Registrations in the eu declined 6.6% in April, a decline shared not only by the majority of major markets, but also by almost all manufacturers.
The month of April marks a halt to the succession of increases month after month of registrations of new cars in Europe, since it is necessary to go back to October 2016 to find the last drop in the market. The decline, substantial – 6.6 %, which is shared by the majority of the main markets, the United Kingdom collapsing of 19.8 %, Germany 8.0 %, France 6.0%, and Italy 4.6 %, with only Spain managing to remain in positive territory at + 1.1 %.
This dive into the negative is to be put between others, on the Easter Monday public holiday fell this year in April compared to march in 2016, boosting the figures to march 2017 but impacting significantly the ones from April 2017.
Rare are the car manufacturers to keep the head out of the water, since it has only six : Toyota to + 5,9 % (48 963 units), Kia with + 8.0 % (40 056 units), Esaw to + 15,0 % (33 494 units), Suzuki, + 12,8 % (17 of 225 units), Alfa Romeo + 48,6 % (7 065 units) and Lada + 37,7 % (402 units).
The groups Renault and 2.6 %, 128 013 units) and PSA (- 6,4 %, 124 994 units) remain above the average, the latter losing its place as the biggest group of French automotive for the second time this year. Only 0.2 of a percentage point of market share separating them now, always to the advantage of PSA, on the sum of registrations since the beginning of the year, compared to 0.9 % on the same period last year.
BMW (- 6,0 %, 75 965 units) and Daimler (- 2,7 %, 77 277 units) is also place between two waters, while the FCA remains close to balance (- 0,8 %, 87 761 units). The group Volkswagen is below the average (- 8,8 %, 293 608 units), but it’s even worse for Ford (with 11.4 %, 76 899 units) and Opel (-13,4 %, 70 227 units) that went down to a solid double-digit decline in.
Despite this significant decline in the last month, the balance remains largely positive from January to April to + 4.7%, with a total of 5 332 854 units, Italy (+ 8,0 %), Spain (+ 6.1 per cent), Germany (+ 2.5 percent), France (+ 2.0%), and the United Kingdom (both+ 1.1 %) saw their automobile market to continue to grow. Same observation for groups with particular Volkswagen to + 1,9 %, PSA + 1.2% or even Renault to + 7.4 percent.