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France 1-19 January 2015: Podium 100% Peugeot

January 31st, 2015 No comments

Peugeot 2008 France January 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frPeugeot 2008

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Over the first 19 days of January, new car sales in France are up a very encouraging 16% on – granted – a catastrophic month of January 2013. Peugeot keeps the lead by far with sales up 28% to 11,000 units, Citroen is only in positive (+2%) thanks to its separation from the premium brand DS (-20%!), Volkswagen is up 25% and stil two units above Renault: that’s never been seen before so late in a month. Nissan is up 23%, Opel up 72% and Mercedes up 75%.

Peugeot 308 France January 2015Can the Peugeot 308 finish the month in pole position in France?

For the first time since BSCB has been following the French market weekly (over a decade), Peugeot manages to monopolises the models sales charts podium with the 308 in pole position (+101%) above the 208 (-5%) and the 2008 (+52%). With the Renault Clio IV taking a lot more time than usual to extricate itself from the depths of the ranking (#6 below the VW Polo and Dacia Sandero), we could be in for an surprise by the time January comes to an end: the Peugeot 308 has a real chance to finish the month at #1, while the 208 (last #1 at home a year ago in January 2014) could also be outsold for the first time by the 2008 given the small crossover’s progression over the past two weeks. Final results are in on Tuesday.

Previous post: France 1-15 January 2015: Peugeot 308 leads the way

Previous month: France December 2014: BMW and Mercedes finish on a high

One year ago: France 1-15 January 2014: Market plunges by 18% year-on-year

Full 1-19 January 2015 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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France Full Year 2014: Renault Captur on podium

January 29th, 2015 1 comment

Renault Captur France 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Captur peaked at a fantastic 2nd place at home in June.

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Just as Europe bounces back (+5%), the UK gains 10% to 2.5 million sales and in the midst of a non-sensical new policy by the French government to wipe diesel cars out, French new car sales are up a minuscule 0.3% year-on-year to 1.795.913 units. The market is stuck below 1.8 million annual units for the second year in a row – the first time this happens in 30 years (1984-1985). Worse: the small YOY increase is only artificial; pumped by short-term rentals (+7%) and company sales (+6%) while private sales drop 2% to just 939.000 units. This almost 600.000 units (39%) below the 1.53 million private sales hit in 2009, pulling the PS ratio down to an all-time low 52.2%.

Renault Clio IV France 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe brands ranking displays a rosier outlook for French manufacturers: Renault, Peugeot (both up 5%), Citroen (+2%) and Dacia (+14%) all outperform the market, with the French-Romanian carmaker hitting 6-figure sales for the first time ever at 102,519. The private sales picture is even shinier: Dacia outsells Volkswagen to rank #3 overall with an astounding 9.3% market share. Only new stand-alone DS crashes down 27% for its inaugural year in market. Nissan (+8%), Opel (+3%), Mercedes (+5%), BMW (+2%) and Skoda (+5%) also lodge positive results inside the Top 20 while Hyundai (-33%) disintegrates as it rebuilds its network of dealers.

The Renault Clio IV remains the most popular nameplate in France for the second year running, ranking #1 every month bar January and improving its sales 2% to 105,182 for a 5.9% share. There is no real competition with its ‘rival’ the Peugeot 208, down 7% to 83,965 units. Below the two leaders, there is a lot of movement in the French models ranking in 2014. Already labelled the stars of 2013, the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 confirm they may well be the way of the future for the two largest French manufacturers. The Captur lands on the podium for its first full year of sales at 62,985 units, peaking at #2 in June, while the 2008 is up 93% year-on-year to #6 and 54,161 sales, its best ranking for the year being #4 in March.

Peugeot 2008 France 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 2008 confirms it is now a sales blockbuster in France.

