Aside from some clean diesel models offered by German automaker Audi and parent company Volkswagen, oil-burning vehicles, in general, have not fared well in the U.S. However, over in France, diesels dominate the market. In January, diesel-fueled models accounted for 70.7 percent of vehicle registrations, while gasoline-burning autos represented a mere 26.3 percent.

Looking at alternative fuel models, registrations of vehicles capable of running liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) hit 4,282 units in January, representing 2.3 percent of the total market. Meanwhile, hybrid registrations fell 3.3 percent to 889 units, with the Toyota Auris HSD capturing the top spot among gas-electric vehicles with 463 units sold.

On the electric front, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and its re-badged twins, the Peugeot iOn the Citroën C-Zero, tallied a combined 93 sales in January. All told, sales of hybrids and electrics accounted for a meager 0.5 percent of France's vehicle registrations in January, a far cry from the nearly three percent of the total market that gas-electrics have captured in the U.S.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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