New car sales in France rise 5.8% in April 2014

Article by Christian A., on May 3, 2014

New car sales France surged 5.8 percent in April to 166,968 cars, led by new Renault vehicles. The April surge helped French car sales to rise 3.7 percent in the first four months of 2014, according to industry association CCFA. The growth in the French auto market comes as the bigger European market slowly recovers from a six-year decline, although excessive capacity still goes hard against earnings outlook of carmakers.

The growth logged in France in April indicates brighter prospect for the country, which had been behind its counterpart markets in terms of sales. CCFA spokesman Francois Roudier said sales growth in April was mainly thanks to corporate buyers, as consumer sales were down a little.

He noted that consumer spending is still "marked by great caution." Citi analyst Philip Watkins said that the surge in French car registrations uptick was achieved despite April's Easter holiday, adding that Renault "significantly outperformed" the French auto market in the month.

Renault posted an 18.4-percent growth in sales in April, boosted by a 45.6 percent gain at its no-frills Dacia brand. Stronger demand for low-cost cars among cost-averse consumers clearly helped Renault grow in the month.

Local rival PSA/Peugeot-Citroen only saw its sales hike 5.1 percent, as it doesn’t offer a budget vehicle brand unlike Renault. Volkswagen, on the other hand, posted a 1.3-percent rise in April registrations.

By putting focus on sensuality, simplicity, and warmth, it is clear that the new Clio best exemplifies the new design identity of Renault. Making the most out of the daily versatility and trademarked strengths offered by this model, the brand was able to come out with a Clio that displays solid core strengths mixed with an exciting blend of emotion.

Through this combination, Renault hopes that the new Clio will be able to attract even more customers. The versatility of this new model is based on better travelling comfort and more efficient road holding. In terms of power, customers will be given a chance to choose from different engines, all of which have low fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.

One of these is the diesel engine which has fuel consumption of 3.2 liters/100 km and CO2 emissions at 83 g/km. Having two systems available, which include the Renault R-Link, this latest offering from the brand is able to offer something new as it relates to multimedia in the automotive world. It is also able to provide across the range a high level of standard when it comes to safety equipment and comfort.

Furthermore, the personalization program being offered is truly affordable and made available on a scale never before done by Renault. The Clio is able to stand out as one of the best-selling cars to come from Renault and this is not surprising given that the brand took all of the various generations into account. This model has also set a standard in the market with total sales amounting to around 12 million cars generated since 1990.

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