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European Car Sales Rise 6.2% With Economy Helping Renault, VW

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European car-sales gains accelerated last month as price cuts and economic-growth prospects encouraged consumers to buy new models such as Renault SA’s Clio hatchback and a station wagon variant of Volkswagen AG’s Golf.

Registrations rose 6.2 percent in January from a year earlier to 1.03 million vehicles, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, or ACEA, said today. That compares with increases of 4.9 percent in December and 5.4 percent for all of 2014, the first year of growth after a six-year drop.