France April. Peugeot holds 18.1% of market share, while Citroen shines

French vehicle market

French vehicle market is slightly positive (+0.4%) in April, with 188.197 units sold. Brand leader Renault is still falling faster than the market (-6.6%), while Peugeot holds the highest amount of market share (18.1%). Mercedes and Citroen are both well performing.

 

Economic Environment

First-quarter growth is expected to have been spared a shellacking; although economic sentiment has failed to meaningfully recover since the eruption of the ‘gilet jaunes’ protests late last year, recent fiscal measures appear to have largely contained the economic fallout. Moreover, consumption and investment proxies hint that a nascent turnaround is afoot domestically. Survey-based readings, however, suggest that sluggishness throughout the Eurozone is set to continue buffeting exports. Hoping to move his political agenda beyond the waning demonstrations, Emmanuel Macron unveiled a second round of concessions to protestors in late April.
New tax cuts worth close to EUR 5 billion and to be financed by spending cuts are expected to cushion household spending over the short-term. Analysts, however, are skeptical of the president’s ability to fully pay for them and now see this year’s fiscal deficit at 3.2% of output.

 

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. However, the year-to-date 741.094 registrations lead to market down 0.4%.

 

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 133.564 sales (-4.9%) and 18% of market share.

In second position, Peugeot still falling, with registrations at 132.812 (-3.5%).

In third place Citroen with 83.098 (+14.6%) ahead of Volkswagen with 49.779 (+7%) and Dacia with 48.118 (+0.2%).

In sixth place Toyota with 32.649 sales (+1.6%) followed by Ford with 28.244 (-11.5%), Opel with 27.617 (+11.1%), Fiat with 24.247 (-8.5%) and in 10th place Mercedes with 20.794 (+10.1%).

At model wise, on top of the list again the Renault Clio with 47.005 sales (+9.7%) followed by the Peugeot 208 with 37.285 (+0.1%) and the Citroen C3 with 29.162 (+9.5%).

Updates on the Top 100 models ranking are available here.

Rank
2019
Rank
2018
BrandSales
YTD 2019
Sales
April
'+/-
YTD 2019
'+/-
April
Share
YTD 2019
Share
April
11Renault133.56431.495-4,9%-6,6%18,0%16,7%
22Peugeot132.81234.117-3,5%-1,3%17,9%18,1%
33Citroen83.09821.87414,6%28,7%11,2%11,6%
45Volkswagen49.77912.6767,0%1,9%6,7%6,7%
54Dacia48.11812.5010,2%-11,4%6,5%6,6%
66Toyota32.6498.2221,6%1,9%4,4%4,4%
77Ford28.2446.371-11,5%-14,0%3,8%3,4%
89Opel27.6176.62211,1%5,0%3,7%3,5%
98Fiat24.2476.476-8,5%-7,0%3,3%3,4%
1010Mercedes20.7945.50410,1%15,3%2,8%2,9%
1113Audi17.6755.043-2,2%2,1%2,4%2,7%
1212BMW17.2485.037-8,7%10,1%2,3%2,7%
1314Kia15.3094.191-1,9%-2,3%2,1%2,2%
1411Nissan14.5863.315-34,2%-28,0%2,0%1,8%
1515Hyundai12.9193.3179,8%-0,3%1,7%1,8%
1617Seat11.1563.26015,3%39,2%1,5%1,7%
1716Skoda11.0133.00712,4%14,1%1,5%1,6%
1819Suzuki10.3472.6626,2%4,4%1,4%1,4%
1918Mini9.1812.3715,4%19,0%1,2%1,3%
2020DS7.3851.948-7,3%-25,9%1,0%1,0%
2121Volvo6.9931.52719,9%22,0%0,9%0,8%
2222Jeep4.3221.479-3,9%14,0%0,6%0,8%
2323Mazda4.28282911,1%-8,0%0,6%0,4%
2427Land Rover2.444775-4,1%5,0%0,3%0,4%
2525Honda2.388--24,7%-100,0%0,3%0,0%
2628Lexus2.090608-0,1%6,0%0,3%0,3%
2733Tesla1.80845427,2%15,0%0,2%0,0%
2826Smart1.759--10,1%-100,0%0,2%0,0%
2932Other1.4541.2871339,5%4337,6%0,2%0,7%
3029Mitsubishi1.39222968,9%-6,0%0,2%0,1%
3131Jaguar1.366585-14,1%8,0%0,2%0,3%
3224Alfa Romeo1.293640-56,8%-9,5%0,2%0,3%
3330Porsche715--51,8%-100,0%0,1%0,0%
3435Alpine632114335,9%0,1%0,1%
3536Maserati14945-30,3%-15,0%
3634Infiniti88--69,5%-100,0%
3739Ferrari8020-8,4%5,0%
3837Subaru51--73,6%-100,0%
3938SsangYong20--82,5%-100,0%
4046Lamborghini18-
4147Secma5-
4242Aston Martin55-67,7%-3,0%

