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Is the French car market’s decline is over already? Over the first 11 days of February, new car sales in the country are only down 4% year-on-year to 39,539 registrations. As is the tradition, Peugeot starts the month with a bang at 7,575 units and 19.2% (+19%) while Citroen (-18%) and Renault (-19%) dive. Volkswagen lodges another exceptional score at 11.7% share (+8%) with Dacia following at a massive +110%, Toyota #6 with 1,585 sales and 4% and Mercedes up a whopping 48% year-on-year to #9 at 1,060 units and 2.7% share.
In the models ranking, the Peugeot 208 reigns supreme with 2,717 sales and an excellent 6.9% share while Volkswagen manages to place its two star models on the podium: the Polo is #2 at 1,466 units and 3.7% with the Golf following only 15 sales below. Strikes handicap sales of the Citroen C3 down to #10 but the C4 is up to a very robust 4th place thanks to 1,422 units and 3.6%, relegating the Renault Clio IV to #5. Notice also the Dacia Duster back in shape at #6 whereas the Sandero is out of the Top 10 for now.
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Full 1-11 February 2013 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.