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France 1894-2013: More detailed Historical Data now available!

August 9th, 2014 4 comments

Peugeot Type 5 France 1894The Peugeot Type 5 launched in 1894 and was one of only 200 cars in circulation in France then.

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Thanks to the formidable support of Marie Dominique Riehl, responsible for the archives of the CCFA in Paris, I am starting to upload more Historical Data for France, now covering almost 120 years! Many thanks also to STAC and Rene for their support. Please keep checking here often as much more data will be added in the coming months. With circulation figures now available for the 1894-1934 period (yes you read well!), annual data for 1930-1948 and a detailed models ranking for 2000/2001/2002, we now have for France:

- 120 uninterrupted years of stats: Official data from 1894 onwards!

- Annual sales data starting in 1930

- Annual models data starting in 1947

- Annual Top 100 models ranking for the past 30 years: from 1984 to 2013 (Top 100+)

- Every monthly Top 10 ranking from January 1982 to December 1993 

- Every monthly Top 10 ranking from June 2004 up to now (Top 10 or more)

The Renault 4CV was #1 in France from 1949 to 1955

After the Citroen Traction Avant dominated French private sales charts from 1936 to 1948, either a Renault or a Peugeot would then top the models ranking in France, except for 3 occurrences: the Simca Aronde was #1 in 1956, the Citroen Ami 6 was the only Citroen in the last 60 years to hold the top spot in the country, in 1966 (no, not the 2CV nor the DS) and the Simca 1100 ranked #1 in 1972.

5.1 million were produced, but the Citroen 2CV never topped the models ranking in France…

Peugeot had 4 cars reigning over the French models ranking, starting in 1969 with the 204, followed by the 205 in 198419851990 and 1991, the 206 in 2001 & 2004 and the 207 from 2007 to 2010.

The Peugeot 203 ranked #2 in France in 1950

Renault has been the most successful brand in France without interruption over the past 60 years, starting with the 4CV in 1949, the Dauphine in 1957, the Renault 4 in 1962, the Renault 12 in 1973Renault 5 in 1974Supercinq in 1986Clio in 1992 and the Megane in 1997 (the year indicates the start of their stint at #1). The Clio is the nameplate that has stayed #1 for the longest: 15 times between 1992 and 2013!

The Renault 4 is the most popular French car ever and ranked first 6 times between 1962 and 1968

Direct links to 61 French Historical Data articles below.

France 1894-1934: Circulation figures now available! (new)

France 1930-1934: Great depression stops sales growth (new)

France 1935: Market down 7%, Citroen Traction Avant gears up (new)

France 1936: Market up 17%, Citroen Traction Avant should lead (new)

France 1937: Market troubled by strikes and worker unrest (new)

France 1938: Last hurrah before the war (new)

France 1939: Peugeot teases Citroen with the 202 (new)

France 1940-1944: Production restricted to (sabotaged) trucks (new)

France 1945: Renault tops charts, Citroen first in private cars (new)

France 1946: Renault #1 overall, Citroen Traction Avant potential best-seller (new)

France 1947: Citroen Traction Avant and Renault Juvaquatre on top (new)

France 1948: Last year of reign for the Citroen Traction Avant (new)

