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2015 (Full Year) Europe: Car Sales Per EU & EFTA Country

by Henk Bekker

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In 2015, new passenger vehicle registrations in the Europe increased by 9.2% to 14.2 million cars. Car sales increased in almost all European countries. In December 2015, the European Union and EFTA countries had the 28th consecutive month of increases in car sales with car sales in 2015 the highest in five years.

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New Car Market in Europe in 2015 (Full Year)

New passenger vehicle registrations in the European Union (EU) and EFTA countries increased by 9.2% in 2015 to 14,202,024 cars – nearly 1.2 million more cars than in 2014. This was the best total since 2010 but still lower than before the financial crisis.

The upward trend in car sales in Europe started in the second half of 2013 with December 2015 the 28th consecutive month of increases. Growth in car sales has become stronger in recent months with the outlook for 2016 generally positive.

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Car Sales per European Union and EFTA Country in 2015

New passenger vehicle registrations in the European Union and EFTA countries were as follows according to car sales figures released by the ACEA:

 EU COUNTRY

FY 2015

FY 2014

%Change

AUSTRIA

308,555

303,318

1.7

BELGIUM

501,066

482,939

3.8

BULGARIA

23,500

20,359

15.4

CROATIA

34,820

33,409

4.2

CYPRUS

10,344

8,276

25

CZECH REPUBLIC

230,857

192,314

20

DENMARK

207,552

188,925

9.9

ESTONIA

20,349

20,969

-3

FINLAND

108,812

106,237

2.4

FRANCE

1,917,226

1,795,885

6.8

GERMANY

3,206,042

3,036,773

5.6

GREECE

75,805

71,218

6.4

HUNGARY

77,171

67,476

14.4

IRELAND

124,945

96,284

29.8

ITALY

1,574,872

1,360,578

15.8

LATVIA

13,765

12,452

10.5

LITHUANIA

17,085

14,503

17.8

LUXEMBOURG

46,473

49,793

-6.7

NETHERLANDS

449,393

387,565

16

POLAND

354,975

327,709

8.3

PORTUGAL

178,496

142,826

25

ROMANIA

81,162

70,172

15.7

SLOVAKIA

77,968

72,237

7.9

SLOVENIA

59,450

53,296

11.5

SPAIN

1,034,232

855,308

20.9

SWEDEN

345,108

303,948

13.5

UNITED KINGDOM

2,633,503

2,476,435

6.3

EUROPEAN UNION

13,713,526

12,551,204

9.3

EFTA:

ICELAND

14,029

9,537

47.1

NORWAY

150,686

144,202

4.5

SWITZERLAND

323,783

301,942

7.2

EFTA

488,498

455,681

7.2

EU + EFTA

14,202,024

13,006,885

9.2

ACEA figures exclude the small Maltese market.

Car Sales in European Countries in 2015

New passenger vehicle registrations increased in 2015 in all but two European Union countries. Only the small Estonian and Luxembourg markets contracted slightly.

The three largest European countries – Germany, Britain and France – all registered growth but slower than the broader market. Car sales in Italy increased by a strong 16% while car sales in Spain increased by a fifth to just over a million vehicles. Italy contributed the largest volume increase – over 200,000 more cars than in 2014.

The strongest growth was in the small Icelandic and Irish markets. Car sales in Portugal and Cyprus were up by a quarter while the Czech and Spanish markets grew by a fifth.

Volkswagen remained the largest carmaker in Europe in 2015 with the VW Golf Europe’s favorite car model.

See Also:

2015 Europe: Best-Selling Car Manufacturers, Brands and Models

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