FRANKFURT - Germany bucked the sales slide in major European markets in March by reporting a 3.4 percent increase in new-car volume.
Registrations in Europe's biggest market rose to 339,123 last month, Germany's motor vehicle authority KBA said on Tuesday.
First-quarter registrations increased 1.3 percent to 773,636.
"The German market is in robust shape," Matthias Wissman, president of the German industry association VDA, said in a statement. He warned that high fuel prices are dampening demand.
Volkswagen continues to dominate the German market.
VW brand registrations rose 9.2 percent to 72,627 last month, giving the marque a 21.4 market share, twice as much as No 2, BMW Group, whose sales of the BMW and Mini brands increased 11.6 percent to 30,965 for a share of 9.1 percent.
Mercedes was the third best-selling brand with sales down 0.8 percent to 27,029 for an 8 percent share. No. 4 Audi saw volume rise 3.6 percent 25,988.
Sales at Ford, at No. 5, fell 1.3 percent to 24,354 while No. 6 Opel suffered a 12.3 percent decline to 23,695.