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18.07.2018 10:26
New car registrations in Bulgaria rise by 11.9% in comparison with the previous year
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New car registrations in Bulgaria rose by 11.9% to 3586 this year, according toe data from the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA), quoted by the Bulgarian National Radio. In May, growth was even higher - 34.6%.

 In the first six months of this year, new cars registered in Bulgaria increased by 21.6% to 18,082 compared to 14,749 for the same period in 2017, with Bulgaria being surpassed only by Romania (an increase of 33,5%), Hungary (by 29.0%), Lithuania (by 24.6%) and Greece (by 23.7%).
 
In June, the growth of new car registrations in the European Union (EU) accelerated significantly, with the total volume of cars sold reaching a record level for the sixth month of the year, despite the mixed performance of the five leading European markets, according to ACEA data.
 
Sales of new passenger cars in the European Union rose 5.2% year-over-year after an anemic rise in May with only 0.8%, with a new 1 569 067 cars registered in the sixth month, a record number for July. ACEA noted that in June, the five leading European automotive markets have emerged quite controversially. A strong growth of 9.2% was recorded in France followed by Spain with an increase of 8.0% and Germany - with a growth of 4.2%. At the same time, however, the registration of new cars declined in Italy by 7.3% and in the United Kingdom by 3.5% (after their increase in April and May for the first time in 14 months).
 
In the first half of the year, demand for new cars in the EU increased by 2.9% to 8 449 247 thanks in particular to the strong performance of the new member states of the Union (including Bulgaria). From the leading markets Spain remains the leader with 10.1% increase in registered new cars in the first six months of the year, followed by France (up 4.7%) and Germany (2.9%), while the registration of new cars in the UK fell sharply in January - June by 6.3% and in Italy by 1.4%.
 
The leader for a consequent month in new car sales in June is the French automaker PSA Group, the Peugeot and Citroen brands, with sales growth of 65.8%, mainly due to the fact that this year in the data for PSA Group are already included the sales of the Opel brand cars. It was followed by German car groups Volkswagen AG (with sales growth in June by 13.3%) and BMW Group (by 8.2%), and by the other leading French producer Renault Group, which produced the Renault and Dacia (up 4.7%). At the other end, were the German Daimler Mercedes (down 5.2%) and the Italian FCA Group (down 2.6%).
 
The increase in car sales by Volkswagen AG is accompanied by an increase in the company's overall market share in June to 24.9% from 23.1% a year earlier, with the German giant remaining the leader in the car market in the EU. This is a sign that the leading European carmaker continues to recover from the biggest business crisis in the company's 78-year history, linked to the scandal with fake exhaust emissions tests from its diesel cars. Volkswagen brand sales rose by 16.8% year-on-year to 186,817 units in June, up 9.4% to 965,471 in the first six months of the year.


TAGS: car | new car | sales | registrations | VW | Daimler | PSA | Opel | ACEA 


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