MUNICH -- Volkswagen AG's struggling Seat brand had some good news after reporting a small rise in its new-car sales in October, helped by government incentives in its home Spanish market and Germany.
Seat's sales rose 1.9 percent last month to 29,745 units, compared with the year before.
The most significant increases were in Germany where Seat sold 1,400 units more than in October 2008, in Austria where 500 more Seat cars were sold, and in Mexico where the brand sold 603 more units than the previous October.
In Spain, the government's extension to the Plan 2000E scrappage program resulted in a 9.9 percent increase in Seat's domestic sales compared to the same period last year, Seat said.
The carmaker said the Ibiza is the best-selling model in its segment in Spain and Austria.
Seat has been hard hit by the economic crisis. In the first nine months, its unit sales fell 19 percent and its operating loss widened to 228 million euros compared to a 30 million euro loss in the same period the year before.