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France September 2020: Peugeot 208 II, 2008 II & Dacia Sandero keep Clio V outside podium, volumes down -3%

The Peugeot 2008 II 3peats at #2, an all-time record ranking at home for the nameplate.

At -3% year-on-year in September to 168.291 registrations, the French new car market puts a dreadful August (-19.8%) in the rearview mirror, but can’t quite match the positive scores of June (+1.2%), and July (+3.9%). The year-to-date tally is now down -28.9% to 1.166.700 units. We at BSCB had predicted a harsher “back to school” month for France (-10%), but we’ll keep our predictions virtually intact for October (-7%), November (-5%) and December (-5%) as a second wave of Covid-19 is currently hitting the country and threatening to return some cities to lockdown. As a result we’ll adjust our 2020 forecast slightly up from 1.69 million last month to 1.71 million, yet the year-on-year evolution remains at -23%. Company sales are actually up 5.9% year-on-year this month while private sales down just -1.2%, the entire damage being done by weak artificial channels such as demo sales and short-term rentals which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Dacia (+34.9%) scores the largest gain in the Top 10 just as the third generation Sandero is revealed.

In September, petrol sales are down -22.4% to 75.246 and 44.7% share vs. 55.9% in September 2019, diesel is off -28.9% to 53.489 and 31.8% vs. 35.4%, HEV shoots up 108.3% to 18.302 and 10.9% share vs. 5.1%, BEV is up 138.2% to 10.009 and 5.9% share vs. 2.4% and PHEV surges 480.2% to 7.839 and 4.7% share vs. 0.8%.YTD, petrol sales drop -40.3% to 572.918 and 49.1% share vs. 58.5% over the same period in 2019, with diesel registrations off -35.2% to 362.142 and 31% vs. 34.1%, HEV are up 45.4% to 109.737 and 9.4% vs. 4.6%, BEV up 132.2% to 70.535 and 6% vs. 1.9% in 2019 and PHEV sales soar 239.5% to 40.284 and 3.5% share vs. 0.7% last year.

Audi (+39.6%) remains ahead of BMW (-14.2%).

In the brands ranking, Peugeot (+6.7%) swims upstream to repeat at #1 with 19.2% share, a full percentage point above its YTD level (18.2%). This is the fourth time Peugeot is #1 at home in 2020 after January and February and only the second time it ever tops the charts in September (after 2017) as end of quarters are traditionally times when Renault artificially pads up volumes with Quarterly Reports in mind. The arrival of Luca De Meo seems to already have resulted in the removal off this unprofitable commercial practice, with Renault (-16%) down drastically to remain at #2 with 18.2% share, this time one percentage point below its YTD level of 19.2%. Citroen (-10.3%) also underperforms but Dacia (+34.9%) shines brightly with the largest gain in the Top 10, this just as the new generation Sandero and Logan are revealed. Volkswagen (-7.3%) reclaims the 5th place off Toyota (+5.9%) just as Ford (+4.2%) signs the 4th and last uptick in the Top 10. Further down, Suzuki (+86.3%), Audi (+39.6%), Mitsubishi (+31%), Jeep (+24.9%), Alfa Romeo (+23%) and Nissan (+12.9%) impress in the remainder of the Top 30.

The Peugeot 208 II is getting closer to its first annual win at home.

