May 21, 2022

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

The Renault Clio V is the best-selling vehicle in France in April.

New car sales in France are up 568.8% year-on-year in April to 140.426 units, reflecting the strict national lockdown in place in April 2020 and lifting the year-to-date tally up 51% to 582.217 registrations. A more adequate comparison set is with April 2019 at 188.195 sales, showing a -25.4% decline and demonstrating that the French market is still far off returning to its pre-pandemic level. According to AAA Data, the share of leasing (locally split between LOA – leasing with purchase option and LLD – long term leasing) climbs to a whopping 47% vs 37% in April 2019. Petrol remains the most popular fuel at 61.231 sales and 43.6% share ahead of diesel at 33.091 and 23.6% share and hybrids at 33.002 and 23.5% share. Cars account for 47% of the French market in April thanks to 66.018 sales, followed closely by SUVs at 62.453 and 44.5%.

The Peugeot 5008 is up to a record #11 at home.

All evolutions are compared with April 2019. Over in the brands ranking, Peugeot (-23.4%) betters the market slightly to secure an 8th win in the past 9 months and cements its YTD domination over Renault (-30.7%). So far this year, Peugeot holds 19.1% of its home market vs. 15.4% for Renault. Keep in mind if these positions remain unchanged until the end of the year it would be the first time Peugeot becomes the most popular carmaker in France. Citroen (-35.4%) and Dacia (-35.8%) are struggling in April, Volkswagen (-24.3%) matches the market while Toyota (-0.6%) is stable in a depleted context and snaps the 5th spot off Dacia for the month. Premium Germans Mercedes (-11.2%), Audi (-11.1%) and BMW (-11.1%) all evolve identically and Hyundai (+19.8%) scores the best performance in the Top 20, cracking the Top 10 brands at #10. Other gainers further down include Mini (+11.9%), Volvo (+6.5%) and Skoda (+2.9%).

The VW T-Cross also breaks its ranking record at #16.

Model-wise, the Renault Clio V reclaims the top spot for the first time this year, distancing its archenemy the Peugeot 208 II by 429 sales. That’s not enough to displace the 208 II from its YTD pedestal. The Peugeot 2008 II remains in third place both for the month and year-to-date while the Peugeot 3008 (-2.2%) is lifted two spots on March by its facelift to #4 overall, knocking the Citroen C3 (-23.9%) down to #5. The Dacia Sandero III climbs up two ranks on last month also, ending April at #6 above the Renault Captur II and Twingo (-4%). The Toyota Yaris (-20.4%) is once again the best-selling foreign model in France at #10, distancing the Fiat 500 (-1.4%) at #15 and the VW T-Cross (+77.2%) at a record #16 (previous best: #19 in November 2020). Notice also the Peugeot 5008 up 19.5% to #11, also a new record eclipsing its previous best of #12 hit in July 2018, and adding 3008 and 5008 volumes results in the best-selling vehicle for the month. The Toyota Corolla (+150.6%), Hyundai Tucson (+93.2%), Seat Ibiza (+55.4%) and Hyundai Kona (+48.1%) also impress further down.

Previous month: France March 2021: Peugeot scores 7th win in past 8 months, Tesla Model 3 signs first Top 10, market down -19.1% on two years ago

One year ago: France April 2020: Covid-19 pulls sales down -88.8% to lowest April volume in 70 years

Full April 2021 Top 20 brands and Top 80 models below.

