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AID EXCLUSIVE

WESTERN EUROPE
French spring offensive
Renault-Group and Peugeot make flying-start into West Europeís 2014 car sales year
Published: Tue, 11 February 2014 17:08:00 GMT
 

Renault Captur 2013 model launch Geneva

Despite a still fragile looking recovery in their domestic French backyard, where last monthís car sales edged up by just half a per cent, domestic champions PSA and Renault kicked off Franceís new car sales season with an opening salvo across the bows of main rivals. 

The underlying story was not dissimilar across the wider car sales arena in Western Europe, where at long last the fog of gloom appeared to be lifting. 

Attack is the best form of defence. That appears to be Januaryís message from French carmakers.

+15%
Renault Groupís January West European rise in new car sales compared to same month last year


Renault in particular, in tandem with its still highflying Dacia budget brand, substantially outperformed industry expectations in January, according to AIDís provisional January car sales figures for Western Europe. 

Sharp trendbucking increases in France and the UK helped lift Renault Groupís total West European January car sales to just over 82,000 units. 

Thatís a 15 per cent increase compared with the opening month of last year. 

Fully in keeping with last year, Renaultís bargain-basement Dacia offshoot appears to have made most of the running. But its Renault parent was no slow coach either
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DATA AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS WITH THIS ARTICLE:

EUROPEAN new CAR sales:

by country
JANUARY 2014 v JANUARY
2013

WEST EUROPEAN new CAR sales:

by manufacturer and marque
JANUARY 2014 v JANUARY 2013    


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