Model-wise, the Peugeot 208 II (+5335.4%) and 2008 II secure the Top 2 spots for the third consecutive month, with the 2008 nameplate 3peating at an all-time #2 ranking record at home. The Dacia Sandero (+65.1%) stays in third place as it is being cleared out before the arrival of the third generation at the end of the year. This means the Renault Clio V (-12.5%) spends a third straight month outside its traditional Top 2 level, unheard of for any generation of this nameplate launched in 1990. Renault aficionados will point out the imminent arrival of the Hybrid variant and the sustained success of the Renault Zoe (+83.5%) as consolation prizes. It all however means that the 208 II now has a 4.752-unit advantage over the Clio V year-to-date, not unsurmountable but definitely a step closer to the annual win. The Renault Captur II ends the month only 44 sales below the Clio V: are we witnessing the start of a potential change of guard atop Renault sales? When considering Dacia and Opel as French-owned, the best-selling foreigner is the Toyota Yaris (-29.5%) above a surprisingly strong Aygo (+76.2%) and the Ford Puma down 6 ranks on last month to #18. The Mercedes GLA (+102.7%), Audi Q3 (+92.5%), VW Golf (+85.7%), Suzuki Swift (+83.5%) and Toyota RAV4 (+56.9%) also impress in the remainder of the Top 50.

These are preliminary results. Final and complete data will be uploaded to this post when made available to us.

Previous month: France August 2020: Reality check as market sinks -19.8%, Hyundai (+39.1%), Toyota (+2.4%) shine, 208 II and 2008 II tops again, Clio V down to #5

One year ago: France September 2019: Renault Clio V clocks first win, Opel Corsa #1 foreigner in market up 16.6%

Full September 2020 Top 50 All-brands and Top 60 models below.

France September 2020 – brands:

28Land Rover3590.2%-35.4%293,0270.3%-43.3%2826
30Alfa Romeo2620.2%23.0%301,3770.1%-47.6%3031
34MG400.0%new334370.0%new33 –
44Secma30.0%n/a –400.0%-45.2%4144
45Aston Martin20.0%-50.0%35470.0%-30.9%3942
46Rolls-Royce10.0%0.0% –90.0%50.0%4650
47MPM Motors10.0%n/a –80.0%-74.2%4747
48Aiways10.0%new –20.0%new50 –

France September 2020 – models:

