European auto sales appear headed toward a slight year-over-year increase, with total sales up slightly after 11 months.
Year-to-date sales were 14,827,282 units as of Nov. 30, in the 28 nations tracked by ACEA, the European automakers' association. That represents a 1.1 percent increase over the year-ago period.
In November, European sales fell 1.1 percent, to 1,251,905 units, from November 2006. Europe's biggest market, Germany, showed a 12.9 percent decline to 283,921 units. Italy, with year-to-date sales up 6.6 percent, appears ready to edge out the United Kingdom as Europe's second-largest market.
Eastern European markets continued their growth. Both Romania and Poland are up more than 20 percent for the year. Sales in Romania rose 27.2 percent in November.
Volkswagen remains the best-selling brand in Europe through 11 months despite a 7.8 percent dip in November, followed by Opel/Vauxhall, Ford, Renault and Peugeot. The resurgent Fiat brand, up 8.3 percent for the year, will approach 1 million unit sales in 2007.
Volkswagen AG remains the biggest-selling automaker for the month and year-to-date. Its sales are down slightly over 11 months, with PSA Group, Ford Motor and General Motors posting small gains. Renault is off 5.3 percent for the year.
Among Asian automakers, Toyota Motor dropped 6.5 percent in November but is likely to be up for the year, with sales exceeding 900,000 units. The next-biggest Asian maker, Honda, is headed for a double-digit percentage increase, but Nissan and Hyundai sales for 11 months were down.