Sales of new cars have fallen by 3.3% to 4.03 million units in the European Union in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period of 2018, the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association) announced on Wednesday. The German market was more resilient (+0.2%) as opposed to Spain (-6.9%) and Italy (-6.5%). In Belgium, it fell 5.9% in the first quarter to 155,866 units manufactured.
In March alone, the new car market in the EU was down by 3.9%, with 1.72 million units. All the big European markets were down in March, from Germany (-0.5%) to France (-2.3%) and the United Kingdom (-3.4%), by way of Spain (-4.3%) and, above all, Italy (-9.6%). In Belgium, this decrease was by 6.1% compared to March 2018, with 54,873 new cars manufactured.