LONDON -Government incentives helped new-car sales in western Europe grow by an estimated 8.9 percent in April.
Sales year-on-year rose by 52.4 percent in Italy, where car scrapping incentives are in force. The UK was up 12.4 percent, despite fears that consumers might hold off in the days before the 1 May election.
Germany started the month slowly, but auto company sources say that April registrations will finish slightly ahead of last year.
The French market was down 10.3 percent in April, an improvement on the first quarter decline of 26.6 percent.
Scrappage incentives introduced on 11 April boosted the Spanish market. Sales rose 19.8 percent during April. More than 10,000 of the 89,334 registrations used the incentive. Spanish sales through April are up 9.4 percent to 328,183 units.
Reporters in Spain, France and Italy contributed to this report