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France Light Vehicle Sales at best in 14th months with PSA & Renault Groups head to head.

France Light Vehicle Sales Peugeot-508_RXH_2015

France

Light Vehicle Sales at best in 14th months with PSA & Renault Groups head to head. March sales improved over 9% fueled by positive economic data and demand on city cars. Mercedes shines.

Country Outlook

Following the anemic growth recorded in the final quarter of 2014, recent economic indicators signal that the economy is gradually shifting into higher gear. Industrial production expanded for a second consecutive month in January and the March Composite PMI suggests that French business activity is expanding. In addition, March sentiment surveys showed that businesses and consumers are perceiving a mild economic recovery.

On the political front, the right-wing National Front (FN) made limited gains in the second-round local elections held on 29 March. Conversely, former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and its allies scored a key victory, garnering over two-thirds of the 101 departments. Although voter turnout was low, the election result represents the current electoral mood as the popularity of the Socialist Party, and particularly that of President François Hollande, is at a record low.

Market Outlook

In March 2015 according to data released by CCFA, the French Associations of Car Manufacturers, total new Car Passengers sold in France have been 196.565, up 9.3% from the correspondent month last year, the highest increase since December 2013.

The market was pushed up by strong consumer demand for city and small cars and ended a positive quarter with sales figures at 477.319, up 6.9% from Q1 2014.  Outlook for the remaining part of the current year is positive with full year volume foreseen at  1.85 million units, up 3.2% from 2014.

Competitive Arena

The battle for the leadership among the two domestic Groups is becoming more and more interesting as Renault Group reacted hard in March after having lost the lead reducing the Q1 gap to P.S.A. Group at only 332 units.

In terms of single brand, Renault completed an almost favorable quarter selling in March 42.067 cars (+13.0%) ending the period with 96.236 units (+8.1%) with a share of 20.2%. However, Peugeot did a bit better, not in March when selling 33.855 units improved only 12.3%, while in quarter with 83.749 units, growing 9.9% at 17.5% of share.

In third, Citroen kept the slow pace in March with 22.624 sales (+1.9%) not enough to avoid a negative quarter (-2.2% at 57.665 units). Keeping the importers leadership Volkswagen was slow as well, with March registrations at 13.633 (-1.4%), while Ford in 4th place is reducing the gap with 9.527 sales (+18.7%) outpacing Dacia (9.292 sales, -9.8%).

March sales had been outstanding for Mercedes (10th with 5.705, +40.1%), Hyundai (16th with 2.251, +44.4%) and Mini (17th with 2.089, +61.4%). In the lower end of the ranking, Mazda and Jeep are fast growing thanks to their renovated line up.

Coming back on groups ranking, final first quarter statistics reveal P.S.A as first with 29.6% of market share, ahead of Renault-Nissan with same share and Volkswagen Group with 12.5%.

As far as best-selling models ranking, in March the Renault Clio led again with 13.210 sales (+13.4%), followed by Peugeot 208 with 9.406 (+11.3%) and Renault Captur, confirming podium for the second month in a row, with 8.521 (+41.1%). All the top 10 positions were held by domestic models, with Dacia Sandero in 11th and Volkswagen Golf in 12th.

