Passenger car registrations: +6.2% in January

Brussels, 16 February 2016 – In January 2016, the EU passenger car market started the year positively, marking the 29th consecutive month of growth.

In January 2016, the EU passenger car market started the year positively, marking the 29th consecutive month of growth. Registrations during the month grew (+6.2%) compared to January 2015, totalling 1,061,150 units. This result is encouraging for the near future, as the upward market trend remains stable.

Among the major markets, Italy (+17.4%) and Spain (+12.1%) recorded the strongest performances in January, both posting double-digit percentage gains.  Also the French (+3.9%), German (+3.3%) and UK (+2.9%) passenger car markets grew during the opening month of 2016, although at more modest rates. 

* Data for Malta not available

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About the EU automobile industry

  • 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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