The VDA association of German car makers declared that in the last six months new car registrations in the country increased 3% to 296,800 vehicles, which means 1% increase in sales to 1.63 million.
“The German auto industry is proving to be robust and efficient in an increasingly more difficult environment,” said VDA president Matthias Wissmann.
On the other hand car deliveries in Italy, Spain and France decreased in June, as automakers including Fiat and PSA Peugeot Citroen are struggling with slow consumer demand. In June German auto exports were up 9% to 350,900 units, reducing the year-to-date drop to 1% (2.16 million). VDA expects full-year auto sales in Germany reach 3.1 million units.
In the first five months Volkswagen announced positive sales in Germany, but declined 6.4% in the other countries in western Europe. Volkswagen is expected to report six-month group sales next week, on July 13th.
“Darker clouds are gathering around us,” chief executive Martin Winterkorn said on June 25. “The second half of 2012 is certain to become more difficult and challenging.”