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France 1-15 January 2014: Market plunges by 18% year-on-year

Peugeot 3008 France January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 3008 is back inside the French Top 10 thanks to its facelift.

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The first 2014 car sales figures are here, and we start with France at mid-January. It’s a very bad start of the year for the French new car market, down a harsh 18% on the same period in 2013. This is the result of a large volume of sales being brought forward to last December in order to benefit from particularly enticing 2013 promotions, but also in anticipation of a tax rate hike due early this year. Brand-wise, Peugeot is in the lead with sales down just 5% and placing 4 models inside the Top 10 vs. just one for Renault, down 34% to #3 below Citroen (-9%). Nissan is back up to #7, Audi up to #8 vs. #10 over the Full Year 2013 and BMW up to #10 vs. #13.

Citroen C4 Picasso France January 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Citroen C4 Picasso II is up to #4 so far in January in France.

The Peugeot 208 is the best-selling model in the country for now but is down 22% to 2,100 sales, it is followed by the Citroen C3 brilliantly up 1% to 1,797 sales and the Dacia Sandero down 5% to climb onto the podium at #3. Excellent performance of the Citroen C4 Picasso II in 4th position with 1,155 sales, 4 more thanks the Renault Clio IV. The VW Golf VII is the most popular foreign model so far at #6, while the Peugeot 308 II reaches its highest ranking yet at #7, above the Peugeot 2008 solid at #8 and the Peugeot 3008 back inside the Top 10 at #9 thanks to its facelift.

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Previous month: France December 2013: Citroen C3 above Peugeot 208 for the first time

Previous weekly post: France 1-12 December 2013: Two Volkswagens in Top 5

Full 1-15 January 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

France 1-15 January 2014 – models:

PosModel1-15 Jan/13DecNovOct2013
1Peugeot 2082,100-22%3222
2Citroen C31,7971%2333
3Dacia Sandero1,666-5%56126
4Citroen C4 Picasso II1,155new98621
5Renault Clio 41,151-36%1111
6VW Golf 71,12229%10111512
7Peugeot 308 II1,088new1210833
8Peugeot 20081,065new74415
9Peugeot 30081,008-8%14131310
10VW Polo993-35%6998

France 1-15 January 2014 – brands:

PosBrand1-15 Dec/13Dec2013

Source: Auto Plus



This Post Has 24 Comments
  1. Felicitations pour ce blog, les chiffres après 15 jours de vente c’est toujours dangereux; Renault se rattrape généralement en fin de mois…

  2. @Bryan I agree the Sandero is a success in many markets, here in Britain, Dacia sold 17,149 cars in 2013, which is very impressive for what is an unknown brand in its first year on the market, I admit that Dacias are not the most sophisticated cars but they are great value for money, they seem to work and provide what many people want, also Dacia in its first year on the Irish market manged to reach a market share of 1.8% in 2013, having been to Ireland (one of my favourite countries) many times, there is no way that it could be considered a third world country, I feel that Peugeot should consider selling the 301 and Datsun the Go in Western Europe. End of speech.

  3. @Bryan
    “For example in Germany, Sandero is the best selling foreign car for private buyers!”
    What are you talking about ? This is simply not true. According to autobild the best foreign car sold in Germany to private buyers in the compact car size, you are refering to, is by far not a Sandero, it is a Toyota auris.

  4. @Frederick

    You are wrong. Dacia Sandero has received a lot of good reviews in first world countries such as UK, France or Spain. So this proves that Sandero isn’t only for third world countries.

    You should drive a car before you talk about it. Go to a dealer and try it out for yourself.

  5. Frederick :
    Quite weak market… low marques… a Dacia Sandero in forth in Europe? My God!

    In fact, it’s not strange at all! First of all, Dacia is fully owned by Renault. So it’s partly French, just like Skoda in Germany.

    Secondly, Dacia Sandero is a huge success all across Europe., For example in Germany, Sandero is the best selling foreign car for private buyers! In Scotland or Wales is in the Top 10 as well as in Spain (it’s the best selling car in December). It’s a very good value for money product.

  6. @sandu

    It seems that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    In 2013, Citroen sold 238,321 cars in France and 603,080 in Europe. Only 39% of the European Citroens are sold in France, for example, in the case of VW, 41% of the European VWs are sold in Germany.

    This means that, in Europe, Citroen sells more outside France than VW outside Germany in terms of their total sales.

  7. it seems that citroen is selling only in france, in the rest of Europe the sales are almost -100%. Renault and ford are way back of their competitors. if they don’t come out with something new…

  8. Looks like people bought their cars during December. Car sales numbers were high in the USA as well for December. Probably, it will even out as the year goes. By the way, I was surprised to listen on the news that Peugeot is losing millions every month despite being the best selling car in France.

  9. Give them reall innovative cars as Toyota does with their Hybrids and people will buy them (+17%), if you’ carry on doing what you’ve always done,selling always the same shitty diesel nobody will buy them. People want innovative cars.@SlumLord

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