The EU passenger car market has registered its highest October sales since 2009, despite the market continuing to contract in the UK.
According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA, year-on-year sales for the period increased 8.7% to 1.17 million units.
Over the same month last year, registrations fell by 7.3%. This was due in large part to the new WLTP emissions test coming into effect, but set a low base of comparison for 2019.
Nearly all EU countries posted increases in October, with the exception of Cyprus and the UK.
Four of the five major EU markets noted strong gains, with Germany posting a +12.7% increase, followed by France (+8.7%), Italy (+6.7%), and Spain (+6.3%). UK car sales fell 6.7% during the month.
Over the first 10 months of the year, new car registrations were down 0.7% compared to the same period last year.
While demand increased across the EU in September and October, Germany was the only major European market to register growth (+3.4%).
Spain posted an overall decline over the 10-month period (-6.3%), followed by the UK which recorded a 2.9% drop year-on-year. Italy and France posted marginal declines, although figures were almost at 2018 volumes.