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    1000+ Posts gerry freed's Avatar
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    Default Buyer preferences in France

    Ford (that is a car company) have just published the results of their customer buying preferences in Europe during 2013 on sales of around half a million cars. It has been cherry picked by the media but this look at France is perhaps interesting.
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    It shows that the French buy 59% of their cars with diesel engines, 94% with manual transmissions and 30% with tow bars.
    Europe wide it was diesels 41% (Russia is 98% petrol), 85% manual and 4% with tow bars.
    Overall the favourite colour is white (eat your heart out, Henry) and the most popular body style, the 5 door hatch back but in France grey is the most popular. Some of these statistics are a little off the total market because the Ford range has some advantages it pushes and some shortcomings in certain segments. That said, it shows why for European cars tow bars and auto transmissions are considered secondary market requirements, unlike Australia.

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    With that sort of preference for manual cars it looks like the manual gearbox will be around for a while yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peujohn View Post
    With that sort of preference for manual cars it looks like the manual gearbox will be around for a while yet!
    Thank goodness.


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    Given the abysmal problems with recent PSA auto transmissions for instance, it's time the car makers insisted on better quality R & D on them before they reach the assembly line.
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    The next vehicle will be a small 5 seat, manual hatchback, with towbar.

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    Thank goodness my Koleos has a Nissan derived six speed auto with the torque and PS on the diesel knocked back. Shouldn't ever have a problem as it's a proper modern slushbox.....9.3l/100km around town, 8.3l/100km @ 120kmh country.....

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