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

Renault Captur France September 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Captur

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The French new car market is up a shy 3% year-on-year in September to 142,211 registrations, only in positive because this month had one more working day than September 2012. The year-to-date total is still frankly in negative at -8% to 1,309,858 units. Let’s not beat around the bush, the big event this month is the arrival on the podium of the Renault Captur, as I predicted yesterday. This is nothing less than a game-changing performance for the new Renault: the Captur is the first SUV to reach the podium in France, the previous best being the Dacia Duster at #5 in November 2011 and February 2013, and at 4% share thanks to a record 5,736 sales, it even starts to threaten the Peugeot 208 at 4.6%!

Renault Clio IV France September 2013. Picture courtesy of themotorreport.com.auCan the Captur pass the Clio to become France’s most popular model?

Career starts must always be watched with a little bit of caution as there is always a ‘honeymoon’ period with the consumer where the novelty effect pushes sales up. However, contrary to the Renault Modus’ stellar but short-lived early career success back in 2004 which owed a lot to short-term rentals, French Captur buyers are 67% private vs. a 50% average for the overall market. Plus the Captur has had the perfect sales trajectory so far, having now aligned 4 consecutive months inside the Top 5, with its market share consolidating and then steadily improving: from #4 and 2.8% in June, to #5 and 2.7% in July, #4 and 3.3% in August and #3 and 4% in September.

Peugeot 2008 France September 2013. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusThe Peugeot 2008 hits a record #9 this month.

Can the Captur go higher? The fascinating answer to this question is that actually, everything is now possible. This is a segment where French manufacturers were absent until this year, and one that French buyers have already shown they love with the Nissan Qashqai and Juke. And these last two models have progressed in the ranking year after year… To confirm this trend the Peugeot 2008 is back up 7 spots to reach a best-ever #9 with 2,935 sales and 2.1%, its best market share so far also hit in June and July, confirming it was victim of its success in August with not enough units produced.

PEUGEOT 308 1.6 e-HDi 115 FÈlineThe Peugeot 308 II is up to #15 in September.

But wait there are more all-new models atop the ranking! It’s a fertile year indeed in terms of novelties for French carmakers that are starting to feel the heat in the worldwide rankings with disappointing results so far in 2013 for all 3 of them. The Citroen C4 Picasso II confirms it has now brought the nameplate well and truly back inside the Top 10, ranking #8 for the 2nd time running thanks to 3,563 sales and 2.5% share, its highest so far. The Peugeot 308 II is also showing its shining new bonnet, up 6 spots on August to #15 at 2,105 units and 1.5% share, still predominantly demo models as it went on sale midway through the month, so October results will be a better indication of how successful this model is.

Mercedes A-Class France September 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frMercedes A-Class

Now that Mercedes won the right to register its A, B and CLA Class in the country after the French government stopped them all summer because of their usage of a recently banned air conditioning cooling gas, these models expectedly have a great month in September as it includes the backlog of sales accumulated over 2 months. But actually not that great. After starting September like a rocket, the Mercedes A-Class is up to #26, not its best ranking this year (#24 in January) and the B-Class is up to #30, its best since last December (#28). Other notable performances are delivered by the Renault Twingo up 4 spots on August to #5, Fiat 500 up 10 to #20 and the Opel Mokka up 5 to a best-ever #37.

 

Previous post: France 1-23 September 2013: Podium finish for the Renault Captur?

Previous month (final data): France August 2013: Peugeot 308 II lands at #21

Previous month (temp data): France August 2013: Renault Captur and Dacia Sandero superstars

One year ago: France September 2012: Renault Clio IV already in the Top 10

Full September 2013 Top 80 Ranking Table below.

