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France 1-12 November 2014: Volkswagen above Renault

November 23rd, 2014 No comments

VW Polo France November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Polo is only 22 sales below the Renault Clio IV so far this month in France.

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Still no sign of improvement for the French new car market whereas the rest of Europe is taking off: sales are down 7% year-on-year over the first 12 days of November, with local manufacturers hit the hardest: they only account for 40% of the overall market. Peugeot is down 6%, Citroen down 15% and Renault down 21% to fall below Volkswagen at 3,430 sales vs. 3,570. However intermediary rankings such as this one are always to be taken with a grain of salt as they are heavily influenced by promotions and specific manufacturers policies about front or back-loading their sales during the month. Typically Volkswagen front-loads and Renault back-loads, and there is no way the German carmaker will stay above Renault by the time November comes to an end. An interesting state of affairs nevertheless.

Toyota Yaris France November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe locally-produced Toyota Yaris is among France’s 10 most popular nameplates.

In spite of an overall downward trend, Dacia is still up an insolent 30% on the same period last year to 2,020 sales, Toyota is up 3%, Nissan up 10%, Opel up 20% and BMW up 3% to make a rare appearance in the Top 10. Model-wise, the Peugeot 208 for once doesn’t lose ground on a year ago, leading the pack for now but with a very slim 11 unit-advantage over its big sis the Peugeot 308, up a fantastic 86% YOY. Leader last year, the Citroen C3 tumbles down 38% to #3, still ahead of the Renault Clio which outsells the VW Polo by just 22 units! Dacia places the Sandero (-1%) at #7 and the Duster (+165%) at #9 while the Toyota Yaris (+8%) makes a remarkable comeback inside the French Top 10 at #8.

Previous month: France October 2014: Now with the Top 300 models and All-brands

Previous weekly post: France 1-22 October 2014: Citroen C3 up to 2nd place

One year ago: France 1-11 November 2013: Citroen C3 on top

Full 1-12 November 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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France Private Sales January-October 2014: Two Dacias in Top 7

November 15th, 2014 No comments

Dacia Sandero Stepway France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Sandero is the third best-selling model to private French consumers.

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Thanks to French magazine Auto Plus today I can share with you exclusive Private Sales (PS) rankings for France. A private new car sale is one done to a private buyer as opposed to companies, fleet and short or long-term rentals. Over the first 10 months of 2014, 775.590 new cars were sold to private consumers in France or 51.9% of the overall market, a rate that has never been so low. Brand-wise, if the lead trio is unchanged with very similar PS ratios (Renault at 46.5%, Peugeot at 48.6% and Citroen at 49.8%), the big surprise is Dacia shooting up to 4th place overall with 75,000 private sales and almost 10% market share, thanks to an astounding 85.8% PS ratio, consistent with the brand’s Spanish and German PS scores. Volkswagen (54.5%) and Ford (57.3%) follow with PS ratios slightly higher than the average while Toyota is frankly above at 64.8% and Audi frankly below at 47.5%. Note the Top 10 brands are identical to the overall market.

VW Polo France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Polo is the only foreigner in the Private Sales Top 10 with a strong 70% PS ratio.

The Renault Clio IV remains the most popular model with French private buyers, but just: at a very low 43.7% PS ratio, it is only 493 sales above the Peugeot 208 (53.5%) whereas the gap between the two best-sellers is 17.000 units in the overall market. The Dacia Sandero brilliantly shoots up from #9 overall to third place in the private sales ranking with 33,535 units and an out-of-this-world 88.4% PS ratio. In fact Dacia manages to place a 2nd model within the Top 7: the Duster with 27,452 sales and a 82.3% PS ratio. Notice also the Peugeot 2008 breathing on the Renault Captur’s neck in the same way the 208 is to the Clio thanks to a 64.8% PS ratio vs. 56.9% for the Captur, the VW Polo up to #8 thanks to almost 70% of private sales and the Peugeot 308 posting the weakest PS ratio in the Top 10 at 38.1%.

Previous post: France October 2014: Now with Top 300 models and All-brands

Full January-October 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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France October 2014: Now with the Top 300 models and All-brands

November 15th, 2014 No comments

VW Golf Sportsvan France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf Sporstvan is now separated from the Golf and lands at #38.

