France Auto Market down 4% in May. Jeep and Smart shine.

France Auto Market

France Auto Market down 4% in May. While all the top brands were struggling new comers are very aggressive and Jeep, Smart and Mini scored amazing performance thanks to the last models success. PSA still best group in the market.

Economic Outlook

In the first quarter of 2015, GDP increased a seasonally adjusted 0.6% over the previous quarter. The reading came in above the flat growth recorded in Q4 2014 and was the highest since Q2 2013. The increase was mainly the result of faster growth in domestic demand, while the external sector’s performance deteriorated.

Recent indicators paint a mixed picture of the economy. In May, business confidence reached the highest value since July 2011 but consumer confidence moderated. Meanwhile, President François Hollande’s popularity remains at record-lows and former president Nicolas Sarkozy is actively preparing a political comeback.

Sarkozy recently rebranded his right-wing Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party, changing its name to The Republicans, despite strong criticism from the left which argues that French citizens of all political persuasions consider themselves republicans.

Market Outlook

The 2009 has been the best sales year of this millennium for the French market as the strong support of scrap incentives pushed market on the sky rather than to just counteract the slow demand for the financial crisis. After that year, the market declined for four years before to performed flat in the 2014.

In the 2015 the market is showing a shy increase as the French internal demand is not yet recovering.

Indeed in May, according to data released by CCFA, the French Associations of Car Manufacturers, total new Car Passengers sold in France have been 143.771, down 3.5% from the correspondent month last year with the year to date figures at  791.855, up 3.8%.

Competitive Arena

Renault lea the market with a shy performance with May at 25.834 units (-0.8%) with cumulative sales at 155.135 units (+8.1%) and a market share of 18.0%.

Peugeot in second sold 25.175 cars (-6.1%) with year to date figures at 138.085 (+9.9%). In third Citroen shows negative figures after the spin off of the “brand” DS.

Leader of importers was as usual Volkswagen, fourth with 11.798 sales (-0.9%) followed by a Ford, now in difficulties after a strong start of the year..

As far as the Car Groups performance, the May leader was P.S.A with 28.8% of market share, ahead of Renault-Nissan with 26.8%, Volkswagen Group with 14.2% and Ford with 4.8%

As far as best-selling models ranking, the Renault Clio led with 7.580 sales (-20.9%), followed by Peugeot 308 with 6.468 (+6.9%) and Peugeot 208 with 5.962 (-13.1%).

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 MayRank YTDBrandSales MaySales YTD MayVar MayVar YTD MayShare MarShare AprShare May
11Renault25.834155.135-0,8%8,1%21,4%19,4%18,0%
22Peugeot25.175138.085-6,1%9,9%17,2%17,1%17,5%
33Citroen14.26782.981-29,7%-14,8%9,8%10,8%9,9%
44Volkswagen11.79860.684-0,9%3,6%6,9%7,7%8,2%
56Ford6.96136.520-9,5%23,9%4,8%4,4%4,8%
65Dacia6.78942.555-10,3%-13,6%4,7%6,6%4,7%
79Opel6.31828.3695,2%2,5%3,4%3,6%4,4%
87Nissan5.85532.39813,2%13,8%4,1%3,7%4,1%
98Toyota5.06529.597-2,5%9,4%3,6%3,6%3,5%
1010Audi4.71822.904-11,1%2,2%2,8%3,1%3,3%
1112Mercedes4.49420.9354,1%33,6%2,9%2,4%3,1%
1213BMW3.85219.85919,2%14,1%2,7%2,3%2,7%
1311Fiat3.71021.51810,3%9,7%2,9%2,6%2,6%
1415Kia2.17712.142-19,4%0,8%1,6%1,7%1,5%
1514DS1.89312.1571,7%1,7%1,3%
1617Seat1.8788.944-7,6%5,8%1,2%1,1%1,3%
1718Mini1.8478.91247,4%59,2%1,1%1,1%1,3%
1819Skoda1.7078.118-3,7%-5,9%0,9%1,1%1,2%
1916Hyundai1.5169.86738,4%64,0%1,1%1,2%1,1%
2020Suzuki1.3877.42112,8%4,0%0,9%0,9%1,0%
2121Volvo1.0345.5679,0%9,3%0,6%0,8%0,7%
2225Smart8512.890153,3%64,3%0,3%0,3%0,6%
2322Land Rover8163.65447,3%14,4%0,4%0,5%0,6%
2423Jeep8153.634363,1%879,0%0,4%0,5%0,6%
2526Honda5552.711-5,0%5,2%0,5%0,3%0,4%
2627Alfa Romeo5192.549-13,4%-23,5%0,3%0,3%0,4%
2724Mazda4942.9805,6%31,7%0,5%0,3%0,3%
2828Porsche3511.96219,4%129,5%0,2%0,2%0,2%
2930Mitsubishi3281.55427,1%7,3%0,2%0,2%0,2%
3029Lexus2591.82713,6%49,4%0,2%0,2%0,2%
3131Lancia891.034-89,3%-50,7%0,1%0,1%0,1%
3234Subaru7438242,3%39,9%0,1%0,0%0,1%
3333Infiniti6739559,5%12,8%0,0%0,1%0,0%
3435Jaguar53272-43,6%-12,7%0,0%0,0%0,0%
3537Tesla5019416,3%106,9%0,0%0,0%0,0%
3632Bolloré46412-56,2%-7,6%0,0%0,1%0,0%
3736Maserati4423337,5%11,5%0,0%0,0%0,0%
3838SsangYong201300,0%34,5%0,0%0,0%0,0%
3939Ferrari1184-15,4%18,6%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4042Lada931333,3%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4140Chevrolet665-97,7%-98,5%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4143Rolls-Royce628500,0%220,0%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4143Caterham62850,0%77,8%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4248Aston Martin412-20,0%-80,0%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4245Bentley418-42,9%25,0%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4244Dodge4190,0%0,0%0,0%
4246Cadillac415250,0%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4347Lotus313-76,9%0,0%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4348Lamborghini31220,0%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4346McLaren31550,0%200,0%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4441Morgan2340,0%118,2%0,0%0,0%0,0%

