Passenger car registrations: down 7.1% in first month of 2012

Brussels, 16/02/2012 – In January, demand for new cars dropped by 7.1% in the EU*, compared to the same month a year earlier

Brussels, 16/02/2012 – In January, demand for new cars dropped by 7.1% in the EU*, compared to the same month a year earlier. In total, 968,769 new registrations were recorded in the region*, with on average one more working day than in January 2011. Registrations varied per market: France (-20.7%) and Italy (-16.9%) recorded a double-digit downturn, while Spain posted a 2.5% growth. The German (-0.4%) and British (-0.0%) markets remained stable. The biggest contraction was noted in Portugal (-47.4%) and the largest increase in Romania (+86.4%). 

* EU27, data for Malta unavailable

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