European car sales rose sharply again in November. Sales grew more than 10 percent, according to industry estimates.
European sales will comfortably exceed 14 million units this year, compared with 12.8 million in 1997.
Sales in Germany increased 22 percent compared to November 1997 as carmakers continued to unwind order backlogs. But German order intakes in November were said to be flat.
The UK market was flat at 152,000 in November.
The French market continued its growth trend. Renault outpaced its home market with sales up almost 40 percent compared with November 1997.
Italy fell by just under 10 percent in November - although the market is outperforming forecasts after scrappage incentives ended in July. Carmakers are revising their pessimistic expectations for 1999 in the light of Italy's strong year-end performance. There are rumors of a re-introduction of incentives at the beginning of next year.
Spain, along with other small European markets, continued to grow in November.