OREANDA-NEWS. Automotive market in Russia, which in August was the second largest in Europe, at the end of last month dropped to the fourth place among the European countries.

According to data, received from the agency "AUTOSTAT" in the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of Europe, the leader by vehicle sales was the United Kingdom in September, where it was sold 462,517 vehicles (+ 8.6%). According to the British Society of Motor Manufacturers and dealers (SMMT), the first month of autumn has traditionally surge in sales, but the current set all-time record in September. The second place was received by Germany, whose result was 272,479 sold vehicles (+ 4.8%). According to the German Association of Automotive Industry (VDA), orders for new vehicles the last month grew by 13%, reflecting the positive development of the market. Third place is kept by France, whose dealers have sold 164 774 cars (+ 9.1%). If we take into account Russia when considering the car market in Europe, our country has fallen to the fourth place of the European ranking. According to preliminary estimation of the agency "AUTOSTAT", sales of passenger cars in the last month were more than 131 thousand units (excluding LCV). Italy still closes the "top-five" of leaders with 130 071 sold cars (+ 17.1%). We also add that due to the action of stimulate program to subsidize the purchase of new fuel-efficient cars the Spanish car market has shown the greatest growth among the European leaders - by 22.5% to 69,826 vehicles.