Car sales continue to rise

European new-car sales grew by 8.4% in the first half (H1) of 2015, with 25 of 29 countries recording increased sales according to JATO Dynamics.

JATO Dynamics reports that total car sales in H1 2015 were 7,410,510 units, the highest H1 sales since 2010. All of the top ten models and top ten brands recorded higher H1 2015 sales. The Volkswagen Golf, Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio were the best-selling cars for the first six months of the year.

Sales in June rose to 14.6% compared to a year earlier, following a slowdown in sales during May.

Brian Walters, vice president of Data at JATO Dynamics, commented, ‘Confidence in the European market last month was clearly well placed, as the car industry reported strong sales growth for the first half of the year in most markets.’