EU passenger car registrations up 4.1% for YtD

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The European new car market continued its positive growth in November, with registrations up 5.9% for the month and 4.1% for the year to date.

The European new car market continued its positive growth in November

The European new car market continued its positive growth in November

The figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) show a total of 1,216,702 cars were registered this month, with the 5.9% increase compared to November 2016 most down to the fact that there was one extra working day this year round.

Nearly all major EU markets performed well: Spain (+12.4%) and France (+10.3%) posted double-digit growth, followed by Germany (+9.4%) and Italy (+6.8%). The UK car market, however, contracted for the eighth consecutive month, with registrations falling by 11.2% in November.

For the year to date, more than 14 14 million new passenger cars were registered. Among the five big markets, Italy (+8.7%) and Spain (+7.8%) recorded the strongest gains, followed by France (+5.3%) and Germany (+3.0%). By contrast, car demand in the United Kingdom decreased by 5.0% so far in 2017.

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