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France March 2021: Peugeot scores 7th win in past 8 months, Tesla Model 3 signs first Top 10, market down -19.1% on two years ago

The Peugeot 208 II secures an 8th win in the past 9 months at home.

7/04 update: Now with Top 10 EVs.

The French new car market is up 191.7% year-on-year in March to 182.775 sales as year-ago volumes were impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown. A more telling comparison set is March 2019 and this time sales are down -19.1% over the 225.818 units registered two years ago. Year-to-date, French sales are up 21.1% on 2020 to 441.792 but down -20.2% on the same period in 2019. Peugeot (+185.7% year-on-year and -12.8% on two years ago) manages a fantastic 7th win in the past 8 months, particularly notable as this is an end-of-quarter month when Renault (+107.6% and -34.6%) traditionally fills up with tactical sales. Not so much this year as Renault attempts to stir away from this practice and drops to 16.4% share vs. 23.1% a year ago in March 2020. Citroen (+255.7% and -19%) is above the market rates to improve its share to 10.5% while Volkswagen (+281.5% and -28.2%) climbs back up two spots on last month to #4 above Dacia (+211.4% and -38.9%) and Toyota (+168.1% and +15.4%) particularly strong vs. two years ago. Mercedes (+260.7% and +1.4%) also manages be up vs. two years ago at #7 overall, with Audi (+310% and -3.2%), BMW (+241.8% and +8.7%) and Tesla (+186.5% and +262.2%) also very strong, the latter slicing its February ranking in two to land at #11 overall.

First French Top 10 finish for the Tesla Model 3.

Over in the models ranking, the Peugeot 208 II (+185.7%) signs an 8th win in the past 9 months but trails the market slightly, as does the Renault Clio V (+180.4%) back up 3 spots on February to 2nd place overall both for the month and YTD. The Peugeot 2008 II (+394.4%) drops one rank to #3 ahead of the Citroen C3 (+322.3%), both nameplates gaining significant share year-on-year. It’s not the case of the Renault Captur II (+153.1%) and Peugeot 3008 (+174.8%) just below. The Renault Twingo (+247.7%) leaps up three spots on last month to #7. #2 in January, the Dacia Sandero III drops to #8 this month. The best-selling foreign model is not the Toyota Yaris (+162.7%) down to #11 but the Tesla Model 3 (+226.6%) up 22 spots on last month to a fantastic 9th place overall, its first incursion in the French Top 10. The Fiat 500 (#16), VW Polo (#17), Ford Puma (#19) and VW T-Roc (#20) also manage to slide inside the Top 20 for the month. In the EV ranking, below the Tesla Model 3 we find the Peugeot e-208, Renault Zoe, Twingo ZE and Fiat 500 EV.

Previous month: France February 2021: Dacia (+25.8%), Toyota (-5.4%) headline market accelerating its fall at -20.9%

One year ago: France March 2020: COVID-19 sends market down -72.2% to lowest March volume in over 60 years, Tesla in Top 10

Full March 2021 Top 52 All-brands, Top 80 models and Top 10 EVs below.

France March 2021 – brands:

