Total European sales were 1,285,104 units, up 1.1% from 1,271,325 units sold during the same month last year, figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) show.
A spokesman said: ‘The overall European result was affected by an expected decline in German new registrations (-10.5%) triggered by anticipated purchases ahead of the January 2007 sales tax increase.’
The other four main markets started the year with an increase in sales. In France, they were up by 1.8%, Spain 2.7%, Italy 3.5% and the UK 5.2%. Sales in the new EU member states continued to grow, with the Baltic states leading the way. Sales in Latvia increased by a massive 95.3%, Lithuania’s sales were up by 62.8% and Estonia’s 46.1%.
Sales in the Czech Republic increased by 17%, in Hungary by 6.6% and in Poland by 21.6%. The Polish figure was boosted, the ACEA said, by newly-introduced financial incentives to promote new cars.
|Country||Jan 07||Jan 06||Variance|
|European Union (EU15)||1,193,610||1,192,227||+0.1%|
|EU new members||60,127||51,572||+16.6%|
|Total Europe (EU+EFTA)||1,285,104||1,271,325||+1.1%|
* Malta and Cyprus not available