Europe: Italy rises in January by 3.24% image

According to official figures, this January was the second consecutive month in which car sales in Italy went up, as registrations rose by 3.24%.

Italy, Europe’s fourth-largest car market, went up and saw car sales amount to a 117,802 vehicles tally, according to Italy’s transport ministry. Still, the good news should be treated lightly, as car dealers and car associations tempered everyone’s enthusiasm – the figures had an easy comparison base, as in January 2013 car sales fell 17.2% in respect to 2012.

“It still counts for a loss of 20,000 units compared with (January) 2012,” Unrae, an association that represents foreign carmakers, said in a statement.

According to figures published by the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation, January 2014 registrations went up to 117,802 from 114,102 units in 2013, while December 2013 also saw a small rise of 1.4%.

Fiat SpA accounted for 28.3% of total registrations, but the Fiat brand dipped 4.3%, Alfa Romeo slumped 14.4%, while Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge as a group slipped 11.1%. Only Lancia rose, up 13.7%. The biggest jump in the market was accounted by Renault’s Dacia brand, which posted a 97.3% increase to a (still modest) total of 3,382 units.

Via The Wall Street Journal