PARIS -- French new-car registrations fell 15 percent in June compared with the same month in 2020, as France was coming out of coronavirus lockdown, but sales remained 14 percent below the June 2019 baseline.
Sales at most volume brands fell – in some cases sharply -- but strong gains were recorded by Jeep (up 184 percent) and DS Automobiles (up 59 percent). Hyundai sales rose by 14 percent, Audi was up 10 percent and Volkswagen brand by 8.6 percent.
There were 199,509 registrations in June, according to industry group CCFA, on 22 selling days. There were 21 selling days in June 2020; adjusted for that, sales fell by 19 percent. Even the June 2019 figure is a bit misleading, because there were only 19 selling days for the month; on an equal number of days, sales in June 2021 would have fallen 25 percent.