Passenger car: registrations down 1.4% from January to November

Brussels, 16/12/2011 – In November, demand for new cars in the EU* decreased by 3.5%, amounting to 1,030,414 units

Brussels, 16/12/2011 – In November, demand for new cars in the EU* decreased by 3.5%, amounting to 1,030,414 units.

Eleven months into the year, a total of 12,157,119 new registrations was recorded, or 1.4% less compared to the period January-November 2010.

In November, Germany was the only major market to post growth (+2.6%). Downturn ranged from -4.2% in the UK to -6.4% in Spain, -7.7% in France and -9.2% in Italy. Overall, the EU market* was down 3.5% compared to the same month last year.

From January to November, new car registrations totaled 12,157,119 units in the EU*. While the German market expanded by 9.1%, results in France (-0.3%), the UK (-4.5%), Italy (-10.6%) and Spain (-18.8%) were all negative, leading to an overall 1.4% downturn in the region.

* EU27, data for Cyprus and Malta unavailable


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