In April 2017, the number of passenger cars registered in the EU declined (-6.6%) to 1,191,034 units, mainly the result of Easter falling in April this year, ACEA reports. ACEA is the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
Most of the major markets saw demand fall in April, with the UK posting a double-digit drop (-19.8%), followed by Germany (-8.0%), France (-6.0%) and Italy (-4.6%). Only the Spanish market grew last month, recording a slight increase (+1.1%).
Positive contributions mainly came from the so-called EU-12 countries (+8.2%), those member states that have joined the EU since 2004.
From January to April 2017, demand for passenger cars remained positive (+4.7%), totalling 5,332,854 units.
Italy (+8.0%), Spain (+6.1%), Germany (+2.5%), France (+2.0%) and the United Kingdom (+1.1%) all saw their markets grow during the first four months of the year, despite the declines observed in April.