France 1949: Renault 4CV ramps up

France 1950: Renault 4CV and Citroen Traction Avant shine

France 1951-1955: Renault 4CV king of the roads

France 1956: Simca Aronde takes the lead

France 1957-1960: Renault Dauphine reigns

France 1961: Renault Dauphine and Citroen 2CV on top, R4 launches

France 1962-1965: Renault 4L takes control

France 1966: Citroen Ami 6 snaps up top spot

France 1967: Renault 4 reclaims leadership

France 1968: Renault 4 and Peugeot 204 in the lead

France 1969-1971: Peugeot 204 dominates

France 1972: Simca 1100 best-seller

France 1973: Renault 12 in pole position

France 1974-1976: Renault 5 in command, Citroen 2CV shines

France 1977-1978: Renault 5 stays on top, Peugeot 104 strong

France 1979: Renault 5, 18 and Peugeot 305 on podium

France 1980: Renault 5 hits highest share at 16%

France 1981: Renault 5 and 18 strong, Peugeot 104 on podium

France 1982: New Renault 9 shakes models ranking

France 1983: Renault 5 celebrates 10 years in first place

France 1984: Peugeot 205 takes the relay

France 1985: Peugeot 205 at its highest, Renault Supercinq arrives

France 1986: Renault Supercinq edges out Peugeot 205

France 1987: Renault Supercinq and Peugeot 205 fight it out

France 1988: Renault Supercinq and Peugoeot 205 at highest volumes

France 1989: Last year of reign for the Renault Supercinq

France 1990: Peugeot 205 reclaims top spot, Renault Clio arrives

France 1991: Peugeot 205 keeps Renault Clio at bay

France 1992: The Renault Clio starts its reign

France 1993: Renault Clio miles away from the competition

France 1994: Renault Clio leads, Peugeot 306 and 106 on podium

France 1995: Renault Clio #1, Twingo gets better

France 1996: Renault Clio softer, Megane already #2

France 1997: Renault Megane snaps up pole position!

France 1998: Renault Clio reclaims top spot

France 1999: The Renault Clio/Peugeot 206 match has started

France 2000: Renault Clio winner ahead of 206 and Scenic (updated)

France 2001: Peugeot 206 leads with 211,000 sales (updated)

France 2002: Renault Clio edges Peugeot 206 out, 307 above 7% (updated)

France 2003: Renault Clio, Peugeot 206 & 307 leading again

France 2004: Peugeot 206 passes Renault Clio, Modus off to a great start

France 2005: Renault Scenic #1 in First Half, Clio leader in Full Year

France 2006: Renault Clio III #1, Peugeot 207 gearing up

France 2007: Peugeot 207 #1, Citroen C4 Picasso #4, Toyota Yaris & Dacia Logan at best-ever

France 2008: Peugeot 207 #1, 308 #3

France 2009: Peugeot 207 #1, Renault Twingo #3 

France 2010: Peugeot 207 #1 for the 4th consecutive year 

France 2011: Renault Clio #1, a Citroen (C3) on the podium for the first time since 1985!

France 2012: Last hurrah for the Renault Clio III, no car at 100k+ sales for 1st time since 1952

France 2013: Renault Clio IV new leader, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 superstars

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

August 6th, 2014 1 comment

Citroen C4 Cactus France July 2014. Picture courtesy of autonews.frFirst Top 20 ranking in the world for the Citroen C4 Cactus at #20 at home in France.

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Now updated with final Citroen C4 Cactus sales

The French new car market is definitely not out of recession: down 4% year-on-year in July to a paltry 143,777 registrations, the worst July score in 30 years – since 1984 at 143,481! This brings the year-to-date total to 1,102,529 units, up a shy 3% on 2013 which was the worst year-end result since 1997. Yes, with one less opening day than last year July is in fact up 0.1% seasonally adjusted, but the bad news is the market is pulled down by very weak private sales (-10% to 76,407 units). Peugeot overtakes Renault to grab the lead of the brands ranking for the third time in the past 12 months thanks to 24,887 sales and 17.3% share (-2%) vs. 24,382 and 17% (-3%) for Renault. Below, Citroen does worse than the market at -5%, Volkswagen does better at -1% and Dacia lodges a very unusual -15% year-on-year evolution at 8,254 sales and 5.7%. Notice also Nissan up one spot on June to #6, Audi back up 4 to #7, Toyota down 19%, Mercedes up 32%, Skoda up 18% and Hyundai down 46%.

Citroën C4 Picasso VS Renault ScénicThe Renault Scénic is only 12 sales above the Citroen C4 Picasso.

As usual the Renault Clio IV and Peugeot 208 dominate the models ranking albeit with lower share than year-to-date this month at 5.2% and 4.4% respectively. The Citroen C3 is back up 4 spots to #3 and 3.7% and the Peugeot 308 confirms it is back to its blockbuster status thanks to the new generation and the station wagon model, up one rank on June to #4 and 3.7% share also vs. 3.1% year-to-date.

VOLVO XC60 France July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVolvo XC60

Feeling the counter-effect of a record month of June (2nd place and 4.9% share), the Renault Captur falls down to #5 with just 3% share and 4,366 sales in July. This means it is just 171 units above its archenemy the Peugeot 2008 this month, back up 4 spots to #6 with 4,195 sales and 2.9% of the market. To take stock of the success of the two SUVs at home, let’s notice that Captur sales represent 58% of Clio IV sales in July (60% year-to-date) and the 2008 is at 66% of the 208 (65% year-to-date). There is another tight battle just below: the Renault Scénic is only 12 units above its competitor the Citroen C4 Picasso at #7 and #8 respectively, enabling the latter to overtake the Dacia Sandero and go up one spot in the 2014 ranking to #8 also.

