German new car registrations are set to rise at least 7% in September, extending a string of strong performances in Europe’s biggest auto market, the head of the VDA car industry group reportedly said on Sunday.

“As of today we have attained a unit sales rise of more than 11% or 17,000 cars versus the year-earlier month,” Bernd Gottschalk said in the text of an address wrapping up the Frankfurt motor show cited by Reuters.

“For all of September we estimate a rise of at least 7% to 250,000 vehicles. Thus domestic car sales in the first nine months will rise around 3% to nearly 2.5 million cars. We are well on course with our forecast of 3.3 million cars for the entire year,” he said, according to the report.

German manufacturers’ sales were up 14% so far this month, while imports gained 5%, Gottschalk said, according to Reuters, adding the share of diesel-powered cars was well above 40% in September.

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