PARIS -- Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Opel were among sales winners in a French market down 1 percent in January while domestic marques Peugeot and Renault saw volumes decline.
The drivetrain mix continued to evolve, with diesel sales again falling sharply and a significant increase in electric-vehicle sales.
The country's new-car registrations fell to 155,087 last month, industry association CCFA said on Friday, on the same number selling days as January 2018. It was the fifth straight month of declines.
Sales at Mercedes-Benz advanced most with a 46 percent gain. VW, the best-selling foreign brand, rose 17 percent.
Among other winners were Sweden's Volvo, whose registrations rose 33 percent and PSA Group's DS upscale unit, which gained 22 percent.
At PSA, Peugeot sales fell 5.9 percent, a rare sales drop at the brand. Citroen sales rose 1.6 percent, and Opel sales increased 7.6 percent.
Renault brand was down 3.4 percent and Dacia sales decreased 5.4 percent.
Among VW Group brands, Audi was down 6.9 percent, Seat down 5.3 percent and Skoda showed modest growth of 1.5 percent.
Ford's volume dropped 15 percent.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had a bad month with Alfa Romeo registrations plunging 57 percent, Jeep registrations down 46 percent and Fiat brand down 6.8 percent.
Among Asian brands, Nissan was down 45 percent while Hyundai's volume gained 13 percent, Kia sales rose by 6.7 percent and Toyota increased sales 5.1 percent.
BMW Group lost 3.6 percent, with growth of 7.4 percent at Mini unable to offset a 3.6 percent decline for BMW brand.
EV gain, diesel slump
Diesel sales slumped to just 34 percent of the market, a 15 percentage point decline from January 2017, and eight points down from January 2018.
Electric vehicle sales jumped to 2 percent of the market, a significant gain from January 2018, when they made up just 0.8 percent, for a monthly volume gain of nearly 2,000 units.
Total hybrid sales inched up to 5.7 percent of the market from 5.3 percent in January 2018.
Light-commercial vehicle sales increased by 9 percent.
French sales were affected in late November and December by the widespread "Yellow Vest" protests, when demonstrators blocked access to many suburban shopping districts on Saturdays, reducing foot traffic to dealerships. The protests have diminished in recent weeks but have not completely abated.