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Most recent monthly post: France June 2014: Now with Top 300 models and Top 50 brands

One year ago: France July 2013: Dacia Sandero on podium, Renault Captur #5

Full analysis, July 2014 Top 80 models and Top 20 brands Ranking Tables below.

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France LCV July 2014: Renault Trafic starts to go up

August 2nd, 2014 No comments

Renault Trafic France July 2014Renault Trafic

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With one less working day than July 2013, the French Light Commercial Vehicle market is down 5% year-on-year (but stable in annually adjusted figures) to 29,705 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 220,524 units, now up only 0.4% on 2013. The Top 8 best-selling models all lodge market shares on par or below their 2014 levels, except one: potentially already boosted by the new model, the Renault Trafic is at 5.4% share thanks to 1,594 sales and overtakes the Peugeot Partner year-to-date to rank #6. On top, the Renault Kangoo leads above the Fiat Ducato, Citroen Berlingo and Renault Clio IV. There is only one foreigner in the Top 10 with the Citroen Jumper and Peugeot Boxer passing the Mercedes Sprinter to rank #9 and #10 respectively. Notice also the Peugeot 308 II up one further spot to #18, the VW Crafter up 7 to #22, Mercedes Citan up 10 to #31 and the Peugeot 2008 confirming its advantage over the Renault Captur at #57 vs. #63.

Previous month: France LCV June 2014: Renault Kangoo reclaims top spot

One year ago: France LCV July 2013: Renault Kangoo resumes clear domination

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

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France 6 months 2014: Hybrid and electric market share down

July 29th, 2014 2 comments

Renault Zoe France June 2014Renault Zoe sales are down 42% year-on-year in France so far this year.

We now have access to a little more detail on the French new car market over the first half of 2014 with data by alimentation. Quite a few interesting (and counter-intuitive) developments in the market over the period. Firstly, diesel vehicles continues their decline: in a market up 3% year-on-year they are down 2% to 65.2% market share vs. 68.7% a year ago and 77.3% over the Full Year 2012 (a record). The Renault Clio IV is the most popular diesel model in the country by far with 5.9% share. Reversely, petrol engines are up 17% to pass the 30% market share for the first time in almost a decade (since the 30.4% lodged in 2005) at 31.9% after an all-time low of 22% in 2008. The Peugeot 208 reigns in the petrol war at 6.8% share just above the Renault Clio IV and Twingo.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid France July 2014The Toyota Yaris is still the best-selling hybrid model in France.

But most surprisingly of all, it’s alternative alimentations, heralded as the way of the future, that struggle the most in France this year. Hybrids are down 7% to just 2.2% share: the Toyota Auris’ impressive surge in second place (+28%) is counterbalanced by a harsh drop for the Peugeot 3008 (-26%) while the Toyota Yaris is stable in pole position. The situation is even worse for all electric cars: down 10% over the period to a minimalistic 0.5% share. The entire segment is dictated by the fortunes of the Renault Zoe which held a 75% share among electric vehicles one year ago but is down to 48% this time around (-42%).

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France June 2014: Now with Top 300 models and Top 50 brands!

July 19th, 2014 4 comments

Peugeot 108 France June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 108 lands at #71 for its first month in the French sales charts.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring the Top 15 brands and Top 80 models in France in June, we now dig a little deeper to find out what’s happening lower in the ranking. But first a few adjustments on the initial Top 80 figures: we now have the detail by generation of Nissan Qashqai sales with the Qashqai II climbing to #16 and #3 foreign model below just the VW Polo and Golf VII with 1.3% share, the Mini third generation up a further 29 spots on May to an all-time high #57 with 778 sales, and the biggest new news of the lower end of the ranking: the arrival of the Peugeot 108 directly at #71 with 657 sales, mainly demo models for now. In fact all 3 twins land this month: the Citroen C1 II arrives at #93 with 451 units and the Toyota Aygo II is 117th with 305 sales.

Mercedes GLA France June 2014First Top 100 ranking in France for the Mercedes GLA this month (#77).

More recent launches shine this month in France: the Mercedes GLA breaks into the monthly Top 100 for the first time, up 44 spots on May to #77 with 585 units, the Ford Ecosport is up a further 6 ranks to a best-ever #119, as is the Porsche Macan to #136 and remaining by far the brand’s best-seller above the 911 at #185. The Mercedes V-Class starts off extremely well at #129 with 240 sales, the BMW X4 is up 74 spots to #161 with 124 units for its 2nd month in the ranking, the BMW M4 up 41 to #195, Renault Twingo III up 64 to #212 and the Ford Transit Courier lands at #213 with 43 sales.

