* Many thanks to my dear Mum and Dad for sourcing and scanning Auto Plus mag! *
According to Dacia’s Facebook page, the Dacia Duster was the best selling car in France during the week of April 5th to April 11th! This is confirmed by official data published by French car weekly Auto Plus. The Duster leads with 1,251 sales and 3.6% share, ahead of the Renault Clio at 1,177 units and the VW Polo at 1,086.
This is an exceptional achievement by the French/Romanian SUV after it broke into the Top 10 for the first time and achieved its best ever month in France in March in 7th place with 6,634 units and 2.6% share. These records look like they will be obsolete by the end of the month. It is the first time a ‘terrain’ vehicle ever tops French car sales.
Only a handful of models have topped the French weekly charts in the last 5 years: the Peugeot 207, Renault Clio, Renault Twingo, Citroen C3, Dacia Sandero and Peugeot 308 have done so. The Duster is therefore the 7th model to shine and the second Dacia.
Complete Auto Plus article, Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
Outstanding month for new car sales in Algeria: the market is up 40% year-on-year in March at 25,971 registrations, and 35% year-to-date at 74,781. The Renault Symbol keeps the lead with 2,469 sales and 9.5%, and this month it is followed by the Kia Picanto and Peugeot 207, both at 1,525 sales and 5.9%.
Hyundai stays strong with the Atos in 4th place at 5.2% share and the Accent in 5th at 4.7%. The Dacia Logan has a weak month in 9th place at 2.3%, it is however #3 year-to-date with 3,306 sales and 4.4%. The Peugeot 308 slips into the Top 10 at 510 units and 2% share.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
* See the Top 50 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *
Slovenian car sales are stable in March at 5,909 registrations. The podium is unchanged vs. February and 2010, with the Renault Clio in the least at 6.2% share, followed by the Renault Megane (4.7%) and VW Polo (3.4%).
The Opel Astra climbs to 4th place with 174 sales and 2.9%, ahead of the VW Golf at 2.7% and the Peugeot 207 at 2.4%. At #10 with 2.2% share, the Peugeot 308 gains 10 spots on February, the Renault Scenic gains 12 spots at #11, the Opel Insignia gains 29 at #12 and the VW Passat gains 15 at #23.
Notice the Peugeot 508 in the Top 50 for the first time at #49 with 37 sales and 0.6% of the market.
Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.
* See the Top 100 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *
As cash-for-clunkers orders had a March 31 delivery deadline, this is the final month of artificially boosted sales for the French market at +6% and 257,631 registrations. In March and possibly for the first time ever all cars are under 5% share, and the models ranking is very eventful:
Just below the Renault Clio, best seller for the 3rd month in a row, we find the Citroen C3 in 2nd position at 12,565 units and an outstanding 4.9% share. That’s three C3 nameplate records beaten all at once: best volume ever (beating 8,656 in Dec 2010), best position ever (beating #3 in Aug 2006) and best market share ever (beating 4.5% in May 2005).
The Peugeot 207 drops to 3rd at 4.7%, hurt by the exceptional performance of its older sister the Peugeot 206+, at its best position ever in 4th place with 3.5% share. The Renault Megane and Peugeot 308 follow.
For the first time, the Dacia Duster ranks in the Top 10 in France, at a remarkable 7th place with 6,634 sales and 2.6% share. All these figures are new records.
The Citroen C4 new generation jumps into the Top 10 for the first time at #9 with 6,300 sales and 2.4%. Other good performers include the Nissan Micra at #32, the Chevrolet Spark at #33 and the Peugeot 508 at #35.
Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.
The French market drops only 2% on a record 2009 year with 2,251,736 registrations, and the Peugeot 207 is the best selling car in France for the 4th year in a row with 126,854 sales (5.6% and -3%) ahead of the Renault Clio at 123,730 sales (5.5% and -2%). The 207 was #1 7 times this year, peaking at 6.9% in February vs. 5 times for the Clio and a peak of 6.6% in January.
The Renault Twingo is 3rd again with 92,185 sales (-14%), the Megane (79,511 sales, +1%) and Scenic (75,432, +0.5%) follow. 4th in December at 3.8%, its best share to date, the Citroen C3 II is 6th overall this year with 73,622 sales (3.3%).
The biggest event of the year however is undoubtedly the outstanding 2nd place achieved by the Dacia Sandero in March with 14,498 sales and 6% of the French market, only 163 sales below the 207 that month. The Sandero finished the year in 7th with with 68,016 sales (3% and +71%).
More commentaries, Top 6 December and Top 12 Full Year 2010 below (I will update as more figures come through).
Around 5,000 new cars are sold each year in Senegal, and the strong influence Peugeot had on the market over the years (205, 309, 405 and 406 everywhere) seems to have dwindled down to just one popular model: the Peugeot 308, which could still with a bit of luck stand within the Top 5 best sellers in Senegal.
Toyota should place the Hilux at the top of the Senegalese sales, with the Mitsubishi L200, Dacia Logan, Toyota Prado and Ford Ranger also very strong. Great Wall seems to have also had some success with the Hover.
Street scenes and street video below.
Very weak sales in Croatia this month with only 2,917 registrations. The Opel Astra stays on top by far (5.3%) and the Renault Megane jumps to 2nd with 3.5%. The 7 best selling models year-to-date do not change, but the Peugeot 308 goes up to 8th and the Chevrolet Cruze enters the Top 10 in 9th.
Top 15 year-to-date and Top 5 October ranking tables below.