Rank Rank Q1 Brand Mar Q1 Var Mar Var Q1 Share Mar Share Q1
1 1 Renault 42.067 96.236 13,0% 8,1% 21,4% 20,2%
2 2 Peugeot 33.855 83.749 12,3% 9,9% 17,2% 17,5%
3 3 Citroen 22.624 57.665 1,9% -2,2% 11,5% 12,1%
4 4 Volkswagen 13.633 35.740 -1,4% 3,6% 6,9% 7,5%
5 6 Ford 9.527 22.110 18,7% 23,9% 4,8% 4,6%
6 5 Dacia 9.292 24.497 -9,8% -13,6% 4,7% 5,1%
7 7 Nissan 8.019 20.151 10,6% 13,8% 4,1% 4,2%
8 8 Toyota 7.169 18.449 16,1% 9,4% 3,6% 3,9%
9 9 Opel 6.661 15.933 -11,6% 2,5% 3,4% 3,3%
10 12 Mercedes 5.705 12.418 40,1% 33,6% 2,9% 2,6%
11 10 Fiat 5.696 13.352 13,9% 9,7% 2,9% 2,8%
12 11 Audi 5.436 12.894 5,0% 2,2% 2,8% 2,7%
13 13 BMW 5.355 12.102 13,6% 14,1% 2,7% 2,5%
14 14 Kia 3.125 7.062 23,5% 0,8% 1,6% 1,5%
15 16 Seat 2.371 5.213 15,4% 5,8% 1,2% 1,1%
16 15 Hyundai 2.251 6.382 44,4% 64,0% 1,1% 1,3%
17 17 Mini 2.089 5.110 61,4% 59,2% 1,1% 1,1%
18 18 Skoda 1.836 4.480 0,5% -5,9% 0,9% 0,9%
19 19 Suzuki 1.826 4.452 6,7% 4,0% 0,9% 0,9%
20 20 Volvo 1.139 3.220 -0,9% 9,3% 0,6% 0,7%
21 21 Mazda 1.058 2.002 56,7% 31,7% 0,5% 0,4%
22 24 Honda 929 1.727 22,9% 5,2% 0,5% 0,4%
23 23 Jeep 845 1.958 860,2% 879,0% 0,4% 0,4%
24 22 Land Rover 807 1.962 32,1% 14,4% 0,4% 0,4%
25 25 Smart 622 1.579 32,3% 64,3% 0,3% 0,3%
26 26 Alfa Romeo 614 1.532 -22,8% -23,5% 0,3% 0,3%
27 27 Porsche 460 1.230 114,0% 129,5% 0,2% 0,3%
28 28 Lexus 402 1.153 62,1% 49,4% 0,2% 0,2%
29 29 Mitsubishi 321 819 -12,5% 7,3% 0,2% 0,2%
30 30 Lancia 271 796 -65,0% -50,7% 0,1% 0,2%
31 32 Subaru 117 228 53,9% 39,9% 0,1% 0,0%
32 31 Bolloré 75 254 -61,3% -7,6% 0,0% 0,1%
33 36 Tesla 74 120 196,0% 106,9% 0,0% 0,0%
34 33 Infiniti 68 185 6,3% 12,8% 0,0% 0,0%
35 35 Maserati 53 126 89,3% 11,5% 0,0% 0,0%
36 34 Jaguar 51 137 -22,7% -12,7% 0,0% 0,0%
37 37 SsangYong 32 78 3,2% 34,5% 0,0% 0,0%
38 38 Ferrari 18 51 -14,3% 18,6% 0,0% 0,0%
39 39 Chevrolet 14 44 -97,5% -98,5% 0,0% 0,0%
40 42 Lada 9 13 #DIV/0! 333,3% 0,0% 0,0%
41 40 Morgan 8 24 166,7% 118,2% 0,0% 0,0%
42 41 Caterham 6 16 20,0% 77,8% 0,0% 0,0%
42 41 Rolls-Royce 6 16 500,0% 220,0% 0,0% 0,0%
43 43 Dodge 5 11 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! 0,0% 0,0%
43 45 Cadillac 5 7 #DIV/0! 250,0% 0,0% 0,0%
44 46 Bentley 4 6 100,0% -25,0% 0,0% 0,0%
44 47 Aston Martin 4 4 -55,6% -80,0% 0,0% 0,0%
45 45 Lotus 3 7 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
45 44 McLaren 3 9 200,0% 200,0% 0,0% 0,0%
45 46 Lamborghini 3 6 200,0% 20,0% 0,0% 0,0%
46 47 Chrysler 2 4 #DIV/0! 100,0% 0,0% 0,0%

Rank Rank Q1 Group Mar Q1 Var Mar Var Q1 Share Mar Share Q1
1 2 Renault-Nissan 59.455 141.082 8,4% 4,3% 30,2% 29,6%
2 1 PSA 56.479 141.414 7,9% 4,6% 28,7% 29,6%
3 3 Volkswagen 23.743 59.569 2,7% 3,8% 12,1% 12,5%
4 4 Ford 9.527 22.110 18,7% 23,9% 4,8% 4,6%
5 5 Toyota 7.571 19.602 17,9% 11,1% 3,9% 4,1%
6 6 FCA 7.504 17.830 11,8% 10,4% 3,8% 3,7%
7 7 BMW 7.450 17.228 24,0% 24,7% 3,8% 3,6%
8 8 GM 6.680 15.984 -17,4% -13,8% 3,4% 3,3%
9 9 Mercedes Daimler 6.327 13.997 39,3% 36,5% 3,2% 2,9%
10 10 Hyundai-Kia 5.376 13.444 31,4% 23,3% 2,7% 2,8%
11 11 Suzuki 1.826 4.452 6,7% 4,0% 0,9% 0,9%
12 12 Geely Group 1.139 3.220 -0,9% 9,3% 0,6% 0,7%
13 14 Mazda 1.058 2.002 56,7% 31,7% 0,5% 0,4%
14 15 Honda 929 1.727 22,9% 5,2% 0,5% 0,4%
15 13 Tata 858 2.099 26,7% 12,1% 0,4% 0,4%
16 16 Mitsubishi 321 819 -12,5% 7,3% 0,2% 0,2%
17 18 Fuji Heavy Industries 117 228 53,9% 39,9% 0,1% 0,0%

