Passenger car registrations: +8.0% over nine months; +7.2% in September

Brussels, 14 October 2016 – In September 2016, passenger car registrations in the EU continued to grow (+7.2%), totalling 1,455,180 units.

In September 2016, passenger car registrations in the EU continued to grow (+7.2%), totalling 1,455,180 units. In volume terms, this result marked the highest September total on record. All major markets posted growth, contributing to the overall upturn. Italy (+17.4%), Spain (+13.9%) and Germany (+9.4%) showed the highest percentage gains, followed by France (+2.5%) and the United Kingdom (+1.6%) with more modest rates.

Over the first nine months of 2016, the European passenger car market grew by 8.0%, reaching 11,243,263 units. The overall increase through the first three-quarters of the year showed the market’s ongoing recovery with all of the big five markets posting solid growth rates. Italy (+17.4%) and Spain (+11.5%) recorded double-digit growth over the period, followed by Germany (+6.1%), France (+5.7%) and the UK (+2.6%). 

* Data for Malta not available

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  • 12.9 million Europeans work in the automotive sector
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  • €392.2 billion in tax revenue for European governments
  • €101.9 billion trade surplus for the European Union
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