Although October's registrations were down by 2.2% to 184,765, the total French market for the year to the end of October is fractionally up on last year - 1,806,085 sales compared with 1,778,357, an increase of just 1.6%. DaimlerChrysler was the big winner in October with sales up 33%, thanks no doubt to such in-demand new models as the Mercedes-Benz C-class and Chrysler's wacky PT Cruiser mini-MPV.

Other manufacturers mostly saw slight registration downturns compared with October 1999. Rover was the biggest loser with sales down 61.5% - from 2065 in October 1999 to just 794 a year later. This will surely worry the company's new British owners because France has historically been a strong market for the Rover brand, especially the diesel models.

For the year to the end of October, Citroen has made the strongest gains, boosting registrations by 12.5% to 221,861 cars. DaimlerChrysler is up 10% but Peugeot managed just 1.7%.

As usual in France, locally-produced cars dominate the sales charts with a share of almost 61% of registrations for the year to date. Registrations of foreign brands are down 3.4% overall with the Japanese slice of that cake virtually unchanged at just 0.1% up on 1999.

 

NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS

Maker
OCTOBER
Year to end October
....
1999
2000 (provisional)
Increase(%)
Marketshare (%)
1999
2000 (provisional)
Increase (%)
Marketshare (%)
Citroën
21 243
22 634
6,5
12,3
197 147
221 861
12,5
12,3
Peugeot
37 709
33 479
-11,2
18,1
321 155
326 755
1,7
18,1
Total PSA
58 952
56 113
-4,8
30,4
518 302
548 616
5,8
30,4
Total Renault
50 847
53 106
4,4
28,7
491 165
515 093
4,9
28,5
Total French makers
109 803
109 221
-0,5
59,1
1 009 513
1 063 758
5,4
58,9
Volkswagen Group
20 316
20 106
-1
10,9
204 202
201 113
-1,5
11,1
GM Europe
13 803
13 552
-1,8
7,3
120 425
120 148
-0,2
6,6
Ford Group
11 974
10 325
-13,8
5,6
137 148
109 148
-20,4
6
Fiat Group
10 518
9 177
-12,7
5
102 025
101 134
-0,9
5,6
BMW-Rover Group
2 540
2 721
7,1
1,5
25 296
26 709
5,6
1,5
DaimlerChrysler
4 199
5 587
33,1
3
44 151
48 570
10
2,7
Land Rover
631
520
-17,6
0,3
6 316
6 329
0,2
0,3
Rover
2 065
794
-61,5
0,4
14 518
12 428
-14,4
0,7
Japanese makers
10 433
9 926
-4,9
5,4
91 217
91 311
0,1
5,1
Other makers
1 962
2 263
15,3
1,2
17 970
19 541
8,7
1,1
Total foreign makers
79 032
75 544
-4,4
40,9
768 844
742 327
-3,4
41,1
Total
188 835
184 765
-2,2
100
1 778 357
1 806 085
1,6
100

 

NEW CARS AND LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES UNDER 5 TONNES

Marques
OCTOBER
Year to end October
,,,
1999
2000 (provisional)
Increase (%)
Market share (% )
1999
2000 (provisional)
Increase. (%)
Market share (% )
Citroën
27 825
29 225
5
13,3
253 135
285 554
12,8
13,3
Peugeot
43 800
39 746
-9,3
18,0
376 385
387 427
2,9
18,0
Total PSA
71 625
68 971
-3,7
31,3
629 520
672 981
6,9
31,3
Total Renault
61 330
65 525
6,8
29,7
597 451
632 441
5,9
29,4
Total foreign makers
132 962
134 502
1,2
61
1 227 061
1 305 505
6,4
60,7
Volkswagen Group
21 465
21 458
-
9,7
215 631
214 221
-0,7
10
GM Europe
14 397
14 385
-0,1
6,5
125 865
126 616
0,6
5,9
Ford Group
13 515
11 819
-12,5
5,4
153 683
124 801
-18,8
5,8
Fiat Group
12 938
12 560
-2,9
5,7
131 068
137 185
4,7
6,4
BMW-Rover
2 550
2 721
6,7
1,2
25 350
26 739
5,5
1,2
DaimlerChrysler
5 886
7 383
25,4
3,3
61 684
68 201
10,6
3,2
Land Rover
765
658
-14
0,3
7 739
7 893
2
0,4
Rover
2 073
799
-61,5
0,4
14 589
12 505
-14,3
0,6
Japanese makers
11 473
10 987
-4,2
5
100 097
101 043
0,9
4,7
Other makers
2 001
2 353
17,6
1,1
18 466
20 273
9,8
0,9
Total foreign makers
87 788
85 878
-2,2
39
861 023
846 891
-1,6
39,3
Total
220 750
220 380
-0,2
100
2 088 084
2 152 396
3,1
100