New car sales in France jump in April

2nd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 2 (AFP) - Sales of new cars in France jumped an adjusted 12.2 percent in April from the same month last year to 194,720 units, the country's automobile manufacturers' committee reported Monday.

PARIS, May 2 (AFP) - Sales of new cars in France jumped an adjusted 12.2 percent in April from the same month last year to 194,720 units, the country's automobile manufacturers' committee reported Monday.  

"Despite an uncertain economic climate, the French automobile market continues to hold up well," the committee said in a statement, which noted that April was the sixth consecutive monthly gain - "a unique case among major European markets."  

Sales advanced 5.9 percent in unadjusted terms in the first four months of the year and 7.2 percent on a comparable number of working days.  

French models accounted for 57.2 percent of the market in April against 57.7 percent a year earlier.  

Sales at Renault rose nine percent but market share fell to 26.9 percent from 27.7 in April 2004.  

At PSA Peugeot Citroen sales were up 13.2 percent last month for a market share of 30.3 percent after 30 percent in April 2004.  

Among foreign groups, sales surged 38.7 percent at DaimlerChrysler, 18.5 percent at BMW and 15.2 percent at Volkswagen.  

Nissan sales rose 18 percent while those of Hyundai gained 21.7 percent.  

Sales advanced 11.1 percent at Fiat, 3.3 percent at Ford and 3.9 percent at General Motors.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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