The European car market showed signs of improvement in 2013 with a sales decline of 1.7% compared with 2012 when units plunged 8.2% - - the sector's worst result for 18 years.
With a 13.3% increase in new car registrations in December 2013, the EU recorded the largest monthly year-on-year growth since December 2009 (+16.6%). However, in absolute figures, the results were the third lowest to date for a month of December with a total of 906,294 units.
The data was published today by the European
Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA - - Association des
Constructeurs Europeens d'Áutomobiles).
Irish sales fell 6.6% while sales in Portugal rose 11.1%
PSA Peugeot Citroën, the French manufacturer,
continued its decline, with sales dropping 8.4%. However, Renault reported a
4.4% rise in sales.
The 12-brand Volkswagen (VW) of Germany, including Audi and Porsche, reported global sales last year, excluding the MAN and Scania heavy truck brands, rose 4.8% to 9.5m vehicles despite a sales rise in Western Europe ex-Germany of only 0.1% and a decline in the home market of 1.4%. 2013 deliveries in China, the world's biggest car market, announced last week, rose 16% to 3.27m vehicles, exceeding those of Detroit-based General Motors (GM), whose sales climbed 11% to 3.16m units in China.
China sold 18m cars last year, up 16%, to remain the industry’s top market, selling 10 times as many cars as in India, where economic woes have dented its once-vaunted car market.
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