of 514,943 units sold. The Ford Focus continues to be one of the most popular models in Europe as well.
Volkswagen continues to dominate the European market. The German brand has already sold 825,041 units, which represents a 1,9% growth compared to 2013. The Golf and the Polo are currently the two most popular models of the brand.