Portugal leads Europe’s car sales increase

Portugal has once again become the European Union (EU) country registering the highest increase in car sales.

According to data from the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA), a total of 18,343 new cars were sold in Portugal in May – a 33.1% increase compared to the same period last year.

Further data shows that nearly 80,000 cars were sold in Portugal between January and May, which represents a 32.5% increase compared to May 2014.

Only Iceland registered a bigger boost in sales (40.7%).

In terms of the EU, car sales increased for the 21st consecutive month in May.

Over 1.1 million cars were sold, accounting for a 1.3% increase compared to May last year.

Besides Portugal, car sales also went up in the Czech Republic (17.6%), Spain (14%), Poland (11%) and Italy (10.8%), but dropped in Germany (-6,7%) and France (-3.5%).