Peugeot 208 overtakes VW Golf as European top-selling car for 2022

February 6, 2023

The Peugeot 208 topped the European new car sales charts in 2022—overtaking the Volkswagen Golf, which had occupied the annual top spot since 2007. The French supermini recorded 206,816 sales in 2022, a five per cent improvement compared with 2021, and almost 30,000 more than the 177,203 that the Golf achieved. In total, 11.3 million new cars were sold in EU markets plus the UK, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland last year, according to new figures released by Jato Dynamics. Volkswagen was among the manufacturers whose production volumes were hamstrung last year. This meant the brand’s global sales totalled 4.56 million, a 6.8% shortfall compared with the previous year. The chip shortage will hit 2023 sales too, warned Volkswagen. It currently holds a “very high” order backlog, hence the Golf’s slide from first to fifth place. Read original article here.

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