Fleet News

European new car sales: more winners than losers

NEW car sales across Europe for the year to date are up by more than 2% on the same period last year, latest figures show.

Nine EU-15 countries reported growth, ranging from a 17.8% increase in Belgium to 0.8% in Austria, while the remaining six countries posted losses, varying from -4.3% in the UK and -0.7% in Spain. The figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) showed that for the month of May, new car sales were up by 9.6% to 1,422,408 units.

Country Jan-May 06 Jan-May 05 Variance
Austria 139,513 138,362 +0.8%
Belgium 279,493 237,356 +17.8%
Denmark 64,849 59,431 +9.1%
Finland 71,201 72,019 -1.1%
France 885,492 904,346 -2.1%
Germany 1,412,118 1,372,647 +2.9%
Greece 126,031 127,850 -1.4%
Ireland 129,534 122,553 +5.7%
Italy 1,115,356 991,326 +12.5%
Luxembourg 25,553 24,372 +4.8%
Netherlands 238,233 228,812 +4.1%
Portugal 88,046 90,193 -2.4%
Spain 643,789 648,012 0.7%
Sweden 115,892 110,712 +4.7%
UK 1,022,424 1,068,862 -4.3%
European Union 6,357,524 6,196,853 +2.6%
Iceland 7,983 7,143 +11.8%
Norway 43,387 44,996 -3.6%
Switzerland 112,268 112,954 -0.6%
EFTA 163,638 165,093 -0.9%
EU15+EFTA 6,521,162 6,361,946 +2.5%
Czech Republic 51,004 53,896 -5.4%
Estonia 9,360 8,305 +12.7%
Hungary 79,531 75,674 +5.1%
Latvia 9,028 5,825 +55.0%
Lithuania 5,136 4,212 +21.9%
Poland 98,810 106,218 -7.0%
Slovakia 24,138 22,312 +8.2%
Slovenia 28,340 27,688 +2.4%
EU new members 305,347 304,130 +0.4%
European Union* 6,662,871 6,500,983 +2.5%
Total Europe (EU+EFTA)** 6,826,509 6,666,076 +2.4%

* Data for Malta and Cyprus not available ** ACEA estimates

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment

Comments

No comments have been made yet.

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee