French new-car sales rose 8.5 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among brands showing big gains.
Passenger-car registrations were 163,170 last month with selling days the same as in November last year, industry association CCFA said on Thursday.
Sales at Renault Group jumped 23 percent with the Renault brand's volume rising by 17 percent and its Dacia budget brand gaining 60 percent. Renault is benefiting from the launch of new models such as the latest-generation Megane compact car. Dacia last month launched face-lifted versions of its Sandero subcompact and Logan compact models.
Domestic rival PSA Group's registrations fell by 2.8 percent with the Peugeot brand's sales up 1 percent while Citroen's volume dropped by 5.6 percent and DS sales plunged 25 percent.
Volkswagen Group's sales gained 6.7 percent, boosted by a 16 percent gain in Audi sales. The core VW brand saw sales increase 1.4 percent while Skoda's volume jumped 8.8 percent and Seat sales rose by 12 percent. Porsche's volume was up 20 percent.
Toyota brand sales increased by 20 percent. Fiat brand sales were up 13 percent. Ford's registrations fell by 3.6 percent, while Opel's sales increased by 8.9 percent.
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Total market sales rose 5 percent to 1.82 million in the first 11 months.