France: First Half 2013 fell 11% projecting yearly sales below 1.7 million. Renault Captur was fifth!

The decline in the French car market slowed slightly compared with the previous month when the drop was 10%. The trend is in line with some of the other main euro-zone countries such as Italy and Spain which are still far from a recovery but also saw slower declines, or countries like Netherland, Finland or Sweden which are deep falling this year.

June car passenger sales in France were 190.199, down 9.0%. The year-to date figure was 929.931, 11.3% less than last year.

The possibility that the market may be bottoming out is also sustained by the French car industry association, the CCFA, which maintained its forecast of an 8% decline for the calendar year.

However, we at focus2move.com were a bit more pessimistic starting the year and do not found reasons to improve our forecast later. Full Year 2013 forecast stands at 1.7 million car passengers, as we affirmed in mid-2012. Automotive sector in France is declining as lower domestic market will support domestic maker’s projects to shift production in North Africa (Morocco) or in East Europe (Slovenia and Romania).

French manufacturers are still facing difficult times and particularly so the PSA group, amid voices that the Peugeot family may be willing to hand over the struggling business to General Motors.

Such a move is considered highly unlikely by many analysts since this would lead to further job cuts in both France and Germany, the two leading European economies.

Let’s take a look at the single brands performance in June:

Renault was back in first place with 40,425 sales a 10,000 units lead on Peugeot which ranked second, achieving a significantly high share of 21.3% in June. Clio was once again the best seller in the market but the brand’s sales were sustained also by the compact MPV Scenic in third place, by the higher volumes of Megane and Twingo and by the surge of the subcompact SUV Captur. Year-to-date sales were 175,222 confirming the brand’s leadership in its home market with 18.8% share.

Peugeot slid to second place with 30,420 sales and 16% market share, losing 1.4 percentage points compared to May. YTD sales were 151,002 leading to a 16.2% share. The only Peugeot model in the top ten was the 208 sub-compact hatchback in second position with 8,930 sales.

Citroen in 3rd, confirmed the previous month’s position: it sold 27,272 units with a share of 14.3%, up 1.2 percentage points compared to last month. Year-to-date sales were 124,212 with a share of 13.4%. The performance was mainly supported by the C4 Picasso which surged to 4th place in the market with 5,945 sales and the C3 compact hatchback which reached 6th place.

Volkswagen kept 4th place, selling 14,391 units with share at 7.6%, 0.3 points below May. Year-to-date sales were 74,784 and 8.0%. The Golf, traditionally the brand’s bestselling car, lost 7 places landing in 14th position, overtaken by the more compact Polo which achieved 4,582 sales.

Ford kept 5th place with 9,777 sales and a share of 5.1%, 0.3 points above the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 44,245 and market share 4.8%. Ford’s top selling model, the Fiesta was only in 19th place.

Dacia was stable 6th place, losing market share on a year on year basis (0.7 points). Sales were 7,748 and market share 4.1% . Year to date sales were 44,928. The Sandero slid from 4th to 13th place in the main models ranking.

Nissan made it to 7th position by a handful of units. With 6,945 sales and 3.8% share, it was only 6 sales above arch-rival Toyota. It still lags behind its rival in the year-to-date sales by less than 100 units (34,927 v 35,003).

Toyota confirmed the 8th place; sales were 6,939 and share 3.6% down 0.4 percentage points. Cumulative sales were 35,003 just slightly above Nissan, as mentioned above. Toyota’s bestselling model is the Yaris in 15th position.

Opel regained one position on Audi reaching 9th place with 6,712 sales and a share of 3.5%, in line with the previous month. YTD sales were 32,931 with share at 3.5%.

Audi was once again number one among premium brands. Sales in June were 5,5504, and market share 2.9%, significantly below May when it was 3.7%. YTD sales were 29,730 with a share of 3.2%.

