European car sales rise 6.3 per cent in September thanks to scrappage
15 October 2009

European new car sales rose 6.3 per cent year-on-year for September, a rise contributed to the continued success of scrappage incentive schemes across the continent.

Official figures released by the European automakers association ACEA said Germany had the largest increase, up 21 per cent on last year, while Spain, France and the UK all saw double digit increases in sales.

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In the first nine months of 2009, overall European sales were down 6.6 per cent on last year to 10,946,161 units, with Germany, Austria and France the only countries to post year-on-year increases.

Europe’s largest manufacturers also saw increases in their sales in September. VW sales were up 15.4 per cent, Skoda’s were up 12.3 per cent and Renault’s saw a 21.1 per cent rise.

Although scrappage has helped manufacturers of smaller cars, premium manufacturers are still seeing their sales decline. Audi’s year-on-year sales were down 23.4 percent, Mercedes’ were down 11.4 per cent and BMW’s 2.3 per cent.

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