April 2014 Europe Car Sales were up 0.8% penalized by Turkey, Russia and Germany

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April 2014 Europe Car Sales were up 0.8% penalized by Turkey, Russia and Germany.  The last was the weakest month so far this year with continental sales hit by deep loss in Turkey, Ukraine and Russia. Mediterranean countries up.

The list of Top 44 European Markets is sourced by focus2move.com Mobility Database, which aggregates data from all National Carmaker Associations or Dealers Associations, including for the European Community, ACEA. Data combined the 28 countries of European Community plus the 3 of EFTA (Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) plus East and South European countries such as Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Moldova, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, and Albania. We also include little countries like Monaco and Liechstein.

Considering that for many countries cars and light commercial vehicles data are reported combined and aiming to provide data comparable with others global regions, we are reporting together cars and LCV data. Of course, for more details you can refer to single country reports or contact us.

In April total Light Vehicles sold in Europe were 1.579.000, up 0.8% from year ago. Year to date sales were 6.095.000, up 4.1%. More details on single brands performance has been reported separately and you can read them here.

In April Germany was back the largest European car market (and the 5th globally) despite sales at 293.000 units were down 3% from year ago with cumulate figures at 1.051.900, up 2.9%.

Albeit losing 7.8% from year ago, Russia was second with 226.546 retails with first four month loss at 3.8%. France was third with 200.410 sales, up 5.4% from last year while the United Kingdom, fourth this month, was again above expectations with 197.440 retails growing 7.2%.

In fifth place there was Italy with 139.793 sales, up 3.5% followed by a strong Spain in sixth with April sales at 91.024, up 31.5% from last year. First four month sales in Spain were up 18.8%.

Despite flat sales Belgium outpaced a falling Turkey that has lost 27.6% confirming one of worst trend globally.

Many markets have shown strong improvements: Portugal kept booming and sales in April were up 54.8%, while Ireland and Hungary grew over 27%.

In the interactive tables below you can sort thru all 44 European countries sales:

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