PARIS Dec 15 European car sales rose 5.6
percent in November, according to industry data published on
Thursday, with France's Renault leading the gains
among major carmakers.
Registrations advanced to 1.189 million cars last month from
1.126 million a year earlier, the Brussels-based Association of
European Carmakers said. With December still to come, sales
across the European Union and EFTA countries are up 7.1 percent
for the year so far.
Renault, buoyed by a run of new vehicles such as the Kadjar
SUV, posted a 16.5 percent increase in sales to 126,143 cars.
Also outperforming the market were Daimler, up
11.7 percent; BMW, 11.6 percent higher; and Fiat
Chrysler, which gained 10.1 percent. Volkswagen's
group registrations rose 6.3 percent to 294,414.
Sales at PSA, maker of Peugeots and Citroens, fell
by 4.2 percent. Ford and GM's Opel were also among
the market-share losers.
(Reporting by Laurence Frost; Editing by David Goodman)