Low growth and low-cost have become the dominant features of Europe’s auto market. Europe’s modest rise in auto sales continued in June, with volumes up 4.5% versus 2013. But as the auto association reminds us, this “is the second lowest level in the month of June since reporting began in 2003“. And the detail of the […]
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The European auto market continues at 20-year lows, with sales down 4% in January – September. Whilst September’s sales appeared stronger, up 5% versus 2012, this was only due to Spain and the UK. Spain boosted volume by 10k due to a €2.7k ($3.7k) government hand-out for people trading in an older vehicle. Whilst UK volumes were up 40k due to a credit […]
Europe goes on holiday during August, so we have to wait – with not quite breathless anticipation – until September to see official ACEA auto sales figures for July and August. Unfortunately, they contained no real surprises. July (red square) managed a small increase versus 2012 levels (green line), but August sales then fell back […]
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