Passenger car registrations: +7.2% over ten months; -0.02% in October

Brussels, 17 November 2016 – In October 2016, European passenger car registrations fell slightly (-0.02%), totalling 1,104,506 units.

In October 2016, European passenger car registrations fell slightly (-0.02%), totalling 1,104,506 units. Results were diverse among the major markets, with Italy (+9.7%), Spain (+4.0%) and the United Kingdom (+1.4%) posting growth, while Germany (-5.6%) and France (-4.0%) performed less well than one year ago.

Over the first ten months of 2016, car registrations in the EU totalled 12,348,502 units, an increase of 7.2%. All five major markets positively contributed to overall growth during this period. Italy (+16.7%) and Spain (+10.8%) showed the highest gains, followed with more modest rates by Germany (+4.9%), France (+4.7%) and the UK (+2.5%).

* Data for Malta not available


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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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