I have now uploaded French Historical Data from 1981 to 1989. This is the time I started getting interested in car sales so I have pretty detailed information for that period: an Annual Top 10/15/20 best-selling models and from 1982 onwards each monthly market share for the Top 10 best-selling French models…Yes sir!
The eighties started like the seventies ended in France: with the Renault 5 in the lead. It held pole position for three more years from 1981 to 1983 before giving up the lead to the Peugeot 205: after a laborious first year of existence at a shy 6th place in 1983 it took off with the arrival of the 2-door and GTI versions in 1984 and led the French market that year and in 1985. The 205 hit its highest monthly market share in February 1985 at an imposing 15.4%.
With the arrival of the Renault Supercinq in 1984 started the most disputed fight for the best-seller title the French market had seen. A battle that extends to today with the Clio vs. 207 rivalry. The Supercinq managed to come first ahead of the 205 each following 4 years, holding the top spot from 1986 to 1989 and hitting its best market share in March 1986 at 13.6%.
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