2022 registrations: a 5.45% recovery in new car sales in October

At a time when inflation is at 6.2%, the recovery in sales of new passenger cars in October 2022 is encouraging for all players in the sector.

After rising 5.46% in September 2022, October saw a 5.45% increase over the same month in 2021. This translates to 124,981 new passenger vehicles registered, up from 118,519 a year ago. However, it is -33.9% compared to 2019, the reference year. Another bad number, since the beginning of the year 2022 there are 600,000 “missing” cars.

Despite this third consecutive month in the green, this is not enough for the market to exit the red zone since January 2022: -10.3%.

If the last three months have “at least it seemed to show that the long slump in the market caused by the health crisis and then the shortage is finally taking place.“, this does not hide the fact that “however, volumes remain at historically low levels“, said Julien Billon, General Manager of AAA Data. Unfortunately, “inflation and shortages are still there, customers are still waiting for the transition to electric and are probably not ready to keep up with rising car prices“, adds the interested party.

One of the shortcomings is, of course, that of semiconductors, which represents a serious disadvantage according to François Roudier, spokesman for the Automotive Platform (PFA), representative of the automotive and mobility sector. The latter, invited by our colleagues from the good night business on BFM TV, explained that we were in the “slightly delusional durations” between receiving an order for a vehicle and its delivery to its future owner. Thus, “some manufacturers are more than a year away and others have even stopped ordering certain vehicles, being absolutely unable to say when they could deliver“, adds François Roudier.

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The electric is once again doing well

Month after month, the electric vehicle market is making its mark. According to data compiled by AAA Data, this is the second time that new electric car registrations (including hydrogen cars) have surpassed diesel vehicles by just a few units (16,861 electric versus 16,850 diesel). As of October 2022, the market share was 13%. In the first ten months of 2022, the gasoline fleet represents a 37.6% market share (41% in 2021), against 16.1% (21.7% in 2021) for diesel and 12.8% (8 .9% in 2021) for electricity.


As for hybrid vehicles, their overall market share is 29.6% (25.5% in 2021). In detail, the self-charging hybrid or “full hybrid” represents 12.1% (8.3% in 2021), the micro-hybrid or “light hybrid” 9.5% (9% in 2021) and the rechargeable hybrid 8, 1% (8.2% in 2021) – the latter shows a drop of 12%. Highlight for the 0.8% market share of Superethanol or E85.

French builders drink the cup

From the manufacturer’s side, the recovery doesn’t seem all that significant. Thus, the Stellantis group (Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel, Alfa-Romeo, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati and Dodge) recorded a drop of 4.42% compared to October 2021. Of note is Opel’s good performance (+ 55.29%) and Alfa-Romeo (+298.90%), without forgetting Maserati (+266.67%).


The Renault group (Renault, Dacia and Alpine) is not doing better with a drop of 5.64%, despite increases in Dacia (+3.64%) and Alpine (+1.22%).

Finally, it is the foreign manufacturers who are doing the best. Starting with the Volkswagen group (+26.95%), but also BMW (+8.08%), Toyota (+50.63%), Ford (+52.75%), Nissan (+15.41%), Volvo (+9.42%) and Tesla (+82.21%). Note the “small” performance of Mercedes-Daimler (+0.53%), Hyundai-Kia (+1.37%) and Mitsubishi (+0.53%).

A top 10 dominated by the French in the first ten months

Never change a winning team. In the ranking of the best-selling passenger cars, the first three have not changed even a millimeter since the first ten months of 2022. Thus, the first place is occupied by the Peugeot 208 (76,606 units; +6.2%), followed respectively by the the Dacia Sandero (52,339 units; +4.2%) and the Renault Clio V (51,939 units; +4.2%).


In the top ten, the Stellantis group and Renault share the same number of cars, ie five each.

The first electric model is just the 28th. This is the Tesla Model 3 (11,521 units; +0.9%), followed in 29th and 30th place by the Renault Zoe (11,267 units; +0.9%) and Megane E-Tech (11,263 copies; +0.9 %).

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