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The French new car market is lazily letting himself back into positive territory (how’s that for a French image?) with registrations up 6% in April to 166,968 units which means the year-to-date total is now 4% above 2013 at 613,577 sales. It looks like the Renault Clio IV is on track for a second consecutive win over the Peugeot 208 this year, taking another large advantage this month at 9,848 sales vs. 7,475. Surprise in third position: the valiant Citroen C3 tells everyone the world does not belong to small SUVs just yet, kicking the Renault Captur down to #4 both in April and year-to-date.
The Peugeot 2008 fares a little better than the 208 in its duel with the equivalent Renault: it is only 119 sales below the Captur this month and 1,800 year-to-date. The new generation Peugeot 308 breaks its ranking record in April: up two spots to a best-ever 6th place thanks to 5,120 sales and 3.1%, also the model’s volume and market share records so far. The compact Peugeot is clearly gearing up a notch at home, and 8 months after its first appearance in the French it is clearly in the lead in its segment above the Renault Mégane (#10) and VW Golf (#13).
Its facelift and the free advertising generated by the photo of it rescuing a Porsche Magan in the desert (which by the way doesn’t seem to have hurt Macan sales thank you) push the Dacia Duster up 5 spots to #7 with an excellent 4,814 sales and 2.9% share, its best ranking since February 2013 (#5). With the Sandero up 4 ranks to #9, we have two Dacias in the French monthly Top 10 for the first time in history! Talk about a smashing success for the French-Romanian low-cost brand.
There are now foreigners in the Top 11 this month with the Renault Scénic beating its archenemy the Citroen C4 Picasso for the 2nd month running at #8 vs. #11 but still below year-to-date. The VW Polo (#12) is the favourite stranger once again while the Nissan Qashqai (#15) and Ford Fiesta (#16) remain solid. Notice also the Renault Twingo down 9 spots to #19 now that the new generation has been unveiled in Geneva, the Ford Focus up 12 to #36 and the Mercedes C-Class up 21 to #46.
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