PARIS -- French new-car sales rose 2.5 percent in September with most automakers except PSA Group making sales gains.
Passenger car registrations increased to 168,827 on the same number of selling days as last September, the CCFA industry association said in a statement Saturday.
PSA's sales fell 6.8 percent last month, dragged down by a 14 percent fall in Citroen's volume and a 12 percent drop in DS sales. Peugeot's brand's volume declined by 2.4 percent.
Renault Group's sales jumped 8.2 percent with Renault brand gaining 7.1 percent and Dacia sales up 14 percent.
Volkswagen Group shrugged off its diesel emissions scandal with sales growing by 8.1 percent. The core VW brand gained 9.5 percent, Audi sales were up by 14 percent, Skoda by 5.3 percent and Porsche 7.3 percent. Seat sales fell by 15 percent.
Among other automakers, Ford sales grew 9.9 percent; Opel gained 10 percent and Fiat Chrysler's volume increased 8.4 percent.
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Industrywide sales are up 5.7 percent to 1.5 million in the first nine months.
Italy, Spain sales
New-car sales in Italy increased 17 percent in September, the country's transport ministry said on Monday. Spanish sales rose 14 percent, according to industry association ANFAC.
Reuters contributed to this report