Car registrations in France declined by 11 percent in August to 85,565 units in August 2013, with carmakers Volkswagen, Ford Motor Co. and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen posting the steepest drops. According to France's CCFA industry group, August was a slow holiday month from which it is more difficult to extrapolate trends.
CCFA said that vehicle sales in the first eight months of 2013 dropped 10-percent, but reiterated its full-year expectations of a dive of 8 percent. CCFA spokesman Francois Roudier said that the months of September and October will be critical, adding that while August is always a thin month, sales results for this year is “particularly low." Volkswagen Group suffered the largest monthly sales drop in France at 24 percent, due mostly to a weaker sales at its core brand. Also succumbing to poor sales in France are Ford and PSA, posting respective declines of 19 percent and 17 percent.
Logging a huge decline in France for August is the Mercedes-Benz brand, with just 1,927 vehicles registered in the month, reflecting a refusal by the French government to ban registrations of a number of models that still feature a banned refrigerant. A court, however, has issued an injunction on the ban.
American carmaker General Motors resisted poor sales in the country as it was able to post a 16-percent jump in sales, attributable to the strong performance of its Chevrolet brand that logged a 10-percent surge to 2,429 car vehicles. Likewise resisting the downward trend in sales in France are Italian carmaker Fiat, which also posted a 10-percent gain, and local company Renault, which recorded a 2-percent gain.