North American car sales up
Passenger car sales across the US grew in the first half 2011 by some 9.3%, compared with the same period last year according to figures published by Ward’s Automotive Group.
The region reported total sales for passenger cars at 3,651,183 in the first six months. Light truck sales also increased to 3,715,100 units, up 12.3% on the previuos year.*
EU passenger car sales down in first half of 2011
European passenger cars sales fell by 2.1% in the first half 2011 compared with the same period in 2010, according to figures published by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association.
Over the first six months of 2011, a total of 7,120,499 new cars were registered in Europe.
The situation in the major markets varied however. Germany (+10.5%) performed better than in the same period a year ago, however the UK (-7.1%), Italy (-13.1%) and Spain (-26.8%) saw the number of new car registrations decrease. Registrations in France (+1.0%) were almost level compared to last year.
Japan sales remain low
Unsurprisingly, following the earthquake and tsunami disaster in March 2011, car sales in Japan fell dramatically over the first half of 2011.
Figures published by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association show motor vehicle sales for the first five months to be down 29% when compared to the same period in 2010. Sales of motor vehicles were reported to be 1,567,419 for the period January – May 2011.
*Figures updates 17/08/11
Edited by: Paul Whittaker, Editor ipmd.net, [email protected]