European car market rises 9.3% in April

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Sales of new vehicles in Europe are looking good, with a 9.6% increase in April compared to last year. A particularly significant increase in Spain, with a jump of 12.3%.

Whatever you say, the car still seems to please, despite ever-stringent environmental standards, increasingly high penalties and ever-increasing fuels. According to latest figures released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), new car registrations jumped 9.3% across the continent in April.

The whole of the first quarter totals meanwhile a very good score of + 2.7%. Among the most demanding markets, Spain leads with + 12.3%, followed by the United Kingdom (+ 10.4%). France finished on the third step of the podium, with a rise of 9%, with 187,390 new registrations compared to last year. Over the whole of the first quarter, the hexagon recorded +4.4% of sales compared to the same period, despite a taxless attractive.

Volkswagen still in the lead Among automakers, the Volkswagen Group confirms its leadership by posting a rise of 13.8% in April, with some 335,518 vehicles sold, all brands combined. If the Volkswagen brand remains a safe bet, with + 19.6% more registrations, SEAT signs the best recovery, with 25.8% additional sales. A success that is due in particular to its SUV Ateca and Arona. In fact, only Audi is down, with a slight decrease of 1.1% compared to last year. The PSA group is a real tour de force, with a 70% increase in sales, thanks in particular to DS. The premium brand has indeed +44% and now counts on its brand new DS 7 Crossback to gain success and visibility.

The presentation at the Paris Motor Show of a brand new electric model as well as the coming on sale next year of the DS 3 Crossback should attract a new clientele.

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