Passenger car registrations: -0.3% 11 months into 2019; +4.9% in November

Brussels, 17 December 2019 – In November 2019, EU demand for new passenger cars increased by 4.9%, marking the third consecutive month of growth this year.

In November 2019, EU demand for new passenger cars increased by 4.9%, marking the third consecutive month of growth this year. To a large extent this is the result of a low base of comparison, because in November 2018 registrations went down 8.0%. With the exception of the United Kingdom (-1.3%) all major European markets posted growth last month: Germany (+9.7%), Spain (+2.3%), Italy (+2.2%) and France (+0.7%).

Eleven months into the year, new car registrations across the European Union were almost back at levels from one year ago (-0.3%), thanks to the strong results of the last three months. Nevertheless, four of the five major EU markets declined from January to November, most notably Spain (-5.7%) and the United Kingdom (-2.7%). Germany (+3.9%) remains the only big market that recorded growth so far in 2019.

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  • The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 16 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Group, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
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About the EU automobile industry

  • 13 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 7% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.4 million – are in the automotive sector.
  • Motor vehicles are responsible for €374.6 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €79.5 billion for the EU.
  • The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
  • Investing €58.8 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 32% of total EU spending.
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