Vauxhall/Opel European sales flourish in 2016 0
Vauxhall and its European sister brand Opel saw sales jump over the first nine months of 2016. Between the two offshoots of General Motors, around 895,000 new vehicles were shifted across Europe – an increase of 5.2 percent or 44,000 vehicles on the same time last year. This is the company’s best figures since 2011, even more impressive considering the withdrawal from the Russian markets.
In the January – September period, overall sales were up throughout 18 markets including Germany, Spain, France, and Italy. Twelve markets saw an increase in the overall share with Vauxhall and sister brand Opel taking 5.87 percent.
Mainly responsible for the surge was the new Astra, Europe’s 2016 Car of the Year. The car was registered 212,000 times across Europe, up 22 percent from the same period last year. In excess of 275,000 orders have been placed for the compact hatch. The Mokka X meanwhile has seen over 60,000 despite only being on sale since the end of September.
Opel Vice President of Sales & Aftersales, Peter Christian Kuspert said, “We are well prepared with these great products along with the brand new Zafira and our revolutionary electric car Ampera-e,” he also hinted that the brand would not relent with its new product push, with several new vehicles to be released in 2017.