FRANKFURT -- PSA Group's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up 3.9 percent last month while the French automaker's newly acquired Opel brand saw sales decline.
Total market registrations grew to 272,855 vehicles, the KBA motor transport authority said on Thursday.
Peugeot brand's registrations jumped 38 percent while Citroen sales gained 12 percent. Opel's volumes slipped 1.2 percent. With 19,347 registrations, Opel still far outsold Peugeot , which had 7,052 sales and Citroen with a 4,017-unit volume.
Kia, with a 16 percent gain, and Ford, with 13 percent growth, were among other mass-market brands with strong performances while market leader VW brand's volume rose by a modest 1.8 percent.
VW Group's Seat brand increased sales by 15 percent and Skoda's volume rose by 12 percent.
Audi saw sales slip 7 percent, while demand at BMW brand dropped 9.1 percent. Mercedes-Benz sales increased 6.9 percent.
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Through October, Germany's new-car registrations are up 2.3 percent to 2.88 million vehicles.
Politicians' discussions about possible bans of polluting, older diesel vehicles in some German cities hit diesel sales hard again.
October registrations of new diesel models fell 18 percent for a market share of 34.9 percent compared with 36.3 percent in September. Diesel's share has suffered a 10 percentage points drop in 10 months.
Sales of gasoline cars jumped 19 percent last month to give a share of 60.9 percent.
Christiaan Hetzner contributed to this report