According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), last month brought a decline in Europe’s car sales; however, Croatia recorded great results and topped all European Union member countries.
Last month the Croatian car market was the biggest and a positive exception to the overall European picture. While the sales of new vehicles in the European Union dropped by 2 percent, the growth rate in Croatia, which was 4,9 percent a month earlier, accelerated to 12,3 percent – 2,791 new cars were registered.
The data were recently published by ACEA, which emphasized that 1,427,000 new cars were registered in the EU in September. ACEA’s analysts explained that the European minus was somewhat mitigated by the continued positive trend in Italy and Spain, where growth amounted to 4,6 percent and 8,1 percent respectively.
‘’From January to September, the demand for personal cars in the EU grew by 3,7 percent with almost 11,7 million new registered cars. Among the leading markets, sales raised most in Italy by 9 percent and in Spain by 6,7 percent. France and Germany recorded a significantly lower sales growth of 3,9 percent and 2,2 percent respectively", ACEA stated. They also added that in that period, the 'new' EU countries were the engine of growth, with sales jump of 13,8 percent. On the other hand, in 'old' Europe it grew by only 2,9 percent.