France cars sales 2015 up 6%. PSA ends ahead of Renault.

France cars sales 2015 Citroen-DS4_Crossback_2016

France cars sales 2015 had been up 6% thanks to a final rush with December reported in double-digit. Despite a strong year-end Renault had lost the leadership at group level closing 3 thousand units down from P.S.A..

Economic Outlook

France’s economy expanded at a modest pace over the previous quarter in Q3. The acceleration over Q2 was driven by strong domestic demand. Latest indicators paint a mixed picture of the economy at the start of Q4. While in October, industrial production accelerated, the Composite PMI fell to a four-month low in December and business sentiment dropped to a five-month low in November.

Meanwhile, the regional elections that took place on 6 and 13 December saw center-right party The Republicans (LR) led by former president Nicolas Sarkozy win 5 new regions; the party now governs a total of 7 continental regions. The ruling Socialist Party (PS) has been left with only 5 of the continental regions. Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front (FN), despite getting the most votes in the first round, failed to win a single region as the electorate mobilized between the two rounds. These elections are seen as an important barometer for the approaching 2017 presidential elections and indicate a rebound of right wing parties in France.

Market Outlook

December sales have been reported again in double digit up supporting the closing of the year at a robust +6.8% of increase well ahead of our initial forecast. Albeit a weak economic trend, in the 2015 the automotive industry posted the first year of real recovery after the 2011 fall and was back over the 1.9 million units.

According to data released by the C.C.F.A, the French Associations of Car Manufacturers, total car  passenger’s sales in December have been 183.720, up 12.5% posting the 7th year on year increase in a string. In the entire 2015 sales had been 1.917.226, up 6.8% from the previous year.

In December, Renault rushed up with sales +26.3% at 42.185 sales ending the year with 382.504 units (+8.1%) and 20.0% of market share.

In second place, Peugeot registered 26.102 units in December (+2.4%) and 327.393 in the year (+7.3%) while Citroen sales at 16.407 in December (-2.2%) and 201.065 in the year (-13.0%) reflects the spin-off of the DS sales (3.023 in December and 30.257 in the year).

Leader of importers was Volkswagen with 12.147 (-15.2%) ahead of Dacia with 10.452 (+28.2%), Mercedes with 8.330 (+33.1%) and Toyota with 7.185 (+17.2%).

As far as the Group’s performance, PSA ended the year on top with 558.715 sales versus the 555.206 of Renault that attempted to leadership with a desperate December final rush. Third was Volkswagen Group with 143.1%.

As far as best-selling models ranking, in December the Renault Clio recovered the leadership with 11.027 sales (-0.8%), followed by the Peugeot 208 with 7.458 (+0.6) and the Renault Captur with 7.235 (+5.1%). Strong performance scored in December by the Dacia Sandero (+48.8%), the Renault Twingo (+30%) and the Citroen C4 (+55.7%).

To see the best-selling cars ranking this year with top 100 models see the report

Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will always have the year to date data updated

