European car sales fell to a 20-year low in May as rising unemployment caused by the euro region's recession reduced demand.
Registrations dropped 6 percent to 1.08 million vehicles from 1.15 million a year earlier, industry association ACEA said today.
The figure was the lowest for any May since 1993, said Quynh-Nhu Huynh, ACEA's economics director.
The numbers are for the 27-member EU plus Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen saw the steepest decline among Europe's volume automakers with group sales falling 13 percent. Citroen's registrations plunged 15 percent and the Peugeot brand posted a 12 percent decline
Fiat Group sales were down 11 percent with Fiat brand sales dropping by 6 percent while Alfa Romeo sales were down 25 percent and Lancia/Chrysler registrations declined by 22 percent.
General Motors Europe's volume also fell 11 percent with Opel/Vauxhall sales declining by 8 percent while Chevrolet registrations plummeted 23 percent.