PARIS – Sales incentives in Europe’s five largest markets, as well as some smaller ones, will keep the region’s 2009 vehicle-sales decline to within 10%, says a consultant who is more optimistic than many auto makers. A generous E2,500 ($3,400) bonus for turning in an older car in Germany has that country’s sales running 18.4% ahead of year-ago. France, Italy and the U.K. all have incentive systems in place. Spain, the fifth of the five large markets in Western Europe, will launch a scheme ...
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