Sales of new cars increased by 151 thousand in June compared to last year. In the first six months of the year, the growth reached 27.1% yoy . The smallest decline was seen in Ireland (174%) while sales in Slovenia dropped the most (-21.2%). Volkswagen Group sold the most cars in June 2021 in Europe, some 346 thousand vehicles representing 26.9% of the European market.
In June, passenger car registrations in the EU increased again (+10.4%) compared to the same month last year, albeit at a more modest rate than in previous months. In the first half of the year, EU demand for new cars grew by 25.2% to reach almost 5.4 mil units registered in total. However, this is still 1.5 mil units below the pre-COVID volume recorded over the first six months of 2019.
In June, most vehicles (274 thousand) were sold in Germany (up 24.5% yoy), followed by France (200 thousand, down 14.7%), the United Kingdom with 186 thousand cars (up 28.0%), 149 thousand new vehicles were registered in Italy (up 12.8%) and 96.8 thousand in Spain (up 17.1%). The five largest countries accounted for 63.1% of total new vehicles registered in June 2021.
In relative terms, sales in Ireland (+174%) and Iceland (+123%) declined the least compared to a year ago, whereas registration in Slovenia and Belgium dropped the most (-21.2% and -16.3% yoy), in June 2021, according to ACEA.
Volkswagen Group sold the most cars in June 2021 in Europe, some 346 thousand vehicles representing 26.9% of the European market. Sales of PSA Group amounted to 181 thousand vehicles (or 14.1% of the market) while Renault Group and Hyundai Group held 9.90% and 8.20% of the European market in June. Overall, the five largest manufacturers sold 66.0% of all new cars in June.