Passenger car registrations: -9.5% over two months; -10.5% in February

Brussels, 19/03/2013 – In February, new car registrations pursued the downward trend commenced in October 2011, reaching their lowest level with less than 800,000 units

In February, new car registrations pursued the downward trend commenced in October 2011, reaching their lowest level with less than 800,000 units. In total, 795,482 new cars were recorded in the EU*, or 10.5% less than in the same month last year.

From January to February, demand for new cars declined by 9.5%, amounting to 1,681,073 units.

In February, the UK was the only country to post growth (+7.9%). All other significant markets faced a downturn ranging from -9.8% in Spain to -10.5% in Germany, -12.1% in France and -17.4% in Italy.

Two months into the year, Germany (-9.6%) and Spain (-9.7%) performed similarly, compared to the same period a year earlier. France (-13.5%) and Italy (-17.3%) recorded a double-digit downturn, while demand was sustained in the UK (+10.3%). 

* EU27, data for Malta unavailable

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