Vehicle registrations - France. April of 2017

Drop in number of French car registrations

In April, vehicle registrations in France grew by 3.82% with respect to April of 2016. In total, 2,502,439 cars were registered and 2,502,439 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 3.82% more than the year before.

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

  • Commercial vehicles sold: 473,582, 7.15% more than in April of 2016.
  • Passenger cars regitrations: 171,871, which represents a figure of 6.01% less than in April of 2016.

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 37.48 cars per 1,000 residents, 37.48 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 grown since 2007, as 2,483,559 were produced that year although there has been a drop in the number of registrations per thousand residents , which that year numbered 39.02.

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.
< 2016
April 201740,919171,871212,7903.19473,5822,028,8572,502,43937.48
March 201749,819226,134275,9534.13473,7572,039,8492,513,60637.65
February 201738,391161,874200,2653.00467,7652,024,9692,492,73437.34
January 201735,219153,046188,2652.82466,4692,029,8232,496,29237.39
December 201645,707194,372240,0793.60463,2952,015,1772,478,47237.13
November 201640,330163,161203,4913.05462,0082,004,5252,466,53336.95
October 201637,787155,194192,9812.89456,7471,991,6982,448,44536.68
September 201640,090168,820208,9103.13459,0021,998,2412,457,24336.81
August 201623,16498,211121,3751.82459,4641,994,1902,453,65436.75
July 201632,815132,990165,8052.48456,1261,988,0272,444,15336.61
June 201650,928227,353278,2814.17455,2652,002,1622,457,42736.81
May 201638,413175,831214,2443.21450,1702,000,4472,450,61736.71
France - New motor vehicle registrations