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2019-01-16 22:29
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The European carmakers association, ACEA, says the car market rose modestly in 2018, despite contractions in the last four months due to the impact of a new emissions test.

ACEA reported Wednesday that full-year car sales were up 0.1% to 15.2-million passenger cars, the fifth straight year of growth. That's despite four months of decreases, including by 8.4% in December, due to the impact of an updated emissions test in September.

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The introduction of the new lab test for cars drove up August sales by nearly one-third as automakers offered incentives to clear stock of vehicles not in compliance with the new standards.

Only Italy registered an increase in December sales, up 2%. Luxury automaker BMW also bucked the trend, with a 9% sales increase.

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