Volkswagen Group’s Audi and Porsche brands, Renault and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles led an 8.1 percent decline in European sales in November, as the introduction of tougher WLTP emissions tests continued to weigh on demand.
Registrations fell to 1.16 million cars in European Union and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries last month, industry association ACEA said on Friday.
The drop was the third monthly decline in a row after the introduction of the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) in the European Union forced some automakers to halt deliveries of models that had yet to be re-certified.
Volkswagen Group sales fell by 11 percent, with Porsche sales plummeting 62 percent and Audi sales down 41 percent. The core VW brand’s volume dropped by 3.8 percent. The Skoda and Seat marques each gained about half a percent.
PSA Group’s registrations fell 6.1 percent. Peugeot registrations were down 6.4 percent, Opel/Vauxhall sales dropped 8.1 percent and Citroen’s volume fell by 1.6 percent.
Renault Group’s volume declined by 16 percent with the Renault brand down 28 percent while Dacia gained 14 percent.
Fiat Chrysler registrations fell 8 percent, with Alfa Romeo down 47 percent and Fiat falling 11 percent. Jeep sales rose by 29 percent.
Ford’s volume declined by 8.4 percent.