German August car sales evaporate; Fiat down, Citroen up

Flensburg. The August heatwave contributed to a further decline in the German car market. There were 232,000 new vehicle registrations last month, five percent less than in the same month last year, according to provisional figures released by the German Federal Motor Vehicle Registration Agency.

Fiat suffered the worst drop, while Citroen was one of the few brands to gain during the month.

Fiat sold only 3,400 new cars, a fall of 30 percent. Opel (22,500 units) and Ford (16,500 units) both reported a 17 percent decline on the same period last year. Volkswagen (45,000 vehicles) suffered a six percent decline.

Peugeot registered 9,100 new sales, four percent less than in the previous period a year ago, Renault slipped 0.5 percent to 14,500 vehicles, but Citroen managed a nine percent rise, selling 4,900 units.

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