June 15, 2021

France May 2021: Renault Clio V and Dacia Sandero III lead market up 46.5% on 2020 but down -27.3% on 2019

The Renault Clio V and Dacia Sandero III are the best-selling vehicles in France in May. Picture largus.fr

The French new car market is up 46.4% year-on-year in May to 141.041 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 50.1% to 723.258. However when comparing with two years ago pre-pandemic levels, May 2021 volumes remain significantly down at -27.3% on May 2019 (193.948) while year-to-date sales are down -22.7% on the same period in 2019 (935.478). According to AAA Data, private consumers are still hesitant to enter the new car market with private sales low this month at just 40% share. In contrast, company sales gain share at 15% vs. 14% in May 2020 and 12% in May 2019, as do short-term rental sales up to 17% vs. 8% in May 2020 and 19% in 2019. Demo sales are stable at 13%, the same share as in May 2020. Hybrid vehicles incl. PHEV account for a whopping 26% share thanks to 36.221 units, to be compared with 12% in May 2020 and 5% in May 2019. They are now above diesel sales down to a lowest-ever 22% share for the month (30.818 units). BEV sales remain at 8% share with 11.562 sales.

All evolutions are vs. May 2019. For the first time this year, Renault (-27.3%) reclaims the top spot in the brands ranking at 18.6% share while matching the market. It takes advantage of Peugeot skidding -35.1% to 16% share, however Peugeot easily remains the #1 carmaker year-to-date at 18.5% share vs. 16% for Renault and a difference of 18.450 sales. Citroen (-41.8%) is in dire straits, falling to just 8.7% share vs. 9.9% so far this year. Volkswagen (-5.2%) resists best in the Top 10 and threepeats at #4 with a strong 7.7% share vs. 6.5% so far this year. It however remains #5 year-to-date below Dacia (-27.9%). Toyota (-13.1%) halves the market drop and falls back to the 6th place it holds YTD. Audi (-5.4%) is the only additional Top 10 brand managing a single-digit loss just as competitors BMW (-27.8%) and Mercedes (-36.3%) struggle. Ford (-42.1%) endures the steepest fall in the Top 10. Below, Tesla (+411.1%), Mini (+19.1%), Hyundai (+8%), Volvo (+6%) and Honda (+4.7%) are the only mainstream carmakers sporting a gain vs. two years ago while Skoda (-1.9%), Seat (-3.8%) and Jeep (-3.6%) contain their loss. Newcomer MG is up 8 spots on April to a record #25 while Cupra remains at #29 and Aiways at #37.

Over in the models ranking, the Renault Clio V (+140.7%) repeats at #1 and sells 2.500 units more than any other nameplate this month. This however is not enough to surpass its archenemy the Peugeot 208 II in the year-to-date charts, as the latter still leads by 1.790 units at end-May even though it only ranked #3 this month. The Dacia Sandero III leaps up four spots on April to land in 2nd place overall for the month, and is up to #4 year-to-date, discarding the Citroen C3 (-32.1%) in difficulty this month at #7 overall. The Peugeot 2008 II dips one spot to #4 ahead of the Renault Captur II up two to #5 and the Peugeot 3008 (-33.7%) down two to #6. The Renault Zoe (+93.6%) marks a spectacular return in the Top 10, up 17 spots on last month to #9. The VW Polo (-1.1%) is up ten to #10, its first Top 10 finish since December 2019 and snapping the #1 foreigner title off the Toyota Yaris (-32.7%) down one rank to #11. The VW Golf (+7.3%) is back up 19 spots to #17 while the Tesla Model 3 (+557.65) is up 101 to #17.

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

One year ago: France May 2020: Market drops -50.2% as lockdown is lifted, worst May in 52 years

Full May 2021 Top 50 All-brands, Top 50 models and Top 10 EVs below.

