France, Germany put dent in European sales

By Jesse Snyder Automotive News Europe

Munich, Germany-New-vehicle sales plunged in France and Germany in January, offsetting gains in Spain, Italy, the UK and most other European markets.

Sales fell 1.4 percent to 1.23 million units from January 2003 levels, according to ACEA, Europe’s automaker association, which tallies sales in 26 countries.

Germany is usually Europe’s largest market. But sales there fell 12.4 percent last month to 208 215, and it ranked No. 2, behind Italy. Sales in France fell 11.9 percent to 154 223…

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