PARIS -- New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz and Renault making strong gains.
Registrations rose to 191,419 vehicles, industry association CCFA said in a statement on Thursday. There were 20 selling days in May in both years, CCFA said.
The figures outpaced sales in April, which fell by 6 percent, though there were two fewer selling days compared to April 2016. Adjusted sales were up 3.9 percent in April.
Among domestic manufacturers, PSA Group registrations were up 4.3 percent, with Peugeot seeing a 5.9 percent increase and Citroen 5.7 percent. The group's DS upscale brand continued to slide, with a decrease of 27 percent for the month.
Overall Renault Group sales were up 12.5 percent, as the budget Dacia brand rose 11.3 percent and Renault brand's volume gained 12.9 percent.
Volkswagen Group was up 11 percent, led by Seat at 28 percent and Volkswagen at 12 percent. Audi was up 6.8 percent and Skoda rose 11 percent.
Ford had a strong month, with registrations rising by 20 percent. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, led by a 19 percent rise at the Fiat brand, also gained 19 percent.
Among other German brands, sales at Opel, which is poised to join the PSA Group at the end of the year, were up 10 percent. Mercedes rose 18 percent, while BMW saw a modest increase of 2.2 percent.
Toyota led Asian brands with an increase of 11 percent including Lexus. Nissan, including Infiniti, was up 3.3 percent. Kia sales gained 3.4 percent while sister brand Hyundai's volume was up1.9 percent.
Light-commercial vehicle registrations were up 7.5 percent for the month over 2016, CCFA said.
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Through May, new-car registrations rose 3.3 percent to 904,344 compared to the same period in 2016, with an identical 104 selling days. Registrations rose 5.1 percent overall in 2016.