France May 2021 – brands:

Pos Brand May-21 % /20 /19 Apr 2021 % /20 Pos FY20
1 Renault 26,168 18.6% 45.0% -27.3% 2 115,638 16.0% 26.9% 2 1
2 Peugeot 22,623 16.0% 48.7% -35.1% 1 134,088 18.5% 43.6% 1 2
3 Citroen 12,304 8.7% 28.6% -41.8% 3 71,867 9.9% 36.0% 3 3
4 Volkswagen 10,885 7.7% 74.5% -5.2% 4 47,236 6.5% 78.9% 5 4
5 Dacia 9,387 6.7% 47.8% -27.9% 6 48,087 6.6% 99.1% 4 5
6 Toyota 7,681 5.4% 26.9% -13.1% 5 42,561 5.9% 50.8% 6 6
7 Audi 4,996 3.5% 69.2% -5.4% 8 21,024 2.9% 72.5% 9 10
8 BMW 4,018 2.8% 49.5% -27.8% 9 20,758 2.9% 57.5% 10 9
9 Mercedes 3,949 2.8% 28.3% -36.3% 7 21,523 3.0% 76.8% 8 8
10 Ford 3,787 2.7% 10.4% -42.1% 12 22,514 3.1% 53.1% 7 7
11 Hyundai 3,622 2.6% 55.1% 8.0% 10 18,016 2.5% 67.7% 11 14
12 Fiat 3,520 2.5% 56.7% -53.8% 14 16,422 2.3% 47.3% 14 12
13 Opel 3,276 2.3% 26.2% -51.9% 11 17,521 2.4% 18.2% 13 11
14 Kia 3,197 2.3% 27.7% -16.8% 13 17,636 2.4% 56.9% 12 13
15 Skoda 3,098 2.2% 55.9% -1.9% 15 14,588 2.0% 80.2% 15 16
16 Seat 2,908 2.1% 68.4% -3.8% 16 13,448 1.9% 75.5% 16 17
17 Tesla 2,111 1.5% 684.8% 411.1% 30 8,110 1.1% 147.1% 21 23
18 Mini 2,096 1.5% 8.5% 19.1% 17 11,149 1.5% 73.4% 18 19
19 DS 1,671 1.2% 42.1% -24.8% 19 9,307 1.3% 4.4% 20 18
20 Suzuki 1,577 1.1% 158.1% -26.1% 20 9,937 1.4% 147.5% 19 20
21 Volvo 1,541 1.1% 46.5% 6.0% 21 7,247 1.0% 71.4% 22 21
22 Nissan 1,408 1.0% -13.8% -54.7% 18 12,532 1.7% 18.7% 17 15
23 Jeep 834 0.6% 206.6% -3.6% 23 3,801 0.5% 223.5% 24 24
24 Mazda 795 0.6% 29.3% -8.9% 22 4,145 0.6% 66.9% 23 22
25 MG 660 0.5% 65900.0% new 33 1,115 0.2% 12288.9% 30 34
26 Honda 580 0.4% 130.2% 4.7% 26 2,305 0.3% 57.7% 26 26
27 Land Rover 496 0.4% 85.1% -20.1% 24 2,606 0.4% 71.7% 25 27
28 Lexus 391 0.3% 43.2% -31.8% 25 1,961 0.3% 20.4% 27 25
29 Cupra 353 0.3% new new 29 1,249 0.2% new 29 36
30 Porsche 338 0.2% -4.2% -22.3% 28 1,386 0.2% 0.8% 28 29
31 Jaguar 220 0.2% 201.4% -28.6% 27 812 0.1% 57.7% 31 32
32 Alfa Romeo 159 0.1% 27.2% -45.0% 35 529 0.1% 5.0% 34 30
33 Smart 118 0.1% 57.3% -81.7% 31 666 0.1% 101.8% 32 31
34 Mitsubishi 79 0.1% -62.4% -84.1% 32 610 0.1% -43.4% 33 28
35 Alpine 68 0.0% -12.8% -77.3% 34 362 0.1% 143.0% 35 33
36 Ferrari 25 0.0% 127.3% -13.8% 36 119 0.0% 221.6% 36 35
37 Aiways 19 0.0% new new 37 85 0.0% new 37 41
38 Lotus 12 0.0% 140.0% -20.0% 44 29 0.0% 141.7% 42 40
39 Caterham 10 0.0% n/a 0.0% 40 53 0.0% 5200.0% 38 42
40 Aston Martin 8 0.0% 60.0% 166.7% 47 15 0.0% 114.3% 45 45
41 Maserati 6 0.0% n/a -73.9% 41 30 0.0% 275.0% 41 38
42 Secma 5 0.0% n/a 0.0% 39 28 0.0% 40.0% 43 46
43 Morgan 5 0.0% n/a -44.4% 45 16 0.0% 1500.0% 44 47
44 SsangYong 4 0.0% 100.0% -33.3% 42 53 0.0% 430.0% 39 37
45 Lamborghini 4 0.0% -20.0% -66.7% 38 40 0.0% 166.7% 40 43
46 DFSK 4 0.0% new new  – 5 0.0% new 49  –
47 Bentley 3 0.0% n/a -62.5% 46 15 0.0% -25.0% 46 44
48 McLaren 3 0.0% n/a 200.0%  – 5 0.0% 150.0% 48 50
49 Subaru 2 0.0% -33.3% -95.2% 43 12 0.0% -66.7% 47 39
50 Rolls-Royce 0 0.0% n/a n/a 48 3 0.0% -57.1% 50 49
51 MPM Motors 0 0.0% n/a -100.0%  – 3 0.0% 0.0% 51 48
52 Cadillac 0 0.0% n/a -100.0%  – 3 0.0% n/a 52 53
53 Lancia 0 0.0% n/a n/a 49 1 0.0% n/a 53  –
 – Others 17 0.0% n/a -67.9%  – 17 0.0% n/a  –  –

