French new car sales have risen by 11.9 percent in May, to 206,387, according to the French car manufacturers association CCFA.
A scrappage incentive is currently running in France offering new car buyers a 1,000 euro subsidy for scrapping a 10-year-old car, as well as an additional 700 euro environmental bonus for buyers of cars with CO2 emissions below 120 grams per kilometer.
A CCFA spokesman said separate special offers made by manufacturers may have helped May’s new car tally, as carmakers battle to clear stocks of unsold vehicles.
And the introduction of a new system of vehicle registrations in mid-April may have pushed some registrations of cars bought last month back into the first few days of May, he added. France dropped departemental numbering systems with white and yellow plates for a national system with black lettering on two white plates.