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First 2013 figures are now available for France thanks to Auto Plus. Over the first 3 weeks of the month, the market is down a worrying 16% year-on-year to 66,036 registrations. Brand-wise, Peugeot is in the lead with 15.8% share but drops 19% year-on-year whereas Renault is up 15% to #2 at 9,780 sales and 14.8%, only 33 units above Citroen at -18%. The Peugeot 208 keeps the lead at 3,783 units and 5.7%, a comfortable margin above its archenemy the Renault Clio IV at 2,822 sales and 4.3%.
But the best performance over the period is without a doubt delivered by the Dacia Sandero. Now that the new generation is in full flight, the French-Romanian low-cost model is up to a fantastic 4th place thanks to 2,442 units sold and 3.7% share, up 31% year-on-year. If the Sandero keeps this ranking up until the end of the month, it will be its second highest ever below the #2 spot it hit in March 2010. There are two foreigners in the Top 6: the usual VW Polo and Golf, however down 39% and 38% respectively on a huge start of 2012.
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Full 1-21 January 2013 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.