FRANKFURT -- European car sales edged up 4 percent in February, helped by strong gains in Germany, France and Spain and solid demand for mass-market brands including Dacia, Seat and Peugeot, according to data from Brussels-based industry body ACEA.
Registrations increased to 1.16 million cars last month in the European Union and EFTA markets, ACEA said on Thursday, from 1.11 million a year earlier.
Through February, sales were up 5.5 percent to 2.44 million.
The majority of the region's major European markets posted growth last month except for the UK, where sales fell 2.8 percent, the eleventh consecutive monthly decline, ACEA figures showed. Registrations in Italy decreased by 1.4 percent.
Sales of Renault Group’s Dacia brand rose 24 percent, while registrations at VW Group’s Seat marque increased 20 percent. Peugeot was also one of the major gainers as volume rose 16 percent.
Rose of VW brand vehicles increased by 8.1 percent.
Volume at the Renault and Fiat brands fell 0.9 percent and 8.8 percent, respectively, ACEA said.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report