The figures to remember for May 2021
– 141,041 new passenger cars registered, i.e. -27.3% compared to 2019.
– Renault is the leading manufacturer, with 26,168 sales.
– The Clio leads the way, with 8,828 sales.
– Diesel is at its lowest, with only 22% of sales.
If the French rushed to the cinemas on the occasion of their reopening, they did not rush into the concessions. François Roudier, spokesperson for the CCFA, which publishes these sales figures, makes a clear observation: “Individual customers do not put the purchase of new vehicles in their priorities”. On the other hand, the market has revived on the side of short-term rental companies, with the approach of the upcoming holidays.
Last month, 141,041 new passenger cars were registered in France. Admittedly, it is 46% more than in May 2020. But this month had been marked by strict confinement during the first ten days. Compared to May 2019, before the crisis, the market fell 27.3%. Obviously, the comparison should also be qualified, since the full reopening of the points of sale did not take place until May 19. Before that, everything was done by appointment. The scores are therefore, once again, to be taken with a grain of salt.
In this always particular context, Renault is rediscovering colors. It is falling as much as the market, which does not prevent it from regaining the market lead, in front of a more penalized Peugeot (- 35%, compared to 2019). A decrease which is the least bad of the big brands of the Stellantis group. Citroën fell by 42%, Opel by 52% and Fiat by 54%! Jeep saves the honor, falling only 3.6%.
If the Stellantis group tumbles 40%, the Volkswagen group has had a good month. Overall, it is only down 3.5%! The parent company and Audi fell just over 5%, much less than the market. Skoda contributes to good form, with a decrease of only 2%. Among the brands that decline less than the market, there are still Toyota (- 13%) and Kia (- 17%). And some are even doing better than in 2019! Volvo is up 6%, while Hyundai is at + 8%. In contrast, it was a difficult month for Mercedes (- 36%) and Nissan (- 55%).
On the model side, the Clio confirms its regain of form. Already in the lead in April, after several months behind the 208, it is again ahead of the rival Lion, with a significant gap. This allows it to make up a good part of its delay on the 2021 total. The 208 is even ahead (very little) by the new Sandero. Peugeot takes its revenge on SUVs, with a 2008 stronger than the Captur. Note the presence in the Top 10 of the Volkswagen Polo.
Top 15 brands
|Rang||Mark||May 2021||Evolution*||Cumulative 2021||Evolution*|
|1||Renault||26.168||– 27,4 %||115.638||– 31,8 %|
|2||Peugeot||22.623||– 35,1 %||134.088||– 20,0 %|
|3||Citroën||12.304||– 41,8 %||71.867||– 31,1 %|
|4||Volkswagen||10.885||– 5,2 %||47.236||– 22,9 %|
|5||Dacia||9.387||– 27,8 %||48.087||– 21,3 %|
|6||Toyota||7.681||– 13,1 %||42.561||+ 2,6 %|
|7||Audi||4.996||– 5,4 %||21.025||– 8,4 %|
|8||BMW||4.018||– 27,8 %||20.758||– 9,0 %|
|9||Mercedes||3.949||– 36,3 %||21.523||– 20,3 %|
|10||Ford||3.787||– 42,1 %||22.514||– 35,3 %|
|11||Hyundai||3.622||+ 8,0 %||18.016||+ 10,7 %|
|12||Fiat||3.520||– 53,8 %||16.422||– 48,5 %|
|13||Opel||3.276||– 51,9 %||17.521||– 49,1%|
|14||That||3.197||– 16,8 %||17.636||– 7,9 %|
|15||Skoda||3.098||– 1,9 %||14.587||+ 2,9 %|
* compared to 2019
Top 15 models
Statistics source: CCFA