European new-car sales rose 8.6 percent in October, driven by robust demand in Germany and France and a rebound in demand for Volkswagen Group brands that were hit by the introduction of new emissions rules last year
Registrations increased to to 1.21 million in the EU and EFTA countries, data from industry association ACEA showed on Tuesday.
In the year-earlier period, registrations were depressed as automakers struggled to certify new vehicles to meet the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).
Volkswagen Group registrations jumped 31 percent in October, driven by rises of 394 percent at Porsche, 65 percent at Audi, 29 percent at VW brand and 28 percent at Seat. Registrations of Skoda cars increased 6.8 percent.
PSA Group sales fell 4.9 percent, as a 27 percent drop in Opel registrations offset a 12 percent gain at Citroen. Peugeot's volume was flat
Renault Group sales rose 13 percent, with Renault brand gaining 16 percent and Dacia 7.8 percent.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles gained 2.5 percent with rises of 11 percent at Alfa Romeo, 5 percent at Jeep and 1.3 percent at Fiat brand.
Ford Motor registrations were flat.
BMW brand was up 6 percent while Mercedes-Benz's volume gained 2 percent.
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Among Asian brands Hyundai registrations rose 13 percent; Toyota brand gained 9.4 percent; Kia was up 1.3 percent, and Nissan rose 0.6 percent.