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French new car sales hit familiar territory halfway through June: down 7% year-on-year to 83,000 registrations, but with June having one less working day this year, we’re looking at -10% by the end of the month which is in line with the rest of the year so far. The top two best-sellers are no surprise: the Peugeot 208 is up from 4.6% share after 11 days to 5% after 17 thanks to 4,110 sales while the Renault Clio IV is up from 3% to 4% at 3,333 units however Renault models always start the month slow. The VW Polo is up to a brilliant third position with 2,492 sales and 3% share, it will however be difficult to stay at that level up to the end of the month.
The Citroen C4 continues to impress, up 28% year-on-year to #4 at 2,455 units. But the question which is one everyone’s lips (well at least on mine) is whether the Peugeot 2008 will indeed crack the French Top 10 as early as for its first full month of sales in the country. While we won’t know for sure until the month is well and truly over, it is starting to look very good indeed: the 2008 improves on its market share from one week ago, up to 2.4% thanks to 1,977 sales and remains in 7th place. At least as interesting is the fact that the Renault Captur is still nowhere to be seen (in the Top 10 at least). Note the return of the Dacia Sandero at #9, up 21% year-on-year.
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