“We are pleased to see that passenger car registrations in the EU continued to perform well in April marking 32 consecutive months of growth”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, commenting on figures published by ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers' Association).
In April 2016, passenger car registrations in the EU grew again by 9.1% compared to April 2015, reaching 1,273,733 units. This was the best April in terms of volume since 2008.
Amongst the largest European markets Spain returned to form after last month decline with registrations up 21.2%, followed by Italy which saw a double-digit growth too (+11.5%). Germany (+8.4%), France (+7.1%) and the UK (+2.0%) also performed well.
Robinson continued, “It is encouraging to see that, in spite of following a record breaking March, the car market in April performed very well both in the UK and in the EU.
“In the first four months of the year registrations rose 8.5% in Europe, totalling more than 5 million units (5,094,026), while the UK market grew by 4.4% year-to-date.
“This positive trend continues to reflect the gradual recovery of the European economy and we are confident that registrations in the UK will remain strong in line with other major European markets.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.