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Experts had predicted the French market would fall by over 10% year-on-year in November. Not so. Once again, car sales in France impress with their hold at -8% and 179,038 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 2,016,412 units, down just 0.3%. The Renault Clio reinforces its leadership with 9,937 sales and 5.5% share, now at 118,135 units and 5.9% year-to-date vs. 94,485 and 4.7% for the Peugeot 207, #2 this month at only 4.2%. 2011 will end up being one of the Clio’s easiest cruises to pole position, with 8 months out of 11 at #1…
The Renault Megane is stable in 3rd place at 3.7% and now threatens the Citroen C3 for a spot on the 2011 podium with 72,688 sales vs. 73,956 for the Citroen, #6 this month. The Renault Twingo confirms it is back to its traditional levels thanks to its quirky facelift, #4 this month at 3.5%.
The performance of the month goes to the Dacia Duster: up 2 spots on October it breaks into the French monthly Top 5 for the very first time at #5 with 5,783 sales and 3.2%, which are ranking, volume and market share records for the model! Dacia has a stellar month due to the return to full availability of its entire range: the Sandero stays in 15th place but improves to 1.9% share, its best in 10 months, while the Logan is up 25 spots on October to rank #33 with 1,328 sales, its best position in 15 months. Notice also the very first unit of the Dacia Lodgy registered this month.
Other great performers this month include the Ford C-Max up to #21 at 2,543 units and 1.4%, the Nissan Micra up 14 ranks to #30 and 1,524 sales, the BMW X1 breaking into the Top 50 at #48, the Kia Rio up 16 spots to #63, the Range Rover Evoque up 16 ranks also to #79 and the Audi Q3 breaking into the French Top 100 for the first time at #88 with 393 units sold.
As far as French newcomers are concerned, November is also a rich month. The Citroen DS5 makes its very first appearance in the monthly Top 100 in 74th position with 524 sales and 0.3% share. In anticipation for its March 2012 launch, 184 dealership units of the all-new Peugeot 208 are delivered this month, placing Peugeot’s future best-seller at #123…
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Full November 2011 Top 200 and Year-to-date 2011 Top 285 Ranking Tables below.