The good results of the Romanian automaker come against the background of a 9.7 percent decrease of the French market, at 7 months, to 1.08 million units.
Dacia posted for July a 6.1 advance of new car registrations in France, to 9,682 units, while the French market slightly increased by 0.9 percent, to 150,248 units, the Committee of French Automotive Manufacturers announced yesterday, quoted by Mediafax. The market share held by Dacia went up from 6.13 percent in July last year to 6.44 this year. During January-July, new Dacia registrations soared by 8.6 percent against the similar interval of 2012, to 54,610 units. The market share of the brand advanced to 5.05 percent, from 4.2 percent last year. The French market diminished at 7 months by 9.7 percent, to 1.08 million units. French group Renault, which controls Dacia, posted a 4.7 percent increase of registrations, to 34,850 units, but a decline of 6.5 percent at 7 months. During January-July, 255,080 new automobiles manufactured by Renault were registered in France, which placed the group’s market share at 23.19 percent in July and 23.58 percent at 7 months. The registrations posted by the leader of the French market, PSA Peugeot Citroen, advanced by 0.9 percent in July, to 46,973 units, accounting for a market share in excess of 31 percent, while during January-July it had a decline of 12.2 percent, to 322,629 units. The market share of Peugeot Citroen was 29.83 percent in the first seven months. In the same interval, Dacia Sandero ranked 6th among the best sold automobiles in France, with 25,185 units registered, representing a market share of 2.3 percent. In Top 100 best sold cars, Dacia Duster ranks 16th with 16,341 units, Dacia Lodgy, place 34, 7,701 units, and Dacia Dokker, place 83, with 3,684 units. In the category of light commercial vehicles, Dacia registrations diminished by 4.7 percent in July, to 366 units, while the market advanced by 2.7 percent to 31,328 vehicles. In the first 7 months, Dacia registrations dropped 20 percent to 2,348 units, against a 7.7 percent decline of the market, to 219,720 units. The global sales of Dacia went up 4.8 percent compared to 2011, to 359,822 vehicles of which little over 6 percent were sold in Romania, where the company still held the leading position, but the biggest markets were France (23.4 percent), Germany (13 percent), Algeria, Turkey and Italy. In 2012, France dominated the top of Dacia sales per country, with 84,522 units, followed by Germany with 46,590 units and Algeria with 41,710 vehicles. Next come Turkey – 28,964 units, Italy – 26,832 and Spain – 17,847.