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

France Light Vehicle Sales

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.

RankRank Q1BrandMarQ1Var MarVar Q1Share MarShare Q1
11Renault42.06796.23613,0%8,1%21,4%20,2%
22Peugeot33.85583.74912,3%9,9%17,2%17,5%
33Citroen22.62457.6651,9%-2,2%11,5%12,1%
44Volkswagen13.63335.740-1,4%3,6%6,9%7,5%
56Ford9.52722.11018,7%23,9%4,8%4,6%
65Dacia9.29224.497-9,8%-13,6%4,7%5,1%
77Nissan8.01920.15110,6%13,8%4,1%4,2%
88Toyota7.16918.44916,1%9,4%3,6%3,9%
99Opel6.66115.933-11,6%2,5%3,4%3,3%
1012Mercedes5.70512.41840,1%33,6%2,9%2,6%
1110Fiat5.69613.35213,9%9,7%2,9%2,8%
1211Audi5.43612.8945,0%2,2%2,8%2,7%
1313BMW5.35512.10213,6%14,1%2,7%2,5%
1414Kia3.1257.06223,5%0,8%1,6%1,5%
1516Seat2.3715.21315,4%5,8%1,2%1,1%
1615Hyundai2.2516.38244,4%64,0%1,1%1,3%
1717Mini2.0895.11061,4%59,2%1,1%1,1%
1818Skoda1.8364.4800,5%-5,9%0,9%0,9%
1919Suzuki1.8264.4526,7%4,0%0,9%0,9%
2020Volvo1.1393.220-0,9%9,3%0,6%0,7%
2121Mazda1.0582.00256,7%31,7%0,5%0,4%
2224Honda9291.72722,9%5,2%0,5%0,4%
2323Jeep8451.958860,2%879,0%0,4%0,4%
2422Land Rover8071.96232,1%14,4%0,4%0,4%
2525Smart6221.57932,3%64,3%0,3%0,3%
2626Alfa Romeo6141.532-22,8%-23,5%0,3%0,3%
2727Porsche4601.230114,0%129,5%0,2%0,3%
2828Lexus4021.15362,1%49,4%0,2%0,2%
2929Mitsubishi321819-12,5%7,3%0,2%0,2%
3030Lancia271796-65,0%-50,7%0,1%0,2%
3132Subaru11722853,9%39,9%0,1%0,0%
3231Bolloré75254-61,3%-7,6%0,0%0,1%
3336Tesla74120196,0%106,9%0,0%0,0%
3433Infiniti681856,3%12,8%0,0%0,0%
3535Maserati5312689,3%11,5%0,0%0,0%
3634Jaguar51137-22,7%-12,7%0,0%0,0%
3737SsangYong32783,2%34,5%0,0%0,0%
3838Ferrari1851-14,3%18,6%0,0%0,0%
3939Chevrolet1444-97,5%-98,5%0,0%0,0%
4042Lada913#DIV/0!333,3%0,0%0,0%
4140Morgan824166,7%118,2%0,0%0,0%
4241Caterham61620,0%77,8%0,0%0,0%
4241Rolls-Royce616500,0%220,0%0,0%0,0%
4343Dodge511#DIV/0!#DIV/0!0,0%0,0%
4345Cadillac57#DIV/0!250,0%0,0%0,0%
4446Bentley46100,0%-25,0%0,0%0,0%
4447Aston Martin44-55,6%-80,0%0,0%0,0%
4545Lotus370,0%0,0%0,0%0,0%
4544McLaren39200,0%200,0%0,0%0,0%
4546Lamborghini36200,0%20,0%0,0%0,0%
4647Chrysler24#DIV/0!100,0%0,0%0,0%
RankRank Q1GroupMarQ1Var MarVar Q1Share MarShare Q1
12Renault-Nissan59.455141.0828,4%4,3%30,2%29,6%
21PSA56.479141.4147,9%4,6%28,7%29,6%
33Volkswagen23.74359.5692,7%3,8%12,1%12,5%
44Ford9.52722.11018,7%23,9%4,8%4,6%
55Toyota7.57119.60217,9%11,1%3,9%4,1%
66FCA7.50417.83011,8%10,4%3,8%3,7%
