In February 2020, the Renault Clio was the best-selling car in the European Union according to data from the JATO Dynamics institute. The versatile French city car thus overtook the undeniable Volkswagen Golf in first place in the ranking with 24,914 registered units against 24,735.
However, according to the organization, it could be just an isolated episode due to the fact that the fifth generation Clio has been available longer than the Golf 8. The future will tell us how sales will evolve. In France, the Clio was the second best-selling model in February 2020 behind the Peugeot 208. The latter concluded the podium for the best European sales in February.
A declining market
The Clio, like the Golf, nevertheless saw its sales decrease in number compared to February 2019. Its registrations fell by 4%; those of the Golf 21%. The entire European market fell by 7%. According to JATO Dynamics, the effects of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic were not yet felt on the Old Continent last February, but several expected factors explain this dynamic.
“The situation is rapidly deteriorating in Europe due to complex regulations, the lack of approved cars (according to the new WLTP cycle, Editor's note), and the growing pressure on autonomy. All these factors have a negative impact on confidence customers, “said Felipe Munoz, analyst for the institute.
It goes without saying that the containment measures in progress, the factories currently shutdown and the near interruption of deliveries allow us to expect a collapse in the number of registrations between March and April.
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