William Malcolm

EU New Car Sales Grew At A Slower Pace In June

Sales of passenger cars in the European Union increased by 10.4 percent year on year to 1.048 million vehicles in June. Sales growth thus slowed from 53.4 percent in May. This was stated on its website today by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). From January to June, the number of registrations rose by 25.2 percent to almost 5.4 million cars. Of the largest European car markets, the number of cars sold increased the most in Germany in June – by 24.5 percent. In France, by contrast, 14.7 percent fewer passenger cars were sold. The Czech Republic reported a below-average increase in sales in June, by 8.6 percent.

The number of cars sold in the EU in the first half of the year is 1.5 million lower than in the same period in 2019 than the coronavirus pandemic. However, all 27 monitored markets show similar results this year – in most countries this is a strong year-on-year increase, including the largest European automotive markets. From January to June, it sold 51.4 percent more cars in Italy, 34.4 percent in Spain, 28.9 percent in France and 14.9 percent more cars in Germany than in the first half of last year. The Czech Republic reported 18.7 percent more cars sold year-on-year.

Of the individual manufacturers, the Hyundai Group was successful in June, selling 47.2 percent more cars in the EU year-on-year, and the Jaguar Land Rover Group, which delivered 45.8 percent more cars to customers.

Renault has reduced sales by 17.9 percent. Mercedes Daimler car manufacturers’ sales fell 11.3 percent.

The Volkswagen Group also ended June with a plus of 22.5 percent. Its Czech part, Škoda Auta, sold 6.8 percent more cars in the EU in June, ie 55,404. In the first half of the year, Škoda increased sales by 22.4 percent to 298,797 vehicles.