PARIS -- New-car registrations rose by 8.8 percent in France in January, with gains of more than 30 percent at Dacia, Volvo, DS, Nissan and Fiat.
Sales have risen consistently since last August, as supply shortages eased for many automakers. The market was also starting from a low base, as sales last January were down 19 percent from the same month in 2021. There was also one additional selling day in January 2023.
Sales of full-electric vehicles continued to grow, with EVs making up 13 percent of the market in January compared with 10 percent in January 2022. Diesel sales made up just 11 percent of the market, compared with 18 percent in January 2022.