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Passenger car registrations in the European Union decreased by 22.8% last December up to 795,295 units, which represents the sixth consecutive month of decline, the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) reported on Tuesday. Most markets in the region faced double-digit declines, including the top four: Italy (-27.5%), Germany (-26.9%), Spain (-18.7%) and France (-27.5%). -15.1%), the ACEA specified in a statement.

The only EU car markets that grew last month were Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia and Slovenia. In total, in 2021, new car sales in the EU fell by 2.4%, to 9.7 million units, even though the 2020 comparison base was very low. This drop, according to the ACEA, was the result of a shortage of semiconductors that negatively affected car production throughout the year, but especially during the second half of 2021.

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In fact, last year total car registrations in the EU were still 3.3 million units below 2019 pre-crisis sales, indicated the ACEA. Looking at the full year of the four main EU markets, only Germany recorded a decrease (-10.1%) in 2021, while Italy had the largest increase (+5.5%), followed by Spain (+ 1%) and France (+0.5%) with modest growth.

The ACEA represents the 16 major European car manufacturers, furgonetas, camiones y autobuses: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Daimler Truck, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Group, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars y Volvo Group.

According to your data, 12.6 million Europeans work in the automotive industry (directly and indirectly), which represents 6.6% of all jobs in the EU. In addition, motor vehicles account for €398.4 billion of tax revenue for governments in the main European markets and the turnover generated by the automobile industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.


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