New-cars sales rose 7 percent in the first six months of the year in Europe’s biggest auto market, the German Automotive Industry Association (VDA) said.

The German new passenger car market rose by 7 percent in the first half of the year to 1.73 million vehicles, according to data provided by the VDA auto industry association, while June saw 339,600 registrations, the fifth monthly gain this year. “The domestic passenger-car market is showing a vigor that some people had not expected,” VDA president Matthias Wissmann said. “That’s a good starting position for a successful second half of the year.”

Despite the fact that diesel technology has been under a lot of scrutiny worldwide following Volkswagen’s cheating emissions scandal, the German buyers seem to have not been influenced whatsoever, as 812,000 diesel passenger cars were sold in the country for the period, levels not seen before. Wissmann said that even if the automotive industry was still pursuing its long-term strategy “away from oil”, there was no need to rush into green powertrains, as it “needs a healthy mix of technology” that includes petrol- and diesel-powered cars that could allow carmakers to finance the development of environmentally friendly cars.

As far as for the sales projections for this year, VDA expects registrations to increase 3 percent to 3.3 million in Germany, Western Europe is seen to grow 5 percent to 13.8 million cars, the US market to slightly rise by 1 percent to 17.5 million light vehicles, while China is likely to jump by 8 percent to nearly 21.7 million units.

Via Reuters


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