France September 2013:

PosModelSept%Aug2013%Pos2012
1Renault Clio 49,3066.5%177,4285.9%126
2Peugeot 2086,5554.6%269,4465.3%22
3Renault Captur5,7364.0%423,9351.8%12 –
4Renault Scénic4,4373.1%538,1142.9%35
5Renault Twingo4,3463.1%928,9352.2%811
6Citroen C34,0842.9%734,2022.6%53
7Renault Mégane3,8812.7%634,4732.6%44
8Citroen C4 II Picasso3,5632.5%811,2580.9%30 –
9Peugeot 20082,9352.1%1613,7941.1%28 –
10VW Polo2,7311.9%1727,3872.1%107
11VW Golf VII2,6971.9%1125,3501.9%11 –
12Peugeot 30082,5981.8%1029,3382.2%78
13Citroen C42,5281.8%1328,1402.1%910
14Toyota Yaris2,4231.7%1521,1751.6%1521
15Peugeot 308 II2,1051.5%213,1350.2%95 –
16Dacia Sandero2,0181.4%330,1812.3%618
17Ford Fiesta1,9341.4%2518,5991.4%1815
18Peugeot 207+1,8941.3%1820,6001.6%169
19Nissan Qashqai1,8851.3%2022,1811.7%1416
20Fiat 5001,8511.3%3013,3471.0%2930
21Citroen C3 Picasso1,8061.3%1918,3081.4%1922
22Dacia Duster1,7821.3%1419,4981.5%1714
23Peugeot 5081,6931.2%2616,7411.3%2119
24Citroen DS31,6811.2%2817,9051.4%2020
25Opel Corsa1,6801.2%2315,8261.2%2417
26Mercedes Classe A1,6771.2%7710,1990.8%3261
27Nissan Juke1,5451.1%2215,9341.2%2327
28VW Tiguan1,5021.1%3113,8401.1%2723
29Audi A31,4631.0%2910,2590.8%3155
30Mercedes Classe B1,3180.9%708,8630.7%3938
31BMW Serie 11,2750.9%279,3190.7%3542
32Renault Kangoo1,2390.9%408,1290.6%4441
33Renault Clio Collection1,2290.9%4614,3471.1%261
34Renault Laguna1,1530.8%747,9060.6%4633
35Peugeot 50081,1390.8%2414,4121.1%2524
36BMW Serie 39780.7%349,3740.7%3446
37Opel Mokka9560.7%425,9260.5%60n/a
38VW Touran9520.7%629,6330.7%3332
39Audi A19480.7%369,0490.7%3735
40Toyota Auris9350.7%328,7030.7%4171
41Peugeot 308 I8970.6%1223,3381.8%136
42Citroen DS48260.6%589,2190.7%3637
43Citroen C57670.5%768,4690.6%4231
44Ford C-Max (ex Grand C-Max)7650.5%498,3040.6%4328
45Citroen Berlingo7440.5%487,1940.5%5052
46Citroen C17200.5%398,7870.7%4036
47Ford B-Max6820.5%638,0120.6%45n/a
48Toyota RAV46700.5%375,1940.4%6668
49Suzuki Swift6670.5%416,1750.5%5858
50VW Passat6610.5%556,5490.5%5350
51Fiat Punto6550.5%815,3940.4%6362
52Fiat Panda6520.5%657,8070.6%4747
53Kia Sportage6490.5%436,3060.5%5659
54Smart ForTwo6210.4%1033,6930.3%8987
55Skoda Fabia6130.4%675,1370.4%6860
56BMW X16060.4%595,0800.4%7174
57Citroen DS55940.4%886,4750.5%5451
58Peugeot 1075920.4%457,5040.6%4944
59Ford Kuga5900.4%935,1340.4%7065
60Seat Ibiza5660.4%387,5710.6%4834
61Mini Countryman5650.4%754,7860.4%7763
62Chevrolet Spark5630.4%335,7200.4%6180
63Hyundai ix355450.4%715,1360.4%6975
64Nissan Micra5410.4%474,4600.3%8164
65Ford Focus5370.4%896,6380.5%5239
66Dacia Lodgy5340.4%358,9420.7%3840
67Toyota Verso5320.4%525,1930.4%6769
68Peugeot Partner5280.4%666,2580.5%5753
69Opel Astra5220.4%545,6580.4%6249
70Audi A45170.4%565,3030.4%6456
71Kia Rio5050.4%614,7990.4%7667
72VW Up!4950.3%725,2220.4%6572
73Mini4730.3%506,4330.5%5543
74Kia Cee’d4600.3%964,8350.4%7494
75Seat Leon4590.3%604,9400.4%73101
76BMW X34580.3%1053,7470.3%8877
77Opel Meriva4500.3%834,9640.4%7245
78Alfa Romeo Giulietta4470.3%1114,4620.3%8078
79Audi Q34340.3%516,0910.5%5970
80Toyota Aygo4300.3%694,1710.3%8573

Source: www.ccfa.fr

Note: This ranking is based on the Top 100 models year-to-date ranked by their September sales and may therefore not be 100% accurate.