PosBrandMar-21%/20/19Feb2021%/20PosFY20
1Peugeot32,51017.8%185.7%-12.8%185,32319.3%17.0%12
2Renault30,01916.4%107.6%-34.6%267,63415.3%0.6%21
3Citroen19,17310.5%255.7%-19.0%345,43410.3%14.3%33
4Volkswagen11,2726.2%281.5%-28.2%626,7556.1%36.1%54
5Dacia9,6765.3%211.4%-38.9%430,6756.9%85.0%45
6Toyota9,5045.2%168.1%15.4%526,7096.0%22.0%66
7Mercedes6,2123.4%260.7%1.4%812,6862.9%41.0%88
8Ford6,1683.4%232.1%-33.8%715,0953.4%40.8%77
9Audi5,5153.0%310.0%-3.2%1211,5432.6%27.5%1010
10BMW5,2372.9%241.8%8.7%912,2642.8%20.0%99
11Tesla4,5272.5%186.5%262.2%225,7881.3%106.9%2023
12Fiat4,4742.4%229.7%-40.1%159,4322.1%10.4%1412
13Opel4,4412.4%435.7%-44.4%1410,3802.3%-8.2%1311
14Kia4,2272.3%110.6%-1.3%1010,8092.4%25.9%1113
15Hyundai3,9662.2%152.3%7.5%1110,4212.4%25.6%1214
16Nissan3,7892.1%206.8%-23.6%139,1572.1%3.4%1515
17Skoda3,2581.8%303.7%-0.3%168,3971.9%43.7%1616
18Seat3,1491.7%422.2%-3.5%177,7401.8%32.8%1717
19Mini3,0161.7%131.3%15.3%206,3991.4%47.8%1919
20Suzuki2,6141.4%689.7%-4.2%186,5931.5%98.6%1820
21DS2,4361.3%96.3%22.7%195,7861.3%-20.8%2118
22Volvo1,7190.9%121.8%-13.1%214,0800.9%31.4%2221
23Jeep1,2760.7%673.3%11.4%242,2990.5%169.5%2424
24Mazda1,0180.6%143.0%-34.7%232,6590.6%45.8%2322
25Land Rover7000.4%442.6%-2.2%251,5030.3%22.7%2527
26Honda6120.3%441.6%-43.5%261,3320.3%10.8%2626
27Lexus4850.3%214.9%-12.6%271,1200.3%-16.7%2725
28Porsche3430.2%44.7%23.4%297840.2%-20.7%2829
29Cupra2440.1%newnew285930.1%new2936
30Smart2340.1%325.5%-64.2%344310.1%72.4%3131
31Mitsubishi2110.1%-25.4%-65.4%304310.1%-49.1%3028
32MG1720.1%newnew323200.1%new3334
33Alfa Romeo1520.1%153.3%-60.7%333200.1%-11.1%3230
34Jaguar1480.1%377.4%-47.7%313150.1%-26.4%3432
35Alpine1080.1%103.8%-64.4%352210.1%262.3%3533
36Ferrari360.0%n/a38.5%38680.0%172.0%3635
37Caterham210.0%2000.0%n/a39350.0%3400.0%3942
38SsangYong150.0%150.0%n/a37440.0%528.6%3837
39Aiways130.0%newnew36520.0%new3741
40Lamborghini80.0%166.7%n/a40230.0%130.0%4043
41Lotus60.0%20.0%n/a43130.0%85.7%4340
42Secma50.0%n/an/a42140.0%-30.0%4246
43Aston Martin50.0%400.0%n/a4660.0%200.0%4645
44Maserati40.0%100.0%-88.6%41180.0%125.0%4138
45Bentley40.0%0.0%n/a45100.0%-50.0%4444
46Morgan40.0%n/an/a4480.0%n/a4547
47Subaru40.0%-33.3%n/a –50.0%-84.8%4739
48MPM Motors10.0%0.0%n/a –30.0%0.0%4848
49Cadillac10.0%n/an/a4720.0%n/a4953
50McLaren10.0%n/an/a4820.0%0.0%5050
51Rolls-Royce10.0%-50.0%n/a –20.0%-71.4%5149
52DFSK10.0%newnew –10.0%new52 –

France March 2021 – models:

