FRANKFURT -- New-car sales in Germany rose 8.3 percent to 245,076 vehicles in August as Volkswagen Group’s core VW brand bounced back from a 13 percent drop in July.
VW brand sales rose 16 percent last month, according to figures released today by the KBA motor transport authority.
Audi sales rose 8.3 percent, while Seat's registrations rose 13 percent, buoyed by the first full month of sales for the Ateca SUV. Skoda volume slipped 7.4 percent.
Among other brands, Ford sales rose by 7.9 percent, while volume at General Motors' Opel brand slipped 3.2 percent.
BMW brand sales were down 4.5 percent while premium rival Mercedes-Benz jumped 13 percent.
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German sales of plug-in hybrid cars increased by 47 percent to 836, boosted by the recent introduction of a 3,000-euro incentive to entice buyers. Registrations of pure electric vehicles, which attract a 4,000-euro bonus, rose 7.7 percent to 895.
Eight-month sales in Germany rose 5.7 percent to 2.25 million.
France, Spain, Italy
Other major EU markets also showed gains last month. French registrations increased by 6.7 percent, Spanish sales rose 15 percent and sales in Italy increased 20 percent.