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Decline in new car registrations in Europe’s ‘Big 5’ markets

Friday 12 August 2016, By AutoVolo

Decline in new car registrations in Europe’s ‘Big 5’ markets

Decline in new car registrations in Europe’s ‘Big 5’ markets

Europe’s ‘Big 5’ countries saw new car registrations drop by two per cent in July, halting the growth that had been seen over the previous 15 months.

While positive figures were recorded in Italy, Spain and the UK, they didn’t make up for the losses witnessed in Germany and France.

The largest decline took place in France, where total registrations for July fell 9.6 per cent when compared with July 2015. Total registrations added up to 132,893 units.

New car sales in Germany dropped by 3.9 per cent, with 132,983 new vehicles registered.

Felipe Munoz, global automotive analyst at Jato Dynamics which compiled the figures, said: “Traditionally there is a drop in demand ahead of summer, but it is clear that Europe has started to feel the effect of Volkswagen’s emissions issue.

“Despite the slowdown in the market, the demand for SUVs is increasing, and is expected to keep growing, especially with new models being unveiled in the upcoming months.”

Despite the recent ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, the Volkswagen Golf remained Europe’s favourite car, although its rivals are growing in popularity. The latest model of Golf – launched in 2011 – posted a 24 per cent fall in sales, while registrations for the new Vauxhall Astra climbed by 17 per cent.

Infiniti showed the highest percentage of increase at 233 per cent, ahead of Bentley, Land Rover and Jaguar.

Nissan’s Qashqai topped Europe’s SUV market, outselling the popular Renault Captur.