The European car market showed signs of
improvement in 2013 with a sales decline of 1.7% compared with 2012 when
units plunged 8.2% - - the sector's worst result for 18
With a 13.3% increase in new car registrations in
December 2013, the EU recorded the largest monthly year-on-year growth since
December 2009 (+16.6%). However, in absolute figures, the results were the third
lowest to date for a month of December with a total of 906,294 units.
The data was published today by the European
Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA - - Association des
Constructeurs Europeens d'Áutomobiles).
From January to December, the EU market recorded a total of 11,850, 905 new
cars. With a contraction of 1.7% in 2013, new car registrations have been on
the decline for six consecutive years. In terms of annual volumes, 2013 is
the worst year since 1995 (15 EU countries at the time), and the worst ever
since ACEA began the series in 2003 with the enlarged EU.
In December, most EU markets posted growth, as did all the major ones, from
+1.4% in Italy, to +5.4% in Germany, +9.4% in France, +18.2% in Spain and +23.8%
in the UK. Irish sales were at -32.9%.
Over twelve months, results were more contrasted across markets. The UK recorded
a double-digit growth (+10.8%), while Spain posted a more moderate upturn
(+3.3%), and Germany (-4.2%), France (-5.7%) and Italy (-7.1%) saw their demand
for new cars decline. Overall, the EU market recorded a total of 11,850, 905 new
cars, or 1.7% less than in 2012.
Irish sales fell 6.6% while sales in Portugal
PSA Peugeot Citroën, the French manufacturer,
continued its decline, with sales dropping 8.4%. However, Renault reported a
4.4% rise in sales.
Italy's Fiat, which recently acquired full control of US number three carmaker
Chrysler, suffered a 7.1% fall.
The 12-brand Volkswagen (VW) of Germany,
including Audi and Porsche, reported global sales last
year, excluding the MAN and Scania heavy truck brands, rose 4.8% to 9.5m
vehicles despite a sales rise in Western Europe ex-Germany of only 0.1% and a
decline in the home market of 1.4%. 2013 deliveries in China, the world's
biggest car market, announced last week, rose 16% to 3.27m vehicles, exceeding
those of Detroit-based General Motors (GM), whose sales climbed 11% to 3.16m
units in China.
China sold 18m cars last year, up 16%, to remain the industry’s top market,
selling 10 times as many cars as in India, where economic woes have dented its
once-vaunted car market.
Country and brand data [pdf]
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