Car sales decline for the last 3 months in Europe

In November 2018 passenger car demand fell by 8.0%, marking the third consecutive month of decline across the European Union.

In November 2018, passenger car demand fell by 8.0%, marking the third consecutive month of decline across the European Union. Ahead of the introduction of the new WLTP test in September, car registrations jumped by +31.2% in August, which led to a drop in demand in the following months. Also in November, the market continued to contract in most EU countries, including the five biggest car markets. The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) lab test for cars will introduce more realistic testing conditions, which will provide a more accurate basis for calculating fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Eleven months into the year, registrations of new passenger cars in the EU increased slightly (+0.8%) compared to one year ago. Demand continues to be fuelled by Central Europe, where new car registrations went up by 9.6% so far this year. Looking at the major EU markets, Spain (+8.0%) and France (+4.7%) posted solid growth from January to November 2018, while registrations fell in Italy (-3.5%) and the United Kingdom (-6.9%) during the same period.

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Car sales decline for the last 3 months in Europe

By | 2018-12-15T14:51:21+00:00 December 15th, 2018|Categories: Europe|Tags: |0 Comments

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and the Concept Car of the Year, and former member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year #NACTOY. She is a guest contributor for Via Corsa magazine and Vicarious magazine.

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