France June. Mercedes shines, while the market is down in double-digit

French vehicle market

French vehicle market declines by 7.4% in June, with 230.924 units sold. Renault holds the crown while falling faster than the market, followed by Peugeot and Citroen, both registering negative outcomes. Mercedes – in 10th place – marks an astonishing +13.1%.

 

Economic Environment

President Emmanuel Macron is pressing on with his sorely-needed economic reforms in the aftermath of a narrow loss at the European elections on 26 May, unveiling additional labor-market overhauls through mid-June. The economy has likewise proven resilient, stepping out from the long shadows cast by last year’s ‘gilets jaunes’ protests and Macron’s controversial Great Debate. First-quarter growth saw household spending bounce back as consumers grew more confident amid the shrinking demonstrations, the tightening labor market and falling inflation, while fixed investment remained upbeat on firms’ equipment-related outlays.
Moreover, second-quarter indicators suggest that private-sector gains persisted into midyear: Economic sentiment was on the mend through May and survey-based data hints that operating conditions improved in recent months. Sluggish external demand—as witnessed by tepid export growth since the outset of the year—looks set to continue chipping away at the homegrown turnaround, however.

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.

Sales are slightly positive in April (+0.4%) with 188.197 units. During May the market grows (+1.2%) with 193.901 units sold.  While, in June the market was down 7.4% with 230.924 units, leading year-to-date figures at 1.166.131 units (-1.6%).

 

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 market leader is still Renault with 221.233 sales (-6.3%) and 19% of market share.

In second position, Peugeot still falling, with registrations at 204.246 (-4.4%).

In third place Citroen with 127.100(+11.4%) ahead of Volkswagen with 77.228(+2.9%) and Dacia with 76.462 (-1.6%).

In sixth place Toyota with 51.397 sales (+4.5%) followed by Ford with 42.642 (-9.1%), Opel with 40.651 (+3.8%), Fiat with 40.579 (-8.6%) and in 10th place Mercedes with 33.522 (+7.5%).

At model wise, on top of the list again the Renault Clio with 72.393 sales (+3.4%) followed by the Peugeot 208 with 56.199 (-0.1%) and the Citroen C3 with 42.640 (+4%).

Updates on the Top 100 models ranking are available here.

Rank 2019Rank 2018BrandSales YTD 2019Jun 2019'+/- YTD 2019 Var'+/- Jun 19Share YTD 2019Share June 2019
11Renault221.23351.652-6,3%-13,2%19,0%22,4%
22Peugeot204.24636.596-4,4%-14,6%17,5%15,8%
33Citroen127.10022.87511,4%-6,2%10,9%9,9%
45Volkswagen77.22815.9632,9%0,6%6,6%6,9%
54Dacia76.46215.333-1,6%-7,4%6,6%6,6%
66Toyota51.3979.9134,5%5,4%4,4%4,3%
77Ford42.6427.857-9,1%8,1%3,7%3,4%
89Opel40.6516.2253,8%-14,5%3,5%2,7%
98Fiat40.5798.717-8,6%-17,0%3,5%3,8%
1010Mercedes33.5226.5277,5%13,1%2,9%2,8%
1113Audi29.8616.9054,0%17,6%2,6%3,0%
1212BMW27.1374.321-8,8%-26,4%2,3%1,9%
1314Kia23.0763.92511,3%162,0%2,0%1,7%
1411Nissan21.8054.109-36,2%-37,9%1,9%1,8%
1515Hyundai19.7753.5027,4%2,4%1,7%1,5%
1617Seat17.9893.80915,0%12,2%1,5%1,6%
1716Skoda17.4143.2427,3%-4,7%1,5%1,4%
1819Suzuki15.1142.6333,7%-2,2%1,3%1,1%
1920DS13.2003.593-1,5%12,6%1,1%1,6%
2018Mini13.1752.234-4,2%-21,6%1,1%1,0%
2121Volvo10.3001.85314,0%1,6%0,9%0,8%
2223Mazda6.1831.1721,7%-0,8%0,5%0,5%
2322Jeep5.6271.398-24,5%1,3%0,5%0,6%
2425Honda4.257734-10,0%-17,8%0,4%0,3%
2526Smart3.87965712,6%-29,3%0,3%0,3%
2632Tesla3.7291.284493,8%642,2%0,3%0,6%
2727Land Rover3.669739-9,4%-9,1%0,3%0,3%
2828Lexus3.3056235,9%19,3%0,3%0,3%
2929Mitsubishi3.19371083,3%12,5%0,3%0,3%
3030Porsche2.099658-14,7%11,0%0,2%0,3%
3124Alfa Romeo1.893406-60,7%-60,7%0,2%0,2%
3231Jaguar1.871375-28,7%-35,8%0,2%0,2%
3334Alpine1.749250355,5%92,3%0,1%0,1%
3435Maserati17527-49,9%-60,3%
3538Ferrari155364,0%2,9%
3636Subaru14830-61,4%-77,9%
3733Infiniti8113-80,2%-78,3%
3745Lamborghini819
3845Lotus61-
3940Chevrolet515-8,9%-68,8%
4037SsangYong1414-91,5%-53,3%
4146Secma5-

