French car market. Sales by energy in March 2022 – L’argus PRO

According to the data provided by NGC-Data®, the rise in power of electricity is undeniable. In March 2022, registrations of electric cars thus increased by 27.2% to reach 13.5% market share with 19,836 units. At the same time, diesel continues to plummet (–50.4% compared to March 2021) with only 21,077 units sold, a market share of only 14.3%, against 23% a year earlier. The gap between diesel and electric is now just 0.8 points, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the curves crossed over the course of the year, marking the start of the latest diesel drop announced for this decade.

Over the first quarter of 2022 as a whole, electric vehicles achieved 11.9% market share with 43,507 registrations (+42.7%), compared to 16.5% for diesel and its 60,205 units (–44, 1%). With 8,481 units, Tesla dominates the French electric market in this first quarter, ahead of Renault (6,837 units) and Peugeot (5,197 units). Tesla Model 3, Dacia Spring and Peugeot e-208 form the winning trio.

Top 5 best-selling electric cars in France at 1is quarter 2022

  1. Tesla Model 3: 6,636
  2. Dacia Spring: 4,953
  3. Peugeot e-208: 3,809
  4. Renault Zoe: 3,577
  5. Fiat 500e: 3,213

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Renault and Toyota dominate the hybrid

toyota yaris cross renault captur hybrid
While the non-rechargeable hybrid is gaining ground in France, Renault and Toyota alone monopolize 56% of this market.

On the same downward slope, but less pronounced than for diesel, is gasoline. However, this fuel remains No. 1 for passenger cars in France with 57,478 registrations recorded in March (–26.1%, i.e. 39.1% market share) and 139,987 in the first quarter (–27.2%, i.e. 38.3% of the market). In second position, the non-rechargeable petrol hybrid is progressing more slowly than the electric (+6% in March, +12.7% over the three months), but it now represents 18.5% of the market in March with 27,149 units and 19.2% market share over three months with 70,089 registrations.

Note, however, that two manufacturers alone represent more than half of the non-rechargeable petrol hybrid market, namely Renault (29.2% of the market) and Toyota (26.8%), which place their cars in the top 5 of sales. The Renault Captur and Arkana are thus the best-selling hybrid models of the quarter, ahead of the Toyota Yaris Cross, Renault Clio and Toyota C-HR.

Top 5 best-selling hybrid cars in France at 1is quarter 2022

  1. Renault Captur: 8,232
  2. Renault Arkana: 7,570
  3. Toyota Yaris Cross: 5,512
  4. Renault Clio: 4,692
  5. Toyota C-HR: 3,806

TO READ. All indicators of the French automotive market in March 2022

The PHEV recalls

peugeot 308 hybrid white 2022
Dominated by Peugeot, the rechargeable hybrid is declining in the first quarter of 2022.

The plug-in gasoline hybrid (PHEV), on the other hand, is struggling a little more with 11,130 units sold in March 2022 (– 16.4%) and 28,109 in the first quarter (– 5.5%). By placing the 3008 and 308 at the top of sales ahead of the Citroën C5 Aircross, Volvo XC40 and DS 7 Crossback, Peugeot dominates this segment with 6,247 units over the first three months. The Lion is thus ahead of several premium brands, namely Mercedes, Volvo, BMW, then DS.

On the contrary, LPG – the sixth most popular fuel in France – continues to grow with 4,479 registrations recorded over the month (+31.3%) and 10,716 over the quarter (+14.6%). Dacia outrageously dominates this technology by capturing 87.5% of the French LPG market thanks to 9,377 registrations and placing three models at the top of the sales charts: Sandero, Duster and Jogger.

Top 5 energies on the French automotive market at 1is quarter 2022

energy Volume Market share Evolution
Gasoline 139,987 38.3% – 27.2%
gasoline hybrid 70,089 19.2% 12.7%
Diesel 60 205 16.5% – 44.1%
Electric 43,507 11.9% 42.7%
Gasoline PHEV 28 109 7.7% – 5.5%
Total 365 382 – 17.3%

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