No improvement for the French automotive market in 2021. According to provisional registration data from NGC Data
published this Friday by L’Argus, only 1.66 million units were sold this year, a volume close to its historically low level of 2020 (+ 0.5% compared to 2020), due in particular to the health crisis and the shortage of electronic chips .
“The comparison with the 2019 financial year is scary,” notes L’Argus, highlighting a 25% drop in sales, or 554,000 cars. Manufacturers are not equal in the face of the crisis: Peugeot is for the first time N ° 1 in sales ahead of Renault, with a market share of 17.2%, and despite a drop in sales of 6.1%. The Stellantis group brand is driven by the success of its compact 208, number 1 in sales in 2021, and its 2008 and 3008 SUVs.
Renault sales decline 14.7%
Renault saw its sales fall by 14.7% over one year and its market share fall to 16.2%, or nearly 140,000 vehicles less than in 2019. Excluding sales to professionals, it is however the economic brand of the Renault group, Dacia, which ranks No. 1 in sales with its Sandero.
Ford, Nissan and Opel also lost market share this year. On the contrary, Hyundai-Kia, Toyota and Tesla have had an excellent year thanks to their electric and hybrid offerings.
Record level for electric vehicles
On the French market, electrics reach an unprecedented 9.8% market share with nearly 162,000 vehicles sold (+ 45.6% over one year). The Tesla Model 3 becomes number one in electric sales for the first time, ahead of the Renault Zoé.
Hybrids now represent more than 17% of sales, and plug-in hybrids more than 8%. Together, these hybrid engines have overtaken Diesel (21.1%, -31% in volume over one year).
Gasoline-powered cars represent 40.2% of sales, with volume down 14.2%.