PARIS (Bloomberg) -- Fiat S.p.A., Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. led an eighth-consecutive monthly decline in European car deliveries as fallout from last year's government incentives hampered a recovery in the region's largest markets.
Registrations fell 6.5 percent to 1.11 million cars in November from 1.18 million a year earlier, Brussels-based industry association ACEA said today in a statement. Eleven-month sales dropped 5.1 percent to 12.7 million cars.
Fiat group sales, including the Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo brands, fell nearly 24 percent to 74,195. Toyota recorded November's second-biggest sales decline, with a 20 percent drop to 44,670 registrations. Ford was third with a 15 percent slide to 85,856 cars.
Volkswagen AG, including the VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands, had a 5.2 percent decline to 235,614 vehicles. A 12.2 percent rise in Skoda sales and 2.4 percent volume growth at Audi helped offset a 13.6 percent drop in VW brand sales in November.
"Sales of the VW brand were once more disappointing ... largely because the current generation of the best-selling Golf is entering its third year on sale, and the Golf and Polo appeared to generate a lot of orders though scrappage, especially in Germany," market analysts IHS Automotive said in a research note.
Renault group sales dropped 12.1 percent with a 16 percent decline for the Renault brand offset by a 6.6 percent increase at the automaker's low-cost Dacia brand.
Renault sales dropped because the company chased volume and market share during the early part of the year with aggressive incentives and discounting and is now reining in this strategy, IHS Automotive said.
French rival PSA/Peugeot-Citroen registered a 9.5 volume drop with Citroen sales falling 15 percent compared with a 4.5 percent fall for Peugeot.
The recovery in eastern European markets helped Hyundai Motor Co. to post gains in November. Hyundai brand recorded a 6.4 percent increase to 30,087 sales, lifting its market share so far this year by 0.2 percentage point to 2.6 percent.
GM Europe boost
GM's registrations for Opel/Vauxhall and Chevrolet advanced 4.2 percent to 98,319 with Opel's volume up 6.5 percent and Chevrolet sales rising 3.6 percent.
An Opel spokesman said the new Meriva minivan as well as strong sales for the Astra compact and Insignia mid-sized car helped boost the brand's November sales.
Opel's growth took place across Europe, the spokesman told Automotive News Europe in a e-mailed response to questions, adding that the current customer order intake trend indicates a solid base for further market share gains in the coming months "so we are confident to be able to record another strong month in December."
European sales at BMW jumped 19 percent last month to 66,050 cars as the company won buyers with the X1 compact SUV and new-generation 5-series sedan. Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz brand led the Stuttgart-based group's 2.5 percent gain to 60,002 vehicles.
Italy slump hits Fiat
Market disparities lingering behind the stimulus programs widened as a recovery gathered pace in smaller European countries without their own mass-market manufacturers to support, which offered little or no incentive spending.