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Wednesday, 19 July 2017
The Renault group celebrates the first half of the year with increased sales & market leaders.
Groupe Renault sets a half-year sales record with 1.88 million vehicles sold, up 10.4 per cent
1.88 million vehicles sold in the first half of 2017, an increase of 10.4 per cent in a market that grew 2.6 per cent .
All group brands posted increases in sales volumes and market share. The Renault and Dacia brands set half-year sales records. Renault ranks as the second most sold brand in Europe.
All Regions increased their sales volumes and market share. In particular, the Group recorded a 19.3 per cent rise in sales in the Africa-Middle East-India Region and a 50.5 per cent increase in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Renault confirms its growth ambitions in 2017, driven by its renewed range, new product launches and the development of its international business activities.
Groupe Renault PC + LCV registrations worldwide (including Lada) increased 10.4 per cent in the first half of the year, in a market up 2.6 per cent. Group market share now stands at 4.1 per cent (up 0.3 points on 2016).
The Group and the Renault and Dacia brands set half-year sales records. The group sold 1,879,288 vehicles, the Renault brand 1,342,320 vehicles and the Dacia brand 332,845 vehicles. Renault Samsung Motors sales rose 12.5p er cent and those of Lada rose 12.2 per cent.
"We set a new record with sales of over 1.88 million vehicles in a six-month period. Our sales volumes and market share increased for all our brands and in all Regions. Our strategy of range renewal and geographical expansion continues to produce results" said Thierry Koskas, member of the Executive Committee and Group Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing.
In Europe, group registrations continued to grow faster than the market. They increased 5.6 per cent in a market up 4.4 per cent to a total 1,025,146 in the first half of the year. The Group took a 10.8 per cent share of the European market, up 0.1 points.
The Renault brand alone posted growth of 4.3 per cent, for a market share of 8.2 per cent. Renault benefited in particular from the complete renewal of the Mégane family in 2016. Clio 4 is the second best-selling vehicle in Europe, while Captur ranks as the number one crossover in its category.
Renault maintained its lead in the electric vehicle segment with a market share of 26.8 per cent. Sales volumes increased 34 per cent. Registrations of ZOE, Europe's top-selling electric vehicle, rose 44 per cent.
The Dacia brand posted a first-half-year sales record in Europe with 245,453 vehicle registrations (up 9.3 per cent) and a 2.6 per cent share of the market. These results were driven by the performance of Sandero phase 2, launched in late 2016, and Duster.
In France, the Renault brand achieved its best half-year performance in passenger cars in six years. Twingo, Clio, Talisman and Espace all led their respective segments. Dacia topped its sales record with Sandero, the leader in the market of passenger car sales to retail customers. ZOE remains the clear leader in the electric vehicle market, accounting for almost 70 per cent of electric passenger car sales in France with over 9,200 registrations – a year-on-year increase of over 42 per cent.
Outside Europe, all the Regions increased their sales volumes and market share. Group registrations rose 16.8 per cent in a market that grew 3.4per cent.
Groupe Renault strengthened its positions with the success of its range: QM6 and SM6 in South Korea, Kaptur, Vesta and Xray in Russia, Koleos in China, Mégane Sedan in Turkey and Oroch in the Americas.
In the Africa-Middle East-India region, Group registrations rose 19.3 per cent for a market share of 6.4 per cent, up 1.1 points.
In Iran, sales rose 100.3 per cent for a market share of 9.8 per cent (up 4 points) thanks to the success of Tondar and Sandero.
In India, Renault continues to rank as the number-one European car brand, with a market share of 3.3 per cent.
In North Africa, group sales grew 10.1 per cent in a market down 8.3 per cent. The Group took a 43 per cent share of the market, up 7.2 points.
In Eurasia, registrations rose 8.6 per cent in a market that grew 2.5 per cent. The market share of the Group, now including the Lada brand, increased 1.4 points to 24.5 per cent, notably through strong momentum in Russia.
Returning to growth for the first time in four years, the Russian market grew 6.9 per cent in the first half of the year. The Group increased its sales by 14 per cent (including Lada).
Lada sales grew almost twice as fast as the market, increasing 12.8 per cent for a market share of 19.5 per cent (up 1 point), driven by the success of the new Vesta and Xray models.
The Renault brand claimed an 8.5 per cent share of the market, up 0.7 points. Kaptur registrations totaled more than 14,140 units for the half-year period.
With the consolidation of Lada sales volumes, Russia now stands as the group's number-two market.
In the Asia-Pacific Region, registrations increased 50.5 per cent in a market up 3.6 per cent.
In China, Renault sold nearly 36,000 vehicles (compared with 9,771 in first-half 2016), of which 21,000 New Koleos, launched in late 2016 and produced locally.
Renault Samsung Motors posted a 12.5 per cent increase in South Korea in a market that contracted 4.2 per cent. The brand's market share came out at 6.9 per cent (up 1 point) thanks to the success of the latest product launches (SM6 and QM6).
In the Americas Region, sales grew 14.6 per cent in a market up 8.3 per cent for a market share of 6.5 per cent, up 0.4 points. Sandero, Logan and Duster Oroch confirmed their success.
Groupe Renault continued to take full advantage of the market recovery in Argentina, increasing its registrations 45.6 per cent in a market that grew 34 per cent. Market share increased 1.1 points to 13.3 per cent. Renault has benefited from the local production of Sandero and Logan since the end of 2016.
The market in Brazil grew 4.2 per cent in the first half of the year. The group took advantage of the trend, reporting a 5.1 per cent increase in sales and a 7.4 per cent share of the market.
MARKET OUTLOOK IN 2017 FOR GROUPE RENAULT
In 2017, the global market should see growth of around 1.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent. The European market is still expected to grow 2 per cent over the period. The French market is expected to expand by 2 per cent.
Outside Europe, the Russian market could grow by more than 5 per cent and the Brazilian market by 5 per cent. The growth momentum is expected to continue in China (+5 per cent) and India (+8 per cent).
In the second half of the year, the Group will continue to take full advantage in Europe of its renewed range and internationally of the momentum of Koleos in China, Kaptur, Xray and Vesta in Russia, QM6 and SM6 in South Korea, and the new SUV range in Latin America.
Groupe Renault therefore confirms its 2017 sales objectives with growth in sales and market share in Europe and outside Europe.