FRANKFURT -- German new-car sales fell 31 percent to 169,754 in January, with only Tesla and Volvo bucking the trend to make gains.
Honda, Mitsubishi, DS, and Citroen were among brands that had the biggest falls last month.
Besides the economic slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic, registrations were hit by the end of a reduction in VAT on Dec. 31. The 3 percent cut in in the VAT rate helped sales in December rise 9.9 percent because private customers rushed to take advantage of the discount.
Tesla recorded the biggest percentage gain in January with its registrations jumping by 23 percent to 453 units. Tesla's 0.3 percent share of the German market is above Lexus, Jaguar and Alfa Romeo, which all have 0.1 percent shares.
Volvo's registrations grew by 9.4 percent.
Honda sales plunged 70 percent, while Mitsubishi was down 67 percent and DS dropped 65 percent.
Other brands that had a bad month included Citroen, down 54 percent; Dacia, down 50 percent; Hyundai, down 49 percent and Audi, down 47 percent.
Ford fell 41 percent, Nissan 33 percent, Mercedes-Benz 31 percent and VW brand 30 percent.
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