German govt measures to boost car sales-VDA


BERLIN, Feb 25 (Reuters) - New government subsidies for people that turn in their old cars for new ones could boost German auto sales to about 3 million this year, the head of the VDA car industry association said on Wednesday. "I think with these new measures there is a chance that we can get to about 3 million," VDA President Matthias Wissmann told reporters.

In December, the association said it expected new registrations of passenger cars in Germany to fall to about 2.9 million this year from about 3.1 million in 2008.

Wissmann also said German carmakers were looking at French aid to its auto manufacturers "with concern" and urged the European Commission to look closely at the support to ensure it met EU rules.

(Reporting by Madeline Chambers and Markus Wacket)



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