PosModelMar-21%/20/19Feb2021%/20PosFY20
1Peugeot 208 II9,9845.5%185.7%new125,9985.9%15.0%11
2Renault Clio V9,0765.0%180.4%new521,2364.8%30.8%22
3Peugeot 2008 II7,8754.3%394.4%new220,7244.7%89.5%33
4Citroen C37,7954.3%332.3%-5.1%318,9944.3%49.7%44
5Renault Captur II6,2493.4%153.1%new614,6713.3%55.2%65
6Peugeot 30085,3282.9%174.8%-21.3%714,1713.2%16.8%77
7Renault Twingo5,2852.9%247.7%48.9%1010,4822.4%24.3%98
8Dacia Sandero III4,8732.7%newnew418,1624.1%new5265
9Tesla Model 34,5242.5%226.6%292.4%315,7631.3%127.4%1865
10Renault Mégane3,9842.2%125.7%-16.0%118,9922.0%33.5%1014
11Toyota Yaris3,7942.1%162.7%-1.4%910,7662.4%32.9%811
12Dacia Duster3,4281.9%199.4%-43.8%127,8041.8%52.5%1212
13Peugeot 3083,2791.8%122.5%-38.2%88,9472.0%-5.2%1110
14Citroen C3 Aircross3,0271.7%218.6%-43.1%137,4201.7%-8.9%1313
15Citroen C5 Aircross3,0021.6%242.7%0.9%166,8421.5%6.2%1415
16Fiat 5002,8721.6%492.2%19.0%175,7771.3%55.0%1720
17VW Polo2,3811.3%239.2%-50.5%146,7361.5%46.7%1517
18Peugeot 50082,2621.2%131.8%-6.6%156,3741.4%2.4%1618
19Ford Puma2,2581.2%483.5%new185,3171.2%148.1%1925
20VW T-Roc2,1631.2%316.0%-4.9%245,1091.2%54.0%2027
21Mini Hatch2,0171.1%129.2%34.0%453,8720.9%52.0%2734
22Ford Fiesta1,8301.0%183.7%-41.6%194,5631.0%18.1%2223
23Citroen C41,7901.0%new11087.5%263,6330.8%new31160
24Opel Corsa1,7591.0%346.4%-48.9%224,6401.1%-18.9%2116
25Mercedes Classe A1,7581.0%139.8%-15.9%273,6660.8%26.2%3028
26Hyundai Tucson1,7010.9%620.8%73.6%204,1140.9%118.7%2564
27Toyota Corolla1,6880.9%202.5%505.0%214,4871.0%8.0%2326
28VW Golf1,5740.9%304.6%-48.8%323,5370.8%36.6%3322
29Peugeot 1081,5640.9%59.9%-36.8%303,9290.9%0.8%2624
30Renault Zoe1,5190.8%-12.9%-1.1%343,6060.8%-64.5%329
31Renault Kadjar1,5050.8%-0.5%-45.8%293,7370.8%-11.6%2919
32Renault Scénic1,4990.8%22.3%-60.7%572,7840.6%-33.7%4221
33Nissan Juke1,4760.8%332.8%208.8%403,3420.8%81.8%3652
34Citroen C11,4380.8%199.6%-19.4%333,3790.8%16.8%3536
35VW T-Cross1,4100.8%240.6%new413,3200.8%37.5%3735
36VW Tiguan1,3990.8%203.5%-48.3%252,9520.7%-20.1%4030
37Toyota C-HR1,3800.8%119.4%-6.6%234,1570.9%7.9%2429
38Suzuki Swift1,3170.7%1230.3%21.9%393,4530.8%93.6%3442
39DS 7 Crossback1,2660.7%98.4%-8.1%383,1690.7%-18.4%3838
40BMW X11,1900.7%250.0%16.9%362,6810.6%38.1%4541
41BMW Série 11,1640.6%190.3%68.7%372,9540.7%36.7%3947
42Toyota Aygo1,1450.6%137.6%18.8%283,8510.9%37.1%2833
43DS 3 Crossback1,1450.6%89.9%1840.7%502,5440.6%-25.6%4643
44Opel Crossland X1,1390.6%466.7%-29.2%712,3050.5%-14.1%5346
45Mercedes GLA1,0920.6%8300.0%54.7%751,9210.4%606.3%6258
46Seat Ibiza1,0830.6%841.7%44.0%552,4400.6%116.5%4863
47Toyota RAV41,0700.6%303.8%8.3%582,4090.5%43.0%4955
48Audi Q31,0580.6%240.2%22.5%542,2240.5%6.9%5449
49Nissan Micra1,0290.6%179.6%-44.0%422,3940.5%11.7%5157
50Audi A31,0170.6%384.3%-2.6%592,2020.5%78.9%5556
51Mercedes GLC9620.5%390.8%26.1%691,7840.4%47.0%6659
52Ford Kuga9390.5%738.4%117.9%462,4010.5%957.7%5075
53Peugeot 5089280.5%71.9%-8.6%492,3260.5%-30.1%5244
54Kia Niro9170.5%169.7%18.9%432,7430.6%51.1%4353
55Hyundai Kona9130.5%32.5%5.7%442,7210.6%-9.3%4431
56Audi Q29000.5%278.2%-10.2%771,5990.4%15.5%7168
57Audi A18790.5%222.0%-3.0%561,9780.4%10.0%6061
58Jeep Renegade8620.5%600.8%2.4%1121,2320.3%78.6%8291
59Citroen Berlingo8400.5%241.5%-13.8%532,0170.5%-6.4%5950
60Volvo XC408390.5%81.6%30.5%512,0660.5%43.0%5651
61Peugeot Rifter8360.5%380.5%-31.6%641,9520.4%-6.6%6154
62BMW Série 38150.4%429.2%101.2%1001,2790.3%32.8%8193
63Skoda Octavia 7840.4%342.9%8.3%622,0190.5%87.6%5867
64Seat Arona7630.4%305.9%-21.7%631,7720.4%-15.0%6760
65Mini Countryman7620.4%208.5%38.0%522,0630.5%92.3%5774
66Kia Picanto7490.4%134.1%-9.8%671,8790.4%40.9%6372
67Citroen C4 Spacetourer7380.4%31.8%-56.0%681,8560.4%-43.5%6440
68Nissan Qashqai7320.4%109.7%-60.2%352,4660.6%-32.3%4739
69Skoda Fabia6890.4%347.4%-39.8%651,7020.4%75.1%6876
70Hyundai i206840.4%178.0%-17.3%731,6560.4%12.8%6966
71Kia Stonic6660.4%132.1%14.8%851,3170.3%-1.5%8077
72Kia Sportage6630.4%238.3%-28.6%701,5490.4%9.4%7371
73Ford Focus6370.3%33.8%-65.4%1061,5240.3%-33.4%7445
74Skoda Kamiq6360.3%344.8%new721,6030.4%41.1%7073
75Suzuki Vitara6090.3%474.5%-8.0%861,1750.3%195.2%85118
76Fiat 500X6020.3%252.0%-69.4%981,3880.3%-5.0%7862
77BMW X25710.3%313.8%2.5%801,2040.3%41.6%8494
78Opel Grandland X5660.3%345.7%-39.8%471,8220.4%4.0%6569
79Dacia Sandero II5480.3%-64.4%-92.9%482,9330.7%-68.8%416
80Fiat Panda5380.3%17.5%-69.9%611,4830.3%-35.6%7632

