The Peugeot 2008 is for the first time the best-selling vehicle in the homeland. Image largus.fr
12/11 Update: Now with Top 295 All-models.
Update 4/11: now with Top 55 All-brands.
There is still no light at the end of the tunnel for new car sales in France, down year-on-year for the fifth straight month to a dismal -30.7% to just 118,521 registrations. That’s 52,529 units less than a year ago and means that the year-to-date count is now up just 3.1% from the same period in 2020 to 1,378,894 units. Long-term leases (+ 13.1%) and short-term leases (+ 28.1%) are on the rise, while sales to individuals drop by -7.3%. In October, gasoline sales drop -43% yoy to 42,609 and 35.9% share from 43.7% a year ago, diesel volumes implode -57.8% to 22.883 and 19.3 % share from 31.7% in October 2020, but HEV is up 11.8% to 21,553 and 18.2% share from 11.3% a year ago, PHEV is up by 13% to 11.526 and 9.7% compared to 6% last year and the BEV rose by 55.2% to 15.588 and 13.1% compared to 5.9% in October 2020. Since the beginning of the year, the petrol drops by -12.8% to 564.872 units and a share of 41% against 48.4% compared to the same period of 2020, diesel collapses by -28.1% to 299.332 sales and 21.7% against the 31.1% last year, but HEV climbs 83.6% to 236,986 and 17.2% share from 9.6% a year ago, PHEV is up 124.5% at 113.353 and 8.2% share versus 3.8% and the BEV gains 52% at 122.518 and 8.9% share versus 6% in 2020.
In the ranking of brands, Peugeot (-37.6%) recovers the first place for the first time since July at 18.2% of share, one percentage point above the archenemy Renault (-38.1%) which falls even further quickly to 17.2% of the market. Peugeot consolidates its year-to-date lead with a 17.4% share against Renault’s 16.2% and aims to become the best-selling car manufacturer in its homeland throughout the year 2021 for the first time at year. Citroen (-36.9%) completes an underperforming podium with a 10% share compared to 9.8% this year. The low-cost car manufacturer Dacia (+ 2.8%) swims against the tide and records the only year-over-year increase in the Top 8 to reach 8.3% share compared to 7.4% from the beginning of the year, consolidating its 4th place in the first 10 months of 2021. Toyota (-4.4%) is holding up very well and puts Volkswagen (-45%) in fifth place for the fifth time this year. Kia (-5.6%) also limits its fall and advances two places in September to No. 7, equaling his record ranking in France also hit in March 2020. BMW (-22.2%) and Mercedes (-25.2%) manage to lose less ground than the market but the best performer in the Top 10 is Hyundai which rises 10.6% year-on-year to # 9. There are no further gains in the Top 20, with DS (-18.9%) losing less ground.
From the model point of view, after the Dacia Sandero in January we have another winning first time this month: the Peugeot 2008 (+ 14.1%) surprises the success of the new generation of the model to sign the first monthly home win. It’s a clear win with 6.6% share against 5.2% for # 2. This is the first time that an SUV is the best-selling vehicle in France. However, for now it remains number 4 from the current year. The Renault Clio V (-22.3%) held up better than the market and dropped one position in September to # 2, trailing the Peugeot 208 II by 125 units (-38.4%). The Citroen C3 (-30.1%) remains in 4th place while the Dacia Sandero III drops two places to # 5. Below, the Renault Captur (-41.4%) and the Peugeot 3008 (-48.3%) are both hit in full frontal while the Dacia Duster (-24.4%) contains some of its fall. The Renault Zoe (-6.3%) moved up four places from last month to return to the Top 10 for the first time since last May at # 9 with the Renault Megane (-34.3%) in tow. The Renault Arkana dropped four places to position No. 11 and the Dacia Spring climbed two places to record position no. 13 with 1.9% share. The Fiat 500 (+ 94.5%) is the best-selling foreigner at # 12. Other recent launches include the Peugeot 308 III up to the # 94 spot up to the # 29, the Toyota Yaris Cross up to the 52 up to the # 65 and the Kia EV6 up to the 156 up to the # 68.
Complete October 2021 Top 55 All-brands and Top 295 All-models below.