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Delhi, New Delhi, India, 2007/02/05 - Latest statistics from European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) shows that despite observing the fastest economic growth rate since 2000, the sales of European cars increased only slightly in 2006.
The association reported that around 15.36 million vehicles were sold from showrooms in 2006, a rise of 0.7% from 2005. The reason was decline in sales in France, Spain and Britain. Although Italy and Germany recorded an upsurge in sales but it wasn’t enough to compensate the decline.
Among the main markets, Germany further strengthened its position by reporting a rise of 17.7%. This jump in purchases, just before the sales tax hike, was also impelled by incentives, new products and augmented private consumer confidence. In contrast, France, UK, Italy and Spain – all witnessed a drop of 11%, 14.7%, 2.6% and 5.5% respectively in their market.
The association alleged that buyer uncertainty, fluctuations in fuel price, increasing interest rates and lack of new car models were the factors responsible for affecting the major markets in 2006.
Fiat SpA, after selling 1.15 million cars and accounted for a 16.9% rise during 2006, was the biggest gainer. However, Volkswagen AG from Germany substituted the most number of cars, selling 3.11 million cars, a spike of 5.3%. Soaring sales of luxury car Lexus worked in favor of Toyota Motor Corp. and it sold 896,831 cars, up by 9.7%.
As per the statistics of ACEA, French car manufacturers performed badly. Renault SA fell 11%, accounted for 1.32 million. PSA Peugeot Citroen, the second-largest carmaker of Europe, slumped 2.1% selling 2.02 million cars, as car purchasers in France didn’t show any interest in buying cars.
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