Oxford, UK – West European car registrations in March 2021 were up by 64.5% compared with March 2020 at 1.27m units, according to data from LMC Automotive.
Western Europe's car registrations rebounded in March 2021
In March the previous year, 772,000 units were registered.
Looking at the largest markets, in Germany sales were up 35.9% in March, with 292,349 registrations. This kept the year-to-date figures in negative territory. Sales thus far are down 6.4%.
In the UK, monthly car sales were down 12.0% year on year, at 284,000. LMC attributed this to the country's coronavirus restrictions and the closure of dealerships.
In France, year-on-year registrations rose by 21.1%, with a total of 440,000 units sold there in the year so far. Spanish sales were up by 128% in the month, at 85,800 thousand units.
Meanwhile, in Italy sales were up by 497%, reaching a total of 169,700 units in March. A total of 450,000 vehicles have been sold there in the year to date. This is likely to have been helped by government incentives to new car owners.