The news wasn't nearly as warm for the others in Europe. Data released last week showed that German sales dropped to 3.08 million in 2012, a decline of 2.9 percent. Sales in France were down to 1.9 million vehicles, a decline of 14 percent, while Italy managed to move just 1.4 million units, a drop of 19.9 percent over the previous year. Spain reported just 699,589 sales, its lowest number since the industry began keeping records in 1989.
As we reported last week, sales in the United States are on a strong upswing with 14.49 million light vehicles reported sold, representing an increase of 13 percent over 2011.