In the table below, the best 25 brands ranked for year to date position:

Rank Ytd

Brand

Jun

YTD 2013

Q2 2012

Q3 2012

Q4 2012

Q1 2013

May 2013

Jun 2013

Ytd   2013

1

Renault

40.425

175.222

18,7%

17,6%

16,7%

19,0%

16,2%

21,3%

18,8%

2

Peugeot

30.420

151.002

16,4%

16,7%

15,3%

15,9%

17,4%

16,0%

16,2%

3

Citroen

27.272

124.212

14,5%

14,0%

13,3%

12,8%

13,1%

14,3%

13,4%

4

Volkswagen

14.391

74.784

7,7%

8,2%

8,1%

8,3%

7,9%

7,6%

8,0%

5

Dacia

7.748

44.928

4,3%

4,0%

4,3%

5,2%

4,6%

4,1%

4,8%

6

Ford

9.777

44.245

5,0%

3,9%

4,6%

4,6%

4,8%

5,1%

4,8%

7

Toyota

6.939

35.003

3,2%

3,8%

4,3%

3,8%

4,0%

3,6%

3,8%

8

Nissan

6.945

34.927

3,6%

3,8%

3,6%

3,9%

4,1%

3,7%

3,8%

9

Opel

6.712

32.931

4,3%

4,6%

3,4%

3,5%

3,7%

3,5%

3,5%

10

Audi

5.504

29.730

3,1%

3,6%

3,5%

3,0%

3,7%

2,9%

3,2%

11

Fiat

5.426

26.086

2,2%

2,1%

2,5%

2,9%

2,7%

2,9%

2,8%

12

Mercedes

4.792

24.341

2,3%

2,4%

3,0%

2,5%

2,9%

2,5%

2,6%

13

BMW

3.666

22.241

2,3%

2,6%

3,1%

2,4%

2,7%

1,9%

2,4%

14

Kia

3.027

17.299

1,6%

1,9%

1,9%

1,9%

1,7%

1,6%

1,9%

15

Hyundai

2.327

14.559

1,5%

1,5%

1,8%

1,8%

1,5%

1,2%

1,6%

16

Seat

2.112

11.809

1,1%

1,2%

1,3%

1,2%

1,3%

1,1%

1,3%

17

Chevrolet

2.414

10.057

1,6%

1,2%

1,1%

0,9%

1,3%

1,3%

1,1%

18

Skoda

1.774

9.359

1,1%

1,2%

1,3%

1,0%

1,0%

0,9%

1,0%

19

Mini

1.743

9.347

1,1%

1,0%

1,3%

1,0%

1,1%

0,9%

1,0%

20

Suzuki

1.086

7.004

0,7%

0,9%

1,0%

0,8%

0,8%

0,6%

0,8%

21

Volvo

822

5.126

0,7%

0,7%

0,9%

0,6%

0,6%

0,4%

0,6%

22

Honda

802

4.782

0,4%

0,4%

0,5%

0,6%

0,5%

0,4%

0,5%

23

Alfa Romeo

840

4.659

0,6%

0,5%

0,5%

0,5%

0,6%

0,4%

0,5%

24

Land Rover

881

3.586

0,4%

0,4%

0,5%

0,3%

0,4%

0,5%

0,4%

25

Mazda

485

2.614

0,2%

0,3%

0,3%

0,3%

0,3%

0,3%

0,3%

In the model ranking among the most significant changes in position:

• Renault Clio overtakes Peugeot 208 as the bestselling model;

• Citroen C4 Picasso reaches 4th place gaining 18 positions

• Renault Captur continues moving upwards, reaching 5th place from the 13th it held the previous month as supply continues to improve;

• Citroen C3 moves upwards three places from 9th to 6th but at the same time C4 slides down from 6th to 10th place;

• VW Polo enters the top ten moving from 12th to 8th position;

• Renault Twingo enters the top ten moving from 14th to 9th position

• Dacia Sandero loses steam, sliding from 4th to 13th place

• Peugeot 308 loses seven places from 10th to 17th;

