EU Passenger car registrations: +8.5% over four months; +9.1% in April

In April 2016, the EU passenger car registrations in the market posted strong results again, marking the 32nd consecutive month of growth.  From January to April 2016, new passenger car registrations increased by 8.5% with a total of more than 5 million units (5,094,026).

This is the highest result in volume terms since April 2008, just before the economic crisis hit the automotive industry.

Among the major markets, Spain (+21.2%) and Italy (+11.5%) recorded the strongest performances with double-digit percentage gains, followed by Germany (+8.4%), France (+7.1%), and the UK (+2.0%).

In April 2016 too, demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased for the 16th consecutive month. Total commercial vehicle registrations grew by 14.6% with a total of 195,013 units.