Dacia, strongest increase of auto sales in France, this January

Dacia marked in January the strongest increase of new automobile registrations in France, by 18 per cent, to almost 9,000 units, with a market share of 7.16 per cent, while the French market slightly picked up after several years of decline. The number of new Dacia automobiles that were registered in France advanced by 17.9 per cent in January against the same month of 2013, from 7,600 to 8,980 units, with the market share of the Romanian carmaker on the home market of the Renault group advancing to 7.16 per cent, from 6.1 per cent a year ago, according to data released yesterday by the French Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). The new automobile registrations in France picked up 0.5 per cent in January, to 125,500 units, after contracting by 5.7 per cent last year. ACEA estimates that the market will stagnate or will slightly increase this year. French manufacturers PSA Peugeot Citroen and Renault consolidated their dominant positions on the local market in January, registering a combined market share of 59.27 per cent, against 54.77 per cent a year ago. With increases of 18 per cent for Dacia and 10.5 per cent for Renault, the group Renault registered an advance of 12.4 per cent of sales in January, to 34,150 automobiles, equivalent to 27.22 per cent of the market, against 24.35 per cent at the beginning of last year.

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