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Thanks to my correspondents in the place Patricia and Christian and L’Argus I can now share with you detailed actuals for the French models and brands sales charts. Once again a fascinating insight into the depths of French new car sales. First a few adjustments, with the VW Golf Sportsman now very satisfyingly separated from Golf sales, resulting in no foreigner in the Top 10, the VW Polo being the best-selling foreign model at #11, the Golf retrograded to #14 and the Golf Sportsman making its appearance at a beautiful #38 with 1,001 sales. It also means the Fiat 500 at #15 is now less than 300 units off the #2 foreign spot. The Nissan Qashqai II without the first generation loses a hundred sales and drops one spot to #17, it ranks #21 YTD. The Audi A3 is now #26 (+1), the Citroen C1 II #30 (-1), the Audi A1 #35 (+11), the Ford Kuga #41 (-2), Mercedes C-Class #45 (-2) and the Hyundai ix35 #47 (-2).

Nissan X-TrailThe Nissan X-Trail replaces the Qashqai+2 in French consumers’ hearts: up to #59.

Only 67 sales off what would have been its very first French Top 50 ranking, the Toyota Aygo II is up 21 spots on September to #54, the Nissan X-Trail is up a further 8 ranks to #59 with 689 units (678 of which are the all-new 2nd generation), the Mercedes GLA is back down 30 spots to #68, the Ford Ecosport breaks into the French Top 100 for the first time at #86, up 29 ranks on September, the BMW X4 is up 10 to #118 but the Nissan Pulsar is already down 19 to #137. Two all-new nameplates break into the French Top 150 for the first time and for their 2nd month in market: the Lexus NX 300h is up 24 spots on last month to #146 and the Jeep Renegade is up 9 to #149.

Smart Forfour France October 2014The Smart Forfour nameplate is back inside the French Top 300 at #260.

Finally, the BMW i8 is up 10 ranks to #249 with 13 units sold – same as the Porsche Cayman, we welcome back the Smart Forfour in the French Top 300 eight years after the first generation was discontinued: it re-enters at #260 with 8 demo units sold in October and a total of 12 so far in 2014, the Land Rover Discovery Sport pops up at #268 with 7 sales and the Suzuki Celerio at #304 with two units sold.

Previous post: France October 2014: Peugeot places 3 models in Top 5

Previous month: France September 2014: Now with the Top 300 models and All-brands

One year ago: France October 2013 (final figures): Dacia Logan in Top 50

Full October Top 300 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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France October 2014: Peugeot places 3 models in Top 5

November 4th, 2014 No comments

Peugeot 2008 France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 outsells the Renault Captur this month at home.

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An updated Top 300 models and Top 50 brands ranking is now available here!

Just as Europe is slowly but surely waking up from 6 years of torpor, the French market is still stuck in uncertainty: down a very disagreeable 4% year-on-year in October to 160,162 registrations, pulling down the year-to-date total to 1,497,477 units, now up by just 1.4% on 2013. In the brands ranking, only 3 manufacturers manage to gain ground year-on-year in the Top 10: Dacia at #5 (+7%), Nissan at #7 (+15%) and Opel at #9 (+13%). Fiat (+1%) and Mercedes (+1%) are timid but buck the overall market trend, as do Seat (+7%), Hyundai (+6%) and Mini (+2%). Renault remains leader but is one percentage point below its YTD level at 18.8% while Peugeot is one percentage point above at 18%. Citroen is above at 13.9% (-2%) while Volkswagen is below at 7.1% (-6%). BMW (-17%), Toyota (-16%) and Kia (-15%) suffer.

Mini France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMini sales buck the overall French trend and gain 2% on October 2013.

Model-wise, the Renault Clio IV leads the Peugeot 208 by over one percentage point of market share both this month (5.6% vs. 4.4%) and year-to-date (5.8% vs. 4.7%) however the Peugeot-Renault fight in the small SUV segment goes to the advantage of Peugeot this time, with the 2008 outselling the Captur for a spot in the overall Top 5 at 5,383 sales and 3.4% vs. 5,272 and 3.3%. The Captur is still ahead year-to-date at #3 and 3,4% vs. #6 and 3% for the 2008. The Citroen C3 climbs back up 4 spots on September to brilliantly round up the podium thanks to 6,593 sales and 4.1% share while the Peugeot 308 remains in 4th place at 4% share like in September.

Fiat 500 France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Fiat 500 breaks into the French Top 15 for the very first time in October!