Rank Dec Rank 2015 Brand Sales Dec Sales 2015 Dec Var 2015 Var Share Dec Share 2015
1 1 Renault 42.185 382.504 26,3% 8,1% 23,0% 20,0%
2 2 Peugeot 26.102 327.393 2,4% 7,3% 14,2% 17,1%
3 3 Citroen 16.407 201.065 -2,2% -13,0% 8,9% 10,5%
4 4 Volkswagen 12.146 144.103 -15,2% 3,3% 6,6% 7,5%
5 5 Dacia 10.452 97.441 28,2% -5,0% 5,7% 5,1%
6 11 Mercedes 8.330 55.376 33,1% 12,7% 4,5% 2,9%
7 8 Toyota 7.185 71.755 17,2% 7,5% 3,9% 3,7%
8 6 Ford 7.030 80.729 12,0% 7,5% 3,8% 4,2%
9 7 Nissan 6.625 74.102 8,4% 8,9% 3,6% 3,9%
10 13 BMW 5.880 53.555 -11,3% 12,3% 3,2% 2,8%
11 9 Opel 5.715 64.170 14,5% 4,8% 3,1% 3,3%
12 10 Audi 5.414 58.734 0,1% 4,1% 2,9% 3,1%
13 12 Fiat 4.849 54.443 36,8% 19,0% 2,6% 2,8%
14 14 DS 3.023 30.257 1,6% 1,6%
15 16 Hyundai 2.933 23.968 48,1% 39,6% 1,6% 1,3%
16 15 Kia 2.374 29.146 11,6% 3,4% 1,3% 1,5%
17 17 Mini 2.361 22.512 -2,0% 23,2% 1,3% 1,2%
18 18 Seat 2.140 22.009 4,4% 4,4% 1,2% 1,1%
19 19 Skoda 1.867 21.759 -0,8% 6,6% 1,0% 1,1%
20 20 Suzuki 1.557 18.506 14,2% 16,9% 0,8% 1,0%
21 21 Volvo 1.478 13.876 17,2% 11,4% 0,8% 0,7%
22 25 Smart 1.144 8.107 49,7% 95,4% 0,6% 0,4%
23 22 Land Rover 1.074 8.846 21,5% 30,2% 0,6% 0,5%
24 24 Mazda 966 8.418 62,9% 41,2% 0,5% 0,4%
25 26 Honda 936 7.325 14,6% 3,3% 0,5% 0,4%
26 23 Jeep 880 8.585 10,4% 208,5% 0,5% 0,4%
27 27 Alfa Romeo 701 6.353 -1,3% -16,5% 0,4% 0,3%
28 30 Mitsubishi 443 3.936 57,7% 12,6% 0,2% 0,2%
29 29 Lexus 440 4.457 -10,2% 27,9% 0,2% 0,2%
30 28 Porsche 382 4.943 -20,9% 43,3% 0,2% 0,3%
31 31 Jaguar 187 1.530 201,6% 114,0% 0,1% 0,1%
32 36 Tesla 97 708 120,5% 121,3% 0,1% 0,0%
33 37 SsangYong 86 636 83,0% 82,9% 0,0% 0,0%
34 33 Bolloré 83 1.191 -38,1% -7,7% 0,0% 0,1%
35 32 Lancia 71 1.469 -77,5% -75,9% 0,0% 0,1%
36 34 Infiniti 64 1.139 -16,9% 74,2% 0,0% 0,1%
37 35 Subaru 59 841 -41,6% 15,0% 0,0% 0,0%
38 38 Maserati 35 508 52,2% 18,4% 0,0% 0,0%
39 39 Ferrari 11 200 10,0% 13,6% 0,0% 0,0%
40 47 Rolls-Royce 2 28 -60,0% 32,4% 0,0% 0,0%
40 48 PGO 2 22 0,0% 0,0%
40 49 Lada 2 20 100,0% 122,2% 0,0% 0,0%
40 40 Chevrolet 2 121 -98,2% -97,1% 0,0% 0,0%
Rank Dec Rank 2015 Group Sales Dec Sales 2015 Dec Var 2015 Var Share Dec Share 2015
1 2 Renault-Nissan 59.328 555.206 24,2% 5,7% 32,3% 29,0%
2 1 PSA 45.532 558.715 7,7% 4,2% 24,8% 29,1%
3 3 Volkswagen 21.949 251.648 -9,1% 4,4% 11,9% 13,1%
4 9 Mercedes Daimler 9.474 63.483 34,9% 19,1% 5,2% 3,3%
5 6 BMW 8.243 76.095 -8,8% 15,3% 4,5% 4,0%
6 5 Toyota 7.625 76.212 15,2% 8,5% 4,2% 4,0%
7 4 Ford 7.030 80.729 12,0% 7,5% 3,8% 4,2%
8 7 FCA 6.547 71.577 21,3% 13,9% 3,6% 3,7%
