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France March 2013: Nissan Qashqai in Top 10! Renault Captur #35!

Nissan Qashqai France March 2013. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusNissan Qashqai

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It’s definitely not a good year for new car sales in France, down another 16% year-on-year in March to 165,244 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 433,297 units, down 15% on 2012. The overall context might be depressed, but similarly to its LCV counterpart, the Passenger Cars models ranking enjoys one of its most eventful months ever in March! Let’s start with the Renault Clio IV taking a (definitive?) advantage over its archenemy the Peugeot 208: it sells 12,524 units for a 7.6% market share (both records for the Clio IV) vs. just 9,658 and 5.8% for the 208, meaning that the Clio IV is now almost one percentage point above the 208 year-to-date.

Peugeot 3008 France March 2013Peugeot 3008

Second significant event: even though the facelifted model is on the verge of hitting the roads, the Peugeot 3008 is up 6 spots on February to land at a best-ever 4th place this month thanks to 3,859 sales and 2.3% share. Previous best was #5 in May 2011. The Citroen C3 is back up 8 to 5th place while the VW Golf is up one to #6 in spite of seeing its market share slide down from 2.8% last month to 2.3%. This is simply the Golf’s highest monthly ranking in France ever. Yep. Just like that. The last time the Golf reached that level was in… September 1998!

Nissan Juke France March 2013Nissan Juke

But wait there’s more, much more. We have been seeing this coming from a mile out but it is now done: at #9 with 3,381 sales and 2% share, the Nissan Qashqai becomes only the second Japanese model to ever break into the monthly French Top 10 ranking after the Toyota Yaris did so in January and March 2007. Make that two records for Nissan in France this month: the Juke is up 3 ranks to also lodge its highest ever ranking at #19, meaning it is the second time Nissan places two models within the French Top 20 after March 2012.

Renault Captur France March 2013Renault Captur

The Renault Captur breaks into the Top 50 for the first time to land directly in 35th position with 1,216 sales and 0.7% share, the Renault Zoe does the same (breaking into the Top 50), up 47 spots on last month to #40 at 1,089 units and 0.7%, helped by 500 sales in the Alsace region where an additional 5,000 euros incentive on top of the 7,000 offered by the government make it a bargain indeed. Note 56% of all Zoe sold in France this month were to private buyers, 14% to companies and 28% to dealerships.

Renault Zoe France March 2013Renault Zoe

Finally, notice the Ford Fiesta up 6 ranks on February to #14, the Opel Corsa up 10 to #16, Ford B-Max up 6 to #29, Fiat Panda up 31 to #32, Audi A3 up 14 to #33 and the Fiat 500L up a further two to #34. The Opel Adam is out of the Top 100 again with 179 sales and the Peugeot 2008 is getting ready to roar at 113 units sold.

Previous post: France 1-25 March 2013: Renault Clio IV back in pole position

Previous month: France February 2013: Renault Clio IV leads, Zoe in Top 100

One year ago: France March 2012: Peugeot 208 lands at #16, Nissan impresses

Full March 2013 Top 100 models and Top 18 brands Ranking Tables below.

France March 2013 – brands:


France March 2013 – models:

