The French automobile market for new passenger cars recorded an increase of 191.7% in March 2021 compared to March 2020 which had been affected by the implementation of the first containment.
Huge rebound in new passenger car sales in France in March 2021 ! According to figures from the Committee of French Automobile Manufacturers (CCFA), with 182,774 registrations recorded last month, the market experienced an increase of 191.7% in raw data and 179.0% on a comparable number of working days compared to March 2020 (23 days in March 2021 and 22 days in March 2020).
A trompe l’oeil increase
Obviously, this rise is trompe-l’oeil since the reference month, that of March 2020, had been affected by the implementation of the first confinement in France. At the time, only 62,668 new passenger cars had been registered on the French market, which represented a decline of 72.25% compared to March 2019.
Down compared to March 2019
Compared to this slightly more “normal” month of March 2019, the French market for new passenger cars shows a decline of around 19% in March 2021. A decrease which is partly explained by the new containment measures in force in 19 departments, including Île de France.
On the side of French manufacturers, the Renault group has registered 39,803 vehicles and the new Stellantis group, born from the merger of PSA and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), 64,466 vehicles.
With foreign manufacturers, it is still the Volkswagen group (VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda …) which tops the registrations with 23,792 vehicles listed in March 2021. Toyota (Toyota and Lexus) follow with 9,989 vehicles, BMW (BMW and Mini) ) with 8,254 vehicles and Hyundai (Hyundai and Kia) with 8,193 cars.
+ 21.1% over the first three months of 2021
In the first three months of 2021, with 441,791 registrations, the French market for new passenger cars is in 21.1% increase in raw data and 23.1% for a comparable number of working days compared to the same period of 2020 (63 days over the first 3 months of 2021 and 64 days over the same period of 2020).
CCFA now plans an increase of around 9% in registrations for the whole of 2021.
Source: Committee of French Automobile Manufacturers (CCFA)