EU car registrations rise as WLTP test beds in

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Car registrations in the EU rose 8.7% in October as the market settled following the introduction of the WLTP test.

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

EU car registrations were up 8.7% in October

Data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) shows registrations reached a total of 1,177,746 last month, up on the same month last year due to the low base of comparison; October 2018 saw registrations fall by 7.3% following the September launch of the WLTP test for new cars. As a result, nearly all EU countries posted increases in October, with the exception of Cyprus and the United Kingdom, which fell 6.7%. The UK marked the only major EU market to see a downturn, compared to the gains in Germany (+12.7%), France (+8.7%), Italy (+6.7%) and Spain (+6.3).

From January to October, new car registrations were down 0.7% compared to the first 10 months of 2018. Germany (+3.4%) is the only major European market to record growth so far in 2019, although the Italian (-0.8%) and French (-0.3%) markets have almost recovered to 2018 volumes. The strongest declines were seen in Spain (-6.3%) and the United Kingdom (-2.9%).

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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.