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France: 1949-1980 Historical Data now available!

1956 Renault Dauphine

I have now uploaded French Historical Data spanning 30 years post-War. Witness the Renault 4CV take command of the market until 1956 when it was passed by Simca Aronde then the Renault Dauphine peaking at an impressive 395,000 units produced in 1959.

1967 Renault 4

1961 Citroen Ami 6

1971 Peugeot 204

In 1962, the Renault 4L, which would become the most produced French model in history at over 8 million units, grabs the pole position and leads the way up until 1968, only interrupted by the Citroen Ami 6 in 1966 – the last time a Citroen ranked #1 in France at year-end! The Peugeot 204 is the favourite of French consumers for 3 years after that, before letting the Simca 1100 (in 1972) and the Renault 12 (1973) climb on the highest step.

1979 Renault 5

In 1974 the Renault 5 accesses the throne and will keep the title of best-selling car in France for a full decade, peaking at a still unsurpassed 16% market share in 1980 with just under 300,000 units sold that year.

Lastly a bit of trivia for you: the legendary Citroen 2CV, produced from 1949 to 1990 at a total of 5,114,961 units and one of France’s most successful models ever, never ranked #1 while the Ami 6, a much less successful model overall, did.

Click on ‘Read more’ below for the direct links to these 15 new posts.

General French Historical Data pages are here (up to 1980) and here (1949 to 1973).

France 1949-1980 Historical Data:

Click on the year or the model to access the full article (note some years are grouped into one same article so you may link to the same article more than once).

YearFrance Best-sellerSalesShare
1949Renault 4CVn/an/a
1950Renault 4CV50,29128.9%
1951Renault 4CVn/an/a
1952Renault 4CVn/an/a
1953Renault 4CVn/an/a
1954Renault 4CVn/an/a
1955Renault 4CVn/an/a
1956Simca Aronden/an/a
1957Renault Dauphinen/an/a
1958Renault Dauphine (p)280,00030.9%
1959Renault Dauphine (p)395,00038.3%
1960Renault Dauphine (p)382,00036.1%
1961Renault Dauphine (p)267,00036.1%
1962Renault 4L (p)197,00015.5%
1963Renault 4L (p)233,00015.9%
1964Renault 4Ln/an/a
1965Renault 4L (p)182,00012.8%
1966Citroen Ami 6165,000n/a
1967Renault 4170,00013.8%
1968Renault 4174,00013.4%
1969Peugeot 204150,00011.0%
1970Peugeot 204n/an/a
1971Peugeot 204n/an/a
1972Simca 1100n/an/a
1973Renault 12n/an/a
1974Renault 5154,00011.0%
1975Renault 5151,20010.2%
1976Renault 5165,3828.9%
1977Renault 5n/a10.1%
1978Renault 5n/a10.0%
1979Renault 5n/a10.8%
1980Renault 5299,71216.0%

(p): Production figure

See the 1981-1989 France Historical Data post here

See the 1990-2010 France Historical Data post here

Source: Wikipedia, L’Auto Journal

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