UK lags behind European demand for new cars

Germany leads the way with Volkswagen Group enjoying the biggest rise in registrations

European demand for new passenger cars increased by 4.9 per cent last month, marking the third consecutive month of growth this year.

With the exception of the United Kingdom, which fell by 1.3 per cent, all major European markets posted growth last month. Germany enjoyed the biggest increase, of 9.7 per cent, while Spain was up 2.3 per cent, Italy rose by 2.2 per cent and France by 0.7 per cent.

In addition, new car registrations across the European Union were almost back at levels from one year ago. Registrations fell 8 per cent last November, due to the introduction of anti-emission rules, which meant some brands had to re-certify their vehicles.

However, four of the five major EU markets declined, most notably Spain, which was down 5.7 per cent and the UK which fell by 2.7 per cent. Once again, Germany recorded the most growth, with a 3.9 per cent increase.

The Volkswagen Group has seen the biggest rise in demand, with new Porsche registrations up by a massive 282.9 per cent, and Audi rising 39.4 per cent. The VW brand was also up 9.3 per cent.

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Smart Daimler also saw a decent rise in registrations of 57.6 per cent. Other brands on the up were Renault (+11.3 per cent), Lexus (+23.1 per cent) Mazda (+27.9 per cent) Fiat registrations increasing by 3.1 per cent,

It wasn’t good news for every manufacturer, however, with Jaguar down 30.5 per cent Opel/Vauxhall sales falling 22.1 per cent and Mini down 12.8 per cent.

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