The VW Golf VII is the only foreigner in the Top 10 at #10 and one of only 6 among the Top 23 best-sellers in France this month. The Fiat 500 gains a two spots to land at #15 with 2,578 sales 1.6% vs. #20 and 1.2% YTD. This is simply the 500’s best-ever ranking in France since this generation launched back in 2007 – no less! Note this score does not include the 500L and confirms the 500 sales performance gets better with age, an extremely rare feat in the automotive world these days. The Opel Mokka confirms its success as well and remains the brand’s best-seller in France at #24 and 1,706 sales, just above the Corsa.

Ford Kuga France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst Top 40 ranking for the Ford Kuga nameplate in France.

There has been a lot of new launches by French manufacturers in the past few months, and October is a ‘consolidation month’, read their progression has stalled for now. The Renault Twingo III is back down from #8 last month to #20, now that all demo models have hit dealerships, the Citroen C4 Cactus is up one spot to #22 and 1.2% share, the Peugeot 108 is up 4 to #23 and the Citroen C1 II down one to #28. Notice also the Mini III up 10 ranks to #32, the Ford Kuga up 13 to a record #39, the Mercedes C-Class up 4 to #43 and the Hyundai ix35 up 33 to #45.

Der neue Ford Transit: So geräumig und günstig wie nie zuvor - Transporterlegende startet ab Mai 2014 durchThe Ford Transit 2T is estimated to be among France’s Top 20 best-selling LCVs.

The French Light Commercial Vehicle fares even worse than the Passenger Car one: down 4.5% in October to 32,624 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 305,831 units, now up just 0.8% on 2013. The new generation Renault Master continues to gear up and now threatens the Renault Kangoo for pole position at 3,085 sales and 9.5% vs. 3,315 and 10.2%. A rare event, there are a few new models making their appearance in the ranking this month: the Ford Transit 2T lands at an estimated 20th place with 1.2% share and ranks #27 year-to-date, the Toyota Proace (a rebadged Peugeot Expert) arrives at #28 in October and #75 YTD, the Ford Transit Courier is #80 YTD and the Range Rover Sport #81 YTD.

Toyota Proace France September 2014The Toyota Proace lands at #28 LCV this month.

Previous post: France 1-22 October 2014: Citroen C3 up to 2nd place

Previous month (actuals): France September 2014: Now with Top 300 models and All-brands

Previous month (initial post): France September 2014: Renault Twingo III up to 8th place

One year ago: France October 2013: Peugeot 2008 beats Renault Captur to hit #4

One year ago (LCV): France LCV October 2013: Renault Kangoo breaks a leg

Full October 2014 Top 70 models and Top 18 brands Ranking Tables below.

Full October 2014 Top 12 LCV brands and Top 80 LCV models Ranking Tables below.

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France 1-22 October 2014: Citroen C3 up to 2nd place

November 1st, 2014 1 comment

Citroen C3 France October 2014. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusCitroen C3

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Still no sparks for French new car sales, down 0.4% year-on-year over the first 3 weeks of October. Peugeot keeps the lead for now thanks to sales up 7% vs. -1% for Renault in 2nd place while Citroen is up 4% in third step. Volkswagen stays 4th but drops 1%, Dacia is up a huge 32% but doesn’t have any models in the Top 10, Ford is up 14% and overtakes Toyota down 22%. The Renault Clio is now way above any other vehicle in the country in the models sales charts with 4,570 units sold over the period. While the Peugeot 308 still battles with its little sister the Peugeot 208 for the brand’s supremacy (4,030 sales vs. 3,969), the Citroen C3 jumps up to 2nd place thanks to 4,040 units. The Peugeot 2008 at #5 makes it 3 Peugeots in the Top 5 vs. just one Renault, even though we welcome back the Scénic (#8) and Captur (#10) in the Top 10.

