Cart sales in France June 2014
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    Default Car sales in France June 2014

    There are good signs of sales picking up but not across the board.
    Sales were up 3.2% relative to June 2013 but the Renault group sales jumped 24.7%, turbocharged by Dacia, up 46.9%.
    PSA were dragged down by CitroŽn and fell 2.3%.

    Of the other marques, VW lost 6.5% and the market seems to be turning its back to the Americans with Ford down 8.6% and GM, 24%.

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    The drama also continues! Who will save the Americans? Will a French (sort of) manufacturer ever beat the Huns?

    In all seriousness, if these trends continue, life may become slightly difficult for some manufacturers! Or is it just seasonal?
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

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    No, it is not seasonal - these are June for June comparisons.
    The Americans are concentrating on consolidating their positions in the Americas and China. Renault made a very successful strategic decision to use the Dacia low cost structure and no frills design to give them volume in the French market where personal spending power is in serious decline. The 5 million looking for work and the 2 trillion public debt may have something to do with it.
    Tavares is faced with high costs in France that prevent PSA from matching Dacia and so he is forced to move up market, so one can expect PSA's recovery to be made largely outside France. Its technology and Dongfeng costs position it for emerging markets, whereas France can be considered a steady state saturated replacement market. Political constraints make it hard to shift production offshore to service the French market but Ghosn has managed it.
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