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Western European car sales fall further on emissions impact

Western European car sales fall further on emissions impact
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PARIS (Reuters) – Western European car registrations fell another 8.3 percent in November as the sales impact of stricter new emissions tests continued to make itself felt, according to LMC Automotive data.

Sales fell to 1.05 million cars last month from 1.14 million a year earlier, following the introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP) two months earlier.

The seasonally adjusted annualised rate (SAAR) of Western European sales rose to 13.4 million vehicles last month, up 6.1 percent from October, LMC said. Its numbers are based on national sales data and estimates for some smaller markets.

Despite showing improvement on an annualised basis, “the pace of recovery from the WLTP-induced slump in September appears to be slowing,” LMC analyst David Oakley said.

(Reporting by Laurence Frost; Editing by Bate Felix)

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