The report also noted a further shrinking of the new diesel passenger cars’ market share, compared to an almost 30% surge in the number of electric cars.
The January-March demand for passenger cars in the EU reached 4.1 million units, up more than 8% on the same quarter last year. Car sales have been steadily rising since 2014. Last year, sales of passenger cars rose 6.8% compared with 2015.
“These figures show that, despite political instability and economic uncertainty following key events in the second half of 2016, consumer confidence has remained robust,” the report said, quoting “Brexit and the fragile state of global trade following the US elections” as the main concerns.
The sale of commercial vehicles also rose, 7.4 % to 606,612 units.