Easter holidays take toll on EU car registrations
Car registrations in the EU fell in April, with the decline attributed to the Easter holidays, although the market remains up year to date.
Latest figures from the ACEA show that registrations were down -6.6% to 1,191,034 units, with demand most of the major markets seeing declines. The UK posted 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 ‘EU-12’ countries, which were up +8.2%.
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.
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