Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax breaks ending in December.
Monthly registrations increased to 145,835 units on the same number of selling days as last November, Italy's transport ministry said on Thursday.
Sales to individual customers grew by 5.2 percent and registrations to car rental companies were up 2.4 percent, while business sales outperformed the market increasing by 28 percent.
All major groups except Nissan Motor Co. made sales gains. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sales grew 11 percent after Jeep's volume increased by 27 percent and Alfa Romeo sales were up 36 percent. Fiat sales rose 7.8 percent.
Volkswagen Group almost redoubled market growth with a 16 percent increase and confirmed its position as first foreign group in the Italian market with a 14 percent share. The core VW brand gained 10 percent, while Seat sales jumped 24 percent and Skoda's volume registered a 20 percent increase.
Renault sales gained 15 percent, while Dacia sales were down 24 percent. In rival PSA Group, Peugeot registrations grew by 13 percent, while Citroen sales fell 2.3 percent and DS volume plunged by 66 percent.
Hyundai brand's volume was up 25 percent and Kia sales increased by 9 percent. Toyota sales gained 13 percent and Suzuki's volume grew by 14 percent, while Nissan sales were down 10 percent.
Ford sales fell by 0.9 percent and Opel's volume increased 1.4 percent.
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Among premium brands, Audi sales rose 24 percent, Mercedes-Benz's volume grew by 14 percent and BMW sales were up 7.6 percent. Porsche sales registered a strong 28 percent growth in November. Jaguar sales nearly doubled, while Land Rover registrations dropped 11 percent.
Industrywide registrations were up 17 percent to 1.7 million cars in the first eleven months, with sales to private buyers representing 62 percent of the market.
"In November the market has grown half compared to the average pace of previous months. Among the main reasons, the national institute for statistics (ISTAT) measured that confidence index is going down both for companies and consumers, while the constitutional referendum generates fear of what can happen after the December, 4 vote," Filippo Pavan Bernacchi, president of the Federauto dealership association, said in a press release.