Germany’s year-on-year car sales were up by 40 per cent in March, a figure boosted by the success of the German scrappage scheme.
Total sales in Germany last month were 401,000, according to figures released by the German car importer’s association VDIK.
The news from Germany comes amid renewed calls for the UK government to act quickly and bring in its own car scrappage scheme.
With some analysts predicting another sharp fall in new car sales for March, Paul Williams, chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Foundation, said: “Measures to help to revive new-car sales in the UK, including the introduction of a vehicle scrappage scheme, must be enacted as soon as possible.”
The success of the German government’s scrappage scheme, which offers buyers of cars under 12 months old a €2500 (£2285) discount if they scrap a car more than nine years old, has prompted Berlin to extend the scheme beyond the original €1.5bn (£1.37bn) it invested.
Volker Lange, head of VDIK, said: “The decision to top up funds for the bonus scheme came just in time given that the money originally approved has run out.”