• Nissan Qashqai loses four positions sliding to 16th;

In the table below, the best-selling 50 models, ranked for last month position:

Rank Jun

Rank May

Rank 2012

Model

Jun

YTD 2013

Q2 2012

Q3 2012

Q4 2012

Q1 2013

May 2013

Jun 2013

YTD   2013

1

2

1

Renault Clio

13.638

   67.403

4,8%

4,9%

6,3%

7,8%

5,7%

7,2%

7,2%

2

1

3

Peugeot 208

8.930

   51.576

3,0%

5,5%

5,5%

5,5%

6,2%

4,7%

5,5%

3

3

6

Renault Scenic

7.454

   27.032

3,6%

3,0%

2,5%

2,7%

2,7%

3,9%

2,9%

4

22

19

Citroen C4 Picasso

5.945

   18.082

1,1%

1,6%

1,3%

1,7%

1,5%

3,1%

1,9%

5

13

93

Renault Captur

5.381

   11.272

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,3%

1,8%

2,8%

1,2%

6

9

4

Citroen C3

5.346

   23.328

3,4%

3,0%

3,2%

2,5%

2,2%

2,8%

2,5%

7

8

5

Renault Megane

4.721

   25.436

3,7%

3,2%

2,3%

3,1%

2,2%

2,5%

2,7%

8

12

10

Volkswagen Polo

4.582

   20.239

2,1%

2,2%

2,4%

2,3%

1,8%

2,4%

2,2%

9

14

11

Renault Twingo

4.468

   20.313

1,9%

1,9%

1,9%

2,4%

1,8%

2,3%

2,2%

10

6

2

Citroen C4

4.462

   23.332

4,1%

4,1%

3,5%

2,8%

2,3%

2,3%

2,5%

11

5

9

Peugeot 3008

4.067

   21.564

2,4%

2,3%

2,1%

2,4%

2,4%

2,1%

2,3%

12

15

93

Peugeot 2008

3.917

     6.471

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

1,7%

2,1%

0,7%

13

4

17

Dacia Sandero

3.764

   19.751

1,4%

1,5%

1,4%

2,1%

2,4%

2,0%

2,1%

14

7

12

Volkswagen Golf

3.267

   21.097

1,9%

1,8%

1,7%

2,5%

2,3%

1,7%

2,2%

15

16

21

Toyota Yaris

3.141

   14.798

1,2%

1,5%

1,4%

1,5%

1,7%

1,7%

1,6%

16

11

15

Nissan Qashqai

3.059

   16.794

1,6%

1,7%

1,6%

1,9%

2,1%

1,6%

1,8%

17

10

7

Peugeot 308

3.057

   17.383

2,8%

2,3%

1,9%

1,9%

2,2%

1,6%

1,9%

18

21

20

Citroen DS3

2.980

   13.298

1,3%

1,3%

1,4%

1,2%

1,5%

1,6%

1,4%

19

17

14

Ford Fiesta

2.655

   14.124

1,6%

1,3%

1,7%

1,5%

1,6%

1,4%

1,5%

20

18

22

Citroen C3 Picasso

2.535

   13.078

1,4%

1,2%

1,0%

1,3%

1,6%

1,3%

1,4%

1

1

1

2535

2.535

   13.078

1,4%

1,2%

1,0%

1,3%

1,6%

1,3%

1,4%

21

27

18

Peugeot 508

2.516

   11.870

1,4%

1,4%

1,3%

1,3%

1,1%

1,3%

1,3%

22

19

8

Peugeot 207

2.485

   15.406

2,3%

0,9%

0,8%

1,7%

1,6%

1,3%

1,6%

23

20

16

Opel Corsa

2.464

   12.016

1,6%

1,4%

1,3%

1,2%

1,5%

1,3%

1,3%

24

26

23

Peugeot 5008

2.306

   10.528

1,5%

1,2%

0,9%

1,1%

1,2%

1,2%

1,1%

25

23

25

Nissan Juke

2.245

   11.628

1,1%

1,2%

1,1%

1,3%

1,3%

1,2%

1,2%

26

24

13

Dacia Duster

2.007

