New car registrations in France were up 8.1 per cent in March, partly due to the success of the country’s scrappage scheme.
Year-on-year new registrations increased to 204,095, which was up from the 188,870 new cars registered in 2008.
The French car manufacturers' association, the CCFA, who published the figures, said that 30 to 40 per cent of March’s registrations were due to the success of the country’s scrappage scheme, which offers buyers of a new, low emission car at a discount if they trade in an old car.
Production of the Peugeot 107, Citroen C1 and Renault Twingo is being raised to keep up with increased demand for the French city cars.
Spain’s year-on-year new car registrations in March were down 38.7 per cent, although this has been interpreted as a positive sign because February’s sales were 48.8 per cent down year-on-year.