Rank Rank Q1 Model Mar Q1 Var Mar Var Q1 Share Mar Share Q1
1 1 Renault Clio 13.210 28.644 13,4% 0,5% 7,2% 6,3%
2 2 Peugeot 208 9.406 22.491 11,3% -0,6% 5,2% 4,9%
3 3 Renault Captur 8.521 19.754 41,1% 31,1% 4,7% 4,3%
4 4 Peugeot 308 7.677 18.922 44,0% 44,3% 4,2% 4,1%
5 5 Peugeot 2008 6.508 16.345 15,1% 22,1% 3,6% 3,6%
6 9 Renault Mégane 5.839 11.859 18,3% 4,7% 3,2% 2,6%
7 6 Citroen C3 5.821 14.548 10,5% -1,4% 3,2% 3,2%
8 8 Renault Scénic 5.354 12.128 6,4% 1,5% 2,9% 2,7%
9 7 Renault Twingo 4.775 13.283 7,6% 26,6% 2,6% 2,9%
10 11 Citroen C4 Picasso 4.289 11.094 43,0% 4,5% 2,3% 2,4%
11 12 Dacia Sandero 4.234 10.990 1,0% -16,3% 2,3% 2,4%
12 10 Volkswagen Golf 4.213 11.230 8,2% 10,7% 2,3% 2,5%
13 13 Volkswagen Polo 3.718 10.483 -16,2% 0,5% 2,0% 2,3%
14 14 Dacia Duster 3.464 9.008 -21,5% -13,7% 1,9% 2,0%
15 16 Ford Fiesta 3.119 7.576 11,2% 19,6% 1,7% 1,7%
16 18 Nissan Qashqai 3.050 7.111 -16,4% -13,1% 1,7% 1,6%
17 17 Toyota Yaris 3.048 7.438 15,4% 4,3% 1,7% 1,6%
18 15 Peugeot 3008 3.004 8.353 -16,8% -12,2% 1,6% 1,8%
19 19 Peugeot 508 2.688 6.431 48,9% 35,0% 1,5% 1,4%
20 20 Opel Corsa 2.394 5.997 -5,8% 17,5% 1,3% 1,3%
21 22 Citroen C4 Cactus 2.174 5.628 1,2% 1,2%
22 23 Citroen C4 2.101 5.403 -29,9% -33,0% 1,2% 1,2%
23 24 Peugeot 108 1.961 4.559 1,1% 1,0%
24 21 Fiat 500 1.932 5.855 -7,5% 9,8% 1,1% 1,3%
25 26 Opel Mokka 1.880 4.300 41,8% 34,8% 1,0% 0,9%
26 27 Citroen DS3 1.821 4.197 0,8% -9,6% 1,0% 0,9%
27 28 Citroen C1 1.602 4.043 42,8% 32,6% 0,9% 0,9%
28 25 Nissan Juke 1.578 4.397 -9,0% -1,7% 0,9% 1,0%
29 30 Citroen C3 Picasso 1.522 3.759 -27,7% -28,4% 0,8% 0,8%
30 31 Audi A3 1.406 3.593 -4,1% -1,9% 0,8% 0,8%
31 35 Mercedes A Class 1.393 3.022 39,7% 2,0% 0,8% 0,7%
32 33 Peugeot 5008 1.371 3.267 -6,6% -8,7% 0,8% 0,7%
33 29 Volkswagen Tiguan 1.362 3.861 -22,7% -18,5% 0,7% 0,8%
34 34 Mini 1.265 3.203 72,6% 96,0% 0,7% 0,7%
35 32 Toyota Auris 1.248 3.469 11,9% -5,4% 0,7% 0,8%
36 36 Volkswagen Passat 1.238 2.943 72,7% 62,9% 0,7% 0,6%
37 38 Fiat 500L 1.221 2.613 -15,2% -4,7% 0,7% 0,6%
38 37 Volkswagen Touran 1.121 2.707 -23,6% -22,8% 0,6% 0,6%
39 42 Mercedes B Class 1.109 2.412 23,8% 10,2% 0,6% 0,5%
40 43 Toyota Aygo 1.092 2.249 66,7% 45,3% 0,6% 0,5%

Above 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.

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