European sales declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2012, falling 8 percent to 12.6 million. But not everyone suffered. Kia, Hyundai, Audi, Land Rover and Jeep bucked the downward trend because of fresh models in hot segments.
Hyundai has begun construction of a vehicle test center at Germany's famous Nuerburgring race track as the automaker seeks to lift its brand profile in Europe. The new facility, which will open in June, will be used to test all vehicles designed specifically for the European auto market.