Seven-month new car registrations in Germany rose by 2.9 percent to 2.07 million units, while Dacia reported an advance of 25.4 percent to 37,034 vehicles, German vehicle authority KBA said.
Volkswagen and Ford reported sales drops of 5.2 percent and 5.7 percent respectively during January – July 2017, while Renault and Mercedes deliveries have increased by 15.5 percent and 8.2 percent respectively.
Sales of diesel cars in Germany fell 12.7 percent in July, a month when overall demand for cars rose 1.5 percent. Dacia reported an advance of 16.7 percent to 5,581 vehicles in July.
Passenger car sales reached 283,080 in Europe’s largest car market, despite Volkswagen recording a 13.2 percent decline in sales last month, KBA said.
Mercedes-Benz posted the biggest gains, increasing sales by 18.1 percent, when compared to the same period a year earlier. Falling sales of diesel cars led to an increase in carbon dioxide emissions.
Average emissions per vehicle rose by 0.4 percent, to 128.4 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, KBA said. Diesel vehicles produce about 20 percent less carbon dioxide then petrol-engined cars.