The number of registrations is growing of cars in the European Union, including the United Kingdom and EFTA countries: in June they increased by 13.3% on an annual basis. According to data from the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers, registrations of new cars rise to 1.28 million units in the month. In the six-month period the total rose to 6.48 million with an increase of 27.1% compared to the same period of 2020. Italy recorded an increase of 12.6% on an annual basis: 149,438 cars were registered while the half year is 884,750 units (+ 51.4%).
Looking at the main automotive markets of the EU, Germany recorded the largest increase (+ 24.5%), followed by Spain (+ 17.1%) and Italy (+ 12.6%). In France, on the other hand, car sales fell by 14.7%. In the first half of the year, the EU demand for new cars grew by 25.2% to reach 5.36 million units registered in total.
The given, however, it is still below pre-Covid volumes recorded in the first six months of 2019. The region’s 27 markets have seen fairly similar results over the period so far, with strong year-over-year gains seen in most countries, including the top four: Italy (+ 51.4%), Spain (+ 34.4%), France (+28.9%) and Germany (+ 14.9%). As for the individual car manufacturers, the month of June shows mixed results.
Among the Germans, Volkswagen reported a 22.5% increase to 283,651 units, while sales of BMW increased by 16.1% to 64,489 units. It didn’t go well a Daimler, which in the period recorded a decline of 11.3%, with 47,472 units delivered. Bad too Renault, with a drop of 18% to 121,299 units, while Stellantis recorded an advancement of 10.3% to 230,478 units. Finally, the registrations of Toyota jumped 36% to 65,838 units, those of Hyundai 47% to 85,864 units, while Nissan it dragged on, with a drop of 18% to 14,429 units.