77BMW7.45017.22824,0%24,7%3,8%3,6%
88GM6.68015.984-17,4%-13,8%3,4%3,3%
99Mercedes Daimler6.32713.99739,3%36,5%3,2%2,9%
1010Hyundai-Kia5.37613.44431,4%23,3%2,7%2,8%
1111Suzuki1.8264.4526,7%4,0%0,9%0,9%
1212Geely Group1.1393.220-0,9%9,3%0,6%0,7%
1314Mazda1.0582.00256,7%31,7%0,5%0,4%
1415Honda9291.72722,9%5,2%0,5%0,4%
1513Tata8582.09926,7%12,1%0,4%0,4%
1616Mitsubishi321819-12,5%7,3%0,2%0,2%
1718Fuji Heavy Industries11722853,9%39,9%0,1%0,0%
RankRank Q1ModelMarQ1Var MarVar Q1Share MarShare Q1
11Renault Clio13.21028.64413,4%0,5%7,2%6,3%
22Peugeot 2089.40622.49111,3%-0,6%5,2%4,9%
33Renault Captur8.52119.75441,1%31,1%4,7%4,3%
44Peugeot 3087.67718.92244,0%44,3%4,2%4,1%
55Peugeot 20086.50816.34515,1%22,1%3,6%3,6%
69Renault Mégane5.83911.85918,3%4,7%3,2%2,6%
76Citroen C35.82114.54810,5%-1,4%3,2%3,2%
88Renault Scénic5.35412.1286,4%1,5%2,9%2,7%
97Renault Twingo4.77513.2837,6%26,6%2,6%2,9%
1011Citroen C4 Picasso4.28911.09443,0%4,5%2,3%2,4%
1112Dacia Sandero4.23410.9901,0%-16,3%2,3%2,4%
1210Volkswagen Golf4.21311.2308,2%10,7%2,3%2,5%
1313Volkswagen Polo3.71810.483-16,2%0,5%2,0%2,3%
1414Dacia Duster3.4649.008-21,5%-13,7%1,9%2,0%
1516Ford Fiesta3.1197.57611,2%19,6%1,7%1,7%
1618Nissan Qashqai3.0507.111-16,4%-13,1%1,7%1,6%
1717Toyota Yaris3.0487.43815,4%4,3%1,7%1,6%
1815Peugeot 30083.0048.353-16,8%-12,2%1,6%1,8%
1919Peugeot 5082.6886.43148,9%35,0%1,5%1,4%
2020Opel Corsa2.3945.997-5,8%17,5%1,3%1,3%
2122Citroen C4 Cactus2.1745.6281,2%1,2%
2223Citroen C42.1015.403-29,9%-33,0%1,2%1,2%
2324Peugeot 1081.9614.5591,1%1,0%
2421Fiat 5001.9325.855-7,5%9,8%1,1%1,3%
2526Opel Mokka1.8804.30041,8%34,8%1,0%0,9%
2627Citroen DS31.8214.1970,8%-9,6%1,0%0,9%
2728Citroen C11.6024.04342,8%32,6%0,9%0,9%
2825Nissan Juke1.5784.397-9,0%-1,7%0,9%1,0%
2930Citroen C3 Picasso1.5223.759-27,7%-28,4%0,8%0,8%
3031Audi A31.4063.593-4,1%-1,9%0,8%0,8%
3135Mercedes A Class1.3933.02239,7%2,0%0,8%0,7%
3233Peugeot 50081.3713.267-6,6%-8,7%0,8%0,7%
3329Volkswagen Tiguan1.3623.861-22,7%-18,5%0,7%0,8%
3434Mini1.2653.20372,6%96,0%0,7%0,7%
3532Toyota Auris1.2483.46911,9%-5,4%0,7%0,8%
3636Volkswagen Passat1.2382.94372,7%62,9%0,7%0,6%
3738Fiat 500L1.2212.613-15,2%-4,7%0,7%0,6%
3837Volkswagen Touran1.1212.707-23,6%-22,8%0,6%0,6%
3942Mercedes B Class1.1092.41223,8%10,2%0,6%0,5%
4043Toyota Aygo1.0922.24966,7%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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