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France 1992: Renault Clio starts its reign

Renault Clio

* See the Top 233 best-selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at end of post! Many thanks to STAC for making this post possible! *

French car sales are up 4% this year to 2,105,700 registrations. 18 months after its original launch, the Renault Clio finds its mark and dominates the whole year, ranking 1st from January to December and peaking at 12.6% in October for what still remains today its best ever monthly market share. It finishes the year at 233,209 units and 11.1% market share, up 21%.

Renault 19

Boosted by its facelift, the Renault 19 climbs onto the second step of the podium with 148,392 sales and 7% share, up 25%. The Peugeot 205 drops to 3rd place at 129,546 units and 6.2%, giving way to the Peugeot 106. The relay was passed in October when the 106 ranked above the 205 for the first time and kept the lead for the rest of the year. The 106 finished the year at #7 with 97,820 sales and 4.6%.

Peugeot 106

Other good performers this year: the Citroen ZX up 3 spots and 53% to #6 at 98,578 units (4.7%). The VW Golf up 36% to 83,402 sales and 4%, the best ever annual market share for a foreign model in France. The Ford Fiesta, up 9% to 79,513 units and 3.8%, the Opel Astra, up to #16 for its first full year of sales with 34,539 sales and 1.6% and the Renault Safrane, best newcomer landing directly in 19th place at 29,510 units and 1.4% share.

Ferrari F40

Further down the ranking, notice the arrival of the first South Korean models ever to be available in France: the Hyundai Pony is #117 with 632 sales, the Hyundai Lantra is #125 at 473 units, the Hyundai Scoupe #162 with 100 sales and the Hyundai Sonata #164 at 84 units.

Daihatsu also makes its first appearance in France with the Charade best-seller at #173 and 64 sales, and so does Subaru with the Legacy selling 60 units (#176). See also the Ferrari 512 landing at #166 with 75 sales, just below the Ferrari 348 (115 units), while the Ferrari F40 sees its sales jump 67% to 10 units…

Previous year: see the 1991 French Top 217 best-selling models here.

Full Year 1992 Top 233 and every monthly Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

You can check out every monthly Top 10 for 1992 here:

Here is the Top 30 in images I created at the time as a 14 year-old:

France Full Year 1992:

