EU car sales stalling

The EU car market suffered its first contraction in 17 months in December, with EV sales flatlining.

According to the ACEA, sales across the continent rose 13.9% in 2023, but were down 3.3% to 867,052 units in December.

Meanwhile, the drop in EV sales was even more stark as it fell by 16.9% to 160,700 units. This was the first contraction since April 2020.

Sue Robinson, chief executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA, said: “Whilst the EU car market experienced a considerable 13.9% expansion in 2023 compared to 2022, December has proven to be a particularly tough month witnessing its first month of contraction after 16 consecutive months of growth.

“Notably, the German market declined by a significant 23% in December. This is in contrast to the UK which saw a relatively strong December. It is also notable that in 2023, battery electric vehicles cemented themselves with the third largest market share in the EU car market surpassing diesel.

“Yet, sales in December witnessed a decline for the first time since April 2020. It is important that both the UK and EU governments provide clarity to consumers looking to buy electric as we enter the new year.

“NFDA will continue to monitor EU issues that affect the UK auto retail sector and ensure positive progress is made to benefit the industry, consumer and environment.”