TURIN -- Fiat Auto had a fast start to 2004.
The Italian automaker sold 68,868 units in January to attain 30.97 percent of the Italian market, up from 30.82 percent, or 64,877 units during the same month last year. That's well above Fiat's 27.6 percent share in December.
Fiat fell short of its 2003 targets for Italy and western Europe.
Fiat says its share of western Europe's new-car sales grew to 8.6 percent in January, up from 8.5 percent a year ago and up from 7.0 percent in December 2003. ACEA will report official western European sales results on February 12.