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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.

Full Photo Snapshot below.

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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%.

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

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

Full 1-20 August 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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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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Previous month: 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 July 2014 Top 300 models and Top 50 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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.

* The direct links to 61 French Historical Data articles are below! *

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 2 comments

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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