New-car gross sales in Europe plunged by 26 % in January, as lockdown measures to limit a second coronavirus wave hit gross sales within the area’s largest markets.

Registrations have been 842,835 within the EU, UK and the European Free Commerce Affiliation (EFTA) markets, trade affiliation ACEA mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.

Main manufacturers together with Opel, VW, Audi and Hyundai had steeper drops than the general market.

Volvo, Porsche, Renault’s Alpine sports-car unit and Sensible have been the one marques to indicate gross sales positive aspects.

Volvo gross sales rose 3.6 %, boosted a robust efficiency in its residence market of Sweden, and by excessive demand for its Recharge line of plug-in hybrid vehicles and the XC40 full-electric SUV.

Registrations at Volkswagen Group, the area’s top-selling automaker, fell 28 % with VW model down 32 %, Audi down 31 %, Seat down 27 %, Skoda down 21 % and Porsche up 1 %.

Europe’s No. 2 automaker by unit gross sales, Stellantis Group, shaped from the merger of PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Cars, noticed its registrations drop 27 %.

Its top-selling model, Peugeot noticed gross sales decline by 18 %. Opel, its No. 2 model by gross sales, was down 34 %. Among the many group’s different manufacturers, Fiat fell 29 % and Citroen was down 33 %. Registrations of Jeep’s SUVs declined by 14 % and Alfa Romeo’s quantity plunged 47 %.

Renault Group’s registrations dropped by 23 %, with Renault model down 28 % and Dacia down 12 %. Gross sales of Alpine sports activities vehicles rose 19 % to 77 items.