France: car sales fell 18% in September 2012. Renault recovered the top.

A cold September for France economy was immediately reflected in a sharp car market decline. After dreaming of the new government ability to rescue the economy and reduce the high national budget deficit matching the 2013 task of 3% over GDP ratio, people was suddenly waked up by announcement of tax increase.

Unfortunately, Mr Holland is not a fairy and he hasn’t a wand, yet. So he’s government in September approved a tough 2013 budget with a 50% cost cutting plus 50% taxes increase, beating the world’s record of taxation pressure introducing a 75% income tax for over 1 million year income ( the “Ibrahimovich tax”, from the name of the famous football player).

Consumers were not only immediately hit in their pockets, but in their souls as well, with sharp decline of future expectations. Consumer’s goods markets started declining, with car market increasing the level of lost from previous months.

Looking at brand performance in September:

Renault was back in 1st position after having lost it in August, with 27.577 sales and a share of 20.1%, up 3.9 points of share from the awful previous month. However, third quarter at 17.6% was down 1.1 points from Q2 and 2.6 points from Q1. Year-to-date sales were 265.539. The top model year-to-date was again the Clio in spite of the new generation had been presented this month. As reported by focus2move.com, Renault was the world’s 11th brand year-to-date July.

Peugeot was 2nd, outpaced by Renault, with 22.912 units and a share of 16.7%, down 0.5 points of share from the previous month. Q3 share at 16.7% was up 0.2 points from Q2 and 0.6 from Q1. Year-to-date sales were 234.082 for a share of 16.4%. The new Peugeot 208 was market leader in September, for the 3rd consecutive month. As reported by focus2move.com, Peugeot was the world’s 16th brand year-to-date July.

Citroen in 3rd position sold 19.417 units with a share of 14.1%, up 1.6 points from the previous months. Q3 share was 14.0%, down 0.5 points from Q2. Year-to-date sales were 204.252. As reported by focus2move.com, Citroen was the world’s 18th brand year-to-date July.

Volkswagen in 4th position sold 10.020 units with a share of 7.3%, down 1.2 points from the previous month. Q3 share was 8.2%, up 0.5 points from Q2. The best-selling model was the Polo ranked 10th YTD and 1st not-French model.

Ford recovered the 5th position after the August collapse selling 5.800 units with a share of 4.2%, up 0.8 points from previous month. However Q3 share was really low at 3.9%, down 1.1 from Q2 and 1.8 points from Q1. Fiesta was the best-selling model, 14th year-to-date, while Focus was out of Top 30 models.

Nissan was 6th, (8th year-to-date) with 5.353 units and a share of 3.9%, stable. The top model was the Qasquai, ranked 15th YTD.

Opel was 7th with 5.221 units and a share of 3.8%, up 0.4 from August. Q3 share at 4.6% was up 0.3 points from Q2 and 0.8 from Q1.

Toyota was 8th in the month (9th year-to-date) with 5.290 sales and a share of 3.8%, down 0.4 points from previous month. Q3 share at 3.8% was up 0.6 points from Q2.

Audi was 9th and best luxury player with 4.770 sales and a share of 3.5%, down 0.4 points. Q3 share at 3.6% was up 0.5 points from Q2 and 0.7 from Q1.

Dacia was 10th, 5 spots down from previous, with 4.548 sales and a share of 3.3%, down 2.9 points from the previous month. Q3 share at 4.0% was down 0.3 points from Q2.

In the table below, the best 25 brands ranked for year to date position:

