CITROEN AIMS to raise its share of the western European car market by 20 percent this year to 5 percent of the market.
Citroen Brand Director Claude Satinet said the carmaker had achieved this level in January and February.
Sales were up 22 percent in Germany, and 25 percent in France, Italy and Spain, but down 9 percent in the UK.
The surge is due mainly to the introduction of the lower-medium Xsara last September.
Satinet believes Citroen will achieve a 5 percent market share throughout the year. But he would not confirm that Citroen would achieve one million sales worldwide by 2000.
'Last year was a record for Citroen with 890,000 sales worldwide. This year will be different because of the Asian crisis,' he said, 'so I make no forecast about when Citroen will reach one million sales.'