PosModel1992%92/911991%Pos
1Renault Clio233,20911.1%21%193,4309.5%2
2Renault 19148,3927.0%25%118,2755.8%3
3Peugeot 205129,5466.2%-35%200,7819.9%1
4Renault 21107,2895.1%-2%109,6415.4%4
5Peugeot 405104,3185.0%-2%106,3925.2%5
6Citroen ZX98,5784.7%53%64,2613.2%9
7Peugeot 10697,8204.6%268%26,5471.3%18
8Citroen AX83,6864.0%-12%94,9564.7%6
9VW Golf83,4024.0%36%61,2473.0%11
10Ford Fiesta79,5133.8%9%72,7773.6%7
11Opel Corsa62,0402.9%-1%62,9203.1%10
12Peugeot 30956,3522.7%-21%71,4583.5%8
13Ford Escort53,7872.6%-9%58,8772.9%12
14Renault Supercinq47,1532.2%0%47,2832.3%15
15Fiat Uno44,8612.1%-7%48,1852.4%14
16Opel Astra34,5391.6%564%5,2000.3%48
17VW Polo32,4211.5%19%27,2521.3%17
18Citroen BX31,8651.5%-42%55,3072.7%13
19Renault Safrane29,5101.4%new00.0% –
20Renault Espace28,4181.3%22%23,2321.1%24
21Opel Vectra26,0391.2%50%17,3680.9%29
22Fiat Tipo24,4991.2%-2%24,9761.2%19
23Audi 8021,4901.0%24%17,3830.9%28
24BMW Serie 321,3561.0%9%19,5481.0%26
25Seat Ibiza20,0881.0%-18%24,3701.2%22
26Fiat Panda17,1580.8%-23%22,3391.1%25
27Peugeot 60516,7240.8%-33%24,8991.2%20
28Ford Orion16,7080.8%-33%24,7661.2%21
29Citroen XM16,3900.8%-30%23,4531.2%23
30Ford Sierra15,1590.7%-6%16,1270.8%31
31Rover 20013,6180.6%16%11,7390.6%36
32Seat Toledo13,3180.6%219%4,1710.2%58
33VW Passat13,3080.6%-27%18,1290.9%27
34Mercedes 200/30012,1830.6%0%12,1230.6%35
35Nissan Primera11,2540.5%-10%12,4410.6%33
36Mercedes 19011,0590.5%-10%12,2410.6%34
37Rover 10010,8510.5%-4%11,2920.6%37
38Nissan Sunny9,5410.5%12%8,5120.4%39
39Fiat Tempra9,2470.4%-28%12,8800.6%32
40Renault 258,9830.4%-74%34,1351.7%16
41Mazda 3238,8830.4%-12%10,0840.5%38
42BMW Serie 58,7220.4%9%8,0230.4%40
43Renault 48,0080.4%13%7,0640.3%43
44Chrysler Voyager7,1390.3%69%4,2190.2%57
45Honda Civic6,8880.3%5%6,5490.3%44
46Renault Express6,2040.3%34%4,6180.2%56
47Fiat Croma5,9040.3%-24%7,8070.4%41
48Lancia Y105,5800.3%-3%5,7670.3%47
49Rover Mini5,3130.3%-12%6,0580.3%45
50Honda Concerto5,2360.2%2%5,1110.3%51
51Nissan Micra4,9330.2%-5%5,1730.3%50
52Seat Marbella4,8480.2%1%4,7940.2%55
53Audi 100/2004,7900.2%-1%4,8330.2%54
54VW Vento4,7530.2%new00.0% –
55Toyota Carina4,1680.2%8%3,8600.2%59
56Alfa 334,0750.2%-43%7,1330.4%42
57Mazda 6263,8630.2%-26%5,1990.3%49
58Volvo 9003,4100.2%71%1,9910.1%72
59Rover 8003,2550.2%31%2,4800.1%66
60Skoda Favorit3,2010.2%-14%3,7420.2%60
61Lancia Dedra3,1190.1%-46%5,8130.3%46
62Fiat Cinquecento3,0220.1%new00.0% –
63Toyota Corolla2,9130.1%-41%4,9390.2%53
64Renault Trafic2,8540.1%9%2,6260.1%63
65Opel Calibra2,8130.1%9%2,5800.1%64
66Rover 4002,5740.1%3%2,5020.1%65
67Lada Samara2,5380.1%-50%5,0730.2%52
68Volvo 4402,4090.1%32%1,8230.1%74
69Nissan 100 NX2,2640.1%153%8940.0%105
70Volvo 8502,0630.1%new00.0% –
71Volvo 4601,9470.1%103%9570.0%99
72Alfa 1551,8600.1%new00.0% –
73Ford Scorpio1,8530.1%-9%2,0300.1%70
74Opel Omega1,8220.1%-32%2,6650.1%61
75VW Transporter1,8090.1%47%1,2300.1%91