1Renault Clio 412,5247.6%127,6456.4%126
2Peugeot 2089,6585.8%224,0105.5%22
3Renault Mégane5,3743.3%413,3253.1%34
4Peugeot 30083,8592.3%1010,2432.4%78
5Citroen C33,8302.3%1310,9372.5%53
6VW Golf3,7442.3%710,8072.5%612
7Renault Scénic3,6572.2%311,5032.7%45
8Renault Twingo3,5562.2%810,2052.4%811
9Nissan Qashqai3,3812.0%148,1771.9%1316
10Citroen C43,1761.9%610,1022.3%1010
11Dacia Sandero2,9691.8%169,0672.1%1118
12Peugeot 3082,9571.8%128,2311.9%126
13VW Polo2,9441.8%910,1512.3%97
14Ford Fiesta2,8231.7%206,4611.5%1815
15Citroen C4 Picasso2,7291.7%157,5081.7%1613
16Opel Corsa2,5991.6%265,0861.2%2417
17Peugeot 207+2,5701.6%117,9751.8%159
18Toyota Yaris2,5601.5%196,6941.5%1721
19Nissan Juke2,4701.5%225,7081.3%2127
20Citroen DS32,2681.4%285,1771.2%2320
21Citroen C3 Picasso2,1341.3%185,5311.3%2222
22Peugeot 5082,0701.3%215,7461.3%2019
23Dacia Duster1,9821.2%58,1691.9%1414
24Peugeot 50081,8951.1%254,6201.1%2724
25VW Tiguan1,8601.1%234,8151.1%2523
26Fiat 5001,7471.1%244,7811.1%2630
27Renault Clio Collection1,7341.0%176,2721.4%191
28Ford C-Max1,5520.9%313,8990.9%2928
29Ford B-Max1,3970.8%353,4040.8%30n/a
30Mercedes Classe A1,3670.8%274,1491.0%2861
31Mercedes Classe B1,3270.8%403,1510.7%3538
32Fiat Panda1,2810.8%632,6390.6%4647
33Audi A31,2710.8%472,5650.6%4755
34Fiat 500L1,2560.8%362,7030.6%43n/a
35Renault Captur1,2160.7%n/a1,2930.3%86 –
36Toyota Auris1,2050.7%333,0610.7%3671
37Renault Laguna1,1930.7%293,3290.8%3333
38VW Touran1,1500.7%383,2580.8%3432
39BMW Serie 11,1310.7%422,7720.6%4142
40Renault ZOE1,0890.7%871,5990.4%76n/a
41Mini (e)1,0730.6%452,6420.6%4543
42Citroen DS41,0370.6%323,3310.8%3237
43Citroen C51,0230.6%342,9380.7%3731
44Dacia Lodgy1,0180.6%303,3570.8%3140
45Seat Ibiza9960.6%462,6660.6%4434
46Peugeot 1079890.6%442,8040.6%4044
47BMW Serie 39770.6%412,8480.7%3946
48Citroen C19270.6%372,8550.7%3836
49VW Passat9200.6%522,2570.5%5150
50Ford Focus9110.6%482,4050.6%4939
51Audi A18960.5%432,7070.6%4235
52Audi Q38580.5%581,9880.5%5470
53Kia Cee’d8510.5%771,8170.4%6694
54Ford Kuga8460.5%701,8460.4%6465
55Opel Astra8210.5%561,9830.5%5549
56Alfa Romeo Giulietta7970.5%881,6160.4%7578
57Citroen Berlingo7860.5%602,0830.5%5352
58VW Up!7840.5%541,9290.4%5972
59Kia Sportage7710.5%591,9580.5%5759
60Hyundai ix357680.5%661,7060.4%7175
61Opel Meriva7550.5%611,7700.4%6945
62Toyota Aygo7550.5%821,6210.4%7473
63Renault Kangoo7480.5%512,3770.5%5041
64Skoda Fabia7400.4%721,8880.4%6260
65Suzuki Swift7080.4%691,9670.5%5658
66Audi A46880.4%571,9110.4%6056
67Peugeot Partner6860.4%671,8980.4%6153
68Kia Rio6840.4%841,8840.4%6367
69Opel Mokka6810.4%392,5500.6%48n/a
70Citroen DS56780.4%492,1870.5%5251
71Toyota Verso6700.4%801,7610.4%7069
72Hyundai i306610.4%551,8460.4%6593
73Mini Countryman (e)6480.4%681,7050.4%7263
74BMW X16480.4%641,6810.4%7374
75Seat Leon6270.4%951,3290.3%83101
76Opel Insignia6200.4%941,1990.3%88100
77Dacia Dokker5970.4%781,5340.4%78n/a
78Hyundai i205960.4%531,7800.4%6882
79Renault Modus5740.3%651,9350.4%5829
80Mercedes Classe C5660.3%851,2960.3%8557
81Citroen C4 Aircross5560.3%501,8060.4%6788
82Audi Q55220.3%911,1890.3%9091
83Honda Civic5030.3%1089410.2%100n/a
84BMW Serie 54990.3%811,3150.3%8486
85BMW X34940.3%971,2680.3%8777
86Opel Zafira4840.3%741,4230.3%8048
87Chevrolet Spark4710.3%731,4640.3%7980
88VW Coccinelle4660.3%1021,1820.3%93105
89Fiat Punto4600.3%621,5810.4%7762
90Nissan Micra4580.3%761,3330.3%8264
91Smart ForTwo4570.3%791,1870.3%9287
92Chevrolet Aveo4500.3%1001,0680.2%9784
93Toyota Prius/Prius+4490.3%831,4030.3%8197
94Toyota RAV44470.3%909260.2%10368
95Skoda Octavia4230.3%1059340.2%10196
96Audi A54170.3%921,1040.3%9679
97Kia Picanto3980.2%961,1920.3%8985
98Range Rover Evoque3930.2%981,0600.2%9989
99Ford Ka3830.2%1011,0670.2%9866
100Volvo V403790.2%861,1230.3%94n/a

Source: CCFA

This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. @FastLane

    I think the attraction of the Qashqai comes down to price. It is excellent value for what you get. The Hyundai/Kia ix35/Sportage is also good value. The other main vehicles in this segment are much more expensive. Of course you cannot really compare the Qashqai to the likes of the Tiguan/Rav 4/CRV/CX5/Kuga in terms of quality, but buyers do cross shop these models with the Qashqai.

  2. Surely one of the great mysteries of our age is why the qashqai sells in such numbers. Try as I might I cannot see what the attraction of this car is – yes it’s competent, it drives smoothly enough but it certainly isn’t a class leader by any stretch. And even looks wise it’s pretty hum-drum so it gets no help from that quarter either…

    The Kia Sportage, VW Tiguan, Hyundai ix35 and Ford Kuga are all at least as good if not considerably better but this is not reflected in the sales figures.

    Head-scratching stuff.

  3. Terrible to see the awful new Clio rise to the top of the rankings. If this one continues to dominate, my love of the French car landscape will have to be a thing of the past.

  4. @Reijo

    At the interior perhaps 3008 is a better car but from the exterior design point of view i think that qashqai is better looking. I don’t know the european market but i bet that nissan is also less expensive.

  5. i have a feeling that qashqai had a very good month of march at european level . From the data shared by matt so far ( + numbers for spain , taken from ) qashqai had sold ~20.559 units so far thanks to strong position in uk, france, spain, italy. Nissan will have a tough time when will replace the qashqai to make it so desirable like the actual qashqai

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