Volkswagen Golf was Europe's best selling car in April


Volkswagen Golf was Europe's best selling car in April

The trusty Volkswagen Golf has once again taken the crown of Europe's best-selling car in April, increasing sales figures by 17.9% when compared to the same period in 2012.

Overall, the European car market increased by 2% last month but year-to-date sales remain down by 7.1%

Completing the top five best-selling cars were the Renault Clio, Volkswagen Polo, Peugeot 208 and Ford Fiesta.

Great Britain continued to record increased registrations and both Germany and Spain also experienced an increase in April. The Italian and French markets remain down year-on-year.

Surprisingly, Denmark has the greatest positive percentage change year-to-date with 9.3%, while Cyprus suffers the most with the market down -43.2%

The research by Jato Dynamics, the world's leading provider of automotive intelligence, revealed that although five brands recorded increased sales in April (Volkswagen, Ford, Opel/Vauxhall, Audi and Mercedes), Mercedes was the only brand in the top 10 to record an increase in year-to-date sales (2.4% higher than the same period in 2012).

Outside the top 10 the story was similar to March. Dacia, SEAT, Land Rover and Subaru all recorded significant increases in April sales.

Subaru reported the highest increase out of these brands with a 61.6% increase year-on-year.

Four out of the top five best-selling models were B-segment models, with the VW Polo and Peugeot 208 achieving increased sales volumes over April 2012 while the Ford Fiesta experienced a small drop in sales compared to last April.