Belgian and French car market still struggling
For the first 5 months of this year, the Belgian car market scored 14,2% better than last year but 26,6% worse than in 2019. The French market lost 22,7% compared to 2019.
If one considers May only, the Belgian market stays stable (+0,2%) compared to last year but went down by 31,8% compared to May 2019. In France, where dealers reopened later last year, the market did 46,45% better than in 2020.
BMW still number one
Car manufacturers federation Febiac, author of the figures and statistics, noticed that 191 265 cars were registered these first 5 months of 2021, against 167 464 last year. When one considers LCVs, the figures are better, with +34% compared to the same 5 months last year and only -3,3% compared to 2019.
Once again, BMW is the leading brand in Belgium, selling 3 835 cars and obtaining a market share of 11% last May. For the first 5 months, BMW is also number one, selling 20 201 cars (with a market share of 10,56%) and progressing 42,45% compared to last year.
The other makes in the top 5 are VW, Audi, Peugeot, and Mercedes. Significant climbers in the last month are Skoda (+26,7%), Hyundai (+29,1%), and Porsche (+28,8%). Others doing fairly well are Mini (+11,6%), Seat (+13,6%), and Tesla (+10,2%).
May was less wonderful for Citroën (-13,9%), Peugeot (-13,4%), and Renault (-29,2%). Other noticeable losers are Toyota (-26,8%), Fiat (-24,2%), Nissan (-37,2%), and Jeep (-33,5%). To be remarked: Polestar sold in the first 5 months of the year almost as many cars as Lexus or Alfa Romeo (361 against 403 and 446), two well-established makes.
Regarding motorcycles, figures stay positive compared to last year (+9% in May, +32,8% for the first 5 months). Compared to 2019, there is a slight plus in May (+2,2%) and a small decline for the first 5 months (-2%).
Hybrid beats diesel in France
For the first time, more hybrids were sold than diesel cars during May in France. Hybrids and plug-in hybrids represented 26% of the market, with 36 221 new registrations, whereas diesel scored only 22%. Pure electric sells 8% of the market in May, registering 11 562 EVs in May.
In both markets, Belgium and France, we see that individual buyers are hesitating about buying a new car; the second-hand market, on the contrary, is doing very well, even compared to 2019.
Considering the brand popularity in France, we have to notice that foreign makes are doing better than the French. Where Stellantis and Groupe Renault lose 28,3% and 29,3%, respectively, while Volkwagen (-13,3%), BMW (-5,5%) are resisting much better. Toyota and Hyundai even note slight progress in sales.