The three premium German automakers experienced mixed fortunes. Audi
's Sales grew by 11%, Daimler's sales grew more moderately 5% and BMW
suffered a 5% decline. Among the Asian car manufacturers Hyundai
of South Korea maintained their rapid growth pace while Toyota
lost 8% in sales. Registrations in Germany, Europe's largest auto market, were flat, while in France sales dropped by 21% and Italy sales slumped 17%. "Carmakers too dependent on small cars and their national markets, such as the French and Fiat, are suffering the most," said Ian Fletcher, a London-based analyst with IHS Automotive to Bloomberg.com.