November 2, 2018 / 6:08 PM / 9 months ago

UPDATE 1-Italy's October car sales fall 7.4 pct, stiffer emission tests still weigh

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MILAN, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Italian new car sales fell for a second month in October, though at a slower pace, as a change towards tougher emissions tests kept weighing on the market.

New registrations fell 7.4 percent year on year to 146,655 vehicles, the transport ministry said on Friday.

The tougher new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) became mandatory from the start of September, forcing some carmakers to clear inventory of older models in August via discounts.

This caused Italian car sales to fall 25.4 percent in September, after rising 9.5 percent in August.

“In October car Market was still partially influenced by the new WLTP rules” the local car industry association ANFIA said in a statement.

Fiat Chrysler sales fell 16.8 percent in October to 34,550 vehicles.

Its market share stood at 23.56 percent in October, up from 22.7 percent the previous month, according to Reuters calculations. (Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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