The number of passenger car registrations in the EU increased by 2.1% year-on-year in, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).
Registrations rose in June to reach 1,491,003 units. There was mixed picture amongst the largest markets, as Italy saw 12.9% growth year-on-year, with Spain following on 6.5%.
The UK and Germany both saw registrations decline year-on-year, falling 4.8% and 3.5% respectively. Once again, the EU-12 countries saw the largest regional growth, increasing by 12% year-on-year.
The ACEA claimed that June 2017’s figures were the best since the start of the financial crisis in 2007.
Passenger car registrations in the first half of 2017 grew by 4.7% year-on-year to reach 8m units. Most of the major markets saw increases, with Italy leading at 8.9% year-on-year registration growth.
Spanish passenger car registrations grew by 7.1% year-on-year, while Germany and France saw sales rise by 3.1% and 3% respectively over the same period.
The UK saw a 1.3% year-on-year decline in registrations in the first half of this year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which was attributed to the continuing fall in the popularity of diesel vehicles as the Dieselgate shockwaves continued to affect public perceptions.