PARIS -- New-car registrations in France fell by 5.8 percent in January compared with the same month in 2019, with a 95 percent surge by budget brand Dacia minimizing the decline.
There were 126,381 registrations in January on 20 selling days, industry group CCFA said. There were 22 selling days in January 2019, and on an adjusted bases sales grew by 3.6 percent for the month.
Dacia sales increased from 5,832 in January 2020 to 11,417, partly on the launch of the third-generation Sandero/Sandero Stepway small hatchback, the brand’s best-selling product. A Dacia spokeswoman said the brand also benefited from dealer registrations of demonstration models.
Dacia sales had started from a low base after sharp fluctuations in December 2019 and January 2020, rising by 37 percent in December ahead of tighter CO2 regulations and then falling by an equal amount in January.