In a few large European markets like Germany, Spain, Italy or the Netherlands, both the Captur and the 2008 have started outselling their ‘non-crossover’ counterparts the Clio IV and 208, not just as a one-off but repeatedly. What would have been unthinkable just 12 months ago has suddenly become real: at the latest Paris Auto Show, Peugeot PR Manager Marc Bocqué confirmed to me that in a few years, the 2nd generation 2008 outselling the 208 to fight for the overall French pole position is “a true possibility”.

Peugeot 308 France March 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frBest year since 2009 for the Peugeot 308 nameplate at home.

French models being reported by generation gives quite a unique outlook to the local sales charts: the Peugeot 308 II is boosted by its European Car of the Year Title and the success of its station wagon variant up to a fantastic 4th place with 3.4% share for its first full year of sales. It peaked at #3 in May, August and November, which is actually the 308 nameplate’s best ranking at home: the first generation reached it 7 times (June to October 2008January and June 2009). A #4 finish is the 308 nameplate’s highest annual ranking since 2009, with its all-time best remaining the #3 it reached in 2008.

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Previous year: France Full Year 2013: Renault Clio IV marks 15 years of Clio at #1

Two years ago: France Full Year 2012: No car above 100,000 sales for the first time since 1952

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France December 2014: BMW and Mercedes finish on a high

January 29th, 2015 No comments

MINI CooperThe third generation Mini hits a best-ever #26 in France this month.

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December is here to remind the French market it is well and truly stuck in hell: down a horrendous 7% to 163,382 deliveries just as the rest of Europe is slowly shaking off 7 years of recession, which means the final 2014 total is marginally higher than 2013 (+0.3%). December sales figures are always biased by last-minute promotions favouring specific manufacturers and this year is no exception: Volkswagen (8.8% of the market vs. 7.8% in 2014) places the Polo at #6 and the Golf VII at #13, the only two foreign models inside the Top 15, BMW jumps 5 spots on November to an outstanding 6th place with 4.1% share vs. 2.7% over 2014 while Mercedes is up 4 to #8 and 3.8% vs. 2.7%.

Pressdrive Mercedes GLA 2014 Malaga-GranadaThe Mercedes GLA also breaks its French monthly ranking record in December.

Citroen has chosen a very bad timing to separate sales of its DS premium brand: appearing for the first time in the ranking at #18 with 1,950 sales compared to over 3,000 a year ago, an abysmal 36% drop to be compared to -27% over the Full Year 2014… Citroen itself (-21%), Dacia (-18%), Ford, Toyota (both at -22%) and Kia (-27%) also experienced a nightmarish December.

Renault Zoe France December 2014The Renault Zoe lodges its 2nd-ever month above 1,000 sales at home at a record 1,182.

Model-wise, the Renault Clio IV is more dominant than ever at 11,111 sales and 6.8% share, a massive 2.3 percentage points share above its rival the Peugeot 208 (4.5%), threatened for 2nd place by the Renault Captur (4.2%) very regular at the highest levels at home. The Peugeot 308 II continues to satisfy at #4, the Renault Twingo III makes its 2nd-ever appearance in the monthly Top 10 after last September at #10, while the Citroen C4 Cactus (#18), Mini III (#26), Mercedes GLA (#31), Renault ZOE (#32) and VW Golf Sportsvan (#34) all break their monthly ranking records this month. Notice also the Mercedes A-Class and C-Class strong at #25 and #47 respectively.

Lexus NX300h France December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Lexus NX300h already knocks at the French Top 100’s door.

Just outside the Top 50, the Toyota Aygo II also breaks its monthly ranking record in France at #51, as does the BMW 2 Series at #60 thanks to the arrival of the Active Tourer, the Jeep Renegade breaks into the monthly French Top 100 for the first time at #73, the Nissan X-Trail does a good job at replacing the Nissan Qashqai+2 at #76, the BMW X4 is up to #88, the Ford Ecosport at #93, Nissan Pulsar up to #104, Lexus NX300h up to #118 and the Smart Forfour up to #130.

