Passenger car registrations: +8.4% in first quarter; +10.6% in March

Brussels, 17/04/2014 - In March 2014, demand for new passenger cars in the EU increased for the seventh consecutive month, with a rise of 10.6% in registrations

In March 2014, demand for new passenger cars in the EU* increased for the seventh consecutive month, with a rise of 10.6% in registrations. However, in absolute figures, the total of 1,449,148 units registered marked the second lowest result to date for a month of March since ACEA began the series in 2003 with the enlarged EU.

In the first quarter of 2014, new passenger car registrations increased by 8.4%, totalling 3,246,719 units.

In March 2014, all major markets contributed positively to the overall 10.6% expansion of the EU* market. The UK (+17.7%) and Spain (+10.0%) recorded double-digit growth, while France (+8.5%), Germany (+5.4%) and Italy (+5.0%) also saw their demand for passenger cars increase in the month of March.

Three months into the year, all major markets posted growth, contributing to the overall 8.4% upturn of the EU* market. The increase in passenger car registrations in this period ranged from 2.9% in France, 5.6% in Germany, 5.8% in Italy to 11.8% in Spain and 13.7% in the UK.

* EU28, data for Malta unavailable 

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