EU Passenger car registrations: +25.2% first half of 2021; +10.4% in June

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In June 2021, passenger car registrations in the European Union increased again (+10.4%) compared to the same month last year, albeit at a more modest rate than in previous months.

In June 2021, passenger car registrations in the European Union increased again (+10.4%) compared to the same month last year, albeit at a more modest rate than in previous months. Looking at the major EU car markets, Germany posted the biggest gain with a 24.5% increase, followed by Spain (+17.1%) and Italy (+12.6%). In France, by contrast, passenger car sales contracted (-14.7%) in June.

Over the first half of 2021, EU demand for new cars grew by 25.2% to reach almost 5.4 million units registered in total. However, this is still 1.5 million units below the pre-COVID volume recorded over the first six months of 2019. The region’s 27 markets posted rather similar results so far this year, with strong year-on-year gains seen in most countries, including the four major ones: Italy (+51.4%), Spain (+34.4%), France (+28.9%) and Germany (+14.9%).