France April 2021 – brands:

Pos Brand Apr-21 % /20 /19 Mar 2021 % /20 Pos FY20
1 Peugeot 26,142 18.6% 399.2% -23.4% 1 111,465 19.1% 17.0% 1 2
2 Renault 21,837 15.6% 269.4% -30.7% 2 89,471 15.4% 0.6% 2 1
3 Citroen 14,129 10.1% 302.2% -35.4% 3 59,563 10.2% 14.3% 3 3
4 Volkswagen 9,596 6.8% 1777.9% -24.3% 4 36,351 6.2% 36.1% 5 4
5 Toyota 8,171 5.8% 2882.1% -0.6% 6 34,880 6.0% 22.0% 6 6
6 Dacia 8,025 5.7% 554.0% -35.8% 5 38,700 6.6% 85.0% 4 5
7 Mercedes 4,888 3.5% 4739.6% -11.2% 7 17,574 3.0% 41.0% 8 8
8 Audi 4,485 3.2% 2350.8% -11.1% 9 16,028 2.8% 27.5% 10 10
9 BMW 4,476 3.2% 1521.7% -11.1% 10 16,740 2.9% 20.0% 9 9
10 Hyundai 3,973 2.8% 3415.9% 19.8% 15 14,394 2.5% 25.6% 12 14
11 Opel 3,865 2.8% 322.9% -41.6% 13 14,245 2.4% -8.2% 13 11
12 Ford 3,632 2.6% 556.8% -43.0% 8 18,727 3.2% 40.8% 7 7
13 Kia 3,630 2.6% 2288.2% -13.4% 14 14,439 2.5% 25.9% 11 13
14 Fiat 3,470 2.5% 872.0% -46.4% 12 12,902 2.2% 10.4% 14 12
15 Skoda 3,093 2.2% 1062.8% 2.9% 17 11,490 2.0% 43.7% 15 16
16 Seat 2,801 2.0% 2469.7% -14.1% 18 10,541 1.8% 32.8% 17 17
17 Mini 2,654 1.9% 1461.2% 11.9% 19 9,053 1.6% 47.8% 18 19
18 Nissan 1,967 1.4% 2670.4% -40.7% 16 11,124 1.9% 3.4% 16 15
19 DS 1,850 1.3% 326.3% -5.0% 21 7,636 1.3% -20.8% 20 18
20 Suzuki 1,767 1.3% 2003.6% -33.6% 20 8,360 1.4% 98.6% 19 20
21 Volvo 1,626 1.2% 2190.1% 6.5% 22 5,706 1.0% 31.4% 22 21

France April 2021 – models:

