Stellantis got off to a good start after its official inception earlier this year. The newly founded automaker is currently the largest automaker in Europe by the number of sales in the first two months of the year. And yes, that means he beats the Volkswagen Group.
According to data from the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA), Stellantis has delivered a total of 480,888 passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to the 30 European countries tracked by the organization. In contrast, the Volkswagen Group transferred 452,400 vehicles from all its brands, giving Stellantis an advantage of around 28,500 additional vehicles sold in January and February 2021.
It is important to note that when it comes to passenger car sales only, VAG maintains its leadership position. With 419,855 sales, this is ahead of Stellantis, which sold 377,244 passenger cars during this period. Put simply, Stellantis’ 103,644 light commercial vehicles were enough to offset the decline in passenger car sales.
Peugeot has largely contributed to the excellent results of Stellantis. In February, the French had the two best-selling models on the Old Continent with the 208 taking the crown with 18,351 sales, followed by the 2008 crossover based on the same platform with 16,845 deliveries. The Volkswagen Golf finished third, followed by the Renault Clio and the Toyota Yaris.
Taking a look at 2020, the Volkswagen Group scored a comfortable victory over its competitors with 3.23 million passengers and light commercial vehicles. Combined sales of PSA and FCA were around 3.03 million, but it looks like 2021 is off to a better start with the launch of Stellantis as an automaker.
The increase in sales could be a sign of positive changes within Stellantis despite recent somewhat bizarre cost-cutting measures. Large synergies are expected to come into effect as early as 2023, when different brands of the manufacturer are expected to unify their production and generate new savings.