France September. Renault (+29.8%) & Volkswagen (+46.9%) shining in a market up 15.8%

French vehicle market

French vehicle market surged to 15.8% in September with 173.461 units sold. Renault soared 29.8%, reaching 21% of market share, ahead of Peugeot, Citroen and a spectacular Volkswagen. The Renault Clio held the crown, improving by 19.1%.

Economic Environment

French economy had a strong start to the third quarter, on the heels of a stable growth rate in the second quarter. Notably, household spending likely bolstered growth in Q3, as signaled by rising consumer optimism in July–August amid a multi-year low unemployment rate at the start of the quarter and easing inflation. Moreover, industrial production rebounded in July on a recovery in capital goods output, which, coupled with an expansionary PMI in August, bodes well for private sector activity.
However, the flat growth in merchandise exports in the same month suggests the external sector is feeling the pinch of a weak EU economy. In politics, the government is expected to present the 2020 budget on 25 September, which, despite the announced household tax cuts, should lower the deficit to 2.1%–2.2% of GDP, from the 3.1% of GDP shortfall the government expects for this year.

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.

In July, registrations declined just 1.8%, with 172.220 units sold, while in August the market fell 12.8% with 129.259 sales. In September, sales grew 15.8% with 173.461 units sold, leading year-to-date figures at 1.641.071 (-1%).

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 300.105 sales (-6.1%) and 18.3% of market share.

In second position, Peugeot still falling, with registrations at 285.033 (-3.3%).

In third place Citroen with 178.546 (+10.8%) ahead of Volkswagen with 108.829 (+3.8%) and Dacia with 103.574 (-4.3%).

In sixth place Toyota with 75.719 sales (+6.8%) followed by Ford with 58.703 (-6.9%), Opel with 55.655 (+2.6%), Fiat with 54.683 (-12.8%) and in 10th place Mercedes with 48.976 (+7.4%).

At model wise, on top of the list again the Renault Clio with 97.799 sales (+4.7%) followed by the Peugeot 208 with 76.615 (-0.8%) and the Citroen C3 with 60.609 (+4.4%).

Updates on the Top 100 models ranking are available here.

Rank 2019Rank 2018BrandSales Sept YTD 2019Sales Sept 2019+/- YTD 2019+/- Sept 2019Share YTD Sept 2019Share Sept 2019
11Renault300.10536.487-6,1%29,8%18,3%21,0%
22Peugeot285.03330.281-3,3%3,2%17,4%17,5%
33Citroen178.54618.71010,8%18,8%10,9%10,8%
45Volkswagen108.82910.0013,8%46,9%6,6%5,8%
54Dacia103.5749.134-4,3%-2,3%6,3%5,3%
66Toyota75.7198.0156,8%12,4%4,6%4,6%
77Ford58.7035.911-6,9%16,0%3,6%3,4%
89Opel55.6556.4882,6%1,3%3,4%3,7%
98Fiat54.6835.349-12,8%8,3%3,3%3,1%
1011Mercedes48.9765.4507,4%-2,9%3,0%3,1%
1113Audi41.9053.1071,4%27,1%2,6%1,8%
1212BMW38.9534.662-8,4%-5,6%2,4%2,7%
1314Kia33.1983.54211,8%10,8%2,0%2,0%
1410Nissan30.8762.738-40,5%87,8%1,9%1,6%
1515Hyundai29.0643.5288,9%16,8%1,8%2,0%
1616Seat27.2192.96817,6%71,5%1,7%1,7%
1717Skoda25.8203.04212,5%55,6%1,6%1,8%
1818Suzuki24.6161.20716,8%-32,9%1,5%0,7%
1920DS19.4892.1423,5%30,9%1,2%1,2%
2019Mini19.4532.3761,6%14,9%1,2%1,4%
2121Volvo14.9102.00914,7%25,9%0,9%1,2%
2222Jeep9.058855-20,3%14,0%0,6%0,5%
2327Smart8.62966963,8%-10,0%0,5%0,4%
2423Mazda8.3535734,5%-8,0%0,5%0,3%
2525Honda6.095628-6,7%-8,0%0,4%0,4%
2632Tesla5.6261.248387,2%422,7%0,3%0,7%
2726Land Rover5.305525-6,8%5,0%0,3%0,3%
2831Mitsubishi5.20023690,3%-6,0%0,3%0,1%
2928Lexus5.14753516,7%6,0%0,3%0,3%
3029Porsche3.191388-14,8%-8,0%0,2%0,2%
3124Alfa Romeo2.634219-64,3%-9,5%0,2%0,1%
3230Jaguar2.561268-25,9%8,0%0,2%0,2%
3334Alpine2.454-267,4%0,1%0,0%
3433Infiniti298142-57,5%15,0%0,0%0,1%
3536Subaru2704-47,3%-11,0%0,0%0,0%
3635Maserati2559-56,2%-15,0%0,0%0,0%
3738Ferrari206-20,5%0,0%0,0%
3844Lamborghini105-0,0%0,0%
3944Lotus100-0,0%0,0%
4040Chevrolet668-25,2%-3,0%0,0%0,0%
4142Caterham52--14,8%0,0%0,0%
4237SsangYong413-80,9%-8,0%0,0%0,0%
4344Secma38-0,0%0,0%
4443Aston Martin282-24,4%-3,0%0,0%0,0%
4541Bentley13--79,4%0,0%0,0%
4644McLaren7-0,0%0,0%
4644Morgan7-0,0%0,0%
4744Rolls-Royce2-0,0%0,0%
4841Cadillac1--98,4%0,0%0,0%
4844Lancia1-0,0%0,0%

