By Kari Williamson

In total, 968,769 new registrations were recorded in the region.

Registrations varied per market: France (-20.7%) and Italy (-16.9%) recorded a double-digit downturn, while Spain posted a 2.5% growth.

The German (-0.4%) and British (-0.0%) markets remained stable.

The biggest contraction in passenger car registrations was noted in Portugal (-47.4%) and the largest increase in Romania (+86.4%).