FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Opel increased its share of the European car market by 70 basis points to 7.2 percent in July helped by strong demand in France, the automaker said in a statement on Friday.
The jump came as Opel parent General Motors Co. works with the German government to pick a buyer for the 100-year-old German company.
Registrations of new Opels amounted to 104,531 vehicles last month. The brand performed better than competitors in markets such as Germany, Spain and Belgium. Sales rose by nearly 42 percent alone in France.
For the first seven months, Opel's share of the European market stood at 7.0 percent.
GM is in talks with Canadian-Austrian supplier Magna International Inc. and Brussels-based private equity firm RHJ International over the sale of a majority stake in Opel.