The 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!
First 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%.
The 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.
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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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.
Renault 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.
The 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%).
The 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.
First 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.
Could 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.
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%…
The 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…
The 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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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.
The 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).
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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 2008, January 2009, June 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.