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New car sales in France are down 12% year-on-year in February to 143,366 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 268,164 units, down 13% on 2012. As I predicted in my last update, whereas the Peugeot 208 has led for most of the month it is the Renault Clio IV that finishes February in pole position for only the 2nd time ever after last November thanks to 8,499 sales for a 5.9% market share, its highest so far. The Clio IV even takes the lead in the year-to-date ranking at 15,094 units and 5.6% vs. 14,354 and 5.4% for the Peugeot 208, #2 this month with 7,474 sales and 5.2%. What could have been a historical month for both the VW Golf and Dacia Duster ended up… not being one.
Only 89 sales (!) separate the #3, the Renault Scenic from the #7, the VW Golf… In between we have the Renault Megane at #3, the Dacia Duster equalling its highest ranking ever also reached in November 2011 at #5 with 3,996 sales and 2.8%, the Citroen C4 doing the same at #6 with 3,986 units, it also ranked in that position in October 2005, August 2006 and February 2007. Finally the VW Golf, even though it spent most of the most in third place, ends up 7th at 3,984 sales, its highest ranking since last May. Notice also the Renault Twingo back within the Top 10 for the first time since last October at #8.
Further down, thanks to the new generation the Toyota Auris is up 15 spots on January to #33, potentially its highest ever ranking in France, the Ford B-Max improves its share to 0.8% thanks to 1,091 sales at #35, the Fiat 500L is up 49 ranks to break into the French Top 50 for the first time at #36, the Opel Mokka is stable at #39, the Citroen C4 Aircross is up 11 to #50, Hyundai i20 up 19 to #53, Hyundai i30 up 16 to #55 and Dacia Dokker down 5 to #78.
A few much anticipated newcomers make their first appearance in the French models ranking this month: the Renault Zoe lands directly at #87 with 440 sales, the Opel Adam ranks #89 at 419 units, the Peugeot 2008 sells 107 demonstration models and the Renault Captur sells 77, in advance of their world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.
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Full February 2013 Top 120 models Ranking Table below.