Rank 2019Rank 2018GroupSales Sept YTD 2019Sales Sept 2019+/- YTD 2019+/- Sept 2019Share YTD Sept 2019Share Sept 2019
11P.S.A.538.72357.6211,9%8,4%32,8%33,2%
22Renault Nissan Alliance442.50748.737-8,6%24,0%27,0%28,1%
33Volkswagen Group207.08219.5065,6%46,0%12,6%11,2%
45Toyota Group80.8668.5507,4%12,0%4,9%4,9%
54F.C.A.66.8376.432-18,7%8,2%4,1%3,7%
68Hyundai-Kia62.2627.07010,4%13,7%3,8%4,1%
76Ford Group58.7035.911-6,9%16,0%3,6%3,4%
87BMW58.4087.038-5,3%0,5%3,6%4,1%
99Mercedes Daimler57.6056.11913,2%-3,7%3,5%3,5%
1010Suzuki24.6161.20716,8%-32,9%1,5%0,7%

Rank 2019Rank 2018ModelSales YTD 2019Sales Sep. 2019'+/- YTD 2019'+/- Sep 2019
11Renault Clio97.79910.9874,7%19,01%
22Peugeot 20876.6157.231-0,8%-13,34%
34Citroen C360.6097.2984,4%10,91%
43Peugeot 300855.3586.267-14,5%1,41%
56Dacia Sandero52.9344.4050,0%-8,95%
65Renault Captur51.4145.764-5,9%16,68%
77Peugeot 200848.9995.503-4,4%2,31%
88Peugeot 30843.0694.851-9,4%10,38%
912Renault Twingo37.8715.9918,9%66,37%
1013Citroen C3 Aircross37.1383.38216,9%-1,05%
119Dacia Duster36.1193.188-11,4%-6,46%
1210Renault Mégane33.0104.009-10,8%44,68%
1314Toyota Yaris30.2173.38114,5%10,89%
1415Volkswagen Polo28.5832.8239,2%86,71%
1511Renault Scénic27.4292.752-21,4%35,10%
16276Citroen C5 Aircross24.3702.992
1722Opel Corsa22.6983.76217,4%19,24%
1817Fiat 50021.1752.112-6,7%-10,05%
1918Renault Kadjar21.1522.751-3,6%63,36%
2016Peugeot 500821.0422.208-8,9%9,52%

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