In the first 6 months of 2023, new car registration figures have risen 17.9%, at a total of 5.4 million units. In June, all the EU markets grew, including the four largest: Germany (+24.8%), Spain (+13.3%), France (+11.5%), and Italy (+9.1%).

In June, the battery-electric car market share surged from 10.7% to 15.1%, overtaking diesel share for the first time. Hybrid-electric cars remained the second-most popular choice among new car buyers, representing 24.3% of the market. However, petrol cars retained the largest share, accounting for 36.3%.

Electric cars

In June, new registrations of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in the EU increased by a significant 66.2%, reaching 158,252 units. Most EU markets recorded impressive double- and triple-digit percentage gains, including the largest, such as the Netherlands (+90.1%), Germany (+64.4%), and France (+52.0%). This contributed to a year-to-date growth of 53.8%, with 703,586 units sold between January and June.

Petrol

In June, the EU petrol car market grew 11%, totalling 379,067 units. However, the market share decreased to 36.3% from 38.5% in June 2022.

Diesel

In contrast, the EU market for diesel cars continued to decline (-9.4%) last month, despite growth in Germany (+10.3%) and Central European markets, particularly Romania (+22.4%). Diesel cars now represent a market share of 13.4%, down from 17.4% in June last year.