Rank MayRank YTDGroupSales MaySales YTD MayVar MayVar YTD MayShare MarShare AprShare May
11PSA41.335233.223-12,3%4,6%28,7%29,6%28,8%
22Renault-Nissan38.554230.514-0,7%4,3%30,2%29,8%26,8%
33Volkswagen20.459102.642-4,0%3,8%12,1%13,2%14,2%
44Ford6.96136.520-9,5%23,9%4,8%4,4%4,8%
58General Motors6.32828.4491,0%-13,8%3,4%3,6%4,4%
67BMW5.70528.79927,2%24,7%3,8%3,4%4,0%
79Mercedes Daimler5.34523.82514,9%36,5%3,2%2,6%3,7%
85Toyota5.32431.424-1,8%11,1%3,9%3,8%3,7%
96FCA5.19229.0713,5%10,4%3,8%3,5%3,6%
1010Hyundai-Kia3.69322.009-2,7%23,3%2,7%2,9%2,6%
1111Suzuki1.3877.42112,8%4,0%0,9%0,9%1,0%
1212Geely Group1.0345.5679,0%9,3%0,6%0,8%0,7%
1313Tata8693.92634,1%12,1%0,4%0,6%0,6%
1415Honda5552.711-5,0%5,2%0,5%0,3%0,4%
1514Mazda4942.9805,6%31,7%0,5%0,3%0,3%

Rank MayRank 2015ModelSales MaySales YTDVar MayVar 2015Share MayShare YTDShare Apr
11Renault Clio7.58046.701-20,9%-5,0%5,4%6,0%6,2%
23Peugeot 3086.46232.0906,9%29,8%4,6%4,1%4,0%
32Peugeot 2085.96236.220-13,1%-2,0%4,2%4,7%4,6%
45Peugeot 20085.46927.9494,4%16,6%3,9%3,6%3,7%
54Renault Captur4.20929.31616,0%21,3%3,0%3,8%3,2%
612Citroen C4 Picasso3.72118.741-12,9%-1,9%2,6%2,4%2,3%
77Renault Scénic3.69020.464-16,8%-1,8%2,6%2,6%2,8%
86Citroen C33.65823.509-32,7%-10,7%2,6%3,0%3,2%
911Volkswagen Golf3.57818.811-4,6%6,9%2,5%2,4%2,4%
1013Volkswagen Polo3.39416.98130,3%-0,8%2,4%2,2%1,9%
119Dacia Sandero3.10719.1632,8%-6,7%2,2%2,5%3,0%
1210Renault Mégane3.04519.01013,3%3,5%2,2%2,4%2,4%
138Renault Twingo2.94720.2471,9%28,0%2,1%2,6%2,4%
1415Peugeot 30082.74914.036-21,6%-15,8%1,9%1,8%1,7%
1514Dacia Duster2.56615.820-20,6%-14,4%1,8%2,0%2,5%
1618Nissan Qashqai2.45711.83814,1%-13,9%1,7%1,5%1,4%
1716Toyota Yaris2.19112.0127,2%0,4%1,5%1,5%1,4%
1819Opel Corsa2.12610.46313,4%10,2%1,5%1,3%1,4%
1917Ford Fiesta2.08111.961-19,9%-0,3%1,5%1,5%1,4%
2021Citroen C41.8979.772-13,1%-23,4%1,3%1,3%1,5%
2124Opel Mokka1.6707.51914,5%30,1%1,2%1,0%0,9%
2220Peugeot 5081.4659.7898,8%25,1%1,0%1,3%1,1%
2323Citroen C4 Cactus1.3778.753444,3%2014,3%1,0%1,1%1,0%
2422Fiat 5001.3358.9063,6%6,9%0,9%1,1%1,0%
2525Nissan Juke1.3197.076-1,4%-1,9%0,9%0,9%0,8%
2631Mini1.2645.833135,8%102,3%0,9%0,8%0,8%
2732Audi A31.1835.832-23,1%-10,8%0,8%0,8%0,6%
2828Volkswagen Tiguan1.1496.382-30,1%-21,8%0,8%0,8%0,8%
2933Peugeot 50081.1015.611-3,7%-9,4%0,8%0,7%0,7%
3029Citroen C3 Picasso1.0906.257-31,0%-27,0%0,8%0,8%0,8%
3127Citroen DS31.0666.792-43,0%-19,6%0,8%0,9%0,9%
3236Volkswagen Touran1.0624.901-16,8%-18,9%0,8%0,6%0,7%
3344Fiat 500X9813.706#DIV/0!#DIV/0!0,7%0,5%0,6%
3397Fiat Freemont9811.5191862,0%725,5%0,7%0,2%0,1%
3437Mercedes A Class9744.847-12,0%-2,0%0,7%0,6%0,5%
3526Peugeot 1089486.888#DIV/0!#DIV/0!0,7%0,9%0,8%
3635Volkswagen Passat9065.17336,0%63,7%0,6%0,7%0,8%
3788Renault Espace8941.957198,0%-6,6%0,6%0,3%0,1%
3850Audi A18813.575-14,5%-22,5%0,6%0,5%0,5%
3938Ford Focus8644.43120,8%12,4%0,6%0,6%0,6%
4051Seat Leon8413.55024,6%9,9%0,6%0,5%0,5%

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