German new car sales up 8.0% in December, 6.0% in whole year

FRANKFURT : New car registrations in Germany a key measure of demand in one of the most important sectors of Europe’s top economy rose sharply in December and marking a strong year as a whole for the industry, according to data compiled by the automakers’ federation VDA.

A total of 247,300 new cars were registered last month, an increase of eight percent compared with the figure for the same month in 2014. Taking the year as a whole, new car registrations advanced by six percent to 3.206 million vehicles, the statement added.

Chief VDA Matthias Wissmann said “The 2015 car year put in a good performance at the end, bringing the annual sales to more than 3.2 million for the first time in six years.”

The increase shows the current robustness of the German auto market but competition on the international markets is growing fiercer, he warned.



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