confirmed its ranking as leading brand in France, increasing its market
share to 29.1% in 2000 from 28.9% in 1999. The brand achieved a 28.2%
share of the passenger car market, with Mégane and Clio the two
best-selling cars in France. Renault took a 33.7% share of the light
commercial vehicle market and occupied the three top slots with the
Kangoo Express, Clio Utility and the Master van.
sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles were up 2%,
progressing faster than the French market as a whole (up 1%).
registrations of 602,415 vehicles (compared to 602,530 units in 1999),
the brand increased its market share to 28.2% (28% in 1999), with
volumes stable in a French market which contracted by 1%.
the top seller in France, increased its sales by 10% and took a 9.6%
market share (8.7% in 1999). Scénic, up 32% despite the introduction of
new rival models, contributed to the success of the Mégane range,
accounting for 62% of all Mégane sales in 2000. Scénic benefited from
new engines with the 105bhp 1.9 dCi (March 2000) and the launch in
September of the 118bhp 1.8 16V and 140bhp 2.0 16V units along with the
proactive automatic transmission, as well as the Scénic RX4 introduced
in May. In the SUV segment, the Scénic RX4 was leader in 2000 with
6,500 units, despite only being brought out in mid-year. Since November,
a new range of Mégane hatchbacks has been available with upgraded
equipment and the new 105bhp 1.9 dCi common rail engine.
of Clio, the best-selling small car for the ninth consecutive year and
second in overall rankings after Mégane, rose by 4%. Clio took a market
share of 8.8% compared to 8.4% in 1999. This rise was due to the success
of the new range launched in January, with the 1.4 16V and 1.9 dTi
engines, MTV limited editions, Ludo and Renault Sport 2.0 16V versions.
The Extrême limited edition Clio was introduced in December and
featured in particular the new 75bhp 1.2 16V petrol engine.
the top model in the passenger-carrying van category, accounted for 1.2%
of the market.
launched in 1993, is still not dated. It ranked fourth in the small car
segment ahead of more recent models and took a market share of 3.6%. The
New Twingo (new chassis, new braking system, more comprehensive
equipment) was brought out in September 2000 and it is now available
with the new 75bhp 1.2 16V engine.
replaced in January 2001 by Laguna II, bowed out in style in France. The
model recorded only a slight 9% drop in its sales volumes (66,062 units
sold). Laguna, with a market share of 3.1%, held on to its number two
position in the upper medium segment.
the fourth consecutive year, Espace was both leader of the 'S' segment
and number one top-of-the-range MPV. It took a 1.3% market share. Since
September 2000, the Espace has been available with the new 2.2 dCi
(115bhp and 130bhp) and 2.0 16V engines teamed with the proactive
whole of the Renault passenger car range benefits from ABS as standard
equipment since September 2000 and a 12-year anti-corrosion guarantee
since October 2000.
leader in Europe for light commercial vehicles with a 33.7% market
share, Renault sold 139,740 units in 2000 (127,716 vehicles in 1999).
The top three models were Renaults.
Express, the best-selling LCV in 2000 with a 10.7% market share, was
just ahead of the Clio Utility (10.4% of the market).
ranking third in all models combined with 6.2% of the market, was the
best-selling panel van in France.
range of light commercial vehicles will benefit in 2001 from the arrival
of the new Trafic, the new benchmark in the compact van segment.