The most remarkable increase has been found in the category which receives the bonus. Sales of cars that emit less than 130 g/km CO 2 were up by 13 percent. Sales of larger cars in the medium-upper segment were down by 10 percent. The biggest lost came in the upper-luxury market, where sales plummeted 34 percent.
Coming from a French perspective, this is good news: French automakers have just released small attractive models (Twingo, 207) and, on average, their models are the most fuel-efficient. PSA and Renault account for 60 percent of small car sales. The two companies get 52 percent of market share of cars that emit between 121 and 140 g/km CO 2 but only 32 percent for those in the 161 to 200 g/km segment..
[Source: Les Echos]