Passenger car registrations: +6.2% first two months of 2017; +2.2% in February

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Brussels, 16 March 2017 – In February 2017, demand for passenger cars increased only modestly (+2.2%), especially when compared to January’s double-digit figures. February registrations totalled 1,078,490 units.

In February 2017, EU demand for passenger cars increased only modestly (+2.2%), especially when compared to January’s double-digit figures. February registrations totalled 1,078,490 units. In volume terms, however, this result comes close to February 2008 , just before the crisis hit the automotive industry. Among the major markets, France (-2.9%), (-2.6%) and the UK (-0.3%) performed less well than last February, partially due to the fact that February 2017 had one working day less. Only Italy (+6.2%) and Spain (+0.2%) saw demand increase during the month. Noteworthy was the performance of the new EU member states (+15.9%), which positively contributed to the results of the region.

From January to February 2017, new passenger car registrations increased by 6.2%, totalling 2,248,022 units. Italy (+8.1%), Spain (+4.8%), Germany (+3.5%), France (+3.2%) and the (+1.8%) all saw their markets grow during the first two months of the year, contributing to the overall upturn of the EU market.

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