Three million fewer cars were sold in Europe than a year ago

In July, registrations of new passenger cars fell by 5.7 percent year on year to 1.07 million units. In France, for example, sales even rose by 3.9 percent.

In August, there was again a stronger year-on-year decline, by 18.9 percent to 769,525 cars.

The best in August was the Italian market, where there was a year-on-year decline of only 0.4 percent. On the contrary, Germany and France recorded a huge drop – by 20 and 19.8 percent, respectively.

Car sales were weak, especially in the spring, when there was a rapid drop in demand and disruption of production due to the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic.

The biggest year-on-year decline occurred in April, when 76.3 percent fewer cars were sold than a year ago – only 270,682 cars.

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