2022 (Full Year) France: Best-Selling Car Manufacturers and Brands

In full-year 2022, Stellantis was the largest carmaker in France while Peugeot, Renault, and Dacia were the best-selling car brands.

In full-year 2022, Stellantis was the largest carmaker in France while Peugeot, Renault, and Dacia were the best-selling car brands.
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2022 (January to December): the largest car manufacturer in France was again Stellantis with Peugeot and Renault the top-selling car brands. Dacia moved ahead of Citro毛n while Toyota replaced Volkswagen as the favorite foreign car brand in France in 2022. The total French new car market in 2022 contracted to a historically low 1.5 million cars. The Peugeot 208 was again the best-selling car model in France in 2022.

Latest French Car Sales Statistics — 2023: Market Overview, Brands, Models; 2022, 2021, 2020.

Best-Selling Car Manufacturers in France in 2022

In 2022 (full calendar year), the top-selling carmakers in France were as follows according to the CCFA:

Sales 2022Sales 2021% 22/21
Total French New Car Market1,529,0351,659,003-7.83
STELLANTIS478,040560,413-14.70
ALFA ROMEO3,0901,541100.52
CITROEN129,883161,883-19.77
DODGE01-100.00
DS20,95922,782-8.00
FIAT36,50839,914-8.53
JEEP5,72710,822-47.08
MASERATI21314843.92
OPEL36,05237,393-3.59
PEUGEOT245,608285,929-14.10
GROUPE RENAULT369,432395,773-6.66
ALPINE2,1381,61832.14
DACIA130,855125,2044.51
RENAULT236,405268,951-12.10
MOBILIZE340
GROUPE VOLKSWAGEN195,183221,167-11.75
AUDI43,68750,083-12.77
BENTLEY978612.79
BUGATTI20
CUPRA7,5554,00688.59
LAMBORGHIN105121-13.22
PORSCHE3,8574,487-14.04
SEAT13,68426,687-48.72
SKODA28,90430,399-4.92
VOLKSWAGEN97,292105,298-7.60
GROUPE B.M.W71,09471,317-0.31
B.M.W.45,43945,968-1.15
MINI25,64925,3371.23
ROLLS ROYC612-50.00
GROUPE TOYOTA103,524100,8742.63
LEXUS3,2564,704-30.78
TOYOTA100,26896,1704.26
GROUPE FORD47,09543,7777.58
FORD47,09543,7777.58
GROUPE NISSAN27,16926,4142.86
NISSAN27,16926,4142.86
GROUPE DAIMLER49,31852,391-5.87
MERCEDES47,97750,789-5.54
SMART1,3411,602-16.29
GROUPE HYUNDAI93,33089,4564.33
HYUNDAI47,10645,2414.12
KIA46,22444,2154.54
GROUPE GEELY13,51517,285-21.81
VOLVO13,51517,285-21.81
GROUPE TATA5,4657,796-29.90
JAGUAR1,0931,718-36.38
LAND ROVER4,3726,078-28.07
GROUPE SUZUKI14,75022,907-35.61
SUZUKI14,75022,907-35.61
GROUPE MITSUBISHI2,4391,96724.00
MITSUBISHI2,4391,96724.00
TESLA29,19926,44610.41
OTHERS29,48421,02040.27
Source: CCFA

Largest Carmakers in France in 2022

Stellantis remained the largest car manufacturing group by far in France in 2022 despite bleeding market share. With the exception of niche brands Alfa Romeo and Maserati, all other brands of the Stellantis conglomerate had lower sales. Dodge was the worst-performing brand in France overall in 2022 but that is a statistical anomaly — more worrying for Stellantis must be the weak performance by both Citro毛n and Peugeot.

The Renault Group was the second-largest carmaker in France in 2022 and narrowly outperformed the broader market due to the strong performance of Dacia. Alpine also increased sales but the numbers were low.

The Volkswagen Group was the third-largest car producer in France in 2022 but also performed weakly with only niche brands increasing sales. A strong performance by Cupra could not make up for lost sales by Seat.

BMW Group sales were flat while Toyota gained market share with Toyota replacing Volkswagen as the most popular foreign car brand in France in 2022.

Ford was the best-performing carmaker in France in 2022 while Hyundai and Kia also increased sales volumes. Nissan also had stronger sales while Daimler outperformed the market.

Best-Selling Car Brands in France in 2022 (Full Year)

The 20 top-selling car brands in France in 2022 were as follows according to the CCFA:

Sales 2022Sales 2021% 22/21
Total French New Car Market1,529,0351,659,003-7.83
1PEUGEOT245,608285,929-14.10
2RENAULT236,405268,951-12.10
3DACIA130,855125,2044.51
4CITROEN129,883161,883-19.77
5TOYOTA100,26896,1704.26
6VOLKSWAGEN97,292105,298-7.60
7MERCEDES47,97750,789-5.54
8HYUNDAI47,10645,2414.12
9FORD47,09543,7777.58
10KIA46,22444,2154.54
11B.M.W.45,43945,968-1.15
12AUDI43,68750,083-12.77
13FIAT36,50839,914-8.53
14OPEL36,05237,393-3.59
15TESLA29,19926,44610.41
16SKODA28,90430,399-4.92
17NISSAN27,16926,4142.86
18MINI25,64925,3371.23
19DS20,95922,782-8.00
20SUZUKI14,75022,907-35.61

20 Top-Selling Car Brands in France in 2022

Peugeot and Renault remained the two largest car brands in France in 2022 despite both losing market share. Five years ago, in 2017, Peugeot sold 366,872 cars while Renault was the market leader with 416,578 sales. Dacia took third place for the first time with an increase in sales while Citroen slipped to fourth with sales down by a fifth.

Toyota outsold Volkswagen to become the best-selling foreign car brand in France. VW and Mercedes-Benz sales were down but both narrowly outperformed the market.

Hyundai and Kia both increased sales but the top performer amongst the top ten car brands in France in 2022 was Ford with sales up 7.6%. BMW and Audi had weaker sales and both slipped out of the top ten.

Tesla was the most improved brand of the top marques with sales up by 10%.

The worst-performing car brands in France in 2022 were Dodge with sales down 100% but more significant was the halving of sales of Seat and Jeep (and Rolls-Royce).

The best-performing car marques in France in 2022 were Alfa Romeo and Cupra which nearly doubled sales and Maserati. Tesla and Ford were the most-improved larger brands.

Latest French Car Sales Statistics — 2023: Market Overview, Brands, Models; 2022, 2021, 2020.

About the author:

Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience in online writing. His best-selling cars website has been reporting car sales statistics since 2008 with classic car auction prices focusing on the most expensive automobiles sold at public auctions in the past decade. He also owns the travel websites European-Traveler.com and Lake Geneva Switzerland. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Finance from the University of London.