+ Dacia’s new car sales up by almost 40 pc in May
In May, Dacia’s new car sales in France registered a growth of 39.3 percent year-on-year, to 9,457 units, according to the data published on Wednesday by the French Auto Manufacturers Committee (CCFA).
Among large auto manufacturers, the sales registered by France’s Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroen grew by 34 and 25.6 percent respectively, while Volkswagen reported a growth of 11.3 percent, despite the row over tampered emissions tests. BMW’s sales grew by 24.3 percent, while Ford reported a sales drop of 1.3 percent.
Overall, the French auto market registered a growth of 22.3 percent year-on-year in May, 175,834 new units being sold.
875,079 units have been sold in France in the first five months of this year, up by 10.5 percent year-on-year.
France remains the third largest auto market in the European Union, behind Germany and United Kingdom, but ahead of Italy and Spain.
In January-May, Dacia’s new car sales in France grew by 16.1 percent year-on-year, to 49,406 units.
In the first five months of the year, Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroen sales grew by 12.4 and 8.9 percent respectively, Volkswagen and BMW sales grew by 8.2 and 22.4 percent respectively and Ford reported a sales growth of just 0.2 percent.
Renault took over Dacia in 1999. Re-launched with the Logan model in 2004, Dacia became an important player on the European auto market.