PARIS — French registrations rose 4.3 percent in February to 168,897, with Jeep, Hyundai, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot and Kia showing strong gains, industry association CCFA reported.
The number of selling days was the same as in February 2017.
Sales at PSA Group were up 23 percent, with Peugeot gaining 19 percent. Sales were flat at Citroen, which had seen a comeback in the second half of 2017 with the launch of the C3 Aircross SUV. DS continued to struggle, with sales down 19 percent, though the impact of the new DS 7 Crossback have not yet been felt.
Registrations at Opel, which PSA acquired from General Motors in August, were 5,718, down from 6,625 in February 2017.
Renault Group edged upward by 0.9 percent, with Renault sales down 1.3 percent and budget brand Dacia gaining 8 percent.
Hyundai Group led Asian automakers with an increase of 27 percent. The Hyundai brand rose 41 percent boosted by the recent introduction of the Kona SUV. Kia's volume gained 18 percent.
Among other Asian manufacturers, Nissan brand sales dipped 0.2 percent and Toyota fell 3.3 percent after posting strong gains during 2017 following the launch of the C-HR crossover.
Fiat-Chrysler sales jumped 14 percent, with Fiat up 8.8 percent, Jeep up 42 percent and Alfa Romeo gaining 30 percent.
A 23 percent gain at Skoda helped to lift Volkswagen Group sales by 4 percent overall. The Volkswagen brand gained 4.9 percent and Spanish subsidiary Seat 5.8 percent. Audi sales dropped by 8.5 percent.
BMW Group followed a strong January with a 5.5 percent increase in February. BMW sales rose 5.6 percent and Mini 5.3 percent. Daimler Group was up 2.7 percent, led by Mercedes at 7.4 percent, while Smart sales were down 33 percent.
Ford sales fell 5 percent.
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For the second month in a row, diesel market share was 41 percent, after falling five percentage points to 47 percent in 2017.
SUV and crossover body styles make up 37 percent of the French market, a gain of seven percentage points in a year.
Sales of light-commercial vehicles rose 3.6 percent in February, the CCFA reported.