9 8 General Motors 5.717 64.313 12,1% -1,7% 3,1% 3,4%
10 10 Hyundai-Kia 5.307 53.114 29,2% 17,1% 2,9% 2,8%
Rank Dec Rank 2015 Model Sales Dec Sales 2015 Dec Var 2015 Var Share Dec Share 2015
1 1 Renault Clio 11.027 108.408 -0,8% -5,9% 6,5% 5,7%
2 2 Peugeot 208 7.452 90.367 0,6% 6,1% 4,4% 4,8%
3 4 Renault Captur 7.235 72.191 5,1% 14,6% 4,3% 3,8%
4 3 Peugeot 308 6.235 75.474 13,3% 17,7% 3,7% 4,0%
5 9 Dacia Sandero 5.014 45.264 48,8% 2,0% 3,0% 2,4%
6 5 Peugeot 2008 4.992 63.204 -2,8% 16,7% 2,9% 3,3%
7 8 Renault Twingo 4.804 45.328 30,4% 7,9% 2,8% 2,4%
8 6 Citroen C3 4.375 56.382 -1,2% -6,9% 2,6% 3,0%
9 22 Renault Kadjar 4.301 21.069 2,5% 1,1%
10 7 Renault Scénic 4.095 46.662 2,6% -4,9% 2,4% 2,5%
11 11 Volkswagen Polo 3.712 42.995 -20,2% 6,4% 2,2% 2,3%
12 14 Dacia Duster 3.570 34.501 0,7% -14,1% 2,1% 1,8%
13 10 Citroen C4 Picasso 3.494 44.608 12,5% -1,6% 2,1% 2,4%
14 12 Volkswagen Golf 3.388 42.716 -22,6% -0,3% 2,0% 2,3%
15 16 Toyota Yaris 2.897 29.266 13,8% 7,5% 1,7% 1,5%
16 15 Peugeot 3008 2.701 33.648 -3,5% -11,4% 1,6% 1,8%
17 18 Citroen C4 2.447 25.188 55,7% -4,7% 1,4% 1,3%
18 17 Nissan Qashqai 2.429 27.822 -4,6% -7,3% 1,4% 1,5%
19 13 Renault Mégane 2.279 39.235 -42,2% -12,4% 1,3% 2,1%
20 19 Ford Fiesta 2.040 24.839 10,4% -0,3% 1,2% 1,3%
21 20 Fiat 500 2.019 22.908 5,9% 3,7% 1,2% 1,2%
22 24 Citroen C4 Cactus 1.914 20.567 -2,2% 77,3% 1,1% 1,1%
23 40 Renault Espace 1.749 10.980 182,3% 1,0% 0,6%
24 23 Opel Corsa 1.702 20.830 39,1% 11,8% 1,0% 1,1%
24 32 Toyota Auris 1.702 14.460 44,5% 7,7% 1,0% 0,8%
25 21 Peugeot 508 1.663 21.732 12,5% 18,4% 1,0% 1,1%
26 26 Nissan Juke 1.606 16.278 19,1% 0,0% 0,9% 0,9%
27 37 Mercedes A Class 1.596 12.414 7,8% -0,3% 0,9% 0,7%
28 42 Renault Zoe 1.581 10.407 33,8% 74,3% 0,9% 0,6%
29 28 Citroen C3 Picasso 1.398 16.094 49,8% -6,8% 0,8% 0,9%
30 25 Opel Mokka 1.373 18.270 -24,0% 15,3% 0,8% 1,0%
31 38 Fiat 500X 1.361 11.644 0,8% 0,6%
32 49 Mercedes C Class 1.321 9.305 40,5% 23,6% 0,8% 0,5%
33 30 Volkswagen Tiguan 1.245 15.490 -32,0% -13,5% 0,7% 0,8%
34 45 Seat Ibiza 1.212 9.673 19,8% 1,0% 0,7% 0,5%
35 52 Mercedes B Class 1.201 8.868 60,3% -8,0% 0,7% 0,5%
36 27 Citroen ds3 1.183 16.187 18,5% -5,4% 0,7% 0,9%
37 70 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 1.172 6.684 0,7% 0,4%
38 29 Peugeot 108 1.171 16.042 -14,1% 106,9% 0,7% 0,8%
39 62 Mercedes GLA 1.161 7.348 -2,6% 30,2% 0,7% 0,4%
40 35 Peugeot 5008 1.151 13.698 27,5% -4,6% 0,7% 0,7%

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