Rank

Brand

Sep

Q3

Ytd Sep

Q1

Q2

Aug

Sep

Q3

Ytd Sep

1

Renault

27.577

67.261

265.539

19,2%

18,7%

16,2%

20,1%

17,6%

18,6%

2

Peugeot

22.912

63.661

234.082

16,1%

16,5%

17,2%

16,7%

16,7%

16,4%

3

Citroën

19.417

53.680

204.252

14,3%

14,5%

12,4%

14,1%

14,0%

14,3%

4

Volkswagen

10.020

31.498

116.411

8,6%

7,7%

8,5%

7,3%

8,2%

8,1%

5

Ford

5.800

14.956

70.891

5,7%

5,0%

3,4%

4,2%

3,9%

5,0%

6

Opel

5.221

17.571

60.079

3,8%

4,3%

3,4%

3,8%

4,6%

4,2%

7

Dacia

4.548

15.246

56.431

3,6%

4,3%

6,2%

3,3%

4,0%

3,9%

8

Nissan

5.353

14.424

52.988

3,8%

3,6%

3,8%

3,9%

3,8%

3,7%

9

Toyota

5.290

14.584

47.878

3,1%

3,2%

4,2%

3,8%

3,8%

3,3%

10

Audi

4.770

13.941

45.513

2,9%

3,1%

3,9%

3,5%

3,6%

3,2%

11

BMW

3.795

10.083

33.495

2,2%

2,3%

2,8%

2,8%

2,6%

2,3%

12

Mercedes

3.360

9.235

33.380

2,3%

2,3%

2,9%

2,4%

2,4%

2,3%

13

Fiat

3.284

8.078

32.039

2,4%

2,2%

1,7%

2,4%

2,1%

2,2%

14

Kia

2.425

7.190

24.065

1,6%

1,6%

2,0%

1,8%

1,9%

1,7%

15

Hyundai

2.107

5.776

20.252

1,2%

1,5%

1,6%

1,5%

1,5%

1,4%

16

Chevrolet

1.286

4.510

19.478

1,2%

1,6%

1,5%

0,9%

1,2%

1,4%

17

Seat

1.246

4.712

18.119

1,4%

1,1%

1,5%

0,9%

1,2%

1,3%

18

Skoda

1.593

4.744

16.162

1,1%

1,1%

1,4%

1,2%

1,2%

1,1%

19

Mini

1.101

3.997

15.408

1,1%

1,1%

1,1%

0,8%

1,0%

1,1%

20

Suzuki

1.195

3.317

11.566

0,8%

0,7%

1,0%

0,9%

0,9%

0,8%

21

Volvo

1.012

2.526

9.541

0,6%

0,7%

0,4%

0,7%

0,7%

0,7%

22

Alfa Romeo

663

1.828

8.079

0,6%

0,6%

0,5%

0,5%

0,5%

0,6%

23

Honda

631

1.655

6.029

0,4%

0,4%

0,4%

0,5%

0,4%

0,4%

24

Land Rover

425

1.341

5.347

0,4%

0,4%

0,4%

0,3%

0,4%

0,4%

25

Lancia

330

848

3.960

0,3%

0,3%

0,2%

0,2%

0,2%

0,3%

Looking at the single model performance, Peugeot 208 was market leader for the 3rd month, with 7.760 sales and 5.7% of share. It was followed by the Renault Clio, leader YTD, Citroen C4 family, Renault Megane and Citroen C3.

In 6th the Peugeot 3008 posted a great month with 3.565 sales, ahead of Peugeot 308 and Renault Twingo.

Behind, Qashqai surged in 13th place, its higher ranking ever, while the Toyota Yaris surged in 14th.

In the table below, the best-selling 40 models, ranked for year to date position:

