FRANKFURT -- German new-car registrations rose 6 percent to 244,501 units in December, according to motor vehicle authority KBA, bucking a trend of falling sales in western Europe.
In the full year 2011, Germany's new-car market grew by 8.8 percent to 3.17 million units, KBA said.
"Germany's car market was more stable in 2011 than many expected," automotive association VDA President Matthias Wissmann said in a separate statement.
Germany's Volkswagen and BMW retained leadership in their home market in 2011, with respective market share standing at 20 percent and 11.2 percent in December, according to KBA data.
Toyota and Kia gained ground in Germany, expanding their shares to 3.5 percent and 1.8 percent in December, compared with 2.6 percent and 1.3 percent for the full year, helped by robust demand for compact cars.
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Western Europe's car market is seen stagnating in 2012 at best, as consumer demand eases amid weaker economic growth, though data in Germany has raised some hopes that Europe's biggest economy may buck the trend.
Italy's new-car sales shrank by 15 percent in December and dropped 11 percent overall last year. Spain slumped 18 percent in December and France dipped by 2 percent.
Source: ANE staff, Reuters