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Hungary’s Car Market To Recover As Sales Climb In December

Tamás Székely 2015.01.06.

Hungary’s car market continues to recover as sales of new passenger vehicles in Hungary rose 21% to 6,093 in December from the same month a year earlier. According to Jato Dynamics Skoda led sales of passenger cars in December, invoicing 785 models. Runner-up was Ford, selling 728 cars, and Opel was in third place with 637 sales.

Sales of light commercial vehicles climbed 32% to 1,986. Sales of heavy commercial vehicles fell by 29% to 588 in December, according to the Hungarian Association of Vehicle Importers (MGE), which cited figures compiled by Datahouse. Sales of buses rose by 27% to 123 and sales of motorcycles were down 33% at 37, MGE said. This year, new passenger car sales are expected to rise by more than 15% to 75,000, it said. Sales of LCVs are set to increase 6% to 17,000 while sales of HCVs fall 7% to 4,500.

Meanwhile the state-owned National Mobile Payment Company said that parking fees in Hungary had generated almost 3.4 billion forints (EUR 10.7m) in revenue in the first six months after the introduction of a national mobile parking payment system. Drivers paid to park with their mobiles about 7.8 million times between July 1 and the end of last year, the company said. Sales of motorway vignettes and tolls for commercial vehicles brought in 3.15 billion forints during the period.

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