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Previous month: France May 2014: Now with Top 300 models and Top 50 brands

One year ago: France June 2013: Renault Captur up to #4, Peugeot 2008 #11

Full June 2014 Top 300 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Table below.

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France 6 months 2014 – Private Sales: Dacia Sandero 800 units off pole position!

July 6th, 2014 1 comment

Dacia Sandero France June 2014. Picture courtesy of auto-mag.comCould the Dacia Sandero become the most popular vehicle with private French buyers this year?

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Always fascinating to have access to Private Sales data as these are the cars that ‘real’ end consumers love. So far in 2014 52% of overall sales are to private buyers vs. 54% over the Full Year 2013. And the big news is the never-ending progression of low-cost brand Dacia, now 4th manufacturer with private consumers, holding 10.2% share of the private market vs. 6.2% overall. Dacia is only distanced by Renault, Peugeot and Citroen and has overtaken Volkswagen, something the French-Romanian brand could also achieve shortly in the overall market. Even more impressive: the Dacia Sandero is 800 units short off being the most popular vehicle with French private consumers outright with 17,900 sales over the first half of the year vs. 18,700 for the Peugeot 208 and 17,800 for the Renault Clio.

Previous French post: France June 2014: Renault Captur above 208, up to record #2 spot

Previous Private Sales post: France Full Year 2013: Private sales under 1 million for 1st time since 2000

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France June 2014: Renault Captur above 208, up to record #2!

July 2nd, 2014 10 comments

Renault Captur France June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Captur ranks at an all-time high #2 at home this month.

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An updated models and brands ranking is now available here!

The French new car market is up an ok 3% year-on-year in June to 196,257 registrations, also bringing the year-to-date total up 3% on 2013 to 958,776 units. Although in positive territory, this still makes June 2014 the third lowest June score in the past 15 years in France with June 2000 (183,697) and June 2013 (190,199). Based on this month’s result, the CCFA lifted its projection for the Full Year 2014 to 1.826 million units, up 2% on 2013 but still the third lowest annual total in the past 20 years with 2013 (1,790,473) and 1997 (1,713,030). Confirming that all is not rosy in the country of love, private sales are up only 0.9% year-on-year in June to a 48.4% market share, the lowest so far this year according to Autoactu. Reversely, tactical sales are stronger, confirming a trend observed in 2013: short-term rentals are up 5% and demo vehicles up an impressive 11%…

Citroen C4 Cactus France June 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Citroen C4 Cactus is up to #33, its first ever Top 50 ranking in the world.

Even more interesting (concerning?), the entire French market’s growth in June can solely be attributed to gains by the Renault Group adding up to 11,875 units vs. 6,086 for the overall market… This is partly due to the exceptional performance of the Group’s models, but also to an allocation strategy that penalised its sales in May and therefore reported many of them into June. The Renault brand hits its highest monthly market share in 15 years at 24.8% thanks to 48,655 sales (+20%) while Dacia is up 47% to 11,381 units and 5.8% share, very close to Volkswagen (6.6%). Among the top selling brands, only Peugeot (+3%), Mercedes (+22%), BMW (+35%) and Skoda (+17%) also gain ground year-on-year…

Renault Scénic France June 2014. Picture courtesy of largus,frThe Renault Scénic is up to 4th place.

Model-wise, massive event this month in France: surfing on the brand’s historical health the Renault Captur is up 7 spots on May to land at a record 2nd place with 9,566 sales and 4.9% share, also monthly volume and share all-time highs for the nameplate. The Captur is only outsold by the Clio IV (7.1% share) and beats the Peugeot 208 (4.1%) for the first time ever, let alone its archenemy the Peugeot 2008 down to #10 and 2.6%. The Captur is the 6th nameplate in the past decade to manage to break the traditional Renault/Peugeot supermini domination at home (Renault Clio and Peugeot 206-207-208). The other ones are the Peugeot 307 (8 times in 2005 and 2006), Renault Scénic (8 times between 2005 and 2007), Renault Twingo (5 times in 2009 and 2010), Citroen C3 (in March 2011 and December 2013) and the Dacia Sandero in March 2010.

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Previous month (initial post): France May 2014: Peugeot 308 on podium for the first time in 5 years

One year ago: France June 2013: Renault Captur up to #4, Peugeot 2008 #11

Full Analysis, June 2014 Top 80 models and Top 15 brands Ranking Tables below.

