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Vehicle registrations - France. February of 2020

Drop in number of French passenger car registrations

In February, vehicle registrations in France fell by 1.85% with respect to February of 2019. In total, 211,275 cars were registered and 2,525,460 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 6.48% less than the year before.

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

  • Commercial vehicles sold: 43,493, 1.56% more than in February of 2019.
  • Passenger cars regitrations: 167,782, which represents a figure of 2.7% less than in February of 2019.

France is among the ten countries where the greatest number of cars have been registered in the last year, in ranking of 135 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 37.69 cars per 1,000 residents, 3.15 of them in the last month, France, occupies 13th 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 2010, as 2,766,590 were registered that year, as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 42.79.

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.

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DateCommercial vehicles MonthPassengers vehicles MonthMonthly vehicle salesMonthly Vehicles/ 1,000 p.Commercial vehicles YearPassengers vehicles YearAnnual vehicle salesAnnual Vehicles/ 1,000 p.
February 202043,493167,782211,2753.15538,3772,016,5492,525,46037.69
January 202036,960134,229171,1892.55537,7082,021,2052,529,44737.75
December 201948,875211,194260,0693.88541,4162,042,0552,554,00538.11
November 201942,151172,731214,8823.21538,0591,996,2512,504,84437.38
October 201946,862188,987235,8493.52541,2991,995,1312,506,96437.41
September 201940,434173,443213,8773.19542,5341,979,9422,493,01037.20
August 201929,466541,535
July 201943,692129,257172,9492.58542,1202,105,6392,647,75939.51
June 201956,027230,964286,9914.28538,0862,151,7742,689,86040.14
May 201947,638193,948241,5863.61535,9732,173,0262,708,99940.43
April 201949,293188,196237,4893.54530,6242,170,7802,701,40440.31
March 201953,486225,818279,3044.17525,0712,169,9742,695,04540.22
< 2019
France - New motor vehicle registrations
France - New motor vehicle registrations