FRANCE: Renault worldwide sales down 4.8% in April
Renault has announced it sold 208,578 vehicles worldwide in April 2007 under the Renault,
Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors brands. This figure is down 4.8% on April 2006.
Worldwide sales for Renault dropped 4.7%, those of Dacia increased 9.6%, and those of Renault
Samsung Motors slipped 4.5%.
Sales in Europe fell 9.7% to 141,100 units in March, giving the group a market share of 9.5%. Renault attributed a decline in sales in the first four months to the pending launch of new models. The new Twingo, was unveiled in early March and goes on sale from 15 June in France, Slovenia and Italy. Renault described the new Twingo as the first vehicle in its strategy to win back customers.
Renault continues to enjoy a strong lead in the LCV segment, holding 15.1% of the market in April and 14.8% for the first fourth months.
Dacia sales leapt 60% year-on-year in Europe on the success of the new Logan MCV wagon version alongside the sedan.
Renault sales in the Europe and the Mediterranean (Euromed) region continued to increase, up 6.6%. In Russia Renault sales were up 77.7%, compared to an 23.9% growth in the overall market. Renault topped the 10,000 units-a-month mark for the first time in Russia. Sales continued to advance in Algeria, up 80.3% in April.
Renault sales increased by 24.7% in the Americas. Sales rose sharply in Brazil (+41.9%), Venezuela (+105.6%) and Colombia (+41.7%). The product offensive announced in April gets started this month with the launch of Logan and Grand Scénic II in Argentina, followed by Mégane II Coupé-cabriolet in June. Logan is due out in Brazil in July.
Renault Samsung Motors sales were stable in Asia-Africa at the end of April (-0.3%), ahead of the SM5 restyle.
Logan was launched successfully in Iran in March. India started producing and selling Logan in April, with the first deliveries scheduled for May.