The 20 best-selling new cars in France in 2020

The 20 best-selling new cars in France in 2020

What were the most registered models in France in 2020 on the new passenger car market? Response with the TOP 20 sales between January and December.

It was expected, it is now official. Hit hard by the health crisis, which led to the confinement of customers and pushed manufacturers to close factories and dealerships, the French car market for new passenger cars experienced a historic decline in 2020 : -25.5% per year. compared to 2019. With just 1.65 million registrations recorded, it even hit its lowest level since 1975.

Obviously, all general manufacturers have been impacted by this crisis. The French, such as PSA and Renault , which respectively saw their registrations drop by 25.1% and 24.9%, like foreigners, like the giant Volkswagen , whose deliveries fell by 28.4% in the ‘hexagon.

City cars and SUVs are snapping up

As for the models, it is always the city dwellers who hold the upper hand. The best-selling new passenger car in France in 2020 is in fact the small second-generation Peugeot 208 with 92,796 units registered between January and December. She beat his eternal rival, the Renault Clio V . Long best-seller on the market, the diamond model sold last year at 84,031 units.

Little surprise, it is not the Citroën C3 III which completes the podium as usual, but … the new Peugeot 2008 . Last year, the urban SUV was able to attract 66,698 customers, against 58,547 for the city car with chevrons.

Popular French models

It should also be noted that the Top 10 sales in 2020 is occupied exclusively by French models, with the exception of the Dacia Sandero , ranked 6th with 53,354 units. A success which should be confirmed this year with the arrival of a new generation .

The Top 20 sales of new passenger cars in France in 2020

Discover now the Top 20 best-selling cars in France in 2020.

  • 1 – Peugeot 208 II: 92,796 units (5.6% market share)
  • 2 – Renault Clio V: 84,031 (5.1%)
  • 3 – Peugeot 2008 II: 66,698 (4%)
  • 4- Citroën C3 III: 58.547 (3.5%)
  • 5 – Renault Captur II: 54,597 (3.3%)
  • 6 – Dacia Sandero: 53,354 (3.2%)
  • 7 – Peugeot 3008 II: 45,165 (2.7%)
  • 8 – Renault Twingo III: 43,116 (2.6%)
  • 9 – Renault Zoe: 37,409 (2.3%)
  • 10 – Peugeot 308 II: 36.575 (2.2%)
  • 11 – Toyota Yaris: 33,455 (2%)
  • 12 – Dacia Duster II: 30,260 (1.8%)
  • 13 – Citroën C3 Aircross: 30,165 (1.8%)
  • 14 – Renault Mégane IV: 28,980 (1.8%)
  • 15 – Citroën C5 Aircross: 26,577 (1.6%)
  • 16 – Opel Corsa: 22,410 (1.4%)
  • 17 – Volkswagen Polo VI: 21,493 (1.3%)
  • 18 – Peugeot 5008 II: 20,050 (1.2%)
  • 19 – Renault Kadjar: 19,679 (1.2%)
  • 20 – Fiat 500: 17,450 (1.1%)

Dakar: Peterhansel in the lead, Loeb in difficulty

Dakar Peterhansel in the lead, Loeb in difficulty

The favorites are already at the forefront, but Loeb may have already lost the race.

Who says new year, says new Dakar ! This year, the most famous of the rally-raids attacks the dunes of Saudi Arabia, since Sunday January 3. A first stage which could have already cost Sébastien Loeb his chance to finally win the race.

The Frenchman had a disastrous first stage behind the wheel of his BRX buggy, built especially for the occasion. Navigation errors and then three punctures cost him very long minutes: at the end of the first day, he was 24 minutes behind the leaders, and 22nd in the general classification. For their part, the Mini buggy fought for the head of the race. Carlos Sainz, winner of the previous edition , took the first stage, 277 km between Jeddah and Bisha. But the eternal favorite Stéphane Peterhansel is never far: he is only 8s behind.

Three French in the Top 10

And the Frenchman regained the lead in the second stage, from Bisha to Wadi Ad-Dawasir (457 km). After a difficult second day, his teammate Sainz is more than 6 minutes behind in the general classification. But the stage victory goes to Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah, nearly 2mn ahead of Peterhansel. Enough to go back to 4th place in the standings, after a difficult first day.

Loeb was able to return to the front of the stage, with a sixth time that allows him to climb to 7th place. All is perhaps not lost for the Frenchman, but with 36mn behind the lead, he will have to count on a miracle. Good news, however, for another Frenchman, Mathieu Serradori, who clings to fourth place.

There are 11 days of racing left before the crews return to Jeddah on January 15.


Historic drop in the auto market in 2020, to its lowest level since 1975!

Historic drop in the auto market in 2020, to its lowest level since 1975

With only 1.65 million registrations, the French automobile market for new passenger cars recorded a historic decline in 2020 and reached its lowest level since 1975!

The sentence fell. Strongly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis and its containment measures , the French automobile market for new passenger cars recorded a historic decline in 2020.

