PARIS -- New-car registrations in France rose by 8.7 percent in October, with DS Automobiles, Audi and Seat the biggest winners.
There were 108,989 sales in 23 selling days in the month, industry association CCFA said, the same number of days as in October 2018.
The sales increase was partly due to strong performances by Volkswagen Group brands, which had slumped last autumn because of difficulties certifying models under the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure, or WLTP.
Because of the new regime, a number of group models and engine variants were not available for sale.
In addition to big increases at Audi (up 46 percent) and Seat (up 39 percent), Volkswagen brand sales rose 29 percent and Skoda 3.2 percent. Overall, group sales rose 32 percent.
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Renault Group sales rose by 19 percent for the month, with Dacia up 23 percent and Renault brand increasing by 18 percent. Renault had also faced some delays last year in WLTP certification.
An increase of 77 percent at DS -- fueled by the introduction of the DS 3 Crossback SUV this year -- led PSA Group sales, which rose by 0.8 percent overall. Citroen sales were up 14 percent, but Peugeot fell 3.4 percent and Opel was down 34 percent.
Other brands reported mixed results. BMW Group sales were up 2.7 percent, with BMW brand gaining 9 percent but Mini losing 8.9 percent. Mercedes sales fell by 14 percent.
Hyundai and Nissan led Asian brands, each gaining 24 percent. Toyota was up 11 percent and Kia by 8.3 percent.
Fiat Chysler Automobiles, which is hoping to merge with PSA Group, was up 11 percent as a group, with Jeep sales rising by 29 percent and Fiat by 7.6 percent. Ford sales fell by 15 percent.
The overall passenger car market fell 0.3 percent to 1.83 million through through October.
Sales of light-utility vehicles are up by 5.2 percent.
Diesel accounted for 33 percent of the market, compared with 36 percent in October 2018. Diesel's market share has stabilized at between 31 and 36 percent since November 2018, after falling 12 percentage points from November 2017.
Overall CO2 emissions fell to 109.3 grams per kilometer, the lowest level since September 2016.