BERLIN -- German new-car sales rose by 1.5 percent in November with Renault, Peugeot and Citroen were among mass-market brands that gained ground on rival Volkswagen brand.
Registrations increased to 276,567 vehicles, the KBA motor transport authority reported today.
Analysts said November's increase was because there was one more selling day than in the same month last year and because of sales incentives. Sales benefited from so-called self-registrations. This involves carmakers selling new vehicles to themselves and affiliated dealers, rather than to customers, to overstate demand.
Renault's volume gained 17 percent last month, closely followed by French rival Peugeot, which sold 16 percent more vehicles. Citroen sales rose 9.6 percent.
Among other volume brands, Fiat brand was up 2.4 percent. Ford sales slipped 5.3 percent and Opel volume rose 2 percent. Nissan registrations were up 7.1 percent in contrast to a 5.8 percent drop at Toyota.
Sales at Volkswagen Group's brands were mixed. VW brand sales fell 7.1 percent. Audi registrations decreased by 5.9 percent while sales at Porsche leapt 24 percent. The success of Seat's new Ateca SUV helped boost sales at the brand by 33 percent. Skoda sales fell 1.4 percent.
BMW's volume rose 7.9 percent, while the Mercedes-Benz marque saw registrations jump 6.4 percent. Sales at Volvo jumped 20 percent.
• Download PDF, above right, for German sales by brand for November and 11 months.
Total 11-month registrations were up 4.6 percent to 3.1 million.
Highest rise in six years
Industry association, the VDA, said the German market may grow 5 percent this year to almost 3.4 million, the highest level for six years as good economic development, high employment and favorable financing conditions drive demand. In May, VDA had predicted a 3 percent increase in 2016 registrations to 3.3 million autos.
The VDA also expects registrations to remain strong in 2017, though analysts cautioned that momentum is inflated by technical factors while economic threats are growing.
"For the coming year we expect a similarly high market volume," VDA president Matthias Wissmann said at a press conference.
Analysts cautioned that economic threats are growing.
"The political and economic risks that may dampen peoples' and companies' readiness to make purchases are growing," said Peter Fuss, a senior partner and automotive specialist at Ernst & Young's German practice.
Fuss cited the Italian referendum on constitutional reform, a possible rise in European interest rates and forthcoming elections in the region.
Reuters contributed to this report