PARIS -- New-car registrations in France rose by 0.7 percent in November on higher numbers of self-registrations and a rebound from new WLTP emissions rules introduced last year.
There were 172,735 vehicles registered last month over 19 selling days, industry association CCFA said. In November 2018 there were 21 selling days. Adjusted for that difference, the market would have risen 11 percent, the group said.
Automakers are preparing for new EU emissions reduction regulations that go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, by seeking to liquidate stocks of higher-emissions models, either through incentives or self- and dealer registrations.
The French market also continues to be boosted by the after-effects of last year's certification deadline for the WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure). The Sept. 1, 2018 WLTP deadline resulted in lower than normal sales last autumn as buyers rushed to take advantage of incentives over the summer and some unapproved models were kept off the market.
Brands reporting the biggest gains in November were Land Rover, up 40 percent; Nissan, 39 percent; Audi at 36 percent; and Renault at 26 percent.
Sales at Renault has fallen by 25 percent in November 2018, so the rebound last month returned the brand to a pre-WLTP sales level similar to that of November 2017.
This November, Renault Group sales rose by 12 percent, with Renault brand's gains offsetting a 21 percent decline at budget brand Dacia.
PSA Group sales fell by 7 percent, with Opel down 38 percent, Peugeot down 4 percent and Citroen 3.2 percent. DS sales rose by 2.1 percent.
Volkswagen Group sales were up 8 percent, with Seat sales up by 23 percent and Skoda sales by 18 percent, in addition to Audi's growth. VW brand sales fell by 7.7 percent.