New registrations of Romanian car brand Dacia in France recorded a 14.3 percent annual growth in January, reaching 9,888 units, following an increase of 12 percent in December, according to French Carmakers Committee (CCFA) data.
As regards Renault Group, Dacia’s owner, the sales rose 2.9 percent, but Renault fell 0.7 percent as the brand introduced comparatively few new models in 2017.
New vehicle sales in France rose by 2.5 percent last month from the same period last year as an improved economic climate encouraged consumers to make more purchases.
In January, car manufacturers offered nearly 157,000 cars. In 2017, the number was around 153,000.
Sales of French brands increased 11.7 percent increase, driven by an 18.5-percent growth in the sales of the PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel), which was the largest car manufacturer in 2017.
Foreign brands, however, started the new year with a negative trend. Their sales fell 8.5 percent, mainly due to a 14.3-percent drop in the Volkswagen Group’s sales.