Passenger car registrations: +6.1% over ten months; +6.5% in October

Brussels, 18 November 2014 – In October, in the EU passenger car registrations increased (+6.5%) from a year earlier to 1,072,837 units sold, marking the fourteenth consecutive month of growth

In October, in the EU1 passenger car registrations increased (+6.5%) from a year earlier to 1,072,837 units sold, marking the fourteenth consecutive month of growth. Substantial growth prevailed in most major markets, Spain (+26.1%), the UK (+14.2%), Italy (+9.2%) and Germany (+3.7%), leading to an upturn (+6.5%) across the region as a whole1. Only France recorded a slight decline (-3.8%) over the same month a year ago.

From January to October, new passenger car registrations in the EU1 totalled 10,645,907 units over the period. The EU1 market for passenger cars increased (+6.1%) compared to the first ten months of 2013, mainly led by the significant growth recorded in Spain (+18.1%) and in the UK (+9.5%). Likewise Italian (+4.2%), German (+3%) and French (+1.4%) markets expanded.

1Data for Malta n.a.

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About the EU automobile industry

  • 12.7 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 6.6% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.5% 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 €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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