Economy. The French car market remains fragile in January

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The French auto market fell 5.85{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} in January, which is still affected by the health crisis. This comes from figures released by the Committee of Automobile Manufacturers (CCFA) on Monday.

With 126,381 registrations, the French new car market is declining compared to an already bad month of January 2020 with two more working days. 'There is no revolution, we are still in a very fragile market,' said François Roudier from the CCFA. 'The year 2021 begins in a very delicate way, combined with health precautions. Sales will depend on possible re-entrapment.'

French brands are particularly hard hit, with a 10.88{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} decline for Peugeot over a year (26,063 vehicles sold in January), 20.95{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} for Renault (18,881) and 21.24{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} for Citroën (12,314). However, Dacia, a brand of the Renault group, had an excellent month in January with the delivery of its new Sandero (+ 95.1{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} to 11,417 vehicles).

January was a mixed month for foreign brands. The Volkswagen Group rose (+ 5.20{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}) like the BMW Group (+ 1.95{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}), while the Toyota Group recorded a decrease of 8.29{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}. Ford is up 10.88{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} while Fiat Chrysler is down 18.40{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}.