European car makers fear sales decline – an annotated graphic

In the topsy-turvy world of car manufacturing, seems like everyone apart from the Germans is facing a grim future. Sales in Western Europe are apparently closing in on 20-year lows, at least as far as the new car registrations statistics suggest.

However, all is not doom and gloom, as E&T news has reported this week. New car sales in the UK actually increased by 11.5 per cent last month, official figures showed. There was also the story that radical plans have been announced to install electric vehicle charging points every 50 miles on Scottish trunk roads. And looking even further ahead, a Government-industry joint report suggested that up to 1.6 million hydrogen-powered cars could be on UK roads by 2030.

As ever with news, it’s how you look at it. The volume of the glass is 50 per cent occupied, one way or the other.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Europe's auto crisis?
Europe’s auto crisis?
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