BERLIN -- German automakers expect strong sales growth to continue in the second half of the year after deliveries in Europe's largest auto market jumped 8 percent in June, the VDA auto industry association said.
Registrations of new passenger cars rose to 339,600 vehicles last month, the fifth monthly gain this year, the VDA said on Monday.
Six-month sales were up 7 percent to 1.73 million.
"The domestic passenger-car market is showing a vigor that some people had not expected," VDA president Matthias Wissmann said at a press conference. "That's a good starting position for a successful second half of the year."
VDA, which expects full-year sales to increase 3 percent to 3.3 million, represents about 600 Germany-based carmakers and suppliers, including key players Volkswagen Group, Daimler and BMW Group.
France, Italy, Spain sales
Other key European markets reported their June sales on Friday.
Sales volume in France rose 0.8 percent to 227,366 last month, the country’s auto industry association (CCFA) said.
Italian registrations jumped 12 percent to 165,208 in June, the country's transport ministry said, while in Spain, sales rose 11 percent to 123,790, the Spanish vehicle manufacturers' association Anfac reported.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report