European new-car registrations slumped 16.3% Y/Y to 799,407 vehicles in December, the sharpest...

|By:, SA News Editor
European new-car registrations slumped 16.3% Y/Y to 799,407 vehicles in December, the sharpest decline since October 2010, as high unemployment and an unwillingness by banks to finance consumer purchases took their toll. For 2012, EU sales -8.2% to 12.05M, the steepest annual drop since 1993. GM (GM) and Ford (F) sales in Europe cratered 27% each in December, although Korean brands Hyundai and Kia, with their affordable cars and long warranties, climbed 10.5% and 6.8% respectively.