* NOW UPDATED with April data! See the Top 10 best-selling models by clicking on the title *
After New Caledonia, thanks to Sonico now we have access to another overseas French territory: the Réunion Island, home of 800,000 inhabitants and located East of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The new car market on the Island fares a little better than in metropolitan France: at 1,697 registrations in January split between 1,350 Passenger Cars and 347 Light Commercial Vehicles , it is down 8% year-on-year vs. -16% in France overall.
The Peugeot 208 is the most popular model on the Island in January with a much higher market share than in metropolitan France at 10.4% thanks to 177 sales. It is followed closely by the Renault Clio at 167 units and 9.8%. Far, far below we find the Citroen C3 at 3.4% ahead of the VW Golf and Renault Megane. Notice also the Nissan Juke at a brilliant #6. Brand-wise, Peugeot dominates, followed by Renault, Citroen and Volkswagen.
UPDATE: April Passenger car sales are up 10% year-on-year while LCVs are down 9%. Renault is up a whopping 84% ahead of Peugeot down 12%. Citroen ranks third (+5%) followed by Volkswagen, Dacia (+81%), Hyundai (+10%), Toyota (-23%), Ford (+28%), Nissan (-18%) and Audi (-7%).
Full January 2013 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.