In January 2022, EU passenger car registrations continued to fall, marking a new historic low in EU car sales for the first month of the year.

In January 2022, EU passenger car registrations continued to fall according to the latest ACEA figures, as the ongoing semiconductor shortage is still negatively affecting sales across the region.

Even though a new record for lowest January total (in terms of volume) was set in 2021, this year’s car registrations contracted by a further 6.0% to reach 682,596 units – marking a new historic low in EU car sales for the first month of the year.

Looking at the four major markets, double-digit losses were seen in Italy (-19.7%) and France (-18.6%), while only Germany posted solid growth (+8.5%) and Spain saw a modest gain (+1.0%).

Various markets in Central Europe posted gains last month, with Slovakia (+72.6%) and Romania (+55.5%) seeing the strongest growth, although Polish sales contracted by 10.2% in January. In Western Europe, on the other hand, almost all countries posted negative results.