French sales fall by 21 percent in September on semiconductor shortage

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Brands that recorded gains in September included Hyundai, up 31 percent; DS, up 18 percent; Kia, up 14 percent; and Audi, up 2.2 percent. Hyundai was the only group to show an increase for the month, with 22 percent growth.

Sales were down 28 percent at Stellantis group despite DS’ strong showing, with Peugeot brand down 36 percent, Citroen falling 17 percent, Opel down 32 percent and Fiat down 31 percent.

Renault Group sales fell by 15 percent, with Renault brand losing 21 percent and Dacia largely holding steady with a 3.4 percent decline.

Volkswagen Group was down 19 percent, with VW brand down 21 percent, Seat down 33 percent and Skoda losing 39 percent.


BMW group sales were down 16 percent. BMW brand lost 11 percent and Mini was down 28 percent. Mercedes-Benz sales fell 43 percent. Volvo sales fell 29 percent.

Among Asian brands, Toyota was down 30 percent, Suzuki lost 16 percent and Nissan fell by 34 percent. 

Electric vehicle sales hit 13 percent for the month, a record, according to analyst and consulting company Autoways. Autoways noted that EV sales were at 23 percent in the populous Bouches-du-Rhone, which includes Marseille, because of local incentives.

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Diesel sales fell to 18 percent in September, compared with 32 percent in September 2020. For the year, diesel sales are at 22 percent, gasoline at 41 percent, all hybrids at 25 percent (8.1 percent plug-in hybrids) and EVs at 8.5 percent. Dual-fuel gas/LPG sales were 2.9 percent.

With strong EV sales, fleet CO2 emissions were 103.4 grams per km, the lowest level ever recorded.

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