09 May 2017

Opel/Vauxhall Euro Sales - 2012-16 (Nations)


When one looks closer at national sales of Opel/Vauxhall, certain countries are more partial to them than others. So in the final in this short series, let's look at how national purchasing varied.

First up Germany is the biggest market in Europe and where Opel is based. That didn't translate in to sales during this present decade. It was comfortably behind Europe's second biggest, the UK. France may be the third nation in size but ran fifth since 2011, when it was one place higher. Ironically Opel /Vauxhall are to come under France's PSA control so it will be interesting to see if that makes any difference. Spain's car manufacturing industry benefits from Opel/Vauxhall so that could explain the strong support it gets there.

The others (6th-10th) generally follow the size of their respective markets, with the exception of Denmark, which boxes above its weight. Russia was abandoned by Opel, hence the crash there. Of those not included, Sweden is a notable omission. The list below is the top ten in each year.

12 13 14 15 16
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
1 1 1 1 1 UK 258,852 289,279 301,931 311,642 288,865
2 2 2 2 2 Germany 224,468 217,686 231,147 242,677 258,598
3 4 3 3 3 Italy 82,806 74,709 80,643 94,424 102,034
6 6 4 4 4 Spain 52,698 57,417 70,488 81,976 96,525
5 5 5 5 5 France 78,923 65,024 66,791 70,952 75,273
7 7 7 6 6 Turkey 49,825 55,993 39,255 47,000 55,471
8 8 8 7 7 Belg/Lux 41,666 39,126 37,363 39,763 45,413
9 9 10 9 8 Nederland 41,338 28,391 27,820 31,368 38,775
- - 9 8 9 Poland - - 28,052 31,914 37,501
10 10 - 10 10 Austria 21,323 21,752 - 23,977 24,864
4 3 6 - - Russia 81,242 81,421 64,985 - -

Data source: GM Europe.

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