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France LCV Full Year 2015: Renault outpaces market to hold 33% share

Renault Trafic France 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Trafic is one of four Renaults in the 2015 Top 6. Picture

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France is the largest Light Commercial Vehicle market in Europe, and remains so in 2015 with sales up 2% year-on-year to 379.424 units. Note the definition of an LCV in France is linked to its purchase as a business vehicle which incurs a reduced purchase tax rate, note the nature of the vehicle itself. A Porsche Cayenne can therefore pass as an LCV as long as it has been bought by a business as a company vehicle. The difference between an LCV and a fleet PC vehicle is indeed rather blurry in France. In this context, Renault keeps the lead of the brands ranking by a large margin, selling double the amount than any other manufacturer at 124.636 sales and 32.8%, a one percentage point share improvement over 2014. Peugeot (15.7%) bypasses sister brand Citroen (15.6%) to hit #2 while Fiat (8.5%) and Ford (5.9%) hold onto their respective rankings.

Renault Kangoo France 201518 consecutive years as LCV best-seller: the Renault Kangoo. Picture

Model-wise, the Top 8 best-sellers are unchanged on 2014: the Renault Kangoo posts its 18th consecutive year in pole position at 35.320 sales and 9.3% share vs. 9% in 2014, but the Renault Clio IV is catching up at +18% to 31.583 units and 8.3%. The Master (+4%) completes a podium 100% Renault while the Trafic (+10%) makes it four Renaults in the Top 6. The Fiat Ducato (#5) is one of only three foreigners inside the Top 15 along the Mercedes Sprinter (#9) and Ford Transit 2T (#15). Notice the Fiat Doblo (+44%), Mitsubishi L200 (+45%), Opel Vivaro (+66%) and Land Rover Defender (+77%) all posting spectacular gains, while the VW Transporter VI lands directly isnd

Previous year: France Full Year 2014: Renault Captur on podium

Two years ago: France LCV Full Year 2013: Renault Kangoo and Master on top

Full Year 2015 Top 15 brands and Top 100 models vs. Full Year 2014 figures below.

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