   14.144

1,8%

1,9%

1,7%

1,9%

1,2%

1,1%

1,5%

27

25

24

Volkswagen Tiguan

1.818

     9.960

1,1%

1,4%

1,3%

1,1%

1,2%

1,0%

1,1%

28

30

29

Fiat 500

1.651

     9.402

0,8%

0,9%

1,1%

1,1%

0,9%

0,9%

1,0%

29

73

50

Renault Kangoo

1.609

     5.364

0,4%

0,5%

0,4%

0,5%

0,4%

0,8%

0,6%

30

49

53

Fiat Panda

1.543

      5.800

0,3%

0,5%

0,4%

0,6%

0,5%

0,8%

0,6%

31

50

30

Citroen C5

1.371

     6.303

0,9%

0,8%

0,8%

0,7%

0,5%

0,7%

0,7%

32

36

93

Citroen DS4

1.309

     6.887

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,8%

0,7%

0,7%

0,7%

33

29

66

Audi A3

1.292

     6.629

0,2%

0,3%

0,3%

0,6%

0,9%

0,7%

0,7%

34

34

33

Audi A1

1.280

     6.234

0,8%

0,8%

0,7%

0,6%

0,8%

0,7%

0,7%

35

31

31

Volkswagen Touran

1.278

     7.134

0,8%

0,9%

0,8%

0,8%

0,8%

0,7%

0,8%

36

63

93

Fiat 500 L

1.234

     5.270

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,6%

0,4%

0,6%

0,6%

37

35

47

Mercedes A Class

1.212

     7.755

0,4%

0,3%

0,7%

1,0%

0,7%

0,6%

0,8%

38

46

93

Toyota Auris

1.204

     6.003

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,7%

0,6%

0,6%

0,6%

39

32

36

Mercedes B Class

1.200

     6.669

0,7%

0,8%

0,8%

0,7%

0,8%

0,6%

0,7%

40

37

27

Ford C-Max

1.184

     7.101

1,2%

0,9%

0,8%

0,9%

0,7%

0,6%

0,8%

41

51

87

Ford B-Max

1.167

     6.332

0,0%

0,0%

0,5%

0,8%

0,5%

0,6%

0,7%

42

38

43

Citroen Berlingo

1.121

     5.072

0,6%

0,6%

0,5%

0,5%

0,7%

0,6%

0,5%

43

41

34

Dacia Lodgy

1.100

     6.577

0,6%

0,4%

0,8%

0,8%

0,6%

0,6%

0,7%

44

28

39

BMW 3 Series

1.063

     6.501

0,3%

0,8%

0,9%

0,7%

0,9%

0,6%

0,7%

44

45

93

Peugeot 107

1.063

     5.558

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,6%

0,6%

0,6%

0,6%

45

40

93

Citroen C1

1.058

     6.421

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,7%

0,6%

0,6%

0,7%

46

33

40

BMW 1 Series

1.050

     6.094

0,6%

0,7%

0,7%

0,6%

0,8%

0,6%

0,6%

47

47

50

Ford Focus

1.034

     5.085

0,4%

0,5%

0,4%

0,6%

0,5%

0,5%

0,5%

48

43

42

Citroen DS5

958

     4.834

0,6%

0,5%

0,6%

0,5%

0,6%

0,5%

0,5%

49

54

60

Chevrolet Spark

946

     3.574

0,3%

0,3%

0,3%

0,3%

0,5%

0,5%

0,4%

50

39

35

Seat Ibiza

933

     5.547

0,6%

0,8%

0,8%

0,6%

0,6%

0,5%

0,6%

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This report was written by Focus2move Automotive Expert for Europe, Frederick.

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