Four years after its last edition, in 2018, the Paris Motor Show opened on Monday, October 17 at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center in Paris. Hundreds of thousands of car enthusiasts are expected until October 23 for the 89th edition of this show, which is renowned for its longevity.
This year, the event honors technical innovation, while France and Europe are moving towards the end of the construction of thermal vehicles by 2035. Panorama of the French market 2022 in five figures.
1,369,608 passenger cars and light utility vehicles registered
Since January 2022, 1,369,608 passenger cars and light commercial vehicles have been newly registered. This figure represents a decrease of 14% compared to the same period last year.
Despite a sluggish car market this year, car sales are starting to recover. They recorded a slight rebound in September 2022, with a 5.46% increase in registrations of new private vehicles in France compared to September 2021, according to the Automotive Platform (PFA), which brings together the main economic players in the Faculty.
Stellantis leads sales with 34.5% market share
For the second consecutive year, the Stellantis group, born from the merger of the PSA Peugeot-Citroën group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in 2021, topped the sales of passenger vehicles in France. The group, which brings together 14 automotive brands, has thus recorded 472,095 sales of light vehicles (passenger cars and light commercial vehicles) since January, followed by the Renault group (25.2%).
In a context of social tension, Carlos Tavares, general manager of the guest group of RTL Monday, October 17, announced that there would be no factory closures in France ” medium term “ensuring that “electricity will solve the problem of hydrocarbons provided it is clean energy”. Stellantis is preparing to assemble electric versions of the Peugeot 408 and 308 in France.
21% of vehicles sold are hybrid or plug-in
While the European Parliament has voted to end the sale of new combustion engine cars from 2035 and Emmanuel Macron has set a new target of producing 2 million electric cars in the country by 2030, sales of hybrid or rechargeables are on the rise.
They have represented 21% of the market since January 2022, compared to 18% for the year 2021: 13% are electric vehicles, including hydrogen vehicles, and the rest are hybrid vehicles. The market share of these vehicles has been steadily increasing for several years, with a turning point in 2020, marked by a spectacular increase in market share (11.2% of the total market compared to 2.7% in 2019).
67,866 Peugeot 208 II sold
The Peugeot 208 II remains, for the third consecutive year, the best-selling new car in France since January 2022. Its sales represent 6.1% of the total market for new passenger cars (67,866 Peugeot 208 II sold since January). It is followed by the Renault Clio V (47,589 vehicles sold) then the Dacia Sandero 3 (46,032).
6 out of 10 French people worried about no longer having the means to buy a vehicle
According to a survey commissioned by the Cetelem automobile observatory (1), 63% of car owners fear that they will no longer be able to afford a vehicle in the future, given the rising cost of vehicles in Europe. purchase, gasoline, insurance or even repairs.
Six out of ten people already claim to have given up traveling because of the cost involved. After a record rise in the cost of fuel this year, 52% of users are calling for the establishment of a price shield on gasoline prices. A proportion that peaks at 67% in rural areas.