Entries: sale of new cars in trompe-l’oeil in September

The French car market has enough to drive all analysts in the sector goat. While new car registrations have been at their lowest since the start of 2022, August was the stabilization month with a 3.79% increase over August 2021. Normally this period is considered the hollowest of the year.

Confirmation was expected in September, a period that did not disappoint with 141,137 registrations, an increase of 5.46% compared to the same year in 2019 (133,830 registrations).

But this good news does not hide a deficit in the French car market. During the first nine months of 2022, the decrease is 11.77% with 1,112,072 new car registrations compared to 1,260,373 in 2021 (January to September).

Even worse, compared to 2019, the post-Covid reference year, it is berezina. The market is down 32.25% after enjoying two more working days. From January to September 2019, 1,641,367 new passenger cars were thus registered. The comparison of the months of September 2019 and 2022 also shows a decrease of 18.62% (173,433 registrations against 141,142).

This improvement should be taken with a grain of salt according to Julien Billon, general manager of AAA Data, who emphasizes that he “it would be premature to take these two consecutive monthly results as a lasting return to a positive and promising dynamic […] The market base remains fragile. Inflation continues to weigh on purchasing power, and new car production should suffer for several more months from the global semiconductor shortage”.

Electric car priority for semiconductors

Today, the car manufacturers prioritize being continuously supplied with electronic components, so that the production lines are not shut down, as was the case recently at Renault or Stellantis (Peugeot). And when semiconductors arrive, they are mainly dedicated to electric vehicles.

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According to François Roudier, spokesman for the PFA, explaining to our colleagues at BFM TV, this trend is dictated by “the need to ‘launch’ this electricity market and avoid fines from Europe in the event of a poor CO2 balance in their sales”.

In the first three quarters of 2022, 100% electric cars represent a market share of 12.7%, far behind petrol cars (37.6%) and hybrids (29.4%), but almost four points diesel (16.4%), which after all is still good in Europe. As for plug-in hybrids, which fell by 13%, their market share was 8%. Superethanol (or E85) has only represented 0.9% of the market since the start of the year, despite some enthusiasm.

Renault saved by Dacia, Stellantis by Alfa-Romeo and Maserati

As for the car manufacturers, it’s pretty grimace soup for some, e.g. The Renault group, which in September suffered a decrease of 4.96% and 7.97% since the beginning of the year. Fortunately, Dacia is there to save the day with +2.60% in September and +3.78% in the first three quarters.

Stellantis rose +1.68% in September with Peugeot (+13.44%), Opel (+6.80%), DS (+1.12%), Alfa Romeo (+148.95%) and Maserati (+ 112.50%). On the other hand, the group as a whole has fallen by 15.51% since January 2022, apart from the two Italian brands, which have had a positive result.

The Volkswagen Group had a monthly growth of 6.67% (VW +6.98%; Skoda +63.21%; Cupra +251.39% and Porsche +27.72%). However, the group has fallen by 21.34% in the first three quarters of 2022.

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BMW (+11.97%), Toyota (+56.04%), Ford (+35.46%), Mercedes-Daimler (+52.75%) and Volvo (+33.76%) are in the green in September, but points to a negative compared to the first nine months of the year.

If the Hyundai/Kia group has been at +4% since January, September was not happy for Hyundai (-13.94%) in contrast to its cousin Kia (+1.51%).

The good surprise comes from Mitsubishi: +46.10% in September 2022 and +46.24% between January and September 2022.

In terms of pure electric, Tesla boasts +6.13%, but has remained in the red since January (-14.87%). MG Motors and Lynk&Co showed gains of 353.26% and 393.62% respectively. Since the beginning of the year, the two Chinese manufacturers have registered 6,110 vehicles for the first and 2014 for the second.

Electric: Sedans dominate SUVs

You see them everywhere on the road, and yet the SUV is not the most popular body type with customers. Thus, since 2020, it is the sedan that dominates the SUV in the electric motor sector with 84,352 units sold against 32,131 in the first eight months of 2022.

On the other hand, we note a reversal of the trend with rechargeable hybrids (or PHEV), where the SUV represented 112,804 units out of a total of 141,001 in 2021, according to figures published by AAA Data.

Peugeot 208, Renault Clio and Dacia Sandero, sales queens

During the first nine months of the year, the winning trio is Peugeot 208 II (67,866 VP) ahead of Renault Clio V (47,589 private sales) and Dacia Sandero III (46,032). The top 10 for the first nine months is monopolized by five Stellantis models (Peugeot and Citroën) and five Renault/Dacia models.
The first electric is the Dacia Spring in 20th place with 13,022 units.

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