This Post Has 30 Comments
  1. @tengil
    French journalist are, even if you won’t believe me, impartial. In fact they are mainly against french brand… They said that the glof is better for the interior presentation, but everything else is better for the 308 II (driving confort consumption…).

    But if you prefer to trust itookashi, that’s seem to have the best review of the world, it’s ok, but i think people will be surprised, if they take time to try it, that the 308 is better !

  2. @geoffrey
    oh, that’s very easy. You just have to follow the hints, itookashi gave below :-). In these articles the golf is mentioned . . . and that french journalists praise the 308 II, well, why am i not astonished?

  3. @itookashi
    Please give me some link because all the article on the 308 says that the 308 II beats the glof, the confort the driving and the price is better. Even the french journalist says that it’s better than the glof, therefore they are the most critical about peugeot when it is compare top VW…

  4. The 308 is better than the Focus, best quality finishes.
    It has a similar quality to the Golf.

    itookashi :

    Bryan :
    Peugeot 308 II is as good as Golf and its better than Focus. The only thing that i don’t really understand is why Peugeot just give 2 warranty years instead of 5 years in VW and Renault. In my opinion that’s the biggest fault of the brand new fantastic Peugeot 308 II.

    No. Peugeot 308 II is not as good as Golf/Focus/Leon. Reviews you quote here must be sponsored by PSA… Simple. PSA is a bankrupt and needs some good opinions like a fish needs water…
    Most of journalists say that 308 II is ok but worse than compact cars from VW Group and Ford Focus.

    otookashi, You are wrong. The 308 is better than the Focus, best quality finishes.
    It has a similar quality to the Golf, and clearly superior to the Focus.

  5. Bryan :
    Peugeot 308 II is as good as Golf and its better than Focus. The only thing that i don’t really understand is why Peugeot just give 2 warranty years instead of 5 years in VW and Renault. In my opinion that’s the biggest fault of the brand new fantastic Peugeot 308 II.

    No. Peugeot 308 II is not as good as Golf/Focus/Leon. Reviews you quote here must be sponsored by PSA… Simple. PSA is a bankrupt and needs some good opinions like a fish needs water…
    Most of journalists say that 308 II is ok but worse than compact cars from VW Group and Ford Focus.

  6. Peugeot 308 II is as good as Golf and its better than Focus. The only thing that i don’t really understand is why Peugeot just give 2 warranty years instead of 5 years in VW and Renault. In my opinion that’s the biggest fault of the brand new fantastic Peugeot 308 II.

  7. @itookashi
    thank you for these very interesting reviews obviously confirming, that the peugeot 308 is quite ok, though not as good as its rivals.

  8. itookashi :
    “Peugeot’s new 308 hatchback has improved compared to the outgoing generation, but not by enough to overtake rivals like the Ford Focus”
    http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/peugeot/308/first-drives/peugeot-308-16-litre-e-hdi-first-drive-review
    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/peugeot/308/65737/peugeot-308-2013-review

    “You soon realise the more you drive the 308 the better it gets. The ride is exceptionally good even on broken roads while there’s very little road or wind noise at motorway speeds. In terms of on-road refinement, there’s nothing to match it.
    Make no mistake, the new 308 is a refined set of wheels that doesn’t just match the Focus and Golf but beats them fair and square in some areas.”
    http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/427445/The-new-Peugeot-308-aims-to-overtake-its-hatchback-rivals

  9. @Bryan
    yes indeed. The nex 308 is a great ca for sure:

    Carmagazine: “The cabin is a clean, rather fabulous environment, with classy feeling, durable materials, meshed together with precision – much like a Golf then.
    Te 308 is a supremely refined car.
    This is the Lionel Richie of driving experiences, easy like Sunday morning.”

    Topgear “Well. The ride is superb, supremely composed, and the interior refinement is top notch.
    The 1.6-litre 155bhp petrol is a punchy little thing.The 115bhp diesel is actually really refined.”

