FRANKFURT -- Germany's new car sales growth slowed to 2.6 percent to 266,251 units in April after months of double-digit growth.
The Federal Motor Vehicle Office (KBA) said 266,251 new cars were registered last month. Sales of General Motors Co.'s Opel brand had the biggest gain with a 20.9 percent rise to 20,807. The brand sold 80,769 cars in the first four months.
Volkswagen AG sold 60,840 VW-badged cars in April, a rise of 2.1 percent in year-on-year figures, making it Germany's best-selling brand. Between January and April, the brand sold 227,432 cars in Germany.
Mercedes-Benz sales rose 9.1 percent to 22,130 cars last month. Smart sales were up 6.4 percent to 2,605. In total, Mercedes brand sold 84,184 new cars in Germany between January and April.
BMW and Mini sales rose 0.1 percent in April to 25,598 units and 90,518 sales in the first four months of 2011.
In the first three months of the year, German new car registrations rose 14 percent, with double-digit percentage growth each month, industry group VDIK said last month.
The KBA said on Tuesday that 1.03 million new cars were registered in Germany in the first four months, up 10.7 percent from the year before.