Brussels, Belgium – Vehicle production in the European Union rose by 15 per cent in the first nine months of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009.
Passenger car production increase by 13 per cent, although it dropped by five per cent in the third quarter due to softening momentum in the global economy. Van production expanded in all three quarters, while truck production only saw signs of recovery in the second quarter and started showing positive results in the third quarter.
In the first three quarters of 2010, the EU produced 12.6 million motor vehicles. Germany remained the largest manufacturing country, both for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, producing 36.4 per cent of new cars. Spain and France accounted for 12.9 per cent, followed by the U.K. at 8.3 per cent, the Czech Republic at 7.1 per cent, Poland at 5.7 per cent, Italy at 3.9 per cent, and Slovakia at 3.6 per cent.