Rank

Model

Sep

Q3

Ytd Sep

Q1

Q2

Aug

Sep

Q3

Ytd Sep

1

Renault Clio

6.659

18.657

76.969

6,3%

4,8%

5,4%

4,8%

4,9%

5,4%

2

Citroen C 4 /Picasso

5.704

15.725

58.822

4,1%

4,1%

3,6%

4,1%

4,1%

4,1%

3

Renault Megane

4.517

12.392

49.905

3,5%

3,7%

3,2%

3,3%

3,2%

3,5%

4

Citroen C3

3.795

11.371

47.204

3,5%

3,4%

2,7%

2,8%

3,0%

3,3%

5

Renault Scenic

4.911

11.429

45.417

2,9%

3,6%

2,2%

3,6%

3,0%

3,2%

6

Peugeot 207

1.286

3.538

40.705

4,9%

2,3%

0,8%

0,9%

0,9%

2,8%

7

Peugeot 208

7.760

21.045

40.669

0,7%

3,0%

6,4%

5,6%

5,5%

2,8%

8

Peugeot 308

3.074

8.677

37.074

2,6%

2,8%

2,3%

2,2%

2,3%

2,6%

9

Peugeot 3008

3.565

8.794

33.796

2,3%

2,4%

2,1%

2,6%

2,3%

2,4%

10

Volkswagen Polo

2.638

8.534

33.162

2,6%

2,1%

2,1%

1,9%

2,2%

2,3%

11

Renault Twingo

3.034

7.106

30.842

2,6%

1,9%

1,8%

2,2%

1,9%

2,2%

12

Volkswagen Golf

2.065

6.749

29.004

2,4%

1,9%

1,9%

1,5%

1,8%

2,0%

13

Dacia Duster

1.896

7.405

25.916

1,7%

1,8%

2,1%

1,4%

1,9%

1,8%

14

Ford Fiesta

1.953

4.890

23.912

2,0%

1,6%

1,2%

1,4%

1,3%

1,7%

15

Nissan Qashqai

2.295

6.438

23.146

1,6%

1,6%

1,6%

1,7%

1,7%

1,6%

16

Opel Corsa

2.075

5.337

21.245

1,5%

1,6%

1,4%

1,5%

1,4%

1,5%

17

Dacia Sandero

1.173

5.770

20.649

1,5%

1,4%

1,8%

0,9%

1,5%

1,4%

18

Peugeot 508

1.791

5.487

19.859

1,3%

1,4%

1,4%

1,3%

1,4%

1,4%

19

Citroen C3 Picasso

1.729

4.655

18.939

1,3%

1,4%

1,1%

1,3%

1,2%

1,3%

20

Citroen DS3

1.771

5.072

18.619

1,3%

1,3%

1,1%

1,3%

1,3%

1,3%

21

Toyota Yaris

2.217

5.806

18.031

1,1%

1,2%

1,4%

1,6%

1,5%

1,3%

22

Peugeot 5008

1.418

4.421

17.914

1,1%

1,5%

0,9%

1,0%

1,2%

1,3%

23

Volkswagen Tiguan

1.861

5.312

16.806

1,1%

1,1%

1,3%

1,4%

1,4%

1,2%

24

Nissan Juke

1.754

4.647

16.368

1,2%

1,1%

1,2%

1,3%

1,2%

1,1%

25

Ford C-Max

1.241

3.448

15.918

1,2%

1,2%

0,8%

0,9%

0,9%

1,1%

26

Peugeot 206+

1.339

3.900

15.832

1,3%

1,0%

0,9%

1,0%

1,0%

1,1%

27

Renault Modus

1.662

3.816

14.532

1,1%

1,0%

0,9%

1,2%

1,0%

1,0%

28

Citroen C5

1.250

3.184

12.749

1,0%

0,9%

0,7%

0,9%

0,8%

0,9%

29

Fiat 500

1.392

3.392

12.053

0,9%

0,8%

0,6%

1,0%

0,9%

0,8%

30

Volkswagen Touran

914

3.457

11.888

0,8%

0,8%

1,0%

0,7%

0,9%

0,8%

31

Citroen C1

1.134

2.583

11.314

0,8%

0,8%

0,7%

0,8%

0,7%

0,8%

32

Renault Laguna

724

2.472

11.278

0,8%

0,9%

0,6%

0,5%

0,6%

0,8%

33

Ford Focus

813

2.182

11.266

1,0%

0,7%

0,5%

0,6%

0,6%

0,8%

34

Citroen DS4

1.117

2.861

10.920

0,8%

0,8%

0,6%

0,8%

0,7%

0,8%

35

Audi A1

1.151

3.202

10.725

0,7%

0,8%

0,9%

0,8%

0,8%

0,8%

36

Renault Kangoo

898

2.716

10.679

0,7%

0,8%

0,6%

0,7%

0,7%

0,7%

37

Seat Ibiza

778

2.936

10.648

0,9%

0,6%

1,0%

0,6%

0,8%

0,7%

38

Mini

676

2.531

10.361

0,6%

0,9%

0,7%

0,5%

0,7%

0,7%

39

Mercedes B Class

1.054

3.225

10.152

0,6%

0,7%

1,2%

0,8%

0,8%

0,7%

40

Peugeot 107

946

2.467

9.323

0,6%

0,7%

0,7%

0,7%

0,6%

0,7%

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