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Passenger car production stable over first quarter 2008


24 Jul 2008


Trade & Society

Vehicle demand set to slow in spite of the economic uncertainty prevailing over the first half year, passenger car production in Europe has been stable in the first quarter, with a slight increase of 0.5%. Demand, however, is likely to contract over the course of the year as a consequence of deteriorating economic circumstances. Automotive forecasts point to a decrease of -2.7%. Demand for diesel powered cars remained firm, representing 53.1% of total new car registrations from January to June 2008. CO2- related car taxation is now levied in fourteen EU countries, with in some countries a marked impact on demand. This follows from the Economic Report 2008 second edition.