1Peugeot 208 II8,7515.2%5335.4%163,7375.5%12496.2%132
2Peugeot 2008 II8,0154.8%new246,8764.0%new3143
3Dacia Sandero7,2744.3%65.1%340,9763.5%-22.6%55
4Renault Clio V7,2354.3%-12.5%558,9855.1%145.3%29
5Renault Captur II7,1914.3%new638,7293.3%new688
6Citroen C36,5583.9%-10.3%441,1313.5%-32.1%42
7Peugeot 30085,2563.1%-16.1%931,7012.7%-42.7%74
8Peugeot 3084,6862.8%-3.4%1025,2542.2%-41.4%108
9Renault Twingo4,6562.8%-22.3%1831,0892.7%-17.9%810
10Dacia Duster3,8152.3%18.7%822,4911.9%-37.8%1211
11Renault Mégane3,0781.8%-23.2%2120,8791.8%-36.8%1413
12Citroen C3 Aircross2,9181.7%-13.7%1721,8521.9%-41.2%1312
13Renault Zoe2,8771.7%83.5%1325,9802.2%101.1%930
14Citroen C5 Aircross2,7581.6%-7.9%1118,9201.6%-22.4%1517
15Opel Corsa2,4401.4%-34.9%717,0121.5%-25.0%1620
16Toyota Yaris2,3871.4%-29.5%1623,9232.1%-20.8%1114
17Toyota Aygo2,1741.3%76.2%339,4710.8%-16.0%3238
18Ford Puma2,0751.2%new1210,8140.9%new26 –
19Fiat 5001,9981.2%-5.3%2912,1921.0%-42.4%2221
20Peugeot 50081,9771.2%-10.3%3513,6971.2%-34.9%1819
21VW Polo1,9471.2%-31.1%6613,4841.2%-52.8%1915
22VW Golf1,7921.1%85.7%238,7900.8%-51.0%3624
23Renault Kadjar1,6501.0%-40.0%2214,1081.2%-33.3%1718
24Renault Scénic1,6201.0%-41.2%4212,4291.1%-54.7%2116
25Ford Fiesta1,5850.9%-8.9%3212,4471.1%-33.7%2023
26Toyota Corolla1,5470.9%34.1%1411,1141.0%64.9%2552
27Mercedes Classe A1,5150.9%0.3%2610,7780.9%-26.9%2729
28Mercedes GLA1,5080.9%102.7%413,8200.3%-32.7%7478
29Peugeot 1081,4720.9%-12.7%2412,1541.0%-27.6%2326
30Hyundai Kona1,4680.9%29.2%2010,1940.9%36.1%2854
31Nissan Qashqai1,3850.8%-7.2%398,6820.7%-39.5%3728
32Fiat Panda1,3620.8%34.2%199,3190.8%-20.2%3436
33Suzuki Swift1,3490.8%83.5%307,9490.7%-11.1%4249
34Renault Clio IV1,2990.8%-52.3%10910,0120.9%-86.4%313
35VW T-Cross1,2850.8%-16.6%588,6660.7%9.1%3841
36Citroen C4 Spacetourer1,2610.7%-4.5%408,3290.7%-39.9%3931
37Toyota C-HR1,2350.7%6.9%1511,4971.0%-15.8%2433
38Toyota RAV41,1940.7%56.9%366,4120.5%-19.1%5158
39Citroen C4 Cactus1,1460.7%-15.4%548,0740.7%-50.7%4127
40Mini Hatch1,1220.7%-13.4%2510,0650.9%-6.6%3039
41Tesla Model 31,0830.6%2.1%835,0250.4%4.6%6189
42Audi Q31,0530.6%92.5%466,5810.6%-15.6%4951
43Citroen C11,0460.6%-21.3%349,3310.8%-31.5%3334
44Opel Crossland X9730.6%-2.4%527,4440.6%-25.4%4543
45Ford Focus9670.6%-12.5%697,6430.7%-24.2%4344
46Volvo XC409520.6%11.5%455,8410.5%6.2%5769
47Seat Ibiza9490.6%55.6%315,2770.5%-11.2%5979
48Fiat 500X9220.5%-19.7%485,0760.4%-60.4%6035
49VW T-Roc9130.5%-42.5%4310,0800.9%-39.0%2925
50Kia Niro8950.5%52.2%276,0810.5%13.6%5485
51Ford Kuga8740.5%2.0%573,9440.3%-25.3%7361
52DS 3 Crossback8720.5%-0.8%637,6140.7%44.9%4465
53BMW X18650.5%-20.6%376,7420.6%-15.7%4747
54Peugeot Rifter8400.5%7.8%556,1460.5%-32.5%5342
55VW Tiguan8380.5%-53.8%388,9800.8%-52.2%3522
56BMW Série 18310.5%18.7%496,4570.6%34.7%5072
57Citroen Berlingo8020.5%-5.8%286,6950.6%-24.4%4846
58Peugeot 5087870.5%-52.3%627,1420.6%-35.7%4637
59Nissan Juke7660.5%517.7%506,0080.5%107.5%56113
60Seat Arona7460.4%-37.5%446,2490.5%-32.4%5245

Source: CCFA, AAA Data

This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. * Got to hand it to Peugeot – the 2008 is a great car. And buyers accept a slightly higher price. The Captur is as attractive, i.m.o.
    * Noticed -29% for the Yaris – doesn’t happen too often the popular built-in-France Toyota drops that hard. Likely a one-off.
    * Will be interesting to see to what extent the ID3 can carve out a slice of the Zoe / Model 3 dominated EV best seller ranking. Elsewhere is Europe Wolfsburg delivered the first wave of ID’s to dealerships, leading to top spots

  2. The best ever Peugeot 200 series , after the 205.., is the number one in France …! The Clio despite the Hybrid version can’t win this time…! 😀

  3. The best Clio ever is the less successful in France. French are crazy ahah. But without the electric version of the 208, the Clio would be 1#. You forgot to mention that Matt. Best regards.

    1. “The best 208 ever is less successful than the Clio V in Europe. Europeans are crazy, LOL”. Something along those line, BryanR.?

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