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US models benefit as European car sales accelerate


US models benefit as European car sales accelerate


European car sales rose by 13.7 percent in November according to industry data, with American models performing well as Volkswagen continues to pay the price of its diesel emissions test-rigging scandal.

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association says registrations topped a million vehicles – rising to 1.12 million from just under 990,000, with Ford and General Motors’ Opel doing well.

VW, Europe’s biggest carmaker by sales but damaged by revelations it cheated US tests, lost over a percentage point of market share, falling to just over 12 percent.

Its sales still edged upwards but by less than its rivals. In Britain however it suffered a 20 percent sales decline.

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