Previous post: France 1-15 October 2014: Peugeot 308 remains above 208

Previous month: France September 2014: Renault Twingo III up to 8th place

One year ago: France 1-21 October 2013: Peugeot 2008 up to 5th place

Full 1-22 October 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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France 1-15 October 2014: Peugeot 308 remains above 208

October 27th, 2014 11 comments

Peugeot 308 France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 308

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Not a very encouraging first half of the month in France with sales from 1 to 15 October down 2% year-on-year. All French manufacturers buck the trend though: Peugeot is up 9% to #1 with 11.129 sales, both Renault and Citroen are up 2% to 9.515 and 8.750 respectively and Dacia shoots up 41% to 3.603 in 5th place. Notice also Ford up 22% and Toyota down 26%. The models ranking is getting back to normal after a first week of October topped by the VW Golf: the Renault Clio IV is already all set in its traditional pole position thanks to sales up 10% year-on-year to 2,690 units while the Peugeot 308 remains above the 208 at 2,576 sales (+66%) vs. 2,502 (-16%). If it stays this way until the end of the month (unlikely), it would be the first time the 308 outsells the 208 at home in France. The Golf is kicked down to a still very impressive 5th place with sales up 54%, ahead of the Peugeot 2008 up 30% to #6 while the Dacia Duster is up 130% to #10. Note there are 4 Peugeots in the Top 10 (308, 208, 2008, 3008) vs. one Renault (Clio IV).

Previous post: France 1-8 October 2014: VW Golf leads in market down 8%

Previous month: France September 2014: Renault Twingo III up to 8th place

One year ago: France 1-14 October 2013: Renault Scenic and Captur back on track

Full 1-15 October 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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France 1-8 October 2014: VW Golf leads in market down 8%

October 19th, 2014 No comments

VW Golf France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Golf

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Harsh start of the month for new car sales in France with sales down 8% year-on-year during the first eight days of the month. Weekly rankings are always to be taken with a grain of salt as they are heavily influenced by promotions and specific manufacturers policies about front or back-loading their sales during the month – for example Renault backloads and ranks third so far but will finish the month #1 or, less likely, #2 behind Peugeot. Nevertheless we have a historical event happening before our eyes this week: in a very nationalistic market, the VW Golf manages to edge out the Peugeot 308 by 21 units for the overall pole position with 1.280 sales (+66% year-on-year) vs. 1.260 for the 308 (+69%). In BSCB records, the only other time a foreign vehicle took the lead of the weekly ranking in France was during the first week of January 2012 when the VW Polo topped the charts

Dacia Duster France October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Duster sales are up 180% year-on-year in France this week.

This does not mean the Golf will finish the month in the lead at all, but it could deliver a Top 5 ranking which would ranking up there among the nameplate’s best performances ever. The Peugeot 208 is down 24% in third place above the Citroen C3 (-4%) and Renault Clio IV (+2%) while the Dacia Duster (+180%), Peugeot 2008 (+18%) and Dacia Sandero (+30%) all shine. Brand-wise, Peugeot (stable) is above Citroen (-1%) and Renault (-10%) for now while Dacia (+59% in 5th place) and Ford (+24%) are the only manufacturers to gain ground year-on-year this week.

Previous post: France September 2014: Now with Top 300 models and All-brands

Previous month: France September 2014: Renault Twingo III up to 8th place

One year ago: France 1-7 October 2013: Citroen C4 Picasso and Toyota Yaris strong

Full 1-8 October 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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France September 2014: Now with Top 300 models & All-brands

October 16th, 2014 No comments

Citroen C1 II France September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst Top 30 ranking at home for the second generation Citroen C1.

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Thanks to my correspondents in the place (thanks Patricia and Christian) and L’Argus I can now share with you actuals for the French models and brands sales charts after a one month-hiatus. And there is a lot to learn this month. The new Peugeot 108 shoots up to #27 with 1,389 sales, just 4 units above the Citroen C1 II at #28 while the Toyota Aygo II has to do with a more modest 75th place with 447 sales. The most impressive evolution goes without a doubt to the Mercedes GLA: the compact SUV brilliantly breaks into the French Top 50 for the very first time directly to #38 thanks to 909 sales – compared to #79 in July, its last known monthly ranking. This means the GLA is already Mercedes’ third best-seller in France below the A Class (#32) and B Class (#33) but above the C Class (#46), CLA (#92) and E Class (#106), and could very well become the brand’s most popular model in the country before the end of the year. Talk about an absolute success…

Jeep Renegade France September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst month of sales in France for the Jeep Renegade

Further down, the Nissan X-Trail benefits fully from the new model and climbs to #67 vs. #132 year-to-date and #175 in 2013, the Mitsubishi Outlander shoots up to #80 vs. #143 so far this year, the BMW 2 Series breaks into the French Top 100 thanks to the arrival of the Active Tourer variant at #82 and 432 sales, the BMW X4 is up to #127, the Porsche Macan up to #143 and the Mercedes V Class up to #150. There are three newcomers in the French Top 200 in September: the Nissan Pulsar at #118 with 244 sales, the Jeep Renegade at #158 and 101 units and the Lexus NX 300H at #170 with 81 sales.

