Oxford, UK – West European car registrations in June 2021 were up by 12.6% at 1.16m units according to data from LMC Automotive. This compares with 1.03m units registered in June 2020.
European car sales up 12.6% in June
LMC Automotive said that the region continued its slow path to recovery. ‘[First half results were were hampered by] prolonged restriction son activity to stem the spread of coronavirus, though the relative weakness in the latest month's figures could also indicate that supply side issues, particularly the semiconductor shortage, have held back some registrations,' it said.
Looking at the largest markets, in Germany sales were up 24.5% in June, with registrations at 247,000 units. This kept the year-to-date figures in positive territory. Sales so far are up 14.9% on the 2020 number, at 1.39m vehicles.
UK sales were up 39.2% year on year, at 186,000 cars in the month. In France, year-t-date registrations rose by 28.9% to 923,000 units. Spanish sales were up by 17.1% in the month, at 96,800 units.
In Italy, sales were up by 12.8% at 149,400 units in June, with a total of 884,000 vehicles sold there in the year to date. This is a 51% increase on the total sold in the first half of 2020.
Looking at the year to date, the European automotive market grew by 27.7% in 2021 to 5.86m units, up from 4.59m units in the previous year.