Central Europe proves driving factor in EU new car registrations

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European new car registrations remained relatively stable in April, with demand mainly driven by the central European countries.

The EU new car market saw its best April performance since 2008 and the highest monthly increase over the last 13 months

EU new car registrations were down 0.4% in April 2019 and 2.6% for the first four months of the year

Figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) show registrations dipped 0.4% last month to a total of 1,303,787 new registrations. Performance from the five largest markets from the five largest markets was mixed; Spain (+2.6%), Italy (+1.5%) and France (+0.4%) showed slight gains compared to April 2018, but demand in the United Kingdom (-4.1%) and Germany (-1.1%) fell at the same time.

Meanwhile year-to-date demand was down by 2.6% compared to the first four months of 2018, counting 5.3 million units registered in total. The German and French markets remained almost flat, while registrations declined in Italy (-4.6%), Spain (-4.5%) and the UK (-2.7%).

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.