Rank
2019
Rank
2018
GroupSales
YTD 2019
Sales
April
'+/-
YTD 2019
'+/-
April
Share
YTD 2019
Share
April
11P.S.A.250.91264.5613,3%6,7%33,9%34,5%
22Renault Nissan Alliance198.38047.654-6,3%-9,9%26,8%25,5%
33Volkswagen Group90.35623.9865,6%5,4%12,2%12,8%
44Toyota Group34.7398.8301,5%2,2%4,7%4,7%
55F.C.A.30.0918.659-12,3%-4,2%4,1%4,6%
67Ford Group28.2446.371-11,5%-14,0%3,8%3,4%
78Hyundai-Kia28.2287.5083,1%-1,4%3,8%4,0%
86BMW26.4297.408-4,3%12,8%3,6%4,0%
99Mercedes Daimler22.5535.5048,2%3,6%3,0%2,9%
1010Suzuki10.3472.6626,2%4,4%1,4%1,4%

Rank
2019
Rank
2018
ModelsSales
YTD 2019
Sales
April
'+/-
YTD 2019
'+/-
April
11Renault Clio47.00510.5509,7%1,6%
22Peugeot 20837.2859.4950,1%5,5%
34Citroen C329.1627.1899,5%27,2%
43Peugeot 300825.9096.416-10,6%-15,3%
56Renault Captur25.1075.0725,8%1,7%
65Dacia Sandero24.2647.1654,3%0,3%
77Peugeot 200823.1536.560-3,9%9,5%
88Peugeot 30819.9935.206-9,1%-5,6%
912Citroen C3 Aircross17.8244.13336,9%30,6%
109Dacia Duster17.3633.556-5,3%-26,6%
1114Volkswagen Polo14.0463.16411,5%-5,9%
1211Renault MŽgane13.9113.387-8,8%-9,9%
1310Renault Twingo13.5813.020-19,5%-26,0%
1415Toyota Yaris13.3283.41010,8%16,6%
1520Opel Corsa11.4592.23746,9%-0,3%
1613Renault ScŽnic11.1943.096-23,4%-12,8%
17285Citroen C5 Aircross9.9603.611
1822Ford Fiesta9.3962.0519,8%-10,8%
1918Volkswagen Golf9.0471.894-6,7%10,6%
2016Peugeot 50088.9982.140-10,0%-24,6%
2119Renault Kadjar8.8912.241-4,4%-5,3%
2217Fiat 5008.7342.137-14,0%-24,9%
2321Volkswagen Tiguan8.0791.771-7,3%-23,9%
2424Peugeot 1087.8931.9895,8%30,0%
2526Citroen C4 Cactus7.8342.18823,8%36,0%
2630volkswagen T-Roc7.7171.85268,6%25,0%
2728Citroen C16.7651.86425,3%61,9%
2825Toyota C-HR6.5551.5088,3%-8,9%
2953Citroen C4 Spacetourer6.2641.621
3031Mercedes A Class6.2241.59372,6%110,7%

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