The Peugeot 308 nameplate is on the French podium for the first time in over 5 years. Picture largus.fr

French new car sales skid down for the 11th month in a row in April, accelerating its fall at -22.6% and 108,723 registrations. When removing pandemic-plagued April 2020 (20,997 sales), this is the lowest April volume in 57 years: since the 106,311 units of April 1965… When comparing to pre-pandemic April 2019 (188.199), the market is down -42.2%. The year-to-date volume is now off -18.6% to 474,083. Private sales hold 46% of the market in April vs. 45.5% year-to-date at 215,368 units (-13%). Petrol sales are down -33.5% to 40,732 and 37.5% share, diesel is off -48.1% to 17,156 and 15.8% share but HEV is up 18.7% to 22,490 units and 20.7% share. BEV is also up, by 32.7% to 12,692 units and 11.7% share but PHEV is down -8.2% to 10,234 and 9.4% share.

Peugeot (-32.3%) signs a 6th win in the past 7 months and cements its YTD lead despite falling much faster than the market to 16.3% share. In fact the three main French manufacturers all lose share year-on-year with Renault (-31.7%) at 13.7%, its lowest since July 2021, and Citroen (-33.9%) at 8.6%, its lowest for the year. In contrast Dacia (+6.5%) delivers the only year-on-year gain in the Top 6 and ends the month only 0.7 point of share below Citroen. It distances Volkswagen (-31.2%) and Toyota (-20.4%). Ford (+10.9%) and Kia (+9.1%) are the other two gainers in the remainder of the Top 10 while BMW (-18.6) is up four spots on March to #9 and Hyundai (-8.4%) up two to #10. Below, notice Nissan (+47.8%), DS (+1%), Cupra (+162%), Mitsubishi (+158%), Alpine (+158.9%) and Alfa Romeo (+196%) all posting market-defying upticks.

The Ford Puma breaks into the French Top 10 for the first time in March.

In the models ranking, the Peugeot 208 (-20.4%) easily holds onto the top spot with 5.4% share vs. 5.9% so far this year. The Citroen C3 (-20%) returns to #2 for the 2nd time in the past 3 months, a ranking it also holds YTD. The Peugeot 308 III is up three spots on March to crack the podium for the first time ever for this generation and the first time since February 2017 for the 308 nameplate. The Dacia Sandero (-16.8%) is down two ranks to #4 ahead of the Renault Captur (-14.6%) staying at #5. The Peugeot 2008 (-55.6%) collapses year-on-year but is up three spots on last month to #6 ahead of the Peugeot 3008 (-55.3%) also in grave difficulty. The Fiat 500 (+31.8%) goes completely against the market and climbs 6 ranks to #8 overall and #1 foreign model. This means the Fiat 500 sells better in France than in Italy in terms of both volume and share. But where has the Renault Clio gone? It is down -68.3% year-on-year to a barely believable 9th place overall, by far its worst ever ranking at home. Stock issues could be the source of this particularly disastrous month. The Ford Puma (+69.7%) breaks into the French Top 10 for the very first time at #10 and is now the best-selling foreigner YTD at #12.

Previous month: France March 2022: Market plunges -19.5%, Dacia (+31.4%) defiant, places Sandero at #2

One year ago: France April 2021: Renault Clio V back on top, Hyundai (+19.8%) impresses, sales down -25.4% on two years ago 

Full April 2022 Top 20 brands and Top 80 models below.

