French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump in demand.
Registrations increased to 147,519, the CCFA industry association said on Tuesday.
The month had the same number of working days as July 2016.
Sales at domestic carmaker PSA Group rose 13 percent, led by an 18 percent jump at the Citroen brand. Volume at Peugeot rose 13 percent, but demand for the upmarket DS brand slipped 18 percent.
Renault Group rose 13 percent, with Renault-brand registrations jumping 18 percent while Dacia was flat at 0.4 percent.
Volkswagen Group's volume increased by 13 percent, led by a 66 percent leap in demand for Porsche vehicles. Skoda sold 18 percent more cars, while Seat volume rose 14 percent. Demand for VW brand vehicles rose 13 percent.
Other mass-market winners were Opel, with a 19 percent gain and Fiat brand, which was up 7.3 percent. Ford sales slipped 0.7 percent.
By comparison, luxury brands fared less well with BMW sales falling 12 percent and Mercedes volume rising just 0.4 percent. Audi registrations were up 6.9 percent.
Among Asian brands, Kia sales increased 25 percent and Toyota gained 23 percent. Sales of Nissan brand rose 20 percent, while Hyundai's volume rose 2.3 percent.
• Download PDF, above right, for France sales in July and first 7 months.
Registrations in the first seven months are up 3.8 percent to 1.28 million. Adjusted for an extra selling day in the same period last year, sales rose 4.6 percent.
German sales rose 1.5 percent last month, while Italian registrations were up 5.9 percent. In Spain, volume rose 2.5 percent.