Registrations fell to 686,957 cars in August, a slow holiday month, as sales slid further in France, Italy and Germany, taking the European decline for January-August to 5.2 per cent.
“Downturn prevailed across significant markets,” the association said in a statement, with the UK alone posting 10 per cent growth.
Paris-based Peugeot led the fall, with an 18 per cent drop in registrations that eroded its market share to 11 per cent for the first eight months, down almost a percentage point year-on-year.
VW’s Audi, the weakest European performer of the three German premiums, still increased share in January-August with a 3.6 per cent dip in sales, less than the market decline. August registrations were down 6.4 per cent.