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West Europe’s 2017 car sales up 2.5% to 14.3m - best turnout since 2007
Published: Fri, 08th December 2017 19:26:15 GMT  

European car sales history

AID compiled figures reveal that dealerships across the seventeen West European markets registered some 1.02 million cars in December last year. Compared with the same month of the previous year, that’s a fall of 5.4 per cent, bringing the number of cars sold in Western Europe last year to 14.3 million units. While on the one hand last year’s West European new car market has lost much of its initial thunder during the second half, the 2.5 per cent advance to 14.3m units surprised most sceptics who at the start of last year expected only a minor rise in last year’s regional new car sales.

Despite two fewer working days in most mainland West-European car markets, resulting in a provisional 5.5 per cent sales dip in December’s regional new car sales, last year’s West European car sales comfortably breached the 14 million annual car sales threshold for the first time since pre-crisis 2007. 

To no one’s surprise, December’s new cars sales dropped well short of year earlier levels in fourteen of the seventeen markets regularly monitored by AID. 

But then again, during the whole of last year new car sales fell in only four of the 17 markets tracked by AID. 

Foremost among them is the UK, where last year’s new car sales fell 5.7 per cent. 

By contrast all of West Europe’s remaining major markets posted full year gains of between 2.7 per cent in Germany and 7.9 per cent in Italy. 

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