PSA Peugeot Citroen sales up
PSA Peugeot Citroën Group sales rose 5.9% over the year, to 1,864,000 units, with the pace of growth picking up in the fourth quarter.
Peugeot sales increased by 9.4% to 1,056,000 units, thanks in particular to the excellent performance of the Peugeot 308 (up 31%), supported by the solid results of the Peugeot 2008 (up 11% in its third consecutive year of growth) and the Peugeot 208 (up 10%). The 2008 and 308 were both in the top three of their respective segments in Europe. The most significant gains were made in the Netherlands (up 25% or 10,500 units), Spain (up 24% or 19,900 units), Italy (up 21% or 17,500 units) and France (up 7% or 23,900 units).
Citroën reported its highest volume of sales since 2012, with a faster 6% gain in the second half supporting full-year growth of 3% to 731,000 units. Registrations rose by 5% over the year as a whole. Citroën's sales volumes increased in major markets such as the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Germany, thanks to the success of both passenger cars — the C4 Cactus (82,000 units), the new C1 (60,000 units) and the C4 Picasso (113,000 units) — and commercial vehicles, such as the segment-leading new Berlingo.
With volumes up 20.7% year-on-year in the fourth quarter, DS sold 76,500 units over the full year. Its momentum was led by new product launches, including the new DS 5 in June and the new DS 4 and DS 4 Crossback in the second half of the year, limited editions of the DS 3 and the expansion of the DS network, which now includes 17 DS Stores and 78 DS Salons in Europe.