PSA's registrations were up 11 percent as the Peugeot brand posted a 13 percent jump and demand at Citroen rose 8.5 percent. The company said this month that it will increase production of the Peugeot 2008 compact SUV after receiving 120,000 orders for the model.
Renault's group sales increased by 29 percent. The automaker's low-cost Dacia brand saw sales rise by 51 percent sales increase. Renault brand's volume was up 23 percent.
Ford Motor’s European sales rose 14 percent while General Motors Co.’s deliveries increased 7 percent as a 15 percent increase at the Opel and Vauxhall brands offset a 52 percent decline at Chevrolet.
Demand at Fiat Group gained 4.2 percent, with the Fiat brand's sales up 4 percent, Lancia up 2 percent and Alfa Romeo down 3 percent.
Hyundai’s sales in the region rose 5 percent last month, while its Kia subsidiary posted a 10 percent jump. Toyota sold 5 percent more cars. Japanese rival Nissan saw registrstions rise 15 percent.
Group sales in the region by BMW rose 6 percent as an 11 percent gain at the main BMW brand more than made up for a 14 percent drop at the Mini small-car marque, which is updating its model line.
Mercedes-Benz posted a 7 percent increase in Europe last month, while the Smart city-car nameplate’s deliveries fell 9 percent. Jaguar Land Rover sales fell 2 percent with Land Rover sales down 5 percent and Jaguar's volume up 12 percent.
ACEA compiles figures from the 28-country EU, excluding Malta, as well as numbers from Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. Sales rose in the five biggest markets, with jumps of 18 percent in the UK, which holds second place in the region, and 10 percent in Spain, which ranks fifth. Deliveries in Germany, the largest European auto market, rose 5.4 percent. French sales rose 8.5 percent. Italy was up 5 percent.
The U.K. "is really the driving force when you look at the other large European markets," said Fairesearch's Wodniok.
Price war continues
The pickup in sales is failing to halt a price war in Europe, Reuters reported today, citing an confidential industry survey. Average retail incentives jumped 12 percent to almost 2,750 euros ($3,800) per vehicle in the five biggest markets, Reuters cited the survey as saying.