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FRANCE | PARIS PREVIEW
France still motoring along nicely, but not in previously familiar manner
Published: Tue, 27th Sep 2016 15:04:08 GMT  
 

Paris Motor Show preview AID Newsletter


Environmental concerns, chiefly CO2 reductions, might well be the official theme at this week’s Paris auto show, which first opens for the word’s press this Thursday. But don’t be fooled. In the clear light of this year’s glitzy show - a sobering reflection of what France’s new car buyers really want to buy with their money - carmakers’ stands will be packed with a mind-boggling choice and value of totally new SUV-Crossovers. Already Europe’s hottest sector, in France too, demand for vehicles of this type is booming. AID investigates. 

Anyone attending this year’s French international car show in Paris should feel reassured – sales are continuing their upbeat march, and judged from August’s 6.7 per cent gain, this year’s French car market remains on track to touch the 2m sales barrier for the first time in half a decade

With the likelihood that CO2 issues will be little more than a sideshow, France’s electric car market, the second biggest BEV (Battery electric cars) market in Europe, still set a new milestone. BEVs, in the eight months to August this year, rose by nearly a half to 14,636 units. 

This increased France’s BEV sales share to 1.1 per cent, after narrowly breaching the 1 per cent sales share level this August.

But that’s not all to this year’s French car buying trends. 

Diesels, still more popular in France than almost anywhere else in Europe as recently as 2008, have fallen out of favour. 

Drawing attention to the sector’s sudden change in fortune, since 2008 France’s previously market dominating diesel car market has lost nearly a third of its market share, according to AID figures
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