Passenger car registrations: +3.4% in 2017; -4.9% in December

Brussels, 17 January 2018 – In December 2017, new passenger car registrations in the EU fell by 4.9%, totalling 1,088,498 units – mainly the result of the fact that December had one working day less in 2017 than in the preceding year.

In December 2017, new passenger car registrations in the EU fell by 4.9%, totalling 1,088,498 units – mainly the result of the fact that December had one working day less in 2017 than in the preceding year. Nearly all major EU markets contracted, except for the Spanish one (+6.2%). The United Kingdom’s car market posted its ninth straight month of decline, with registrations falling by 14.4% in December.

Overall in 2017, European demand for cars grew (+3.4%) for the fourth consecutive year, reaching more than 15 million new passenger cars registered for the first time since 2007. Among the five big markets, Italy (+7.9%) and Spain (+7.7%) recorded the strongest gains, followed by France (+4.7%) and Germany (+2.7%). By contrast, last year demand for cars in the United Kingdom declined (-5.7%) for the first time in six years. Noteworthy is the strong performance of the new EU member states, where registrations went up by 12.8% during the year.

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  • 12.6 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 6.6% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.6% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.5 million – are in the automotive sector.
  • Motor vehicles are responsible for €398.4 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €76.3 billion for the EU.
  • The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
  • Investing €62 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 33% of total EU spending.
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