After a final decline of 11.8% in December, registrations indeed collapsed by 25.5% last year to reach their lowest level since 1975 at 1,650,118 units sold according to figures published by the Committee. French automobile manufacturers (CCFA). By comparison, some 2.2 million new cars were put on the road in 2019.

Even “during the crises of the 1990s or 2000s, we never fell below 1.7 million”, CCFA communications director François Roudier told AFP.

With the closure of points of sale and factories during the first confinement, registrations had notably collapsed in the spring: -72.2% in March and -88.8% in April .

Obviously, all manufacturers have been impacted by this historic drop. The French groups PSA and Renault , however, held up slightly better than the market (-25%). Their deliveries were nevertheless cut by 25.1% and 24.9% respectively compared to 2019. PSA registered 530,606 vehicles in 2020 and Renault 412,544.

For their part, foreign manufacturers have seen their registrations fall by an average of 26.1% over one year. First foreign group in volume, Volkswagen (with Audi, Seat, Skoda …) posted a drop of 28.4% (204,731 registrations) while Toyota and Hyundai , driven by the craze for electrified engines, limited the damage at -12.2% and -13.4% over the year (95,640 vehicles for the Japanese and 73,637 for the Korean). BMW (-21.6%, 67,369 units), Nissan (-22.5%, 32,964), Daimler (-32.8%, 54,262), Ford (-30%, 55,219) or Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (- 41.5%, 51,248) fell more heavily.

Sales of electrified cars jump

Despite this general decline in the market, it should be noted that 2020 has particularly benefited electric vehicles which, after having remained for a long time below the 1% market share bar, now represent 6.7% of passenger car registrations. new. This share even rises to 21.5% if we include hybrid vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

In 2020, nearly 111,000 new “zero-emission” cars were registered, against around 43,000 in 2019. Hybrid registrations for their part reached 243,600 units, against 125,400 in 2019.

This increase in sales of electrified cars came at the expense of diesel, whose registrations continued to erode to 30.6% (against 34.1% in 2019), but also gasoline, which does not represent more than 46.9% of total registrations, compared to 57.9% in 2019.


PSA-FCA: shareholders validate the merger

PSA-FCA shareholders validate the merger

The shareholders of PSA and FCA approved Monday, January 4 with almost unanimity of votes the merger project between the two manufacturers, which will soon give birth to the Stellantis group.

New step in the merger between PSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). The shareholders of the French group approved Monday, January 4 with almost unanimity of votes the proposed merger with the Italian-American firm.

During an extraordinary general meeting held behind closed doors due to the health context, the shareholders of PSA voted 99.85% of the votes in favor of the project which should give rise to ” Stellantis “, a group with 14 brands (Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Abarth, Dodge, Ram, Maserati, Peugeot, Opel, DS, Citroën …) which will become the world’s fourth largest automaker by volume and third by turnover.

The wedding will be celebrated on January 16, 2021

A little later in the day of January 4, the shareholders of FCA did the same by giving the green light to this merger.

“FCA shareholders have also approved additional resolutions related to the merger, in particular the adoption of the future statutes of Stellantis and the appointment of the members of the board of directors of Stellantis, decisions which will take effect the day after the completion of the transaction. merger, “PSA announced in a press release.

At the end of December, after several months of investigation, it was the European Commission which gave the green light to the merger of PSA and FCA.

FCA and the PSA group now plan to finalize their merger on Saturday, January 16, 2021.


Renault-Nissan: Carlos Ghosn subject to tax investigation in France

Renault-Nissan Carlos Ghosn subject to tax investigation in France

According to the newspaper Liberation, Carlos Ghosn is suspected of having defrauded the French tax authorities. The former boss of Renault-Nissan could be the subject of a recovery of at least 13 million euros!

The troubles continue for Carlos Ghosn . Refugee in Lebanon since he fled Japan where he is suspected of various financial embezzlements, the former head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance is now in the crosshairs of the French tax authorities.

A fictitious move to the Netherlands in 2012?

He is in fact suspected of having evaded the tax authorities by settling “artificially” in the Netherlands in 2012.

According to the newspaper Liberation, the tax authorities have already seized the equivalent of 13 million euros of property in France as part of its investigation opened in 2019, including an apartment in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and 538,000 Renault shares .

These seizures are conservative, that is to say that the goods will be returned to the Ghosn couple if the investigation does not find any fraud.

In the early 2000s, the umbrella structure of the Renault-Nissan Alliance (RBNV) had taken up residence under the lenient Dutch tax regime, like many multinationals. Carlos Ghosn would have transferred his residence there in 2012.

Carlos Ghosn claims his innocence

Interviewed by Le Parisien last July, Carlos Ghosn had defended himself against any tax evasion. “When I wanted to strengthen the Alliance, I considered that I could neither be a French resident nor a Japanese resident. I opted for the Netherlands, because my predecessor had set up the Renault Nissan holding there in 1999. This transfer was not done on the sly, “he assured.

Will the French tax authorities be of the same opinion at the end of its investigation?