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France July 2013: Dacia Sandero on podium, Renault Captur #5

Dacia Sandero France July 2013The Dacia Sandero is on the French podium for only the 2nd time ever.

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July 2012 was the worst in 20 years, so that was not a hard target to beat. Even then, French new car sales needed one more working day to post a year-on-year increase this month at a very shy +0.9% to 150,248 registrations. The year-to-date total now stands at 1,081,724 units, down 10% on 2012. The Renault Clio IV keeps the advantage, ranking #1 for the 5th time this year thanks to 7,550 sales and 5% share vs. 7,164 and 4.8% for the Peugeot 208. Both models lodge market shares below their year-to-date levels of 5.9% and 5.4% respectively.

Renault Captur France July 2013The Renault Captur lodges a 2nd consecutive month within the French Top 5.

The big event this month is the third place of the Dacia Sandero at 5,436 units and 3.6%. This is the 2nd generation’s best performance so far and the nameplate’s second time on the French monthly podium after March 2010 when it ranked #2 and sold an out-of-this-world 14,498 units for a 6% market share. The Sandero goes from #10 halfway through the year to #6 after 7 months with 25,185 sales and 2.3%. This performance pushes Dacia to a historical 6.5% share vs. 5% year-to-date.

Peugeot 2008 France July 2013. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusThe Peugeot 2008 breaks into the Top 10 for the first time this month.

Now onto the very exciting duel between the two new local mini-SUVs. The Renault Captur baffled everyone last month by landing directly in 4th place, it reiterates an equally impressive performance in July at #5 with 4,095 sales and 2.7% vs. 2.8% in June. The Peugeot 2008 for its part breaks into the French monthly for the first time thanks to 3,092 units and 2.1%, the same market share as in June.

Citroën C4 PicassoThe new generation Citroen C4 Picasso is #14 this month.

There is no foreigner in the Top 10 this month: the the VW Golf VII is up 2 spots to #11 and the VW Polo down 5 to #12 while the Peugeot 308 is back up 8 ranks to #9 due to run-out prices for the current generation and the Citroen C4 II Picasso confirms its solid start at #14 with 2,623 sales and 1.7%. The Audi A3 is up 8 ranks to #27, the BMW 1 Series up 20 to #29, Toyota RAV4 up 14 to #43, Opel Mokka up 35 to #48 and the Hyundai i20 is up 37 to #51.

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