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France April 2014: Citroen C3 past Captur, Peugeot 308 up to #6

Peugeot 308 France April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Peugeot 308 II reaches a best-ever 6th place at home this month.

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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.

Citroen C3 France April 2014. Picture courtest of automobile-magazine.frThe Citroen C3 is back above the Renault Captur in France.

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).

Dacia Duster France April 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Duster is at its highest ranking in France in over one year.

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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