European turnaround continues with German sales up 6 percent in April image

According to the German motor transport authority, the sales across the largest European auto market have gone up for passenger cars by 6.3 percent last month to a total of 291,395 units.

The biggest auto market on the continent has seen a positive result last month, just like its other crucial western European markets – France, Italy and Spain – all of them coming up with healthy monthly increases in April thanks to rising consumer confidence that has helped the continent’s major markets post positive results during the first part of the year. In Germany, the majority of auto brands had rising sales last month, led by Japanese brand Mitsubishi, which jumped deliveries by 106 percent. The brand was followed by America’s SUV favorite Jeep, jumping 79 percent, small car focused Smart with 49 percent and British off-road specialist Land Rover with 22 percent. The premium segment’s gains were led by the world’s largest luxury brand BMW, with a growth of 8.4 percent, followed by Audi with a 4.9 percent surge. Interestingly enough, amid the rising market, Mercedes-Benz dropped 4.2 percent.

According to the VDA industry association, German deliveries this year could tally 3.1 million units after sales soared 3 percent in 2014 to 3.04 million autos. So far, first quarter registrations jumped 6.4 percent to 1.04 million cars and SUVs. Meanwhile, in France deliveries gained 2.3 percent to 170,768 units, according to the CCFA industry association. Spain posted a 3.2 percent growth to 82,715 autos last month as the government subsidy scheme ended in March. Italy was the record holder last month, jumping almost 25 percent to 148,807 autos.

Via Automotive News Europe