Passenger car registrations: +4.7% four months into 2017; -6.6% in April

Brussels, 16 May 2017 – In April 2017, the number of passenger cars registered in the EU declined (-6.6%) to 1,191,034 units, mainly the result of Easter falling in April this year.

In April 2017, the number of passenger cars registered in the EU declined (-6.6%) to 1,191,034 units, mainly the result of Easter falling in April this year. Most of the major markets saw demand fall in April, with the UK posting a double-digit drop (-19.8%), followed by Germany (-8.0%), France (-6.0%) and Italy (-4.6%). Only the Spanish market grew last month, recording a slight increase (+1.1%). Positive contributions mainly came from the so-called EU-12 countries (+8.2%), those member states that have joined the EU since 2004.

From January to April 2017, demand for passenger cars remained positive (+4.7%), totalling 5,332,854 units. Italy (+8.0%), Spain (+6.1%), Germany (+2.5%), France (+2.0%) and the United Kingdom (+1.1%) all saw their markets grow during the first four months of the year, despite the declines observed in April.

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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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