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March 2023 review - FRANCE car market

With 182,712 units sold, the French car market recorded another month of growth, the seventh month in a row, with an increase of 24.2%. This is a sign of continued improvement on the production front, but also on the delivery front, although not everything is settled and the French market remains at a low level for a month in March, as it remains 19.09% lower compared to 2019.

In this context, sales of the

  • ALFA ROMEO were 407 units, representing a market share of 0.2%.

  • CITROËN, up 18.8% to 16,444 units for a market share of 9%; and

  • DS were up 5% to 2,555 units for a market share of 1.4%.

  • FIAT were up 20.6% to 3,905 units, giving a market share of 2.1%.

  • JEEP are down 36.5% to 427 units for a market share of 0.2%.

  • MASERATI are 16 units

  • OPEL up 28.7% to 4,381 units for a market share of 2.4%.

  • PEUGEOT are up 35% to 29,158 units for a market share of 16%.

Overall, Stellantis sales rose by 26.3% to 57,293 units, giving it a market share of 31.4%. After several months of underperformance, Citroën thus recorded an increase on the French market which allowed it to regain third place in terms of sales, ahead of Dacia.

Here are the top 20 for March:

I have not included the figures for the Telsa Model 3 and Y because of the brand's delivery method, which gives its figures at the end of the quarter, so their data is based on the first quarter figures, which are more consistent.

As far as Citroën is concerned, the C3 is up more than 17%, which is a very good performance for its age. The C5 Aircross is undergoing a complete overhaul, but its performance is more of a comparison bias as it suffered badly from production problems at the start of 2022. The C3 Aircross is still very much affected by the delivery problems in Spain.

Here are Citroën's sales outside the top 20:v

The C4 is up, an encouraging signal for the Rafter compact that puts an end to a negative spiral.

Here are the DS sales:

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