PARIS -- New-car registrations in France rose by 0.4 percent in April to 188,197, led by double-digit gains at Seat, Citroen, Volvo and Mini.
There were 21 selling days in the month, compared with 20 in April of last year. Adjusted for that difference, sales were down by 4.3 percent. Sales are down by 0.4 percent for the year, according to data from industry association CCFA, in line with expectations by analysts and automakers.
Brands with the largest gains benefited from recently introduced small SUV and crossover models. Seat, VW Group’s Spanish brand, gained 39 percent versus April 2019, as the Arona small crossover buoyed sales. Citroen also benefited from two new crossovers, the C3 and C5 Aircross, as sales jumped by 29 percent. Volvo, behind the XC40, was up by 22 percent.