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France July 2012 UPDATE: Peugeot 208 already in pole position!

Peugeot 208

* NOW UPDATED with actuals for the Top 327 best-selling models! Click on title to see *

Thanks to STAC I can now share with you actuals for July 2012 in France and there is a big change in store for you! The sky is getting darker for new car sales in France with July down 7% year-on-year to 148,924 registrations in spite of 2 more working days in the month. The year-to-date total stands at 1,197,906 units, down a worrying 13% on 2011.

While the 4th generation Renault Clio was unveiled at the start of the month, July 2012 ends up being a historical month in France, with the Peugeot 208 shooting directly up to the pole position of the models ranking for the  very first time, up 4 spots on June to 7,115 sales and 4.8% share vs. 6,830 and 4.6% for the Clio. The next couple of months will be fascinating to follow as we will see the battle between the new gen Clio and 208 intensify...

Orders are open since July 15 in France for the Renault Clio 4

The Citroen C3 is stable at #3 with 3.4% share, just above the Renault Megane (3.2%) and Scenic (2.9%). Another excellent month for the VW Polo, up one spot on June to #6 with 3,915 sales and 2.6%. It is now #7 year-to-date at 2.4%. The Dacia Duster delivers its best score since last November, up 6 ranks to #7 with 3,496 units and 2.3% while the Sandero is also up 6 to #13.

Dacia Lodgy

The Nissan Qashqai reaches its highest ever ranking in France at a brilliant 14th place thanks to 2,614 sales and 1.8% share, while the Peugeot 508 hits its 2nd highest position after July 2011 (#13), up 7 spots to #15 with 2,361 units and 1.6%. The Dacia Lodgy is up 12 spots to break into the French Top 20 for the very first time at #17 with 2,272 sales and 1.5%. Another model breaks into the French Top 20 for the first time this month: the VW Tiguan up 11 ranks to #20 with 2,166 units and 1.5%.

VW Tiguan

Notice also the VW Touran up 13 spots to #27, the BMW 1 Series up 8 to #39, the Kia Rio up 12 to break into the Top 50 for the 2nd time in the last 6 months at a best-ever #47, the Citroen DS5 in the Top 50 for the 6th consecutive month at #49, the Kia Sportage up to a best-ever #52 and the Audi Q3 up a massive 24 spots to a record #53. The Peugeot 301 is up to #183 with 67 sales, the Ford B-Max lands directly at #216 at 37 units and the Renault Zoe ranks #280 with 7 sales.

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Full July 2012 Top 327 Ranking Table below.

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  1. December 7th, 2012 at 03:17 | #1

    Indeed, 2012 is a good year for Peugeot 208. The numbering of Peugeots corresponds to its pecking order. The higher the number, the bigger is your car with some exceptions like the RCZ and the Partner. Well, for Peugeot 208, it is certainly an appealing and eye-catcher looking car with the dreadful open-mouthed “fish face” grills of the previous versions are gone. The classy designs of the car are enhanced by the elegant curve of the front lamps and notice also the chrome breakout by the back windows. Perhaps one may say that this car is worth spending for and is proven by the increase of share.

    Best selling cars today are really a battle of styles, affordability, and comfort it offers in the part of the consumers. Well, for the top spot in the survey, it is a battle between the Peugeots 208 and the Renault Clio. The Renault Clio is a supermini car and it is currently in its fourth generation as of 2012. For the record, it has paved its way with commercial success as it is the top- selling cars in Europe. It is surprising that it was beaten by the Peugeot 208 in terms of sales. Now, the question is “Will Renault Clio regains the top spot as best selling cars in the upcoming month?” Well, we have to find it out at the end of the year!

  2. Romain
    August 17th, 2012 at 20:31 | #2

    Merci Matt pour la qualité de ton site et ton travail ! Continue dans cette direction en conservant ton état d’esprit actuel !!!
    Renault est à mon avis une marque excellente, avec une stratégie qui sera gagnante ! Je viens d’acheter une Laguna coupé neuve … En Italie ! Elle est sublime, très bien finie, excellemment équipée …. Et surtout deux fois moins chère qu’une marque allemande ! Je suis très fier de ce véhicule. Dommage que les français soient aveugle et méprise notre richesse !

    • matgasnier
      August 19th, 2012 at 20:29 | #3

      Merci beaucoup pour ton commentaire Romain, j’apprécie beaucoup!
      A bientôt

  3. August 17th, 2012 at 17:14 | #4

    The Wind has been withdrawn from the UK along with the Laguna, Espace and Modus, the Clio needs to be very good and hopefully Dacia will be a success, the brand is being launched here soon, the cheapest Duster starts at £8,995 about the same as a reasonably well equipped city car, It is a shame, Renault in 2002 was the number 3 brand here with a market share of just under 8%, so far this year it is the number 18 brand with a market share of 1.84%, Renault needs to go back to original designs that have French flair, like the original Twingo.

  4. alex
    August 17th, 2012 at 04:52 | #5

    Look! Even in France the Renault Wind is a complete disaster in terms of sales.

  5. paul
    August 16th, 2012 at 09:47 | #6

    I wonder if the rise of Dacia is actually a bad economic indicator for France?

  6. Aeolus
    August 15th, 2012 at 20:41 | #7

    Does this mean the Up! is down?

  7. August 8th, 2012 at 20:05 | #8

    The 208 is made in Poissy as well as Trnava, it seems to be a very good car and deserves the success it is already having

  8. Didier Arnaud
    August 7th, 2012 at 12:36 | #9

    Actually the 208 is made both in Trnava and in Poissy or Mulhouse, France can’t remember which one. Production is planned at 250,000 cars in each plant per year.

  9. Dll.exe
    August 7th, 2012 at 03:59 | #10

    Peugeot 208 is made in Trnava, Slovakia republic.

  10. August 7th, 2012 at 01:00 | #11

    I agree the Dacia Lodgy is weird, it must be cheap to buy

  11. August 6th, 2012 at 20:42 | #12

    The Dacia Lodgy is really bad!!!!

  12. Rosario
    August 5th, 2012 at 21:50 | #13

    (e): Can someone tell me what it means?

    • matgasnier
      August 6th, 2012 at 09:20 | #14

      Hi Rosario, (e) stands for estimate.

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