Rank 2019Rank 2018GroupSales YTD 2019Jun 2019'+/- YTD 2019 Var'+/- Jun 19Share YTD 2019Share June 2019
11P.S.A.385.19769.2891,3%-10,9%33,0%30,0%
22Renault Nissan Alliance324.52372.067-7,4%-13,7%27,8%31,2%
33Volkswagen Group144.67230.5864,7%5,0%12,4%13,2%
44Toyota Group54.70210.5364,6%6,1%4,7%4,6%
55F.C.A.48.42910.584-15,3%-18,7%4,1%4,6%
68Hyundai-Kia42.8517.4279,5%51,0%3,7%3,2%
77Ford Group42.6427.857-9,1%8,1%3,7%3,4%
86BMW40.3126.555-7,4%-24,8%3,5%2,8%
99Mercedes Daimler37.4017.1848,0%7,3%3,2%3,1%
1010Suzuki15.1142.6333,7%-2,2%1,3%1,1%

Rank 2019Rank 2018ModelsSales YTD 2019Sales June'+/- June'+/- YTD 2019
11Renault Clio72.39314.540-18,0%3,4%
22Peugeot 20856.1999.724-12,2%-0,1%
34Citroen C342.6406.751-20,4%4,0%
43Peugeot 300840.2047.134-25,9%-14,0%
56Renault Captur39.9219.452-8,6%-0,3%
65Dacia Sandero38.8527.406-7,2%3,2%
77Peugeot 200835.6726.074-17,3%-3,5%
88Peugeot 30830.2435.120-35,3%-14,7%
99Dacia Duster27.3845.519-0,6%-7,2%
1012Citroen C3 Aircross26.9615.0505,1%26,9%
1110Renault Twingo25.6697.49432,1%-1,2%
1211Renault Mégane24.3375.611-12,0%-5,8%
1313Renault Scénic21.2175.428-21,1%-19,8%
1415Toyota Yaris20.9263.8795,8%16,3%
1514Volkswagen Polo20.5803.977-15,9%-0,8%
16302Citroen C5 Aircross16.8083.306
1720Opel Corsa15.8842.426-15,4%21,5%
1817Fiat 50015.5563.163-7,5%-6,4%
1919Renault Kadjar14.9893.698-4,2%-5,3%
2016Peugeot 500814.2192.852-20,4%-13,9%
2122Ford Fiesta14.1312.550-4,4%3,3%
2218Volkswagen Golf13.7832.606-3,0%-5,7%
2321Volkswagen Tiguan12.7362.560-12,7%-8,8%
2426Citroen C4 Cactus12.1862.354-13,6%17,9%
2524Peugeot 10811.8822.1852,0%6,1%
2630volkswagen T-Roc11.7352.2294,1%43,0%
2732Fiat 500x10.1022.46350,1%24,9%
2831Mercedes A Class10.0661.976222,3%76,9%
2953Citroen C4 Spacetourer9.8371.848262,4%1489,2%
3028Citroen C19.8171.5302,1%22,2%

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