The Ford Puma has been a hit in Europe since its launch a few years ago, and that success has continued through 2023 thus far. In fact, the small crossover was among the top 25 best-selling models in that region in the first half of the year, and followed that up by remaining on the same list in the months of July and August. Now, the Ford Puma has extended that streak by once again cracking the top 10 list of the best-selling new vehicles in Europe in September, too.
Last month, the Ford Puma moved up from 12th place to seventh with 18,063 sales, which was a 23 percent increase year-over-year. That ranks the Puma behind only the Tesla Model Y (29,309 sales), Peugeot 208 (22,188), Renault Clio (20,088), Volkswagen Golf (19,441), Dacia Sandero (19,265), and Fiat/Abarth 500 (18,271) on this latest list, as well as ahead of Opel/Vauxhall Corsa (16,977), Volkswagen T-Roc (16,935), Nissan Qashqai (16,404), Citroen C3 (16,295), Kia Sportage (14,608), Peugeot 2008 (14,236), Skoda Octavia (13,923), Volkswagen Polo (13,659), Hyundai Tucson (13,655), Toyota Yaris Cross (13,575), Volkswagen Tiguan (13,470), Ford Kuga (12,564), Toyota Yaris (12,184), Toyota Corolla (12,110), Renault Captur (12,072), MG ZS (11,862), Mini Hatch (10,959), and Volvo XC40 (10,944).
Things didn’t go quite as well for the overall market in Europe last month, as new vehicle registrations increased by 10 percent to 1,155,648 units in September, which was the slowest rate of growth recorded this year so far. As one might imagine, much of this stems from rising inflation and soaring interest rates, as is the case in other parts of the globe, too.
“Despite financial pressures such as rising inflation and interest rates, alongside geopolitical uncertainty, the European car market has seen consistent growth over the course of this year,” said Felipe Munoz, Global Analyst at JATO Dynamics. “While EVs have been a key driver of this growth, it is unlikely that this will be sustained for much longer, considering truly affordable ICE alternatives now remain a rarity in the market.”