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2016 (Q3) Europe: Car Sales per EU Country

by Henk Bekker

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September 2016: Car sales in the European Union and EFTA remained strong with the highest new passenger vehicle registrations for the month on record. New car sales in Europe have increased for 36 of the last 37 months. During the first nine months of 2016, the European Union new car market expanded by 8% to 11,243,263 cars. The Netherlands was the only EU country with weaker car sales than a year ago. Germany remained the largest car market in Europe during the first three quarters of 2016.

The European Car Market in 2016 (Q1-Q3)

New passenger vehicle registrations in the European Union and EFTA countries increased by 7.7% to 11,607,266 cars during the first nine months of 2016. This is over 850,000 more cars than in 2015.

New passenger vehicle registration the European Union (EU), excluding the small Maltese market, during the first three quarters of 2016 increased by an even stronger 8% to 11,243,263 cars. The Netherlands was the only EU country with weaker car sales in 2016.

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Car Sales Per European Union and EFTA Country in 2016 (Q1-3)

New passenger vehicle registrations per European Union (EU) and EFTA countries during the period January to September 2016 according the ACEA were:

European Country

Q1-3/2016

Q1-3/2015

% Change

AUSTRIA

252,178

237,193

6.3

BELGIUM

424,382

392,522

8.1

BULGARIA

18,709

17,081

9.5

CROATIA

34,010

28,345

20

CYPRUS

9,765

7,559

29.2

CZECH REPUBLIC

192,714

171,010

12.7

DENMARK

168,470

155,121

8.6

ESTONIA

17,414

15,661

11.2

FINLAND

92,656

82,730

12

FRANCE

1,502,450

1,421,435

5.7

GERMANY

2,555,783

2,407,938

6.1

GREECE

63,216

58,184

8.6

HUNGARY

69,440

55,298

25.6

IRELAND

143,195

120,961

18.4

ITALY

1,406,035

1,197,274

17.4

LATVIA

12,652

10,286

23

LITHUANIA

15,619

12,864

21.4

LUXEMBOURG

39,383

36,027

9.3

NETHERLANDS

285,355

300,985

-5.2

POLAND

302,966

258,240

17.3

PORTUGAL

158,931

138,266

14.9

ROMANIA

67,997

56,839

19.6

SLOVAKIA

64,812

57,001

13.7

SLOVENIA

49,020

45,468

7.8

SPAIN

874,220

783,918

11.5

SWEDEN

271,396

248,653

9.1

UNITED KINGDOM

2,150,495

2,096,886

2.6

EUROPEAN UNION

11,243,263

10,413,745

8

ICELAND

15,945

11,591

37.6

NORWAY

115,875

111,811

3.6

SWITZERLAND

232,183

239,593

-3.1

EFTA

364,003

362,995

0.3

EU + EFTA

11,607,266

10,776,740

7.7

Note: Exclude Malta.

Car Sales in European Countries in 2016 (Q1-Q3)

The European new car market continued to expand during 2016 with The Netherland and Switzerland the only EU or EFTA countries selling fewer cars during the first nine months of 2016 compared to a year ago.

The three largest European car markets – Germany, the UK and France – continued to grow but below market average. The Italian market grew by 17% to add more than 200,000 cars this year. In the much larger German market, the expansion added around 150,000 cars.

The Spanish and Belgian new car markets expanded above market average. However, the Polish market had strong growth to surpass the shrinking Dutch market as the seventh largest in Europe.

Car sales in The Netherlands were down by 5% – the worst performing market in Europe thus far in 2016. Switzerland was the only other country with negative numbers and as a result fell out of the top-ten list.

The strongest increases in car sales during the first nine months of 2016 in the European Union were in Iceland, Cyprus and Hungary.

Volkswagen remained Europe’s largest carmaker and best-selling brand in 2016 despite loosing market share.

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