FILE PHOTO: The brand of Renault carmaker is pictured at a dealership in Vertou, close to Nantes, France, January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
July 16, 2021
PARIS (Reuters) -French carmaker Renault on Friday reported a 18.7% improve in first-half car gross sales although remained under pre-COVID-19 disaster ranges.
The group like international friends is pushing into electrical autos underneath Chief Govt Luca de Meo whereas trimming prices, together with by specializing in fewer however extra worthwhile ranges.
It mentioned this technique was beginning to bear fruit amid a restoration in demand, though its newest figures mirror gross sales by quantity solely.
“In an surroundings nonetheless disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Renault Group bought 1,422,600 autos within the first half of 2021, up 18.7% on 2020, however down 24.2% on the primary half of 2019,” the group mentioned in a press release.
Automobile gross sales throughout all its manufacturers in 2020 fell 21.3%.
Fabrice Cambolive, head of gross sales for the Renault model, mentioned fashions like hybrid variations of the Clio have been promoting properly, permitting the group to edge upwards when it comes to worth.
Gross sales of the Renault model have been up 18.5%, at 901,500 models, through the first six months of the yr.
Cambolive mentioned it was arduous to judge the influence of a worldwide semiconductor scarcity when it comes to car gross sales to date this yr.
“We’re capable of play with shares, it’s arduous to see (the impact) on gross sales,” he instructed journalists.
The group’s Dacia model elevated gross sales by 24.5%, at 262,814 models, whereas Lada bought 200,219 automobiles, up 51%.
Renault is because of report full first-half outcomes on July 30.
(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; modifying by Sarah White and Jason Neely)