Passenger car registrations: +5.8% first two months of 2018; +4.3% in February

Brussels, 15 March 2018 – In February 2018 the EU passenger car market grew by 4.3%, with new registrations totalling 1,125,397. In volume terms, last month saw the best February results since 2008.

In February 2018 the EU passenger car market grew by 4.3%, with new registrations totalling 1,125,397. In volume terms, last month saw the best February results since 2008. Nearly all major EU markets posted growth, except for the United Kingdom (-2.8%) – where car sales declined for the 11th consecutive month – and Italy (-1.4%). Spain (+13.0%) recorded the strongest gains, followed by Germany (+7.4%) and France (+4.3%).

From January to February 2018, demand for new cars increased by 5.8% in the European Union, counting 2,378,965 units in total. Momentum is starting to slow down in certain markets, especially in the United Kingdom (-5.1%). However, passenger car registrations continued to grow in Spain (+16.4%), Germany (+9.5%) and France (+3.4%) during the first two months of 2018.

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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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