Previous month: France November 2014: Worst November score in 40 years

One year ago: France December 2013: Citroen C3 above Peugeot 208 for the first time

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France 1-15 January 2015: Peugeot 308 leads the way

January 29th, 2015 No comments

Peugeot 308 France January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 308 is the best-selling nameplate in France so far this year.

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After a couple of months hiatus, the weekly updates on the French market are back on BSCB with an encouraging 14% overall year-on-year gain over the first half of January. As a reminder these intermediate figures are always to be taken with a grain of salt as heavily biased by manufacturers policies of either front-loading (Volkswagen) or back-loading (Renault) a month of sales, as well as promotions. In January needs to be added manufacturers that have particularly pushed sales at the end of 2014 and find themselves in a limping mode at the start of the year. In this context, Peugeot leads the manufacturers ranking with sales up 18% year-on-year above Citroen (-11%) while Volkswagen (+34%) stunningly overtakes traditional leader Renault (-6%), very temporarily for sure. Nissan (+7%), Audi (+17%), Mercedes (+95%) and Opel (+79%) are also up.

VW Polo France January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Polo is up 64% year-on-year to climb on the French podium.

The Peugeot 308 is the best-selling nameplate in the country for now, seeing its sales more than double year-on-year thanks to the addition of the station wagon version and the hatchback now cruising at top speed. It is followed by the Peugeot 208 (-12%) while the VW Polo (+64%) and Golf (+32%) both fit inside the Top 4 best-sellers! The Citroen C4 Picasso is up 9% to #5 and the Peugeot 2008 up 32% to #6.

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France November 2014: Worst November score in 40 years

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

Citroën C4 Cactus France November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frSecond incursion inside the Top 20 for the Citroen C4 Cactus – but the sky is grey in France.

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No sign of improvement for the French new car market: down 2% year-on-year in November to just 135.070 registrations, which in itself is not such a worrying decline, except for two things: according to my records, this is the worst November tally in France since 1974 (110.106 registrations) and just below 1996 (135.090). Secondly, the engine that keeps French new car sales afloat is – and that is the most worrying aspect – tactical sales. Short term rentals are up 18% and demo sales to dealerships are up 17%, in effect lifting the market up completely artificially, while private sales are down a horrid 9% or 7,000 units year-on-year and company sales are stable, as French consumers delay whatever big item purchase they can in the wait for better economic times. The 2014 total in France should not grow by more than 1% on 2013 to around 1.815 million units, the third weakest total in the past 20 years below 1997 (1.713.030) and 2013 (1.790.473) and the 5th worst in the past 30 years (add 1993 at 1.721.222 and 1985 at 1.766.328).

Manuel VallsFrench Prime Minister Manuel Valls

This comes just as the French government made another nonsensical announcement, saying it wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for private passenger transport (keeping in mind 80% of French motorists drive diesel-powered cars). Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the government will launch a car identification system that will rank vehicles by the amount of pollution they emit, making it possible for local authorities to limit city access for the dirtiest cars. The latter is good, but does not connect to the former. Anyone even remotely interested in cars will know this, it’s not what goes in that counts in terms of pollution, it’s what comes out. Diesel does not equal dirty anymore, as stringent European emissions standards have already forced French manufacturers to design low-emission diesel engines that pollute less than most petrol engines. Targeting diesel will handicap French manufacturers in one of the only areas they are really good at, and will force French drivers onto less fuel-efficient petrol vehicles… (if the government think French consumers will flock to buy electric cars as a result of this measure it is sorely mistaken) So on behalf of French carmakers and drivers, thank you for nothing Michel Valls!

DS3 Racing France November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDS sales are down a worrying 22% in France, just as it becomes a full-blown brand.