Full September 2014 Top 300 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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France September 2014: Renault Twingo III up to 8th place

October 2nd, 2014 8 comments

Renault Twingo III France September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Twingo III

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On paper the French new car market looks like it’s sparkling into action at +6% in September to 151.101 registrations, however this is mainly due to one additional working day compared to September 2013 and the seasonally adjusted increase is a much more modest 1.5%. Year-to-date, French new car sales are up a shy 2% to 1.337.327 units. The models podium is identical to the year-to-date ranking with all models registering market shares higher than their annual ones: the Renault Clio IV is at 6% ahead of the Peugeot 208 at 4.9% and the Renault Captur at 4%. The Peugeot 308 II is in great shape in 4th place with 5,979 sales and 4% share, while the Renault Twingo III makes its first appearance both in the French Top 10 at a very promising 8th position with 5,812 units and 3.8% share.

Peugeot 308 France September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 308 II

While in a traditionally very volatile August there were 3 foreigners inside the Top 9, this month we only have 2 in the Top 16! French carmakers hold 57% of their home market, 2.5 percentage points ahead of their level at the same time last year. The VW Golf is the only one in the Top 10, down 4 spots to a still very solid 9th place at 2.5% share, #2 in its category above the Renault Mégane and Citroen C4! The Peugeot 508 compensates for a horrendous month of August (#35) and starts to see the effects of its facelift by surging to #15 and 1.4% share, its best ranking at home since July 2012. The Fiat 500 is up 4 ranks on August to an excellent #17, the Citroen C4 Cactus is stuck outside the Top 20 at #23 with 1,811 sales and the Renault Zoé is up to a best-ever #37 with 914 sales, beating its previous record of #40 reached in March 2013.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer France September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBMW 2 Series Active Tourer. BMW sales are up 16% year-on-year in France.

Brand-wise, Renault stays at very high levels at 22% market share (+1%) vs. 20% year-to-date thanks to 33,179 sales, Peugeot is up a massive 26% on a very low Sept ’13 score at 26,970 units and 17.8% share vs. 17% year-to-date and Citroen is up 7% to 12.8%. Volkswagen is one percentage point below its 2014 share at 6.6% (-4%) with Dacia up 34% year-on-year but low at 4.5% share vs. 5.9% in 2014, Nissan is also very impressive at +27% and overtaking Ford in 6th place overall. Mercedes is up 8% to #8, BMW up 16% to #11 and Mini up 16% to #15. In terms of sales channels, concerns about the health of the French market are confirmed by the weakness of private demand, with seasonally adjusted private sales declining year-on-year in September to reach a historically low ratio of 50.7% of total sales. All ‘artificial’ channels are up which is another very unhealthy position to be in: short-term rentals are up 21% and dealership sales are up 8%.

Renault Trafic France September 2014The Renault Trafic is the third best-selling LCV in France this month.

The Light Commercial Vehicle market is up 14% year-on-year in September in France to 33,279 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 271,210 units, up 2% on 2013. Renault sells double the volume of any other manufacturer in the market with a huge 37.9% market share this month vs. 30.9% year-to-date. Citroen follows at 17.6% ahead of Peugeot (14.2%), Fiat (6.5%), Ford (5.1%) and Mercedes (4.4%). In the models ranking, Renault logically monopolises the podium with the Kangoo at 10% share, the Clio IV at 9.5% and the Trafic at an excellent 8.6% vs. 5.3% so far in 2014 thanks to the new generation of the model now spreading into dealerships across the country.

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Previous month: France August 2014: Toyota Yaris hits highest ever nippon ranking at #7

Previous month (LCV): France LCV August 2014: Peugeot above Citroen to 2nd place

One year ago: France September 2013: Renault Captur on podium, Peugeot 2008 back in Top 10

Full September 2014 Top 300 models and Top 47 brands Ranking Tables below.

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France August 2014: Toyota Yaris hits highest ever Nippon ranking at #7 in worst month in 38 years

September 11th, 2014 10 comments

Toyota Yaris France August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Toyota Yaris is up to a historical 7th place this month in France!