    Expresscars “You soon realise the more you drive the 308 the better it gets. The ride is exceptionally good even on broken roads while there’s very little road or wind noise at motorway speeds. In terms of on-road refinement, there’s nothing to match it.
    Make no mistake, the new 308 is a refined set of wheels that doesn’t just match the Focus and Golf but beats them fair and square in some areas.”
    http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/427445/The-new-Peugeot-308-aims-to-overtake-its-hatchback-rivals

  10. @Bryan
    Concerning the 208 i heard, that dealers are disappointed by the success of this car.
    And the decline of PSA is now extanding over two, there years, so you can’t simply reduce the decline to the waiting of new models.

  11. @tengil
    That’s because one of the most important model of PSA just arrived.

    There is also a temporary lack in sales just before an important model is about to be launched because people are waiting for the new model.

    With the 208, C4 Picasso and Grand Picasso, 308 II, i’m convinced that PSA sales will be up in European market in the next months.

  12. @Reijo

    This company thrives, everybody can clearly see ! Everything is so fantastic for psa, that the registrations of psa cars in france (!) decreased again in september about 6,8 %.
    source: latribune
    And this french source (!) did not acsribe this to production shortage.

  13. @itookashi

    Nonsense is what you’re repeatedly saying.

    PSA provides the major Auto Companies in the word, such as Ford, BMW, Toyota, Mitsubishi, FIAT, Suzuki, etc. in Auto Sports they’ve made great achievemnets, they’re the most victorious Auto Company in World Rally Championship of all time, Peugeot-Citroen is technically one of the most advanced Auto Companies in the World! You don’t know what you’re talking about.

    For example regarding the 308 what you say is, one more time, false:

    itookashi :

    Max :
    Both have had great reviews in Europe.
    .

    308 II is the average car…

    “Ride and handling-wise it this first impression suggests the 308 is as good as the best in class, possibly better. Quality-wise, it’s an impressive effort and the equal of a Golf, if slightly sub-Audi for perceived richness thanks to leather-look grains on some hard plastics which don’t match those on the soft slush-mouldings of dashboard and door cappings.”

    http://www.evo.co.uk/carreviews/evocarreviews/290764/peugeot_308_review_price_and_specs.html

    PSA is the second-largest Europe-based automaker and one of the most advanced in the world.

  14. There has been trouble for producing enough parts for 208 and 2008. They have been dropping because of production shortage.

    When they have enough work shifts working and enough parts they will thrive.

  15. @Rick

    DS is a brand more targeted for China than Europe, but in my opinion is a huge mistake.

    Only a group financially healthy can launch a premium brand because the first years of a premium brand are for losing money. See how many years took to Audi be able to be face to face with Mercedes and BMW.

    Nowadays nobody knows DS so the market won’t pay more by an unknown brand instead of BMW or Audi. For a brand acquire image and identity among consumers it take several years! Premium brands are above all IMAGE branding.

    PSA make the best cars in the World in the range from 10$k to 35k$ but the Varin management is a disaster!

    Varin is destroying PSA. PSA will have to be bailed out by the French Government real soon (like US Government did with GM in 2009) or to be taken over by any Major Auto Company.

  16. Fabulous month for Renault.
    5 in top 7

    Must admit I really enjoy the fresh Clio, Captur, Pic II en 308 II do well.

    However, don’t understand the lukewarm enthousiasm for the DS models.
    Only # 24 for the DS3 and just 600 units for the DS5.

  17. yes, everything is so fantastic for psa, that the registrations of psa cars in france decreased again in september about 6,8 %.
    source: latribune

  18. “Class A … have a great month in September as it includes the backlog of sales accumulated over 2 months. But actually not that great. After starting September like a rocket, the Mercedes A-Class is up to #26, not its best ranking this year (#24 in January) ”

    Well, about Class A, reviews noticed il’s a noisy and no so comfy car…

  19. Peugeot announce 6000 orders in 2 weeks for the new 308 II. And Citroen announce 12.000 orders for the new C4 Grand Picasso (since july). Both have had great reviews in Europe.
    Production of Captur is 700 véhicules a day, versus 520 for 2008 (only since september 2, before that was only 320/day…).

  20. Ok so there is a little mistake. At least 308 is 9 if only we add 308I+308II (3002 sales) Sorry Matt.
    But 2008 is getting the P9 😉

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