Passenger car registrations: +8.6% in first quarter; +10.6% in March

Brussels, 16 April 2015 – In March 2015, demand for new passenger cars in the EU* increased for the nineteenth consecutive month (+10.6%), marking the highest monthly growth since last March and totalling 1,604,107 units

In March 2015, demand for new passenger cars in the EU* increased for the nineteenth consecutive month (+10.6%), marking the highest monthly growth since last March and totalling 1,604,107 units. All major markets contributed positively to the overall expansion, especially Spain (+40.5%) and Italy (+15.1%) which posted double-digit growth, followed by France (+9.3%), Germany (+9.0%) and the UK (+6.0%) that also performed better than in March 2014.

In the first quarter of 2015, new passenger car registrations increased by 8.6%, totalling 3.5 million units (3,527,704). All major markets posted growth, contributing to the overall upturn of the EU market. Registrations in Spain (+32.2%), Italy (+13.5%), France (+6.9%), the UK (+6.8%) and Germany (+6.4%) increased over this period.

* Data for Malta n.a.

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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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