FRANKFURT (AP) -- An industry group says new car registrations in Germany were down 30 percent on the year in February but exports rose strongly.
The VDA group said Tuesday that a total of 194,800 new cars were registered in Germany last month.
While registrations at home declined, exports were up 57 percent compared with February 2009 to 337,600 cars. Production rose by 49 percent to 443,200 vehicles.
VDA says new registrations in Germany in January and February were down 20 percent from the first two months of last year to 375,989.
Sales in Germany have been slipping after a government car-scrapping bonus plan expired in September, but exports have been climbing as demand recovers in especially foreign markets.