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FRANKFURT, Jan 4 (Reuters) - German new passenger car registrations reached a seven-year high of 3.35 million in 2016 thanks to low fuel prices and interest rates, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
New registrations rose 3.7 percent in December and 4.5 percent over the full year.
That compares with a 5.1 percent 2016 increase in France and a 15.8 percent rise in Italy.
The German Federal Motor Transport Authority is due to publish official figures later on Wednesday.
Reporting by Jan Schwartz; Editing by Georgina Prodhan