Vehicle registrations in France jumped 3.4 percent to 142,211 vehicles in September, according to the CCFA industry group. The September growth is igniting hopes that demand may finally stabilize in the country. Vehicle sales in the first nine months of 2013 dropped 8.5 percent to 1.43 million units. CCFA reiterated a forecast of an 8-percent drop. Renault led all carmakers in posting a rise in sales in September with an 18.1-percent rise, thanks to stronger sales of its new Captur crossover model as well as the success of its Dacia low-cost brand.
The Renault brand and Dacia logged increases of 19.3 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively Volkswagen Group sales -- including the Audi, Seat and Skoda brands -- jumped 1.7 percent in France. Fiat Group -- including Alfa Romeo and Lancia – surged 17.2 percent. Ford and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, however, failed to ride the jump, dropping 8.3 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively.
Renault Captur is the freshest urban crossover from Renault. Its gliding lines accentuate its distinguishable proportions, while its huge wheels, lavish ground clearance, wide tracks and steeply raked, forward-set windscreen form an exclusive mix of MPV, SUV and hatchback, imagined and made possible by Renault.
Renault Captur gives itself impeccably to a broad customization program, as well. With its numerous arrangements of two-tone bodywork, wheel colors, light and dark interior trims, upholstery textures and graphic motifs, Captur will speak to an exclusively broad range of tastes and desires.
The ingenious freedom appreciated by Renault's designers beams through in the elements and lavish interior space expected of this type of car. Even though it is compact (it is just fractionally longer than New Clio), the Renault Captur is remarkably spacious.
The sliding rear bench seat gives the perfect symmetry of space for occupants and their luggage, with a peak carrying capacity of 455dm3 (up to the baggage cover). In the passenger compartment, two creative innovations highlight Captur's quality as a genuinely user-friendly car: a huge drawer-type glove box, which is easy for the driver to obtain and holds 11 liters, and the accessibility of removable seat covers which can be unfastened, machine-washed at home and refitted.
Also, the in-dash Renault R-Link multimedia tablet gives entry to a different level of connectivity, with an ever-extending library of devoted motoring applications.