For the 2nd consecutive year, the Peugeot 3008 is the most manufactured car in France, ahead of the Toyota Yaris and the 2008.
More than three years after its introduction, the Peugeot 3008 continues to seduce customers, while no less than 245,932 units were produced in 2019, making the SUV the most produced model in France. Despite a drop in sales of 4.8% compared to 2018, due in particular to the launch of the Citroën C5 Aircross having stolen a few customers from the Sochaux, it still meets with great success, with 72,940 units sold across last year, only in France. Placed 4th position of most models sold in the market, just behind the Renault Clio IV, the SUV is ahead of the Toyota Yaris in the ranking of the most produced vehicles in France, for the 2nd consecutive year.
In third position, we find another French car, the 1st generation Peugeot 2008 , produced as a reminder in Mulhouse. It is however the last time that the small tri-color SUV will have a chance to appear on the podium, while the new version is assembled in the factory in Vigo, Spain. For its part, Toyota may have a chance to beat the manufacturer, while the Valenciennes site should welcome the production of a brand new model in the form of a compact SUV, whose presentation was to take place at Geneva Motor Show, before being postponed. As a reminder, there are no less than 224,000 units of the Toyota Yaris which were produced in France last year, a figure down 10% which is explained in particular by the arrival of the new generation, while the dedicated units in the United States are now manufactured in Mexico.
French production down
Unfortunately, we will have to expect a sharp drop in automotive production in France in the coming years, due to massive outsourcing allowing manufacturers to make significant savings on assembly lines. According to the firm IHS Markit, French production is expected to reach 2.2 million vehicles but will drop to 1.7 million only in 2020, compared to 3.6 million in 2004. Our colleagues cite in particular the case of Renault Clio and Peugeot 208, some versions of which, in particular the least high-end, are now manufactured abroad, in Slovenia and Morocco. For its part, the Opel Grandland X, originally produced in Sochaux, was finally transferred early last year to Eisenbach, Germany, due to a saturated French assembly line.