I’m taking advantage of a short stay in the South of France to update you all quickly on the French car landscape. Last time I was here was in September 2013, and I then saw “a surprising amount of Peugeot 2008 but not as many Renault Captur. It is different now, with the Captur very frequent in the streets, a lot of them with a personalised colour scheme. Still, I have the impression I saw more Peugeot 2008 again.
The fight between the Peugeot 208 and the Renault Clio IV is now in its third year in France and it shows: they are absolutely everywhere.
A model that had just launched when I was here last is the 2nd generation Peugeot 308, and more than just spotting my first one during the first day of my stay in the region, I have been seeing quite a few, I would say 5-6 a day, over the past 10 days. So its frequent appearance among the French Top 10 best-sellers over the past 5 months (#8 in February) translates in the streets, even though (it’s my luck!) the one pictured in this article is a rental car registered in Oise (“60”).
The same can’t be said for the 2nd generation Citroen C4 Picasso, which I have picked less often than the 308, even though it ranked #4 overall in France in February. This could be a particularity to the region though, and it doesn’t mean there are no new C4 Picasso, just slightly less than new 308.
A few trends I observed during my last stay are still valid, notably the high prevalence of Fiat 500L (90% of them being rental cars) and Dacia Sandero, with the addition of a couple of new generation Logan…
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