France March 2021 – EV models:

PosModelMar-212021Pos
1Tesla Model 34,5245,7631
2Peugeot e-2081,6674,4972
3Renault Zoe1,5193,6063
4Renault Twingo ZE1,1142,2944
5Fiat 500 EV8381,8656
6Kia e-Niro6271,9425
7VW ID.35271,0309
8Peugeot e-20085091,3157
9Mini Cooper SE49981710
10Hyundai Kona EV4091,1848

Source: CCFA, AAA Data

This Post Has 7 Comments
  1. The 208/2008 should sell way more than the Clio/Captur taking into account that the EV versions are included in the 208/2008 sales.

    The sales of the Twingo are strongly helped by the EV version, I believe.

    It would be great to know the % of EV in this models.

    Greetings.

    1. 208 + 2008: 46.722
      Clio + Zoe + Captur: 39.513 (including PHEV).

      We can see a difference of about 18 %. It also must be considered that the models of Peugeot are more expensive than the models of Renaults. 😉

    2. Why ? Renault offer hybrid variants and Peugeot doesn’t so Renault should sell more as hybrids are more popular than electrics

      1. But the Clio/Captur doesn’t offer diesel engines which are still important versions for companies.

      2. There is (was) a delay in new hybrid engine supply. Bottleneck should be solved during the next few months

    3. Hi Bryan – we have now added a Top 10 EV models ranking to the article, showing the Peugeot e-208 above the Renault Zoe.

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