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France 1894-2018: Historical Data now available

The Peugeot Type 5 launched in 1894 and was one of only 200 cars in circulation in France then.

The direct links to 65 French Historical Data articles are below.

Thanks to the formidable support of Marie Dominique Riehl, responsible for the archives of the CCFA in Paris, I am starting to upload more Historical Data for France, now covering 120 years! Many thanks also to STAC and Rene for their support. Please keep checking here often as much more data will be added in the coming months. With circulation figures now available for the 1894-1934 period (yes you read well!), annual data for 1930-1948 and a detailed models ranking for 2000/2001/2002, we now have for France:

120 uninterrupted years of stats: Official data from 1894 onwards!

Annual sales data starting in 1930

Annual models data starting in 1947

Annual Top 100 models ranking for the past 30 years: from 1984 to 2014 (Top 100+)

Every monthly Top 10 ranking from January 1982 to December 1993 

Every monthly Top 10 ranking from June 2004 up to now (Top 10 or more)

The Renault 4CV was #1 in France from 1949 to 1955

After the Citroen Traction Avant dominated French private sales charts from 1936 to 1948, either a Renault or a Peugeot would then top the models ranking in France, except for 3 occurrences: the Simca Aronde was #1 in 1956, the Citroen Ami 6 was the only Citroen in the last 60 years to hold the top spot in the country, in 1966 (no, not the 2CV nor the DS) and the Simca 1100 ranked #1 in 1972.

5.1 million were produced, but the Citroen 2CV never topped the models ranking in France…

Peugeot had 4 cars reigning over the French models ranking, starting in 1969 with the 204, followed by the 205 in 198419851990 and 1991, the 206 in 2001 & 2004 and the 207 from 2007 to 2010.

The Peugeot 203 ranked #2 in France in 1950

Renault has been the most successful brand in France without interruption over the past 60 years, starting with the 4CV in 1949, the Dauphine in 1957, the Renault 4 in 1962, the Renault 12 in 1973Renault 5 in 1974Supercinq in 1986Clio in 1992 and the Megane in 1997 (the year indicates the start of their stint at #1). The Clio is the nameplate that has stayed #1 for the longest: 19 times between 1992 and 2017.

The Renault 4 is the most popular French car ever and ranked first 6 times between 1962 and 1968

French Historical Data:

France 1894-1934: Circulation figures now available!

France 1930-1934: Great depression stops sales growth

France 1935: Market down 7%, Citroen Traction Avant gears up

France 1936: Market up 17%, Citroen Traction Avant should lead

France 1937: Market troubled by strikes and worker unrest

France 1938: Last hurrah before the war

France 1939: Peugeot teases Citroen with the 202

France 1940-1944: Production restricted to (sabotaged) trucks

France 1945: Renault tops charts, Citroen first in private cars (new)

France 1946: Renault #1 overall, Citroen Traction Avant potential best-seller (new)

France 1947: Citroen Traction Avant and Renault Juvaquatre on top (new)

France 1948: Last year of reign for the Citroen Traction Avant (new)

France 1949: Renault 4CV ramps up (new)

France 1950: Renault 4CV and Citroen Traction Avant shine

France 1951-1952: Renault 4CV king of the roads (new)

Frane 1953-1955: Data to be published

France 1956: Simca Aronde takes the lead

France 1957-1960: Renault Dauphine reigns

France 1961: Renault Dauphine and Citroen 2CV on top, R4 launches

France 1962-1965: Renault 4L takes control

France 1966: Citroen Ami 6 snaps up top spot

France 1967: Renault 4 reclaims leadership

France 1968: Renault 4 and Peugeot 204 in the lead

France 1969-1971: Peugeot 204 dominates

France 1972: Simca 1100 best-seller

France 1973: Renault 12 in pole position

France 1974-1976: Renault 5 in command, Citroen 2CV shines

France 1977-1978: Renault 5 stays on top, Peugeot 104 strong

France 1979: Renault 5, 18 and Peugeot 305 on podium

France 1980: Renault 5 hits highest share at 16%

France 1981: Renault 5 and 18 strong, Peugeot 104 on podium

France 1982: New Renault 9 shakes models ranking

France 1983: Renault 5 celebrates 10 years in first place

France 1984: Peugeot 205 takes the relay

France 1985: Peugeot 205 at its highest, Renault Supercinq arrives

France 1986: Renault Supercinq edges out Peugeot 205

France 1987: Renault Supercinq and Peugeot 205 fight it out

France 1988: Renault Supercinq and Peugoeot 205 at highest volumes

France 1989: Last year of reign for the Renault Supercinq

France 1990: Peugeot 205 reclaims top spot, Renault Clio arrives

France 1991: Peugeot 205 keeps Renault Clio at bay

France 1992: The Renault Clio starts its reign

France 1993: Renault Clio miles away from the competition

France 1994: Renault Clio leads, Peugeot 306 and 106 on podium

France 1995: Renault Clio #1, Twingo gets better

France 1996: Renault Clio softer, Megane already #2

France 1997: Renault Megane snaps up pole position!

France 1998: Renault Clio reclaims top spot

France 1999: The Renault Clio/Peugeot 206 match has started

The Renault Clio is the most successful nameplate in history with 20 annual wins starting in 1992.

France 2000: Renault Clio winner ahead of 206 and Scenic

France 2001: Peugeot 206 leads with 211,000 sales

France 2002: Renault Clio edges Peugeot 206 out, 307 above 7%

France 2003: Renault Clio, Peugeot 206 & 307 leading again

France 2004: Peugeot 206 passes Renault Clio, Modus off to a great start

France 2005: Renault Scenic #1 in First Half, Clio leader in Full Year

France 2006: Renault Clio III #1, Peugeot 207 gearing up

France 2007: Peugeot 207 #1, Citroen C4 Picasso #4, Toyota Yaris & Dacia Logan at best-ever

France 2008: Peugeot 207 #1, 308 #3

France 2009: Peugeot 207 #1, Renault Twingo #3 

France 2010: Peugeot 207 #1 for the 4th consecutive year 

France 2011: Renault Clio #1, a Citroen (C3) on the podium for the first time since 1985!

France 2012: Last hurrah for the Renault Clio III, no car at 100k+ sales for 1st time since 1952

France 2013: Renault Clio IV new leader, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 superstars

France 2014: Renault Clio IV keeps lead, Captur on podium

France 2015: Fleet and rental sales push market up 7%

France LCV 2015: Renault outpaces market to hold 33% share

France 2016: Private sales under 50% share for the first time in history

France 2017: Clio #1, Peugeot 3008 on podium, Top 12 100% French for 1st time since 1980

France 2018: PSA strong, Dacia overtakes VW, Clio marks 20 years on top, no foreigner in the Top 13 for the first time in 40 years

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. The Peugeot Type 5 remind Peugeot is one of the most older marque in the world. And still from the best with the Best in class 308.

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