76Toyota Lite-Ace1,7780.1%7%1,6690.1%78
77Nissan Patrol1,6980.1%-16%2,0270.1%71
78Toyota Land-Cruiser1,6580.1%13%1,4610.1%84
79Mitsubishi Pajero1,5880.1%97%8060.0%113
80Honda Accord1,5850.1%-2%1,6220.1%80
81Peugeot J51,5630.1%14%1,3690.1%86
82Ebro Vanette1,5290.1%28%1,1920.1%92
83Jeep Cherokee1,5050.1%-43%2,6480.1%62
84Toyota Starlet1,5010.1%75%8580.0%111
85Saab 90001,4610.1%-1%1,4720.1%83
86Opel Frontera1,4350.1%new00.0% –
87Alfa 1641,4090.1%-42%2,4110.1%67
88Honda Prelude1,4040.1%59%8830.0%109
89Volvo Serie 2001,3710.1%-24%1,8120.1%77
90Land Rover Discovery1,2760.1%-19%1,5720.1%82
91Citroen C151,2590.1%182%4460.0%130
92Toyota Previa1,2560.1%-14%1,4580.1%85
93Santana Vitara1,2390.1%-26%1,6660.1%79
94Lada Niva1,1560.1%-28%1,6020.1%81
95Ford Transit1,1440.1%49%7670.0%115
96Lancia Thema1,1320.1%-38%1,8350.1%73
97Citroen C251,1320.1%-5%1,1890.1%93
98Lada Sagona1,1300.1%78%6350.0%120
99Lancia Delta1,1220.1%32%8500.0%112
100Saab 9001,0690.1%18%9090.0%103
101Mazda 1211,0460.0%8%9660.0%97
102Mercedes Classe S1,0390.0%-10%1,1600.1%94
103Range Rover1,0310.0%-23%1,3420.1%87
104BMW Serie 79470.0%-7%1,0220.1%96
105Ebro Patrol9350.0%0%9310.0%101
106Alfa 758450.0%-60%2,1210.1%69
107Toyota Camry8300.0%714%1020.0%158
108Mitsubishi Colt8040.0%-35%1,2330.1%90
109Rover Montego7850.0%-57%1,8230.1%75
110Mazda MX-37750.0%new50.0%208
111Pontiac Transporter7690.0%41%5450.0%124
112Ford Courrier7450.0%1593%440.0%178
113Santana SJ/Jimny7240.0%-7%7770.0%114
114Volvo 4807180.0%4%6890.0%117
115VW Corrado7150.0%-18%8760.0%110
116Jaguar6350.0%-33%9430.0%100
117Hyundai Pony6320.0%new00.0% –
118Nissan Prairie6230.0%-6%6620.0%119
119Mitsubishi Space Wagon6210.0%82%3420.0%138
120Mitsubishi Lancer5630.0%-38%9020.0%104
121Toyota Celica5430.0%-41%9260.0%102
122Mazda MX-65040.0%new00.0% –
123Opel Kadett4850.0%-97%16,8490.8%30
124Lada 21044840.0%-46%8920.0%106
125Hyundai Lantra4730.0%new00.0% –
126Zaz Tavria4510.0%-59%1,1130.1%95
127Toyota 4 Runner4350.0%-35%6660.0%118
128Nissan Terrano4160.0%-22%5350.0%125
129Porsche 9114090.0%-32%6030.0%121
130Mercedes Roadster3820.0%9%3520.0%137
131Mitsubishi Galant3740.0%-21%4750.0%128
132Jeep Wrangler3710.0%-36%5780.0%123
133Nissan 200 SX3600.0%-13%4160.0%132
134Audi Coupe3530.0%-40%5840.0%122
135Toyota MR23520.0%-31%5070.0%127
136Chrysler Le Baron3290.0%-11%3680.0%136
137Honda Legend3080.0%-23%3990.0%133
138Mercedes MB2880.0%21%2390.0%140
139Maruti 8002790.0%-78%1,2890.1%89
140Mazda MX-52750.0%-69%8910.0%108
141Buick Park Avenue2600.0%40%1860.0%146
142Audi Cabriolet2410.0%127%1060.0%156
143Fiat Fiorino2250.0%174%820.0%168
144Porsche 9682130.0%661%280.0%183
145Martin2060.0%261%570.0%176
146Peugeot 5052000.0%-85%1,3320.1%88
147Chrysler Saratoga1960.0%184%690.0%174
148VW Jetta1950.0%-91%2,1520.1%68
149Mazda Xedos1850.0%new00.0% –
150Grandin/Dallas1830.0%200%610.0%175
151Fiat 1261780.0%-74%6980.0%116
152Moskvitch Aleko1770.0%-67%5310.0%126
