France March. Renault on Top, boosted by spectacular performer Renault Clio (+12.4%)

French vehicle market

French vehicle market turned negative in March, with 225.818 sales (-2.3%). Renault – even if down 6.6% – overtook Peugeot (-8%), jumping in the first place with 20.3% of market share. Moreover, the best-selling model Renault Clio soars +12.4%. Tesla spectacular performance signed a plus 572% with 1.250 sales.

 

Economic Environment

Fourth-quarter growth was modest but stable from a quarter earlier, landing roughly in line with analysts’ expectations. Domestic demand was rocked by last year’s ‘gilets jaunes’ protests; household spending stalled amid the demonstrations, while fixed-capital spending was hit by a drop-off in household investment. Notably, corporate investment was up despite growing uncertainty. External demand, on the other hand, was upbeat and helped offset the squabbles at home. Particularly, export growth jumped on the euro’s weakness against the dollar.

Looking ahead, consumer confidence recovered somewhat at the outset of the current quarter. Business confidence, however, has been more downbeat on the industrial sector’s pullback.

 

Market Trend

French vehicles market is in a positive momentum since early 2015 and the Macron government active policy has corroborated the market pushing up consumer confidence and expectations. Consequently, in the 2017 the market registered over 2.1 million car passenger’s sold.

In the 2018 the market has grown again, with a more moderate speed. Indeed, as reported by the C.C.F.A, the French Associations of Car Manufacturers, this year sales have been 2.177.510 improving by 3.2% from last year. Despite WLTP regulation dragged sales down between September and December, this was the fifth consecutive year of growth, reaching the largest volume since 2011.

In January 2019 the market have almost recovered from the WLTP regulation’s negative effect, down just 1.4% with sales at 154.641. In February sales hold a positive trend with a plus 2.1%, reaching year-to-date units at 327.079 and +0.4%.

In March the market turned negative again (-2.3%) with 225.818 units, leading to year-to-date sales down 0.7% and 552.897 registrations.

 

Market Outlook

After a positive period started in 2015 and then influenced by Macron government active policy, the French market is seen to be keeping a steady growth in the 2019-2025 period of time. However, market current negative sentiment, which was pummeled by the ‘gilets jaunes’ protests, will take time to recover.

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Competitive Arena

The French government has always taken in high consideration the role of the automotive sector in the national economy and Renault is still partially controlled by the State with policy usually in favor of local made products. Furthermore, since 2010 France has introduced the most advanced and long-term incentive scheme for replacing old vehicles, with a fiscal system called “bonus/malus” with increasing tax for more polluting vehicles.

French people is well known to be proud of their nation and it is easy to understand why over 50% of the market is concentrated in local brands and the top brands are all local made.

Looking at the year-to-date ranking , the new market leader is Renault with 102.069 sales (-4.3%) and 18.5% of market share.

In second position, Peugeot losing the pole position, with registrations at 98.695 (-4.2%).

In third place Citroen with 61.224 (+10.3%) ahead of Volkswagen with 37.103 (+8.9%) and Dacia with 35.617 (+5.1%).

In sixth place Toyota with 24.427 sales (+1.5%) followed by Ford with 21.873 (-10.8%), Opel with 20.995 (+13.2%), Fiat with 17.771 (-9.1%) and in 10th place Mercedes with 15.290 (+8.3%).

At model wise, on top of the list again the Renault Clio with 36.454 sales (+12.4%) followed by the Peugeot 208 with 27.790 (-1.6%) and the Citroen C3 with 21.973 (+4.8%).

Updates on the Top 100 models ranking are available here.

