Monthly car sales in Europe through March 2021

In March 2021, the trend for passenger car sales in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland increased tremendously, year-on-year: Customers in European markets purchased around 1.4 million units. At more than 290,000 units Germany remained the leading market for passenger car sales in Europe that month.

European auto market rebounds

Countries with strict lockdown measures saw sharp drops in sales in 2020, as customers were restricted in travel and urged to stop all non-essential activity. The pandemic had also brought down productivity in many sectors, including vehicle manufacturing. For months, pandemic-related restrictions had left many workers out of work or meant that they were receiving only a portion of their normal income. Vaccine rollout has been ramped up and starts providing some hope to struggling industries. However, it may still take months before significant portions of populations are vaccinated. Add to that supply chain insecurities in early 2021 as a result of measures to keep mutant strains of the novel coronavirus from spreading. Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, sales of new passenger cars shot up significantly in March 2021.

Pre-crisis sales

Changes in tax regulations resulted in a peak in December 2019 and weak sales figures in January 2020. Registrations of new passenger cars in Europe's largest markets were already low due to consumer uncertainty and a weakening economy even before the coronavirus pandemic caused markets to tank in March and April 2020.

Monthly passenger car sales in Europe between March 2020 and March 2021

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Release date

April 2021



Survey time period

March 2020 to March 2021

Supplementary notes

Excludes Malta and Liechtenstein
EFTA markets (including Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland), EU-27, and UK markets.
The figures prior to March 2021 were taken from previous editions of the publication.
Values have been rounded.

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