153Nissan Maxima1620.0%25%1300.0%153
154Mercedes Classe G1590.0%-2%1630.0%148
155Alfa Spider1490.0%-66%4320.0%131
156Seat Terra1480.0%15%1290.0%154
157Volvo 7001150.0%-87%8920.0%107
158Ferrari 3481150.0%-15%1360.0%151
159SMS1090.0%new70.0%203
160Renault Alpine1030.0%-35%1580.0%150
161Zastava Yugo1020.0%-53%2150.0%143
162Hyundai Scoupe1000.0%new00.0% –
163Land Rover980.0%23%800.0%169
164Hyundai Sonata840.0%new00.0% –
165GME Midi830.0%-38%1340.0%152
166Ferrari 512750.0%new00.0% –
167UMM Alter720.0%-18%880.0%163
168Suzuki Swift720.0%new00.0% –
169Lexus LS690.0%-28%960.0%160
170Daimler680.0%-60%1680.0%147
171Chevrolet Blazer650.0%new20.0%213
172Lotus640.0%-38%1040.0%157
173Daihatsu Charade640.0%new00.0% –
174BMW 850620.0%-76%2570.0%139
175Chevrolet Beretta600.0%5%570.0%177
176Subaru Legacy600.0%new00.0% –
177Suzuki Vitara600.0%new00.0% –
178Nissan 300 ZX590.0%-63%1590.0%149
179Seat Malaga580.0%-97%1,8190.1%76
180Honda NSX570.0%-42%990.0%159
181Chevrolet Corvette570.0%613%80.0%201
182Porsche 928520.0%-33%780.0%170
183Porsche 944510.0%-76%2160.0%142
184Daihatsu Applause480.0%new00.0% –
185Opel Senator440.0%-65%1270.0%155
186Chevrolet Corsica430.0%59%270.0%184
187Caterham420.0%110%200.0%191
188Zastava Florida390.0%-92%4620.0%129
189Rover Minimoke370.0%new00.0% –
190Ford Aerostar360.0%-83%2150.0%144
191Toyota Supra300.0%-66%880.0%164
192Maserati280.0%-32%410.0%179
193Citroen 2CV270.0%-64%760.0%172
194Ferrari Mondial T270.0%8%250.0%185
195Mazda 929240.0%-73%880.0%165
196BMW Z1230.0%-75%930.0%161
197Cadillac Seville230.0%53%150.0%197
198Opel Monterey230.0%new00.0% –
199Daihatsu Feroza220.0%new00.0% –
200Audi 90190.0%-95%3820.0%134
201Daimler Double 6190.0%-34%290.0%181
202Lamborghini Diablo190.0%-21%240.0%187
203Auverland170.0%-41%290.0%182
204Mazda RX7150.0%-6%160.0%195
205Bentley130.0%-46%240.0%188
206Chrysler ES120.0%-85%780.0%171
207Morgan110.0%-27%150.0%198
208Cadillac Eldorado100.0%25%80.0%202
209Ferrari F40100.0%67%60.0%206
210Alfa Romeo SZ90.0%-44%160.0%196
211Ferrari Testarossa80.0%-91%910.0%162
212Donkervoort80.0%-60%200.0%192
213FSO Polonez70.0%-92%860.0%166
214Rolls-Royce60.0%-65%170.0%193
215Volvo Serie 30050.0%-98%2150.0%145
216Bab Buggy50.0%-50%100.0%200
217Mercedes 1 7750.0%0%50.0%209
218Peugeot Original50.0%new00.0% –
219Citroen CX30.0%-99%2280.0%141
220125 P30.0%-96%750.0%173
221Pontiac Grandprix20.0%-92%250.0%186
222Citroen Original20.0%-82%110.0%199
223PGO20.0%-71%70.0%204
224Cadillac Fleetwood20.0%-67%60.0%207
225Innocenti 500/65020.0%-33%30.0%211
226Iveco/Fiat 35 820.0%new00.0% –
227Rover Metro10.0%-100%9580.0%98
228Renault Original10.0%-94%170.0%194
229Aston Martin Virage10.0%-75%40.0%210
230Skoda S13010.0%-67%30.0%212
231Lamborghini Countach10.0%-50%20.0%214
232Cadillac Allante10.0%new00.0% –
233Iveco/Fiat 35 1010.0%new00.0% –

Source: L’Argus, Auto Plus, STAC

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