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Car market in France: light and shadow for German car manufacturers

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Car market France
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D he Volkswagen Group registered 3.9 percent fewer registrations than in 2009, with the Seat brand weakening in particular (minus 20.1 percent). The VW brand got away with a minus of 2.6 percent, the registration numbers at Audi rose by 3.7 percent, as the industry association CCFA announced on Monday in Paris.

French car market overall in the red

Overall, the French car market fell by 2.2 percent in 2010 to 2.25 million newly registered cars. It was only slightly below the level in the record year 2009. Thanks to the scrapping bonus, there was an increase in the number of registrations of more than ten percent. The program expired at the beginning of 2011.

The largest French manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën lost two percentage points of market share in 2010 and stood at 32.4 percent at the end of the year. The Renault group with the brands Renault and Dacia came as number two with a market share of 26.8 percent. As the largest foreign manufacturer, the Volkswagen Group was down slightly by eleven percent.

Toyota and Lexus big losers

The big losers in 2010 in France were Toyota and Lexus, their registration figures collapsed by 25.8 percent. Nissan on the other hand was able to post an increase of 18 percent, Opel managed an increase of 6.3 percent and increased its market share from 3.9 to 4.2 percent.


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