Another month where car sales are at their lowest. And proof that the situation is turning into a disaster, the balance of April 2022 is down sharply compared to April 2021, when confinement was in force last year (at the time concessions were open by appointment). Just 108,723 new passenger cars were registered last month, down 22.5%. Compared to 2019, before the start of the health crisis, it is frankly – 42.2%!
Difficulties multiply for manufacturers. Already heavily penalized by the shortage of semiconductors, they are even more affected by the war in Ukraine. This impacts the activity of subcontractors, which further puts a strain on production. Of course, dismantled vehicles are undelivered vehicles. The situation is paradoxical because most manufacturers point out that they have no problem filling out order books. Some are also starting to suspend orders for models that are in high demand.
Enough to promise better days, but meanwhile the results are bad. In this very particular context, Peugeot remains the comfortable leader, with 17,708 sales, but a sharp drop of 32.3%. When falling in the same way (-31.7%), Renault did not, therefore, take the opportunity to regain its leadership. Citroën also dropped 33%. With 9,333 registrations, the rafters are thus closely followed by Dacia and its 8,550 sales.
The Romanian is boosted by the Jogger debut and advances 6.5%. He thus distances Volkswagen, which delivered 6,603 cars, a drop of 31.2%. Normally in good shape, Toyota stops (-20.4%). On the other hand, Ford showed a good growth of 10.9% (4,027 sales). But Kia is right behind. 8th, the Korean continues with good dynamics, with + 9.1%. So it is doing better than German premiums, which have fallen sharply. BMW is holding up a little better with -18.6%, Audi is down 30.9%. If it is only 12th, Fiat is stable (-1.7%), which is already good.
In the Stellantis group, Jeep is struggling, with -38.3% and only 412 registrations. Month to forget also for Mini (-43.4%), Lexus (-49.8%), Volvo (-50.1%). The seat is directly at -57%. We also find Tesla’s sawtooth operation: in April just 97 deliveries in France.
In terms of models, the 208 retains its champion spot, and by far. With 5,866 sales, it surpasses the 2nd. But it’s not the Clio, it’s the Citroën C3 (4,380 sales). The podium is completed by the new 308, which is off to a good start (it would be even better without the shortage of semiconductors). Then there’s the Dacia Sandero and then the Renault Captur. The Clio is only in 9th place, behind the Fiat 500. Another proof that the period is still very special. The Spring is the best-selling electric car.
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|Classification||brands||april 2022||Evolution||Accumulated 2022||Evolution|
|1||Peugeot||17,708||– 32.3%||79,110||– 29.0%|
|two||Renault||14,920||– 31.7%||67,606||– 24.5%|
|3||Citroen||9,333||– 33.9%||45,751||– 23.2%|
|4||Dacia||8,550||+ 6.5%||37,631||– 2.8%|
|5||Volkswagen||6,603||– 31.2%||30,622||– 15.8%|
|6||Toyota||6,506||– 20.4%||27,780||– 20.4%|
|7||Ford||4,027||+ 10.9%||16,529||– 11.7%|
|9||BMW||3,642||– 18.6%||13,584||– 18.9%|
|10||hyundai||3,638||– 8.4%||14,809||+ 2.9%|
|11||mercedes||3,496||– 28.5%||13,774||– 21.6%|
|12||trustee||3,411||– 1.7%||11,255||– 12.8%|
|13||Audi||3,098||– 30.9%||12,661||– 21.0%|
|14||Nissan||2,908||+ 47.8%||9,847||– 11.5%|
|15||Vauxhall||2,605||– 32.6%||11,278||– 20.8%|
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Statistics source: AAA Data, autoactu.com