Rank
2019
Rank
2018
BrandSales
YTD 2019
Sales
March
March
YTD +/-
Mar
19 +/-
Share
YTD 2019
Share
March
11Renault102.06945.910-4,3%-6,6%18,5%20,3%
22Peugeot98.69537.262-4,2%-8,0%17,9%16,5%
33Citroen61.22423.67510,3%9,7%11,1%10,5%
45Volkswagen37.10315.7048,9%8,3%6,7%7,0%
54Dacia35.61715.8395,1%13,8%6,4%7,0%
66Toyota24.4278.2371,5%0,2%4,4%3,6%
77Ford21.8739.320-10,8%-9,8%4,0%4,1%
89Opel20.9957.99113,2%8,5%3,8%3,5%
98Fiat17.7717.468-9,1%-11,2%3,2%3,3%
1010Mercedes15.2906.1258,3%-4,4%2,8%2,7%
1113Audi12.6325.700-3,7%0,2%2,3%2,5%
1212BMW12.2114.820-14,7%-15,0%2,2%2,1%
1311Nissan11.2714.958-35,8%-33,0%2,0%2,2%
1414Kia11.1184.283-1,7%-3,5%2,0%1,9%
1515Hyundai9.6023.68813,7%14,3%1,7%1,6%
1616Skoda8.0063.26811,8%15,8%1,4%1,4%
1717Seat7.8963.2627,7%10,2%1,4%1,4%
1819Suzuki7.6852.7286,9%4,3%1,4%1,2%
1918Mini6.8102.6161,3%-1,3%1,2%1,2%
2021Volvo5.4661.97819,4%-4,4%1,0%0,9%
2120DS5.4371.9861,8%-21,8%1,0%0,9%
2223Mazda3.4531.55917,0%4,2%0,6%0,7%
2322Jeep2.8431.145-11,1%-9,8%0,5%0,5%
2425Honda2.3881.083-9,7%-10,2%0,4%0,5%
2533Tesla1.7631.250480,0%572,0%0,3%0,6%
2626Smart1.75965323,9%7,8%0,3%0,3%
2727Land Rover1.669716-7,8%-9,3%0,3%0,3%
2828Lexus1.481555-2,4%4,5%0,3%0,2%
2929Mitsubishi1.163609100,5%119,9%0,2%0,3%
3031Jaguar781283-25,5%-36,3%0,1%0,1%
3130Porsche715278-35,2%-24,7%0,1%0,1%
3224Alfa Romeo653387-71,5%-60,0%0,1%0,2%
3335Alpine5183031571,0%877,4%0,1%0,1%
3432Other167118131,9%63,9%0,1%
3536Maserati10435-35,4%-46,2%
3634Infiniti88--59,3%-100,0%
3739Ferrari6026-12,2%-29,7%
3837Subaru51--63,7%-100,0%
3938SsangYong20--74,6%-100,0%
4046Lamborghini18-
4147Secma5-

Rank
2019
Rank
2018
GroupSales
YTD 2019
Sales
March
March
YTD +/-
Mar
19 +/-
Share
YTD 2019
Share
March
11P.S.A.186.35170.9142,1%-1,5%33,7%31,4%
22Renault Nissan Alliance150.72567.619-5,2%-4,6%27,3%29,9%
33Volkswagen Group66.37028.2125,7%7,1%12,0%12,5%
44Toyota Group25.9088.7921,3%0,4%4,7%3,9%
57Ford Group21.8739.320-10,8%-9,8%4,0%4,1%
65F.C.A.21.4319.061-15,2%-15,7%3,9%4,0%
78Hyundai-Kia20.7207.9714,9%4,0%3,7%3,5%
86BMW19.0217.436-9,6%-10,6%3,4%3,3%
99Mercedes Daimler17.0496.7789,7%-3,3%3,1%3,0%
1010Suzuki7.6852.7286,9%4,3%1,4%1,2%

Rank
2019
Rank
F.Y. 2018
ModelsSales
YTD 2019
March
19
Sales
YTD +/-
March
19 +/-
11Renault Clio36.45416.91712,3%15,7%
22Peugeot 20827.79010.830-1,6%-7,4%
34Citroen C321.9738.2104,8%3,7%
46Renault Captur20.0349.7576,8%9,4%
53Peugeot 300819.4936.767-8,9%-14,8%
65Dacia Sandero17.0997.7026,1%17,7%
77Peugeot 200816.5926.670-8,3%-10,9%
88Peugeot 30814.7475.303-10,5%-22,3%
99Dacia Duster13.8006.1012,4%11,5%
1012Citroen C3 Aircross13.6925.31739,0%44,0%
1114Volkswagen Polo10.8804.81417,8%16,6%
1210Renault Twingo10.5613.550-17,5%-42,2%
1311Renault MŽgane10.5244.743-8,4%-2,8%
1415Toyota Yaris9.9203.8499,0%27,5%
1520Opel Corsa9.2223.44166,0%57,8%
1613Renault ScŽnic8.0983.817-26,7%-27,0%
1722Ford Fiesta7.3453.13617,4%19,8%
1818Volkswagen Golf7.1533.073-10,4%1,9%
1916Peugeot 50086.8572.422-4,3%12,3%
2019Renault Kadjar6.6502.778-4,1%-14,3%
2117Fiat 5006.5972.414-9,7%-41,1%
22283Citroen C5 Aircross6.3492.973
2321Volkswagen Tiguan6.3082.705-1,2%-0,4%
2424Peugeot 1085.9032.475-0,5%-3,1%
2530volkswagen T-Roc5.8652.27589,5%46,1%
2626Citroen C4 Cactus5.6462.27319,6%8,1%
2725Toyota C-HR5.0471.47714,8%8,0%
2828Citroen C14.9011.78515,4%7,9%
2952Citroen C4 Spacetourer4.6681.678
3031Mercedes A Class4.6312.09062,5%66,3%

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