TURIN -- New-car sales in Italy slipped 1.4 percent to 181,374 in February, as demand for market leader Fiat Chrysler Automobiles fell 11 percent, according to figures published by Italy's transport ministry.
A 17 percent decline in Fiat brand sales was the key reason for the drop in FCA registrations, while demand for Alfa Romeo vehicles rose 19 percent and Jeep registrations leapt 80 percent. Lancia volume slipped 42 percent.
Volkswagen Group sales rose 13 percent, helped by a 20 percent jump at the core VW brand. Seat sales were up 33 percent, while Skoda jumped 15 percent.
Peugeot brand sales increased 13 percent, while Citroen volume was up 24 percent. Demand for Opel, PSA Group's newest brand, fell 16 percent.
Renault's registrations declined 4.7 percent, while Ford fell 0.9 percent.
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All the German premium brands lost ground, with Audi sales decreasing 7.2 percent, BMW down 6.5 percent and Mercedes down marginally by 0.2 percent.
Asian automakers had mixed performances with Hyundai down 13 percent and Kia reporting flat sales. Toyota saw a 4.3 percent decline, while rival Nissan grew by 5.8 percent
Demand by private customers in Italy slipped 13 percent last month, while business sales were up 7.8 percent, according to the car importers' association UNRAE.