European passenger car registrations continued their recovery in February, growing 14.3% year-on-year, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

The only two countries in the EU which failed to grow their car registrations were Greece, where 32.4% less cars were sold in February 2016 than the same month 2015, and the Netherlands, where sales fell 15% over the period.

Of the so called ‘big five,’ Italian registrations grew the fastest, up 27.3% to 172,241, followed by Spain (up 12.6% to 97,650).

166,728 cars were sold in France in February, up 13% year-on-year, while the German market hit the quarter million mark for the month, after 12% growth. The UK market grew 8.4% year-on-year to 83,395 in February.

By percentage, the Cypriot car market was the fasted growing market, at 76% growth, although the number was comparatively small – just 1,100 cars were registered in the country in February 2016.

Manufacturer performance

Volkswagen remained the most popular brand in the EU, as it sold 115,075 cars in February, up 4.4% year-on-year.

Renault remained the second largest brand with 75,666 vehicles sold, 10.5% more than February 2015.

Ford saw its sales rise by 19% year-on-year to 71,529. Opel/Vauxhall sales grew by 18.7% to 69,956, overtaking Peugeot which sold 69,767.

The brands which witnessed the highest rates of growth in car sales were Jaguar (184.8%), Honda (48.5%) and Mazda (45.9%).

The VW Group – which includes Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat and Porsche – was the manufacturer group that sold the most cars in February. 252,629 cars from this group were sold in February marking an 8% year-on-year increase.

The manufacturer group with the highest year-on-year growth in sales was Jaguar Land Rover Group, with a 60.2% rise.