The Brussels-based association says car sales showed a slight recovery in Germany, France and Britain. They fell by nearly 9 percent in Spain and by 2.4 percent in Italy. Sales at Porsche plunged 44 percent and Audi slipped by 7 percent.
Volkswagen Group sales were down by 0.7 percent, though the mass-market VW brand showed a 3.5 percent increase. French carmakers PSA Peugeot and Renault both bucked the trend with increased group sales, while Italian-American carmaker FCA Group posted a 5 percent decline.