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France 1945: Renault tops charts, Citroen first in private cars

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With the end of World War II, the French vehicle production is starting to perk up again, up from a low of 10,000 in 1944 to 34,625 in 1945. However given by 1944 almost all vehicles produced in the country are trucks destined to be used by the German army, logically in 1945 it is the trucks that are the fastest to ‘recover’, only having to switch back to French users. Only 4.5% of vehicles produced in the country in 1945 are private cars, almost all of them (1,525) being Citroens, potentially the Traction Avant. Renault dominates the overall production charts with 12,010 units (including 12,005 trucks) ahead of Citroen (9,200), Ford (4,900), Peugeot (2,800) and Berliet (1,600). All other manufacturers produce less than 1,000 units this year.

Full Year 1945 Top 15 producer Ranking Table below.

France 1945 – production:

PosBrandTotal 1945TrucksPrivate cars
1Renault12,01012,0055
2Citroen9,2167,6911,525
3Ford SAF4,9164,9079
4Peugeot2,8102,8100
5Berliet1,6471,62720
6Panhard7977925
7Saurer6016010
8Unic5625620
9Williams3463460
10Delahaye Delage3273270
11Rochet Schneider3183180
12Latil1121120
13Bernard93930
14Luc Gourt23230
15Chenard et Watcker22220
16Delaunay-Belleville101
17Lathy110
18Hotchkiss000
19La Licorne000
20Rovin000
21Salmson000
22Simca000
23Talbot000
24Somua000

 

 

 

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