Brussels – Passenger car registrations in the European Union increased 10.4% year-on-year in the month of June to over 1 million units, latest data by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) shows.
Across major EU markets, Germany posted the biggest gain with a 24.5% increase, followed by Spain at 17.1% and Italy at 12.6%. In France, by contrast, passenger car sales contracted 14.7% during the month, ACEA reported 14 July.
Over the first half of 2021, demand for new cars grew by 25.2% to reach almost 5.4 million units registered in total.
The figure remains 1.5 million units below the pre-Covid volume recorded over the first six months of 2019.
The region’s 27 markets have posted similar results so far this year, with strong year-on-year gains seen in most countries.
The top four markets all posted gains led by Italy at 51.4% and followed by Spain at 34.4%, France at 28.9% and Germany at 14.9%.