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

November 1st, 2014 No comments

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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France LCV August 2014: Peugeot above Citroen to 2nd place

September 3rd, 2014 No comments

Peugeot Boxer France August 2014Peugeot Boxer

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Sales of new Light Commercial Vehicles in France are down 4% year-on-year in August to 17,373 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 237,894 units, now up by only 120 sales or 0.05% on 2013! Brand-wise, below Renault down a harsh 16% to 26.6% share, Peugeot (+8%) overtakes Citroen (-14%) to take the 2nd spot with 18.3% share vs. 16.2% year-to-date. Ford (+45%), Volkswagen (+34%), Nissan (+7%) and Opel (+30%) also shine in the Top 10. In the models ranking, the Renault Kangoo leads but sees its advantage over the Citroen Berlingo thaw to just 43 units, with the Renault Clio IV only 8 sales below that. The Peugeot 208 is up 3 spots on July to #4 with 1,053 sales and 6.1%, the Mercedes Sprinter is up two to #9 and 4% vs. 2.8% ytd, the Peugeot 308 II continues to progress at #16, the VW Caddy is up 8 to #17, the Ford Ranger up 12 to #18, Opel Movano up 13 to #28 and the Land Rover Defender up 9 to #44.

Previous month: France LCV July 2014: Renault Trafic starts to go up

One year ago: France LCV August 2014: Renault Clio IV up to 4th place

Full August 2014 Top 50 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Tables below.

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France August 2014 Car Landscape Snapshot

August 31st, 2014 3 comments

Peugeot 308 SW France August 2014The new gen Peugeot 308 SW is off to a great start at home.

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After Barcelona we go to France where I spent a large part of the past month between the Nice area and Paris. I’m calling this update a Car Landscape Snapshot as it summaries my impressions observing the cars in circulation in my native country, and not all pictures are mine… Remember to click on any picture to enlarge! This stay in France was the opportunity to spot my first new generation Peugeot 308 Station Wagon, on sale since a few months ago now here. And after that it was a regular flow of this variant of the new French model, roughly one every day for a solid 3 weeks… There are still more hatchbacks than station wagons on the roads, which by the way is in line with the new 308 firmly establishing itself inside the monthly Top 5 best-sellers in the country, but the SW variant is enjoying an extremely encouraging start at home.

2. Renault Captur France August 2014bRenault Captur in Paris – August 2014

The second striking French car landscape observation I made this month is the (expected, I know) unbelievable popularity of the Renault Captur/Peugeot 2008. Potentially with the help of a few rental cars, I will go as far as saying that in the French Riviera (this is not valid in Paris) on some days I spotted more Captur and 2008 than Clio IV and 208 respectively! Yes you have read that well. Obviously this is not an exact science but it gives you an indication of how fast and furiously these two small SUVs have conquered their home market. This simple observation opens up an era when for their 2nd generation, both the Captur and 2008 have good chances to overtake the Clio (V) and 208 (II) and take control of the overall models ranking. Huge news in a country dominated by superminis every year since… 1974 – bar the Mégane in 1997!

Nissan Qashqai France August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNot my picture, but had to be acknowledged: the new gen Nissan Qashqai

Third main finding: the high amount of 2nd generation Nissan Qashqai already sprawling in both Southern and Parisian streets this month, so soon after its launch. This means the transition between the two generations has been as smooth as Nissan could have hoped for, with the new Qashqai taking the relay exactly where the amazingly successful first generation left it, despite a slightly larger size and a very different look. This is confirmed by monthly sales figures with the Qashqai II already at #15 in July but seeing it with my own eyes had a different impact.

4. Peugeot Boxer France August 2014Peugeot Boxer in Paris – August 2014

As far as new models are concerned, here too the sales ranking gets roughly confirmed in real life which is always a great feeling. I spotted my first two Citroen C4 Cactus (both in the South), in line with its first Top 20 ranking in July, my first Toyota Aygo II and Citroen C1 II but no Peugeot 108 yet – logical as the 3 Kolin triplets are only breaking into the monthly Top 100 now. In the LCV category, quite a few new gen Fiat Ducato and Peugeot Boxer can already be seen working hard in the streets of Paris…

3. Mercedes E Class France August 2014Mercedes E-Class in Paris – August 2014

Finally a Dacia observation: if last year I was impressed to spot one Dacia in every village in the Nice hinterland, this time the main info for the French-Romanian manufacturer is the extremely high incidence of 2nd generation Sandero (regular monthly Top 10 rankings consistently over the past 2 years will do that to you), and more precisely of Sandero Stepway: I estimate that roughly 50% of Sandero I spotted were the ‘pseudo-SUV’ variant of the model.

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France 1-20 August 2014: Volkswagen up 35%, Nissan up 29%

August 30th, 2014 13 comments

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

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After a two month-hiatus due to the summer holidays, the French weekly updates are back on BSCB! Bad news: the French new car market continues to be very wobbly, and August traditionally being by far the slowest month of the year, we have less than 45,000 new registrations over the first 20 days of the month, up 1.3% year-on-year. French manufacturers are particularly weak, holding only 40% of their home market vs. 50.2% year-to-date… Peugeot leads the way at 6,544 sales (-5%) above Citroen (+1%) and Renault (-22%) who traditionally backloads its months so nothing to worry about. Volkswagen (+35%) thanks to the Golf (#4) and Polo (#8) and Nissan (+29%) thanks to the new Qashqai, really impress, while Dacia is up 16% with the Sandero at #3 and the Duster at #6 and Mercedes catches up on a month of August 2013 disrupted by immobilised sales of A and CLA-Class at +90%.

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One year ago: France 1-26 August 2013: Citroen C4 Picasso in shape

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

August 27th, 2014 3 comments

Citroen C1 II France July 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frCitroen C1 II

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As is the tradition on BSCB we now have access to a much more detailed models ranking for France thanks to data published by L’Argus magazine. The most spectacular change vs. the temporary ranking I published earlier in the month is the arrival of the new generation Mini inside the Top 40 at #34 with 1,020 sales, just below the Audi A1 with which it competes. Secondly, the new generation Kolin triplets are now all inside the Top 100: the Peugeot 108 is up 11 spots on June to #60 with 565 sales, the Citroen C1 II is up 29 to #64 at 537 units and the Toyota Aygo II is up 29 to #88 with 378 sales. Notice also the Mercedes GLA down two to #79, the Porsche Macan up 16 to #120 and the Ford Ecosport down 18 to #137.

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

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