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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-08

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] New car registrations up 4.5 pct
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] New car registrations up 4.5 pct

    New car registrations rose by 4.5 percent in 2007, compared with the previous year, recording the biggest percentage increase in the last three years. Total sales reached 279,794 units, up from 267,706 units in 2006, despite a 17 percent decline in December.

    Toyota maintained its leading position in the Greek market, recording an 8.6 pct increase in 2007 to 27,701 registrations, followed by Opel (+28.5 pct, 23,325 sales) and VW with a 3.8 pct increase to 22,056 registrations. Ford and Hyundai followed with 19,059 and 17,282 sales, respectively.

    Daihatsu and Mini recorded the biggest percentage increases last year (+56 pct) and (+62.5 pct) respectively, while Renault recorded the biggest annual percentage decline (-43.5 pct).

    Opel's Corsa was the most popular car model in the Greek market with 9,687 sales with a market share of 12.05 pct.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Opposition reaction over the Zachopoulos' affair, a poll conducted by a broadcasting station indicating that the government and main opposition party are declining in popularity, and the substantial price hikes in staple goods dominated headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Supreme Court president puts all 'Crete' cases through the sieve".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Two new suicides - Rise in suicides after mother and baby 'salto mortale' into the Corinth Canal".

    AVGHI: "Public opinion rejects the government's lies".

    AVRIANI: "Scandal-stench suffocating New Democracy (ND) and PASOK".

    CHORA: "Finance Ministry circular solves the problem in real estate propriety transfers".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou threatens government with 'special courts'

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "From Zachopoulos (recently-resigned Culture Ministry secretary general who attempted to commit suicide a day after his resignation) to Venizelos (former PASOK government's Culture Minister) - Government proposes to open the Culture Ministry files from 1996 on".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "81% on the Richter scale rattles government - Polls show that Zachopoulos affair influenced public opinion".

    ESTIA: "The selection criteria for ministry secretary generals are mostly personal or party-oriented".

    ETHNOS: "Plunge for ND and PASOK, poll indicates".

    KATHIMERINI: "Price rises, wages 'vicious circle' puts pressure on economy".

    LOGOS: "The social security issue in parliament - PM calls for off-the-agenda debate".

    NIKI: "Government seeks life raft in the social security issue - Wants to escape from Zachopoulos affair".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "People's struggle will postpone the imperialistic plans in Middle East - Communist and Labour parties' meeting on the issue".

    TA NEA: "Maximos Mansion (government headquarters) called again to the examining magistrate - Asked to reveal who handed over Zachopoulos DVD".

    TO VIMA: "Inflation-'tsunami' threatening the economy".

    VRADYNI: "Karamanlis takes the initiative on social security issue - He called for an off-the-agenda parliament debate".


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