PARIS – French passenger registrations fell by 19 percent in January compared with the same month in 2021, as the chip shortage continued to constrain production. There were 102,901 new cars sold in the month, the lobbying group PFA said Tuesday, far below the pre-pandemic 2019 level of about 160,000 sales.
French sales fall by 19% in January, extending slide
French auto sales started the year on a down note as the chip shortage continued, with volume far below pre-pandemic 2019 levels.
The only volume brands to record gains were Mini (34 percent), Hyundai (13 percent) and Kia (6 percent. By group, Stellantis lost 18.5 percent, Renault lost 23 percent, Volkswagen lost 20 percent and Toyota lost 19 percent. Hyundai was the sole winner among groups, with a gain of 9.6 percent.
Full-electric vehicle market share was 9.9 percent, double the level in January 2021.