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2016 (January to June) Europe: Car Sales Per EU Country

by Henk Bekker

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June 2016 was the 34th consecutive month of car sales growth in the European Union with 2016 the strongest half year since 2008. During the first six months of 2016, new passenger vehicle registrations increased by 9.1% in the European Union (EU) and EFTA to just more than 8 million cars. Germany, the UK and France remained the largest markets while Italy and Spain were the fastest growing major country markets in Europe. Switzerland and the Netherlands were the only two countries in Europe with weaker car sales during the first half of 2016.

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The European New Car Market in 2016 (First Half)

New passenger vehicle registrations in the European Union and EFTA increased by 9.1% to 8,090,870 cars during the first six months of 2016. This was the strongest car sales in Europe during the first half of a year since 2008.

In the European Union (EU) car sales were up 9.4% to 7,842,965 vehicles. The Netherlands was the only EU country with weaker car sales during the first half of 2016 compared to the same six months in 2015.

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Car Sales per European Union and EFTA Country in 2016 (First Half)

New passenger vehicle registrations in the European Union and EFTA during the first six months of 2016 according to car sales statistics released by the ACEA were as follows:

Jan – Jun 2016

Jan – Jun 2015

% Change

AUSTRIA

171,770

161,633

6.3

BELGIUM

309,607

288,424

7.3

BULGARIA

12,361

11,541

7.1

CROATIA

25,719

21,285

20.8

CYPRUS

6,793

4,842

40.3

CZECH REPUBLIC

132,778

113,261

17.2

DENMARK

116,853

104,900

11.4

ESTONIA

11,754

10,459

12.4

FINLAND

65,440

57,090

14.6

FRANCE

1,102,429

1,017,493

8.3

GERMANY

1,733,839

1,618,949

7.1

GREECE

47,413

43,142

9.9

HUNGARY

45,959

37,023

24.1

IRELAND

101,336

82,337

23.1

ITALY

1,041,854

874,381

19.2

LATVIA

8,850

6,865

28.9

LITHUANIA

10,706

8,563

25

LUXEMBOURG

28,315

25,681

10.3

NETHERLANDS

193,983

201,294

-3.6

POLAND

210,728

177,772

18.5

PORTUGAL

118,631

100,661

17.9

ROMANIA

35,452

34,472

2.8

SLOVAKIA

43,954

37,173

18.2

SLOVENIA

34,980

31,850

9.8

SPAIN

623,234

555,222

12.2

SWEDEN

187,591

167,984

11.7

UNITED KINGDOM

1,420,636

1,376,889

3.2

EUROPEAN UNION

7,842,965

7,171,186

9.4

ICELAND

12,119

8,778

38.1

NORWAY

77,749

74,392

4.5

SWITZERLAND

158,037

161,798

-2.3

EFTA

247,905

244,968

1.2

EU + EFTA

8,090,870

7,416,154

9.1

Note: Excludes figures for Malta.

Car Sales in European Countries in 2016 (Half Year)

June 2016 marked the 34th consecutive month of increases in new passenger vehicle registration in the European Union and EFTA with the first six months of 2016 the best first half year since 2008.

Germany, the UK and France remained the three largest single-country markets in Europe but all three grew below the market average. In Britain, which in recent years was often the driving force behind car sales increases, new passenger vehicle registrations increased by only 3.2% – the fourth weakest performance.

In Italy, new car sales were up by nearly a third to just over a million new passenger vehicle registrations during the first six months of 2016. Italy only narrowly stayed behind France as the fourth largest car market in Europe. In the fifth largest European car market, Spain, sales were up by 12%.

New passenger vehicle registration increased the fastest in some of the smallest markets in Europe: Cyprus, Iceland, Latvia and Lithuania.

Only two countries had weaker car sales during the first half of 2016 compared to a year ago: The Netherlands and Switzerland.

See also: 2016 (First Half) Europe: Best-Selling Car Manufacturers, Brands and Models

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