France Auto Market shy in April when Renault Group gained leadership.

France Auto Market

France Auto Market shy in April when Renault Group gained leadership outpacing the rival P.S.A. and now being ahead in the annual race. All Top brands reported weak performance while Fiat in 11th grew in double-digit.

Country Outlook

Following the anemic growth recorded in the final quarter of 2014, recent economic indicators paint a mixed picture of the economy.

Industrial production stagnated in February while April sentiment surveys showed that both business confidence and consumer confidence improved, suggesting that economic actors are perceiving a recovery.

Meanwhile, President François Hollande approved an increase of EUR 3.8 billion to the military budget over the next four years on 29 April amid persistent fear that extremists will carry out more terrorist attacks. While this decision was expected, it highlights that France’s socialist government is facing a difficult tradeoff: improve its record-low popularity or give in to pressure from the European Commission to reduce the high public debt and deficit.

The country’s political landscape was shaken up in the latest local elections in March, with former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and its allies garnering over two-thirds of the 101 departments and the right-wing Front National party (FN) imposing itself as the third major political force.

Market Outlook

In April 2015 according to data released by CCFA, the French Associations of Car Manufacturers, total new Car Passengers sold in France have been 170.765, up 2.3% from the correspondent month last year, the fourth positive months in a string.

Thanks to this performance, the first four months sales had been 648.084, up 5.4%.

Competitive Arena

The head to head battle for the leadership among the two domestic Groups is was life again in Renault that scored a crucial step gaining over 3.000 uits over the rival, P.S.A., taking the leadership in the annual race.

In terms of single brand, Renault led with 33.066 sales (+4.7%) ahead of Peugeot with 29.160 (+3.3%) and a weak Citroen with 76.133 (-15.5%). All others brands in the top ten reported shy performance while the 11th, Fiat, scored a double-digit increase.

As far as best-selling models ranking, in April the Renault Clio led again with 10.477 sales (-5.3%), followed by Peugeot 208 with 7.767 (+3.9%) and Peugeot 308 advanced in the podium with 6.706 (+20.3%).

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 report year to date data updated.

Rank AprRank YtdBrandSales AprSales YtDVar AprVar YtdShare AprShare Ytd
Rank AprRank YtdGroupSales AprSales YtDVar AprVar YtdShare AprShare Ytd
78General Motors6.12622.110-4,1%-11,3%3,6%3,4%
109Mercedes Daimler4.52318.520-1,8%24,6%2,6%2,9%
Rank AprRank 2015ModelSales AprSales YtdVar AprVar YtdShare AprShare 2015
11Renault Clio10.47739.121-5,3%-1,1%6,2%6,2%
22Peugeot 2087.76730.2583,9%0,5%4,6%4,8%
33Peugeot 3086.70625.62820,3%37,2%4,0%4,1%
45Peugeot 20086.13522.48014,7%20,0%3,7%3,6%
54Renault Captur5.35325.107-2,1%22,3%3,2%4,0%
66Citroen C35.30319.851-13,5%-5,0%3,2%3,2%
79Dacia Sandero5.06616.05615,7%-8,3%3,0%2,6%
88Renault Scénic4.64616.7744,5%2,3%2,8%2,7%
914Dacia Duster4.24613.254-11,8%-13,1%2,5%2,1%
1010Renault Mégane4.10615.965-5,7%1,8%2,4%2,5%
117Renault Twingo4.01717.30064,4%33,8%2,4%2,8%
1211Volkswagen Golf4.00315.2338,0%10,0%2,4%2,4%
1312Citroen C4 Picasso3.92615.020-7,1%1,2%2,3%2,4%
1413Volkswagen Polo3.10413.587-23,9%-6,4%1,8%2,2%
1515Peugeot 30082.93411.287-19,8%-14,3%1,7%1,8%
1621Citroen C42.4727.875-1,5%-25,5%1,5%1,3%
1717Toyota Yaris2.3839.821-14,5%-1,0%1,4%1,6%
1819Opel Corsa2.3408.337-6,8%9,5%1,4%1,3%
1916Ford Fiesta2.3049.880-24,8%5,1%1,4%1,6%
2018Nissan Qashqai2.2709.381-33,6%-19,1%1,4%1,5%
2120Peugeot 5081.8938.32410,3%28,4%1,1%1,3%
2223Citroen C4 Cactus1.7487.376985,7%4481,4%1,0%1,2%
2322Fiat 5001.7167.5710,4%7,5%1,0%1,2%
2425Opel Mokka1.5495.84936,7%35,3%0,9%0,9%
2527Citroen DS31.5295.726-21,0%-13,0%0,9%0,9%
2630Citroen C3 Picasso1.4085.167-19,2%-26,1%0,8%0,8%
2724Peugeot 1081.3815.940#DIV/0!#DIV/0!0,8%0,9%
2829Volkswagen Tiguan1.3725.233-23,1%-19,7%0,8%0,8%
3026Nissan Juke1.3605.757-2,8%-2,0%0,8%0,9%