The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Renault Clio trumps VW Golf


The Renault Clio became Europe’s best-selling car in February, taking the crown from the Volkswagen Golf.

Although new models of both vehicles have been recently introduced, the latest-generation Clio has been available for slightly longer than the Golf. According to the latest European car registrati­on figures, 24,914 of the French hatchback were registered during the month, eclipsing the 24,735 Volkswagen Golf registrati­ons.

However, both figures represente­d a downturn in yearon-year registrati­ons, with the Clio down 4% and the Golf 21%.

The Fiat Panda experience­d a 10% boost in sales, which pushed it up to fifth place in the rankings.

Outright registrati­ons in Europe experience­d a downturn during February too, falling to 1,063,264 units from 1,143,853 during the same month in 2020. It builds on a decline in registrati­ons in January too – with the first two months representi­ng a fall of 7.3%.

Felipe Munoz, global analyst at JATO Dynamics, commented: “The situation is rapidly deteriorat­ing in Europe due to complex regulation, lack of available homologate­d cars and pressure on the economy.”

Registrati­ons of electric vehicles, however, continued to grow. Unit numbers increased from 75,000 in February to 135,500 last month – an increase of over 80%.

Munoz added: “This is good news, as the industry’s electrific­ation plans have finally seen a positive response.”

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