PARIS - Passenger-car sales in France exceeded forecasts in the first quarter, rising 13 percent to 521,000 units. The French car trade association (CCFA) had predicted a 3 to 4 percent increase for the year.
'The excellent results since the beginning of the year should enable the French market to go over the 2 million-unit level for the year,' the CCFA said. Sales last year were 1.94 million.
Sales for the two main French automakers increased less than the market - 11.9 percent for PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and 10.5 percent for Renault.
The new Peugeot 206 became the third best-seller in France with a 6.5 percent share. Renault's Clio and Megane remained the two best-selling cars in France, with 8.6 and 7.9 percent market shares respectively.