France April 2022 – brands:

Pos Brand Apr-22 % /21 Mar 2022 % /21 Pos FY21
1 Peugeot   17,708 16.3% -32.3% 1 79,110 16.7% -29.0% 1 1
2 Renault    14,920 13.7% -31.7% 2 67,606 14.3% -24.4% 2 2
3 Citroen   9,333 8.6% -33.9% 3 45,751 9.7% -23.2% 3 3
4 Dacia   8,550 7.9% 6.5% 4 37,631 7.9% -2.8% 4 4
5 Volkswagen 6,603 6.1% -31.2% 5 30,622 6.5% -15.8% 5 5
6 Toyota   6,506 6.0% -20.4% 6 27,780 5.9% -20.4% 6 6
7 Ford   4,027 3.7% 10.9% 7 16,529 3.5% -11.7% 7 12
8 Kia   3,960 3.6% 9.1% 10 15,195 3.2% 5.2% 8 11
9 BMW   3,642 3.3% -18.6% 13 13,584 2.9% -18.9% 11 9
10 Hyundai 3,638 3.3% -8.4% 12 14,809 3.1% 2.9% 9 10
11 Mercedes   3,496 3.2% -28.5% 8 13,774 2.9% -21.6% 10 7
12 Fiat   3,411 3.1% -1.7% 15 11,255 2.4% -12.8% 14 13
13 Audi   3,098 2.8% -30.9% 11 12,661 2.7% -21.0% 12 8
14 Nissan   2,908 2.7% 47.8% 17 9,847 2.1% -11.5% 15 18
15 Opel   2,605 2.4% -32.6% 14 11,278 2.4% -20.8% 13 14
16 Skoda   2,553 2.3% -17.5% 16 9,495 2.0% -17.4% 16 15
17 DS 1,869 1.7% 1.0% 18 7,503 1.6% -1.7% 19 21
18 Mini 1,502 1.4% -43.4% 19 7,890 1.7% -12.8% 18 19
19 Suzuki 1,333 1.2% -24.6% 20 6,357 1.3% -24.0% 20 20
20 Seat   1,202 1.1% -57.1% 21 5,756 1.2% -45.4% 21 16
n/a Volvo 811 0.7% -50.1% 22 4,006 0.8% -29.8% 22 22
n/a Cupra 668 0.6% 162.0% 27 1,703 0.4% 100.8% 25 30
n/a Jeep 412 0.4% -38.3% 25 1,977 0.4% -33.4% 23 23
n/a Land Rover 346 0.3% -43.0% 28 1,109 0.2% -47.4% 29 25
n/a Mitsubishi 258 0.2% 158.0% 35 719 0.2% 35.4% 31 31
n/a Lexus 226 0.2% -49.8% 29 1,295 0.3% -17.5% 27 27
n/a Alpine 189 0.2% 158.9% 32 531 0.1% 80.6% 32 34
n/a Porsche 171 0.2% -35.2% 30 825 0.2% -21.3% 30 29
n/a Alfa Romeo 148 0.1% 196.0% 33 481 0.1% 30.0% 33 35
n/a Tesla 97 0.1% -54.0% 9 8,578 1.8% 43.0% 17 17
n/a Smart 93 0.1% -20.5% 31 460 0.1% -16.1% 34 33
n/a Jaguar 77 0.1% -72.2% 34 309 0.1% -47.8% 35 32
n/a Maserati 10 0.0% 66.7% 43 20 0.0% -16.7% 42 39
n/a Bentley 9 0.0% 350.0% 39 26 0.0% 116.7% 39 44
n/a Lamborghini 6 0.0% -53.8% 40 25 0.0% -30.6% 41 40

France April 2022 – models:

