PARIS (Reuters) -- French new-car registrations increased 3.5 percent in January, as Volkswagen Group appeared to shrug off the scandal over its diesel test-rigging, outpacing Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.
French sales rose to 137,788 cars, industry association CCFA said in a statement on Monday. The gain was larger at 8.6 percent when adjusted for selling days, of which there was one fewer last month than in January 2015.
Last month's sales in France offered some cheer to VW Group as it continues to face repercussions from the exposure of its emissions test-rigging. Registrations at the multibrand group picked up by 12 percent, with the core VW brand up 5.5 percent, Audi up 39 percent, Skoda up 20 percent and Seat down nearly 1 percent.
VW's gain followed a run of slower sales in the wake of the emissions scandal, which broke in September.
PSA's registrations rose by 3.2 percent with the Peugeot marque up 2.8 percent, Citroen up 2.2 percent and DS up 15 percent. Renault Group's volume was down 2.9 percent as the core Renault brand's sales slipped 4.1 percent while Dacia's registrations increased by nearly 1 percent.
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France's domestic brands lagged behind foreign rivals except Ford. Opel's registrations gained 19 percent, Toyota's volume rose by 12 percent and Fiat brand gained 13 percent.
Ford saw its sales fall by 3.9 percent.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report