In full-year 2019, the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 were again the best-selling car models in France despite model changes during the year.
Although the Peugeot 208 topped the car sales statistics of the best-selling car models in France in 2019, the Renault Clio remained by far the top-selling car name and the clear favorite car of the French. The top-ten best-selling car models in France in 2019 were the same names as a year ago but the rank order differed. The Toyota Yaris was the favorite imported car model in France in 2019 and the Renault Zoe the best-selling electric car model.
Top 30 Best-Selling Car Models in France in 2019 (Full Year)
The 30 top-selling car models in France in 2019 according to the CCFA were:
|Car Brand and Model||Sales 2019|
|1||PEUGEOT 208||87 285|
|2||CITROEN C3 III||80 757|
|3||RENAULT CLIO IV||80 079|
|4||PEUGEOT 3008 II||72 940|
|5||DACIA SANDERO||69 343|
|6||RENAULT CAPTUR||64 050|
|7||PEUGEOT 2008||59 218|
|8||PEUGEOT 308 II||56 435|
|9||RENAULT CLIO V||51 428|
|10||RENAULT TWINGOIII||50 724|
|11||DACIA DUSTER 2||48 957|
|12||CITROEN C3 AIRCR.||46 946|
|13||RENAULT MEGANE IV||44 212|
|14||TOYOTA YARIS||41 789|
|15||VOLKSWAGEN POLO VI||38 941|
|16||CITROEN C5 AIRCR.||34 698|
|17||RENAULT KADJAR||28 982|
|18||PEUGEOT 5008 II||28 669|
|19||OPEL CORSA||27 698|
|20||FORD FIESTAVII||24 082|
|21||VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VII||22 395|
|22||VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC||22 325|
|23||FIAT 500||21 955|
|24||VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN II||21 799|
|25||PEUGEOT 108||21 588|
|26||CITROEN C4 CACTUS||20 905|
|27||RENAULT SCENIC IV||20 306|
|28||NISSAN QASHQAI 2||20 053|
|29||MERCEDES CLASSE A||20 051|
|30||RENAULT ZOE||18 817|
French car statistics list car models by the specific model rather than simply the model name. As a result, the Peugeot 208 was the most sold car in France in 2019. However, the updated Peugeot 208 II that entered the market only during the year was also the 32nd most popular car model in 2019.
More significantly, the Renault Clio was the third and ninth best-selling car models in France in 2019 representing the outgoing Clio IV and incoming Clio V. Combined, the Renault Clio remained by far the most-popular car model in France in 2019.
During 2019, the Toyota Yaris replaced the Volkswagen Polo as the most-popular imported car model in France.
The top-selling electric car in France was the Renault Zoe – it was also the 30th most-popular car model overall in France in 2019.
Top-Ten Best-Selling Car Model Names in France in 2019
Combining the older and newer version of model names of which new cars were launched in 2019, the top ten most-popular car model names in France in 2019 were as follows:
|Car Make & Model||Sold 2019||Sold 2018||Sold 2017||Sold 2016|
|1||Renault Clio IV + V||131,507||123,658||117,541||112,152|
|2||Peugeot 208 I+ II||105,589||102,395||97,663||97,830|
|3||Citroen C3 III||80,757||77,937||67,276||51,843|
|4||Peugeot 3008 II||72,940||84,834||74,297||–|
|5||Renault Captur I + II||70,655||67,396||68,773||70,769|
|8||Peugeot 308 II||56,435||63,218||66,163||75,509|
|9||Renault Twingo III||50,724||46,372||39,022||40,793|
Ten Favorite Car Models of the French in 2019
The Renault Clio and the Peugeot 208 remained the two most-popular car models in France in 2019 – as they’ve been since 2013, the first full year that the Peugeot 208 was on the market. New versions for both models were introduced during 2019. Both model names sold at higher numbers than a year ago with the Renault Clio remaining the clear favorite car of the French.
Sales of the Citroen C3 similarly increased in 2019 to take third place from the Peugeot 3008 that had weaker sales.
The Renault Captur also underwent a model change and both old and new versions combined allowed the Captur to capture fifth place from the Dacia Sandero.
The Peugeot 2008 and Peugeot 308 maintained their rank positions from a year ago despite both cars selling in lower numbers.
After four consecutive years at number 10, the Renault Twingo moved to ninth at the expense of the Dacia Duster. The Dacia Duster remained the best-selling SUV in France in 2019.
There were no new entrants on the top ten list of best-selling car models in France in 2019.
The best-selling car manufacturer in France in 2019 was the PSA Group while Renault was the top-selling car brand. The French new car market in 2019 expanded by 1.9% to 2,214,279 cars – the highest level since 2010.