Struck by the health crisis, slowed down by the shortage of electronic chips, the French automotive market in 2021 remained at its historically low level of 2020, with 1.66 million units sold (+ 0.5% compared to 2020), according to provisional registration data from NGC-Data published, Friday, December 31, by Argus.
Argus underlines a 25% drop in sales compared to 2019, or 554,000 cars. Manufacturers are not equal in the face of the crisis: Peugeot occupies the head of sales for the first time 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, which has the highest number of sales in 2021, and its 2008 and 3008 SUVs.
Hybrids represent over 17% of sales
Renault saw its sales fall by 14.7% over one year and its market share drop 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 first 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. On the French market, electrics achieved an unprecedented 9.8% market share with nearly 162,000 vehicles sold (+ 45.6% over one year). Tesla’s 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 the diesels (21.1%, – 31% in volume over one year). Gasoline-powered cars represent 40.2% of sales, with volume down 14.2%.