Spanish sales rise nearly 3% in April to end 7-month losing streak
Sales of gasoline cars were up 15 percent to 75,344 for a 63.1 percent share, the same as the previous month and up from 57.4 percent a year ago.
Raul Morales, director of communication for the dealer association FACONAUTO, said a decline in Spanish consumer confidence (minus 4.1 points in April, according to the EU) and political uncertainty before the April 28 general elections contributed to the eighth consecutive drop in demand from private customers.
Volkswagen Group: The VW brand suffered an 8.5 percent decline in April, while Spanish brand Seat grew by 10 percent and Skoda posted a 23 percent increase. Seat saw a 76 percent jump in deliveries of its Leon compact hatchback, to 5,008 units, which more than made up for a 41 percent drop in sales of the Ibiza small hatchback.
Audi deliveries were up 7.5 percent, while Porsche registrations were down 0.4 percent.
PSA Group: Peugeot and Opel sales were down 1.9 percent and 13 percent, respectively, while Citroen deliveries were up 1.8 percent.
Renault Group: Renault brand sales rose 20 percent, while sister brand Dacia grew 11 percent, thanks to a 178 percent increase in sales of the recently refreshed Duster SUV.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: Fiat brand registrations were down 21 percent while all other brands posted positive figures. Jeep deliveries were up 22 percent, with a 67 percent jump in sales of the Renegade small SUV more than compensating for a 20 percent slide in registrations of the Compass crossover.
Ford: Sales were up 20 percent.
Japanese brands: Both Toyota and Nissan lost ground. Toyota deliveries declined 8.9 percent, with sales of the recently launched Corolla sedan failing to compensate the 94 percent falloff of the discontinued Auris compact. Nissan sales declined 14 percent.
South Korea brands: Hyundai rose 31 percent, while sister brand Kia slipped 19 percent.
Source: Automotive News Europe