The Automotive Industry is born in France, when in the 1769, Nicolas J. Cugnot invented the first self-propelled vehicle – a steam driven contraption - called “a fardier à vapeur”. And century later, Monsier Etienne Lenoir was the first to develop an internal combustion engine. The creation in 1894 of De Dion-Bouton et Cie laid the foundation of the French auto industry. In France it was issued the first automobile license plates in 1893. The automotive sector had always been a key driver of the French economy, with a production record achieved in 2004 at 3.666.000 car produced. However globalization effects are reducing France relevance and in 2011 the production was at only 2 million, 3rd in Europe and 11th globally. PSA and Renault Groups produced in France only the 31.1% of their global 6.4 million vehicles.
November 2013 figures on France car market sales were negative although the comparison was with a weak performance of same month 2012. Year to date sales were down 7.1% and the year is ending at lower level in twenty years.
October 2013 Top 100 Car Models in France is dominated by domestic models, with usual names on top of the list, starting from Clio, 208 and Scenic. However, reading the entire list provides a clear picture of local demand and anticipates the list of the next dominators, like Renault Captur.
October 2013 reported an additional breath for the French car market with a little 2.6% recovery over same month last year. Year to date sales were down 7.4%. Following the phenomenal Renault September performance, this month PSA group recovered terrain.
Giving continuity at positive data on economic recovery, French car market gave in September 2013 a little prove of stabilization, with sales improved 3.4% from last year. However, cumulated volumes were down 8.5%. Renault and Mercedes posted a wonderful month.
Rapidly forgetting the positive step signed in July, the French car market in August was back on its trend, posting a loss of 10.9% from the previous year. Renault was back market leader, while Dacia further gained share and Toyota was at last three years peak.
France car market declined in the first half of 2013, with sales volume at 1.18 million, down 11.3% from the previous year. In this report, focus2move focused on Top 100 models ranking, dominated by French products but with new entrance and some surprises.
Following a long series of declining months, in July 2013 the French car market was slightly positive, growing 2.1% from the previous year. Year-to-date sales were down 9.7%. Peugeot outpaced Renault while Dacia advanced in 5th place.
In line with forecast issued in mid-2012 by focus2move.com, French car market is dropping in 2013 below 1.7 million sold, the worst level in 20 years. Automotive sector in France run towards a downsizing as market will fall in 2014 as well.
French car market confirmed in May the low demand and low confidence on government ability to solve crisis issues. In spite of several new models recently launched, Renault had lost market leadership, overtaken by Peugeot.
French car sales slipped 5.3% in April, slowing their year-on year decline compared to March when the fall reached 16.4%. Year-to-date sales were down 12.3%. In spite of Captur success, Renault has lost share from Q1. Strong performance for Audi and Dacia.
French car market was negative in March, in line with expectations, losing 16.3% from last year. First quarter 2013 was stored with a 12.0% loss. Renault posted a strong share increase thanks to new Zoe and Captur immediate success.
Again negative statistics reported from the French car market. In February sales declined 12.1% with cumulated 2013 performance down 13.5% from last year. Good shape for Renault, Volkswagen and Dacia. The Duster jumped in 5th.
January was the 17th year-on-year decline in a row, posting a 15.1% drop. Dacia posted a record share of 6.0% surging in 5th place, thanks to growing Sandero sales. Fiat posted a positive month, coming back in the Top 10 brands.
December confirmed the negative momentum and the French car market posted a 14.6% decline from last year. Full Year 2012 was the third consecutive yearly decline, losing 13.8% from 2011. In December BMW and Mercedes posted wonderful performance while Ford lost 5 places.