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2015 (Q3) Europe: Car Sales per European Union and EFTA Country

by Henk Bekker

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In September 2015, car sales in Europe increased for the 25th successive month. New passenger vehicle registrations increased by 8.8% to 10,776,66 cars in the EU and EFTA during the first three quarters of 2015. During the first nine months of 2015, only four European countries registered weaker car sales while the largest European markets grew strongly.

Geneva Auto Salon 2015

The European Car Market in 2015 (Q3)

New passenger vehicle registrations in the European Union (EU) and EFTA countries increased by 8.8% to 10,776,666 cars during the first nine months of 2015. The increase means 850,000 more cars were sold during the first three quarters of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.

In September 2015, car sales in the European Union increased for the 25th consecutive month when comparing sales to the same month in the previous year. The VW emission scandal broke only at the end of the month and its effect is likely to become only clearer during the final quarter of the year.

Car Sales Per European Union and EFTA Country in 2015 (Q3)

New passenger vehicle registration data released by the ACEA showed car sales in European Union and EFTA countries as follows during the first nine months of 2015:

Jan – Sep 2015

Jan – Sep 2014

%Change

AUSTRIA

237,193

237,363

-0.1

BELGIUM

392,522

388,095

1.1

BULGARIA

17,081

15,150

12.7

CROATIA

28,349

27,394

3.5

CYPRUS

7,559

6,343

19.2

CZECH REPUBLIC

171,010

141,470

20.9

DENMARK

155,083

141,992

9.2

ESTONIA

15,662

15,964

-1.9

FINLAND

82,727

83,087

-0.4

FRANCE

1,421,435

1,337,315

6.3

GERMANY

2,407,938

2,281,671

5.5

GREECE

58,184

53,845

8.1

HUNGARY

55,302

49,381

12

IRELAND

121,103

93,151

30

ITALY

1,196,270

1,037,388

15.3

LATVIA

10,286

9,239

11.3

LITHUANIA

12,864

11,071

16.2

LUXEMBURG

36,027

38,147

-5.6

NETHERLANDS

301,826

284,047

6.3

POLAND

258,240

245,042

5.4

PORTUGAL

138,268

107,408

28.7

ROMANIA

56,839

51,564

10.2

SLOVAKIA

57,008

53,254

7

SLOVENIA

45,468

40,569

12.1

SPAIN

783,892

640,673

22.4

SWEDEN

248,653

222,636

11.7

UNITED KINGDOM

2,096,886

1,958,196

7.1

EUROPEAN UNION*

10,413,675

9,571,455

8.8

ICELAND

11,586

8,170

41.8

NORWAY

111,811

107,104

4.4

SWITZERLAND

239,594

219,136

9.3

EFTA

362,991

334,410

8.5

EU + EFTA

10,776,666

9,905,865

8.8

*Data for Malta not available.

Car Sales in European Countries in 2015 (Q3)

During the first nine months of 2015, only four European countries had car sales weaker than during the first three quarters of 2014. Sales in Austria and Finland were only marginally weaker while the Estonian market remained very small. The worst performing new car market in Europe was the wealthy Luxembourg market where sales were down by 5.6%.

Iceland, Ireland and Portugal were the most-improved car markets in Europe during the first nine months of 2015. The large Spanish market expanded by more than a fifth while car sales in Italy increased by 15%.

Europe’s three largest single-country markets – Germany, Britain and France – all had solid growth but below the market average.

See also: 2015 (Q3) Europe: Best-Selling Car Manufacturers, Brands and Models – Volkswagen Group, Volkswagen and the VW Golf.

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