Passenger car: registrations down 1.4% in January

Brussels, 16/02/2011 – Registrations of new cars decreased by 1.4% in the first month of 2011 compared to the same month last year.

Brussels, 16/02/2011 – Registrations of new cars decreased by 1.4% in the first month of 2011 compared to the same month last year New registrations in the EU* reached a total of 1,041,650 units in January. Markets showed different movements across the region in January 2011 compared to January 2010, with the French (+8.2%) and German (+16.5%) markets posting growth, while the UK (-11.5%), Italy (-20.7%) and Spain (-23.5%) recorded a double-digit downturn. In absolute figures, Germany registered the most vehicles (211,056), followed by France (185,521), Italy (164,356), the UK (128,811), the Netherlands (75,174) and Spain (53,632). The largest contraction was observed in Greece (-63.3%), while Latvia expanded the most (+126.4%), rebounding from very low levels. 

* EU27, data for Cyprus and Malta unavailable


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