Volume increase of over 44,000 units across Europe by end of September
Opel has sold around 895,000 vehicles across Europe in the first nine months of 2016 giving the brand its best result since 2011 despite completely pulling out of the Russian market. This is equivalent to an increase of more than 44,000 vehicle or almost 5.2 percent compared to the same period of 2015. Sales from January to September were up in 18 markets including Germany, France, Spain and Italy. The market share was up in twelve markets. The market share of Opel and its British sister brand Vauxhall of the overall European vehicle markets was at 5.87 percent.
Europe’s “Car of the Year 2016”, the new Opel Astra was the driving force behind the increases. So far this year, the new Astra has been registered 212,000 times across Europe – an increase of around 22 percent compared to the same period of 2015. Opel has already received more than 275,000 orders for the Astra.
Opel MOKKA X is also continuing the success story started by its predecessor. Orders have already surpassed 60,000 even though the new generation of the highly successful SUV has only been at dealers since the end of September.
“We are well prepared with these great products along with the brand new Opel Zafira and our revolutionary electric car Ampera-e,” said Peter Christian Küspert, Opel Vice President Sales & Aftersales who also emphasized that Opel would continue its product offensive with numerous new models in 2017.