Passenger car: registrations down 7.1% in November

Brussels, 15/12/2010 – In November, demand for new cars fell by 7.1% in the EU, amounting to 1,069,268 units

Brussels, 15/12/2010 – In November, demand for new cars fell by 7.1% in the EU, amounting to 1,069,268 units. From January to November, a total of 12,349,743 new cars were registered, or 5.7% less than over the same period last year.

In November, all major markets contracted, from -6.2% in Germany to -10.8% in France, -11.5% in the UK, -21.1% in Italy and -25.5% in Spain. The general downturn led to a 7.1% drop across the EU*, compared to last year when the month of November recorded the largest increase (+27.1%) of 2009, rebounding from the previous 25.7% plunge in November 2008.

From January to November, the UK (+3.4%) and Spain (+5.9%) performed better than in the same period a year ago. France (-2.4%), Italy (-8.2%) and Germany (-25.2%) contributed to the overall 5.7% downturn across the region. The largest expansion was noted in Ireland (+54.0%). 

* EU27, data for Cyprus and Malta unavailable

NB: Commencing with the January 2010 new passenger car registrations figures, the ACEA data sheets will provide new vehicle registrations in alphabetical order for the countries of the European Union, and no longer separate for Western-Europe (15) and new EU Member States (10)*. Results for the EFTA countries will continue to be reported separately. The monthly press releases will quote the ‘EU’ figures first, followed by the ‘total Europe’ figures, adding up the EU and EFTA figures.


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