Pos Model Apr-21 % /20 /19 Mar 2021 % /20 Pos FY20
1 Renault Clio V 7,801 5.6% 223.0% 1414.8% 2 29,037 5.0% 55.7% 2 2
2 Peugeot 208 II 7,372 5.2% 296.6% new 1 33,370 5.7% 36.4% 1 1
3 Peugeot 2008 II 6,545 4.7% 466.7% new 3 27,269 4.7% 125.5% 3 3
4 Peugeot 3008 6,274 4.5% 684.3% -2.2% 6 20,446 3.5% 58.1% 6 7
5 Citroen C3 5,470 3.9% 358.9% -23.9% 4 24,464 4.2% 76.3% 4 4
6 Dacia Sandero III 4,686 3.3% new new 8 22,848 3.9% new 5 265
7 Renault Captur II 4,008 2.9% 531.2% new 5 18,679 3.2% 85.2% 7 5
8 Renault Twingo 2,900 2.1% 313.1% -4.0% 7 13,382 2.3% 46.5% 9 8
9 Renault Mégane 2,781 2.0% 330.5% -17.9% 10 11,773 2.0% 59.5% 10 14
10 Toyota Yaris 2,715 1.9% 2819.4% -20.4% 11 13,483 2.3% 64.6% 8 11
11 Peugeot 5008 2,556 1.8% 688.9% 19.5% 18 8,930 1.5% 36.4% 14 18
12 Dacia Duster 2,320 1.7% 478.6% -35.4% 12 10,124 1.7% 83.4% 11 12
13 Citroen C3 Aircross 2,318 1.7% 223.3% -43.9% 14 9,739 1.7% 9.9% 13 13
14 Citroen C4 2,227 1.6% new 55575.0% 23 5,860 1.0% new 23 160
15 Fiat 500 2,107 1.5% 820.1% -1.4% 16 7,884 1.4% 99.3% 17 20
16 VW T-Cross 2,022 1.4% 2632.4% 77.2% 37 5,342 0.9% 114.7% 28 35
17 Citroen C5 Aircross 1,933 1.4% 298.6% -46.5% 15 8,776 1.5% 26.7% 15 15
18 VW T-Roc 1,877 1.3% 1638.0% 1.3% 20 6,986 1.2% 103.9% 18 27
19 Mini Hatch 1,862 1.3% 1577.5% 47.4% 21 5,734 1.0% 115.7% 24 34
20 Toyota Corolla 1,794 1.3% 4883.3% 150.6% 27 6,281 1.1% 49.9% 20 26
21 VW Polo 1,645 1.2% 1512.7% -48.0% 17 8,381 1.4% 78.5% 16 17
22 Opel Corsa 1,620 1.2% 262.4% -27.6% 24 6,260 1.1% 1.5% 21 16
23 Toyota C-HR 1,438 1.0% 2959.6% -4.6% 38 5,596 1.0% 43.5% 25 29
24 Hyundai Tucson 1,430 1.0% 5400.0% 93.2% 26 5,544 1.0% 190.7% 26 64
25 Seat Ibiza 1,276 0.9% 6615.8% 55.4% 46 3,716 0.6% 224.3% 43 63
26 Renault Zoe 1,265 0.9% 292.9% -13.7% 30 4,871 0.8% -53.5% 32 9
27 Ford Puma 1,260 0.9% 757.1% new 19 6,577 1.1% 187.2% 19 25
28 Mercedes Classe A 1,247 0.9% 4056.7% -21.7% 25 4,913 0.8% 67.3% 30 28
29 Renault Scénic 1,236 0.9% 313.4% -60.1% 33 4,020 0.7% -10.7% 41 21
30 Hyundai Kona 1,194 0.9% 2111.1% 48.1% 56 3,915 0.7% 28.2% 42 31
31 Toyota Aygo 1,184 0.8% 2092.6% -10.2% 43 5,035 0.9% 75.9% 29 33
32 VW Tiguan 1,175 0.8% 939.8% -43.9% 31 4,127 0.7% 8.4% 38 30
33 BMW Série 1 1,151 0.8% 1756.5% 56.2% 41 4,105 0.7% 84.7% 39 47
34 Renault Kadjar 1,138 0.8% 159.2% -49.2% 32 4,875 0.8% 4.5% 31 19
35 Mercedes GLA 1,084 0.8% n/a 110.1% 45 3,005 0.5% 1004.8% 54 58
36 VW Golf 1,059 0.8% 1861.1% -45.2% 28 4,596 0.8% 73.9% 34 22
37 Audi Q3 1,013 0.7% 2497.4% -9.4% 48 3,237 0.6% 52.8% 48 49
38 Opel Crossland 994 0.7% 347.7% -36.8% 44 3,299 0.6% 13.6% 47 46
39 DS 7 Crossback 982 0.7% 307.5% -22.2% 40 4,153 0.7% 0.7% 37 38
40 Peugeot 308 937 0.7% 113.9% -82.0% 13 9,889 1.7% 0.1% 12 10
