Car sales in France Jan 2014
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    Default Car sales in France Jan 2014

    Car sales went up 0.5% in January. Nothing special but the mix was interesting. Renault were up 12.4%, Dacia 17.4%, Peugeot up 7% and CitroŽn up 4.7%
    Ford were down 19.1%, GM down 8.3%, VW down 9.5%,
    Nissan were up 4.5% and Toyota 10.5% (they are now delivering the Yaris Hybrid)
    7 orf the top 10 models sold come from the Renault stable with one representative from Peugeot, CitroŽn and VW.
    Cleo, 208, C3 and then the Dacia Sandero are the top 4.

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    Very interesting Gerry.

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    Mercedes sales collapsed by 38%! Weird. The French must be smoking more Gitanes and Gauloises than usual
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    There is a big anti smoking drive in France to cut the cost of cancer treatment and it helps to raise taxes, as Gitanes are now 7 euros a pack of 20.

    France is the forefront of the drive to create a declining economy and upmarket cars are deemed anti-social and anti-solidarity.

    The cars that are selling are at the cheaper end of the range, hence the growth of Dacia. The French companies are importing cheaper models from lower cost countries to meet the demand.
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    Dacia sales have been quite good in the UK and Europe. Although, from what I've seen, some models are fairly basic.

    I'm quite surprised that Renault are allowing them to be sold in their home market though. I would have thought they would cannibalise Renault's sales? Although, with 7 out of the 10 top models being Renault, it doesn't seem to be affecting them.

    I guess the more Dacia cars they sell, the more money Renault make.

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    Renault did originally try to keep them out of France but EU consumer legislation killed that idea. Since then the economy has folded with personal spending power greatly reduced and traffic controls and congestion have taken the excitement out of motoring. Net result the overwhelming proportion of Renaults, Dacias etc sold in France are basic models who main function is to provide economic transport. They still create hot versions of the Clio as aspirational or show off accessories for the young but in its way the Duster has become an aspirational product. Families want the personal mobility that comes with a car and the SUV style is easier to cart the kids, prams sports gear around, if only they could afford it. If they can stretch to the modest purchase price then they are happy and the loser is probably an import as the Renault range as we know it is too pricey for them or too limitied. if you can get a Duster for little more than Twingo, that's what you want. Actually the Dacia range has the best gross profit of all their products at French prices and so it is propping up their balance sheet.
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