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France 1-7 October 2013: Citroen C4 Picasso & Toyota Yaris strong

Citroen C4 Picasso II France October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frCitroen C4 Picasso II

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Over the first week of October, the new car market in France is surprisingly up 2% year-on-year, with Peugeot leading the brands ranking ahead of Citroen and Renault, while all 3 German premium manufacturers fit inside the Top 10: Audi at #6, Mercedes at #8 (+57%!) and BMW at #10 (+14%). As always it is essential to take these weekly results with a grain of salt as they are highly influenced by temporary promotions and how each manufacturer manages their month – Renault backloading sales for example.

As a result it’s no surprise to see the Peugeot 208 leading the models ranking even though its sales are down 9% to 1,313 units, followed by the Citroen C3 (-15%) and Renault Clio IV. The vehicles that make themselves noticed over the period are the VW Polo up to #4 with 762 sales, the Citroen C4 Picasso II in 5th position at 631 units, the Toyota Yaris at #6 and 612 sales and the Peugeot 2008 back inside the weekly Top 10 at #8 and 555 units while the Renault Captur is outside it. Notice also the Fiat 500 up 40% year-on-year but 46% of its total are short-term rentals, which Auto Plus Magazine calls ‘fake sales’…

Previous month: France September 2013: Captur on podium, 2008 back in Top 10

One year ago: France 1-8 October 2012: Toyota Yaris and Nissan Qashqai impress

Full 1-7 October 2013 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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