In November 2021, European Union passenger car registrations fell for the fifth consecutive month this year (-20.5%), totalling 713,346 units sold, according to the latest ACEA figures.

In November 2021, European Union passenger car registrations fell for the fifth consecutive month this year, totalling 713,346 units sold. In volume terms, this result marked the lowest November total on record since 1993. Double-digit losses were recorded in many EU markets, including three of the four major ones: Germany (-31.7%), Italy (-24.6%) and Spain (-12.3%). France saw a more modest drop of 3.2% last month; Bulgaria, Ireland and Slovenia were the only EU markets posting growth.

Eleven months into the year, the impact of the microchip shortage on vehicle output dragged the EU’s year-to-date sales performance into negative territory (-0.04%), and this despite 2020’s record low base for comparison. Nevertheless, three of the four largest EU markets still posted positive results from January to November 2021: Italy (+8.6%), Spain (+3.8%) and France (+2.5%). In Germany, on the other hand, registrations of new cars further weakened (-8.1%) compared to one year ago.