France May 2021 – models:

Pos Model May-21 % /20 /19 Apr 2021 % /20 Pos FY20
1 Renault Clio V 8,828 6.3% 56.8% 140.7% 1 37,865 5.2% 55.9% 2 2
2 Dacia Sandero III 6,296 4.5% new new 6 29,144 4.0% new 4 265
3 Peugeot 208 II 6,285 4.5% 33.5% new 2 39,655 5.5% 35.9% 1 1
4 Peugeot 2008 II 6,244 4.4% 100.5% new 3 33,513 4.6% 120.4% 3 3
5 Renault Captur II 4,999 3.5% 74.8% new 7 23,678 3.3% 82.9% 7 5
6 Peugeot 3008 4,749 3.4% 92.0% -33.7% 4 25,199 3.5% 63.5% 6 7
7 Citroen C3 4,566 3.2% 29.1% -32.1% 5 29,030 4.0% 66.7% 5 4
8 Renault Mégane 2,999 2.1% 103.2% -37.7% 9 14,772 2.0% 66.8% 10 14
9 Renault Zoe 2,577 1.8% 121.2% 93.6% 26 7,448 1.0% -36.0% 24 9
10 VW Polo 2,529 1.8% 68.4% -1.1% 20 10,910 1.5% 76.1% 14 17
11 Toyota Yaris 2,502 1.8% 23.9% -32.7% 10 15,987 2.2% 56.5% 8 11
12 Renault Twingo 2,360 1.7% -9.0% -48.6% 8 15,742 2.2% 34.3% 9 8
13 Dacia Duster 2,294 1.6% 19.0% -49.0% 12 12,418 1.7% 66.8% 11 12
14 Fiat 500 2,201 1.6% 125.3% -39.8% 15 10,085 1.4% 104.5% 17 20
15 Citroen C3 Aircross 2,167 1.5% 10.4% -47.0% 13 11,907 1.6% 10.0% 12 13
16 VW Golf 2,127 1.5% 253.9% 7.3% 36 6,723 0.9% 107.2% 29 22
17 Tesla Model 3 2,111 1.5% 863.9% 557.6% 118 8,083 1.1% 174.7% 20 65
18 Peugeot 5008 1,799 1.3% 82.1% -24.1% 11 10,726 1.5% 42.4% 15 18
19 Citroen C4 III 1,747 1.2% new new 14 7,607 1.1% new 23 160
20 Hyundai Tucson 1,705 1.2% 292.9% 95.1% 22 7,249 1.0% 209.7% 25 64
21 VW T-Roc 1,695 1.2% 36.3% -5.3% 18 8,681 1.2% 85.9% 18 27
22 Ford Puma 1,611 1.1% 82.9% new 27 8,188 1.1% 158.2% 19 25
23 Citroen C5 Aircross 1,596 1.1% 22.7% -54.9% 17 10,373 1.4% 26.1% 16 15
24 Opel Corsa 1,511 1.1% 24.3% -24.3% 21 7,771 1.1% 5.2% 21 16
25 Renault Scénic 1,444 1.0% 36.7% -68.6% 29 5,464 0.8% -1.7% 36 21
26 Toyota C-HR 1,427 1.0% 25.7% -4.2% 23 7,024 1.0% 39.5% 27 29
27 Toyota Corolla 1,414 1.0% 35.6% 122.7% 19 7,695 1.1% 47.0% 22 26
