EU new car sales fall 4.1% in April
New registrations amounted to 1,089,118 units. April 2010 counted one more working day across the region.
April results showed a decline in the major markets, except for Germany (+2.6%). Demand was down 2.2% in Italy, 7.4% in the UK, 11.1% in France and 23.3% in Spain. Germany was the biggest market with 266,251 new registrations, followed by France (169,757), Italy (157,309), the UK (137,746) and Spain (71,808).
Four months into 2011, registrations totalled 4,674,457 units, or 2.7% less than over the same period a year earlier.
From January to April, growth prevailed in two-thirds of the markets but the downturn recorded in the UK (8.5%), Italy (-19.0%) and Spain (-26.3%) resulted in a 2.7% decline in the EU demand. Germany, the largest market, registered over 1one million units in the first four months of 2011, or 10.7% more than in the same period last year, followed by France with 817,211 new cars (+4.0%).