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French consumers bought 1,873,202 new cars in 1980. Helped by the launch of the 4 door version in July 1979, the Renault 5 increases its sales to an outstanding 299,712 units, commending a record 16% market share, its highest ever and still to this date (as of 2011) the highest year-end market share reached by a single model in France since 1961 and the Renault Dauphine.
The podium stays unchanged compared to 1979 with the Renault 18 in 2nd position with 157,349 sales and 8.4% share, followed by the Peugeot 305 at 116,138 units and 6.2%. The Peugeot 104 stays 4th at 5.1% and the Citroen GSA is up 4 spots to #5 with 93,660 units and 5% share.
Three more models reach their best ever market share in France this year: the Renault 14 is in 6th place at 4.9% thanks to 91,787 sales, the Renault 20 breaks into the Top 10 in 9th position with 3.4% and 63,689 units and the Renault Fuego is #15 with 39,337 sales and 2.1% share for its first and what will stay its best year of sales.
Full Year 1980 Top 20 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Renault Fuego picture.