28 VW T-Cross 1,404 1.0% 57.0% 93.7% 16 6,746 0.9% 99.5% 28 35
29 Mini Hatch 1,392 1.0% 6.2% 56.8% 31 7,126 1.0% 79.5% 26 34
30 VW Tiguan 1,365 1.0% 7.8% -34.9% 24 5,492 0.8% 8.3% 35 30
31 Toyota Aygo 1,327 0.9% 41.9% 5.9% 32 6,362 0.9% 67.6% 30 33
32 Peugeot 308 1,286 0.9% -21.0% -74.9% 37 11,175 1.5% -2.9% 13 10
33 Audi Q3 1,230 0.9% 76.5% -14.3% 38 4,467 0.6% 58.6% 44 49
34 Seat Ibiza 1,116 0.8% 171.5% 78.8% 25 4,831 0.7% 210.3% 42 63
35 Mercedes Classe A 1,070 0.8% 17.6% -42.6% 28 5,983 0.8% 55.6% 32 28
36 Peugeot 108 1,013 0.7% 4.6% -43.8% 52 5,682 0.8% 8.7% 34 24
37 Renault Kadjar 987 0.7% -9.6% -58.9% 34 5,862 0.8% 1.8% 33 19
38 Volvo XC40 979 0.7% 128.7% 34.1% 49 3,830 0.5% 102.0% 52 51
39 Audi A1 972 0.7% 59.1% 15.4% 42 3,765 0.5% 53.9% 53 61
40 Hyundai Kona 914 0.6% -16.7% -10.2% 30 4,829 0.7% 16.3% 43 31
41 Audi A3 913 0.6% 82.6% 30.6% 45 3,946 0.5% 124.8% 49 56
42 BMW Série 1 884 0.6% 21.9% 54.3% 33 4,989 0.7% 69.2% 39 47
43 DS 7 Crossback 853 0.6% 17.2% -17.8% 41 5,008 0.7% 3.2% 38 38
44 Citroen C1 844 0.6% 16.4% -44.5% 60 4,865 0.7% 24.6% 40 36
45 Toyota RAV4 790 0.6% 38.6% -36.3% 54 3,922 0.5% 71.3% 50 55
46 Ford Fiesta 780 0.6% -29.7% -64.3% 43 6,265 0.9% 20.9% 31 23
47 Opel Crossland 779 0.6% 17.1% -30.6% 40 4,077 0.6% 14.2% 48 46
48 Suzuki Swift 771 0.5% 219.9% -18.9% 44 5,093 0.7% 146.8% 37 42
49 DS 3 Crossback 760 0.5% 69.6% -0.3% 46 4,161 0.6% 2.4% 45 43
50 Peugeot 508 702 0.5% 27.9% -56.1% 47 3,866 0.5% -3.7% 51 44

France May 2021 – EV models:

Pos Model May-21
1 Renault Zoe 2,577
2 Tesla Model 3 2,111
3 Peugeot e-208 1,199
4 Fiat 500e 845
5 Renault Twingo ZE 490
6 Kia e-Niro 434
7 Hyundai Kona EV 414
8 Peugeot e-2008 405
9 Mini Cooper SE 395
10 VW ID.3 365

Source: CCFA, AAA Data

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