Brand-wise, Renault leads but is two full percentage points below its YTD market share at 17.4% vs. 19.6%, with Peugeot just below at 16.9% vs. 17.1% YTD. Citroen is hit hard at -16% to 12% share, its lowest so far this year. It will get worse, as the DS series, a full-blown brand since June this year, will be counted separately in official rankings from next January onwards. Isolated, DS is down a harsh 22% to 2,055 sales and 1.5% share – equivalent to a #15 ranking and leaving Citroen with just 10.5% share, low enough to start feeling Volkswagen’s breath on its neck (8.5% in November). Dacia pauses at only +2% this month (+18% YOY) but the growth should resume once the Lodgy and Dokker Stepway kick in. Toyota is up two spots on October to rank #6 and #2 foreigner below Volkswagen, Nissan is up 29% due solely to demo sales up 3-fold while private sales are down 1%, Opel up 14%, BMW up 31%, Mercedes up 25% and Seat up 17%.

Peugeot 208 France November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 208 is #1 with private buyers in France this month.

The Renault Clio IV retains its crown this month but drops 5% YOY to 7,063 sales and 5.2% while the Peugeot 208 is up 1% to 6,442 and 4.8% and, most importantly, tops the overall private sales charts, outselling both the Clio IV and Dacia Sandero. The Peugeot 308 is up a mammoth 78% YOY thanks to the new generation and its station wagon variant to climb back on the French podium for the third time in the past 7 months at #3 with 5,649 sales and 4.2%, this generation’s best market share so far and the 308 nameplate’s best since June 2009. The Renault Captur is back up two spots on October to reclaim the small SUV lead over the Peugeot 2008 with 4,481 sales vs. 3,851 while the Dacia Duster is up 4 to #8, its best ranking since last April. The VW Polo (#7) and Golf VII (#13) are the only two foreign models inside the French Top 15 this month (12 in the Top 30).

Mercedes Benz; C-Klasse T-Modell Fahrvorstellung, Frankfurt/Deidesheim, C-250 Brillintblau met. AvantgardeMercedes sales are up 25% this month in France.

Further down, the Renault Twingo III is up 6 ranks on last month to #14, the Citroen C4 Cactus breaks into the Top 20 at home for the 2nd time after last July, the Opel Mokka is up 3 spots to a record #21, the brand’s best-seller by far, the VW Tiguan is up 6 to #22, the Audi A3 up a further two to #24, the Peugeot 108 down two to #25 and Citroen C1 II up 4 to #26. The Mini III is stable at an excellent 32nd place vs. #60 year-to-date, the Ford Kuga is up 5 to #36 vs. #54, the Mercedes C-Class up 8 to #37 vs. #59 and the VW Golf Sportsvan is solid at #41 vs. #87 YTD.

Previous post: France 1-19 November 2014: Peugeot 308 keeps Clio at bay

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

One year ago: France November 2013: Peugeot 2008 confirms #4 spot above Renault Captur

Full November 2014 Top 18 brands and Top 60 models Ranking Tables below.

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

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France 1-19 November 2014: Peugeot 308 keeps Clio at bay

November 29th, 2014 No comments

Peugeot 308The Peugeot 308 is #2 at home so far this month.

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While the rest of Europe is seeing la vie en rose and will register its first positive year since 2007, the outlook for the French market is still grey: after 18 days in November it is down 6% on the same month last year which was the worst in 16 years… Brand-wise, Peugeot stays on top for now with sales down just 1% above Renault (-18%) and Citroen (-20%). Volkswagen (+1%), Dacia (+6%), Toyota (+3%), Nissan (+10%), Ford (+7%) and Opel (+3%) buck the trend and register YOY gains. French manufacturers only account for 43% of sales so far in November. The Peugeot 208 surprises and actually improves on the same period last month at +4% to keep the lead ahead of the Peugeot 308 (+71%) and Renault Clio IV (-7%). The VW Polo (+9%) remains inside the Top 5, and the only foreigner in the Top 10 now that the Toyota Yaris and VW Golf dropped off. The Peugeot 2008 is up to #6 and the Dacia Duster is up 125% to #10.

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One year ago: France 1-18 November 2013: Citroen C3 leads, could the Peugeot 2008 hit the month end podium?

Full 1-19 November 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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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%.

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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.

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

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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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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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