P The annual balance sheet for the 5 largest markets is also positive. Spain closed the new registration year with a plus of 20.9% and 1,034,232 new registrations. In Italy, 1,574,872 new passenger cars were registered in 2015, which corresponds to an increase of 15.8% compared to the previous year. France has 1,917,226 new registrations, an increase of 6.8%. For the UK, the ACEA reports 2,633,503 new registrations for 2015, an increase of 6.3%. The German market recorded growth of 5.6% in 2015 and 3,206,042 new registrations.
The good annual result is strengthened by a strong year-end rally. In December, 1,109,927 new vehicle registrations were registered in Europe. The previous year's result was thus exceeded by 16.6%. In addition, December was the 28th month in a row that closed with an increase. The monthly result is supported by good results in all major markets. Spain reports 88,609 new registrations and plus 20.7%, Italy 109,395 new registrations and plus 18.7%, France 183,720 new registrations and plus 12.5%, Great Britain 180,077 new registrations and plus 8.4% and Germany 247,355 new registrations and plus 7.7% .
VW can increase new registrations
The VW Group remains the market leader in Europe. The Wolfsburg-based company was able to increase its new registrations by 6.1% and hold a market share of 24.6%. VW remains the strongest single brand. With new registrations growing by 6.3%, VW has a market share of 12.1%. The second force in Europe is Ford, which grew by 8.6% and has a market share of 7.3%. Renault increases new registrations by 10.9% and secures a market share of 7.0%. Opel was able to sell 6.3% more cars in Europe in 2015 and has a market share of 6.7%. Peugeot increases by 9.1% and has a market share of 6.1%.
In the race of the three German premium suppliers Audi, BMW and Mercedes, Audi is just ahead in the annual balance sheet. The Ingolstadt-based company was able to increase its new registrations by 5.7% and thus has a market share of 5.4%. BMW increases by 10.6%, but only has a market share of 5.2%. Mercedes is on par with an increase of 12.6%.
Fiat is growing by 12.2% and has a market share of 4.7%, Skoda is increasing by 6.1% and is coming to a market share of 4.4%. Citroën grows by 4.8% and standsat the end of the year with a market share of 3.9% and thus on par with Toyota (+ 6.3%) and Nissan (+ 16.8%). Hyundai has a market share of 3.3% (+ 11.4%), Dacia 2.8% (+ 5.0%), Kia 2.7% (+ 8.9%) and Seat 2, 4% (+ 2.8%).