(übers Jahr). Am stärksten waren die Rückgänge in Spanien (-31 %) und Frankreich (-14 %). Grund ist aber auch, dass 2018 eine hohe Vergleichsbasis lieferte, weil wegen neuer, schärferer Abgasregeln viele Käufe vorgezogen wurden.
New car sales in the European Union fell in August with the bloc’s five major markets recording decreases, according to data published on Wednesday.
New car registrations, a reflection of sales, fell 8.4% on year in August across the EU to 1.04 million vehicles, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, or ACEA, said.
The decrease was mainly the result of a high comparison base, the association said. In August 2018, car makers ramped up sales ahead of the introduction of new emissions rules, leading to double-digit growth in many European markets.
The association, whose members include Europe’s biggest car makers, said the drop in demand was led by Spain and France, where sales fell 31% and 14%, respectively. New car sales were 0.8% lower in Germany and fell 3.1% in Italy, while the UK recorded a 1.6% decline.