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Vehicle registrations - France. October of 2016

Fewer October private car sales in France

In October, vehicle registrations in France grew by 6.28% with respect to October of 2015. In total, 2,448,445 cars were registered and 2,448,445 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 6.28% more than the year before.

The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of October is:

  • Commercial vehicles sold: 456,747, 8.19% more than in October of 2015.
  • Passenger cars regitrations: 155,194, which represents a figure of 4.05% less than in October of 2015.

France is among the ten countries where the greatest number of cars have been registered in the last year, in ranking of 36 countries based on number of vehicle registrations.

A very useful variable for estimating the level of economic wealth enjoyed by French residents, when compared to the other countries in the ranking, is the number of vehicles sold or registered per thousand residents in the last year. With annual sales of 36.87 cars per 1,000 residents, 36.87 of them in the last month, France, occupies 15th place in the ranking.

As can be seen, the number of registrations per thousand residents has fallen in the last year. A drop in registrations generally indicates a fall in consumer confidence and, when it is sustained, a recession in the real economy .

Changes in French vehicle registration numbers are shown in the tables below. As several studies indicate, these changes are very much related to changes in GDP and, hence, to a country's economic situation. Sales have declined since 2006, as 2,530,608 were registered that year, as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 40.02.

Here we show you the progression of vehicle registrations in France. You can see car registrations in other countries in en vehicle registrations and see all the economic information about France in en French economy.

France - New motor vehicle registrations
DateCommercial vehicles MonthPassengers vehicles MonthMonthly vehicle salesMonthly Vehicles/ 1,000 p.Commercial vehicles YearPassengers vehicles YearAnnual vehicle salesAnnual Vehicles/ 1,000 p.
< 2015
October 201637,787155,194192,9812.91456,7471,991,6982,448,44536.87
September 201640,090168,820208,9103.15459,0021,998,2412,457,24337.00
August 201623,16498,211121,3751.83459,4641,994,1902,453,65436.94
July 201632,815132,990165,8052.50456,1261,988,0272,444,15336.80
June 201650,928227,353278,2814.19455,2652,002,1622,457,42737.00
May 201638,413175,831214,2443.23450,1702,000,4472,450,61736.90
April 201641,094182,863223,9573.37441,9601,968,3872,410,34736.29
March 201643,827211,254255,0813.84438,3521,956,2892,394,64136.06
February 201637,095166,728203,8233.07435,7291,941,6002,377,32935.79
January 201632,045138,400170,4452.57431,2141,922,4562,353,67035.44
December 201544,420183,720228,1403.44427,8661,917,2262,345,09235.31
November 201535,069150,334185,4032.79424,0411,896,8602,320,90134.95
France - New motor vehicle registrations