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Hot 9% July jump in West Europe’s car sales 
Published: Mon, 06th August 2018 18:01:08 GMT  

July 2018 European car sales

With much of Europe sweltering in near record-breaking temperatures, many vehicle makers felt compelled to make hay while the sun shines. Helped by at least one extra working day and partly because of the need to clear stocks of vehicles without the obligatory dual NEDC-WLTP certification before the September 1 deadline, July car sales in Western Europe jumped 9 per cent, according to AID’s own provisional figures

Last month, with new car sales easily topping last year’s comparative levels in the vast majority of West Europe’s markets, less than a handful of markets saw shrinking sales. 

July’s hotter than expected sales were helped by the autoindustry’s pressing need to clear dealer forecourts of vehicles not yet certified by the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure). 

With few exceptions, starting 1 September all new cars sold in EU Europe must also be type-approved under the new WLTP scheme.

In consequence, for Europe’s consumers not on their traditional summer holiday break and keen for a bargain, dealers may be more willing than usual to incentivise last minute sales. 

Reading from the same script and commenting on the UK’s July car market, Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) said:

“The new car market is up 1.2% in July with 1.5m vehicles sold in the year to date. With the introduction of Worldwide Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) in September 2018, we expect a strong month for new and nearly new sales vehicle sales in August as consumers will have the opportunity to find good deals in the sector”. 

The UK’s NFDA - National Franchised Dealers Association - represents franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK.

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