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.
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.
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.
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