Renault increases its French market share to 26 percent in the first two months of 2013 image

The Renault group took a 26.0 percent share of the passenger car and light commercial vehicle market in February, its best performance in 12 months.

For the first two months of 2013, Renault’s PC + LCV market share was 26.0 percent, up 0.5 percent year on year. In a passenger car market down 12.1 percent, the Renault group posted a 24.5 percent market share, of which 18.8 percent for the Renault brand (-1.7 percent). The Renault brand decrease in February was primarily a result of the end of Modus and Clio Estate production. From April, the launch of Captur is expected to more than make up for this loss in sales.

The new Clio confirmed its success in February, taking the number-one ranking for the month and year-to-date in 2013. The new model did so ahead of the release of the new versions of the Estate and Renault Sport models, set for launch next month.

At end-February, registrations for ZOE, set for mass launch in mid-March, totaled 440, ranking it number-one in the passenger-car electric vehicle market.

For the year to end-February, Twingo, New Clio, Mégane and Scénic led their respective segments. Dacia grew its market share 2 points to 5.7 percent, confirming its number-five ranking in the passenger-car market. As for light commercial vehicles, the Renault group took a 33.1 percent share, in a market that contracted 11.8 percent.