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EU: October car market up 11.2% in Europe

By just-auto.com editorial team | 16 November 2009

Car sales in Europe rose by 11.2% over a year earlier according to data released by the European carmakers' association ACEA.

ACEA drew attention to sharply contrasting performances in Western Europe (+15.8%) and the new EU Member States (-36.9%).

In Western Europe, new car registrations totalled 1,200,861 units in October, or 15.8% more than in October last year, mostly led by an increase in the major markets and supported by fleet renewal incentives.

British new car registrations expanded by 31.6%, the Spanish by 26.4%, the German by 24.1%, the French by 20.3% and the Italian by 15.7%.

Ten months into the year, results were down 3% with a total of 12,206,381 new vehicles registered. Only Germany (+25.9%), France (+4.2%) and Austria (+6.3%) recorded a plus. Demand for new cars decreased in Spain (-24.4%), the UK (-12.3%) and Italy (-3.9%).

In the new EU Member States, new car registrations dropped by 36.9% in October. The Czech Republic was the only country to post growth (+8.8%). Elsewhere, the downturn ranged from 8.4% (Poland) to 81.6% (Latvia). From January to September, the decline was 29.6% in the region. Slovakia (+13.5%), the Czech Republic (+8.1%) and Poland (+0.6%) saw their markets expand while all others contracted sharply.

See also: EUROPE: W. Europe car sales up 16.5% in October [includes audio]