FRANKFURT -- New-car sales in Germany fell 0.8 percent to 313,748 in August, according to data released by the German Motor Transport Authority (KBA).
The VDIK vehicle importers association said the slight sales drop despite one less working day than in August 2018 showed that the German market is "extraordinarily robust" despite a darkening economic outlook.
Sales of diesel cars dropped 8.2 percent to give the powertrain a 30.2 percent market share. Gasoline car sales fell 2 percent for a 61.4 percent share. Full-electric registrations jumped 104 percent to give the powertrain a 1.6 percent market share.
Major brands had mixed results last month with Lexus, Ford and Mercedes among brands bucking the overall market's decline to post big gains while VW and Audi brand saw sales decline steeply.
Among the winners, Smart registrations rose 52 percent, Lexus gained 32 percent and Ford sales were up 28 percent.
Mercedes sales rose 22 percent, while Dacia and Hyundai both saw volume gain 21 percent.
Peugeot's volume rose 18 percent, Skoda registrations were up 14 percent, while Mini and Citroen both had 12 percent gains.
Porsche sales rose 7.3 percent, Seat 5.9 percent and Opel by 1.5 percent.
Among brands that had a bad month Alfa Romeo's registrations dropped 45 percent, while Nissan sales fell 43 percent and Mitsubishi was down 30 percent.
VW brand saw sales decline by 17 percent, while Audi was down 11 percent.
BMW registrations fell 3 percent.
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Through August, sales in Germany are up 0.9 percent to 2.49 million.