Italian new-car sales rose 9.8 percent in October as strong demand from business buyers supported by tax breaks ending in December exceeded the drop of sales to individual customers.
Passenger-car registrations increased to 146,632 despite one less selling day compared with last year, Italy's transport ministry said on Wednesday.
Sales to private buyers fell by 4 percent, representing nearly 60 percent of the market. Sales of company cars grew 35 percent and rental-car sales jumped 45 percent.
All major groups except Renault made sales gains. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles outperformed the market with 13 percent growth after Jeep sales increased by 32 percent. Lancia's volume was up 30 percent and Alfa Romeo sales rose 31 percent as its Giulia sedan hit the market. Fiat sales grew by 6.5 percent.
Volkswagen Group sales grew by 14 percent as its diesel-emissions scandal continued to have a limited impact on Italian customers. The core VW brand gained 19 percent and Skoda sales jumped 29 percent, while Seat registered an 8.1 percent increase.
PSA Group sales were up 6.5 percent. Peugeot's volume grew by 14 percent but DS sales by 37 percent and Citroen's volume dropped by 1.4 percent drop. Renault Group's sales fell 1.1 percent. Renault brand sales grew by 5.5. percent while Dacia's volume plunged by a 15 percent.
Nissan saw its sales fell 6 percent, while Infiniti sales grew sixfold to 179 cars.
Among other automakers, Ford sales were up 11 percent, while Opel gained 7.1 percent.
Hyundai brand's sales increased 20 percent gain while Kia's volume was flat. Toyota brand sales grew 13 percent and Honda sales jumped 59 percent.
Ford sales were up 11 percent, while Opel gained 7.1 percent.
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Among premium brands, BMW sales rose 20 percent and Mercedes-Benz's volume grew by 13 percent, while Audi trailed rivals with a 3.3 percent increase. JLR Group's volume rose by 13 percent. Land Rover sales were down 8 percent while Jaguar registrations nearly doubled to 499 cars.
Ten-month registrations were up 17 percent to 1.55 million.