Pos Model Apr-22 % /21 Mar 2022 % /20 Pos FY21
1 Peugeot 208 II 5,865 5.4% -20.4% 1 27,740 5.9% -16.9% 1 1
2 Citroen C3 4,377 4.0% -20.0% 3 21,049 4.4% -14.0% 2 5
3 Peugeot 308 III 4,192 3.9% new 6 13,170 2.8% new 8 93
4 Dacia Sandero III 3,899 3.6% -16.8% 2 17,681 3.7% -22.6% 4 4
5 Renault Captur II 3,423 3.1% -14.6% 5 15,263 3.2% -18.3% 6 6
6 Peugeot 2008 II 2,906 2.7% -55.6% 9 15,579 3.3% -42.9% 5 3
7 Peugeot 3008 2,808 2.6% -55.3% 8 13,943 2.9% -31.8% 7 7
8 Fiat 500 2,737 2.5% 31.8% 14 8,027 1.7% 1.4% 13 13
9 Renault Clio V 2,474 2.3% -68.3% 4 18,245 3.8% -37.2% 3 2
10 Ford Puma 2,138 2.0% 69.7% 12 8,246 1.7% 25.4% 12 25
11 Toyota Yaris 2,031 1.9% -25.2% 19 6,328 1.3% -53.1% 19 8
12 Dacia Duster 1,959 1.8% -15.6% 13 9,669 2.0% -4.5% 9 9
13 Renault Twingo 1,925 1.8% -33.6% 15 6,617 1.4% -50.6% 16 10
14 Renault Arkana 1,857 1.7% 18470.0% 11 9,426 2.0% 22342.9% 10 21
15 Dacia Spring 1,568 1.4% 529.7% 18 6,521 1.4% 1036.1% 17 36
16 Toyota Yaris Cross 1,566 1.4% new 22 7,078 1.5% new 14 78
17 VW T-Roc 1,521 1.4% -19.0% 17 6,257 1.3% -10.4% 20 20
18 VW Polo 1,499 1.4% -8.9% 16 6,390 1.3% -23.8% 18 15
19 Opel Corsa 1,392 1.3% -14.7% 30 4,570 1.0% -27.1% 30 27
20 Citroen C5 Aircross 1,384 1.3% -28.4% 51 4,637 1.0% -47.2% 27 17
21 Nissan Qashqai 1,383 1.3% 285.2% 29 4,003 0.8% 41.7% 34 n/a
22 Renault Kadjar 1,277 1.2% 12.2% 58 2,740 0.6% -43.8% 45 37
23 Citroen C3 Aircross 1,230 1.1% -47.0% 10 8,762 1.8% -10.0% 11 12
24 Peugeot 5008 1,214 1.1% -52.4% 24 5,084 1.1% -43.0% 23 18
25 Toyota C-HR 1,170 1.1% -18.7% 23 4,976 1.0% -11.1% 25 28
26 Hyundai Tucson 1,166 1.1% -19.0% 27 4,991 1.1% -12.2% 24 22
27 Renault Mégane IV 1,090 1.0% -60.8% 35 5,112 1.1% -56.6% 22 11
28 Hyundai Kona 1,077 1.0% -9.8% 34 4,098 0.9% 4.7% 33 39
29 Renault Zoe 1,052 1.0% -16.8% 33 4,629 1.0% -5.0% 28 16
30 Renault Grand Scénic (est) 1,022 0.9% -17.3% 53 2,129 0.4% -47.0% 55 41
31 Toyota Corolla 1,009 0.9% -43.8% 26 4,620 1.0% -26.4% 29 24
32 Kia Sportage 986 0.9% 106.3% 40 2,843 0.6% 40.3% 42 63
33 Dacia Jogger 964 0.9% new 32 2,859 0.6% new 41 n/a
34 Mercedes Classe A 945 0.9% -24.2% 28 3,734 0.8% -24.0% 35 30
35 Ford Kuga 918 0.8% 31.9% 31 3,595 0.8% 16.1% 36 52
36 Mini Hatch 899 0.8% -24.2% 25 4,924 1.0% 5.7% 26 26
37 VW T-Cross 874 0.8% -56.8% 21 4,556 1.0% -14.7% 31 29
38 VW Golf 849 0.8% -21.0% 42 4,118 0.9% -12.5% 32 31
39 Citroen C4 III 837 0.8% -62.4% 20 5,423 1.1% -7.5% 21 19
