European new-car sales declined for an eighth straight month in April amid weak demand in the UK, where consumers are putting off big-ticket purchases due to Brexit turmoil.
Registrations fell 0.5 percent to 1.34 million cars in the EU and EFTA from 1.35 million a year earlier, industry association ACEA said in a statement on Friday.
The April decline was a steep 4.1 percent in the UK, where Goldman Sachs Group has concluded three years of political uncertainty have left the economy 2.4 percent smaller than it otherwise would have been. UK economic growth is forecast to slow in 2019.
Across Europe, Nissan's sales plunged 17 percent. The automaker is suffering from a broad sales and earnings slump as it struggles to turn the page on the scandal surrounding ousted former Chairman Carlos Ghosn.
Ford, which is downsizing its European operations, posted a 5.1 percent drop in registrations.
Volkswagen Group sales dropped 3.4 percent with VW brand's registrations dropping by 6.8 percent and Audi's volume down 5.8 percent. Seat sales rose 3.2 percent and Skoda gained 2.3 percent.
PSA Group registrations rose 1.3 percent as a 14 percent increase in Citroen offset drops of 26 percent at DS, 3.1 percent at Opel and 1 percent at Peugeot.
Renault Group sales rose 1.4 percent lead by a 15 percent increase in Dacia registrations. Renault brand fell 5.4 percent.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles saw sales drop 3 percent with Fiat registrations flat and Jeep down 5.3 percent. Alfa Romeo continued its slide, with sales dropping 40 percent.
Among Asian automakers, Hyundai gained 3.8 percent and Kia's sales rose 2.1 percent. Toyota brand sales were flat.
Premium brand BMW saw sales rise 12 percent while Mercedes-Benz registrations increased 2.8 percent.
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During the first four months, European registrations declined 2.5 percent to 5.49 million cars, with Italy and Spain leading the slump among the five major markets with drops of 4.6 percent and 4.5 percent respectively.
Reuters and Bloomberg contributed to this article