Europe's car buyers get back on the road
Wednesday 07 September 2011
Consumers in Europe started buying cars again in August, figures released this month have shown.
British auto industry association SMMT said September 6 that the new car market in the UK rose for the first time in over a year last month, ending 13 months of straight decline.
Much of the 7.3 percent yeary-on-year growth was driven by the supermini segment, which jumped a whopping 17.6 percent to account for well over a third of the vehicles sold in the UK in August - the Ford Fiesta leading the pack ahead of the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa.
It was a similarly positive story in France, where registrations rose after four months of decline, albeit by just 3.2 percent.
Most of the growth was in foreign-built models, French automakers' association CCFA said, with Renault the only domestic brand managing to post a significant increase in sales.
Arguably the most spectacular figures came from Germany, where 18 percent more cars were sold in August 2011 than the same month in 2010, marking a record month for BMW and a strong uptick for Daimler.
Italian sales were up 1.5 percent and Spain also posted a rise, although Spanish industry association ANFAC warned that it reflected a statistical anomaly in last year's sales.
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