As European passenger car registrations dropped 8.5 percent in January to their lowest total for the month since 1990, General Motors sales decreased 5.5 percent to 68,179 units, compared to 72,114 sold in January 2012 — according to industry association ACEA.
Opel/Vauxhall sales totaled 58,637 units compared to 56,130, representing a 4.5 percent increase on an annual basis. The results were boosted by the new and apparently popular Mokka subcompact crossover… who would’a thunk?
Meanwhile, the Bow Tie brand slipped fell sunk 40.2 percent, selling 9,521 in January 2013 compared to 15,930 in January 2012.
Don’t expect the bad news to stop here, since the European car market is expected to continue its downward spiral this year. Most automakers forecast the regional market to shrink between three and five percent in 2013, marking the sixth straight year of declining sales.
Unfortunately, General Motors Europe doesn’t release model-by-model sales charts… but we did manage to get our hands on the following report from ACEA. Download or view it here (PDF file format).
The GM Authority Take
With such a gloomy market forecast, we wish all automakers in Europe good luck over the next couple of years… especially The General. Steven Girsky, new Opel chief Karl-Thomas Neumann, and the rest of the GM Europe team seem to have their work cut out for them.