Figures from The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (Acea), show passenger car registrations rose 6.2% in January, marking the 29th consecutive month of growth.

“Registrations during the month grew (+6.2%) compared to January 2015, totalling 1,061,150 units,” said an ACEA statement.

“This result is encouraging for the near future, as the upward market trend remains stable. Among major markets, Italy (+17.4%) and Spain (+12.1%) recorded the strongest performances in January, both posting double-digit percentage gains. 

“Also the French (+3.9%), German (+3.3%) and UK (+2.9%) passenger car markets grew during the opening month of 2016, although at more modest rates.”