Western European car sales rose 6.6 percent last month on a rebounding southern Europe, strong German growth and a UK market not yet affected by Brexit. Passenger car registrations increased to 1.4 million in September, based on registrations data collated by LMC Automotive.
LMC said Germany, Europe’s biggest market, continues to strengthen after September sales increased by 9.4 percent.
The UK saw vehicle sales rise 1.6 percent last month and the market appears unaffected by the Brexit vote, with registrations shaping up for a record year in 2016, LMC said. However, LMC predicts that a UK market downtown toward the end of the decade due to the weakness of the pound and an economic slowdown over the next few years
French new-car sales rose 2.5 percent in September with most automakers except PSA Group making sales gains
Italy is set to be a key growth market in the next few years, LMC said. Sales in Italy grew by 17 percent last month.
The Spanish market maintained its momentum despite the ending in July of a scrappage incentives program to encourage owners to replace older cars with new ones. Sales rose 14 percent in Spain last month.