Europe sales drop 9% in December following WLTP introduction

European new-car sales fell 8.7 percent year-on-year in December, with sales at all major automakers except Daimler and Jaguar Land Rover contracting as the introduction of tougher new emissions tests continued to weigh on demand.

Registrations fell to 1.04 million cars in the EU and EFTA countries, industry association ACEA said, from 1.14 million a year earlier.

The drop came after the tougher new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) became mandatory from the start of September, forcing some automakers to halt deliveries of some models that had yet to be certified.

European car sales had surged in the month before the new procedure became effective and have declined every month since.