Car sales: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Where are the biggest automotive markets?

The largest automobile market worldwide is China (28% market share) and then the US (22.4%). During Q3 both of these markets have shown steady growth in car sales.

Car sales in the whole of the EU increased by 14.6% compared with the same period in 2014. The manufacturer that is leading the way in Europe is the VW Group with a market share of 25.3%, then the PSA Group  – 10.5% followed by the Renault Group – 9.6%.

The five biggest car sales markets in Europe are: Germany (24.2%),  the United Kingdom (19.7%), France (14.3%), Italy (10.8%) and Spain (6.8%). All have recorded growth in Q3 of 2015 year and have kept recovering.  

Car sales market Q3

Germany dem9onstrated a 7% loss in May 2015 (compared with May 2014) but had recovered by up to 9% in June and continues to show improvements. The most popular brand on the German market is Volkswagen with 21.8% of Market. It is followed by Mercedes with 9.3% and Audi with 8.2%.


United Kingdom’s automotive market has increased more than by 10% in 2015 and has kept growing. As far as best-selling brands are concerned, Ford leads with 12.8% of market share, Vauxhall has 11.6% and Volkswagen 9.2%.

The French also reco11rded growth (by 10%) in August 2015. Renault car sales leads the way with 19.6% of the market, followed by Peugeot  (17.3%) and Citroen (10.7%).

The whole Italian automotive market has demonstrating strong demand, as growth rocketed by 25%. Fiat has 20.5% of market share in Italy.25 Volkswagen is second with 7.4% and  Renault has 6.4% of the market.

Making up28 the top 5 largest automotive markets in the EU is Spain. Compared with the corresponding period in 2014 car sales are up a whopping 28.2%. Volkswagen sold 8.7% of the whole Spanish automotive market, Renault has 7.6% and Ford with 7.0% in a highly competitive marketplace.

All these positive trends give rise to the hope that the industry is set to enjoy a period of intense growth.

The global automotive market is in the process of changing significantly. What is affecting the future of the automotive industry?

♦ Decreasing cost of software and electronics while their contribution become more innovative

♦ Increasing regulatory requirements

♦ Consolidation of suppliers

♦ Digitization of the industry: more customers using online sources

♦ Customer service expectations are increasing

The process of purchasing a car nowadays is about information, communication and choices. During the coming years the global automotive market will need to find a balance between the traditional way of selling cars and new digital trends in the industry.

According to research by Frost & Sullivan, global online car sales will substantially increase during the next years and 5% of all cars in the world will be sold online by 2020. The internet has started to be a very powerful source for car retail:

In the modern world more people are buying cars online and they want a better digital experience. To be successful in selling cars online the biggest automotive companies (Toyota (15% on the global market), VW Group (25.3% in Europe), Audi (2% on the global market)) use omnichannel solutions: live video, interactive selling platform, virtual showroom solutions, online chat and co-browsing.

Whisbi is the only company that provides all of these channels integrated into one solution, bringing the real dealership experience online.

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