The European Union passenger vehicles demand in January-October grew by 1.6 percent year-on-year, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) announced on Thursday.
The ACEA said new passenger car registrations totaled more than 13 million during the first 10 months of 2018.
'Looking at the five biggest car markets, Spain (10.0 percent) saw the highest growth rates, followed by France (5.7 percent) and Germany (1.4 percent). By contrast, registrations declined in Italy (3.2 percent) and the United Kingdom (7.2 percent),' the association said.
During the 10-month period, the biggest share -- with 23.9 percent in passenger car sales in the 28-member EU bloc -- was held by the VW Group, of which major brands are Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat and Porsche.
Sales of the VW Group saw an annual hike of 2.9 percent, reaching around 3.1 million units in first 10 months of the year.
The PSA Group -- which owns the Peugeot, Citroen, and Opel brands -- and the Renault Group -- which owns the Renault, Dacia, Lada and Alpine brands -- followed with 16.2 percent and 10.3 percent of car sales, respectively.
In 2017, over 15 million new passenger cars were sold in the EU, up 3.4 percent from the previous year.
The EU is the main automotive export market for Turkey, where the world's prominent automotive manufacturers including Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Renault and Toyota have operations.
Last year, nearly 80 percent of Turkey's total automotive exports was sent to EU countries amounting to $22 billion, marking a 17 percent rise year-on-year.
The ACEA will release its next report on the passenger car registrations on Dec. 14.
By Gokhan Ergocun