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After detailing the best-selling luxury nameplates worldwide in 2014, we now study the ranking based on a few nationalities. First off, France. And a striking realisation: two of the three best-sellers worldwide belong to Renault’s ‘entry’ (read low-cost) range, sold under the Dacia brand in Europe and around the Mediterranean sea. World figures combine Renault and Dacia sales and the Logan is tops at this little game with over 760.000 deliveries worldwide, including its hatchback variant the Sandero. This pushes the Logan into the world’s Top 10 best-selling models (#12 last year), the only French rep in… the Top 30!
In 2nd place but down 6 spots worldwide to #37 we find the Renault Clio, saving its ranking by just 30.000 units at 458.000 sales (+1%) vs. 428.000 (+11%) for the Renault Duster, the 2nd low-cost Renault on the French podium. Lifted by its instant success in Russia, Latin America and Brazil adding up to its blockbuster status in the whole of Europe, the Duster is also the 8th best-selling SUV in the world. Not surprisingly, Peugeot’s best-seller worldwide is the 208 (-6%) above the 308 (#70) while Citroen places the Berlingo at #6 (including Peugeot Partner sales) and the C4 at #7 mainly thanks to China sales.
But the biggest surprise in the French Top 10 is the Peugeot 405 selling an astounding 217.000 units essentially in Iran whereas it has long been discontinued in the rest of the world. This makes the 405 the third best-selling Peugeot nameplate in the world in 2014. Rounding up the Top 10 and promised to much higher rankings in the coming years are two familiar faces: the Peugeot 2008 (+175%) and Renault Captur (+107%) both gravitate around 200.000 worldwide deliveries for their first full year in market – a stunning performance for the two baby SUVs. The Citroen C-Elysée (+35%) and Peugeot 301 (+53%) take advantage of strong Chinese sales while the Citroen C4 Picasso (+21%) is boosted by the new generation.
Full Year 2014 Top 20 best-selling French models worldwide below.