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.