It registered in France 141,041 private vehicles last month, reported the CCFA. May had 19 working days in 2021, compared to 18 in 2020.
Over the first five months of the year, the market thus posted an increase of 50.06% compared to the period January-May 2020.
Despite this sharp increase, the CCFA maintained its forecast of around 10% growth in the French automotive market in 2021 due to the negative base effect expected between June and November, a period of sales rebound last year after the first containment to stem the coronavirus epidemic.
“The second half will be really essential, it must remain supported and above all, we must not have a fourth wave,” said a spokesperson.
New car registrations by the Stellantis group, which includes the Peugeot, Citroën, DS and Opel brands, increased last month by 42.30% compared to a year earlier.
The Renault group (Renault, Dacia and Alpine brands) saw its registrations in France increase by 45.57% year-on-year in May.
Reflecting the changes underway to achieve European CO2 targets, electric and hybrid cars continued to climb, reaching a total of 30.7% market share over five months (23.6% for hybrids, a doubling, and 7.1% for pure electric models).
Facing them, diesel cars saw their market share drop to a record low of 22%, from 24% in April and 29% in May 2020, while conventional gasoline engines saw theirs drop to 43.2. %, compared to 50% a year earlier.
(Jean Terzian and Gilles Guillaume, edited by Blandine Hénault)