Passenger car registrations: -2.1% five months into 2019; +0.1% in May

Brussels, 18 June 2019 – In May 2019, the EU passenger car market recorded a modest increase (+0.1%) after eight consecutive months of decline.

In May 2019, the EU passenger car market recorded a modest increase (+0.1%) after eight consecutive months of decline. Demand in the region was mainly driven by the Central European countries, where registrations went up by 6.2% last month. By contrast, the five major Western European markets posted mixed results: with demand in Spain (-7.3%), the United Kingdom (-4.6%) and Italy (-1.2%) slowing down, but growing in Germany (+9.1%) and France (+1.2%).  

From January to May 2019, new car registrations across the European Union fell by 2.1% compared to last year, counting 6.7 million units in total. With the exception of Germany, the five big EU markets all posted slight declines so far this year.

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  • 13.0 million Europeans work in the automotive sector
  • 11.5% of all manufacturing jobs in the EU
  • €374.6 billion in tax revenue for European governments
  • €101.9 billion trade surplus for the European Union
  • Over 7% of EU GDP generated by the auto industry
  • €59.1 billion in R&D spending annually, 31% of EU total
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