New-vehicle sales in Western Europe edged up 1.1 percent in April over a year earlier despite weaker sales by three of the Big Six automakers, including a 2.7 percent drop at No. 1 Volkswagen Group.
Fiat Auto and General Motors also registered declines.
The two French automakers, PSA Group and Renault, again posted strong gains in the month. PSA, which has vaulted into the No. 2 sales spot in recent months on the strength of hot-selling models such as the Peugeot 206 and 307, rose 12.5 percent over a year earlier while Renault was up 5.4 percent.
Ford Motor Co., the other gainer among the Big Six, rose 1.5 percent as strong sales by its luxury brands - Jaguar, Volvo and Land Rover - offset a decline by the volume Ford brand. Jaguar sales, buoyed by X-Type demand, surged 125.8 percent in the month.
For the four months through April, sales in the 18-nation market are off 2.8 percent from the same period a year earlier to 5.2 million. The United Kingdom, up 9.0 percent, is the only gainer among the five principal markets.