Passenger car: registrations down 2.1% in first semester 2011

Brussels, 15/07/2011 – Over the first six months of 2011, a total of 7,120,499 new cars was registered, or 2.1% less than in the first half of last year In June new passenger car registrations dropped by 8 1% in the EU* amounting to 1 233 298 unitsof last year.

Over the first six months of 2011, a total of 7,120,499 new cars was registered, or 2.1% less than in the first half of last year. In June, new passenger car registrations dropped by 8.1% in the EU*, amounting to 1,233,298 units. The month counted on average 0.7 working day less across the region.

In June, all important markets faced a downturn, leading to an overall 8.1% fall across the EU*. Contractions ranged from -0.3% in Germany to -1.7% in Italy, -6.2% in the UK, -12.6% in France and -31.4% in Spain.

In the first half-year, the situation in the major markets varied, resulting in a 2.1% decline of EU* registrations. While Germany (+10.5%) performed better than in the same period a year ago, the UK (-7.1%), Italy (-13.1%) and Spain (-26.8%) saw the number of new car registrations decrease. Registrations in France (+1.0%) were almost level compared to last year. 

* EU27, data for Cyprus and Malta unavailable


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