Brussels – EU passenger car registrations across the EU fell by 2.0% year-on-year in September to total 1,427,105 units, the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association) reported 17 Oct.
While noting that September 2016 figures were the highest total on record to date, ACEA said momentum in some of the EU’s five key markets was starting to slow, especially in the UK (‐9.3%) and Germany (‐3.3%).
The declines were only partially offset by the solid performance of the Italian and Spanish markets (up 8.1% and 4.6% respectively), the Brussels-based association pointed out.
Over the first three quarters 2017, demand for passenger cars remained positive in the EU, with almost 11.7 million new vehicles registered – an increase of 3.7% compared to the same period last year.
During the nine-month period, ACEA noted good performances in Italy (+9.0%), Spain (+6.7%), France (+3.9%) and Germany (+2.2%). However, UK car demand fell by 3.9%.
Also noteworthy, said ASEA, was the strong performance of the new EU member states, where registrations went up by 13.8% during the period.