German car exports

BERLIN: A German industry group says that German car exports were up seven per cent in September compared with a year earlier, while new registrations of cars at home climbed five per cent.

The VDA group said on Friday that German manufacturers exported 417,800 cars last month. It didn’t give a breakdown of the destinations but pointed to rising demand elsewhere in western Europe.

In Germany itself, registrations of both German-made and foreign-branded cars climbed five per cent to a total 272,500.

VDA said that new registrations of diesel cars accounted for about 47 per cent of the total and were up eight per cent.

The group didn’t break down the number of cars sold at home and exported by individual manufacturers. News of the Volkswagen diesel emissions-rigging scandal in the US emerged September 18.