PARIS -- New-car registrations in France increased 14 percent in October, with Asian and French automakers both recording growth of more than 20 percent, according to industry association CCFA.
There were 22 selling days in October. Adjusted for the 21 selling days in October 2016, the market grew by 8.6 percent, CCFA said. For the month there were 176,496 registrations, compared with 155,194 in 2016.
Among French manufacturers, PSA Group sales increased by 24 percent, but that included Opel sales, which were recorded only as a net gain. Without Opel's contribution, PSA sales increased by 11 percent. Peugeot, the group's largest brand by volume in France, was up 19 percent, while Citroen sales declined by 1.6 percent and upscale brand DS by 3.3 percent. Renault Group sales rose 16 percent, with Renault brand up 17 percent and budget brand Dacia up 12 percent.
Asian groups led foreign manufacturers, with Nissan increasing sales by 25 percent, followed by Toyota at 22 percent. Hyundai Group sales rose 21 percent as Hyundai brand rose 24 percent and Kia 18 percent.
BMW Group increased sales by 16 percent, led by Mini at 26 percent and BMW at 12 percent.
Ford increased by 16 percent. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recorded strong growth across its brands; overall sales rose 15 percent, including 28 percent at Alfa-Romeo, 26 percent at Jeep and 12 percent at Fiat.
Daimler group sales increased by 14 percent, with Smart up 22 percent and Mercedes up 12 percent. VW Group rose 7 percent, led by Skoda at 25 percent and Seat at 12 percent. Audi was up 7.5 percent, while VW brand sales rose modestly by 3.5 percent.
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Overall French sales through October increased 4.8 percent, with 1.73 million registrations, or 5.3 percent adjusted for one more selling day in 2016.
After stabilizing for several months, the penetration of diesel powertrains resumed its decline in October, to 46 percent. That is down from a high of 73 percent in 2012, as new emissions regulations and fallout from the VW emissions scandal continue to depress the diesel market.
Through October, gasoline engines made up 47 percent of the market, an increase of three percentage points over the same period last year. Conventional hybrid powertrains rose nearly a full percentage point, to 3.75 percent of the market; plug-in hybrids were 0.5 percent. Battery-electric vehicles rose slightly, to 1.2 percent of sales.
SUVs and crossovers continued to be the hot segment, with market share rising five percentage points through October to 32 percent.