PARIS -- Renault Group reported a 3.4 percent fall in 2019 worldwide vehicle sales to 3.75 million despite growth in Europe.
Sales grew by 1.3 percent to 1.94 million units in Europe but fell 17 percent to 179,571 in China, the automaker said in a statement on Friday.
Sales fell by 19 percent to 453,223 in the Africa, Middle East, India and the Pacific region. Excluding Iran, sales in the region were down 1.3 percent, Renault said. The automaker quit Iran in mid-2018 after the U.S. reimposed sanctions on the country.
Worldwide sales of the Renault brand fell by 6.9 percent to 2.36 million. Global sales of Renault full-electric vehicles grew by 24 percent, to 62,447, including a 19 percent increase for the Zoe small hatchback to more than 47,000, and a 19 percent rise for the Kangoo Z.E. small van to more than 10,000 units.
Olivier Murguet, executive vice president, sales and regions, said Renault would benefit in 2020 from full-year sales of the fifth-generation Clio small hatchback and the second-generation Captur small SUV.
The group’s budget brand, Dacia, increased sales by 10 percent in Europe. Its Lada Russian brand gained 0.6 percent to to 362,356, with a 21 percent market share. The Renault brand was up 5.8 percent in Russia, helped by the launch of the Arkana, a crossover sedan based on the compact Kadjar.
Renault also pulled out of a sales slump in India, gaining 7.9 percent in a market that fell by 11 percent. The Triber, a seven-seat version of the Kwid minicar, sold 24,142 units after its launch in August, Renault said.
Renault also said Friday it will launch a full-electric version of the Twingo minicar. The Twingo was developed with Daimler’s Smart ForFour, which is built in an electric version. Renault did not provide any other details about the Twingo EV.
Renault also said that it would continue to sell the fourth generation of its Clio alongside the latest model.
French rival PSA Group on Thursday reported a 10 percent fall in 2019 global sales to 3.49 million units, down from a record 3.88 million, hurt by falls in China, the Middle East and Africa.
Reuters contributed to this report