40 DS 4 810 0.7% new 37 2,947 0.6% new 38 n/a
41 BMW X1 762 0.7% 1.3% 52 2,833 0.6% -17.5% 43 51
42 Nissan Juke 745 0.7% -10.1% 45 2,820 0.6% -32.4% 44 45
43 Skoda Fabia 727 0.7% 31.9% 38 2,507 0.5% 11.3% 51 82
44 DS 7 Crossback 720 0.7% -26.8% 50 2,541 0.5% -38.8% 49 35
45 Audi A3 701 0.6% -18.2% 49 2,535 0.5% -19.8% 50 53
46 Audi Q3 688 0.6% -32.5% 41 2,610 0.6% -20.1% 47 40
47 Kia Niro 678 0.6% -10.8% 44 2,730 0.6% -22.1% 46 46
48 VW Taigo 676 0.6% new 60 1,914 0.4% new 59 n/a
49 Mercedes GLA 652 0.6% -39.9% 43 2,563 0.5% -14.7% 48 58
50 BMW Série 1 632 0.6% -45.1% 77 2,195 0.5% -46.5% 54 42
51 Suzuki Swift 625 0.6% -28.1% 36 2,893 0.6% -33.1% 39 38
52 Audi Q2 619 0.6% 6.4% 54 1,858 0.4% -14.8% 61 62
53 Nissan Micra 578 0.5% 5.7% 57 2,094 0.4% -28.8% 57 64
54 BMW X3 561 0.5% 78.1% n/a 1,317 0.3% -10.9% 87 74
55 Hyundai i20 551 0.5% -5.5% n/a 1,823 0.4% -18.6% 62 72
56 Cupra Formentor 544 0.5% 173.4% 56 1,631 0.3% 133.0% 66 n/a
57 Opel Crossland 523 0.5% -47.3% 48 2,100 0.4% -36.3% 56 59
58 MG eHS (est) 485 0.4% 1632.1% 139 1,185 0.2% 495.5% 92 n/a
59 Mini Countryman 456 0.4% -55.2% 73 2,350 0.5% -23.9% 53 56
60 Citroen E-C4 448 0.4% 58.9% 64 1,534 0.3% 110.7% 76 n/a
61 Seat Ibiza 410 0.4% -67.8% 75 1,591 0.3% -57.2% 69 48
62 Kia Rio 408 0.4% -9.5% n/a 1,602 0.3% -10.8% 68 73
63 Kia EV6 403 0.4% new 69 1,566 0.3% new 73 n/a
64 Kia Picanto 391 0.4% -11.7% n/a 1,614 0.3% -30.5% 67 65
65 Mercedes GLC 386 0.4% -47.0% 67 1,377 0.3% -45.2% 82 83
66 VW Tiguan 376 0.3% -71.9% 47 2,978 0.6% -37.3% 37 34
67 Seat Arona 376 0.3% -44.4% 66 1,574 0.3% -35.7% 72 60
68 Skoda Karoq 369 0.3% -31.5% 65 1,441 0.3% -17.4% 78 88
69 Toyota RAV4 364 0.3% -49.7% 71 2,361 0.5% -24.6% 52 44
70 Skoda Kamiq 357 0.3% -35.6% 63 1,543 0.3% -28.5% 75 61
71 Ford Fiesta 351 0.3% -61.9% 55 1,656 0.3% -69.8% 65 49
72 Volvo XC40 322 0.3% -59.0% 59 1,879 0.4% -34.1% 60 54
73 Kia Xceed (est) 320 0.3% 15.1% 106 1,031 0.2% -3.7% 95 94
74 Audi A1 318 0.3% -67.2% 62 1,802 0.4% -44.2% 64 55
75 Fiat Panda 313 0.3% -18.3% n/a 1,424 0.3% -23.8% 79 84
76 Skoda Octavia  311 0.3% -55.7% n/a 1,324 0.3% -52.5% 84 68
77 Ford Focus 307 0.3% -22.7% 76 1,586 0.3% -17.4% 70 81
78 Volvo XC60 303 0.3% -42.7% 74 1,305 0.3% -23.0% 88 76
79 Opel Grandland 302 0.3% -26.3% 79 1,206 0.3% -46.0% 90 89
80 BMW Série 3 295 0.3% -51.4% 70 1,584 0.3% -16.6% 71 80

Source: PFA, AAA Data



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