FRANKFURT -- Western European new-car registrations rose some 2.1 percent last month to around 1.38 million vehicles, making it the best September on record, the German car industry association VDA said on Tuesday.
The VDA said in a statement that a number of new models and buying incentives had contributed to the performance, which was achieved despite rising fuel prices.
The VDA said registrations in France rose 7 percent in September, followed by 5 percent in Spain, and 4 percent in both Germany and Italy, while Britain's fell 3 percent.
Citing preliminary figures, the VDA said registrations were up 0.4 percent in the first three quarters of 2005 to 11.25 million units. Denmark recorded the biggest growth with 25 percent.