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France LCV June 2014: Renault Kangoo reclaims top spot

July 2nd, 2014 No comments

Renault Kangoo France June 2014Renault Kangoo

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Sales on new Light Commercial Vehicles in France are up 7% year-on-year in June to 37,030 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 190,828 units, up 1% on 2013. As a reminder France is by far the largest LCV market in Europe. After two months of Fiat Ducato domination, the Renault Kangoo reclaims its title of best-selling commercial vehicle in France thanks to 4,209 sales and a huge 11.4% market share. In fact this month the podium is 100% Renault with both the Master and Clio IV up 2 spots on May to #2 at 7.8% share and #3 at 6.9% respectively. The Fiat Ducato is kicked down to #4 but remains #3 year-to-date, getting ever closer to the Citroen Berlingo. Not much movement in the ranking otherwise, let’s just salute the new gen Peugeot 308 up to #19 and the Nissan NV400 up 11 spots to #36.

Previous month: France LCV May 2014: Fiat Ducato #1 for second month running!

One year ago: France LCV June 2013: Renault Master threatens Kangoo for #1

Full June 2014 Top 80 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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France 1-18 June 2014: No foreigners in the Top 10

June 28th, 2014 1 comment

Renault Mégane vs Peugeot 308The Renault Mégane is up 46% and the Peugeot 308 up 110% year-on-year so far in June.

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Still no sign of strengthening for the French new car market in June: down 5% year-on-year after 18 days. Renault is in awesome shape at +18% and reclaims the brands top spot off Peugeot at 16,436 sales vs. 15,858 (-4%) while Citroen tumbles down 20% to 12,333 units. Below Volkswagen in 4th place (-9%), Dacia reclaims the #5 rank off Toyota at 4,066 sales and Opel is up 14% to #9. Model-wise, whereas Volkswagen traditionally performs well at the start of the month, this time it doesn’t manage to place either the Polo or the Golf among the 10 most popular vehicles in the country and as a result there are no foreigners in the Top 10.

Last week when the Peugeot 308 impressively took charge of the models sales charts, I declared its chances of staying on top at the end of the month meagre at best. True to form, the Renault Clio IV is now on top at 4,110 units (+9%), already overtaking the Peugeot 208 at 3,943 (-17%) with the 308 regressing back to third place with 3,880 sales, still up a gargantuan 110% year-on-year due to the arrival of the new generation in the meantime. In 5th position, the Renault Scénic (+11%) reclaims the advantage over its archenemy the Citroen C4 Picasso at #6 (-9%) as does the Renault Captur (#8) over the Peugeot 2008 (#10).

Previous post: France 1-11 June 2014: Peugeot 308 in pole position!

Previous month: France May 2014: Peugeot 308 on podium for the first time in 5 years

One year ago: France 1-17 June 2013: Peugeot 2008 confirms 7th place

Full 1-18 June 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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France 1-11 June 2014: Peugeot 308 in pole position!

June 21st, 2014 9 comments

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

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Weak start of the month for new car sales in France in June with a market down 5% year-on-year. Even though intermediary rankings are always to be taken with a pinch of salt as some manufacturers front load their sales (Peugeot) and some other back load them (Renault), the performance of the Peugeot 308 is still impressive: up 120% year-on-year to rank #1 so far in June after 11 days with 2,252 sales. This is potentially due to the arrival of the station wagon variant in dealerships. The Peugeot 208 (-15%), Citroen C3 (+10%), Citroen C4 Picasso (-6%) and Renault Clio IV (-13%) follow. The Peugeot 2008 marks exactly one year since its first Top 10 appearance.

Can the Peugeot 308 stay on top until the end of the month? Chances are it won’t as the Renault Clio IV should climb back up the ladder to #1 as it has done almost every month since launch. However if the 308 manages to stay above the 208 to rank #2 and become the brand’s best-seller at home, it would be the first time it manages both feats, with the nameplate’s highest ever monthly ranking so far in France being #3 from June to October 2008January 2009June 2009 and May 2014. Brand-wise, Peugeot (+3%) leads the way above Renault (+15%) and Citroen (-25%) while Toyota is up 4 spots on May to #5, Audi up one to #7 and Mercedes back in the Top 10 at #10.

Previous post: France May 2014: Now with Top 300 models and Top 50 brands

Previous month: France May 2014: Peugeot 308 on podium for the first time in 5 years

One year ago: France 1-11 June 2013: Peugeot 2008 shoots up to #7!

Full 1-11 June 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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