41 Ford Fiesta 922 0.7% 361.0% -55.0% 22 5,485 0.9% 34.9% 27 23
42 Suzuki Swift 869 0.6% 2128.2% -30.6% 39 4,322 0.7% 137.1% 35 42
43 DS 3 Crossback 856 0.6% 343.5% 278.8% 42 3,401 0.6% -5.9% 46 43
44 Peugeot 508 837 0.6% 510.9% -7.0% 52 3,163 0.5% -8.7% 49 44
45 Audi A3 831 0.6% 3362.5% 15.7% 49 3,033 0.5% 141.7% 53 56
46 Nissan Juke 828 0.6% 2660.0% 122.0% 35 4,171 0.7% 123.3% 36 52
47 Audi A1 815 0.6% 2044.7% -14.6% 51 2,793 0.5% 52.1% 58 61
48 Volvo XC40 787 0.6% 3321.7% 18.3% 60 2,852 0.5% 94.3% 56 51
49 Kia Niro 760 0.5% 3354.5% 26.7% 55 3,503 0.6% 90.7% 44 53
50 BMW X1 754 0.5% 1060.0% -37.6% 34 3,435 0.6% 71.2% 45 41
51 Peugeot 108 742 0.5% 107.3% -62.7% 29 4,670 0.8% 9.7% 33 24
52 Toyota RAV4 723 0.5% 2026.5% 18.1% 47 3,132 0.5% 82.2% 50 55
53 Ford Kuga 696 0.5% 8600.0% 59.6% 54 3,097 0.5% 1217.9% 52 75
54 Skoda Octavia  690 0.5% 363.1% 18.8% 62 2,709 0.5% 121.1% 59 67
55 Kia Stonic 689 0.5% 2550.0% -6.6% 95 2,006 0.3% 47.2% 74 77
56 Seat Arona 675 0.5% 1775.0% -32.4% 63 2,447 0.4% 15.4% 65 60
57 Mercedes GLC 673 0.5% 2303.6% -12.5% 53 2,457 0.4% 97.8% 64 59
58 Fiat 500X 656 0.5% 1212.0% -61.1% 74 2,044 0.4% 35.3% 72 62
59 Citroen C1 642 0.5% 122.9% -65.6% 36 4,021 0.7% 26.4% 40 36
60 Citroen C4 Spacetourer 609 0.4% 260.4% -62.4% 66 2,465 0.4% -28.6% 62 40
61 BMW Série 3 599 0.4% 2752.4% 21.5% 90 1,878 0.3% 90.9% 78 93
62 Mini Countryman 583 0.4% 1357.5% -11.1% 65 2,631 0.5% 136.4% 60 74
63 Hyundai i20 583 0.4% 3786.7% -22.0% 69 2,239 0.4% 51.0% 68 66
64 Audi Q2 578 0.4% 1893.1% -22.1% 57 2,177 0.4% 54.0% 70 68
65 Skoda Kamiq 554 0.4% 2670.0% new 72 2,157 0.4% 86.6% 71 73
66 Skoda Fabia 552 0.4% 2200.0% -49.9% 68 2,254 0.4% 126.3% 67 76
67 Nissan Micra 547 0.4% 3546.7% -44.4% 50 2,941 0.5% 36.2% 55 57
68 Skoda Karoq 539 0.4% 1973.1% 19.0% 85 1,744 0.3% 83.2% 82 83
69 Peugeot Rifter 534 0.4% 593.5% -51.1% 61 2,486 0.4% 14.7% 61 54
70 Volvo XC60 528 0.4% 2012.0% 40.1% 84 1,694 0.3% 80.0% 83 86
71 Dacia Lodgy 512 0.4% 725.8% 10.3% 89 1,503 0.3% 182.5% 87 92
72 Kia Sportage 478 0.3% 1548.3% -45.2% 70 2,027 0.3% 40.3% 73 71
73 Seat Ateca 478 0.3% 1157.9% -33.7% 80 1,906 0.3% 14.0% 76 70
74 Kia Rio 450 0.3% 1856.5% 33.9% 76 1,795 0.3% 73.8% 81 78
75 BMW X2 449 0.3% 1260.6% -6.3% 78 1,653 0.3% 87.2% 84 94
76 Citroen Berlingo 445 0.3% 92.6% -44.4% 59 2,463 0.4% 3.2% 63 50
77 Kia Picanto 443 0.3% 2115.0% -52.4% 64 2,322 0.4% 71.5% 66 72
78 Opel Grandland 410 0.3% 283.2% -54.9% 79 2,232 0.4% 20.1% 69 69
79 Jeep Compass 408 0.3% 1940.0% 110.3% 58 1,444 0.2% 725.1% 89 124
80 Suzuki Vitara 403 0.3% 2586.7% -16.2% 73 1,578 0.3% 282.1% 85 118

Source: CCFA

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