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

Geneva Auto Salon 2015In 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.

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.