Recordings: Sales of new cars still down in June, electric saves its skin


In June 2022, new car registrations reached 171,089, compared to 199,508 in June 2021. This is a decrease of 14.2% between 2022 and 2021. There is no saving on French manufacturers. The trend is electric again.

For the 13th month in a row, the French car market continues to decline. Normally considered a lively month for the automotive sector, June 2022 recorded a decrease of 14.2% compared to June 2021.

Thus, new car registrations reached 171,089 against 199,508 in June 2021 (with 21 working days, one less than in June 2021). Recall that in June 2019, the reference year before Covid, 230,964 new cars were registered.

In the first six months of 2022, 765,000 new cars were registered, a decrease of 16.34% compared to 2021 and even 33.82% compared to 2019. We have to go back to 1971, when 762,000 cars were registered, for to find comparable numbers.

According to NGC-Data analysts, the two-year delivery delays and the Covid-19 crisis have been exacerbated by worsening factors such as “the rise in raw materials, sky-high fuel prices, difficulties in the production and supply of semiconductors and economic uncertainty of all kinds (war in Ukraine, inflation of + 5.8% (INSEE) in June“.

In addition, some of the future French customers are waiting to know their leeway when it comes to buying a vehicle. This is due to the development in fuel prices, but also to the traffic restrictions (ZFE) that have been introduced in cities with more than 150,000 inhabitants. A measure that certainly puts the lead in the wing of the industrial people.

For Marie-Laure Nivot, Market Intelligence Manager at AAA Data Analysis Company, “purchasing power is more than ever at the center of car buyers’ concerns, which are increasingly moving towards electrified models“.

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In addition, electricity is the only segment that escaped debacle, with growth of + 5% and a market share of 13%. Hybrid cars rose by 7% (PDM of 21%), while rechargeable (or plug-in) hybrids face some dissatisfaction from the French. As a result, registrations fell by 13% (PDM of 8%), but account for 27% of the total number.

In terms of petrol and diesel, the two fossil fuels recorded declines of 19% and 26%, respectively, for market shares of 37% and 18%. It must be admitted that the future entry into force of the major cities of the EPZs, in particular the ban on access to diesel vehicles, does not work in favor of the latter.

Green for Dacia and Hyundai / Kia, grimace soup for the others

Among the producers, it is again the soup with the grimace, those who were thinking of redoing in June, one of the most favorable months for buying a vehicle.

The result is berezina: -16.94% for Stellantis, -29.37% for Citroën, -41.35% for DS, -5.49% for Opel, -4.85% for Peugeot and -0.76% for Renault, which limits breaks thanks to Alpine (+ 19.61%) and Dacia (+15.88%), which with 64,692 registrations (+ 2.69%) since January 2022 is on the heels of Citroën (67,640; -25, 33%).

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Other cases include the Volkswagen Group (-36.95%) with Audi (-38.63%), Seat (-54.85%), Skoda (-21.05%) and Volkswagen (-38.86%). Only Cupra is doing well (+ 9.71%). The BMW + Mini group has fallen by 10.97%, as have Toyota (-26.66%), Ford (-18.86%), Volvo (-48.52%), Suzuki (-46.52%) and Mitsubishi (-5.94%).

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Tesla is no better off with a decline of 39.80%, while the decline in the first six months of 2022 is 10.46%. No one escapes the crisis.

Note that there are a few survivors such as Mercedes, which shows an increase of 13.61%, Alfa-Romeo (+34.4% with 305 registrations), MG (+185%) and the Lynk & Co model (+291% with 1460 registrations).

The bright spot comes to us from Asia, and more specifically from South Korea, where the two cousins ​​Hyundai and Kia show a common increase of 3.72% despite a June down (-11.08%). Thus, in the first half of 2022, Hyundai grew by 4.16% (23,999 PV) against 3.26% (22,931 PV) for Kia.

Peugeot and Renault, still on the podium

Despite delivery times, this does not vary on the podium, where we find the Peugeot 208 (11,490 entries) followed by the Renault Clio (10,507 units) and the Dacia Sandero (9,345 units). Renault Captur is in 4th place (7806 copies). Looking a little closer at the top 10, we see that it is monopolized on the one hand by Stellantis (Peugeot and Citroën) and on the other hand by the Renault-Dacia duo.


According to NGC-Data, “the manufacturers, for their part, are in favor, at least for the historical players, of a policy of moving upmarket in order to maintain their margins (electric motorization, availability of high finishes, lower discounts) to the detriment of registration volumes at all costs;“.

One thing is for sure, with a sales level that has lost 9.8 points compared to the same period in 2021, and people representing only 45.4% of purchases in France, dealers and other car distributors are not at the party.

As the Automobile website points out, “it is not certain that at the time of “mobility sold in bars, in boxes of 12 or a pack” or of electromobility treated a blow of LLD or LOA with organic bonus converted into contribution or 1. increased rent, to become a concessionaire is a job with a future!“.

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