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While the rest of Europe is enjoying a slow but steady recovery, the French new car market is stuck in muddy waters. One year ago, August broke the sad record of slowest month of new car sales in the country in 37 years. This year with one less working day in the month, the picture is even worse: down 3% to 83,340 registrations, with the year-to-date total now up by just 1.6% on 2013 at 1,185,851 units. This makes August 2014 the lowest monthly score in 38 years, since the 83,000 units registered in August 1976, and the third weakest month in the past 40 years below the 69,426 units of August 1975. For further perspective, we are looking at lower sales than in May 1968 (90,352) when the country was all but paralised by the biggest student protests in its history.

Renault 5 France 1976The last time we witnessed such a slow month of sales in France, the Renault 5 was #1…


Month Sales
August-65 36,773
August-67 40,947
August-66 46,065
August-70 46,791
August-68 47,075
August-71 60,417
August-69 61,164
August-74 64,188
June-68 67,368
January-65 67,909
August-75 69,426
September-69 69,682
August-72 70,662
August-73 74,839
September-65 75,970
September-68 78,618
February-65 80,516
July-67 81,741
September-66 82,330
August-76 83,000
August-14 83,340

On a positive note, if we extend the reference frame to the past 50 years (see above – August 1965 to now), August 2014 ranks at a less depressing #21 lowest monthly score. You could argue these results are slightly biased by the fact that August is traditionally and by far the slowest month of the year with Summer holidays at their peak. So this even weaker than normal result won’t end up having much of an impact on the annual results, it only shows that French car buyers are delaying their new car purchase to potentially after the Paris Motor Show in October which could bring a welcome boost to the market. Renault reclaims the lead of the brands ranking in spite of sales down 14% to 14,012 and 16.8% share, ahead of Peugeot (-4%) and Citroen (-1%) while Volkswagen rebates itself into a 26% surge to 9% share. In a month only favourable to foreign manufacturers, Toyota (+16%), Ford (+40%), Mini (+24%) and Skoda (+25%) also shine.

VW Golf France August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf also reaches its best-ever ranking in France this month.

Model-wise, August is always the month of records in France as a much smaller market means promotions have a more visible impact and the ranking becomes very volatile, and this year is no exception. Below the Renault Clio IV (5.5%) and Peugeot 208 (5.1%), the Peugeot 308 II is back on the podium for the 2nd time in the past 4 months. The Dacia Sandero is up 7 ranks to #4, its highest ranking since last January and with the Duster at #10 we have two Dacias in the monthly French Top 10 for only the second time in history with last April. But it’s below that we have more spectacular developments… Pushed by aggressive rebates, the VW Golf VII is up to 5th place thanks to 2,391 sales and 2.9% share. This is simply the nameplate’s highest ever ranking in France, last reached… 22 years ago in December 1992 (this information is TBC).

Ford C-Max France August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFord is up 41% year-on-year in France in August.

The locally-produced Toyota Yaris for its part is up 10 ranks on July to an unbelievable 7th position at 2,170 units and 2.6%, mainly due to 899 sales to dealerships. This is the third time the Yaris ranks inside the monthly French Top 10 after January and March 2007 and the highest ever ranking reached by a Japanese model in France, beating the previous best of #9 by the Toyota Yaris itself in January 2007 and the Nissan Qashqai in March 2013. To round up a month of foreign highlights, the VW Polo at #9 makes it 3 foreigners in the Top 9, something we haven’t seen in years.

Renault Twingo France August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst real month of sales for the Renault Twingo III at home: #13

Further down, the new generation Renault Twingo III delivers its first ‘real’ month of sales at #13 with 1,886 units, the Citroen C4 Cactus remains solid at #22 and 1.1% share, the Toyota Auris is up 7 spots on last month to a best-ever #23 (previous best: #26 last January), the Audi A3 at #24, Opel Mokka at #26, Ford Kuga up 12 ranks to a record #42 (previous best: #45 in October 2012) and the BMW X1 up 11 to #47.

Previous post: France August 2014 Car Landscape Snapshot

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Previous month: France July 2014: Citroen C4 Cactus in Top 20 in worst July since 1984

One year ago: France August 2013: Dacia Sandero & Renault Captur superstars in worst month in 37 years

Full August 2014 Top 50 models and Top 15 brands Ranking Tables below.

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