PARIS: French drivers are saying non rather too often when considering the purchase of home grown marques. Although overall new car registrations rose in January by 1.8% year-on-year, the country's biggest auto manufacturers saw their share of the domestic market fall.

New figures show registrations of the two Peugeot-Citroen brands slipped by 3.3% from January 2006, while rival Renault's were down 5.4%.

According to the latter, the southbound figures are in line with expectations and it warns that the year's first half "will show a continuing downward trend" due to a lack of new models and a "selective sales policy".

Data sourced from Wall Street Journal Online; additional content by WARC staff