Passenger car registrations: -3.9% over nine months; +5.4% in September

Brussels, 16/10/2013 – In September, demand for new cars in the EU* was up 5.4%, amounting to 1,159,066 units, from the record low volumes registered in September 2012

In September, demand for new cars in the EU* was up 5.4%, amounting to 1,159,066 units, from the record low volumes registered in September 2012**. The month counted on average one more working day across the EU this year, compared to the last.

From January to September, new car registrations declined by 3.9%, compared to the first nine months of 2012, with a total of 9,000,629 vehicles.

In September, most major markets posted growth, from +3.4% in France to +12.1% in the UK and +28.5% in Spain. Italy (-2.9%) and Germany (-1.2%) saw their new car registrations decrease. Overall, the EU* market expanded by 5.4% compared to the same month last year, despite recording the second lowest level for a month of September**.

Nine months into the year, the UK was the only significant market to record an increase (+10.8%). Downturn prevailed across other major markets, ranging from -1.6% in Spain to -6.0% in Germany, -8.3% in Italy and -8.5% in France, leading to an overall 3.9% contraction in the EU*, compared to the first nine months of 2012.

* EU27, data for Malta unavailable

** since ACEA recorded new registrations in the EU27 in 2003

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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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