Automotive market: a first quarter of 2022 at half-staff, but not everything is black

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With 147,079 registrations, the French new passenger car market has fallen by 19.53% in March 2022. However, hybrid and electric cars are doing well.

With a Ukrainian conflict that has impacted thethe entire global automotive industry, we should not expect miracles in terms of registrations in France in this first quarter of 2022, and specifically in the month of March. In fact, with 147,079 registrations, the French market for new passenger cars fell by 19.53%. A trend that follows that of the first quarter with 365,361 registrations as a whole, a decrease of 17.30%.

The downward trend is confirmed in particular for the French groups Stellantis and Renault, which recorded a variation of -28.2% in the first and -22% in the second quarter. Stellantis and Renault still have the largest share of the market with 23% held by Renault and 30.8% by Stellantis, with the other manufacturers being asked to make do with the rest.

The market share of electric vehicles is close to that of diesel

This rest, precisely, is undoubtedly the card to play for the manufacturers that offer the so-called alternative energies. In fact, if we see a continuous erosion of the share of diesel, with only 14% of the market share in this month of March 2022 (that is, only 16% in this first quarter compared to 34% before the pandemic), the share of hybrid (P )HEVs increased from 23% to 28% between the first three months of 2021 and 2022. Electric vehicles continue to grow with 11.9% of registrations in the first quarter compared to 6 .9% during the same period of the previous year.

Volkswagen Taigo off-road coupe R-line TFSI 110 DSG7

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gasoline resists with 38.3%, but it shows a drop since this energy still represented 43.5% in the first quarter of 2021. Note a complete box for Superethanol, having increased registrations to 5,804 between January and March 2022 compared to to 0 in the same period of 2021 (Source: AAA Data). However, without going out of control, the market share of this energy remains for the moment limited to 1.6%, but it is possible to foresee a continuous increase if the price of gasoline and diesel remains at the current level for a month length.

Ford Cougar E85

Top 10 car sales from January to March 2022

Combining all the engines, we find a not very altered hierarchy, with the top positions monopolized by the Peugeot 208, the Renault Clio and the Citroën C3. The news peugeot 308 and the renault arkana confirm their good health and enter the Top 10 of this first quarter of 2022.

RINGED MODELS VOLUME
1 PEUGEOT 208 II 21,875
two CITROEN C3 III 16,672
3 RENAULT CLIO IV 15,771
4 DACIA SANDERO 3 13,782
5 PEUGEOT 2008 II 12,673
6 RENAULT CAPTUR II 11,840
7 PEUGEOT 3008 II 11 135
8 PEUGEOT 308 III 8,978
9 DACIA DUSTER 2 7 710
10 RENAULT ARKANA 7,569

Source : AAA Data

Top 10 Hybrids of March 2022

In the detail of the new engines for the month of March, we find a Top 10 composed as follows for hybrids (HEV):

RINGED MODELS VOLUME
1 RENAULT-ARKANA 3 244
two RENAULT – CAPTUR 2,950
3 TOYOTA YARIS 1 777
4 TOYOTA – YARIS CROSS 1 636
5 RENAULT-CLIO 1,572
6 TOYOTA-C-HR 1 445
7 TOYOTA COROLLA 1,393
8 NISSAN-QASHQAI 1,298
9 SUZUKI-SWIFT 998
10 HYUNDAI-TUCSON 981

Source : AAA Data

These results are interesting as they show that more than 42% of Arkana sales are made with the E-Tech hybrid engine that had been tested and validated. The same goes for the renault capture, whose hybrid engine represents almost 25% of registrations. Lastly, note that the small SUV Yaris Cruz it is being emulated, as it is hot on the heels of its little brother Yaris in March, and has even allowed itself to surpass it in registrations since the beginning of the year, with 5,512 vehicles sold compared to 3,720 for the saloon.

## Top 10 Plug-in Hybrids March 2022

As for plug-in hybrids (PHEV), especially popular among companies, the Top 10 for this month of March 2022 is as follows:

RINGED MODELS VOLUME
1 PEUGEOT-3008 1 114
two PEUGEOT-308 704
3 MERCEDES-GLC 650
4 DS-DS7 511
5 VOLVO-XC40 478
6 RENAULT – CAPTUR 381
7 VOLVO-XC60 377
8 DS-DS4 373
9 MERCEDES – A-CLASS 372
10 HYUNDAI-TUCSON 368

Source : AAA Data

In this top 10 we find four positions occupied by Peugeot, Citroën and DS, which share the same powertrain with a four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 13.2 kWh battery. An engine that knows how to behave like a simple hybrid even with a discharged batteryas our tests have shown. In addition, note also the good places of the so-called premium models with the DS7, the Mercedes GLC and Classe, the Volvo XC40 and XC60 in this top 10.

ds7 crossback e-tense 225, rechargeable phev hybrid suv

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## Electric Top 10 March 2022

Finally, the Top 10 electric cars for this month of March 2022 is as follows:

RINGED MODELS VOLUME
1 TESLA – MODEL 3 3,882
two DACIA – SPRING 2 111
3 PEUGEOT-208 1,842
4 FIAT-500 1,562
5 RENAULT TWINGO 1,498
6 RENAULT-ZOE 1 127
7 TESLA – MODEL Y 968
8 KIA NIRO 584
9 Citroën-E-C4 560
10 HYUNDAI-KONA 513

Source : AAA Data

Tesla confirms its insolent good health with model 3 at the top of the podium, always ahead of the Spring and the e-208. The fiat 500 He remains unstoppable from his 4th place. Note that Zoe slips from 3rd place to 6th and that the ModelY it loses one place to 7th compared to last month. the Kia EV6Voted car of the year 2022, it has not yet managed to enter the Top 10, like its cousin Hyundai Ioniq 5, for the moment absent from this top.

In the end, the automotive market therefore continues to suffer from the consequences of the global pandemic, with a shortage of semiconductors that is delaying deliveries and affecting stocks. Unfortunately, the war in Ukraine, with its consequences on the supply of raw materials and the rise in their prices, has a negative influence on an industry that will still have to adapt to a difficult context… not to mention that this period of The crisis , coupled with rising gas and energy prices, is prompting households to be cautious.

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