German car sales see big jump in September
German new car sales increased sharply in September for the second month in a row, official data showed yesterday. The KBA transport authority recorded 298,002 new cars on the road in September, an increase of 9.4 percent over the same month in 2015. September’s figure follows a big increase of 8.3 percent reported by the KBA in August.
Scandal-hit manufacturer Volkswagen-which in September 2015 admitted to installing software to cheat emissions tests on 11 million cars world wide-retained the biggest share of the German market at 19.5 percent for its own-branded cars. That put this September’s figure 1.7 percent higher than the same month in 2015, at 58,000 vehicles. But over the whole year to September VW’s sales remained 1.0 percent lower than last year. —AFP