After a few months of slowing growth rates, European car sales are back with a bang in June: +14,5% to just over 1,4 million units. This is the largest monthly year-over-year increase since December 2009 vs. December 2008. However, this excellent result must be viewed with some skepticism: being the last month of the second quarter and of the first half of 2015, a lot of dealers, importers and even manufacturers have pushed sales to reach their targets. As a result, a lot of the increase in sales can be attributed to pre-registered or self-registered cars, which haven’t yet found an actual buyer. We’ll have to see what happens in the next few months before getting all excited about a real recovery of the European car market.
All the major markets posted double-digit growth in June, with Spain (+23,5%), France (+15%), Italy (+14,4%), Germany and the UK ( both +12,9%) leading the way. Year-to-date, the increase in car sales for the first half of 2015 is a healthy 8%, to 7.371.208 units.
Before we continue, one side note: have you noticed we’ve uploaded historical brand sales figures for Europe as far back as 1990 now? Click on the brand name on this page or use the drop-down select box in the top right-hand corner of this site to check the brand sales and market share all the way from 1990 to 2014. That’s 25 years of verified data, sourced by ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. Bear in mind, the EU has added countries over the years, and these sales include all countries within the EU at that point of time. Data from 2006 onwards also includes the countries of the European Free Trade Association EFTA (Norway, Switzerland and Iceland).