In March, a total of 1,592,973 new units were registered, up 2% from the same month the previous year.
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said: 'These figures seem to indicate that the overall market has not suffered much from the start of military operations in Iraq.'
However, it said that March 2003 had one working day more in Spain, the UK, Ireland and Finland and two in Denmark compared to March 2002, which meant extra days to sell cars.
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* ACEA estimates
** provisional figures